For these last few weeks of pregnancy, I am going to do my best to be super intentional about posting how things are going…more for my own sake so that I have some documentation to look back on.
The countdown is officially on!
THE OB APPOINTMENT: We had a GREAT OB appointment this morning. We were able to confirm that the gender REALLY is a girl as we got a nice little picture of her lady parts. We have been a tad nervous about this as we have heard many stories over the past few months about a couple being told one thing and then birthing something else. The picture pretty much sealed the deal for us though. Even better, we also found out I am dilated 1cm and 40% effaced!!! I know this means NOTHING in terms of predicting labor or timing of everything, but I am just thankful that my body is getting ready. She also guesstimated the weight to be about 5.5lbs at this point and said that our baby will probably be in the 7lb range. Sounds pretty perfect to me! : ) Lastly, we have been thinking about doing some perineal massage to help prevent tearing during delivery. Today, our OB showed us the proper technique and boy did it HURT!!!!! WOW, right then and there I understood the need for an epidural. She did it for about 5 seconds to me…and told us we should aim for 4-5 x/day for 1 min. OH MY HURTNESS! I told my husband we would have to work up to that. Tearing is one of my biggest fears with delivery and so we are willing to try anything that could help. Who knows if it’ll really help, but my OB said it certainly couldn’t hurt things.
I also picked up my breast pump today. Thankfully, since my insurance is going to cover most if not all of it, I was able to splurge and get the breast pump I really want. The Medela Freestyle, which is a hands free, battery operated pump. Key for a mom like me who will be pumping in the shower stalls at work on my breaks. Not much access to power near the showers. Before they came out with the battery operated pump, my colleagues who pumped had to bring in 15 foot power cords to plug in their pumps. NO FUN! Anyway, it’s just nice to check another thing off the list.
Overall, I am feeling great. The hemorrhoids are in check and once again tolerable and it is nice to be able to walk and work in relative comfort. : ) I am hoping to work right up to a few days before I deliver as I find it a great distraction and a good opportunity to get some good exercise during the day. So 3 weeks more weeks as of tomorrow!
Like I said, the countdown is officially on. I am SOOO beyond excited I can hardly stand it!