Thursday, January 12, 2012

week 38: leek

yay! fruiby is as long as a leek! i love leeks!

we had an ob appointment this week, and dr r informed us that my iron and vitamin d levels are much better now. my blood pressure is also more than satisfactory, and fruiby's heartbeat continues to be strong. it looks like the rate at which he's growing has settled a bit, which is good. he's still getting bigger, but not at the crazy pace he was earlier in the trimester. dr r gave us a copy of my records to keep in the hospital bag, ready for if i go into labour early. and lastly, we signed the consent for the caesarian, which felt like a very momentous thing to do, so i took a photo (which dr r thought was hilarious).

c-section consent form

neither dr r nor my gp (who i saw yesterday) are happy with my anxiety levels, so we're going to increase the dose of my meds to what i was on before pregnancy. i think this is for the best. adjusting to being a parent is going to be hard enough without the added complication of crappy brain chemistry.

i think i have finally had a few braxton-hicks contractions. my belly goes very tight, and feels almost solid to touch. this is sometimes accompanied a little crampiness on the underside of it, but overall it's painless, and i probably wouldn't notice unless i was touching my belly (which i do a lot because it is so marvellously round).

my stretch marks have been really itchy and a little bit sore this week. it's been very hard not to scratch and irritate them. i've been moisturizing my tummy multiple times a day, and i'm hoping that will help things settle a little bit, because it is really quite uncomfortable.

i've been pondering the idea of a nesting instinct this week. if i have one at all it hasn't kicked in yet. the house is pretty much as it always is (read: pleasantly chaotic), and i haven't felt the urge to scrub the bathroom, clear out the attic, or anything like that. the most i have done is pre-wash some of his nappies and clothes. what i have felt is a strong urge to round up my pack. several of my closest friends and family members have been away over the last month or so, and i have been feeling very much like i want them all home, and close by for when this happens. i'm happy because nearly everyone is back, with the exception of my youngest brother, and he assures me he'll be in town by the 18th.

a load of fruiby's brighter clothes, just out of the wash.

we got the baby capsule fitted this morning. we hired one from 'hire for baby' because it's much more economical than buying one. annoyingly, our car is actually quite small inside, so now that it is fitted, it's impossible to sit in the front passenger seat (there are literally about two inches between the seat of the car and the glove box). this means that one of us will have to sit in the back with the baby and the other will have to chauffer us all around. it also means that when we have a second baby, and thus two car seats in the back, our current car will be completely useless. annoying.

one week to go! eek! i've made a countdown thingy so we can see how long it is in days, hours, minutes, and seconds til the birth. it's here if you want to see it.

p.s. blogger have finally enabled threaded commenting, so i will be able to reply to comments much more easily now! hooray!


  1. Eee! I have your countdown in a tab to check whenever I want! :)

    1. it just keeps ticking!
      not fast enough for me, but we'll get there :)

  2. I sat in the back (of our giant old commodore) for two years! If Bunbun fell asleep or it was a short trip I would sit in the front but for us it just felt easier to sit in the back with her. She rear faced untilt eighteen months as well. At first it was the whole tiny baby, giant seat, still nervous thing, but eventually it was keeping her company as well. Now we're in a much smaller car (two door) and I'm back in the front since it's more awkward to get in the back now. My grandma managed it the other day, but on a daily basis it is a bit squishy. Also, being a tiny car, i can just swivel around and give Bunbun her water, or sunnies, or a wweird one handed cuddle.

    1. i always feel a bit weird sitting in the back if there isn't another person in the front with the driver (unless we're in a taxi), but being near the baby is a good thing, an i'm sure we'll get used to it.
      unfortunately it really will be completely unworkable when we have more kids, so this car's days are now officially numbered!

    2. It seemed weird to think about but after the first few weeks just became habit. I always sat on the passenger side to make conversation easier (our car recommended the baby seat be in the middle, not on the side). It was one of the weirder things I took flack from friends and family about, same with rear facing past twelve months - it was such an innocuous thing to be harrassed about!

      Now that we're in the two door, four seat car, it's back to being weird and taxi like to sit in the back instead of the front. I think it was easiere when she was little because I always wanted her close to me and I almost felt like we were still one being until she was a fair bit older.

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  4. How exciting! I'm about to hit the 38 week mark this week and am very much looking forward to meeting my little man too.

    1. ooh - congratulations!
      it's strange to be at this point, isn't it? the birth seems so close, yet soooo far, and you just feel like you're treading water.
      i'm going to start following your blog, it looks great :)