“Still with child”

As my boss put it when he saw me this morning, I am “still with child.” Yes, yes I am. Haha!

We are just nine days away from the due date. Single digits!

I am not disappointed that Lucky didn’t make his appearance yesterday. I’m happy to let him and the Knight have their own special days. Plus, the Knight and I had a nice time celebrating his birthday yesterday – just the two of us.

I now see what the Knight had been seeing. I’ve most definitely “dropped.” I see that my belly is lower than it was last week.

Predictably, I’m becoming steadily more uncomfortable – bladder pressure, belly tightness, pressure from baby body parts protruding out of my belly. As I told the Knight, this feels like it is only mile 18 of the marathon. I haven’t hit the wall and I can handle the aches and pains. I’m not feeling desperate to get to the finish line. I’m still taking in the sights and savoring the experience.

I’m still enjoying the anticipation of the little guy getting here and the final baby-less days. It feels like the days before vacation but WAY better. I like talking to the random strangers who ask me when I’m due. I am amused by the Knight’s observations about how huge my belly is.

These days I am all about all things cool (and sweet). I am loving ice cream and frozen yogurt. (Gelato, sorbet, and italian ice work, too.) Fruit, however, is probably the biggest part of my diet. When the Knight returned from the commissary with just one whole watermelon, I thought he’d lost his mind. We went through three, yes three whole watermelons, a bag of grapes, a bag of cherries, some apples and a few bananas the previous week. Never fear – we remedied the situation.

There are still a few spots open in the baby arrival date pool. Anyone want to dive in? There’s no charge (but you’re welcome to send me money if you want).

7/30 Oli
7/31
8/1 John L.
8/2
8/3 Bibiana
8/4 Michele T.
8/5 Es
8/6 Jess
8/7 Alisa
8/8 Rakelle
8/9 Priscilla
8/10 Karen
8/11
8/12 Emily S.
8/13
8/14
8/15 Jill K.
8/16 Zina

The Pool

Okay, let’s make it official. We’re starting a pool! I wish it were a swimming pool, but it’s not. Leave a comment with your guess for Lucky Thumper’s arrival date. The winner gets a yet-to-be-determined prize.

The possible dates are 7/27 – 8/16. Michele has 8/4 and Emily has 8/12.

First crack goes to those who those who regularly read/subscribe to the blog.

PS – The Knight’s birthday is 7/30 (this Monday).

Thursday Thirteen

1)      Hooray! I got the cortisone shots and they worked. They hurt like hell for about 5 minutes, with intense burning in the palms of my hands and my first two fingers. But eventually it subsided. Hand pain no longer keeps me up at night. I can make fists. And hold things. I still have numbness in my fingertips but I am fine with that. It is probably a little residual nerve damage that will heal gradually over time.

2)      Today is officially the 38-week mark. It is so exciting! It could really be any day now. It is so surreal!

3)      Back when my friend Mary was at this point, I did a little research on statistics. The odds of giving birth on the due date is around 4%. Two weeks before and after the probability each day is like a bell curve, with the probability gradually going down to around 3% two weeks before and after. So, on any given day between now and the due date, the chances are between 3-4% that Lucky will arrive. What’s your guess?

4)      I learned that my OB practice doesn’t let you go past 41 weeks. So if I get to that point they will induce. That makes the odds of an 8/15 or 8/16 birth pretty good. (I really hope it doesn’t come to that.)

5)      I’m feeling pretty good overall. For the past two days my belly has been really tight. The best way to describe it is that it feels like I am tightening my abs but I can’t relax them. It is not painful but it can be very uncomfortable at times – especially when combined with the baby’s movement.

6)      I’m starting to see why women get antsy in the final weeks of pregnancy. I’m very fortunate that I don’t feel worse, though.

7)      The Knight is convinced that I’ve “dropped” a bit. I suspect he is correct.

8)      I’m still working out. Just a few light elliptical and walking sessions this week. I just feel better when I’ve exercised.

9)      On Monday I registered the Knight for Ironman Lake Placid 2013. It is something he really wants to do, and I am thrilled that I can support him in this endeavor (it will be his second Ironman). Yes, I’m nervous about how this will play out over the next year, but I know we will make it work.

10)  As for me, I’m considering some race options for the fall/winter but haven’t yet made any plans. We have a couple of friends (including famous Joe) racing the Half Full triathlon so we are probably going to relay the Olympic together. The Knight will swim and bike and I will run.

11)  My office packing is in full swing. I need an entire big box for my shoe collection.

12)   My weight jumped up a bit in the past week or so. I think it is water. My total pregnancy weight gain currently stands at around 32 pounds.

13)  I don’t like any of the pictures we took this morning, but here’s one in case you’re curious about how big I’ve gotten.

It’s Week 37 already!

What do you know…we have finally arrived at this significant milestone. As of today, Lucky Thumper is considered to be ‘full term.’ This means that while it is good for him continue baking a little while longer, if he were born today he would be probably be just fine and not require any medical assistance or time in the NICU. His lungs are fully developed and all systems are a go. Here are some recent shots. I was in a bit of a goofy mood 🙂

Final Sonogram

On Monday we had our final sonogram. From what I can tell from my reading (yes, on the Internet), the weight estimates they give you are famously inaccurate. That said, the little guy was supposedly measuring about 6 pounds 11 ounces. That is somewhat above average at this point. From this point forward he will likely gain about half a pound per week. Thansfully, it appears that we will not have the big 9-10 pound baby that the Knight has been predicting.

Oh, and in case you were wondering, yes, we confirmed, it is in fact a boy. Whew! I’m actually really excited that he is a little boy and love the adorable clothes we’ve received.

I will admit that the sonogram was not as cool as I was expecting. We did get to see a profile view of his cute face, with his little nose and everything, but that was really the only thing I could clearly make out. Fortunately, the sonographer is much more experienced and she confirmed that everything looked perfect. Hooray!

Hands update

At last week’s appointment, I pleaded my case to my nurse-midwife (Karen). She was caring, but I predicted, she suggested that I purchase a set of wrist braces and try soaking my hands in ice water in the mornings. So I did. Saturday night I wore my braces yet I barely slept because I was in so much pain. I told the Knight it felt like someone had dropped weight plates on my hands AND they were asleep AND I had burned my fingertips. (Yes, it hurts that much.)

We tried a bunch of different things to try to make things better (Tylenol, massages, ice) but there has been very little progress.

I called Karen and she was very nice. She agreed to let me seek the cortisone shots. She even offered me a prescription for Tylenol with Codeine, saying it was safe for the baby. (I’m holding off.)

To make a long story short, I have an appointment tomorrow for the shots and I absolutely cannot wait. As I type this my fingers tips are about 75% numb, I feel a dull ache, and I can barely make a fist with my hands. And it gets much worse at night. I am really hoping for some relief soon. I have thank you notes to write  🙂

Movement

I am feeling a ton of movement and it is really cool. Lucky is going to be an active little baby and I can just picture his little arms and legs moving around. Today the OB told me to start doing kick counts a few times per day. I should feel 10 movements within an hour. On my short drive from the doctor’s office to the metro I counted 7. We’re good.

The Nursery

Oh, the nursery…. For those of you who don’t know, a bunch of my wonderful friends conspired to surprise me and on Saturday I came home to a furnished nursery complete with a crib (purchased by my amazing friends and assembled by the Knight), and a rocking chair (from my Mom). It was fanstastic! Thank you guys!

Surprise!

Laura still needs to do her handiwork and decorate the walls, but the essentials are there. I absolutely love it!

My hospital bag is packed (mostly) and I feel pretty prepared. I am not at that point yet where I am anxious to get the baby out, but if it happens, I am ready. Any day now…

36 weeks – Oh yeah!

Hello my wonderful readers! Can you believe that it is already 36 weeks? As in 36 ÷4 =9. Nine months pregnant! Wow!

This week has been good. I’ve had a few comments along the lines of “You don’t look 36 weeks pregnant” and also “Wow, you’re 36 weeks? You could go any minute.” I know many people who have given birth prior to 37 weeks and I am excited to be nearing the full-term mark.

According to Babycenter, Lucky Thumper is now the size of a crenshaw melon (huh?) and weighs around 6 lbs. He is gaining around an ounce per day.

Okay, a crenshaw melon. I never heard of this before.

I am feeling pretty decent, and mellow, but every now and then I realize that I really could have this baby any time. That’s CRAZY!

I am savoring every day. We are very aware that soon things will change – BIG time. The Knight and I have been having a great time seeing friends and doing fun stuff. And I have been enjoying sleeping in on the weekends.

How’s it going on the metro?

You know, I previously said that people were pretending not to see me on metro – which is a sentiment I have heard from other women. Well, I am happy to say that that has not been an issue for the past two weeks.

I’ve only had to ask for a seat once. The rest of the time people practically leap out of their seats for the big pregnant lady. It is really nice and I am always sure to give a very sincere thank you.

How are the pregnancy symptoms?

Overall, I am still doing pretty well. Sleep is pretty good. The biggest problem right now is my hands. Apparently it is not uncommon to develop carpal tunnel from the swelling of pregnancy. For a while I have been experiencing numbness in my hands during the night. However, it has progressed to numbness all of the time and serious pain at night.

I have an appointment with my midwife today. I have read that the two usual recommendations are wrist braces (which are of questionable effectiveness – and frankly, sound very uncomfortable) and cortisone shots. I am going to beg for  – okay, nicely request – the shots. I need some relief. I am not one to ordinarily jump to the medication solution, but I want relief. NOW.

Have we picked a name yet?

No. During our most recent discussion about names, the Knight said he wants to keep both names as possibilities and decide when he is born. I’m good with that.

How about the weight gain?

Actually, I haven’t really gained any weight since my last post 2 weeks ago. The number of the scale does fluctuate a little depending on how swollen I am, but I’m pretty much holding steady at around 27-28 pounds over pre-pregnancy weight. We’ll see what happens from here.

Anything else?

Unlike my very positive experience taking a childbirth class with Valerie Varley back in June, the free Breastfeeding Basics class I took at theBreastfeedingCenter(onK Street, downtown DC) left me, ummm, wanting. My personal opinion is that while they did pass along some useful information, the class was designed to convince you that you need to take more classes (the paid ones) and hire their lactation consultants. I get that they’re a business, but I found the whole thing overwhelming. I’m hoping that some of my mom friends can help me figure out the answers to the many questions (and fears) the class left me with.

What’s next?

Our final sonogram is on Monday morning. I’m excited! It is supposed to be pretty cool. A lot has happened with Lucky since his 20 week sonogram. I can’t wait to see him! I might post pictures on Monday, so stay tuned.