The Bump Chronicles- week 40
So Baby Fox seems to enjoy the cozy accommodations in my uterus as I have made it to 40 weeks with him/her not hinting at being in any rush to come out.
Making it to this point is a huge thing for me given my family history (nobody that I know of in the current generation made it to their due date), I was born about 2 weeks early. I admit that due to the somewhat traumatic experience of my cousin I did have a fear of pre-term labor for a while, I even used EFT to overcome that anxiety.
From the “due date clubs” that I check out in various internet sites, I seem to be one of a small handful of moms that have reached a due date and do not have a scheduled eviction, I mean induction appointment made. I had to roll my eyes when another mom-to-be that was also due today was crying because her induction scheduled for today was postponed because 2 other women went into labor spontaneously, wtf? I must remind you that these are healthy women in low risk pregnancies with no medical reason to rush the baby out.
Things have been quiet on the labor front for days, I used to have signs of prodomal (sp?) labor a few weeks ago but they have all but vanished. I know that a lot of my contractions were stress induced so I think that not having to deal with work drama has certainly helped in that front. In a sense I think this is a good thing because when some action does happen I will be more likely to pay attention and less likely to chalk it up as “more of the same”.
I’m happy to report that the feet swelling is not being so scary anymore. I still swell daily starting the second that I get out of bed but at least unlike before, most of it is going away while I sleep. This usually means that I go to the bathroom 15 times instead of 5 during the night to get rid of all of the excess fluid but it’s worth it to have it be less uncomfortable the next day. I credit the massaging that hubby does right before bed with helping with the drainage, it’s not as long as I would like but I see it making a big difference and even though I still don’t fit into any of my shoes, my feet look almost human again.
My sleep patterns are going back to normal again, I get tired easily but no longer feel the need to sleep the day away. My productivity is limited in capacity though, if I don’t get something done before noon chances are that it won’t get done at all as I notice that I get very drowsy in the afternoon although not enough to sleep it off.
All systems are go for Baby Fox’s arrival, it’s only a matter of waiting to know when it’s time to call the midwife and fill up the tub. For someone that can be OCD about scheduling (just ask my husband), it’s kind of fun not knowing when baby Fox will decide to make an appearance. It makes every day somewhat of an adventure, although I notice that I don’t wake up thinking “maybe today is the day”, I just wake up and go around the day knowing not to get attached to any plans I may want to make.
Some people say that I will “know” when it’s going to happen soon, all I have to say about that is that it either won’t be anytime soon or I’m just out of touch and clueless. Meanwhile I try to rest when my body asks for it and be semi-productive and entertained the rest of the time.
After months of research and consideration we have opted to skip the Vitamin K shot at birth unless baby has a hematoma or another reason for it. I was originally going to administer the dose orally but even that felt unnecessary if everything was healthy so I have been taking the vitamin K myself so that baby will get it through breast milk but I’m willing to give it to baby directly if it feels right. I must admit that I feel more safe giving those vitamin K drops to baby than infant formula as all of the ingredients are completely natural, not synthetic and all ingredients are pronounceable. I can’t say the same about the formula in the supermarket shelves.
A short commercial break with the trailer for a very interesting documentary on breastfeeding that I want to watch:
So here I am about to have a baby any day now and I don’t know any lullabies. It’s ok, I knew about this for months, I could have tried to learn some but like with prenatal yoga, I just never got the motivation. I’m not concerned because baby will just care about hearing mommy’s voice and won’t know the difference between a lullaby and a Counting Crows song.
I had received a magazine in the mail from the people from theknot.com called “The Nest”, I wasn’t particularly interested but I did flip through it and saw an article about a married celebrity couple (a drummer and actress, have no idea who they are) and their green living tips and instantly noticed that there was no mention of the cloth diapers that their baby is obviously wearing in one of the pictures, a few months ago I would have never noticed something like that, lol.
Yesterday I saw a blog posting from another mom about what she carries in her diaper bag, the entry had a picture with everything laid out and numbered and she gave a list of the whole inventory. This made me curious and I did some research into what some other people carry for comparison. It is amazing to see how some people seem to come close to packing the whole nursery!
I can see the relevance of many items but I wonder if the rest is just there for peace of mind and never get used. I plan to start basic and add things as I find myself needing them because I don’t want the bag to weigh more than baby!
My poor husband is constantly intercepted by people at work asking “no baby yet?”, none of them seem to consider that he would not be at work if there was a baby. That man has gone to every single prenatal appointment with me, why in the world would he go right back to work as soon as he cuts the cord? He doesn’t get to have a paternity leave but you bet that he deserves a few days to get hang out with and get to know his child. I’m just glad that I’m not at work because heads would have already rolled from people asking questions and making comments, he’s got way more patience than I do.
People do seem to be way more interested than I am to know how many centimeters dilated and what percent effaced I am. Why do they care if I don’t? Those numbers mean nothing unless I am in active labor. I can be 4 cm 80% effaced for 4 weeks or not be dilated or effaced at all and have a baby before midnight. My midwife only checks by request and I have no interest in knowing before show time.
07/22/2010 @ 7:13 pm
I’m glad all is well so far. I watched the video; mixed emotions there! Anger, nostalgia, and frustration. How did it get so far, this denigration of breastmilk & nursing? I feel lucky that I had good examples, including my own mother, who did breastfeed her kids at least a few months, against all the opposition (late 50’s & early 60’s). She grew up on a farm, poor, and that’s what HER mother did.
Thanks for posting! It won’t be long now…
07/22/2010 @ 8:15 pm
07/23/2010 @ 8:43 am
I’ve enjoyed reading your blog so much. Your weekly repertoire keeps me happily trailing along with a glass window into your beautiful pregnancy. Would you mind if I recommend your blog to other moms and soon-to-be moms? You’re so ahead of the learning curve compared to the average mom and Daddy Fox is too. Any day now this baby will decide to descend. Until then, blueberries are in season and boy are they deliscious!
And I so have small bag envy. Generally, I carry 3 prefolds, one cover, a rag, a blanket, couple toys and a few 1st aid gadgets. If i can’t find why i would need it i dont carry it. Just thought i’d throw that in. 🙂
07/23/2010 @ 8:50 am
You’re welcome to share the link to the blog to whomever you feel would benefit from it.