Bump Report: 38 Weeks

In less than two weeks we are going to be a family of four – THAT is just surreal to me right now. Per usual I am this quaint little mixture of impatient and scared shitless. On the one hand, wouldn’t it be wonderful to not be pregnant anymore and get a cute cuddly newborn? On the other hand, won’t it be awful to have basically no sleep for the next four months and god help me if this child doesn’t nurse well. Remembering all the little difficulties with MM and trying to remind myself that I got through it, but also remembering that we had a LOT of help. Thank god my grandmother is coming up for two weeks.

Anyway, two weeks from this past Tuesday people – it’s all happening, ready or not. People Magazine’s little pregnancy calendar (which I just stumbled across like yesterday) is officially regarding Baby Blueberry as a baby now and not a fetus – no quaint little statistics about her growth, like I would have seen last week or any week prior. – So far as they are concerned, this kid is ready to go. Instead they quite eagerly want to talk about safety – what baby proofing have I not gotten to yet? For the most part I think our apartment is pretty well locked down as we still have it all kinds of “proofed” where MM is concerned but I know our baby gates will be coming back out soon and a few more cabinets will get locked at some point.

One area of concern for both BB and MM is the bedroom and playroom windows. We keep them open at least a crack to let air in, wider when we want to run the fan. And it doesn’t escape my notice that we live on the third floor. I don’t think MM is tall enough to fall over from the floor, as he can just barely see over it… but he is a monkey and he climbs… And I get nervous. I’ve been looking at this window guard and wondering if I should get one (or two) … or would this or this be sufficient? I can’t help but look at the cost, and then I get that mommy guilt, like “You can’t put a price on your child’s safety” and then I think, “This is why I’m a marketing company’s dream. I’m easily duped…” And then I think, “Or am I?” Any thoughts? At some point I’ll mention this to Dan who I’m pretty sure almost never reads my blog anymore (I must be really boring) but then I feel guilty for saying, “So I was thinking of spending more of your money” since we are also in the talks about maybe cloth diapering (god the up front cost is so expensive and the choices are still kind of overwhelming me) and we’re also looking at these fancy nursing pads that are also kind of expensive but maybe genius? I’m so sick of spending money, I know babies cost money, but at some point I’d like to start saving again and we still haven’t gotten reimbursed for our moving costs which we will then have to hand over to my father who was kind enough to foot the bill temporarily.

Enough about money though, let’s see what babycenter.com has to say about BB – will they also consider this cookie cooked or will we get some statistics? Maybe a fancy fruit or vegetable we’ve never heard of to compare the size to?

Your baby has really plumped up. She weighs about 6.8 pounds and she’s over 19 1/2 inches long (like a leek). She has a firm grasp, which you’ll soon be able to test when you hold her hand for the first time! Her organs have matured and are ready for life outside the womb.

Wondering what color your baby’s eyes will be? You may not be able to tell right away. If she’s born with brown eyes, they’ll likely stay brown. If she’s born with steel gray or dark blue eyes, they may stay gray or blue or turn green, hazel, or brown by the time she’s 9 months old. That’s because a child’s irises (the colored part of the eye) may gain more pigment in the months after she’s born, but they usually won’t get “lighter” or more blue. (Green, hazel, and brown eyes have more pigment than gray or blue eyes.)

Another tidbit from Parents that I figured was worth the copy and paste is in regards to overnight bags:

When the nesting urge hits, it’s a good time to pack your overnight bag for the hospital or birthing center. Avoid the temptation to pack too much, since your partner will probably be hauling it from the labor room to the postdelivery area to your recovery room. Family and friends can bring your nursing bras, favorite bathrobe, baby’s (and your) “going home” outfit, and anything else you may have forgotten. You may even want to pack one bag for labor and a second one with items you won’t need until afterward. (Leave it by the front door so someone can bring it later.) Labor bag essentials include:

  • A copy of your birth plan
  • Insurance cards
  • Heavy socks (feet get cold during labor) and slippers
  • Music, if you plan to have any during the birth–one mom we know labored to the sound of Bob Dylan, while another chose Handel’s Water Music
  • Hair ties or barrettes if your hair tends to fall into your face
  • Books or magazines
  • At least $20 for your partner to use for snacks
  • Phone card/phone list
  • Toothbrush, toothpaste, and breath mints–labor gives you dragon breath!
  • A camera or (if you’re really sure you want it) camcorder

I think that’s everything for this week worth mentioning (unless you really want to hear more about the constant back pains and lack of sleep some more… no? Didn’t think so). I’ll check in once more for week 39 and then these little Bump reports will be officially retired as we’ll have a cute cuddly baby to obsess over instead! Have a great day!

5 Comments

  1. Don’t waste $$ on Lily Padz…they don’t work all that well and milk pools in them, a pain when you are out and about and want to breastfed..not to mention messy. I have some extra pads with a plasic backing which I suggest is the way to go.. I’ll mail them to you along with a few other litte gifts 8 0 )

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  2. I’d definitely recommend the bum genius. We switched over from g diapers, and I couldn’t be happier. We also just got some liners from mio that look like a dryer sheet (really the best description) and are flushable, so it’s been super easy to just throw everything in the washer after flushing the poop.

    I’d recommend stocking up on disposables from the hospital until Em is done with the tar-like poop, then starting cloth. As long as your feeding breast milk exclusively (like the first 6 months), you can throw the diapers in the wash – poo and all because the poo is the same bacterial content as yogurt. Once you’re on solids – I recommend at lease one banana a day to keep poop firm and prevent ‘blowouts’. If you use the flushable liners, you just toss the poop in the toilet and wash the diaper.

    We have 6-8 diapers and I wash about once a day.

    As for the window guard – I’m sure you can get some plexiglass and 1×1 from lowes. Create a channel for the plexi to slide into between the 1×1 and the window frame. You won’t have great air flow, but it’s better than nothing. I could possibly modify the bamboo baby gate safety first sent me to fit in the window for you. We don’t use it and it would be easy to trim down (I prefer the hinge type over the pressure mounted).

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  3. No ideas about the window thing. We are lucky here that we can open our windows from the top.

    Good luck on your decision.

    And, savor this time as a family of three!

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  4. @ Jean : I wouldn’t mind being up and around that soon, even if it does mean being bored in the hospital. I’d love a moderately easy recovery this time around. 🙂 The doctor said I should be able to eat anything I want within hours of the surgery – he has no idea how happy that made me sound although he probably wasn’t saying, “Seriously cake, ice cream, cookies – eat them all!” 😛

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  5. I’m wondering if there’s some poor innocent woman out there who is absolutely clueless and really believes that her baby looks like a leek inside her. There are those people in the world that take things way to literally and that’s why crazy lawsuits occur. I’m just sayin.

    Lucky for you most of those overnight bag essentials are things to waste time before the birth…your home free there. 🙂 Though I admit it drove me crazy that I had to stay an extra 3 days in the hospital after my c-section with Bossy Boy. For some reason I bounced back really fast, had him at 10pm that night and was up and around that next morning. I was beyond ready to go home by day 2.

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