Archive for April, 2006

35 Weeks Pregnant

Okay, so I’m a couple days short of 35 weeks–but I had the time to write.

Last week I came down with the flu. It was awful. Fever, chills, aches, congestion–my cough was so bad, it felt like my stomach muscles were being torn apart. I’m still dealing with a bit of a cough, but nothing like it was. Hopefully this means I’ll be flu-free for at least a year. Being sick made me wonder what it will be like to be sick AND have to care for a child. The best answer I can think of is send him to grandma’s house.

The worst part of being sick while pregnant is not being able to take any medication for relief. I did take a little children’s Tylenol which helped bring down my fever a bit, but I really just wanted to take something that could help me sleep so my body could get the rest it needed.

We got back from San Antonio on Sunday. It turned out, no one asked to see my medical records proving my due date (American Airlines’ policy says that pregnant women cannot fly within 4 weeks of their due dates). I was even given an exit-row seat on the return flight. I asked the flight attendants if I needed to be moved, and they looked at me like I was crazy. Why give up all the extra space–especially while pregnant!? They obviously didn’t expect the plane to crash. I worried that it would… I’ve become more scared of flying recently. As soon as there’s the slightest bit of turbulence, I imagine the wings snapping off and the plane plummeting to the ground. I did a lot of praying while in the air.

I bought a nice two piece bathing suit to wear during labor–especially while in the tub. I’m hoping it will serve me well as a real suit to wear after the baby is born as well. The top is long-ish, and should cover me nearly to my waist once my belly is out of the way. For the labor, the top will end up all scrunched between my breasts and my belly, for sure.

Our rescheduled birth class finally starts tomorrow night. It’s being held in Toluca Lake–a bit of a drive, especially with traffic. I’m really looking forward to it. Dan’s not. Because it’s starting so late in our pregnancy, though, we’ll likely miss the last couple of classes–the ones on baby care, breast feeding, etc.–the things I already know a bit about. I’ve got plenty of friends and family just waiting to help out anyway, so I’m not worried about missing those classes.

I’ve finally gotten a few stretch marks… boo! They’re just small little ones that are growing outward from the mark that showed up around my ex-belly-ring hole, but the fact that they’re showing up at all has me worried for the next month. I’ve made it this far… I was so hopeful that the marks would stay away.

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33 Weeks Pregnant

In 4 weeks, I will be full term. My due date is in 7 weeks. WOW. I didn’t expect time to have gone by so quickly. Staring ahead, the road seems SO long, but looking back, I realize how short it really was.

Sometimes I can really feel pressure where the baby’s head is pressing–especially if I have to pee–and he hasn’t even dropped yet. His kicks are pretty strong still. He’s almost always facing my left side, and insists on kicking his legs out as straight as they will go. Occasionally he’ll flip around and face my right side, but that only lasts for a few minutes before he’ll flip back over.

The baby gets the hiccups almost every day–sometimes two or three times in a day. He’s hiccuping right now. I read somewhere that hiccups in utero can be a sign of food allergies or sensitivities. I’ve tried paying attention to what I’ve eaten when he starts hiccuping to see if I can find any correlation, and so far, there’s not much to go on. About half the time, I’ve had some kind of dairy, but I’ve yet to test that theory. A dairy intolerance would be a bummer… since I love milk, cheese and ice cream. But after he’s weaned, a dairy intolerance is the easiest to deal with since Dan has a dairy intolerance himself.

We’re currently looking for a Pediatrician. We were given a list of Pediatricians in our area that are more accepting of attachment parenting and selective vaccinations, but I’m nervous about what we’ll find. I’d really like to find someone who’s actually supportive, not just accepting. But from what I’ve been hearing, there’s the kind who are a bit over-the-top (even advocating for no vaccinations at all) or the kind who are just accepting of AP and a parent’s involvement in the vaccination schedule. I’ve made appointments with 4 doctors so we can meet them to see if we’re a good fit. I’ve got two on reserve to call if none of the first 4 work out. One is a more conservative (very pro-vac) the other is not at all (one of the no-vac types). Hopefully I won’t have to go that route. It would be ideal to be able to see one of the Drs. Sears… but their practice is in San Clemente–a bit far–and they’re usually booked solid on account of their bajillion books and being known as leading experts in the field. They’re very pro-AP (the senior Dr. Sears & his wife coined the term!) as well as being more conservative with vaccinations. A perfect combination for us. Ah well, stop dreaming. I’m sure we’ll find an acceptable doctor in our area.

We purchased the first part of our birthing kit a few days ago. There are still several things we need to gather and have ready before week 37 rolls around. Because we’re birthing at home (well… Dan’s parent’s house), we’ve got to have all kinds of supplies handy–old towels, plastic bags, vomit bowls, etc. My list is two pages long. Page one is taken care of (the stuff that come from the medical supply company), and the regular household items from page two are accounted for.

We had our first baby shower last weekend at my aunt’s house in San Diego. It was quite an ecclectic group of people–Nathan’s mother and sister, two friends from high school, my aunt’s mother-in-law, a friend of my mom’s, Enrique & her sister, my mother-in-law, and my SD family (mom, sister, aunt, cousins). It was fun for me–seeing people I don’t get to see on a regular basis–but I wonder how awkward it was for everyone else. And now we have a ton of baby stuff… and 3 more showers to go, YIKES. I’m thinking about asking the last two to be more thematic–cloth diapers, children’s books and well wishes. Mmmm. That sounds good.

I do have one stretch mark now–it vertically connects the top and bottom hole where my belly ring used to be. I guess because the skin was “injured” the layer of skin where stretch marks occur just couldn’t keep it together (ha! a pun). Since there are no other “injury” sites on my belly, I’m pretty confident that’ll be the only one… we’ll see.

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