Another week is flying by! Yesterday Dominic and I went to my 34 week appointment … 34 WEEKS. It feels like the home stretch. All the pregnancy blogs I’ve been reading over the last few months are giving birth and it is so sweet to see pictures of pregnant bellies turn into pictures of little babies! I still can’t quite imagine what it will be like to hold my little one in my arms instead of my tummy, but I know it is coming soon!
Lucina guessed that baby weighs about 5 pounds now and if I carry until my due date he/she should be a solid 8 pounds. Still head down and heartbeat was right around 140 beats/minute. Such a miracle to have this little life bouncing around inside of me. Braxton-Hicks have kicked into full gear, especially in the evenings. Nothing too exciting though, my uterus is just getting ready!
We had a plethora of upcoming decisions to review during this appointment … Group Strep B, Vitamin K, Newborn Screening Test, Newborn Eye Prophylaxis and Circumcision (if it’s a boy). I love that our birth center gives us information to educate ourselves on each of these options. It’s nice to not have a choice dictated to us by what is considered “normal”. There is so much research on each of these procedures and truth be known … it might not be for everyone. You have to analyze your specific siutation and see what actually applies. It’s a little stressful to add more research on to my mounting to-do list, but it is well worth it. Part of me wishes Lucina would just give us her recommendation. But she doesn’t, instead she asked questions, provides examples and gives us tools to learn more. She also gave us a great pep talk on the reality of parenthood … there is rarely a right answer. OMG. That was like a slap in the face. I knew parenthood wasn’t going to be easy, but as we get closer to D-Day it is becoming more real. Nobody is an expert on this topic. Nobody knows for sure. There are no right answers. It’s up to Dominic and I to just do our best.
After the paperwork discussion I had a mini meltdown about breastfeeding/pumping and all the intricacies they both bring. I’m an ugly crier, so it was pretty awesome to be hormonally bawling my eyes out as poor Dominic tried to comfort me. Not. Lucina was great as she talked through all my concerns and gave me a ton of encouragement. I can do this. Lots of people do. And she, and many others are in place to support me. Perfect, one meltdown I can cross off of my pending meltdown list :)
We finished up with routine things … feeling baby’s placement, pee in a cup and a blood draw. We decided to do a round of probiotics before I take the GBS test and add magnesium into my daily vitamin ritual. I was amazed by the power of magnesium and was equally thrilled that the powder comes in raspberry lemonade flavor. Here is the scoop on magnesium …
- Relaxes muscles and helps blood to clot
- Helps to prevent premature contractions
- Less chance of low birthweight and better Apgar score
- “Nature’s tranquilizer” – helps with tension and stress
- Basic treatment for insomnia
I can’t believe we are a few short weeks away from meeting our baby! I told Dominic I wasn’t going to put this out there … but … I’m sensing that our little one is a boy. I don’t know why. I just have a feeling. And I’m going to feel pretty lame if I’m wrong. I think every mother wants their “motherly intuition” to be right. So, if I’m wrong we’ll just say I’m still practicing :)