Sunday, March 28, 2010

Friday, March 26, 2010

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

38 weeks and progress...

We had our 38 week appointment this morning. Everything looks great, I lost 3 pounds and my blood pressure is still low. More importantly, we are making progress! Last week she was way up high, there was no progress and doc said that she isn't coming anytime soon. Today we were told she is starting to drop, I am 50% effaced and 1 cm dilated. I know to everyone that has had a baby before that that means nothing and I could walk around like that for weeks without going into labor, BUT compared to last week it is progress and was the best news I've heard in awhile. At least she is doing something in there and heading the right way! WOOHOO! This baby will be here before we know it!

She is doing great and active as ever. I don't know who said that babies movement slow down or soften near the end. They never met my kid because she seems to be more active and a heck of a lot stronger. The doctor gave me the not-so-exciting news that even once she has dropped, she could still abuse my ribs :( No mention of baby's weight today, but doc said that we are likely to have a LONG baby.

Maternity leave is treating me well. Lots of relaxing. I can't tell if the nesting instinct has kicked in yet. I sit around and think about all the things I should clean and reorganize, but have yet to get off my butt and fanatically clean anything yet. I have rearranged half the house, washed every item of fabric from Kaylee's room and made a really long to-do list (more of a honey-do list). It will get done, eventually, and if it doesn' will go on!

Monday, March 22, 2010

Bailey's ready for baby

From the mouths of babes...

On Friday, I was lucky enough to enjoy a little baby shower with all my kindergarteners. Since we are first time parents, they felt they needed to share their advice on how to take care of Kaylee:

"make sure she plays"
"always make sure she's in the house"
"always make sure you change her diaper"
"feed her food"
"make sure Kaylee goes to bed at her bed time"
"make sure you don't leave her with the dogs"
"don't forget food"
"always help take care of her"
"you should give her lots of milk"
"get Kaylee to sleep and get Kaylee toys or a baby doll"
"keep Kaylee happy"

37 weeks

Kaylee is cooked! We made it to 37 weeks, which technically means she has made it to full-term. Alright, kid, we are ready for you! My maternity leave officially started today and I am already kind of bored, even though I have a to do list a million miles long. I have been somewhat productive thus far. I have some loose ends to tie up for work, then I will have time to neurotically clean my house and organize the garage.

How far along? 37 weeks, 5 days
Total weight gain: 25 pounds
Maternity clothes? Outgrowing them at a rapid pace
Sleep: Actually, not too bad
Best moment this week: Starting maternity leave
Worst moment: Starting maternity leave
Movement: If you could see my belly, you might think an alien was trying to escape through my belly button. So, yes, we have movement
Gender: Sure hope it's a girl
Labor Signs: lots of contractions, but no real progress. She is head down. Seems to be climbing higher into my ribs instead of heading south though.
Belly Button in or out? way out
What I miss: sleeping on my stomach
What I am looking forward to: meeting our baby girl!
Milestone: we finished all our childbirth classes and we are officially full term
Next appointment: Wednesday

Baby's development at 37 weeks:
Congratulations! Your baby is now considered full term. If your baby decides to come now, he will most likely be ready to breathe on his own outside of the womb. Your baby probably tips the scales at over 6 pounds now and measures between 19 and 20 inches, head to heel. He is definitely looking like a newborn now.

Your baby has probably moved into the head-down, back-facing position that is ideal for labor. If your baby is breech, “sunny-side up” (head down, facing front), or lying crosswise in the uterus, your doctor may either try to turn him manually or you may be looking at a possible scheduled cesarean.

Sunday, March 14, 2010

36 weeks and counting...


Congratulations! Although she may have a few more weeks to go, your baby is considered full term at the end of the 36th week. The only organ that still needs some time to mature is the lungs. While you may be ready to be NOT pregnant, remember that every day your baby spends in the womb increases her chance of the prevention of breathing difficulties.

This week, your baby may drop further into the birth canal in preparation for delivery. This makes breathing a lot easier for you, but walking becomes more difficult. You may be startled when your baby stretches into your ribs and bangs her head against your cervix. She is surely beginning to run out of room in those cramped quarters. (I can definitely feel her banging around in there but don't think she has dropped yet)

If she is not head down yet, your doctor may schedule an “external cephalic version”, which is a manual manipulation of the baby, turning her head down. There is a lot of pressure involved, but it can be a successful way to avoid a breach birth. (She was head down at our last appointment)
The average size of babies in the 36th week is 19 inches long and 5 ¾ pounds in weight. (Doctor says "well, you're not going to have a small baby") Your baby is gaining more fat every day, and may be even forming those cute dimples around her elbows and knees. Her gums are very rigid, and she will be ready to nurse or bottle-feed when she is born. (from

Thursday, March 4, 2010

32 vs. 35

It's only been three weeks since my last belly shot but, WHOA, that baby's getting big!

Wednesday, March 3, 2010


We are 35 weeks along with 35 days to go! (and they can't pass quickly enough!!)

Last weekend I had a fantastic shower thrown by friends! It was a lot of fun and even included a very competitive game of pictionary. It seems that the game was rigged though, with one team getting words like crying baby and spit up and the other team having to draw words like contractions, labor and breast pump! (although, the 3 second drawing of "labor" was quite impressive. I had a great time and got a lot of wonderful things for baby Kaylee!

My replacement at work has been officially found. She will start working with me this Tuesday and my last day of work is slated for March 19.

Your Baby
This week the final touches are being added to your mini-masterpiece and most of his development is going to packing on the pounds. While baby's movements may be becoming less jerky, he may do his final somersault in the womb soon—to put himself into the head-down position for birth. Other fascinating facts:

Your little Karate Kid can't quite pack the punch he used to due to the limited space inside the womb these days. You're likely to feel more wiggles, stretches and rolls than kicks and jabs.
(Not true) The extra layer of fat your baby is adding will create those cute dimples on your baby's elbows and knees. His liver has begun processing his waste products, so you know which organ to thank when he has his first blowout up the back of his onesie.

Baby's nails are growing so long they may curl over the tips of his tiny fingers and toes before he sees a pair of clippers. He'll be in serious need of a mani-pedi once he's born (as will you).

Your baby is now about 5½ pounds and over 18 inches long—about the size of one of those Costco sheet cakes. (source:
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