Monday, January 16, 2012

36 weeks and Counting - Due Date: 15 February 2012

Still here and waiting for THE DAY! The baby and I have been very well behaved; me staying at home and getting a lot of rest and the baby staying put in my warm belly. The mid-wife is happy with our progress and 1 more week to go and the baby will not be considered premature, if I happen to give birth earlier.

The baby room is far from ready, therefore we've put everything in our bedroom, baby bed, changing table, etc. I think once the baby arrives and cries in our room, the Cat Man will be motivated to finish off the baby room. Actually, it's not a question of motivation, it's an issue of time, as he's been really busy with work.

I've been given instructions from the hospital for THE DAY. We are to go when I have contractions every 5 minutes for 2 hours. This means I will have to manage a lot of time at home, however personally, I think I will go when the contractions are every 10 minutes, I don't want to cut it too close. Right before going to the hospital, I'm to take a suppository to empty out my you know what and take an antiseptic shower. With regard to the pain, anytime my cervix is 4cm dilated, the anesthesiologist will give me a local anesthesia to numb the area and then give me the epidural. They will keep us in the hospital for 5 days and if there are complications, up to 7 days. This all sounds great in theory and hopefully everything will go off without a hitch.

Here are some cool presents we've received:

All the baby essentials from my cousin in Canada. Blankets, PJs, onsies, etc.

Everything to keep a baby warm, clean and comfy. How awesome!

made knitted cardigans from a wonderful lady in our village. She also made a grey one, but that one is packed away in my suitcase.

Cute little bunny with baby perfume from my dear friend. Baby perfume! How chic and tres French!

Converse sneakers! So cool! I had a pair when I was in junior high! This is going to be one stylish baby!

Baby movements are very frequent. Weight gain so far, 8 kilos. Have been feeling Braxton Hicks contractions in my lower abdominal area. Gestational diabetes is overall under control through diet, although I am craving chips and cakes like crazy! Blood pressure is normal. Sleeping habits still the same, wake up at around 4:00am, watch TV and fall back asleep. Almost there!