Last midwife appointment went really well.
Ziggy was head down, and heartbeat great. My blood pressure was fine. My blood work came back amazing. Along with iron levels, I was tested for gestational diabetes, as well as platelet levels. No diabetes and Platelets where up 40 points from first check.
You may not know that I had ITP 20 years ago, and we've been keeping an eye on my platelet count. Normal count is 100,000+. I've gone down to less than 25,000 when I was 12/13. My first count with my midwife was 125,000 (ish), and this last test was 165,000 (ish). Perfectly acceptable, and a huge sigh of relief.
The other amazing news is that the new (and first in Ontario) birth centre is open!! This is a great compromise for Jason and I, as I want a home birth and Jason is against it (please no judging, or suggestions or comments on this) It was slated to open this October, then it go pushed back to December. We where crossing our fingers it would be ready for Ziggy!
Things have been very hush hush, so I don't really know anything about it! I'll update next time.
We have pretty much everything we could need. A place to sleep, warm clothes, and my boobs! We also have been very blessed, and also now have a stroller, car seat, swing, baby rocker, mommy rocking chair, baby bath, diapers (cloth), diaper service for about 4 months, swaddlers, receiving blankets, breast pump, bottles, bibs, books, toys, several different carriers...I think we're set. Are we missing anything??? A lot of it is (wonderfully) second hand. I am quite please with that. I really don't care if my stroller doesn't match my swing or baby bath. Don't worry, the car seat is new!
How am I doing?
I'm feeling nervous!
I am not scared of giving birth. I think I have a healthy respect for how hard it can be, and that it won't be a walk in the park (although now a days, even that is hard for me!). I've been reading lots. And yes I know there is nothing that can really prepare me for what it's going to be like, but I'm keeping an open mind, and learning how to RELAX. Everything I've been reading talks about how keeping my body relaxed will help with birth. Have you ever tried to poop while uptight? Same principle! (yes, I know it's not that *simple*)
I'm mostly nervous about the forever part! I know it will be amazing (and not at times). It dawned on me last Christmas that I am still my parents baby. They still want to take care of me, they still worry about me. Oh, right, forever!
I felt similar trepidation when I was putting our wedding invites in the mail. FOREVER!? 7+ years later, it's been wonderful (and not at some points).
Always work, often fun.
Physically I'm doing good. I am now *DUN DUN DUN* 200Lbs., 40Lbs up from pre pregnancy weight. My body image is good though. 200 is just one of those milestone numbers that is scary. The average wight gain for my size is about 35Lbs, so I'm not worried. Here is a breakdown of what all that extra weight is:
Here are some averages to give you an idea of how much they weigh:
- At birth, a baby weighs about 3.3kg (7.3lb).
- The placenta, which keeps your baby nourished, weighs 0.7kg (1.5lb).
- The amniotic fluid, which supports and cushions your baby, weighs 0.8kg (1.8lb).
- The muscle layer of your uterus (womb) grows dramatically and weighs an extra 0.9kg (2lb).
- Your blood volume increases and weighs an extra 1.2kg (2.6lb).
- You have extra fluid in your body weighing about 1.2kg (2.6lb).
- Your breasts weigh an extra 0.4kg (0.9lb).
- You'll store fat, about 4kg (8.8lb), to give you energy for breastfeeding.
|I was on my way to a Burningman party. I even danced!|
|32w 3 d. In my amazing adorable Value Village score. Perfect for my second baby shower (thanks mom!)|