Today marks 35 weeks. 35 days to go and a tummy measuring 35 cm from top to bottom. The little kumquat is approximately eighteen inches long and weighs just over five pounds…
…similar in weight to a honeydew melon. And that’s just about what he feel like… except this honeydew has elbows and knees that are constantly trying to stretch out and make more room for himself. I’ve been quite surprised to have an extra bit of energy and stamina over the last week or so. My nesting tendencies have finally shown up as I find myself a little frantic trying to clean house and re-organize closets before the little guy gets here. We have quite a small house and I’m realizing that we really need to have a garage sale to get rid of some stuff. Since Bill has been on the east coast since last Wednesday, I’ve found myself waking up early and unable to get back to sleep… so I’d get up and do laundry, or vacuum or clean off a bookshelf. I imagine this extra energy isn’t going to last much longer, so I’m taking advantage of it while it lasts.
I’m happy to report that we now have a location for where this little guy will be born. We got my HMO to approve authorization for me to deliver at Long Beach Memorial Hosptial instead of St Mary’s. It’s a big relief for both of us and I can finally relax knowing we’ll be delivering in a hospital that will be much more supportive of our birth plan. Funny enough, my doctor was surprised to hear that it was approved. She’d never heard of a request like that being approved without some sort of high risk medical condition being attached to it. I guess if you ask really nicely…
Bill and I are finishing our Bradley class with a final class this weekend that focuses on breastfeeding. It’s been a lot of fun making new friends with the other couples in the class. Despite coming from different backgrounds, we all have the same mindset when it comes to childbirth and raising our babies. So we’ve been talking a lot via email to share our research. Since all of us are due in October and November, we’re researching the same stuff. Immunizations, child care, finding a pediatrician and diapering options are all top priority right now. And since there’s so much information out there and way too many options to make an easy decision, we’re splitting up the research and then getting together later to talk about our findings. Hence the email to some of you asking about nursing bras.
A little over a week ago Bill and I spent a day with my friend Krista taking some maternity photos and hanging out with her family. Her parents were in town from Newark and it was wonderful visiting with them too.
Here are some of the photos from that shoot… they’re definitely more casual than my previous maternity shoot and we had some fun goofing around. But they give you a good idea of how much I’ve grown.
Despite the ultrasound confirming that we’re having a boy, I still have dreams where the little one pops out and is a girl. Maybe I’m just dreaming about the next kid.
Hopefully I’ll be able to post photos of a nursery in the next couple of weeks. (fingers crossed)