Monday, July 20, 2009

Week 36....less than 1 month to go!

I've been asked quite a few times in the last few days if I'm ready for Emily to be here and after today the answer is YES! I'm ready for some selfish reasons - my back hurts, my feet swelled up like crazy this weekend (so much Brad just called me a Yeti), breathing gets a little bit harder everyday and I can't find any position I'm comfortable in. Yes, all very selfish reasons but I'm ready for her to be here. I know that I shouldn't wish away this last month - that I should enjoy these last few weeks (possibly days) and I'm trying really hard to enjoy it.

Mentally and emotionally am I ready? My answer - are you ever really ready? You can prepare all you want but I don't think you are ever really prepared. Yes, this is something we planned for and very much wanted but are we really ready? Probably not.

In a bold move Brad predicted that Emily will be here on Sunday. I guess we'll see how that goes. If you haven't voted - look to you left and vote in the newest poll! When do YOU think Emily Kate will arrive?

It's back to the doctor on Thursday. We'll have a sonogram to see how big this little one is getting and see if I've made any more progress.

Here's the 36 update from BabyCenter.Com
Your baby is still packing on the pounds — at the rate of about an ounce a day. She now weighs almost 6 pounds (like a crenshaw melon) and is more than 18 1/2 inches long. She's shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered her body as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected her skin during her nine-month amniotic bath. Your baby swallows both of these substances, along with other secretions, resulting in a blackish mixture, called meconium, will form the contents of her first bowel movement.

At the end of this week, your baby will be considered full-term. (Full-term is 37 to 42 weeks; babies born before 37 weeks are pre-term and those born after 42 are post-term.) Most likely she's in a head-down position. But if she isn't, your practitioner may suggest scheduling an "external cephalic version," which is a fancy way of saying she'll try to coax your baby into a head-down position by manipulating her from the outside of your belly.

Changing gears....
We had a busy weekend, once again. Our neighbors hosted my fourth and final baby shower, we took family pictures and went to a birthday party. The baby shower was fun, very sweet and simple - just the way I like 'em. Once again this little girl got some awesome gifts - toys, a lot more clothes, a diaper cake surrounded with goodies and more. After the shower Brad, Banjo and I headed over to a local park to take some family pictures. My brother's girlfriend was kind enough to take them for us and she did a great job! Once I get them from her (she's working a little photoshop magic) I'll post a couple. The last stop on the agenda for the day was little Ryan's birthday party. She turned 2 and couldn't have been happier all day. It was fun to watch her eat a cupcake with no hands.

This weekend....NOTHING and I'm very happy about this. I've got a few things I need to do around the house, but that's about it. YAY! :)

Now it's time for this Yeti to go to bed!

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