14 days to go until the due date, that magical, mystical day! We’re still hoping that things are going to start happening on their own (or with acupuncture/herbal assistance) before then but will be doing plenty of monitoring leading up to that date. There’s definitely some nervousness around going longer than 40 weeks due to the risks outlined by our clinic dr a few months ago and recently with the GD issues, although we still don’t want to go medical induction if we can help it. We’ll see.
In the past week Sprocket has rolled over and is now in prime position for birth. Also seems to have dropped a little, although with the change in position it’s hard to tell. The kicks and movements have changed somewhat and are a lot more measured and solid it seems – or as K describes lifting her ribcage and moving around her bodily organs!
The midwife was here again tonight, and all is looking great. K’s blood pressure was an absolute winner at only 115/50 which is more like her pre-pregnancy scores. Sprockie’s heartbeat was perfect too, even moving around while the mw was listening so we got to hear some great variations to match. K’s blood sugars have been fabulous and she has lost 3kg since we starting sticking rigidly to the GD diet. We’re planning to have another scan probably at the end of this week to check on Sprockie, but based on last week’s scan everything is right where it should be.
K has been loving not being at school, she is still doing the last of her marking but has been making sure that she’s taking plenty of time out to do what she wants to do to which has been great (not to mention she’s been packing my lunch and cooking dinner too which I am enjoying, even if it is with a guilty conscience).
Hopefully she’s still got another week or two to enjoy her time, but there’s a growing list of reminders that we’re having a baby in our house pretty damn soon:
- copious amounts of clean baby clothes
- my work desk tidy (honestly – big deal!) and the ‘acting Tui’ ready to step in at a minute’s notice
- going into work on Monday and 3 different people asking if baby was born in the weekend – I can see how that gets really old, really fast!
- dog vaccinated and ready to go stay at camp
- the fact that the house is staying tidy (possible imminent visitors is great motivation)
- loads of birthing literature from the midwife
- plenty of braxton hicks contractions
- baby capsule in the back seat of the car
- home birth kit made/assembled/packed and sitting in the lounge
- birthing ball
- birth pool sitting in the lounge ready to be set up (mental note: must do trial run soon)
- and K says her fat stomach and long distance hugs 🙂