Week 38 Update

We have a date! It looks like Lil Bean’s birthday will be December 6th. I was sooo close to having predicted his date of birth back when I was three months pregnant. I said that it would be December 5th. But December 6th is a great day.

It’s weird knowing when his birthday will be. It’s weird knowing that I only have a few days left of feeling him squirm around in my belly. It really makes it real now that I have a date.

This Friday will be my last day at work before I start my maternity leave (which is perfect because we are having a potluck that day). It’ll let me have Monday off to relax/run some errands and Tuesday to go and get my blood drawn. They want to draw 2 pints to have on hand just in case I end up needing to have a blood transfusion during my procedure. I also have to take a shower the night before and the morning of using a special disinfectant soap. At least I’ll start the day with clean hair!

38 Weeks

When I went in for my doctor’s appointment, I really didn’t have many questions. Our doctor went over the basic procedure last week which was good enough for me. I have done research on the after part of having a c-section as well as looked up pictures of the process itself but for the most part (which I jokingly compared to the Chestburster scene in Alien), I know that if I research too much then I will only freak myself out.

We still don’t know what time yet and probably won’t know for a few more days. Scheduling a c-section on a Wednesday is a bit of an anomaly for our hospital but Monday/Tuesday (the usual days) were already fully booked with inductions, c-sections, and other birth/delivery procedures. It’ll either be at 7:30 a.m. or 12:30 p.m. Personally, I’m voting for 12:30 since we have to be there 2 hours beforehand.

It was nice weather this past weekend, so we took the dogs down to the pond. We all had such a good time and it was nice to get outside in the fresh air.

Week 37 Update [Breech Baby Confirmed]

Week 37 was a bit of a rough week, more so emotionally than anything. Robb and I went on Tuesday to my ultrasound appointment and they confirmed that Lil Bean was breeched (Lil Bean and I both checked out healthy otherwise). On the bright side, we did get to see Lil Bean waving at us and learned that he has a fat lower lip (he must get his lips from me). The technician also stated that it appears that Lil Bean is currently in the 90th percentile and weighs a little over 8 pounds (she said that she could be off a pound either way).

37 Weeks!

When we met with the doctor, he gave us a few options – we could try external cephalic version (ECV), which is an attempt to physically turn Lil Bean so that he’s head down. There’s about a 50/50 chance that it would work and no guarantee Lil Bean would stay that way until it’s time for labor. He also stated that it could be risky for Lil Bean depending on why he was breeched. We could just see if Lil Bean would turn on his own or we could go ahead and schedule a cesarean. He told us to take the weekend to discuss our options and do some research but our minds are made up.

I’ll be calling Monday to schedule my C-section. It’s a bit ironic because at the very beginning of my pregnancy, I wanted a home birth (which Robb nor my mom felt comfortable with as this was my first pregnancy).

It’s not what either of us wanted and it is a bit upsetting. We are both disappointed that we won’t have the “full” birth experience – the anticipation of if “it’s time”, the rushed journey to the hospital, Robb hearing me moo like a cow, etc. My pregnancy has been so easy this entire time and I’ve been so confident that I would give birth naturally that a C-section never crossed my mind. Ever.

But that’s okay. I know that if it was meant for Lil Bean to turn then he would have. It feels like he has tried but he just can’t make it happen. It could be many things – umbilical cord wrapped around something, he could be stuck because of my size versus his size, or it could be something with me (I did see where the technician notated that my placenta was in a different position than what is common). My health and Lil Bean’s health is what matters most. If I lived in a larger city with more options, I would maybe attempt to give birth vaginally but where I am, I need to make the best choice for us. Besides, I don’t want to end up in a situation where I have to have an emergency C-section after being in labor for hours upon hours.

Our doctor did a good job of explaining things, especially the timeline. Basically once everything gets started, it’ll only be about 45 minutes until I get to touch Lil Bean.

On a lighter note – here’s some other pictures from last week!

Belle has become addicted to cuddling with me during my pregnancy – not that I mind, I love her warmth!
The obligatory Thanksgiving plate photo – yum.
Cranberries that I made – I LOVE cranberries and made sure to buy an extra bag to throw in the freezer.

Week 36 Update [Possible Breech Baby?]

Oh…my…goodness. 36 weeks! It really feels like Lil Bean has run out of room. My stomach has gotten right lumpy looking in spots and when he moves, you can certainly tell!

I had another doctor’s appointment yesterday. Everything checked out well. Lil Bean Bean and I are both perfectly healthy except for one thing – Lil Bean might be breeched.  A breech baby is one that hasn’t quite moved into the optimal position (head down) yet. Breech births occur in approximately 1 out of 25 full-term births (according to the American Pregnancy Association). I have an ultrasound scheduled for next Tuesday so that we can take a look at how Lil Bean is positioned to see for sure.

Even though hearing that Lil Bean might be breeched is not the best news to get, it’s not the end of the world. It just means some adjustments might need to be made to how we thought the next month might unfold. If he is breeched, Lil Bean can still turn (in fact, if he is breeched, I think he just turned last weekend to be so as he made a whole lot of commotion) and there are things we can do to try and get him to turn. All-in-all, we will do what is best for Lil Bean’s health (and my health) so if it has to be a C-Section in the end, then so be it.

Robb and I actually a little excited to get another ultrasound. It’s been quite a while since we’ve seen Lil Bean and I’m looking forward to seeing how he’s changed. Plus, it’ll be nice to make sure that we don’t spot any other potential problems.

Robb and I had a date day this past Saturday – probably one of our last because of his on-call rotation. We went up to Virginia to return a few baby items, went out to lunch to Olive Garden, then went and saw Thor: Ragnarok (not my favorite Thor movie by far – I wish that the movie had been a little less science fiction-y and took in more of the Norse legend).  It was great getting to spend time out and about with him. We also picked up some organizational items for the house and some items to complete Lil Bean’s nursery.

Not quite the best photo but I do love showing off the belly! | 36 Weeks

One of the items we picked up for the nursery was a cheap cubby hole and some canvas bins. Initially we were going to put it in the closet (replacing a plastic drawer and file cabinet that already existed in there) but after Robb dragged everything out, I thought that maybe it would look better under the shelves that I had him rearrange earlier in the week. I’m so happy now with how the nursery has turned out. This was about the third time that I’ve had Robb rearrange everything but it now looks like a cohesive unit (and I think he like how it looks now too). We also added in a rocking chair to give us something to sit. I’ll do a proper post on the nursery soon.

I spent Sunday cleaning (possibly nesting). I had received some new cleaning products in and was excited to try them out. C’mon. How many people can really say that they are excited about cleaning? But for some reason, I couldn’t wait to clean.

Keep your fingers crossed that Lil Bean’s in the right position come next Tuesday!