Archive for November, 2007

Still getting bigger


This is me at 38 weeks 5 days.   I keep thinking I can’t get any bigger, but time keeps proving me wrong.


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The Internet is full of tips for inducing labor for all those moms-to-be at the same stage of pregnancy that I am: the stage where we’d really like it to be over.  My doctor says that none of the old wives’ tales really work, but I must admit that I’ve been taking the stairs down from my sixth floor office for a few weeks now, just in case what those old wives say about stairs is true. 

They all sound so good though.  So believable.  Apparently there is an enzyme in pineapple that causes the cervix to dilate.  Sound great, right?  I love pineapple.  In fact, I was really craving pineapple a few weeks ago, and when I finally got some, it was amazing.  But apparently, I’d have to eat about eight pineapples for it to change my cervix.  No, thank you.

Lots of people swear by castor oil.  And I even know a couple of people who used it effectively.  But those who want to try that should be aware of the how behind the idea.  Castor oil is a laxative.  It cleans you out and dehydrates you pretty significantly, and the dehydration will likely cause your body to go into labor.  Not the prettiest way to get it done.

But some women will say that anything’s better than getting induced with Pitocin.  The word on that is that it’ll make your contractions come faster and harder.  Though there are plenty of women who didn’t feel that their medical induction made labor any worse. 

We all have our own experiences, I suppose. 

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The Perfect Name

One of my most-asked questions this half of the pregnancy has been about the name.  And I dread the disappointed response I get when I say that we are not sharing our names.  There is a part of me that would love to talk names with everyone.  It’s interesting to hear what other people like and dislike, and I’ve always been fascinated with names.  But we quickly came to the decision that naming our child was going to be a personal thing between just the two of us. 

And we really haven’t spent much time talking about the names we like.  I think we both just felt that the right name wouldn’t be agonized over.  It would just happen.  Only a couple of weeks ago, I started to feel pretty panicky that we didn’t have a name that felt like “it.”  The names we liked were more process of elimination than names that felt just right.

I got to be paranoid that we wouldn’t be able to decide when it came down to it.  Or that we would decide impulsively and regret it.  I frantically searched through lists of names for the name.  Popular Names.  Traditional Names.  Biblical Names.  Ethnic Names.  Anything that might be new and strike the right cord.  Only… I really just kept coming back to the few names we’d had on our minds since the beginning.

And I remembered why I liked those names in the first place.

And it seemed like one of those names just might be the “it” name after all. 

We’ll see what we decide when we meet the little one.  I sure am curious to see who she’ll be.

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38 weeks

Still here!  No baby yet…  We had an appointment on Tuesday last week because of the holiday.  There was no change in my dilation or effacement, but my cervix had softened since the last check.  There’s progress.  It’s just a little slower than I would like.  We’ll just keep waiting, I guess.

Also, another two pounds for me. 

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37 weeks

Our 37 week check up went well yesterday.  Things are progressing, but not very quickly.  So we’re probably not having a baby this week, though you never know!

Meanwhile, I need to get my hospital bag packed and try my best to stop eating all this candy we have at work.  I gained two more pounds this week!  While my weight gain overall has been great, I really want to keep it that way for the last couple of weeks.  But the chocolate is so hard to resist…

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Essential Supplies for Your First Month:

Travel Supplies:
• Preferably a new infant car seat, with base installed in car – It isn’t installed yet, but we do indeed have a car seat.

• Diaper bag with supplies – We got a diaper bad full of sample stuff from the doctor’s office that will work until we find something that suits us.


• Crib/bassinet – Yep, we have both all set up waiting for baby.

• Play-yard/pen (with bassinet option) – No, but I imagine that one of these would be nice.

• 4 or more fitted crib sheets – Well, we have two… It’s a good start, right?

• 2 or more fitted bassinet or play-yard sheets – No, but without a playard, it seems silly. 🙂

• 4 or more fitted waterproof mattress pads – No!  This one does seem like an essential…

• Crib bumper – Nope

• Crib mobile – Nope

• Glider/Rocker chair – Got it!  It’s very comfy, and I can’t wait to sit in it with baby.

Diaper Changing/Bathing Supplies:

• Changing table – No, I dragged my feet on what I wanted for a changing station, so we still don’t have anything.  We’ll figure it out.

• Diapers (10-12 per day for disposable) – We have a couple of packages to get us started.

• Baby Wipes – Again, a couple of packages to get us started.

• Diaper Rash Ointment – We receieved a set of Burt’s Bees Baby stuff with some diaper rash ointment that will certainly get us started.

• Baby Tub – Yes! It was a gift, and we very much appreciate it.

• Gentle Baby-Wash/Shampoo – Again with the Burt’s Bees 🙂

• Baby Washcloths – Check 

• Baby Towels – Check

• Baby-safe scissors or clippers – Check
Basic Wardrobe:

• 6-8 one piece, footed sleepers or infant gowns – Check and then some

• 2 blanket sleepers (for colder weather) – Check

• 6-8 side-snap undershirts or onesies – Check.  We have lots of onesies

• 4 or more booties or socks – We have lots of socks

• 4-6 receiving blankets and 1-2 swaddling blankets – Check

• 4-6 burp cloths – We have a few

• Baby mittens (to prevent those little nails from scratching baby’s face) – Check

• 2-4 hats/caps – Check.  We are set on clothes for her (at least when she’s very small) from family hand-me-downs, which we highly appreciate.  So we have lots of socks, hats, and other stuff.

Breastfeeding Supplies:

• Disposable or washable nursing pads – Not yet

• 2-4 Nursing bras – Not yet.

• Nursing pillow – Got a My Brest Friend as a hand-me-down.

• Nipple ointment – Not yet

• Breast pump and supplies – Not yet

• Bottles and storage bags – Not yet

Bottle feeding Supplies:
• 4-6 4oz bottles and 4-6 8oz bottles with nipples, rings and supplies – Nope

• Sterilizer – Nope

• Bottle warmer – Nope

• 6-8 bibs – Nope

Medical Supplies:
• Infant Tylenol or generic version – Nope

• Infant Benadryl or generic version – Nope

• Baby thermometer – Yep. Thanks, Mom

• Bulb syringe – Yep.  Thanks, Mom

• Pediatrician or Health Care providers phone number! – I haven’t even picked a pediatrician yet!  I’d better get on that.

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Just practicing…

Well, at 36 weeks, the little miss could certainly be born if she wanted to, but yesterday was not the day.

We had our very first false alarm, of sorts, when I called the doctor’s office with a question.  They told me to come in for a test, just to be sure.  “If there’s a question, we want you to come in,” she said.  So we went.  We spent a couple of hours hooked up to machines and got all checked out.  Turns out I was not in labor (which I had figured out on my own…), but I was having mild contractions.  I didn’t feel anything, but the fancy hospital machines don’t lie.  Also, I’m 1 cm dilated and 50% effaced.  We’re making progress!

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