Monday, April 19, 2010

35 weeks pregnant... 5 weeks to go... 35 days left...

So we're getting in the "home stretch" here... good thing that there is no lack of activity going on preparing for our little girl to arrive! This past Saturday Mommy to be Caroline had a very busy day. First, I visited my buddy Dr. Ashby for my bi-weekly check-up. Weight looked good, baby's heartbeat was strong (she was not too happy a first since Dr. Ashby was poking her so she started moving around - which was reflected in her heartbeat), but my blood pressure was higher than Dr. Ashby would like to see it. As I tried to defend myself, we have a lot going on, which I'm sure is contributing to my high blood pressure...

Mike and I are officially moving next weekend, however we are not moving into a new house, we're moving in with Len and Barb! The super nice man who is buying our house, takes possession a week from tomorrow... so we're working on getting our house all packed up in a PODS that's being delivered tomorrow. We are going to continue on the house hunt, but at least we won't be homeless!

I also took my principal's certification test on Saturday. This 125 question test was the last thing I wanted to do, however, I figured it would be better to get it done before the baby comes. Sadly, I had an interesting gentleman behind me who loved to talk, sing, whistle, tap... and I thought the most distracting thing was going to be the baby lying on/punching my bladder! Hopefully I passed so I don't have to sit through it again!

This week, with packing and my final internship meeting with my University Supervisor and my principal - I have plenty to keep us busy. I'm exited to be moving, but even more excited to get a room ready for Baby Girl Schaab! We cleaned one out this weekend at my mom's house, so now it's just time to set it up and put all of her stuff away... I can't wait!

So what is going on with Baby Girl Schaab? According to Baby Center our baby doesn't have much room to maneuver now that she's over 18 inches long and tips the scales at 5 1/2 pounds. Because it's she's snug in your womb, she isn't likely to be doing somersaults anymore, but the number of times she kicks should remain about the same. Her kidneys are fully developed now, and her liver can process some waste products. Most of his basic physical development is now complete — she'll spend the next few weeks putting on weight.

The Bump says... Baby Girl Schaab’s senses are continuing to improve -- when light peeks in through Mommy Caroline's (extremely) stretched belly, those tiny eyelids and irises blink and dilate. And, baby can now recognize and react to simple songs… time to start practicing your lullabies (she loves ROCKABYE BABY - COLDPLAY)! Growth (at least inside Caroline's womb) is starting to slow, and you may notice baby descend into your pelvis at the end of this month.
How far along? 35 weeks

Total weight gain: 26 pounds

Maternity Clothes: Oh yes... and I purchased two nursing bras this week!

Sleep: Lots of getting up and lots of kicking baby... My heavy belly makes it hard to fall asleep and stay asleep in a comfortable position.

Best Moment this Week: Hearing the baby's heartbeat and how it changed when we were moving her! I also enjoyed another shower this weekend given by some of my team mates from school - amazing food! Also, Mike set up the Pack and Play Bassinette, which helps us visualize where the baby will sleep once she's born. It was a challenge getting all of the pieced together but Mike did a fabulous job!

Movement: Yup - she loves my ribs and the left side of my body.

Food Cravings: Smoothies!

Gender: GIRL

Labor Signs:
A LOT more Braxton Hicks contractions - these are coming more frequently... which means my body is getting ready for the baby to come out! I think we might have to start timing them... The baby's head is also facing down, which Dr. Ashby says is a great sign!

Belly Button in or out? In - which is where I think it is staying.

What I miss: Sleeping comfortably and having ankles at the end of the day. Luckily, my "cankles" only come sometimes, however they are really nasty.... I hope I don't have the swollen looking feet too much in the next five weeks. I'm sure to put my feet up and ice my ankles at nighttime.

Milestones: Caroline learned about infant safety and how to do CPR on an infant. Mike had to deal with a "minor gas emergency" after our inspection, so he'll make up this class with Mimi Barb in June after the baby arrives.

What I'm looking forward to: Moving and setting up the nursery!

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