33 weeks, 7 to go until the little lady is scheduled to arrive. Holy crap that's less than two full months! We are slowly but surely getting things checked off our to-do lists, both major and minor. I typed out a tentative birth plan last night, and once Matt and I have the chance to go over it together, I'll discuss my feelings on the matter in more detail here. We have started talking about a pediatrician, but we haven't yet made a decision on that. Our childbirth prep class is scheduled, and hopefully little one does not decide to come early or we won't have the chance to attend as I'll be 36 and 37 weeks for those classes! The nursery is starting to take shape, as we now have the crib mattress in place, one curtain panel done and curtain rod hung, furniture mostly painted, and plans for wall decor and a few other touches taking place in my already crowded little head as I type. Our chair hasn't been delivered, but it should arrive by the end of this month. I have some projects to work on this weekend with my mom's help - at least finish the other curtain, and possibly start/finish(?) the crib skirt. Here are some sneak peek pics of the current state of things:
Close of up curtain
Close of up curtain
We are also checking things off the "must-haves" list of baby prep items. Getting the cloth diaper stash ready and pre-washed soon, and filling in the back up supply of disposables a little at a time. I am definitely starting to feel like things will all be ready by the time she's here and ready to come home, and that's a big relief! I mean, basically, she needs a few onesies, blankets, diapers and mah boobs for the first little while, and those are all things we can safely say we have covered! My sweet friend from work is bringing over a load of baby gear this weekend including the co-sleeper for our room, and back ups of many items to have at Mark's for when she has Grandpa time over there. I think we'll be in pretty good shape with gear very soon! The wonderful Smith family hosted another BEAUTIFUL shower today (pics to come in another post), and my lovely Peds and Transplant Social Work friends are both throwing work showers next week! Needless to say we are overwhelmed with love and support for this little one, and I seriously mean it when I say we could not be as prepared as we are without all of you. SO much love, it melts my heart!
We had our 33 week appt with the midwife on Thursday, and everything seems to be going well from her point of view right now, too. The fundal height is right on track, which means more or less baby is growing on track (which we knew from the u/s last week). Her heartbeat is steady and strong, and her movements have been out of this world in the past week! You can now see my entire belly moving when she readjusts her little legs and feet!
My weight gain is stable - I haven't gained any in the past 3 weeks and so far I'm up approximately 14 lbs. In the past week, I've gotten probably the best compliment any pregnant lady wants to hear, not once or twice, but three times - "You can't even tell you're pregnant from the back!" :) As unwieldy and off-kilter as I feel sometimes at this point, it is nice to know that others don't seem to experience my profile the same way I do! We have scheduled a maternity photo session and I will be 35 weeks at that point - so some real ripe belly pics are coming your way soon! Here's our at home shot for this week:
33 wks 2 days
33 wks 2 days
Overall, I'm feeling that even though there is still a lot to complete, we have good plans and will make a little progress every week, and before we know it she will be here! I'm hoping every day for continued stability with the GD and no insulin, but overall just for a healthy and safe delivery whenever she decides to arrive. I'm also hoping to find some time for Matt and I to spend as just a couple in these last few weeks, before our lives are changed forever. We have a few movies we'd like to see at the Michigan Theater, and hopefully the weather cooperates and we can go on some walks outside together too. It's very exciting from here out...I'm sure the next few weeks are going to be a blur!