Well the baby had me a little worried this past week with all the activity she’s been doing. But it appears to be her new consistent schedule – every night around midnight she goes a little nuts. Or maybe it’s not nuts, it just feels like that because she’s so big it all kind of hurts for her to be stretching and kicking like that!
My 37 week appointment went fine and normal, the heartbeat was good and strong from the moment the doppler touched my belly. But I did mention my anxiety attack and the resulting contractions and wondered if we could do something just to ease my mind. So I ended up going friday for a biophysical profile (BPP), which is a quick ultrasound where instead of measuring growth they instead look at things like heartrate, fluid levels and practice breathing to assess if the baby is showing signs of distress. Well Ember is doing just fine in there. And of course by that point I felt like I didn’t really need the ultrasound, but if I do feel any anxiety creeping up again at least I can reassure myself that they checked her and she was fine.
Actually when I started thinking about it it makes sense that her activity level has gone up the week after Den got home – now that he’s running around with Kate all evening I get to actually sit down for an extended period. I’m having less contractions and she’s being more active! I didn’t realize how much I was doing until I no longer had to do it all, I suppose.
Here is one example from late at night.
The heartburn at night got so bad that I threw up one night so I got a prescription for zantac. Wow that stuff works! I take it before bed and NO heartburn all night! No waking up choking feeling ill! I do still have some minor heartburn during the day, but I don’t really care too much, I can take tums or whatever during the day. It was the horrible stuff when I layed down to sleep that was a huge issue; I’m not getting enough sleep as it is. I finally caved and started using another pillow to sleep with, under my knee… I think I started that at 36 weeks. Amazing I got that far before it was an issue! I’m still having troubles sleeping well though, thanks to the contractions that happen when I roll myself over, which make me have to pee really badly. And instead of being exhausted when I fall back into bed I’m wide awake again. My droid has been getting a lot of use.
It’s amazing to me that I’m over 37 weeks pregnant. I don’t have much time left, and I still don’t feel ready to have her. I mean the stuff around the house is pretty much ready: I finally located the newborn clothes and put them away, I packed my hospital bag that night when I was having contractions, the infant car seat is out and ready, the cosleeper is… okay, well that’s still in Kate’s room, we need to move it into our bedroom. But unlike last time I just don’t feel like everything has to be set up perfectly in order to bring her home. However I do still have a list of things to get through before I want her to be born! Tomorrow morning I have a moms brunch to attend; Tuesday I’m babysitting Kate’s BFF all day; Thursday is my class’ final exam; and Saturday is Kate’s birthday party. So I really would like to get through this week! By then I’ll be 38 1/2 weeks and all bets are off.