I will try not to bore you with endless pregnancy stories, but have decided to do a weekly re-cap of events, developments (both biological and otherwise) and gained knowledge. Please feel free to skip over these posts if you are not interested! Catch up on the whole series here.
BabyCenter told us that at 34 weeks, the baby is almost 18 inches in long and weighs approximately 4.75 lbs, about the same as an average cantaloupe:
Top & Leggings: Gap Maternity; Bracelet: Ginger
Activities of the Week: Kevin returned from the UK on Friday, although his bag did not make the journey with him. Unfortunately, it was harboring his yearly purchase of fresh black pudding and haggis, which he did not freeze beforehand. I was imagining all the other loot smelling like sour sheep’s blood and dreading opening the suitcase when it came rolling in on Saturday from its solo journey from London. Surprisingly, it didn’t smell, but I was all for throwing the room temp meat products into the garbage. Someone else wanted to eat them, so I
made politely suggested that he call the small company in Stornoway and inquire as to the shelf life of their product when left out at room temperature. The ‘someone’ came bouncing back into the living room professing that everything was just fine, and so I suddenly found myself cooking up his dinner. Yes, he did survive the meal (albeit with slight abdominal cramps and strange black poo the next day), and no, I did not partake of it in any way.
Saturday morning we went to the BAMBI yard sale at NIST (something they do several times a year) and scored this swing:
It is in great condition, clean and almost new. I washed the cloth bits and Kevin put it together. I am thinking that Fergus can sit in it while I cook and clean, among other things.
Doctor, Doctor: All signs are good – urine, temp, blood pressure. One more two-week appointment, and then we kick it up a notch to weeklies! I checked with Bumrungrad hospital admission to see if there was anything I needed to do, and they told me that unless I was having a scheduled delivery, I am not able to register for the birth yet. When I arrive in labor, I should let the Women’s Center (if arriving during normal hours) or the Labor & Delivery Center (if arriving during the night) know that I need to register, and bring them my hospital card and insurance card. The staff will help Kevin gets things squared away.
Weight: 56.66 kg. Ug.
Purchased/Gifted: Kevin brought back a bunch of baby items that he and his parents and daughter C. bought on baby shopping sprees – clothing, shoes, sheets, a crib mobile, and various baby feeding necessities for later. I also had him bring back Method Free & Clear laundry detergent, window cleaner and wood polish; Ecover dishwasher tablets and toilet cleaner; and a fun treat we will give away at Fergus’ birth.
Belly Measurement (End of This Week): 40.25 inches. I don’t feel like I’m really growing too much anymore, but instead the bellly is dropping lower down.
What The Heck Is Going On In There?: (from BabyCenter) “His fat layers — which will help regulate his body temperature once he’s born — are filling her out, making him rounder. His skin is also smoother than ever. His central nervous system is maturing and his lungs are continuing to mature as well. If you’ve been nervous about preterm labor, you’ll be happy to know that babies born between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do fine. They may need a short stay in the neonatal nursery and may have a few short-term health issues, but in the long run, they usually do as well as full-term babies.”