So far, I have gained 22 pounds. Not too bad! I haven't had any heartburn, praise Jesus! And this girl likes spicy foods too, so I haven't had to sacrifice in that department :) The only stretch mark I can see is right above my belly button and it's about 1/4" long. I will tell you I have got quite the outtie and this pregnancy has done a number on my cute little belly button that I used to have...oh well :)
My 36 week appointment went well! The baby is head down. What a relief! I honestly thought they were sideways sometimes by the way I could feel movement on both sides of my bump when baby was practicing some dance moves. So, I don't have to worry about the baby being in the wrong position for delivery! My midwife thinks the baby is about 6-6 1/2 pounds. I tested negative for Strep B, so no antibiotics! Yay! And I'm 50% effaced and she thinks 1 1/2 centimeters dilated. That's 1 less I have to go during labor ;)
Erin and I have hired a Doula to help us with the birth and we are really learning a lot from her and feeling confident about the whole birth process. We just have to make sure we bring our hospital bags with us for the next few weekends. We are going to a wedding on the 14th and Erin is in a wedding on the 21st. Remember my due date is the 22nd? Oh boy!
Speaking of hospital bags...they are all packed!
|Birthing ball, diaper bag, and suitcase all ready to go|
The car seat has been in my car for a few weeks now, so we're all set there! We'll have to carry that in/out of the hospital, too!
Did I show you my diaper bag yet?!! It's adorable and I am so blessed to have amazing friends :)
|Petunia Pickle Bottom is the cutest!|
This is what I have packed in my diaper bag with lots of room to spare:
|Nursing cover, 1 set of disposable nursing pads and a pair of reusable pads. Pretty sure my milk won't be in but I thought I would pack them just in case. I also have some Earth Mama nipple butter.|
|Girl socks and boy socks! Since we don't know what we're having, I'm bringing them both :)|
|Little hair bows, another neutral pair of socks and baby mittens. Also, 2 white onesies.|
|I'm bringing one Aden & Anais swaddling blanket and a burp cloth.|
|A going home outfit for baby boy or baby girl :)|
As for "our" bag, here's what we got:
-1 pair of sweatpants
-1 tank top
-1 pair of underwear- I am planning on stocking up on lots of mesh panties to take home
-1 pair of socks
-going home maxi dress
-swimsuit and flip flops-in case he helps me labor in the shower or wants to shower himself
-medicine ball pump
-toiletry bag for me
-make-up remover towels
Not yet packed: make-up bag and hair brush. I'll grab those hopefully at the last minute :)
Things I might still pack: laptop. But, I will have my iphone if we think we want to send out a quick e-mail or something. We only live 15 minutes from the hospital, so if there's anything we think we can't live without or need to stay longer than overnight, Erin can easily grab it or family can help us out :)
Anything I am clearly missing? Help me out!