Travis’ pregnancy on the left and Baby #2 Pregnancy on the right
Weight of baby: almost 6 pounds
Length of baby: more than 18.5 inches from head to toe
Baby size: head of romaine lettuce
Cool baby changes: She is shedding her vernix caseosa, which is the waxy stuff that protected her from amniotic fluid for the past nine months. She also is shedding the fuzzy hair covering her body. Apparently she ingests both of these things, which creates those lovely meconium diapers. Ew!
Mommy changes: I have had two doctor’s appointments since my last update! For my 35 week appointment last Wednesday, my doctor wheeled out the portable ultrasound machine to check baby’s position. She definitely is head down, which is a huge relief! I got to see the top of her skull down low, as well as her feet up high. My doctor said that there is plenty of amniotic fluid in there too, which is a good thing. I measured around 34.5 cm last week. I had my 36 week appointment this morning, and I jumped to 36-36.5 cm. Hooray! She is measuring right on time, and her heartbeat has been in the 140s during the past two appointments. My blood pressure and weight gain are just fine, and everything else is going very smoothly! They will not check me until 38 weeks, unless I start to have Braxton Hicks contractions this week. I still haven’t had any of those yet, but a bit of random cramping here and there.
I also had a lovely little sprinkle for baby girl this weekend! I am very lucky that some of my closest friends were able to gather to celebrate baby girl. We have some darling clothes washed and waiting for her now! It was a really nice day for me, and I am thankful for the generosity of our loved ones.
Baby girl is using the same nursery and nursery furniture that Travis started out in. We transitioned him to his big boy room about a month ago now. Over the weekend, I washed all of her clothes and sorted her closet by size. I reorganized the drawers in the dresser and chest, and Brian adjusted her crib back up to newborn height. It looks so darn high now!!! We also purchased letters to spell out her name, and Brian hung them up on Sunday. A few weeks ago, he hung up bookshelves for her. Her room is totally set and ready for her arrival!
This is the first week that things have REALLY begun to set in. She will be here soon. Really soon. I am going to be a mother to two children. I have been so nervous lately about how I am going to balance Travis and his baby sis, almost to the point where I haven’t allowed myself to get excited about her arrival. I finally feel like I am ready to meet her! Our house is relatively ready. Travis is getting a bit more independent (at times). My workload has lessened a little bit, so I am getting more sleep. I would like for her to keep cooking for several more weeks, but we are starting to get ready to meet her!!
We had maternity shots taken over the weekend, as well. It was so nice to be able to capture some special moments of baby girl and I, Brian and I, and Travis with the both of us. I was so pleased with how these turned out, and I can’t wait to blow them up with some baby girl newborn shots to make a big wall collage!!