7.13.2010

Tummy Tuesday

This past weekend was very fetus-filled. We got the changing table and crib up in the spare room so it's officially looking like a nursery. It has a long way to go but should Casey arrive early at least he will have somewhere to sleep and be changed. My co-worker bought us some Winnie-the-Pooh bedding so it inspired me to get things ready and also sort of pressured me into registering at Babies "R" Us even though I was totally resistant to that at first. They just have more stuff.
We also had the birth class and learned a lot, even took a tour of the hospital where we will pre-register this Friday after work. I'm glad we did the weekend class so we wouldn't have to go see the same folks week after week. We were provided a lot of stimulating information that was a catalyst for some conversations we'd not had yet. This week I'll also write up a "birth plan" and make a playlist for my iPod called "Bearph" at Husband's request. It was a classic case of "small world syndrome" when a fellow high school alumnus was also in our class. There was one point where we were doing the hee-hee-hee-hoo breathing exercise and Husband made a face that made me burst into a fit of giggles that left me weeping in my bean bag chair. Those Fridays can't go anywhere without causing trouble.
And finally, at the behest of BFF, I got a yoga ball (a.ka. balance ball a.k.a. Swiss ball) for the house. Attention all pregnant women or people thinking about being huge and pregnant at some point: GET ONE OF THESE. My God. The relief in the hips, the rocking, all of it - to. die. for. $9.99 at Target and worth every single cent.

Here's what babycenter.com says about 34 weeks (6 more to go!):
Your baby now weighs about 4-3/4 pounds (like your average cantaloupe) and is almost 18 inches long. His fat layers — which will help regulate his body temperature once he's born — are filling him 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. (According to What To Expect, his testicles are dropping this week. Holler. His fingernails are also almost to the tips of his fingers. TEE!)

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