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Week 36
~ Ready Finally?

Emily at 36 weeksNow that this week is over, I think I can say with confidence that I am ready for baby to show up. I have my bags packed, I have all of the clothes washed, I have stocked up on diapers and other items that I will need, and now that week thirty-six is over and baby is technically full term, it's time to meet this little one. My parents will be home this next week for a few days, and it really would be nice for baby to show up while they are here or a little before so they do not have to wait another three weeks. I know baby will come when he or she is ready, but I just would really like my mom to be here for the birth too. Oh well, time will tell.

I had another doctor visit this last week again too. I love finally getting to weekly visits. Baby's heart rate was averaging at about 150 bpm. My doctor did check me again for any progress, but I am about the same as last week, between 2-3 cm. I did learn that my Group B Strep test came back positive this time. I always had negative results with the other three, so this is all new territory to me. After talking with my doctor for a little while, she explained that basically we will need to get right into the hospital the moment I know that I am in labor. She wants to be able to have two doses of antibiotics given at four hours apart, otherwise if we miss that timeframe, she would like for us to stay for twenty-four hours of observation after baby is born.

Titus enjoying his birthdayThe only problem with all of this is that I have some pretty quick labors and I really would like to avoid staying for twenty-four hours after baby is born if at all possible, instead of just the eight hours that the birthing center does. After talking with Jeremy about all of this, we have come up with a plan to try and do everything we can to fight the infection naturally and see if we can get it to go away before baby shows up. My plan is to keep having my doctor check me every week, up until baby comes, and see if I can get this taken care of before labor starts. I would really like to avoid having the stress of trying to make sure that contractions are for real or not, and hurrying up to get in there. Not to mention I'm sure that our hospital bill will go way up with the twenty-four hour stay. If however, we are not able to get it taken care of like we are hoping to, we will go ahead with the antibiotics like she had said. I figure it is at least worth the try.

I did have a couple of nights this last week where contractions were more intense and timeable. It made me a little stressed that I was not really ready yet at that point. This seems to be the way it works for me, with contractions coming more and more consistent, and a little stronger each time, until one set of them finally just takes off and gets labor started. That would be why I do not want to deal with hustling to the hospital. I'm afraid I'm going to end up with tons of false alarms or end up waiting until it's just too late. Blah.

Titus and DaddyI also saw our naturopathic doctor this past week to see how much of the alfalfa I should be taking. I found I was not taking near enough, and ended up increasing it by quite a bit. I am really hoping this will all help with the bleeding again like it did with Titus' birth.

We had our family over this weekend for Titus' birthday party too, and had a really nice time with everyone. Titus got lots of little cars and trucks for him to play with. Most of them are from Cars 2, and he was pretty excited about it. He kept saying, "Mater", or "Lightning McQueen." It was very cute!

Here are a couple of pictures from the party, and also a picture of me at thirty six weeks. I do not intend to post one weekly from here on out . . . one every four weeks is bad enough. If for some crazy reason I make it to week forty though, I will post one more.

Hope you have a wonderful week!

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