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Week 35 ~ March 1, 2004
~ Are We There Yet?

I think I'm officially ready to not be pregnant anymore! I'm tired of everything, but especially tired of being asked when I'm due, receiving the inevitable look of horror and pity when I answer, and equally inevitably being asked if it's twins. Yesterday a woman who had delivered an 11 pound baby was amazed by the size of me. Honestly! The baby is not bigger than 11 pounds yet! At least according to the ultrasound.

I had ultrasound number four today. The baby's head and belly are measuring full-term. Estimated weight, for whatever that's worth, is 7 lbs 6 ozs. So he is still on the big side and I'm getting a little nervous about his shoulders being hard to deliver. I'm measuring 39 weeks now, despite not gaining any weight over the past month. I actually lost a pound in the last two weeks. The good news is that the fluid level is down at the top of the normal range now.

We talked a bit about the possible risks of my uterus being large. My midwife says she is most concerned about my becoming dehydrated during delivery, and about post-delivery bleeding. She wants me to consider having a heplock in place in case I need fluids, or in case I hemorrhage and they need to give me medication quickly. Nothing like being told you're at increased risk for bleeding out to calm you down about an impending delivery! She did reassure me on the issue of my water breaking, saying that it was very unlikely to break naturally unless the baby was already firmly engaged in the pelvis, at which point there isn't much risk of cord prolapse or fetal malposition. The important thing, she feels, is to be very wary of anyone breaking my fluid before the head is engaged.

I have appointments weekly from now on and have to decide whether or not to do internal exams. It's tempting to look and see if progress is being made (all of these contractions ought to be doing something for me, or I'll be very annoyed!), but I know that cervical dilation can happen long before birth or not until you go into labor. So the information gained isn't really all that useful unless we are considering starting natural induction methods. Which sound more and more appealing the bigger I get, I must admit. I know it isn't long now, even if I go full-term or beyond, but I have been so terribly uncomfortable lately and the Braxton Hicks have become increasingly bothersome. I'm ready to move on to the next stage and finally meet my little guy.

I've been wondering what he will look like. I saw his profile on the ultrasound today, but it doesn't really tell you much. My daughter was born looking rather like Alfred Hitchcock, but within a short period she started looking like a feminine version of her father. She still looks almost exactly like him and not remotely like me. Perhaps Sam will take after his father as well? It seems a bit unfair, since I'm doing all the work, but my husband is a handsome guy and my daughter is beautiful, so I can't really complain. I've also been trying to judge Sam's personality based on how he is inside. My daughter moved nonstop, day and night, never seeming to need rest. Four years later, that's still a fair description. Sam, on the other hand, is a fairly placid guy during the day and moves around a bit more in the evening. His movements are calmer and gentler than his sister's were. Dare I hope he will be a slightly calmer child? I adore my daughter, but I'm not sure how many whirlwinds I can manage at one time!

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