Today was my 35 week appointment, and from now on my appointments will be every week! Augie is still pointed head down, and his back is along my right side. Hopefully this will eventually turn into him facing my spine, and not sunny side up. Lydia Weldy warns me that I do not want to encounter back labor. I was given a packet of information and such today, including a "what to pack" list, a description of what to do/how to know when you are really in labor, a description of a typical scenario of what will happen at the birth center when I am in labor/birthing/going home, and finally a sheet to fill out describing my "birth plan". This last sheet has questions such as, "Where/what position do you plan to birth in?" and "Who do you want to be present in the room with you?" Even things like "What kind of lighting will you prefer?" and "What is your perfect birth fantasy?" My MW says they will use this to refer to in my chart during my labor to make sure things are as comfortable as possible for me. I am feeling more an more pleased and relaxed with the choices I have made for Augie's birth, and I hope everything goes well, even if not perfectly. If there is a complication and I am transferred to the hospital, I am glad that it will be Allen Presbyterian, as this is the hospital I would've wanted to go to anyway. At the end of the experience, if it takes a painful natural birth, a c-section, or even a magician, as long as Augie is safe I will call it a win.
Next week's appointment will include my test for Group B Strep. Apparently about a third of all women are positive for GBS, and it is not that big of a deal, but it would mean that I would have to get a drip of antibiotics every 8 hours while I am in labor. No big deal, but I still really hope it comes back negative so I have one less thing to worry about.
Right now I am getting into packing mode, and making lists and notes about everything we will need to bring (which is really not much, since we won't have to stay long). One of Forrest's task's is to make 2 birthing CD's-- one with nice classical music for late labor relaxation, and one with mellow but more enjoyable tunes to listen to as a distraction in earlier labor. If anyone has good suggestions for songs, post them on my Facebook!! I have a feeling this will need to be a long CD.
How far along: 35 weeks
Weight gain: 29lbs
Cravings: WATER! I am a thirst monster now.
Sleep: Still doing good on sleepy times.
Moods: Still a pretty happy lady.
Stretch Marks: YES! Ladies, I found my first stretch mark last week! Now I will point at it every time Augie acts bad and say "This is what you did to me!", like my mom did with her c-sec scar.
What I Miss: Wine
Milestones: Stretchmark-ville. I have joined the sisterhood. One is enough, though : )
Looking Forward To: Learning how to nurse. I got my organic nipple cream this week!