Thursday, August 5, 2010

One Month and Counting... (the story so far)

So, before I write this post, I'm just going to make a couple of things clear:

1. I enjoy my privacy, and I'm pretty sure my wife enjoys hers too, so I will not be using our real names on this blog. Instead I will refer to myself as TD (The Daddy), my wife as HW (Her Wifeness), and baby boy as BB!

2. You might wonder why I've only just started this blog now, with a few weeks to go until baby arrives, instead of starting it several months ago, to document the entire pregnancy. Well, the honest answer is that there hasn't been anything to document! We have had a textbook pregnancy. Every visit to the doctor has taken about 5 minutes, all test results have always been good, and the baby's heartbeat has always been healthy. So it would have been a pretty boring blog. I guess the only thing I might have written about is that we found Freecycle and Craigslist to both be really helpful ways to get all our baby stuff together. Many people told us that there's no point paying full price for baby stuff because you only need it for such a short time, and that definitely seems to be true. We've bought almost everything second-hand from other parents, or had it donated to us. If you're parenting on a budget (which almost everybody is these days, right?) then I definitely recommend those two sites.

Right, on with the post: today is 5th August, which means there's exactly one month to go till baby's due date! We really don't think he's going to stay put for that long, though. HW is almost ready to pop and really doesn't think she will go full term. Apparently it's very common for pregnant women to think that, though, so I guess we'll just have to wait and see.

We had an appointment with our doctor a couple of days ago (they used to be monthly, but now they're every two weeks, and soon they'll be weekly, leading up to the birth) and as usual all the test results were clear and BB's heartbeat was strong and healthy! We also found out that he's in a head-down position; ready to make his escape! So that was all good news. We also got some useful information about how to know when it's time to go to the hospital (when HW's waters break, or when she is sure she's in labor and her contractions are between 2 and 3 minutes apart, or if there's a lot of bleeding) and what exactly will happen when we get there.

We're obviously overjoyed that our baby is healthy and that we've had no complications at all throughout the pregnancy, but there is ONE annoying thing about it: because there have never been any issues, the doctors have never needed to do any ultrasounds. So we haven't actually seen BB since the initial ultrasounds, right at the start of the pregnancy.

This one was at 7 weeks:

  This one was at 9 weeks, 5 days:

And this one was at 19 weeks, 5 days; weighing 11 ounces (look at that spine!):

And that's the last time we actually got to see him! We've both been talking about how strange it seems, having this little being who we can feeling kicking inside HW's belly all the time, and who is going to be living with us soon, and yet we still don't know what he looks like! Oh well, just a few more weeks to wait, now.

As far as being otherwise prepared, BB's room is pretty much ready to go: we have his crib, changing table, and plenty of clothes, toys, books, and blankets... although we could probably do with stocking up on a few more boxes of diapers and baby wipes (HW is having a baby shower at work next Tuesday so hopefully she'll get some there!). We also have two breast pumps; one double electric pump, and one backup manual pump. And we have a little baby bathtub thing for washing him, too. So I feel like we have most of the things we're going to need. We still need to pack our hospital bags, though - we might do that this weekend. We also have a parenting class at the hospital, next Tuesday night. It's an intensive class, just to take us through all the basics and make sure we're ready! I'm looking forward to it, and hoping we might also get to chat with some of the other parents, too, to see how they're all getting along. I wonder if they all feel the same as we do... excited about this amazing adventure we're about to embark on, but also kind of nervous!

Well, that's all for now. I feel like we're almost ready to meet our baby boy!

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