Pregnancy Update – 36 weeks and counting…

36 Weeks Here we are… we’re now technically out of the “danger zone” of premature delivery (even though she’s not full term until Friday, 10/23) and full force in to the labor & delivery phase of pregnancy. It’s a bit daunting, but a welcomed challenge.

We had an appointment last Wednesday, where the doctor announced that I was 1 cm dilated and 50% effaced… her guess is that C will most likely show up early! My belly still looks high to me, but according to the doctor, she has dropped and is engaged in a -2 position.

We had a bit of stress in week 34, when I started having more braxton hicks contractions (practice contractions) than the allowed amount. A normal range is 4 within an hour – I was exceeding that easily when I moved around too much (getting up out of bed or a chair would cause one to occur). The doctor thought I might have been dehydrated (which causes them to come more frequently), so I hydrated up and I laid low for a few days and they seemed to improve. We weren’t quite ready to let our little girl come in to the world yet, and I wanted to do everything I could to stop her from arriving too soon!

Of course, taking it easy meant a a bit conflict with my strong urge to nest (although, in all honesty, I’ve had a hard time distinguishing between “nesting” and my normal OCD organizational bug…), so all of C’s little clothes, toys and new contraptions sat in her room waiting for me to pass in to the safety zone. At this point, she would only be a few days shy of “full term”, and the doctor wouldn’t stop labor if it started. Now that we’re passed that point, though, I get the feeling that she’s going to be stubborn and take her sweet time. We didn’t let her out when she was ready, and now it’s our turn to wait on her!

Ben has been fantastic throughout the pregnancy – and stepped up even more in the past few weeks of me trying to maintain “limited activity” and keep the Braxton Hicks contractions at bay. He came home to take care of me and make sure I was staying in bed the one day the doctor recommended bedrest, and has since been helping even more as I’m reaching a point of physical capacity with lifting, moving, carrying and even bending over to pick things up. It’s so nice to have someone I can completely rely on to help when I need it – I feel especially lucky right now.

It’s the first week of my maternity leave, and I’m continuing to lay low this week and keep this easy bake oven going for a little big longer. I’m so easily tired these days that it doesn’t take much for me to declare “nap time!” and get the rest I need. The exhaustion, coupled with the braxton hicks and normal pregnancy aches & pains was enough for my doctor to recommend I call it a day at work and focus on taking care of myself for the next few weeks. I’m working on some low intensity projects around the house, taking frequent breaks, and trying not to over-exert. Luckily, most of the projects I have aren’t necessary for C’s arrival – they’re just extra things I wanted to get done if time allowed for it.

We find ourselves pretty much set for her arrival – we received quite a nice collection of hand me down clothes from a friend, so even without fully sorting through the gifts she’s IMG_1284received, we have a nice selection of clothes for C to start out with. Her dresser drawers are organized & labeled, the diapering station is set up, her crib is cleared out (with clean sheets), toys have been sorted and put away, diaper bag is stocked… this kid is set! Here’s a pic of me in her already messy room :)

Ben & I found a really cute pale pink cable knit dress at Baby Gap as a potential “bringing home outfit” – the only bad thing is that it wasn’t available in a newborn size, so she’ll probably be swimming in it. It’s short sleeve, so we’ll put a shirt & pants on under it, which will hopefully add some bulk, but I still think it’s going to be huge on her. I’ve thought of shrinking it in the wash (I’m good at that!!), but am afraid it won’t shrink right and then the whole thing will be a lost cause… We haven’t found anything else we love for bringing her home, so this outfit may win out, even though she’ll need to grow in to it a bit for the full cuteness effect!

Hope everyone out there is doing well! The great TV experiment (coupled with some time off work) is certainly forcing me to fill my time with other things (like blogging), so hopefully I’ll be better about updating more frequently in the future! We’ll definitely post pictures of C when she arrives and keep you all posted (either through this blog or through Ben’s blog).

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2 Responses to “Pregnancy Update – 36 weeks and counting…”


  1. 1 Ingrid October 29, 2009 at 10:12 PM

    Good job laying low! It is totally the best thing to do. Plus, if you can let your body stretch out and dilate slowly and in its own time, you will have gotten more of the “work” of labor done.
    Good luck. It is going to be great!

  2. 2 Joyce November 6, 2009 at 2:32 PM

    It sounds like you’re ready, now when Claire is ready……. we keep checking to hear the news and look forward to seeing all of you at Christmas. Did you read the statistic that 50% of twins are diagnosed at the time of delivery? Not to worry. . . . I’m pretty sure that is a piece of information left over from the olden days! Good luck . . . . you’re all in our prayers.


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