Aug 1, 2011

August 1

As I welcome the month of August, I also mark 36 weeks of pregnancy.  I have officially made it to the last month!  I celebrate the thought that by month's end three important things will happen: (1) I will finally hold my baby girl in my arms; (2) I will no longer experience constant nausea; and (3) I will have ankles smaller than cantaloupes.

I have never experienced the full 40 weeks of pregnancy (Zach was 5 days early; Tyler and Gavin were two weeks early; and Lexi was 10 days early), so of course I harbor a deep desire to deliver ahead of schedule.  However, the first day of school for Zach and Tyler is also my 38-week mark, and then Gavin starts school a week later.  With all of the end-of-summer and beginning-of-school activities on the calendar, I really wonder how the baby's arrival will work into the schedule.  For the sake of the calendar and my own personal comfort, I think tomorrow would be just dandy, but of course I want Little Miss to be as healthy and robust as possible.  Most of the time I think I can't survive one more day, but with eight months of evidence to the contrary, I'm guessing that somehow reaching the finish line is possible.

I saw my OB this morning and, despite my many ailments, got a clean bill of health for myself and the baby.  There's nothing special about my situation at this point; I'm just your average eight-months-pregnant lady now.  The doctor is willing to induce at 39 weeks, should I so desire.  My induction at 38 weeks with Tyler was fantastic, so I will probably choose that option if the baby hasn't come by then.

So as I count down the days until our Baby Girl's arrival, I will rely on my arsenal of weapons:

  • My medicine cabinet: Prilosec, Zofran, Tums, and Nystatin
  • My footwear: Hot pink and white Adidas flip-flops (the only shoes that fit)
  • Garry, my knight in shining armor (and dirty old car)
  • Daily naps
  • Ice cream
  • Portable fans
It's supposed to be 97 degrees today.  The last couple of items will be especially important.

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