Best part of the week: Finally getting hospital bags packed, car seat ready to go, bottles and other baby things all sterilized and ready... pretty much everything directly related to the baby is all done and ready to be used.
Worst part of the week: Realizing there's probably no chance all our stuff shipped from the US is going to get here before the baby is born. Which means not only won't I have some essential items, but I will have to be unpacking and washing and putting away all that stuff right after the baby is born. Lame. Oh also, finding out I need to continue the injections for 6 weeks after baby is born. Boo.
Weight gain this week: Well at first I wasn't going to weight myself, because I always do it in the morning and today I forgot, but then I got curious and just jumped on the scale after dinner (nice timing, I know). Buuuut then I realized I didnt' really remember what I was last week, so who knows how much I gained... let's say 1 pound?
Total weight gain: Approximately 27 or 28 pounds. I think my weight gain is slowing a bit, as my appetite has not been as big.
Cravings: Hmmm... apple juice, and oddly, whipped cream.
The OB appointment: Okay so. I saw the OB yesterday, and things didn't go exactly as planned. First of all, turns out I have a UTI. Never would have guessed that, since I have not a single symptom, but apparently I have one. So I'm now on antibiotics for that. Secondly, according to him I'm only measuring at 32 weeks, which makes me "small for dates" and he was concerned about IUGR (intra-uterine growth restriction). I found that a little odd since this entire pregnancy (including at my appointment last week) I have been measuring just fine. But he sent me for an ultrasound to confirm, also informing me that if baby was measuring too small, I would be induced asap (basically because something would be wrong and preventing baby from getting the nutrients he needs to grow). So therefore, we did NOT set an induction date for 38 weeks, because we needed to wait and see the results from the ultrasound. Needless to say, I was just a little bit stressed out. Lucky for me I was able to get an ultrasound appointment fairly quickly (helps when your OB labels you urgent).
The ultrasound: Well, conveniently, my midwife's office is in the ultrasound office, so she stopped in to see me. She measured me before I went in for the ultrasound, and according to her I was measuring 33/34 weeks, not 32, but better to get the ultrasound to be safe. She said she'd wait and chat with me after the appointment. So I go in, and turns out, baby is measuring "perfectly average" as the ultrasound tech put it. Pretty much 50% across the board. Best guess as to current weight is 6 pounds, 2 ounces. So no cause for concern, no need for immediate induction, no need to stress! If that measurement is correct though, and I'm induced at 38 weeks, we may be looking at a little 7 pound baby! Riley was 7 pounds 6 ounces and she was SWIMMING in her newborn clothes, so looks like I should be getting some preemie clothes just in case!
The induction: SO as I said, no date set. We will do that at my next appointment when I'm 37 weeks. The date will likely be around Feb 10, when I turn 38 weeks. My mom arrives on the 7th, so I'm hoping baby will come on his own between the 7th and the 10th!! The reason for induction has to do with my clotting disorder, which means there is more potential for the placenta to deteriorate or the cord to clot late in pregnancy, both of which are serious risks to the baby. Also, with the amount of bleeding that occurs in labor/delivery, it's really not a good idea to be on blood thinners when that happens, so with an induction I will go off the blood thinners a day before. If that were the only reason, I would push for a later induction (even just to 39 weeks!), but because there is added risk to the baby, I'm going to trust that these doctors know what they are talking about. Better to have a slightly small baby than to have something horrible happen simply because an induction is not the way I wanted it to go (and yes I know there are other risks and possible downsides to an induction).
Whether I go naturally or via induction, I will have a baby in TWO WEEKS or less!Can't wait to see his precious little face!!