We also worked a bit on the baby’s room. We cleaned out more of the items that have been stored in there and paved the way to a final set up in the days to come. We poured over catalogs and Internet sites to determine which items we still need, what brands we prefer and where we can get them at the best price. I was happy because I found that I can buy diaper covers at a bargain price That has made me sleep easier. I also happened upon a child’s dresser that was perfectly sized to fit the baby’s tiny room. This means we’ll be able to return the terribly expensive closet organizer-dresser we’d planned to construct, which will save time and money. Maybe my sleepless nights are beginning to pay off? Now hopefully the dreams will stop and I can move on to something more exciting -- like cute new clothes or fun baby toys.
I’ve continued to be plagued by increasing Braxton-Hicks contractions this week. They’re becoming more and more frequent and longer and stronger, but as yet have not turned into anything that would make me worry about preterm labor. I do sometimes feel like my lower body is going to split in half. That’s a sensation I recall vividly from my pregnancy with Jacob. My worst complaint this week is that doing dishes simply hurts! Now that this “basketball” is growing toward the size of a beach ball, it seems that I can’t stand facing the sink without arching my back in awkward positions. By the time I’ve finished a sink full of dishes my poor back feels like it needs to spend about a month at a chiropractor’s office. Other than that, I think I’m coping pretty well with the aches and pains. I’m still not sleeping well but I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I won’t until the baby arrives. Even if I am awakened every hour on the hour sleep itself won’t be painful in between at that point.
At week’s end we journeyed again to the midwife. All in all, it was an uneventful visit. She measured me and we listened to the baby’s heartbeat and that was all. It seems as though I’m measuring precisely 34 centimeters, so we’re right on target there and the baby’s heartbeat is still strong. We spent a great deal of time discussing my wishes for labor and delivery, including what we can do to make Jacob’s involvement rewarding for everyone involved. In the end we decided that I really should write up an actual birth plan to make sure our wishes for the baby’s care are clear to all potential hospital personnel. I hope to accomplish that before the next appointment so that we can discuss it at length.