Saturday, December 5, 2009

39 Weeks

Today marks the "official" start of my 39th week of pregnancy and I am thrilled to say that in just over 36 hours from now we will be meeting our baby boy! I am scheduled to go in on Monday, December 7th for my c-section and the surgery is scheduled for the early morning hours so we will be new parents once again very, very soon! Tomorrow is our last day as a family of three and we will actually be dropping Hudson off at his Nana's house late morning before heading to the hospital mid-day for me to have blood drawn and do pre-reg stuff before having to check in @ 6 am on Monday. Hudson will be spending the night with his Nana and I won't see him again until after my surgery Monday morning. I will definitely miss him and can't wait to officially introduce him to his baby brother either! He has been much more excited and verbal this weekend about the arrival of his baby brother and I just can't wait to see them together! After our visit to the hospital tomorrow, we'll likely finish up last minute tasks, go grocery shopping to ensure the house is stocked for a while with food and other items and then make sure we've got everything packed in the car and ready to go for Monday morning. David and I are planning on going out to dinner for a "last supper" of sorts just the two of us and then will hopefully, be able to turn in early since we will likely be getting up around 4:30 am if not earlier. Right now I am just so excited, but also a wee-bit nervous and anxious for Monday to get here and to just get through surgery and onto meeting my new son. If you have a moment to spare, please pray for a quick and safe procedure, for the health of our new son and for a healthy and swift recovery for both baby and myself. 

Here's what is going on with both me and baby this week according to

How your life's changing:

At each of your now-weekly visits, your caregiver will do an abdominal exam to check your baby's growth and position. She might also do an internal exam to see whether your cervix has started ripening: softening, effacing (thinning out), and dilating (opening). But even armed with this information, there's still no way for your caregiver to predict exactly when your baby is coming. If you go past your due date, your caregiver will schedule you for fetal testing (usually a sonogram) after 40 weeks to ensure that it's safe to continue the pregnancy. If you don't go into labor on your own, most practitioners will induce labor when you're between one and two weeks overdue — or sooner if there's an indication that the risk of waiting is greater than the risks of delivering your baby without further delay.

While you're waiting, it's important to continue to pay attention to your baby's movements and let your caregiver know right away if they seem to decrease. Your baby should remain active right up to delivery, and a noticeable slowdown in activity could be a sign of a problem. Also call if you think your water may have broken. Membranes rupture before the beginning of labor in about 8 percent of term pregnancies. Sometimes there's a big gush of fluid, but sometimes there's only a small gush or a slow leak. (Don't try to make the diagnosis yourself. Call even if you only suspect you have a leak.) If you rupture your membranes and don't start contractions on your own, you'll be induced.

How your baby's growing:

Your baby's waiting to greet the world! He continues to build a layer of fat to help control his body temperature after birth, but it's likely he already measures about 20 inches and weighs a bit over 7 pounds, a mini watermelon. (Boys tend to be slightly heavier than girls.) The outer layers of his skin are sloughing off as new skin forms underneath.

See what your baby looks like this week.

Note: Every baby develops a little differently — even in the womb. Our information is designed to give you a general idea of your baby's development.

1 comment:

Courtney said...

Thinking of you today! Hope the birth went well this morning and that you are basking in the glow of your new son right this moment!