Is This Thing On?

Lots of pregnancy mentions below.

It’s February. Did you know that?  My due date is next month. Next month.  Last summer, March seemed awfully far away, and now, we’re looking at 6 weeks left.

Oof.

We’ve been busy, though.

• I met with both of the other OBs in the practice and found one that I really like.  She’s straightforward and very thorough.  Two of my favorite attributes.  She even got me an u/s which was amazing. I hadn’t seen Little B since 24 weeks and boy has he grown.  He’s measuring 5lbs and at 35 weeks (I was 33w5d at the time).  Fluid levels are good, cervix is 4 cm and shut up like a steel trap.

• We attended childbirth class which was like Lamaze Lite.  We also saw the obligatory childbirth video although it was the non-freak out version especially designed for pregnant ladies.  The other version is the birth control version shown to teenagers with screaming banshee women with no pain relief.  The only screaming in our video was the baby right after it was born.  Probably a good choice for showing to expectant first timers.

• The week after childbirth class, we went to Baby 101 class (not the real name) and learned how to diaper, swaddle, hold and feed a plastic baby who’s head really did go all the way around.  I made that gem of a discovery and almost got into trouble with the instructor.  Mr. X managed to get the diaper on backwards the first time and we both had a good time practicing the football hold.  We also got the tour of labor and delivery.  We are at a brand new hospital and it is really, really nice. Very quiet too, so we’ll hopefully get lots of attention when the time comes.

• Next week we attend a class on how to introduce your baby to your pets.  Like the slackers that they are, though, the animals don’t have to actually attend the class.  We are the ones that have to go and pay attention. They get to stay home and snooze.

• We are slowly working away at the names list.  We decided early on that we did not want to settle on a name before Little B arrives.  We may pick a name and it’s not him at all. So, we have a short list of names that we’ve been trying out these past few weeks.  But, no final decisions until the end.

Basically, we’re doing this whole process in our own way and still, as always, one day at a time.  But, the days are definitely numbered.  41 to be exact.

13 thoughts on “Is This Thing On?

  1. 6 Weeks / 41 Days … REALLY? Where has the time gone. Seriously, it seems like it was only a couple of months back you were not using the “p” word to describe your condition.

    And I have to say I totally flashed an image of poltergeist with a baby’s head spinning and spewing when you mentioned that the head went all the way around. Thanks for the early morning giggle. 🙂

  2. Great news on the u/s! I’m so happy things are continuing to go well with the little one. It almost sounds like you’re enjoying this… 🙂

    What?! No class for the animals themselves?

    I love the owl-headed doll. I think I would have lost it in that class. As in laughing until I wept.

  3. Nothing like getting the Exorcist baby at your Parenting class…good times there!

    I’m so excited for you, and can’t wait for the big announcement about Little B finally being here…

    Names are a tough one…too weird and you get looks from other parents, too normal and people look at you like “oh…you caved into the peer pressure of the grandparents, didn’t you?” I say, stick to your guns, and just remember to think like a 6-year old boy, and come up with any bodily function or fluid that could possibly rhyme with, sound like, or be associated with any names you choose…otherwise, your darling little “Scott” will end up being Scotty Potty…or worse! 😀

    Seriously, I’m so excited for you and Mr. X and truly hope that the pets will cooperate and listen to all the copious notes you’ll be taking on their behalf about introducing them to the baby.

  4. Boy, the birth classes are surreal aren’t they? They’ve been helpful, but I’m really glad they’re almost over with.

    And I’m over here clapping quietly for you, Mrs. X – everything sounds like it’s just going beautifully!

  5. Ha ha, I would totally be getting in trouble for testing the doll’s head as well.

    I am interested to hear what they cover in the dogs and babies class. I know quite a bit about introducing dogs and babies, but I’m always up for more information.

    I hope that you enjoy these last 41 days.

  6. Isn’t twisting the head around the first thing everyone does when someone hands them a doll? I mean, you know it’s not a real baby, so you have to test and see how true to life it is, and that’s the obvious starting point.

    Hope the last 6 weeks fly swiftly by and that you are soon practicing your football hold on your little guy who shall remain nameless until you see what he looks like!

  7. Names are always a challenge. I went over my picks with my eight year old niece and whatever she could make fun of we nixed. My late grandmother’s name was non negotiable so that went in as well. I am a SMC, so I had no one to argue with about names. I do remember after I had filled out the birth registration form, a day or so after giving birth, crying on the phone to my sister that I made a mistake and should have named her something else. Luckily that passed. Enjoy your 41 days, and I can’t wait for you to meet your little guy!

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