34 Weeks - Baby Steps in High Heels

Friday, October 23, 2009

34 Weeks

It’s a little surreal to realize that we’re only 6 weeks away from my Dec. 4th due date! In some ways, I can’t believe I’ve survived the last 8 ½ months, and, in other ways, it feels like the time has flown. We had our 34-week doctor’s visit yesterday, and everything seems to be progressing nicely. Avery is still in the breech position (stubborn!), but there are a few things I can try over the next 2-3 weeks to get her to turn. There is also a chance that she’ll do it on her own. They said that babies usually turn any time between 31 and 36 weeks, so we still have a little time.

Following my 6-pound weight gain last month, I only gained 1 pound in the last 3 weeks. Of course, this made me freak out a little! Fortunately, the doctor doesn’t seem concerned at all about how this is affecting Avery. That puts my mind at ease (somewhat) regarding her health and development. But, let’s be honest, what we really need to worry about here are her clothes! We have about a thousand onsies and outfits that are sized 0-3 months, but I’m afraid they’ll swallow her up. So, of course, I needed to shop after the doctor’s visit! Brian sat patiently in a chair while I rounded up a few things that were sized for newborns. I really didn’t go overboard (yet) and I talked myself out of one really cute preemie outfit … you know, just in case. I know she’ll be gaining the majority of her weight over the next few weeks, but we have to be prepared, right?! Right?! And, anyway, she really needed that red velvet/santa-style dress and matching beret. Right?!

On another note, we got the ‘good news/bad news’ update on the H1N1 vaccine. The good news is that my getting the shot will pass immunity along to Avery. So, even though I’ll probably still be the hand-washing-anti-bacterial-soap nazi, I might actually let people see her once she arrives! The bad news is that my doctor’s office doesn’t yet have the shot-version of the vaccine. Nobody in Texas does. They thought they would have it by Oct. 15th, but that date has come and gone. They’re hoping to get it soon, and they’re hoping to have sufficient supply. However, they do suspect that there will be a shortage, so I have to continue to check on its availability on a regular basis.

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