Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Weeks 37 & 38

Does it even make sense to post about weeks 37 and 38 when they were four and five weeks ago? Here goes anyway ...

37 Weeks ... October 3. I fully expected to go to our doctor appointment that day and get told that I was going to be induced that week. At our 33-week appointment, we were told that at 37 weeks, we would check Flobee's size again via ultrasound. If Flobee was getting too big, they would check the lung maturity by way of amnio and then induce within 48 hours, if the lungs were mature. If not, then we would wait another few days. At this point, I knew my pregnancy days were numbered.

My emotions were all over the place. I wasn't ready for Flobee to make its arrival that early, even though I knew that if the lungs were mature, Flobee would be a-ok. I also know that the longer Flobee could bake, the better. It helps the suck-swallow reflex and overall development. Although, clearly there are plenty of babies who are born at 37 weeks or earlier and they are fine.

Anyway, at this appointment, Flobee was measuring 8 lbs. and its head and tummy were measuring 40 weeks. While I waited for the doc to come in, I felt in my heart what was coming next ... induction date. The doctor comes in and much to my surprise ... doesn't say anything about inducing me. We were confused, as I fully expected it to go a certain way.

I will spare the details of what happened at the appointment with the confusion, but I will say this: ALWAYS BE YOUR OWN HEALTH ADVOCATE. There is a difference between going in to an appointment and telling your doctor how to do their job versus knowing what is right and what should happen. If something isn't happening or you know that your care is in jeopardy, you need to take matters into your own hands.

So ... at 37 weeks, we were sent home and will continue biweekly fetal monitoring and that was our last visit to the specialist, with the exception of the monitoring. Thirty seven weeks and still baking.

38 weeks ... I had a good pregnancy up until 32-33 weeks ... that was when things started to hurt more and at 35 weeks, the swelling started. A friend told me that by 37 weeks I would be ready to get Flobee out and I didn't believe it. Until I hit 35 weeks! At 38 weeks, I would have been fine delivering. Matter of fact, I was kind of looking forward to a 10.11.12 delivery date or 10.12.12 (My niece was born on 5.09.09 and my nephew was born on 6.11.11, so it would have been cute).

At our 38-week appointment, my midwife offered us the option of an amnio and induction if we were ready. Legally, they can't induce before 39 weeks without medical reason. In order to induce us, we would have had to do an amniocentesis test. We had to decide: Amnio and induction or stick it out for one more week or hope to go into labor on our own. We opted to wait it out. I am not a fan of needles and I also didn't want to take any unnecessary risks. My midwife also offered to sweep my membranes, but I opted for no on that too. Instead, I scheduled acupuncture for 38 weeks, 3 days.

If nothing else worked, we were scheduled for induction at 12:00 a.m. on Oct. 17. Why 12:00 a.m.? You can't induce before 39 weeks and at 12:00 a.m. on Wednesday Oct. 17, I am officially 39 weeks pregnant. 

Acupuncture was great. I enjoyed the relaxation, the needles didn't hurt and it also helped my swelling for the day. At this point, there is sooo much fluid in my body that I feel like I am floating.

What else do you do at 38 weeks pregnant with an 8+ pound baby and a fluid level of 26? Not much, but keep the feet up (I do have a photo of my swollen feet, but it is gross and I won't post it). Take your mom gambling. Yes, I was the very pregnant lady at the casino. Go to a buffet. Yes, I was the very pregnant lady in yoga pants at the buffet.

My maternity leave started on the 15th of October. I was happy to have two days off before having the baby. I was happy to have time off with my mom who had come out to be with us on Sept. 29. I was happy to have time off to myself to nap, to put my feet up and just look at chapter 1 of my life. Chapter 1 = Before Baby Flobee.

Monday, November 5, 2012

A Special Delivery: Graco SnugRide® Click Connect™ 40

Before my baby was born last month, there were two things I was most excited to find out 1. What the gender was (we kept it old school and didn’t find out!) and 2. How big she was … as a Type 1 diabetic, the baby’s size was always a concern.

Baby came out a girl and she was 9 pounds, 5 ounces and 22 inches long. That is almost two FEET of baby inside of me. And she then has only eight inches to go before she outgrows the car seat we have for her. My husband and I are not on the short side, so my fear was that we’d be buying a new seat within months (weeks actually crossed my mind, but I wrangled in those thoughts!)

Before she was born, I was invited to a Graco Home Party featuring the SnugRide ClickConnect 40 infant car seat. The number 40 helped to ease my worries about our little peanut outgrowing her seat before I was ready for to get her a new one.

Here’s why:

The SnugRide® Click Connect™ 40 is the only infant car seat that provides rear-facing protection for babies from birth to 2 years old, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics. The infant car seat grows with babies from four pounds up to 40 pounds, so parents can keep their children rear facing longer, while making sure they stay comfortable as they grow.

The American Academy of Pediatrics says, “...toddlers are more than five times safer riding rear facing in a car seat. They should stay rear facing until 2 years of age.” I personally don’t know too many toddlers who rode rear facing until the age of two because they just don’t have the legroom—especially kids with tall parents, ahem.

Here are some of the features of the SnugRide Click Connect 40:
·            4 – 40 pound weight limit—a full two years
·            Base adjusts with eight recline positions for most leg room of any rear-facing car seat for baby comfort
·            The Simply Safe AdjustTM harness systems allows parents to adjust the harness and headrest with just one hand to fit their baby’s height as their baby grows, all without having to rethread the harness for extra convenience.
·            Click ConnectTM attachment, which allows parents to easily transition their babies from the car seat to the stroller through a simple, but secure, one-step “click.”

What I am looking most forward to with this seat?
-The neutral color. Yes, I now know that my little girl is a girl, but I am still not into overdoing everything in pink or frilly patterns.
-Having something that is brand new. Being the fourth cousin between the two sides of the families, little peanut got a ton of hand-me-downs. So this will be her first, brand-new car seat.
-Being able to use this for a two full years. Let’s face it, baby gear is expen$$$ive. But to buy a car seat for just over $200 and it last for two years … well, it costs less than $10 a month to own this seat for two years. For less than $10 a month … oh, I won’t go all Sally Struthers on you here.

The seat retails for $219.99 at Babies”R”Us and is available in two colors: Moonstruck and Mena. Find out more here: http://bit.ly/T1cjWg


The Graco SnugRide® Click Connect™ 40 – the first and only newborn to two-year infant car seat that actually grows with your baby from four pounds all the way up to 40 pounds. The car seat is designed for a parent on the go. The infant car seat can be easily removed from the base and used as a carrier when the infant is small, providing portability and convenience so you can easily move your infant in and out of the car without disturbing them.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently made the recommendation to keep all children in rear-facing car seats until the age of 2. Graco set out to make this product so parents can keep infants rear facing longer while still keeping them comfortable.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Graco. The opinions and text are all mine.