Friday, August 1, 2008

37 Weeks

Today marks 37 weeks of pregnancy; only three more weeks until The Boy's due date. Here's a photo of me from today:

I've been on maternity leave for a week now, and all I can say is that there's a reason I'm being paid by my short-term disability insurance. I can't really imagine working a real job at this point - it's all I can do to accomplish one or two things in a day. I'm hardly sleeping at night between back pain, a compressed bladder, and contractions. I also end up taking a nap or two each day. Everyone says to take it easy, rest, and enjoy the last few weeks of freedom. I'm ok with that in theory, but it's tough to lie awake all night and not really be able to do anything about the discomfort. Anyway, enough complaining...

We had a doctor's appointment today and I found out that I tested negative for Group-B Strep, which means that I won't need to have IV antibiotics during labor. That's good, since I'm hoping to avoid an IV for as long as possible so that I can remain mobile. We went out for a fancy dinner last night at Park Kitchen (an early 5-year anniversary dinner since we have other plans on our actual anniversary this year). When we got home, we scribbled out a birth plan on a yellow legal pad. We showed it to our doctor today and she seemed to find it amusing.

I've been swimming a few times a week, which is helping a bit with my shoulder pain. We also went to see Lyle Lovett in concert at the Edgefield last weekend, fulfilling one of E Ben's life dreams. Luckily we borrowed some short chairs, because sitting on the grass for almost 4 hours would not have been pleasant. I was impressed that Lyle sang for two and a half hours without leaving the stage or taking a break.

That's about it for this week. I'm going to try to do weekly updates until the baby arrives. Wish me luck!


cpao said...

What exactly does a "birth plan" entail?... Good luck, Linden! It's the last stretch!

Linden said...

A birth plan is whatever you want it to be, but it is basically a written record of your preferences about the parts of the birth that you can control - like medication preferences, who you want to be there, etc.