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Saturday, July 19, 2008

Skin - The miracle organ

I just have to say this whole pregnancy thing is a miracle in so many ways other than creating a new life. As my belly grows I am in awe of how much skin can stretch - like go go gadget skin or maybe I have some of that stretch armstrong stuff in me ... Finn is about 3.75 lbs at this point and will gain about 1/2 lb a week from here on out. Did I fail to mention that we have only 8 MORE WEEKS TO GO! Well, okay approximately since I will not be one of those women who show up at the hospital on my "due date" and expect that I will deliver on exactly September 15th. Anytime between September 1st - 14th is fine by me. ;-)

I am still working so the time is passing by fairly quickly although the weeks are starting to seem longer trying to get through them. I'm not quite to waddling, but that is only because he is still high and it just looks like I have swallowed an NBA basketball. At least at this point there is no secretary spread (I'm still sporting a nice figure from behind or so my biased husband says) and no cankles. However, since the hot/humid/smoggy weather is upon us, I think it is only a matter of time.

I've recently tried to get fired from work again (long story) so that is still in the pipeline and should be a interesting race to see if I get fired before I decide to go on "maternity leave" - at some point in August. It is not like I'm working a whole lot as it is, but hey it is still a little income in exchange for prenatal care and 1/2 off for my delivery. In the meantime, my new past time to beat the heat is to hang out literally in the complex's outdoor pool, have a break for lunch to be delivered and then back in the pool. Sweet life I know.

Will sat through my last prenatal class at the end of June. I wasn't sure why he thought he needed to go since I thought by me talking about birth, et al... ALL THE TIME that he was also the expert. Then he asked me in class if colostrum is what baby's first poop was (that black tarry stuff) and I realized he mighta missed a few things and was glad I could clear up the difference between colostrom and meconium. All the Dads were very grateful for that explanation!

And last but not least... I did in fact get maternity pictures taken! Can you believe that I actually did that? Well I'm not naked so you can all just chill out on that one. I'm totally not photogenic so I did have a tough time with the serene far off look, but I do hope that my belly cooperated since that was the main attraction. They should be ready for me to pre-screen them at the end of the month so we'll see if anyone else ever sees them after that!

So our time together has come to an end once again...next activity - maternity nap.


Anonymous Chris said...

re: Colostrum.

Smear the baby's bottom with olive oil beforehand and it will come right off. Otherwise, you'll have to scrub and he won't care for that one bit.

You could do what we did and have the baby at home.. :) midwife, etc.

Or, translate "Bradley" into Chinese and put it on the door of your room and see if anyone figures it out. :P

(You'll do fine. BTW, that tip about olive oil is a good one. IT WORKS.)

11:59 AM  
Blogger willandtracy said...

It is illegal to have home births in China (unless in the countryside) and on the rare instance that there is a problem there is no way to get to the hospital in a reasonable amount of time. Not willing to take the risk...but trust me all the nurses at work are too excited that I'm staying and I'll probably have too much help. One of my friends is a prenatal yoga teacher so she may also come in and help. We'll see...

2:26 AM  
Blogger willandtracy said...

And uh, super dad Chris - you are talking about meconium... not colostrum - colostrum is the early breast milk stuff. :) Thanks for the olive oil tip... but that is what the ayi (maid) is for....JUST KIDDING!

2:32 AM  
Anonymous Chris said...

Oh -- that's right Meconium.

BTW, that stuff doesn't come out. Try not to get it on anything.

Whoops. Must be sleep deprivation. :)

I hope you're able to sleep well. As I recall during the last couple of months my wife had some trouble finding comfortable positions to sleep in.

There is another approach you might be interested in: hypnobirthing. But as long as you can avoid interventions (and I know you know your stuff), life is good.

Heck, you might even know too much!!! :P

Another useful trick: the 5 S's.
Healthy Sleep Habits, Happy Child. This book literally saved our lives.

2:44 AM  

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