Belly Pic – 35 Weeks

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Week 35 – 37

At this stage your baby could weigh in the vicinity of 2.6kg (2,600 grams or about 5 lbs 12 ozs) and measure about 47 cm from head to toe (or 18 1/2 inches). Your baby is now in ‘normal’ proportions and is quite plump! Before 36 weeks the head size of unborn babies tends to be larger than their belly size, but at around 36 weeks this equalises. From now on, their belly grows larger than their head!

As your baby’s due date approaches, their overall growth slows down considerably! It is estimated that babies do not grow as much in length now but put on approximately 230 grams per week (or about an ounce a day).

By 36 to 37 weeks your baby’s lungs are fully mature. However, babies of diabetic mothers can have delayed lung maturity until about 38 to 40 weeks.

Uncomfortable!!!

I have 4 weeks and 6 days to go (yes I am counting) I am very uncomfortable to say the very least.

Christopher is partly engaged to the point where I feel that if I open my legs too wide, he is going to fall out!!

I am having trouble, bending, sitting, standing up, lying down and sleeping. I am up every 2 hours (can almost time it to the minute) to wee during the night, though for some reason (and I am very much appreciating it) I had a 5 hour stretch of sleep last night and am feeling pretty good.

I think the nesting is all out of my system, all I want to do is lay down and possibly nap, whereas I have to see the Dr weekly and I am not enjoying the driving.

Sorry that this post has turned into a bit of a whinge, I am getting to the point of OVER IT!! laugh.gif Just because I am so uncomfortable

Not long until I meet my little man and then the real challenges start.

Ultrasound Scan

Had another ultrasound today (I think that was number 10 unsure.gif).

They couldn’t locate his stomach (though I am positive that they have seen it in a previous scan ??) so who knows what is going on there. More grief for his Mum & Dad I suppose. wacko.gif

Chris is weighing approx 2.7kgs and is about 1 week behind on his dates, so he has caught up a week sm_banana.gif sm_banana.gif. He has chubby thighs, cheeks and tummy and I think he is gorgeous!

Caesarean Section Confirmation

Well it has been confirmed that Christopher will be born a little after 9am on Tuesday 29th of May. This all depends on the fact that he doesn’t come along early.

I have my pre-admission appointment at 2pm on May 2nd, which they ask a whole heap of questions about what my operation will be for, etc.

I can’t believe that in just under 38 Days Greg and I will be parents to one determined little boy.

Wriggly Little Thing

Christopher is still moving about heaps, I had the gameboy resting on my tummy, while I was talking to Greg, and it truly looked like he was going to kick it off! It was kinda cool and kinda weird to watch.

Started Packing…

With the help of my lovely friend Sarah, I have started to pack my bag in anticipation for my trip to hospital.

She isn’t the only one who has told me off about not already having a bag packed 🙂 Apparently it is advisable to have this project completed by about 30 weeks of pregnancy, and obviously at 34 weeks, it is not acceptable!

This is what I need for me (for a possible 5 – 7 day stay):

# Casual Clothes

# 2 x Night Attire

# Dressing Gown & Slippers

# 2 x Maternity Bras

# Lots of Underwear!!

# Toiletries

# Large Box of Tissues

# 4 x packets of Maternity Pads

# Note Pad & Pen

# Pillow

# 1 x Box of Nursing Pads

This is what I need for Christopher:

# 40 Disposable Nappies

# 2 or 3 Cloth Nappies (spit rags)

# Sorbalene Cream

# 2 or 3 bunny rugs/wraps

# Going Home Outfit

# Blanket

I hope that is all I need for now!

Five Loads of Washing Later…

I did washed all the baby clothes that Christopher had been bought for him by us, lent to us by friends and given as presents, over the last 2 days. A total of five loads of washing. It looked very cute with all the little clothes hung up in the house.

Sarah and I sorted all the clothes into sizes today, 00000; 0000; 000; 00; 0; 1 & 2‘s, and then put the bigger clothes into a box for use later and left out the 00000‘s & 0000‘s out for the time being. Christopher officially has more clothes than me and his Dad put together and he hasn’t even been born yet! But the good thing is, I probably will not have to buy any new clothes for him until he is between 9-11 months old. Not a bad effort, We are lucky to have such generous family and friends. 🙂

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OB Appointment

Another OB appointment with Dr. S.S. today. Blood Pressure was good at 110/80. Christopher’s heartbeat sounded strong. I have another ultrasound on Tuesday 24th, a routine one, to check his growth and heartbeat.

It is looking like my c-section is going to be first thing on the morning of Tuesday 29th May 2007. This still has to be confirmed.

Week 33 – 34

Your baby now weighs about 2.1kg (2,100 grams or approximately 4 lbs 10 ozs) and measures about 45 cm in length (or 17.75 inches). They are now fully formed physically and have a firm grasp reflex. During the last 6 weeks, your baby’s main task is to gain weight and grow a little larger, as well as build up their immune system, which is obtained from their mother as antibodies passed through the placenta.

Most babies assume a ‘head down’ position around this time and stay this way until they are born. You may notice your baby’s movements changing in character (to be more ‘stretches’ and ‘squirms’) as they grow larger and there is comparatively less room for them to move.
Your baby can now determine the difference between sweet and sour tastes. Premature babies as early as 33 weeks have been observed to suck harder on a teat dipped in glucose! However, unborn babies can also detect subtle changes in the ‘flavour’ of the amniotic fluid surrounding them. It is believed the fluid acts as a type of “flavour bridge” to their mother’s breast milk, which also carries different food flavours from the mother’s diet.


Your baby can swallow up to a litre of amniotic fluid each day, passing this out as a type of ‘urine’ through their kidneys and bladder, back into the fluid around them.

Nursery is complete

The cot was delivered yesterday and put together by DH and one of our friends (I supervised tongue.gif) last night

Nursery is finished – just need to do a bit of tidying up.
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Now I just need the baby to complete the picture. 🙂

Belly Pic – 32.5 Weeks

Belly Pic – How cool is this? The dress I am wearing, is one I wore to our party the night of our wedding – its been too small for ages and now I can’t believe it fits and I am preggo!! I was very pleased.

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Neonatal Paediatric Appointment

I went and saw Dr. C. A. (Neonatologist) today at the WCH, who went through with me all the problems that have been identified with Christopher and the likely path of of action with each issue.

1. Club Feet (Talipes) – like to be corrected with plaster, though this is not a life threatening problem, which is likely to take a back seat while other problems are addressed.

2. Cleft Lip & Palate – Early issues include Feeding, whilst later issues will include speech and dental/orthodontic problems. Correction of Lip is likely to be within 3 months of birth, whereas correction of the palate is likely to be completed with the first year, depending on feeding and growth issues.

3. Hemi-vertebrate – Likely not to cause problems until Christopher is approx. 13 – 19 years old and may occur with growth spurts. If a problem is to arise due to this issue, its likely to be pain in the back and possible problems with formation of the spine whilst he is growing.

4. Multi-cystic Kidney (right) – will be closely monitored during the first months of life to make sure that the good (left) kidney is coping well with it’s function and also, most likely, in Christopher’s week, an ultrasound and MCU (with dye) will be used to confirm kidney function and to rule out kidney reflux.

5. Heart Defects – Angio-plasty likely to occur in first 48 hours or so, if required, to allow hole to remain open, to allow Christopher to gain strength and weight until his open heart surgery in Melbourne at age approx 6 – 12 months. This is providing he is feeding and growing well and isn’t too “blue”. It may be possible he will have this operation sooner, all being dependant on his progress.

Initial Plan of Action (so far):

1. Heart (Priority)

2. Discovery Phase – to scan kidneys, brain and liver to confirm function and normal development, also to rule out further problems.

3. Genetics – to revisit with the Geneticists to confirm or rule out any syndromes that may be the cause of all of Christopher’s problems.

4. Other issues, including, Talipes; Cleft Lip and Palate and Hemi-Vertebrate to be fixed on an in need basis, depending on Christopher’s progress in early life.

2nd Ultrasound Scan with Paediatric Cardiologist

We had the appointment with Dr. T.R. (Paediatric Cardiologist) at the WCH and had the ultrasound this morning.

The Doctor confirmed the 3 defects that they picked up at the 23 week scan so there was no more surprises which was great. smile.gif I am not sure I could of coped with more surprises.

We still have to play it all by ear in regards to operations etc, BUT if he is strong and has no real problems with his colour or breathing, then we may not need to go to Melbourne for his op until he is 6-12 months old. The Cardiologist was very confident that Chris’s heart can be successfully fixed with surgery HOORAY! smile.gif

OB Check Up

I had an OB appointment today and my Blood Pressure was at 140/85 (has been a very good 125/80) They tested some wee and there was no protein so its not pre-eclampsia (yet). It was put down to my leaving work yesterday, as apparently that can have an effect on Blood Pressure. So hopefully it calms down by next fortnight.

It also looks like my C/S will be around 29th May, with the obvious variables of how I am doing, Chris is doing and Theatre time. But at least now I have more of an idea about the date.

My Dr is also going to talk to a Level 3 Paediatrician at the WCH, to start an action plan about how they will treat Chris after he is born.

I also have another Ultrasound with the Paediatric Cardiologist tomorrow, to have another look at Christopher’s heart and hopefully confirm the previous diagnosis and not find anything else.