My, my, my...where to start? I haven't given an update since 30 weeks and things have certainly changed around here in just 5 short weeks.
Around 4 or 5 weeks ago (I can't remember when exactly now) Ryan and I completed our Baptism class. Basically, it was just a 2.5 hour class at the church one evening with Jackie and Sharon and several other couples also preparing to have their child baptized; most were still pregnant but one couple had JUST had their baby. We discussed all the basics, such as the meaning of a baptism and why, and discussed personal beliefs, the church's understanding, etc. Of course it wasn't my idea of "fun" but it was nice to visit with other couples about their pregnancy, get a little refresher on the baptism principals, and of course, nice to have it out of the way for when she does arrive. It really wasn't bad at all.
Along with that...I also have some exciting news...
Miss Milania Mae OFFICIALLY has Godparents....
Ryan and I knew we were going to ask Cass and Aaron for a long time but wanted to wait until after the hype of their wedding before we bombarded them with something else. So finally after wedding stuff had died down and they were back from their honeymoon, we got the chance. They both agreed, and that is that :)
We chose them for several reasons that I could go on and on about, but the main reasons were the fact that we both think they're a great couple that share the same religious beliefs as us and are wonderful parents to miss Kinsley Gene. So, they are her Godparents.
I talked a bit about this on Facebook recently but a couple of appointments ago my Dr. did some poking and prodding and assured us baby was already head down and probably would remain that way, which is great news. Basically, she is head down with her butt up in my left ribcage and her feet extended to the right ribcage..so she's lying at a little bit of an angle (more like an L shape). I wasn't 100% positive before he had confirmed this is how she is laying in there but I was pretty sure--I always feel kicks in the same position (the upper right quadrant of my tummy) and where her little butt is is just has hard as a rock. Also, her hiccups for several weeks were very very low which made me think her little head was down there also. So knowing she is exactly where she needs to be is wonderful news as I want to avoid a C-section at all costs!
That is such a scary thought but I can say with confidence that Ryan and I are 100% ready for this baby. After my shower I felt such a sigh of relief knowing we had almost everything we needed for her. Then, just a couple days later, Bob and Tammy asked what we still needed after we had sorted through everything and literally went out and got it all for us. They came home that afternoon with everything we still needed plus a few extras. To say we are thankful for them is an understatement. Babies need more than I ever could have imagined and knowing we finally have it all PLUS the support of friends and family definitely makes me feel at ease. Everyone has been awesome but they have certainly gone above and beyond this entire pregnancy from bringing me food when I was still fighting morning sickness, to checking up on us almost daily, to just checking up on me yesterday because Ryan was golfing and I had been throwing up the night before... we owe them big time. And Miss Milania does too and she's not even here yet! So yes, we are prepared for baby 100%. Now it's just a waiting game.
Well, to begin, I am feeling rather HUGE lately. This little peanut should be gaining, at minimum, a half pound every week now, and lets just say I can definitely tell. Not only is my belly getting bigger and bigger, but the weight of her also seems to be doing a number on me. I feel tons of pressure now and sometimes it even hurts when I'm walking around. I literally feels like I'm carrying around a 5-6lb baby now ;). My pregnancy insomnia is still raging and I never sleep for more than 2-3 hours at a time, but I've never been a good sleeper anyway, so you'd think I'd be used to it. Half the time I wake up having to go to the bathroom, sometimes I wake up hungry, and sometimes I just wake up for no good reason. Darn the luck. Besides all that, I actually do feel fine...I just feel "very pregnant" to sum it all up :)
I have an appointment again Wednesday so I will know more at that point, but where we stand right now:
My Dr. wants me to go off of my shots at 37 weeks..which is only a week and a half away. At that point I will no longer be on any medicine which decreases the risk to me should I go into labor, but increases the risk to baby being inside me still. So at that point we will just pray she decides to make her grand entrance into this world. Should she not, I will be induced at 39 weeks which would put us at October 13th (Sunday) or October 14th (Monday) depending on when he would want to do it. I was given the option of a C-section, but after weighing my odds, I just don't think it's the best option. So for now, that's where we stand. Miss Milania Mae has just 3 weeks and 5 days to come on her own before we start helping her along, should no other changes be made. If something else comes up, I will be sure to update you! Like I said, I have weekly appointments every Wednesday and will know more with each passing Wednesday.
I absolutely cannot wait to meet this little girl I have grown inside me for the last 9 months. I have had the blessing of feeling her kick, squirm, and hiccup inside me daily but I'm sure it is NOTHING compared to holding her in my arms for the very first time. I just cannot wait to see what she looks like...what color her eyes are, how much hair she has, how tiny her hands are, if she has a birthmark, the list goes on and on. I already think she is just going to be the most beautiful thing and I can't wait. Being pregnant is such a blessing and though it's been a rough road and I may want a glass of wine pretty badly, I don't want ANYTHING more than I want to meet this little girl and for her to be healthy and in my arms.
So wish us luck as these last few weeks pass by and we wait in anticipation of becoming a family of 3...or 5 if I don't send Dezi and Bella to the pound soon ;)