January 28, 2018

35 Weeks

Only 5 more weeks to go!! We are ready to meet this boy, although he still doesn't have a name, which is so different from my first two who were named years before they were born. I am pulling for Charles Walter ("Charlie") and Dave is pushing for Warren Roger. We like both, so it's just a question of who can convince the other. As of right now, I have no idea what we'll end up choosing... stay tuned!

At 35 weeks baby Howe weighs 5-6 pounds, although I'm guessing he's probably a bit heftier than that. My other babies have been on the big side and my doctor did notice a growth spurt over the Christmas Break, so I'm pretty confident our little guy will be somewhere in the neighborhood of 8-9 pounds at birth. At my next appointment my doctor will also check his position, and I'm hoping she will find that he has rotated from breech to head down. 

I haven't fully worked out registration with the hospital or all the insurance details, but otherwise we are ready. The baby boy clothes are out of storage and have been washed and folded, and the bottles, binkies, burp rags and blankets are ready for action. We've set up a changing area in our closet, bought some baby wash and powder for baths, and Sophie helped me assemble the bouncer this week. We also decided to buy a new car seat since our other one had seen some mileage (aka blowouts), and I can't wait to buckle a new little baby inside for the trip home. 

I am doing mostly well at this point, but am ready to be done. The kids seem to have more energy than ever and Davey is at a stage where I have to chase him down to do pretty much anything - put on clothes, change a diaper, go to nap, eat a lunch, get in the car, etc... Sleep has also been elusive, and even though I go to bed around 11, I'm often awake until close to 1 am. Baby boy is so active at night and this pregnancy has come with a crazy case of restless leg syndrome and it takes forever for me to finally settle enough to sleep. And then of course I have to get up an hour later to use the bathroom...so much for storing up on sleep before baby comes.

The kids are certainly looking forward to the end of my doctor visits. We had another two hour appointment earlier this month when I had to reschedule due to travel plans and it was all I could do to keep them from destroying the exam room while we waited, and waited, and waited. Those afternoon appoints are brutal!! Luckily I was able to get back on a morning track for my next visit since we will be starting weekly appointments in February. I'm so glad we just have one month left!

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