I feel like I’ve hit some major milestones in the past few days. Let’s take a look:
+I finally figured out how to get home from the hospital without getting lost and having to whip out my iPhone. This is a big deal because it’s in downtown Waukesha, which is the most maddeningly designed city (think: all roads curve, are on an angle and lead you in every which direction. You can feel like you’re going in the right direction when you’re actually going the opposite way).
+I made it to 34 weeks! Today the doctor said from this point on if I go into labor, they won’t try to stop it. But we’re all really hoping I won’t for 5-6 more weeks.
+I know all about breastfeeding, thanks to my class last night (which I could not convince Peter to join me for, so he had to listen to me relay everything I learned to him after class). This really boosted my confidence in this arena, although it is kind of daunting that the baby will need to nurse for about 45 minutes every 1 to 3 hours (8 to 12 times a day) for the first few weeks. Makes me tired just thinking about it. Maybe I’ll do a separate post on some tips and things I learned during class.
+I finally decided on what I’d like to do for maternity leave and went over it with my editor, the newsroom’s administrative editor and someone from HR. Just need to make a couple calls to the company that handles unpaid leaves to make it official. I’ll elaborate more on my plan in another post.
+I saw a different doctor within the practice today (my doctor was out with the flu) and was refreshed by the new perspective. I really like my regular doctor, but it was just nice to hear from someone else. He was very thorough in going over my chart with me and explaining little things like how at my next appointment my doc will check for dilation(!) I know that sounds creepy, but it’s another milestone. I’m also relieved to have met and liked one of the other docs who could possibly deliver my baby if mine is on vacay (we’ve got a holiday child, after all).
+We bought our first diapers on Sunday. This involved Peter scoping out the diaper aisle at Target while I wandered around, then him showing me which were the best deal (Luvs were on sale), us staring at them blankly for a few minutes, us staring up and down the aisle blankly for a few minutes, then Peter grabbing two packs of 8-12 pound infant diapers and tossing them in the cart. It’s one of those things, like toilet paper, in which there are WAY too many options and no way to tell while standing in the store which are the best. Thank you, Peter, for making a decision for me. We originally had planned to try cloth diapering, but once it sunk in how much laundry we’d have to do and how much trial and error cloth diapering involves, it no longer seemed worth the $$ savings (which were minimal anyway). Our decision to use disposable diapers has removed a layer of stress from my life (and our life after Baby arrives) and that alone makes it the best decision for us.
+We also set up our Diaper Genie II on Sunday. Peter got amusingly frustrated, claiming it was stupidly designed and impossible to set up (if you ask him about it he’ll probably get hilariously worked up). Meanwhile, I cursed the refill dispensers as I attempted to get them ready. In the end, I figured out the refills and the Genie just needed my tender touch to make it cooperate.
+I (think I) had my first Braxton-Hicks contraction, which actually has a semi-funny (looking back) story to go along with it. Will explain more in a separate post.
Now I just need to make it to Missouri and back this weekend without going into labor!