Week 32 Recap
Thirty-three weeks! Can you tell I was tired when I took this picture? I'm not too tired in general; this was just during a post-lunch slump. I took a quick walk in the sunshine a little later (with frequent stops to smell all the lilacs in bloom), which helped a lot.
Our checkup on Tuesday was reassuring. My doctor seemed relieved that my placenta had moved (I am too!), and she didn't seem too concerned about our big breech baby. She said there's a good chance that he'll flip on his own (though she gave the go-ahead to try a breech tilt, so I think I'll do that if we can find a wide board to use). She'll check the baby's position when we get closer to the due date, and if he still hasn't turned, she said there are a few things we can do, including moxibustion. I was surprised that she mentioned moxibustion--when I read about it online, I was skeptical, but she said it's effective.
Regarding the baby being larger than expected, she reminded us that ultrasound size estimates can be off by as much as 20% (though that could mean that he's actually 6 lb--but that's unlikely, since my fundus measurement is pretty normal). She didn't say anything about inducing early labor because of his size, which was a relief. She said that I'll have the chance to labor normally, and if he's too big for me to push out on my own (or technically, breathe out, since hypnobirthing doesn't typically involve pushing), she might have to resort to using vacuum or forceps to get him out. That doesn't sound so great, but it's better than having a stuck baby. Anyway, there's not much point in worrying about what could happen at this point.
I had expected that she might order another ultrasound in a few weeks to check the baby's size again, but she said it's unlikely that we'll do another ultrasound, unless she's not able to determine his position by palpating my tummy. So I guess we'll just wait until he's out to find out if that ultrasound was right.
Oh, and one thing I forgot to mention about the ultrasound--it showed that the baby has some hair already. I had no idea ultrasounds could see hair! That's pretty cool.
Still not much progress on the nursery. The plasterers finished up on Tuesday (they were supposed to finish last week, but the main guy got appendicitis, which is an excellent excuse for postponing work!). This weekend, I went to Ecohaus and bought paint for the nursery. We ended up going with the Yolo Colorhouse paint in water.01 and leaf.04, as planned. I'm excited to see how it looks in the room! I'm hoping we'll be able to get the painting done next week, and then we can start moving the furniture in, which will help make the room feel more put together.
Our painting project is complicated by the fact that we also need to do touch-up painting in nearly every other room of the house, because of all the plumbing and electrical work we had done. The previous owner left behind cans of paint for a lot of the rooms, but there were a couple missing, so I had fun this past weekend doing some detective work to figure out which colors they used in the living room, dining room, and stairwell. I bought the necessary paint from Miller Paint on Grand, and I was really impressed by how nice everybody was. One of the employees even carried my paint to my car for me, even though I was parked 6 blocks away. I kept telling him not to worry about it, but he insisted. On the walk to the car, we chatted about crocheting hats (it's a little side project that he started when he broke his collarbone snowboarding). It was nice!
- We've been weighing diaper options for a while now, and we finally made some decisions this week. We're still planning on trying Elimination Communication, but I'm sure we'll still need diapers (if only as backup for when we go out). So the most sensible solution seems to be using cloth diaper prefolds with diaper covers, since the prefolds are also useful for EC. So that's the plan. I ordered newborn and small prefolds from Green Mountain Diapers to get us started, and I'm working on buying some used diaper covers (Ebay, Craigslist, and our local consignment stores seem like the best sources for these). That should get us through 5-6 months, at which point we can re-assess the situation and decide if this approach works for us.
I had a little freakout last night--fueled by diaper overwhelm and staying up too late--and spent some time crying before bed. I just got stressed out about everything left on our to-do list and the dwindling amount of time before the baby comes. Probably pretty standard stuff. Patrick was a champ at comforting me, and he assured me that we'll get everything done in time (or at least all the important stuff--there are a lot of things on my to-do list that aren't really necessary). I think I've been pretty even-keeled throughout this pregnancy, without many crazy pregnant lady outbursts, so I guess I'm allowed a couple.
Oh, and a pregnancy side effect that I wanted to make note of for posterity--my left sock no longer fits properly--the heel is always in the wrong place! I wear knee socks pretty much every day, and they all have the same problem. Based on what I read, I expected that my shoes might stop fitting, but my socks? Weird. (Also, my shoes still fit so far--yay!)
As far as food goes, tonight and last night we had pasta with slow-simmered leeks, prosciutto, and mozzarella for dinner. Not bad, though I'm not sure we'll make it again. I do like fresh mozzarella though!
We've also embarked on a food freezing campaign in preparation for baby time. Our general approach has been to make something, eat half of it, and freeze the other half. Here's what we've stashed away this week:
1. Split pea and ham soup (from America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook, because I was too lazy to find my mom's recipe) and multigrain waffles (based on the Cook's Illustrated multigrain pancake recipe, but with the amount of butter doubled). The soup was good, but I like my mom's recipe better. We've made the waffles in the past, and I continue to be a fan--the nubbly texture and slight sweetness are great! Plus we can pretend they're healthy, because of the grains. I think I'll make another batch of these to shore up our freezer stash. Having homemade waffles in the freezer makes me happy.
2. Lentil-chestnut soup and savory barley muffins with thyme and romano (from Whole Grains Every Day). This is one of my favorite easy soups--we should have doubled the recipe so we'd have more to freeze. The muffins are okay; I didn't like them as much as I did the first time I made them.
Maybe next week we'll make and freeze something that isn't soup--like lasagna!