We're getting closer and closer! 32 weeks...
How Big Is Baby?
The size of a honeydew. 19 inches, 4.5 lbs.
General discomforts related to the size of my belly: annoying achiness in my back; heartburn at night; difficulty bending over to pick stuff up, etc. Also, I'm not sleeping quite as awesomely as I had been, but this isn't really a negative, I don't think, because it will prep me for the babe's arrival.
One pound this week. Total gain: 22 pounds.
We've had a pretty busy week, so not as much walking as I would've liked.
I can't really eat as much as I want to. That is, if I eat a large amount, there's too much pressure from the uterus on my stomach and the food wants to come back up. It's a little weird, actually.
Wow. This could be a whole blog post in itself. I went to the doctor on Wednesday and saw someone other than my normal doc. (I was planning on seeing a different doctor all along, but it was awesome when I arrived on Wednesday at 9:40 and they said, "your appointment was yesterday at 9:40." But anyway, a different guy was able to squeeze me in.)
Basically, this was the worst doctor's appointment I've ever had because the guy I saw was an A. HOLE. Like, if this guy is on call when I'm in labor, I might weep in the room when he walks in (and the weeping will be unrelated to the pain I'm in). Huge jerk. HUGE. Some of his lovely comments (with my response thoughts in italics):
1) When I pulled out a sheet of paper with questions to ask him (which I bring to every appt.): [super cocky/condescending] "Oh. So you're one of those patients?" Informed? Interested in gaining knowledge from the expensive resource [the doctor] I pay to see every few weeks?
2) When I told him I'm interested in trying for a natural childbirth:
a) "You should probably just mentally prepare for a C-Section. 3 out of 4 first-time mothers I see end up having them." Really?? 3 out of 4? 50% above the national average? That doesn't seem excessive or inaccurate...
b) "You don't want a natural childbirth anyway. Epidurals are great. They make you less grumpy in the delivery room, which is good because then you don't end up kicking out your parents and in-laws. Also, your hair will stay all pretty and not get messed up and sweaty." I mean... One, don't tell me what I do and don't want. Two, definitely planning to have no one but Jonathan in the room. Three, "grumpy" I guess equals going through the extremely physical task of delivering a baby? And four - assuming I care more about the way my hair looks than the delivery experience of my first child is a condescending, generalized assumption about women that suggests to me you shouldn't be an OBGYN.
3) And finally, when I asked at what point I should be concerned if the baby hasn't turned to a head-down position: "Never. It doesn't matter. If the baby's breech, we'll just do a c-section. They aren't that big a deal." Ok. I understand and am trying to mentally prepare that if something goes wrong in the delivery room, I will have a c-section. I get that. But to call them "not a big deal" again just shows me that this guy doesn't care about women or providing the best possible care. A Cesarean is a major surgery. It greatly impacts your first few weeks with your baby (ie, you can't drive and you can't lift anything heavy [the baby]). Also, your body doesn't completely heal for six months! Comparing a normal, vaginal birth to a major surgery requiring six months of recovery is absurd.
He made me really mad. I was pretty fired up when I left the office (and maybe just got fired up again while re-thinking about it??). Ok. Deep breath... Moving on.
What I'm Looking Forward To
A shower this weekend and next weekend! And my lovely hostess friends coming in town for next weekend's!
Preparation & Decisions Being Made
All that stuff I mentioned in yesterday's post. I guess at some point we need to get some names going for this child... We also had our first childbirth class last night. We didn't necessarily learn anything new, but it was still nice to be with other couples who are in the same place we are.
I've had a ton of anxiety this week. Work has been crazy. And I've started fixating on pre-term labor (the same way I fixated on miscarriage in the 1st trimester and birth defects in the 2nd). I know this baby doesn't need stress, so I have to find a way to cooooool ouuuuuuut.
And here's our belly. From the front:
And from the side:
I hope everyone has a glorious weekend!