Sunday, April 03, 2011

38 weeks.

I think this baby grew significantly this week. Even if the measurements at the doctor's office don't confirm this, I believe it is true because of the stares and bordering on inappropriate comments I've been fielding at work.

38 Weeks
Depending on who you ask I either look like giving birth is imminent (according to woman in front of me in line at Barnes & Noble) or small enough to go a few more weeks (co-workers).

38 weeks is apparently the "OMFG!!Thisbabycouldcomeatanymoment!!" freak out week. Luckily, I've been seriously distracted by work and general exhaustion, and the panic has been kept to a minimum. I've resigned myself to the fact that I cannot possibly get things 100% ready to transition at work, and that when the time comes and we leave for the hospital the house will not be spotless, there will still be dog hair just about everywhere, the dishes will not be done, the laundry will not be caught up, and our list of "to-dos" will remain at least partially incomplete. This resignation has allowed me to spend my evenings relaxed on the couch, as comfortable as possible, surfing blogs and/or playing ridiculously simple, yet addictive, games on my Ipad while watching bad tv. And by bad tv, I do mean Teen Mom. Rykert has tried to save me from myself and change the channel when it's on, but I just. can't. stop. myself.

This week we did manage to complete our "Caring for a Newborn" class where we learned a few helpful tips but mostly a whole lot of common sense. We only dropped our doll once!! And I completed the hospital's class on breastfeeding, which made me think of the documentary, Babies. I think I've mentioned it before, but if you haven't seen this, you should. Anyway, I'm pretty sure that the Namibian mother never took a breastfeeding class. If you go looking for information on formula vs. breastmilk on the interwebs you will be immediately dumbstruck with the judgement (on both sides) and the politicization of what is a completely personal choice. I have thoughts on it generally, but will probably keep them off the blog to avoid nasty comments from passionate people on both sides of the debate.

4 comment(s). Tell me what you think!:

Anonymous said...

I don't want to get into the interwebs breastfeeding debate, but the Namibian probably has had a lot more informal training in breastfeeding than most western women.

If you decide to pursue breastfeeding, then all the support in the world is helpful.

Shannon said...

I second the above comment! I thought breastfeeding would be easy and intuitive, and unfortunately it's not. There is hope though - I got the hang of it after several lactation consultations. It's a good idea to have the info of a good lactation consultant on hand bf you have your baby - just so you have the info handy if you do end up needing guidance breastfeeding. I have a 13mo old. Sounds cliche, but your entire life is about to change. Congratulations and good luck!

Crafty Girl said...

I tried it with my son, it didn't go well for me, but other people have had tons of success. I hope it works for you, but more importantly, I hope you have a happy and healthy baby girl!!!

Lovemook said...

It wasn't easy but I nursed both kids 13 months each working full time and pumping. I'm stubborn and have a high pain threshold. If you know that first 2 to 3 weeks will suck the rest is easy. Both my kids weren't sick once while I bfed them. That's why I did it, not for bonding etc. I bonded in other ways. Breeding wasn't exactly my thing aside from health benefit and convenience.

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