Just a couple more Mondays…


Hi Timmy!

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35 weeks. Just a couple more Mondays and I’ll be hearing the cries and coos of my first baby. I’m super excited. Highlights of week 35:

Baby is head down. Had my check-up this week and Timmy’s doing well. He’s in the right position already, and hopefully he stays that way till I give birth. It’s not like he has any more room to do a cartwheel anyway! His movements are now limited to wriggling left and right.

Weight gain is on track. I’ve gained 27 pounds since getting pregnant. Recommended weight gain is between 25-35 pounds, so I’m mighty proud of that. With the heaviness though, it feels like I gained 50!

Body’s preparing for birth. I’ve been feeling an ache between my upper thighs and pelvic bone. Whoops, TMI? Nah. This is advice for you fellow expectant-Moms and trying-to-conceive Moms! The joints are relaxing. I read that it’s the body’s way of preparing for the baby’s entrance into the world. It could also be hormones. It’s getting harder to get out of bed, to get up from a chair. The remedy is just to walk it out and know when to sit it out. There are severe forms of this joint pain though so be very conscious about it and alert your doctor right away.

Hospital procedures are clear. While I learned the overall process during birth class, knowing specifically where to go and how it’s done in the hospital where I’m giving birth is a huge help. My OB explained the process to H & me thoroughly — what happens as soon as I arrive at the hospital when I’m having contractions, the machines used for monitoring me and Timmy, when and how we’ll get a room, who does the IE, etc. Knowing the pathway won’t make us feel as lost when THE time comes.

I feel the baby growing everyday. He stretches a LOT. In all directions. I stare at my belly sometimes and see it jiggling around like there are twins frolicking inside. It’s not a comfortable feeling, but I love it. I just have a good laugh and thank God that my baby is strong enough to move so enthusiastically. I look at his first ultrasound and am amazed by how huge he’s grown from that bean size.

I’ve put together my Birth Folder. This contains: several copies of my information sheet (for all the questions the nurses will ask over and over…), semi-completed PhilHealth forms, the name of my baby (for no misspellings!), birth certificate information (so H doesn’t get confused when he fills out the formal document later on), latest copies of my tests, a list of documents I will need to submit to my employer, a guide for H on how to help me relax during pre-labor (play the Charlie Brown Christmas Album, dim the lights, remind me to walk, etc.), etc. You may be thinking: YOU’RE SO ANAL! Well, I like being organized and this helps me put order into a situation I know might be quite panicky.

Baby dreams are becoming more vivid. H has been dreaming about the baby more and more… more than I do! I guess the dreams are revealing how excited we both are about the baby. In this case, maybe H is even more excited than I am!

I’m looking forward to childbirth. Sure, it’ll hurt like mad, anaesthesia or not. Sure, I’ll probably scream my head off. Sure, I’ll probably eat my words later on. But after all that pain, out comes a baby. I am looking forward to meeting this wee one. Maybe I’m channeling my fear and transforming it into excitement. Maybe it’s a game of mind over matter. Whatever it is, I’m sincerely excited about labor. One of my friends finds me weird. Is it weird?

On to Week 36 soon! Beginning Week 37, I’ll be seeing my OB weekly. And a few Mondays from now, Timmy will be here. H & I are so excited.

17 Comments on Just a couple more Mondays…

  1. julie
    July 23, 2009 at 5:02 pm (14 years ago)

    We are excited too, Toni! ((hugs))
    .-= julie´s last blog ..Salagubang =-.

    Thanks Teacher Julie!

  2. witsandnuts
    July 23, 2009 at 6:00 pm (14 years ago)

    Malapit na! Yay! Cancerian din sya gaya natin ‘no?

    Ay hindi na! I’m a Leo. Timmy will be either a Leo or Virgo. :)

  3. Eper
    July 23, 2009 at 9:39 pm (14 years ago)

    I’m soooo excited for you and your hubby, Toni!!! :) I really hope everything turns out well and you have a safe and easy delivery and fast recovery. I’m crossing my fingers that there are no complications and everything goes as planned.

    Meantime, enjoy the remaining Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays with your hubby! :)
    .-= Eper´s last blog ..Boys Will Be Boys =-.

    Thanks Eper. I hope that things go smoothly also. If the unexpected happens, I hope that those surprises will be beautiful and easy to deal with. :)

  4. Candice
    July 23, 2009 at 9:59 pm (14 years ago)

    Good job, Toni! But you know, the nurses usually keep on asking the same questions over and over. Maybe you should make copies of FAQs to hand out. hahaha
    .-= Candice´s last blog ..Painting with chalk =-.

    Exactly Candice!!! The information sheets I have will have all the answers to the questions they’ll ask over and over (date of last menstrual period, number of pregnancies, blood type, etc.). I printed out 8 copies. I hope that’s enough. Haha!

  5. ela
    July 24, 2009 at 12:05 am (14 years ago)

    wow, you’re almost there! nakakainip na ang waiting game! lalo when you reached your 37th week and no great sign that Timmy’s coming out anytime soon =). but enjoy the preggo feeling while it lasts. you’ll miss the frolicking inside the tummy when Timmy’s out :)
    .-= ela´s last blog ..joel’s first steps =-.

    Oh I LOVE the frolicking feeling. I’m sure I’ll miss this. If only I could bottle up how it feels so I can revisit it from time to time in the future 😛

  6. Junnie
    July 24, 2009 at 6:17 am (14 years ago)

    My captcha was B.A.B.Y…..that means a lot….talagang malapit na…advanced greetings!

    Ang galing! 😀 And thanks!

  7. Rico
    July 24, 2009 at 8:54 am (14 years ago)

    Uuuy! lapit na ah! Having all that stuff in the birth folder isn’t so anal, you’re just being prepared. And I’m sure your hubby appreciates all the trouble you put into making those “guides” for him. We’re praying for a safe delivery.
    .-= Rico´s last blog ..Happy wife = Happy life =-.

    Kailangan ko pa i-brief si Husby sa birth folder ko. Hehehe.

    Thank you Rico!!

  8. Asianmommy
    July 24, 2009 at 10:21 am (14 years ago)

    Hee! I remember those days–when they stretch their feet out and you can almost see the footprint. :)
    .-= Asianmommy´s last blog ..Giveaway for a Handmade Asian Doll! =-.

    I haven’t experienced that yet! Oooh I wanna see his footprint!!! :)

  9. Daphne
    July 24, 2009 at 11:30 am (14 years ago)

    And my keycod was m.a.m.a How appropriate that you will be a mama soon! 😀

    I’m so excited for you and H and I pray that you have a safe delivery. :)
    .-= Daphne´s last blog ..My comfort zone =-.

    How apt!! Cute!!

    Thank you Daph! :)

  10. notsquare
    July 24, 2009 at 12:13 pm (14 years ago)

    I have a gift for Timmy :)

    I e-mailed you :)

    May you have a healthy last pregnancy stretch and a very safe delivery (((hug)))
    .-= notsquare´s last blog ..there’s a saying that goes: =-.

    Thank you sweetie. *hugs* I answered your email na!

  11. kreez
    July 24, 2009 at 7:07 pm (14 years ago)

    Wow lapit na lumabas si Timmy! I pray that you and timmy will have a healthy and safe delivery. I really think that having that birth folder is practical, after all in time like these one can never be over prepared diba.
    .-= kreez´s last blog ..Harry Potter and the Half Blood Prince =-.

    That’s so true. :) Better to be prepared!

  12. darlene
    July 24, 2009 at 10:05 pm (14 years ago)

    yes..mind over matter…reading your posts takes me back to memory lane…8 years ago…i am also feeling your excitement :) have a safe delivery!!! looking forward to see baby timmy’s pics

    Thanks Darlene! :)

  13. rachel
    July 27, 2009 at 4:41 pm (14 years ago)

    Were all excited too Ate Toni. Goodluck. Kaya mo yan =D

    Hi to baby Timmy!

    Thanks Rach!

  14. tin
    July 28, 2009 at 2:20 pm (14 years ago)

    super lapit na toni! take care and we’re looking forward to see pics of timmy! :)
    .-= tin´s last blog ..Who’s in Charge? =-.

    Thanks Tin! I hope you and your 2nd lil one are doing well too!


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