Monday, November 24, 2008

Doctor Appointment & Last Shower

We had our 37-week appointment today (we'll be 38 weeks in two days), and everything is looking good. I'm not dilated and there's really no change in my cervix. My doctor insists that I should NOT assume nothing will happen soon. He said that at this point, I could have her tomorrow or two weeks from now! So that's pretty exciting.

I was a little concerned about her growth because people are telling me I'm "small." And to be honest, I've thought so myself; I'm simply not as big as I thought I'd be. And I should be thankful for that, right? Well, a few months ago, I was. But when I'm merely two weeks from delivering and people tell me I look six months pregnant, I start to worry that my baby isn't growing! I even self-diagnosed myself with "too little fluid" or something.

So of course I mentioned it to my doctor today. He said my uterus is measuring perfectly. And to ease my fears, he did an ultrasound to be sure there is adequate fluid. Turns out, everything's fine. He even told me I've gained 20 pounds. So maybe it's just the way I carry. I'm just glad to know everything is fine. And when people tell me I'm carrying small, I'll take it as a compliment now.

I had my last shower today. My department at work threw it. It was nice and intimate. And of course the baby got some adorable stuff. The funniest gift was a nursery sanitizer -- my co-workers can tell you about my phobia for germs. I was SO glad to get it (it was, in fact, on my registry)!

People have been so generous to us, and we are so grateful. We've had a total of 3 1/3 showers. I'll explain. The first "shower" was for three people -- there were three pregnant coaches' wives at the time (the other two have delivered already!). It was a diaper/wipes themed shower, so that's obviously mostly what we got (love the practical gifts!). We also got a few other items such as personalized burp clothes and a hooded towel. It was extremely nice of the other coaches' wives.

Then I had my friends and family shower thrown by my sister-in-law. It was lovely! I got a chance to see loved ones (friends and family) I hadn't seen in a while. Everyone was so helpful with the decorating and cleaning. And of course we got lots of gifts that completely filled her nursery.

Then the shower after that was thrown by my school's celebrations committee. It, too, was lovely, and we got several things for her. I remember getting several books at that shower -- I guess that's typical when you have lots of teachers. Anyone that knows me knows that I LOVE BOOKS! So I was very grateful.

So people have been very generous -- friends and family. There hasn't been much at all that Danny and I have had to purchase to get ready for her. We are so lucky to have friends, family, and co-workers that care so much. If you are reading this, most likely you're one of those people. So THANK YOU. We are extremely grateful.

Well, I should go now. I have to finish packing my bag (which I started last night), and I hope to do a little in the nursery (which I didn't get to yesterday). I DID go see Twilight, and I liked it! It was very much like the book. And the characters were beautiful. I enjoyed it!

Well, goodbye for now!

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