Change in Tactics

Thursday, November 29, 2012

My last appointment was a week ago, at 31 weeks, and my doctor said it's time for a change of tactics. He said the girls are growing apace and that now the concern is how long I can keep them in. So starting next week I will have weekly biophysical sonograms to assess whether I can go for another week or if it's time for the C-section. We'll also talk about whether I can keep working, should stop working entirely, or need bed rest.

So the childbirth thing is getting real. Really. Real. We're pretty well-prepared, about 90% of where I'd like to be, but random wisps of worry sometimes visit me. They're nothing more than the usual first-time parent jitters and they tend to disappear as quickly as they came. You can never be fully prepared for such a momentous change or really understand what life with a newborn is like until you're in it.

I try to chip away at the remainder of the list, but they're all nice-to-haves - except for hiring a postpartum doula - so I'm not stressing over it. My admin stuff at work is either done or pending HR action, we have all the furniture assembled and in place, the house is in unprecedently good shape, we bought a car that can safely get everyone home from the hospital at the same time (we didn't have one of those at this time last week), and we've purchased and assembled all the crucial baby gear. So now it's a waiting game. And honestly it's probably good that I still have a to-do list because it gives me something to think about other than obsessing over when the babies might arrive. :)
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    I am so excited for you both, and you sound very prepared, trust me! Sending prayers and good juju your way.
    3058 days ago
    Wonderful update, JJ! THANKS for it -- certainly reflects both how well-prepared AND how excitedly un-prepared you are, both being terrific experiences well-suited to this juncture of the Babies-Baking Enterprise. Now 32 weeks and counting: wa-hoo!!
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    As a few of us have hinted, please oh please be sure to post at least ONE fresh picture, for us -yes, but mostly for your own and the girls' future amazement!!

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    Yes, we are a whole cyber-family out here, with shining eyes and hearts!!
    3058 days ago
    You think you're excited about meeting these two - I'm on tenterhooks! Hehe. You'll be great at all of this!
    3059 days ago
    Thanks for your comment on my blog today!

    I am AMAZED at how pregnancy has changed since I was pregnant with my only child 33 years ago! I know your doc is keeping a close eye on you and everything will go according to plan. SO glad the girls are growing as expected and all is well. You have made soooo much progress on the house the last few weeks so I'm glad you are not stressing. Please keep us informed, and feel free to post of "very pregnant" picture of yourself!!! At what other time in your life can you revel in being big?? emoticon
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  • VICKI2705
    congrats on your double (or triple?) blessings. God Bless!
    3059 days ago
    First Congratulations. Secondly, praying that all goes well and you soon to be bundles of joy
    3059 days ago
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