Thursday, October 20, 2011

30 weeks

And this about explains my thoughts on the matter.

I'm shocked, really. I LOVE that I have a 3 in my number of weeks and that it is the FIRST number instead of the last. But still, I can hardly believe I'm sitting here.

I actually went and scheduled my "pre-delivery" visit with the hospital that I am now confirmed to be delivering at. Since I made 30 weeks, I can now deliver with my current OB instead of being transferred. Which I rather like. Much closer hospital than to the one I'd have to go to if I were to have delivered before now. I went back and forth with myself on having this visit. Mainly because I've already been to L&D at the hospital twice now. I think I know what the rooms look like. And it's not like I have a choice in rooms. I'll get what I get when I get there. And that's fine. But ultimately decided to do it so that I can get answers to those questions that are burning in my brain. Like, what happens in a term c-section birth? Do I get handed the baby immediately (of course after it's cleaned up and checked out by a pediatrician) or do I simply get shown the baby and then it goes to a well nursery while I recover? Does baby stay with me in recovery if I do get to see and hold him or her immediately? Do I go to a separate recovery room or will I be put back in my original "holding" room in L&D? Is there a separate post partum area? With it being a c-section I'll be in more than just overnight. Probably 4 days like I was with Elisa.

Sooooo many questions...that I have no answer for. It really is funny to me. Here I am with kid number 2 and I don't know any of these things? Seriously. I find it odd that it seems like I am more "comfortable" with a premature birth because at least then I know what to expect. All of this is completely new territory for me. Here I am. 30 weeks pregnant. And actually looking like I may get 7 more weeks out of this? Now things could change at the drop of a hat, I am aware of that. I have no notion of any sort of "birth plan" or plan at all when it comes to this whole thing. If there is anything Elisa taught me, it's that I can plan all I want when it comes to kiddos....but ultimately they hold all the cards.

So...Shrimp 2 at 30 weeks:

Your baby's about 15.7 inches long now, and she weighs almost 3 pounds (like a head of cabbage). A pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds her, but that volume will decrease as she gets bigger and takes up more room in your uterus. Her eyesight continues to develop, though it's not very keen; even after she's born, she'll keep her eyes closed for a good part of the day. When she does open them, she'll respond to changes in light but will have 20/400 vision — which means she can only make out objects a few inches from her face. (Normal adult vision is 20/20.)

Amazed that Elisa is 8 days away from being 2. And we are 11 days from November. I start leave the first part of December. In all reality, I only have about 6 weeks of work left...that's not much time at all. And then, then we will be a family of 4...

If you haven't already...guess if Shrimp is a boy or girl! I love seeing the numbers go up. Interesting that girl is winning so far...


makingitmamastyle said...

hehe! I'm glad you scheduled the tour-- you actually get the chance to have your questions answered ahead of time on this one, so go for it!!

Janelle M. said...

Hi Lisa - it's Janelle (Morio)!

I get what you mean about the comfortable with the preemie birth. When I made it past the point of where I was pregnant with Luke, I felt like I was pregnant all over again for the first time. :P I really did feel like a first time mom again. Even after Jack arrived, we had to throw what we knew about babies out the door as Jack was just so different. But, the differences were good and helped me to learn to roll with the punches.

So're "normal"...and it's goofy feeling...but it's pretty cool at the same time.

I hope you have an uneventful next 9-10 weeks. :)