35 weeks Midwife

My pregnancy progresses … I’m at 35 weeks now, and officially by the calendar, just a “month” from my due date, with it being June 18th. It sure has gone fast!

I had a midwife visit the other day and things were O.K. I measured right on, 35,  –but the usual late pregnancy rearing it’s head of “HBP” was evident. Just that it’s usual since my 2nd pregnancy near the end, with no other symptoms presenting in #2 and #3 –so we have hope that this is the case as well for this one as well.

Our next midwife visit will be in our home on June 4th.  We have a lot to accomplish in the house before that date. Organization, flooring installed, and more.

With all that, and DH traveling more this month, it’s a bit tough, but it’s working out so far. This next week is the last bad one with traveling. It’s tough on me, that I can’t get quite the rest I wish to, and have to motivate all things all by myself (AKA children’s chores, making meals, cleaning up, etc.) days that DH isn’t here. It can be quite a trial getting my eldest children to do stuff at times, and that does concern me when it comes to my BP and need of rest, but all in all it’s not THAT bad, no need to worry about it.

As for the birth of this baby, we are hoping it’ll be a tad after the due date. Our midwife will be out of the country and not available therefore, until after the 23rd,  so if labor starts before she’s back I’ll have a midwife that I don’t know, but that’s just it, if it’s time, it’s time. Last time, 3rd baby, the midwife wasn’t in attendance for the birth, getting here about 15 minutes post birth. So it’s not that I am concerned about the birth, just wanting someone here to aide in case of need, and also to do the checks and measures afterward. I’m cool with doing it unassisted, but DH isn’t, so … 🙂 I mean, really I am cool with either, but it does make it easier on me to have a midwife.

I have to get some supplies very, very soon, for the birth and also order the ‘birthing kit’ that I need. Not only that but diapers are an issue, I have some, sure, but not the ones I mostly need for the first month or more, depending on baby’s size, and need covers for diapers for certain.

The flooring install we need to occur is for our master bedroom, and that will enable us to de-junk the room and get the furniture whittled down to what we need and create space for baby things we must put in here.  It’ll be a whirlwind time when it goes down, the install of flooring and I’ll have to be less involved than we originally planned. (We had thought we’d have the flooring sooner and that I would do some of the work with my eldest, and get done as much as we could when DH was out of town, take our time, but that time is past and we did get the flooring later and I’m further along and … time flies!)

I have a crib I like, but I need to get it put together, and really won’t do that until the floor is finished since it has to go into our bedroom. I do need to get new linens for it and the baby, as well as the foundational things like T-shirts, receiving blankets, onsies, etc. and yes, diapering things. Little things that matter much to me, to be 100% cotton, even organic cotton. It is rather amazing how many things one had just disappear with he space of 6 or so years between babies. My first baby was just 4-years old when my third baby was born. My second was shy of 2-years by just under 3-months. So I had baby stuff in use and the newborn-first year stuff just out of use and findable.

Years take their toll on a house short of storage area, so we are having to replace all the major equipment besides the crib and mattress. This isn’t crucial, just needed in stages, a car seat and stroller being needed for outings, and a wearable carrier for me (I’m working on what I want in that department) — then the in-the-house stuff.

We went to Baby’s R Us earlier this week, and I was not impressed. I used to go to that very store a lot “back in the day” when it was a newly built store and I had babies in the house. I liked it back then, but this time it seemed rather vacant of things I liked, or maybe I’ve just massively changed.

No, not me exactly, products have changed. I was into baby stuff in 2000-2001 with baby #3, things are extravagently priced now, and super decked out.

What about a nice simple bouncy seat? I saw one boy one and a girl one, but not quite my style, the rest were out of  my league.

Car seats, infant carriers, strollers, pack n’ play get-ups, all over the top, mostly.

They did have some things I’ll be able to use, but we are talking simple crib items, sheet, mattress pad, etc.

Their “cloth diapering” section is just as pathetic as before, actually less so on one hand, moreso on the other hand. Gerber prefolds don’t seem to have that nasty polyester filling in the middle anymore (why it was there I never could grasp, it was bulky but non-absorbant, capiche?)

They just have vinyl pull up pants for covers. Nothing of any consequence.

I could go on and on but that wouldn’t be of any use itself. So I’ll close and see if I can get a tad more sleep 🙂 .

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