Braxton Hicks ... Who Knew?

Posted by Pamela Vaughan

Dec 12, 2008 9:44:44 AM

It's been quite a busy week on the baby front ...

[caption id="attachment_443" align="alignright" width="383" caption="later rearranged to spell "CAN RATS GO APE!""]later rearranged to spell "CAN RATS GO APE!"[/caption]

Sunday - My Boston gal pals threw me a lovely baby shower.� It was so awesome to have (most of) my best girlfriends in the same room at the same time, especially since many of them never cross paths.� We had a lot of fun eating yummy food (and rearranging some of it to spell funny things - "CAN RATS GO APE!"), "ooo"ing and "awww"ing at cute monkey outfits and stuffed polar bears (AKA "Buddy Bear"), and chatting about Baby Lump.� Thanks to everyone who came, and a special thanks to Kara who hosted the party and made tons of delicious, homemade food!� Mmm - spinach and artichoke dip ...

Monday - I had my 35th week doctor appointment, where I withstood a pleasant little group B strep screening, found out that according to the ultrasound Baby Lump is in the 40th percentile size-wise and also learned I've been experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions unbeknownst to me.� For some reason - I guess I didn't pay close enough attention to this part during our natural childbirth class - I was under the impression that Braxton Hicks contractions were supposed to be discomforting or painful, when in reality, they don't have to be.� Apparently all those times I've called James over to "Feel how incredibly hard/tight my belly is!" I've actually been having Braxton Hicks contractions ... who knew?

Tuesday - James and I took a tour of the labor/delivery and postpartum floors at the hospital.� It was really comforting to familiarize ourselves with the hospital, and it was especially fun imagining how we would be back there again soon to meet Baby Lump! We keep joking that Baby Lump's ETA sounds sort of like a shipping date ("expected time of delivery - two to six weeks").� The coolest part about the tour, however, was when were strolling past the NICU and one of the nurses brought out a one month old, 4 lb. premature baby girl (of a set of triplets) who was getting ready to go home in the next couple of days.� Definitely the smallest being we've ever seen, and completely adorable.� But man - imagine having to spend one whole month without your newborn!� It made me very thankful that Baby Lump should be coming on time.

Oven Timer: 35 weeks, 4 days

Topics: Weekly Updates, Events, tour, baby shower, Braxton Hicks contractions, group B strep test, 35 weeks, premature

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