I'm plugging along here, growing almost visibly every day (my belly has grown an inch and a half this week). I had my first CNM visit in 6 weeks last week. This was my first visit since the second CNM left/was fired/who knows who to believe. I went into this appointment looking to judge whether the CNM has gone batty or if she'll be in decent shape to attend my birth in August. She says she's in the process of hiring someone new (although that CNM might not be working yet come August) and the number of births has been steady since before the two other CNM's started last year. So she's used to handling the number of births she's signed up for now. For now, I feel like I can trust her to be my caregiver. If I get weird vibes, I'll switch to the hospital downtown--it isn't that much farther and they also do waterbirth and have clinics nearby. They have a big group of CNMs though so I couldn't meet them all.
We talked more about what it's like to birth at this hospital. She asked if I wanted my kids to be there when the baby was born. I don't, but it's kinda neat that they allow it. There aren't any restrictions for guests, so the boys will be able to come visit us if we decide to stay awhile. She said she often sends people out to the park behind the hospital to walk after the initial check-in and monitoring. I don't plan to show up until I'm past the hall-walking point, but again, good to have the option. They have laboring tubs then a different birthing tub they bring into the room. She's talked before about how I can be in whatever position I want -- they have birthing stools, whatever.
I'm up 16 lbs and my b/p was 96/52. The baby's been head down for a month now (yay!). She said he's LOP for now, and I know he's been on my left side for awhile, but I think he twists in that position. My uterus was measuring 31cm, which she says is fine--apparently I have a good amount of fluid and his movement is great. I've been seeing a chiropractor for the past month because my tailbone was bothering me and I think I messed up my hip cross-country skiing this winter. I no longer feel super-creaky after sitting at the computer, although my hip gets weird still if I walk a long ways. After having back labor with Peter and both of them switching positions a lot (and Peter's head was acynclitic--sp? it was crooked--which was a big part of why I labored forever) I like knowing that the chiro will help this kid be positioned better in the first place.
The boys are really sweet, wanting to give the baby hugs and kisses and talking about what he'll be like. Leo still claims that "maybe the machines were wrong" and he'll get a baby sister. Don't count on it, kid. I think they just really love their 7 month old girl cousin (she is a cutie) and want our baby to be just like her. It is so much fun having them old enough to really understand what's happening. I recommend everybody hang out a lot with a pregnant sibling a year before giving birth -- very handy for introducing kids to pregnancy/babies before that baby lives in the house 24/7.
The weather has been perfect for the Memorial Day weekend and I probably overdid it with outdoor activity because I'm definitely more sore than usual now. On Friday, I biked 6 miles with Leo in the trailer to go to a splash pad to meet friends. Then I came home and made my first jam of the season (rhubarb-strawberry-orange with Pomona pectin, which is so much better than using Ball pectin or Jell-O) and re-jarred a gallon of maple syrup. I left the syrup alone at a critical point and it boiled all over the kitchen, so I ended up scrubbing the floor, oven, etc, too. By dinner, I crashed on the couch. But yum, I love that jam. I'm nearly out of frozen strawberries now, just in time for the you-pick farms to open again. On Saturday, the family biked 10 miles round-trip with a hike in a wildflower garden in the middle. It's easier to pull Peter on the trail-a-bike than Leo in the trailer, but I'm still crazy slow. My hips feel fine biking -- that's easier than hiking, actually. Sunday I took a long nap. Today we went to a regional park and tried geocaching. It was a great family activity and kept the boys interested in tromping through the woods for a few miles. When it's 80 degrees+ in Minnesota in May, it's hard to stay inside. I'd really like to be in decent shape when I go into labor and maybe if I gain less than 30 lbs, I'll have a baby under 8 lbs 13 oz and won't need to worry about the hospital's blood sugar protocol (I need to ask the CNM about that one but at my SIL's hospital, they go crazy with heel pricks and start pushing formula if the numbers aren't good enough).
Oh, I almost forgot. I took the GTT again at my appointment (I got 95 at 16 weeks) but when the CNM didn't call back with results, I eventually found out that my blood clotted and they couldn't use it. The CNM agreed that I don't need to retake it -- my only risk factor is my 9 lb babies, I aced it three months ago, and the sugar didn't seem to bother me. Phew! I don't go back until 32 weeks -- I assume I'll start the biweekly visits then. I'll probably keep seeing the chiropractor weekly at this point. The CNM wants to talk to the chiro to find out if there are any pressure points she can help me with during labor. Works for me.
When the temp started going above 70, it became clear that I needed more summer shorts and skirts. I got one pair of shorts from my neighbor but they didn't fit and her dresses don't really work either. That leaves me with a pair of jean capris, loose capris, and the skirt I sewed in April. I went to Target last week and tried on every pair of shorts I could find and eventually found a style that worked with pair #10. I bought navy and black for $10 each (large, non-maternity, drawstring waist) and called it a success. Then I went to Crafty Planet and bought fabric for two more reversible yoga-waist skirts -- total new fabric cost using the sale rack and a coupon: $28. I'm making them with fun fabrics on one side and either dark brown or black on the opposite side so I can use the many tops I've got or go to Old Navy and get a bunch of tanks to coordinate with the fun sides.
Work has been crazy lately. Without going into too much detail, the longer the oil spill drags out, the more work I have. At the moment, it's at least twice as much as usual despite my being more tired and less interested in doing any work. I arranged for my mom to come over a couple times a week through mid-June so I can work more during the day, especially after Leo finishes preschool this week. We're waiting to hear whether Dan got a summer job teaching science/engineering classes for elementary age kids for half days, which would start as soon as he finishes the usual school year if they hire him. I'm hoping it works out because then I wouldn't have to work as many hours. At the most, he'd work 25 hours a week, which would be a great balance for the summer, I think.