May 6, 2015
Final stretch

Now that I'm into the weekly appointment phase of pregnancy it's probably time for another update.

I had another ultrasound a couple of weeks ago - but I didn't have to leave the OB's office as they now have a handheld device about the size of a smart phone (or two hinged decks of cards). It was pretty cool! Matthew seemed to enjoy looking at "Meelee", although he also didn't seem convinced that the picture was of a real baby. Dr Gravelle said it was a present that she and the other OB she works with decided to get themselves - I wonder how long it will be before most OBs and even midwives all have their own ultrasound machines.

At the time of the ultrasound, baby was diagonal - somewhere between breech and transverse. But of course now she's head down. This is immensely frustrating, because if either of the previous two had deigned to flip down I could have avoided one or more C-section. But of course now it's not an option... On the plus side not having a transverse kid for once does mean that it won't be a medical emergency if I go into labour.

I'm still experiencing nearly daily leg cramps and swollen feet which is still very annoying. At least the cramps have mostly shifted from 2am to 6:30am! I've also started to get quite car sick if I spend more than about fifteen minutes in the car so am probably going to be hanging out close to home for most of the rest of the time left. I am finding it harder to bend over especially in the garden (not an issue I encountered with my February babies!) and I have been quite tired. I'm also into that part of pregnancy where I feel quite paranoid about things like "WHAT IF IT'S ACTUALLY A BOY" or "SHOULDN'T WE HAVE SCHEDULED THE C-SECTION EARLIER?". Brendan thinks it's cute. Elizabeth keeps trying to figure out when the baby is coming already ("Before or after cottage?" "Before or after I go to the big school?" "Before or after flat Grandma and Grandpa come to visit?"). And Matthew is very taken with his sister in tummy. I think it's cute when he insists on hugging her and giving kisses. It's useful when I can talk him into doing things he didn't want to do to "show Amelia". It's not cute when he stabs me in the stomach with a fork in an attempt to "feed Meelee. Hundee! (hungry)"

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