Owlet Update, 37 weeks

For those greedy for precise info: Yesterday’s prenatal revealed that I am 1 cm dilated and 50% effaced, and my OB said that the baby’s head was right there against the cervix, ready to go (I could have told her that; she lowered right after the last appointment two weeks ago and has been headbutting the cervix with great verve ever since). “Votre accouchement prendra place comme une charme,” my OB said with great delight. I swear, she’s more excited about how this is going than I am. I’m finally at the one prenatal appointment a week till the end point, so we’ll see where we are next week. Of course, we all know that dilation and effacement aren’t reliable signposts and that things can mysteriously reverse themselves, but physically I was already feeling Stuff Happen, so it’s nice to hear her confirm my suspicions.

For everyone else: Hey, I’m going to have a baby in a couple of weeks. That’s about all we know, because while there are certain signs that a baby’s body and a gestating mother’s body are headed in the right direction for birthing, no one really knows what triggers labour to happen whenever it does, though there are lots of theories. Also, hey, did you know that an estimated due date isn’t anything more than a guess based on a couple of charts put together by some doctor decades ago? A precise science this is not. A baby is considered On Time if it’s born two weeks before or after the EDD (why yes, that does mean a four-week spread, and yes, that’s kind of stressful if you’re trying to plan anything). This is why we’ve been telling people a rough time period instead of an actual date when they ask. And really, with all the adjustments back and forth being made to my EDD for various reasons, I’m just as glad we went that route, because otherwise people would be terribly confused by this point.

The renos upstairs proceed apace. HRH goes back to work next Wednesday, and while he’d like to be further along in the attic conversion, that would be logistically impossible. He’s done an incredible amount in the month he’s had, and his dad has been right there with him. The roof insulation is pretty much done, the wiring is all there just waiting for an electrician to check and connect it (waiting for replies from electricians = annoying), and HRH even took a day to run a duct up from the basement so that there would be air conditioning up there. That had to be done, really, because otherwise it was a sauna and the environment was unworkable. Not that the a/c actually makes the room cool, what with humidex temperatures of 48 C this week and working directly under a dark roof being baked by the sun, but it does make it somewhat more bearable. Plasterboard can be screwed to the wall framing at night after work once the wiring is approved and connected (c’mon, electricians!) and then it’s mudding and painting, and then it’s essentially done. If we can swing it and the sales are still on, HRH wants to put a floating laminate floor in instead of pouring three coats of paint on the plywood floor, too.

We have a car seat that fits our vehicle now (that was one of those Kind Of Important Things we had to handle quickly a week or so ago when we discovered that the incredibly awesome luxury car seat we borrowed from Miranda was too big to fit our car for safe and regular use), and we got the lightweight Snap n’Go stroller frame we wanted, too (we borrowed one six years ago and they’re brilliant; they’re much lighter and smaller than a true stroller, and you just snap the car seat into it). Best thing is we got them both on excellent sale, and they’re the only new items we’ve had to buy for this baby. And the resale value on the stroller frame is awesomely high, which means we’ll be able to recoup almost all of what we paid for it, tra la la.

More handmade show and tell!

Cate knit this absolutely fantastic Tweed baby blanket for the Owlet:

I forgot to post photos of the lace baby cap I knit (my first real lace project!). It needs a proper ribbon, as this is a temporary braid of yarn:

And here is the blanket I wove last weekend (which obviously did not work to trick the Owlet out). I love how the thick and thin single-ply yarn creates the texture and visual interest here with just a plain weave:

I think that’s it for now.

4 thoughts on “Owlet Update, 37 weeks

  1. Bev Preston

    How exciting, this particular part of the waiting process, when her head is in place and you know she’ll be arriving any time now.
    I’m so glad that you’re having a good pregnancy. You sound quite serene and content–with allowances made for anticipation, of course. And this time, the Fates willing, you’ll be able to take your little Owlet home from the hospital right away, which will be so much better for you than it was before, I imagine.
    Best wishes, and, if I may suggest something that was invaluable for me during labor:
    if you breathe to a rhythm of Yankee Doodle when each labor pain starts, you’ll find that it works wonders in focusing your mind, distracting you and yet allowing you to ride the pain wave almost painlessly. It helps, too, if Ron starts to time each wave out loud, since if you know how long they usually are, you can know just how soon each one will end, which is encouraging. And the breathing relaxes you, so you don’t tense up, while keeping you from hyperventilating. This worked like a charm for me, and could do the same for you.
    Very important: try this ahead of time, as it helps make you a believer in the method: 1)pinch your thigh for two minutes. It hurts, right? 2)Now do it while breathing to Yankee Doodle. You’ll find it hurts much less. Do this several times, until you become confident that the breathing system works. Then, when labor starts, even as you are en route to the hospital in your car, do the Yankee Doodle, with hands loose, not tensed, and you’ll see how it all works. I think the brain becomes sure of the method, and that helps, too, with your body.
    Hope this works. And if it doesn’t, well, at least it’s distracting!

    Bev

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  2. Ceri

    Love that blanket – I saw the post on Ravelry and meant to ask if I could see it in person when I was over. Drat! I’m sure I’ll see Owlet all wrapped up in it at some point.

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  3. Autumn Post author

    Ceri: You will just have to come over again and appreciate Cate’s artistry in person!

    Bev: Your focusing and pain-coping techniques sound very similar to the ones I used in my first labour and delivery.

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  4. Pasley

    Trust my mother to assume that an expecting mother (of her second child, no less) has no game plan for labour and delivery.

    (Breathing techniques for contractions? Really? What will they think of next?)

    ;)

    (Bev, I love you. But really.)

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