Tuesday, September 29, 2009

35 Weeks!

Week and day: 35 weeks, 2 Days

Belly Button in or out: Still in, of course!

Wedding rings on or off: Argh... I've been so happy that I've been able to keep them on so long, until yesterday. I had a really hard time getting them off, and I'm pretty sure the time is now here to keep them off. Phooey!!!

Food cravings: Chocolate milk.

Food aversions: None. Woot!

Nausea: None!

Energy level: Energy? What energy??

Weight gain: ((inadvertently skipping this one...))

Mood: Anxious and excited. Chase will be here in less than 4 weeks! I can hardly believe the time is almost here, yet it really feels like these last 4 months have S-L-O-W-L-Y dragged by. I'm very much looking forward to what God has in store for my family!

Maternity clothes: Duh!

Size of baby: He doesn't have much room to maneuver now that he's over 18 inches long and should tip the scales around 5 1/4 pounds.

Baby's changes: His kidneys are fully developed now, and his liver can process some waste products. Most of his basic physical development is now complete — he'll spend the next few weeks putting on weight. Woot!!

Next appointment: An appointment with the PC Dr. Horne on Wednesday. Hubs and I are quite anxious to see how much our little boy weighs when we see Dr. Horne. I'm praying that Chase will be 8+ lbs. when he's born, but from what Dr. Greig has said, I'm not on target for an 8 lb. baby. I'd love to defy him, though! LO was 8 lbs. 13 oz. at 40 weeks, so hopefully her little brother can hit the 8 lb. mark by 39 weeks!

What I've been up to: Just waiting and preparing and waiting and preparing. There's only so much I can do right now to get us ready for our big trip. The lists have all been written, but the packing can't happen until a few days before we leave. I'm feeling very prepared physically for Chase's arrival, but I'm certain I have no idea what I'll be up against emotionally. I've read blogs, researched HLHS, learned about the first surgery Chase will have, etc. But I know none of this will truly prepare me emotionally to watch my sweet baby boy go through open-heart surgery. I pray God will choose to heal him--whether by a true miracle of His divine hand, or through the surgeons and PCICU staff who will be caring for him. I know my God is good. He has a perfect plan for our sweet son and I am fully trusting in Him. He will provide!

Here ya go... 35 weeks: