I don't think this a very flattering picture of me. That shirt makes me look big!
Eight weeks to go and another doctor's appointment. It never fails. The day I take a book to the office, I get called back right away. The days I don't take a book, I have to wait forever. Today, I did not take a book. I waited 45 minutes in the waiting room, terribly uncomfortably, and then had to wait quite a while back in the room itself. The appointment, though, was good. I weighed in first and I'm up approximately 28 pounds. The doctor's office scale is always a little higher than the one at the YMCA, so right now I'm somewhere between 25-28 pounds. At 8 months pregnant, I'll take it. When the appointment finally started the doctor was impressed with my weight gain. She said to me that I was the first person all day she had seen who hadn't put on an excessive amount of weight. I told her I was still working out and she again reassured me that it would really help my labor to continue to do so as long as I could. We went through my appointment I had had at the high risk doctor and she seemed pleased with everything. She didn't seem to worry about the size of the baby and agreed with the doctor that it would be a good idea for me to go on the Prozac before delivery. I thought for sure she'd turn that down, so I'm glad she's on the same page.
I've been having contractions on and off for a couple of weeks. They don't hurt necessarily but they do occur more than four an hour. In fact, sometimes they're every 3-5 minutes but only lasting 30 seconds or less. As I said, they're not painful but I can definitely feel my stomach tightening and sometimes can feel pressure "down there." I mentioned to my doctor yesterday and she did not seem too concerned. She confirmed what the nurse and doctor told me at the hospital that I was most likely feeling them because I was so thin. She said most women don't feel them because they have to come through a layer of fat. She wanted to make sure the contractions weren't actually doing anything, though, so I got the joy of yet another pelvic exam. Sure enough, the cervix is closed. While that's great now, I'm sure hoping that changes in the next couple of weeks. I know about the catheter balloon and that doesn't really sound like a fun option. :)
So, eight weeks to go and things seem to be going well. While we are mostly prepared in terms of actually bringing the baby home, we're starting to freak out a little that we're going TO BE PARENTS IN 8 WEEKS!!!