The Countdown Continues ….
As of today, we are 33 days away from the baby’s due date. Sam is 35 weeks (and three days) along. It’s hard to believe that we are that close! At our OB/GYN appointment on Friday, he grabbed the ultrasound wand and said he wanted to see if she was “getting into position.” He placed it on Sam’s belly and basically said, “Where is she?” We watched the screen, wondering ourselves. He found her, low and in position. He told us that she had dropped and was pretty much ready to come whenever she felt like it!
I’ve been spending some time in the book that they gave us in our childbirth classes.
In flipping through the pages, there are a lot of things to remember, that I will probably forget! Remember, I’ve never had to go through the “natural” thing before, because both of my sons were born via C-section. Water breaking, counting contractions, and so many other things are all new to me. Even the teacher of the class said “This class is pretty much for the birthing coaches!” I’ve coached T-ball before, but I am sure this is fairly different, except for that both need a catchers mitt…I think.
We have some things in our hospital bag, so I guess that’s a good thing! There is a checklist and as I went through it with Sam, there was a lot of “we’re going to get that this weekend” and “we should get that in order”. I still need to download a “Contraction Counting” App on my phone. It is an app that when a contraction starts, you hit “start” and when it ends, you hit “stop”. It calculates how far apart they are and basically tells you “Get to the hospital, dummy!”
Sam told me that even though the baby is due on February 16 (my grandpa’s birthday), she would love for her to be born on the 20th. 2-20-2020. Cool? Sure it is! I, however, think she will be here earlier than that. Sam asked for a date. I really didn’t have one, so I opted for 2-2-2020. Still the same number of 2’s in there. We then went to Facebook. I basically asked for folks to tell us when THEY thought she might arrive (and for duplicate dates – we asked for a weight to break any tie).
The response was overwhelming. Many friends offered their picks for Ella’s birthday. Basically, I found that:
- More people picked Sam’s choice than mine.
- The earliest guess – is TODAY (1/14)!
- The latest guess is February 27.
- The most chosen day is Valentine’s Day (I hope it isn’t. I kinda want her to have her own day)
- Only two people picked her actual due date as being her arrival day.
It’s been fun to see how our friends are excited for this. A few of them actually wrote back and changed dates or weights citing reasons for the changes. It’s like betting in Vegas!!
What does the correct winner receive? A Facebook and blog mention and “something cheap from me. Like a cup of coffee.” HA!
Keg, Cards, and Diapers
So, I guess this is a thing – diaper parties. A week from Saturday (I still have to send out Facebook invites), my brother in law and sister in law are letting a bunch of my friends come over to their house to drink beer, eat, play cards, watch sports, play video games, and basically “be guys”. The only thing the guys have to bring is a bag/box of diapers for the baby.
I am always looking for an excuse to hang out with my friends, so I am hoping that many can make it. Many of my friends live out of town, and some are a bit closer (about an hour away). It’s been quite a while since the gang has got together, so I am looking forward to the possibility of them all coming and hanging out.
A quick look online and there are some funny names for it on diaper party invites:
- Huggies for Chuggies
- Pints, Pizza, and Pampers
- Pampers and Poker
- Please bring diapers. They are the Poo-fect gift!
- Diapers for dad
- Cover my baby’s rear and enjoy some FREE beer!
The beer will be free. Maybe that’s all I need to get them to show up?
One guy posted his haul from his diaper party in the picture above. I guess his friends feel he’ll need the booze to cope! LOL