Thursday, November 29, 2012
My last appointment was a week ago, at 31 weeks, and my doctor said it's time for a change of tactics. He said the girls are growing apace and that now the concern is how long I can keep them in. So starting next week I will have weekly biophysical sonograms to assess whether I can go for another week or if it's time for the C-section. We'll also talk about whether I can keep working, should stop working entirely, or need bed rest.
So the childbirth thing is getting real. Really. Real. We're pretty well-prepared, about 90% of where I'd like to be, but random wisps of worry sometimes visit me. They're nothing more than the usual first-time parent jitters and they tend to disappear as quickly as they came. You can never be fully prepared for such a momentous change or really understand what life with a newborn is like until you're in it.
I try to chip away at the remainder of the list, but they're all nice-to-haves - except for hiring a postpartum doula - so I'm not stressing over it. My admin stuff at work is either done or pending HR action, we have all the furniture assembled and in place, the house is in unprecedently good shape, we bought a car that can safely get everyone home from the hospital at the same time (we didn't have one of those at this time last week), and we've purchased and assembled all the crucial baby gear. So now it's a waiting game. And honestly it's probably good that I still have a to-do list because it gives me something to think about other than obsessing over when the babies might arrive. :)