Yoo-hoo! I remember somebody asked me a while ago to bring a brillo pad to their house when I came for a social outing. I said yes I would, and then forgot all about the request until tonight when I was washing the dishes! I can't remember who you were, and I can't remember why you wanted a brillo pad, but I apologize for totally spacing it... I can still help you out if you're in need. Just, please, um, tell me who you are.
In other news, we had our 34 week prenatal appointment today. Giovanna is doing well, and with the guidance of our midwife we were able to press our hands into my tummy to feel her butt (around my middle) and her head (down at the bottom of my abdomen), confirming that she's fully flipped and ready to go... in six weeks, of course. I'm starting to get uncomfortable at night because of the pressure of sleeping solely on my hips, and some days I feel a little achy inside, but in general I am happy to let her sit in there and ripen as long as she wants. A few months ago I was dreading her being overdue because of a potential for gigantoid size, but after running into a friend in the hospital who gave birth at 32 weeks, and hearing her stories of too-long stays in the NICU, I am more than happy to let this girl take her time. When the books tell you that at 26 weeks babies have their senses developed, and that they are opening their eyes, and tasting amniotic fluid and that life is hunky dory, don't believe them. Unless something is wrong and they are not thriving, babies need as much time in utero as possible to prepare them for a healthy, happy life.
Remind me of this fact when I get closer to the due date and start to really feel uncomfortable and antsy, okay? Thanks.
Other things we learned today about Giovanna: her size is within the average range for a 34 week old, which was relieving, as Marcos keeps telling me he was nearly 10 pounds at birth. I also asked our midwife what babies are doing during their active times, because Giovanna is so busy that I call her my little squirrel who gathers nuts. The midwife just looked at us and said, "I think you'd better plan for an active child". I guess we'll be brainstorming on how to "channel" good kiddo energy...