Monday, June 04, 2007

10 weeks left!

Wow, I have only 10 weeks left (roughly) until I get to meet Baby Sabin face to face. These past 30 weeks seem to have flown by. I have a surprise for those of you who are still reading my blog. I went in last Friday to have a 3-d ultrasound and have a picture to share with you.

Baby Sabin at 30 weeks!

It may be hard to understand what you are seeing at first, so let me try to explain. Just imagine that our baby is wearing a hood that is casting a shadow over his or her face. There is a black spot in the middle which is where the right eye would be, except that we are looking at Baby Sabin from a funny angle. You can make out the left eye, nose, lips, and 1 little hand. I hope you like the picture. We tried hard to get a better full face shot, but again, Baby Sabin didn't want to pose for the camera.

In more baby news, Bruce and I attended a Baby Care class at the Regency Medical Center, where I plan to give birth. The nurse, Karen Hall, was a great presenter and helped us understand what the heck we've gotten ourselves into. I have to admit that upon sitting down and reviewing the class materials I did feel overwhelmed by the responsibility that is ahead. That, of course, meant some tears. But not the horrible, twisty-face tears, just the watery-eyes and I can't speak or else I'll really cry kind of tears. I pulled myself together before the class got underway and made it through. Nurse Karen did ask for a volunteer during the how to change a diaper part of the class and much to my surprise Bruce jumped right up to volunteer. Not! Just kidding... even after a few playful jabs in the side he stayed firmly planted in his seat. The class focused mostly on newborn care, or how to handle the baby in the first 28 days. And the most important thing I learned - you can give me all the advice you want, but it is important for me to find my own way and trust my own instincts. God put them in me so I would know how best to handle my baby, who will be a unique individual that has his or her own way of responding to the world.

My mom sent me this quote and I really think it epitomizes what I didn't want to happen in my own pregnancy. "Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, I'd have cherished every moment if I had realized that the wonderment growing inside me was the only chance in life to assist God in a miracle." I am so blessed to have known from the beginning that the baby inside of me is indeed a miracle from God and I thank him everyday that I get a chance to be a part of it.

Finally, here is what is happening to Baby Sabin in his or her 30th week of life in utero:
Your baby's a bit more than 15 1/2 inches long now, and she weighs almost 3 pounds. A pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds her, but that volume will decrease as she gets bigger and fills out your uterus. Your baby is now able to distinguish between light and dark, and she can even follow a light source back and forth. Once she's born, she'll keep her eyes closed for a good part of the day. When she does open them, she'll respond to changes in light but won't be able to see more than a few inches in front of her face. You'll want to hold her close as much as possible so she can get a good look at you.

1 comment:

  1. check out this site for some fun "old wives' tales"
    let me know what the result is!! :) I got 50/50 - duh! :) I could have guess that - but it was fun anyway!

    http://www.childbirth.org/articles/boyorgirl.html

    Erica

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