Sunday, August 30, 2009

end of my 8th montharoo

How far along? 35 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: up 38 (sheesh!) It is hard for me to admit that.
Maternity clothes? : oh good lord, yes

Stretch marks? surprisingly, no!
Sleep: Takes 6 pillows

Best moment this week: putting together her swing and realizing in a MONTH she will be in it.

Movement: Lots! I've figured out her sleep and awake patterns I think.
Food cravings: burritos and orange juice ( not together!)

Labor Signs: I *think* I've had some Braxton Hicks contractions. I'm not sure though.

Belly Button in or out? Flat as a pancake!

What I miss: Bending over without feeling like I'm going to do a face plant
What I am looking forward to: Going to a Reds game today ( a little worried about the comfort issue), meeting Lilly in a few weeks, and my maternity leave. Teaching + being waaaay pregnant=not much fun.

Weekly Wisdom: Accessories are fun to buy when pregnant because they always fit! :)

Milestones: I schedule Lilly's C-Section on Wednesday. Holy mother cow.

Monday, August 24, 2009

riddle me this.

So, let's say you're ummm.....8.75 months pregnant. Your baby is following mother nature's unspoken instructions to be head down by now. You're going to feel most of the movement like kicks, rolls, and stretching in your ribs, no?

Okay.....say you're 8.75 months pregnant. Your baby is defying mother nature and has decided she prefers to be head up, thank-you-very-much. Where do you think you'll feel ALL the movement like kicks, rolls, and stretching??? it? ::blushes::

most unreal feeling. haha.ouch. :)

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Dear teacher in my building,

No, I'm not measuring waaaaaayyyyy ahead like you claim. I'm sorry you think I'm huge. I'm measuring right on time. I guess that just means you think I'm fat. Thanks. And to answer your second question; no, there is nothing wrong with me because I would perfer not to have a c-section.

And finally....

I know you didn't ask but...

No, I do not like you right now.

Crinkling my nose at you and thinking ornery thoughts,

Tuesday, August 11, 2009


I had an appointment on Monday. My little gal is still breech. My mother sent me a website today about "How to turn a breech baby". I found the techniques intriguing and tad on the ridiculous side. I bet a husband, bored at home made up this website in order to get a few good laughs watching his determined pregnant wife try them. all. I don't know what kind of desperate mom would do such crazy sounding things?! errrrrrrr..........yea. My doctor said that she still has time to do "the flip" but that there is a big possibility that she won't. If she doesn't--slice and dice is the way we have to go. So....if you're wondering what it might look like in the Gambrel household over the next few weeks.... a peek through our window, and you might see this:

1. Visualize your baby moving downward for 10 minutes several times a day
While I'm at it, I'll also visualize that ice cream, strawberry limeades, and cinnamon toast crunch are healthy and calorie free! whoooo!
2. Headstands - Scott pulled the "I'm the father of this child" card, and vetoed this one.

3. Breech Tilt - begin at 32-35 weeks gestation. Do 3 times daily for 10-15 minutes each time, when you have an empty stomach, and the baby is active. Prop one end of an ironing board securely on a sofa or chair 12 to 18 inches high (or may use slant board). Lie down, bend knees but keep feet flat on board. Relax, breathe deeply, avoid tensing. May also use pillows on a flat surface to raise hips 12-18" above shoulders. Gravity pushes the baby's head into the fundus, tucks it, and baby can then do a somersault to a vertex position.

**my fave 4. CD/iPod headphones - place them inside mom's pants toward her pubic bone and play classical music for 10 minutes 6-8 times a day. (I'm thinking Beyonce instead...gotta get her groovin, not snoozin!)

5. Flashlight - try moving slowly down from the top of the uterus toward your pubic bone while you are in a breech tilt position

Oh don't fret, there are more....and if these first 5 don't work, I guess I'll try the others too! I already look like a doofus with my large belly and swollen appendages, why not add some headphones and ironing boards into the mix! :) There is also a technique that involves frozen hashbrowns and a heating pad...hmmmmm.