I can't comment on a bunch of your blogs! I don't get it! Mrs. LC and Caroline- I've read your recent posts but, for some reason, blogger won't let me comment at all! I'm not sure if both of you have noticed a decline in your commenters indicating it is happening to more than just me or if it is just me but I'm sorry! I have tons to say (as usual) but can't get it down!!!
I just had my 36 week appointment and all is well. So far, measurements are great. I am up 25 lbs....her hb was in the 150's (which seems high but she was seriously dancing away in there the entire appointment and HATES the doppler!). I had my strep B swab done so I'll find out about that soon and he checked my cervix - closed. I don't know if they regularly do cervix checks there at 36 weeks but I asked him about a pain I've been having. It happens a few times a day...sometimes a few times an hour and then not for a day or so. It feels like Teagan's head is slamming forcefully into my cervix and at times, it is so bad it almost makes my knees buckle. He said it is totally normal and is a contraction (that I don't feel) which forces her down and her head knocks my cervix, thus starting to soften it. So, it is a good thing. It is just surprising and not what I expected at all. It means nothing, however, just that she is down and in position and my body seems to be doing the right things. I've read of people being discouraged at a lack of cervical dilation and effacement in the last few weeks but I'm not willing to jump on that bandwagon. Everything I've read indicates that dilation and effacement or not, nothing indicates whether you will go earlier or later. If I was dilated to 2cm, I could stay that way for weeks still...and still not progress when labor starts...or I could go in at 39 weeks with no dilation or effacement and go into labor the next morning giving birth quickly. There is no magic indicator...so I will try to be patient. Its not that I want her out so terribly. I still feel great and I love being pregnant...I just want to meet her! 40 weeks is a long time!
I did make a cloth diapering decision and will be ordering the bum genius 3.0's this week. I got the one I ordered in the mail and think the design is great. I also like that they are dad-friendly and convenient so I don't have to lose other benefits of ease-of-use by going cloth. I will probably (unfortunately) rely on some somewhat eco-friendly disposable diapers for the first few days (as I recover) and then we will start the adventure:-) In the meantime, a couple of comments made good points about electricity usage and water usage. The thing is -you have 4 choices for your baby - disposable, cloth diaper service, cloth diaper at home, or g-diapers. Even factoring out costs - each of these have negatives and positives but the fact is that each of them will use resources one way or the other. Either you use massive production and factory costs in addition to landfill space with disposables, or use water and electricity to clean your own diapers, or cause water and electricity to be used in your absence, adding in transportation pollution costs and unknown possible environmentally damaging soaps from using a service. The gDiaper option I don't discuss much b/c it really is expensive, inconvenient, heard it can cause problems with your plumbing, etc...so I can't fully comment. Some people love them. However, my point is that each system requires some usage of resources...there is no escaping that. So, my discussion really was about my way to reduce the waste based on my own beliefs, etc. I'm sorry if I offended anyone or it was suggested that I didn't research the fact that each choice brings with it its own impact. It does. I was just going through my own mental checklist.
That's it. We are getting close! I am getting so excited...and maybe a little nervous. I think the "when" of it is nerve-wracking when you reach the "any day now..." stage. It is so completely out of my hands! In the meantime, I am cleaning, ordering a few last minute items (diapers), and starting to cook meals that can be kept in the freezer for convenient eating later. This weekend we are going to stock up on necessaries so that we won't be scrambling later. Its all fun. Oh, and I've officially slowed down a little at the pool...was doing 30 laps 3x a week...then last week it went to 28, this week it is 26, lol. Swimming gets harder when you have a huge belly dragging you down and when your lungs hold less oxygen than you are used to!