Evie was 36 weeks yesterday! I am very grateful to have gotten to this point! Evie should be the size of a crenshaw melon. I have no idea what a crenshaw melon is, but here is what it looks like:
According to averages, Evie should weigh about six lbs. According to my OB, we can expect a 6-7 lb baby girl at birth, so Evie is somewhere below average. That is however, ok. Yesterday at our 36 week appointment Dr. Martin said that they would NOT be changing my due date, because Evie has such small parents. She actually said for parents our size she would be somewhere around average. Not that small women can't have big babies -- just ask my Aunt Kissy about her 7 & 8 pound twin boys and her 10 pound singleton. Yeah. That sounds fun.
Evie is doing very well and is still in the head down position. She has dropped some (but for first time mom's this usually happens weeks before delivery) and I am still waiting on some relief from the heartburn. I hope it goes away very quickly after delivery and my stomach is back to "normal". Her heartbeat is strong and perfect. However, I did get a little bit of disappointing news, I am 0% dilated and 0% effaced. I know this is normal, and we are really at least a week or two (or four) from her delivery, but for someone who has been having contractions since week 31, it's pretty devastating. I was hoping for SOME NEWS that indicated that my body thinks that it can pull this off. And it seems like everyone I talk to tells me their story of how they were dilated and effaced and their baby came early and blah blah blah. I just don't want to hear it. Period.
I'll be hoping for much better news next week, when Evie is full term. Also, for the record, I know this will all be worth it once I hold my little girl. So don't tell me again. If you think I don't already know that in my bones, then you must be brain dead. Sorry, but I am so sick of hearing that. I swear I will never say that to a pregnant woman. EVER. At 36 weeks all the well meaning, knowing, good natured and chuckling UNSOLICITED advice is starting to get a bit annoying. More than a bit, actually. Especially from men. I may punch the next person who offers a little tid bit of "just you wait" advice or parenting info in the face.
Anyhow, this weekend Chris and I are going on a date night to Bonefish grill (mmm fish) and maybe to a movie after if I am feeling up to it. Saturday I am getting my hair keratin treated (think four hours of sitting that result in beautiful non frizzy hair) and Chris is going to finish the nursery shelves. Sunday, I may have to work a little but will mostly be at home, cleaning and catching up on laundry. This weeks goal: wash doors and base boards.
Hopefully the next time I update I will be in a better mood. For now, here is what Evie Bug looks like all squished in Momma's belly:
Also, just so you know this is what a crenshaw melon is:
A Crenshaw melon is a hybrid melon with very sweet, juicy orange flesh. Crenshaws are among the sweetest of melons when they are well cultivated, making them a popular melon during their peak season between July and September. Many markets and greengrocers carry Crenshaw melons in the summertime, along with an assortment of other refreshing summer fruits.
When ripe, Crenshaw melons are roughly ovoid, with a greenish-yellow, slightly ribbed skin. Inside, the melons are a rich salmon pink, with a large seeded area in the center portion of the melon. To select a good Crenshaw melon in the store, look for a melon which feels heavy for its size, and yields slightly at the end of the melon where the flower once was. Keep the melon under refrigeration for up to three days before using.
36 weeks down! 4 to go!