Friday, June 13, 2008

36 Weeks and Counting...

So little man Tabler is almost at term! It's getting down to the wire and we are getting excited...and still scared! :) But more just excitement and a preparedness to meet this little guy. I can't wait. We have been moved to twice weekly doctor's visits as of last week, so they can monitor his growth, which has slowed down a bit more than they would prefer. He isn't really gaining much weight and neither am I, so he's dropped from the 35th percentile to the 10th and that gave them a bit of a cause for concern enough to see me more often. So now we go on Tuesday's for an ultrasound and on Friday's for a non-stress test and "down there" check. :) 

This week's visits went well, but not as well as we would hope, I guess. He is still rather small, and my little belly is only at 29 weeks (whereas he is at 36) so you can imagine it's fairly tight quarters in there. My fluids have still been on the low side of normal, but have remained stable, nonetheless, which is good. What's so funny is that every week before my ultrasound, I try and have caffeine, chocolate, or some kind of juice that will perk up the little guy so he'll give us some good pictures, breathing, and movement, but I haven't had much luck. It seems he knows we're watching him and just kind of hangs out in his happy place during the U/S. He must have that camera-shy quality from his dad since we all KNOW that I don't have it anywhere in me! 

I would post the pictures we got this week, but they weren't very clear and unless you're really skilled at reading ultrasounds and the crazy pictures they print off, it wouldn't do many of you much good. But maybe I'll change my mind later. After this week, I have decided I'm pretty ready to have this baby, so anytime he wants to come is just fine with me. Just so long as it isn't next weekend, when Nathan is out of town. We're still on watch to track his growth, so if all goes up and up next week, Nate will still go and we'll still be waiting. 

One thing we did do was settle on a name. Yes, this was a huge challenge for us, but being the perfectionists we both are, we had to think long and hard about this. The most difficult thing was choosing something we liked, but also that he would like...not that he has much choice in the matter, but you know, some kids just hate their names. We came back from the beach with a name all picked out, we even bought the letters to put on the wall, but when it came down to it, we just didn't feel it was the right name for him. So we went on another search for the perfect name and we do feel that we picked a good with meaning, strength, and flow-ability, which you know is the most important. All in all a good 36 weeks. 


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