Saturday, September 18, 2010

32 weeks: belly, cloth diapers and Billy Idol

Holy Cow, it seems to have popped even compared to 2 weeks ago!

So, I have reached 32 weeks, in 5 weeks, I'll be full term according to a lot of doctors. I forget to ask my doctor what she considers full term. I don't really care, she'll tell me I guess when she wants this baby out if the baby himself doesn't let us know :-)

According to Baby Center, Oliver looks like a jicama now:

By now, your baby weighs 3.75 pounds and is about 16.7 inches long, taking up a lot of space in your uterus. You're gaining about a pound a week and roughly half of that goes right to your baby. In fact, he'll gain a third to half of his birth weight during the next 7 weeks as she fattens up for survival outside the womb. He now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair (or at least respectable peach fuzz). His skin is becoming soft and smooth as he plumps up in preparation for birth.

That's about right, I am gaining between 1-1.5 lbs a week.

Oh my God, how did I not find this site before? Here's a week 32 cartoon from Pregnancy.Baby-Gaga:

Make sure to read Week 2.

According to the What to Expect site:

You're likely feeling tapping and squirming instead of your baby's signature rocking and rolling. That's because, while comfy, your baby is a bit tight for exercise space right now. Your baby has also probably settled into the head-down, bottoms-up position in your pelvis in preparation for birth. That's because the fetus's head fits better at the bottom of your inverted, pear-shaped uterus. It also makes it easier during childbirth if your baby comes out head first. Fewer than five percent of babies prefer the bottom-down (or breech) position by full-term. Don't worry if your baby hasn't assumed the head-down position yet. There's still a good chance he or she will flip head-side-down before birth.

So, guess whose baby is among the 5% still preferring to be butt down? If you said me and Jeff, you win. My doctor will wait till week 36-37, then try to move him by manipulating my belly form the outside. If he still doesn't move, then we'll schedule a C-section. I am not worried; either way, we'll have Oliver hale and hearty sometime late October/early November.

Cloth Diapers:

We took a free informational class at Greenberries on Sunday about cloth diapers. Most people, including Jeff (before yesterday), think that cloth diapering means the old style cloth and pins. In reality, that's a very small percentage of cloth diapering today. It was the first option they showed us. Cheapest, yet not the easiest. And, you have to have a cover. They showed us 3 more types of cloth diapers, and I can only remember 2 - Fuzzi Bunz and Gdiapers. We liked the Fuzzi Bunz and bought 1 to bring home. They illustrated the abrorbency by pouring 4 ounces of water into the diaper. Then, they passed it around for us to touch and the lining was dry. They also appealed to us because the one size ones fit babies form 10 to 45 lbs. So, no buying different sets as the baby grows.

We came home and calculated savings over the next 2-3 years. I even used numbers for disposables that were really low because I got 30% off on last week on newborn diapers. And, with that low low price, we'd still save $3000 over 2-3 years. So, imagine if we were paying full price on diapers. So,w e bought 3 more online that were old designs and were almost 25% off. We'll build our stash up over the next few months, so we can buy them cheaper than $20 each. Our plan is to start trying them with the newborn but use mostly disposables at the beginning. Then, slowly, we'll transition to the cloth ones completely.

We liked the place and the people at the store, so we are going back next Sunday for their Babywearing class. Yes folks, go ahead, call us Prius driving, cloth diapering, babywearing hippies. But, I promise. We shower every other day.

Last, but definitely not the least: Billy Idol:

We were at the HFStival at the Merriweather Post Pavillion on Saturday and saw Naughty by Nature, Everclear, Billy Idol and Third Eye Blind. By far, Billy Idol stole the show, even though he wasn't the headliner. His voice is still so good after so many years. Third Eye Blind had no chance of coming in behind him and topping his performance. Baby Oliver seemed to think so. There were some Riverdance type moves in my belly through Billy Idol's performance.

Well, folks, we had a busy weekend but it was fun and it was productive.

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