Thursday, January 19, 2012

What a day!

Tuesday was a total whirlwind!  Our morning started with work followed by our first appointment with Gracie’s plastic surgeon (PS) and finally we ended our evening with birthing class and a tour of the hospital.  The appointment with our PS went as good as could be expected.  While we did have to wait for quite some time in his office (feeling as nervous as ever) while he finished up a previous appointment, it gave us time to admire his many awards and degrees – 2 of which are from Harvard!  We’ve heard so much about how gifted he is and how great he is with kids, so it was a bonus to see how accomplished he is as well.  The appointment went pretty fast and it was a lot of information to take in.  Thankfully his practice provided us with a detailed packet with every Q&A possible as well as a video on cleft bottle feeding and a care package with different bottles to try with Gracie.
We learned a little bit more about how our birthing experience is going to be different than the norm.  We learned that Georgia won’t be able to have immediate tummy time once baby is born and that following birth, Grace will need to be checked out to confirm whether or not she has a cleft palate in addition to the lip amongst other things.  In addition to this, there is a high likelihood that Georgia will be unable to breastfeed so we’ll need to get her pumping as soon as Gracie is out so that we can feed baby girl within the hour.  Our birthing instructor did tell us that we will only be separated for a short time and that I can accompany the baby if that’s what Georgia prefers.  After talking about all of these things we both decided that it’s very important that our little girl doesn’t spend her first hour on this earth with total strangers, so I will be right by her side.  I was super excited to hear that I can have skin to skin bonding with Gracie while they are finishing up with G.  Looking on the bright side, we were very happy to hear that this important bonding time isn’t something that our little lady is going to miss out on :)
The hospital tour was pretty exciting as well!  Our tour started at the front entrance of the hospital and made stops at the registration area, various front desks, the newborn viewing room (where we got to see adorable newborn babies!), then the birthing room and ended in the recovery room.  I was of course the only tool taking pictures, shocker ;)  I just can’t believe that we will be headed there in just a few weeks to meet our daughter.  I actually didn’t sleep very much that night because I kept running through the process in my head… 
Here is a picture of the delivery room!
Where they will get Gracie all cleaned up :)
Now this was my favorite part of the tour – the gigantic tub!  I’m a water baby and I recently found out that I can get in the tub with G to help her try to relax.  I already know which bathing suit I’m going to wear, YAY!
This is where mama will sleep while mommy recovers…maybe. 
I do realize that I may not get to sleep at all :)

How your baby’s growing: 31 Weeks


This week your baby measures over 16 inches long.  She weighs about 3.3 pounds (try carrying four naval oranges) and is heading into a growth spurt.  She can turn her head from side to side, and her arms, legs, and body are beginning to plump out as needed fat accumulates underneath her skin.  She’s probably moving a lot, too, so you may have trouble sleeping because your baby’s kicks and somersaults keep you up.  Take comfort: all this moving is a sign that your baby is active and healthy.

1 comment:

  1. the bottle in the middle (haberman?) is the best that I know of. Easiest to use. So fun! I can't wait to meet her!!

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