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.