Baby Bump Diaries: 37 Weeks…The Finale

Happy Monday Sunflowers! The time has come….tomorrow I’m headed to the hospital to be induced. This journey has been unlike anything I’ve ever experienced and I am still in awe that in a matter of hours, I will be bringing a human being into this world!!! Read about how we got here as well as some final thoughts below:

Plan to Plan

Many put an emphasis on creating a birth plan. The purpose of the birth plan is to outline your preferences related to comfort measures, the use of medication and optional procedures before, during and after labor. My original birth plan was to have as natural an experience as possible. I’ve learned that while planning is helpful, what’s most important is that you remain flexible enough to do whatever is in the best interest of your baby….ultimately, my birth plan is Ameenah’s birth plan.

Educate and Advocate

Around 33 weeks, the docs became concerned with Ameenah’s weight – she was slightly under the target weight. Despite no other signs of distress, the docs recommended induction at 34 weeks. This made me nervous. Although, I know that these days delivering a baby at 34 weeks is close enough to term that the risks would be minimal, I just didn’t feel that it was right for us. After doing my research, I concluded that there was no real medical necessity for induction that early. The docs agreed to measure again in a couple of weeks and then make a decision. Although she has gained significant weight since then, she continues to measure small. Given my other risk factors, I’m much more comfortable with our current delivery plan and at almost 38 weeks, I’ll be much closer to term. The chance to finally meet our little girl in person sooner rather than later is just the icing!

I was raised to be a lifetime student. As a result, I am never intimidated by someone else’s expertise. Chances are, I’ve educated myself enough to hold my own regarding any subject I may come across especially when it directly affects me. Too often as patients, we trust professionals to make informed decisions about our health. The reality is that the professionals are the experts on the general practice of medicine, however we are the experts on our individual health therefore it takes both parties to make a truly informed, individualized treatment plan.

What’s in Your Bag?

I don’t know why packing my hospital bag was so difficult. Seems pretty simple right? Besides, there are so many resources that offer sample lists how can you go wrong? For some reason, we began packing our bag with way too much focus on the baby’s needs i.e. diapers, wipes, first aid kit (hello??? I’m still cracking up at the thought of bringing a first aid kit to the hospital LOL). It wasn’t until my sister laughed at our efforts that we realized that we were approaching this simple task all wrong. While we should be sure to include baby’s coming home outfit and blankets, the focus should be on items for my comfort as the hospital is more likely to have an extra diaper or two as opposed to toiletries or clothes for me.

We’re ready…I think ;-)

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My apologies for the quick post. I’m sure I’ve learned so much more but I have a baby to prepare for \O/! Do you have any advice for the labor and delivery process? What turned out to be the most treasured item in your hospital bag? What was most helpful to you the first few days home with baby? Leave your sunshine below.

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  1. I am like soooooo freaking excited for you and your wonderful new addition! I also really appreciate that you decided that 38 weeks was a wiser decision than 34 weeks! I cannot wait to see little Miss Ameenah enjoying that lovely nursery!
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  2. Ready for my Ameenah with her special gift to the world. I loved & enjoyed ALL my pregnancies & deliveries of my beautiful baby girls.

  3. You are already on your way to being a great mom. Praying for you guys.
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  4. Beautiful! It sounds like you’ve got it all covered, now I’m just looking forward to seeing her pretty face! Congratulations!
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  5. Anxiously awaiting the arrival of Ameenah! I think I’ve checked my phone a dozen times. LOL Being close to the hospital has it’s advantages. Praying for you, MrDrummerBoy (lol) and Baby Sunshine :)

  6. Her nursery is gorgeous.
    You’ll be fine.
    My only advice is to “relax” and listen to what the doctors and nurses tell you during delivery.
    Ahead of my c-section I started praying for my OR team and my son was delivered – healthy and energetic.
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  7. Congrats on your blessing!

  8. I can’t believe that the time has come for her to be here … I saw pics of her on FB and she is precious! She’ll be out of the nicu before you know it! She has a loving mother and Father to take care of her! The nursery looks precious! Congrats!
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  9. I know you are busy with the baby, just wanted to pop over and say CONGRATULATIONS!
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