Another appointment down South is under my belt, and we're getting closer and closer to saying hello and goodbye at once.
Pennie continues to look great. I suspected, sometime early this week, that she had turned, due to the discomfort I'm now feeling and the fact that her movements have slowed down considerably. On the 2nd, she was presenting transverse (laying crossways) with her buns down in the birth canal. Yesterday, she was firmly head down in the birth canal, which did not seem to worry Dr Winkler in the least. So, I guess I deal with difficulty sitting down for the next several weeks!
She had her hand in front of her face, reminiscent of Scarlett O' Hara. She looked as though she was saying "O woe is me, I think I shall swoooooon!" We all got a good, much needed laugh over that.
Fluid levels look, well, swell, if you'll pardon the silly and weak pun!
Cervix looks great. Her umbilical cord is attached to the placenta at the perfect spot. I had no idea there was a "perfect spot" for that, but Dr Winkler said that there was practically no risk for her umbilical cord to dissolve or become weak during labor. This is good news!!
I'm thinking about taking myself off of bed rest. We'll see what Dr Whelan says on the 27th. But at this point, I think Pennie and I are both out of danger.
Dr Whelan says that I can deliver at my hometown hospital if I can go to 34 weeks or after. I'm thinking this is a piece of cake.
I get the feeling that Dr Winkler is not worried anymore about pre-term labor. I'm not either. It's tiring, worrying about that, with everything else on my plate.
I have to tell you that the closer labor and delivery get, the more I'm just not ready. It's careening madly closer and I just can't grasp that. Right now, I'm carrying two Babies. This is the last time I will have these two Babies, together. I guess I want to hold on as long as I can. I know that when labor and deliver comes, then I will have to say goodbye to one of my precious twins. This may be the only time I ever get to experience the wonder and miracle of carrying twins. So, I want to hold on!
I'm going to start bringing in the crates of newborn girl clothes today.
I'm going to be ordering diapers in size newborn and 1.
We desperately need socks for Pennie.
I also need a new carseat, and I have chosen a Graco Travel System. It won't be the double system that I had originally planned on getting after finding out we were having twins. My choice is the Graco Snug Ride Travel System in Rittenhouse. It's black and white. It will cost about $295.00. I'll definitely have to save up for that, as my husband says there is no money for it. But, we need it and I will have to see how this can happen.
I'm going to prepare a home birth kit, just like I did before Lucie was born, to put on the back of the toilet. We didn't use it when Lucie was so unexpectedly deposited in the toilet because of the sheer panic that set in moments later, but we want to be prepared, in case I can't make the 45 minute drive to my hometown hospital in time to deliver The Babies there.
I just don't feel like an update post is complete without updating you on Olivia. Dr says that all of her fluid is virtually gone. He says that she will be very shriveled, which is normal for a situation like mine. I was hoping that an adequate fluid level would remain, so that at least her skin would be smooth. I'm just trying to come to grips with what will happen with her. I have a feeling that there is no way to be ready for her birth, and that I will just have to "do it" when it comes to that point. My precious baby. Baby B. Olivia Caroline, you will always be one of The Babies in my heart. You will be intertwined with Pennie as long as I live and breathe.
Will I ever have a Baby B again? God only knows.
I guess that's it. Isn't that enough? If any of you have favorite brands of socks that you really love, leave me a comment.