Thursday, June 12, 2008

I've thinned out...

...well, at least my cervix has :)

Report from the 38 week doc appointment...I'm now 75% effaced. A little education, for those of you who may not know (aka, my single friends or those w/o child) means that my cervix has thinned out even more, which is necessary to move forward toward childbirth. For more graphic details, simply google "effacement of cervix" and click on "images"'ll find more than you ever wanted to know about childbirth!

I am still just 1cm dialated, but that was somewhat expected. Not that one pregnancy is any indication of another, but with Andrew, I remained 1cm until just days before giving birth, when I progressed to 2cm.

So, while I have a feeling it will be quite a while before I myself "thin out", at least I know that some part of my body is progressing in that direction. Wouldn't it be great if the thinning out process starts with my cervix, and then immediately following childbirth, makes its way to my stomach, and then moves right on up to my chest. That would be fantastic, but something tells me it's not likely to happen that way! I can honestly say, I am not looking forward to having boobs the size of hams! Guess that's one of the small (well, big!) prices we pay, to bring a beautiful baby into the world.

The doc estimated the baby's current weight to be somewhere between 7-7 1/2 pounds. Keep in mind this little nugget still has the potential to gain half a pound each week he/she decides to remain inside my waterworld. So, if I go full term (2 more weeks), it could possibly be a 8-8 1/2 pound baby. Side note...Andrew was 8lbs 6 oz, born at 40 weeks and 4 days.

Here's an idea of what the baby looks like now. If you ask me, I think she looks just like her mommy ;). No, that's not an indication that we found out the sex...just my own premonition.


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