37weeks – full term, 3 long weeks to go

For those who don’t know even though babies gestate for 40 weeks, 37 is considered a full term baby. So now its a waiting game.

Baby: 2.8kg at scan last week, measuring in 50th percentile which is exactly average. Image

Symptoms: Heart burn!

Signs of labour: Starting to get the odd painful cramp, not regular or too painful but that’s more than I had before. Lightening crotch, which is what we call it when baby engages because his little head makes your lady parts really really sore. At the last ultrasound his head was so low that she couldn’t get a face shot for me.

We installed the car seat on Friday. We managed to get it in correctly but it wiggles. After re reading the instructions, checking all the attachments and calling in a friend who had his bub a few months ago we worked out that we need a little metal thingie to lock the seatbelt and stop it going slack. The good folks at Kidsafe have a mobile van that goes around Canberra and checks restraints for free, the metal locker I need is about $5-$10 and they can supply one. Apparently its quite a common thing to need so its surprising that the seat doesn’t come with one. Either way we will both feel better knowing the seat is in properly. I have to say though that the seat we have is a Safe n Sound convertible 0-4yrs. Its one of the smallest on the market so its ideal for smaller cars or if you need to fit three seats across the back. We installed it in the middle (after much asking why I wanted it in the middle, I just thought that’s where it went, right? Because then he is safe from side impacts?) But gosh it looks huge, its right up to the backs of the front seats of my Kia Cerato which is on the larger side of the small car market, I cant imagine how big a normal seat is.Image.

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Peed on a stick #5

After realising i was peeing on a stick wrong i did it the right way yesterday. Waited a whole hour just to make sure, negative. Im assuming thats it for a few weeks. If i have worked it out right then i should be due to start a new cycle this week. I have it marked in the calender. The best time to try is 14days after the start of your period, which is also 14day before your next one. So thats my aim, dress sexy that day lol.

To fill the time i have been looking at baby crap. Has anyone noticed that prams tend to be less cribs on wheels and more mobile command centres! Good grief. There are attachments, covers, double, single, dual, wide, narrow, they even have cup holders! Im looking in the lower price range but i want more than one kid so im also looking at ones that can accomodate two seats. The one i have found has attachments for the top to accomodate front or rear facing baby, car seats and bassinet seats, the handle has 7 positions and it comes with a bonus seat for the base which can fit a second kid. $499. Thats alot but at the same time if we can make it stretch for 5yrs and two kids then thats not bad. http://babyco.com.au/strollers/beema-duo-stroller.html

I decided against the jogging pram, although it is easier to manouver it only takes one kid so your screwed if you have a second. I often look at prams and wonder how they intend to get those things through doors or down supermarket isles…

I also like the matching car seat which works for kids up to 4yrs old. http://babyco.com.au/baby-convertible-seats/safe-n-sound-compaq-carseat-apple.html It is rear facing for the first year then turns and adjusts to fit a larger child. Again, saves money on buying a new one as they get bigger. Of course all of this will go out the window if i end out with twins…I really hate the double prams so i might stick with this one and get a sling for one kid until they are a little bigger.