My most recent ultrasound was yesterday--I was 36 weeks, one day. While the tech wasn't able to discuss the kidney issue (I have to wait to talk to the doctor about that), she did confirm that Baby's head is down (way down!) and that his overall size looks to be right on target. She commented that he has chubby cheeks, with pouty lips that protrude because his cheeks are so big! I can't wait to meet him and hold him and see him for myself!
Last night I was awakened at 2:30 a.m. with a contraction, followed by a few more, so I got up and drank a couple of glasses of water and some hot tea. I reviewed the L&D pages in our What to Expect When You're Expecting book...I know, you'd think I'd know all this by now, but I always read through it again for a refresher as the time gets closer! I confess I haven't yet packed the hospital bag, and I like the suggested checklist in the book as a good reference. The contractions continued about 5-8 minutes apart, but they were very mild...noticeable enough that I probably wouldn't have been able to sleep, but not much more than that. I ended up taking my shower right after Ted finished his, had my quiet time with another cup of tea, and went back to bed at 6 a.m. only to be awakened by Kenna at 7 a.m.
Thus began a new day! I took the kids to PE in the morning and then picked up my friend Laura, whom I had promised a Starbucks get-together for her birthday in December. We hadn't been able to go out before, so I called her last-minute this morning and found out she was free. So Kenna and Laura and I enjoyed some visiting at Starbucks, then went to Walmart to shop a bit for the baby. I "needed" a few things to "feel" ready for our new arrival, so I got a pack of newborn diapers, some new pacifiers, a pack of boy newborn onesies, and Laura bought 2 cute outfits, one of which will surely be the going-home outfit for our little one! I also picked up a couple of cute spring outfits for Charis, who was delighted. :-)
So, I can't really think of anything else we "need" to welcome a newborn home! I still haven't packed my hospital bag, but I've at least thought about it, heh! I've had contractions throughout the day, but mostly painless ones. I did have a few that took my breath away right after I lay down for the night, which is why I'm up again. It's been about 15 minutes since the last one (I'm now sipping on water), so I will probably try to lie down again. I'm hopeful that the time is nearer than we may think!