Girl Tries Baby: 34 Weeks – Birth & Babies

Hey Baby,

I won’t lie, I’m not feeling super philosophical this week, so it’s less of a life lesson kind of a post and more a reflection on the week and the pregnancy to date. Hope that’s okay!

34 weeks

This week we had our first Birth and Babies class through the hospital. It was … interesting. I think it will get much better, and it’s just a case of getting to know people and not knowing what to expect. It was funny seeing so many women in one space all due around the same time as you are. We’re all more or less the same size, waddling and taking the mandatory pee break half way through the class.

Part of the class included us putting together a list of our “burning questions.” Turns out that all the other ladies and fathers have the same crazy questions I did. Like… how do you avoid pooping during labour? Yeah, no way to avoid that. Shit happens… or it doesn’t. No way to prevent it. Delightful, hey? Many other funny questions popped up, so I’m glad David and I aren’t in this alone. Next week we bring a pillow and a mat to do all sorts of stretching exercises. I know your Dad is going to HATE that, but it’ll be fun to watch him squirm.

I now have a better idea of the stages of labour and delivery, though I maintain I am still in total denial about what is about to happen to my body. You’ll be fine! Mommy might freak out, but such is life. We also know what kinds of things mean we should go to the hospital, and when I should or shouldn’t worry, which is helpful!

Your Dad drove a car for the first time! We took him around an empty parking lot to get the feel of driving a car (he rode motorbikes in the UK), seeing as he’ll have to drive us to the hospital oh so soon. Don’t worry, he’s also signed up for lessons, so we’ll be fine.

I finish work in two weeks. Crazy, hey? To be honest, I’m ready for it. I love my job, but I am so tired these days. I am not sleeping well through the night, so I often have periods at work where I feel like a zombie. I look forward to mid-afternoon naps on early maternity leave. Tiredness aside, Mommy is also working through her depression while pregnant. Situationally, it’s been a rough year for my depression. There have been layoffs, my parents’ divorce, shingles, a colleague dying, the economy… you name it. And I made the choice to go through this pregnancy without taking anti-depressants. In no way do I consider myself a hero for that, I’ve just had bad side effects from anti-depressants before, and didn’t want to go through that on top of being pregnant.

One of the things that made me smile today, as I was having a particularly down day, was packing your bag for the hospital. We have your coming home outfit, complete with the cutest little winter hat with polar bears on it. You’ll be nice and snuggly warm. I am still finding it hard to believe that in a mere six weeks we get to find out if you’re our baby girl or our baby boy. Regardless, we are excited to meet you.

The last thing for us to buy this weekend is your car seat, then we’re officially done with all the big stuff. I’m sure small things will pop up and there will be more purchases, but we have all the main things, which is a relief.

Other than that, it’s been a busy week with evening outings and busy work days. The next two weeks look much the same, but we’re in the home stretch to finishing work and having a bit more time to prep meals, clean the house, read books and nap! Once upon a time I remember saying, “I can’t imagine going on mat leave early, I’d be bored!” I take it ALL back. Mommy needs some rest. Maybe some of the last lazy days of her life before you turn eighteen.

Love,

Mom x

Fun Facts

  • You’re the size of a butternut squash.
  • Apparently you can hear everything we say now, so I’m going to bump up the singing and chatting to you in utero!
  • Your parents are apparently weird. In our B&B class, we were the only ones in a group of four couples NOT to have found out our baby’s gender. Looks like we’re the weird ones. I wouldn’t have it any other way. I am SO excited to find out on the day.

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4 Responses to Girl Tries Baby: 34 Weeks – Birth & Babies

  1. Nicole November 11, 2015 at 9:03 am #

    POLAR BEAR HAT. SO CUTE.
    I still vividly remember when I found out you poop during labour. I’m still traumatized. I read some horrible article about the worst things about labour no one ever tells you and then went to a girls night and got drunk and made everyone read it with me while I yelled about pooping and jellyfish labia.
    Your bump is so dang awesome! You look SO properly pregnant.

    • Victoria Smith November 16, 2015 at 5:27 pm #

      Yeah, I found out that fun fact from perusing the Scary Mommy blog. BAD IDEA!

  2. Brodie December 6, 2019 at 11:00 am #

    Hi Victoria! You are such a brave person when you let us read this article and you are experienced during your pregnancy. I wanted to know if talking every day to your baby that still in the womb, helps their growth nourishment and emotional status? Thanks!
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    • Victoria Smith January 9, 2020 at 9:19 am #

      Hi Brodie,
      You’ve got me! I don’t know the science behind whether talking to your baby in the womb is good for development or not. It made me feel good, so I saw benefit from that if nothing else!

      V

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