Laura and Robs new addition

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Laura was due EXACTLY 4 weeks ahead of me and at 41 weeks she had little Aaron Ashton Holt at 11:11pm on March 26, at Royal Columbian Hospital. He weighed in at 8lbs 14ounces and is doing great.

He almost shared a birthday with his 2 year old brother Aiden who’s birthday is today March 27th. Happy Birthday both of you!

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Birth…what if?

Why not think “what if?!” in powerful ways- “What if I have the most beautiful experience of my life? What if I could actually feel a wet, mewing baby on my belly–just after birth–and fall in love with that feeling forever? What if I give birth and feel pure ecstacy? What will happen in my life if I give birth as a powerful, free woman–what will happen in my life if I claim my right to give birth as my biological destiny impels me to? What if I emerge victorious, free, setient, powerful? What if–what if my baby never feels anything in her first moments other than my body and my love? WHat if I push my baby out into my own hands, and pull her up, and kiss her wet head, and cry and moan and weep my joy in private, darkness and love–what if… what if my birth is the most loving, sweet and gentle moment of my life? What if…” What will happen if we stop asking the medical profession [family, friends, horrid TV shows, and others] to feed us fear about our … births? We will finally become as powerful and wise as we are intended to be. We will finally stop rushing to be rescued, induced, and c-sectioned. We will change the way the world spins…

36 week pics

35 week pics (late)

36 weeks, homebirth here I am!

By this week of pregnancy your baby’s crown-to-rump length reaches about 13.5 inches and the total length is approximately 20.7 inches. Your baby weighs about 6 pounds now. The top of your uterus has moved further up under your ribs and is about 5.5 inches above your bellybutton. Your uterus has grown a lot in the past few weeks as your baby has gained weight. You may have gained about 30 pounds by now and it is common for your weight to stay about the same from this point onwards. 

Almost full-grown baby at about 36 weeks pregnancy Because the top of the uterus is high as it will be, breathing may be getting very uncomfortable at times. You might notice jabbing pains from your baby’s kicks. However, within the next few weeks, your baby will drop into the birth canal and this will make breathing easier again. Most doctors like to see their patients weekly from now on to check for labor progression. Your prenatal classes are probably coming to an end and you should have already made a birth plan and discussed available options for pain control during pregnancy. 

Your baby’s face has filled out significantly and looks smooth and plump. Because your baby has powerful sucking muscles and has had layers of fat forming for quite some time now, the cheeks have filled out like a newborn’s. Your baby’s skull is firm, but not hard. Every baby’s head has the ability to give slightly so that there is room for her to fit down the birth canal during delivery. Some babies are born with cone shaped heads from the pressure of delivery, but this will go away after delivery. The amount of amniotic fluid is at its maximum amount now and your baby may not be moving as much as she had been. As long as you still feel her movements every day, there should be no cause for concern.

The placenta is now one-sixth of the fetal weight.

34 weeks pics – finally!

34 weeks

Your baby’s crown-to-rump length this week is approximately 12.8 inches and the total length is around 19.8 inches at this time. Your baby now weighs almost 5 pounds. From your bellybutton, it is about 5.6 inches to the top of your uterus. Measurements of your uterus vary from woman to woman. You should not worry if you do not measure the exact same as your pregnancy friends or family members as long as you are growing appropriately. When your uterus grows and gets larger at an appropriate rate, it shows that your baby is growing well inside of your uterus. 

Growth of the womb during pregnancyBraxton-Hicks contractions are going to get stronger and more frequent within the next few weeks. Braxton-Hicks contractions feel like a tightening at the top of your uterus that spreads down and then relaxes. Many women mistake Braxton-Hicks contractions for true labor contractions, but this is rarely the case. Braxton-Hicks contractions will diminish if you get up and walk around and they should not be painful. 

Your baby’s hair continues to get longer and thicker. Your baby’s hair color probably is not going to be the same color from birth onwards, so you should expect it to change in color. Your baby is shedding most of lanugo, but the amount of vernix caseosa is increasing. Your baby is taking calcium from you to lay down lots of bone. Continue to take your prenatal vitamins and drink milk to ensure that you receive enough calcium. 

If you were to deliver your baby now, it would probably be called a pre-term infant instead of premature. The only difference is in the maturity, particularly lung maturity. A pre-term baby is less likely to need intensive care because its lungs have developed. Doctors can test lung maturity with an amniocentesis that checks levels of surfactant. 

The baby now rests on your uterus and is no longer floating. 

Fingernails now reach over the finger tips and the baby can scratch itself.