Monday, December 29, 2008

36 Weeks & Rhys' Room is Ready!

The lower back pain I was referring to a couple of posts ago turns out to be sciatica, sometimes experienced in late pregnancy, primarily resulting from the uterus pressing on the sciatic nerve, and, secondarily, from the muscular tension and/or vertebral compression consequent to carrying the extra weight of the fetus, and the postural changes inherent to pregnancy.

Let's just say that Rhys' weight gain these last couple of weeks has led to incredible pressure and PAIN on my lower back, so that when I simply walk, my legs start to tingle and go numb! Needless to say, I'll be taking it easy on the cardio for this last month of pregnancy. Sure stinks since I love my afternoon walks! :(

We had our 36-week dr's appointment this morning, and Rhys is measuring perfectly and is positioned head down, precisely as he should be for delivery! Yay!! He should weigh about 6 lbs right now and be about 18 to 19 inches long, and our doctor predicts he'll be 7 to 8 lbs at full term (40 weeks). I told my doctor about my lower back pain, thinking he might go ahead and induce me :) (I know that was totally wishful thinking), and his response was that most women are miserable by this point in pregnancy. "Thanks, Doc!" I think he was trying to be nice when he told me that I'm about 1/2 cm dilated. Oh, that made me feel really good! {I'm being quite sarcastic here!}

Well, my sweet husband has taken it upon himself to continue on with the nursery preparations for Rhys' arrival! He went shopping today and bought these sweet curtains and the rod, came straight home and got to decoratin'! He also bought Rhys his very own electric radiator to keep his room nice and cozy! :)
Notice the Nautica crib sheet set! Russell is super excited about the nautical theme for Rhys' room. "Thank you, Papa & Grandmom Wright, for the beautiful sheet set!! It's just missing Rhys, now!" Russell installed our video monitor base directly above the crib, so we can watch his every little move from outside of his room! :) Thanks to Rhys' Baba & Mama Nili and Aunt Soraya for all of his beautiful furniture, too!Ashley, thank you for the mobile! Russell installed it tonight!Below, notice the model sailboats! We got the two smaller ones on the ledge while we were in Quebec and the larger of the three from a local store.
Rhys is due in 27 days! Russell and I are praying for a speedy and smooth labor and delivery. I'm praying for sooner than later, but, of course, according to the Lord's will. The last month gets really hard...I mean, heavy! I praise the Lord for the experience and for the bundle of love He is creating right inside of me! Absolutely amazing!


Missy said...

its just missing ONE thing!! =) xoxo looks great!

Darby said...

shireen... {& russell too}
everything looks wonderful... your belly, the room, the curtains! i love it all. i'll be praying for your back. take it easy my friend... put your feet up and rest! i love you and i'm countin' down with you!

Cindy said...

Hang in there! Take it easy and I hope your pain eases up. Rhys' room looks great!

Dana and Chris Sheheane said...

I can't wait to see Rhys!!! Everything looks great! And you my friend, look amazing to be due in 27 days!!!! Love ya! Dana

MIMILEE said...

The nursery looks so great!!! All ready and waiting for that little bundle of joy! Can't wait to hear the good news of his arrival!!

Prayers for a healthy delivery!

Nicki McDonald said...

Hey Belly! The room looks perfect! I am so excited for you! Hang in there through these last few weeks or more :) Miss you - hope you had a wonderful holiday.