gus and i took the bucket seat to children’s hospital today to get it installed properly. funny, it only took us having the careseat installed FOUR DIFFERENT TIMES by FOUR DIFFERENT carseat techs over the last three years to have someone FINALLY explain exactly how to do it. and it’s surprisingly WAY easier than i’ve always thought. which is, whew, because i need to take both carseats out htis weekend when i run to ikea to get a new mattress for gus’ bed (he keeps creeping into the big bed at night lately, and while we’re working on getting him to stay put in the train bed, we’re also trying to be realistic about the fact that even if he DOES stay in there all night long starting tonight even, there will STILL be some late nights or early mornings that he’s going crawl in with us anyway, so we should at least get a mattress that is comfy enough for mama or papa to sleep on if need be. the big bed is about to get awfully crowded!). but also — OHMYGOD — it becomes so much realer that we’re about to be a FAMILY OF FOUR when you look into our backseat right now. TWO KIDS. whoa.
at the midwife appointment on monday, i had gained 2 lbs (in three weeksish), and little chilly measured “smaller” than expected. this happened at pretty much the same time with gus too. only last time the midwife we saw that day got all frowny and fretty and said that if we (if *i* measured small, like i had something intentional to do with it) measured small again the next week that she was going to order an ultrasound to see what was “wrong”. which we thought was silly and annoying and worried about all week but than (a) gus was back “on schedule” for fundal growth and (b) we didn’t see that same midwife again anyway so *shrug*. this time around i said to our midwife, “oh, what does that mean?” and she said, “well, the baby probably dropped this week.” wow, such a different response! and actually, i DID remember the one morning when i went to put my hand on the top of my belly and it dropped down a bit from where i had expected chilly’s bum to be. so yea, i had been thinking to mention that i thought s/he had dropped too and had forgotten by appt time. and she palpated around and confirmed that there was in fact a good deal of fluid so there was no reason to think anything was amiss.
just for fun, she measured my girth this time, and used what she called a “russian method” for estimating the baby’s current weight, by converting cm to g to lbs. by that guesstimate, chilly is already over 7 lbs. we are so curious to see how much bigger chilly will be than gus. consecutive babies are usually (but not always) bigger, so i do expect chilly to be a little bigger, but it’s fun to wonder about small little details like this one. there are so many things to be curious about, it’s very exciting.
i got to listen to the heartbeat this week. even though i know they are so fast, and even though i always watch our midwife count out the heartbeats with her finger, i still always forget just how much like a hummingbird’s wings their heartbeats are. so fast and so lovely. and so faint through the fetoscope. but i like that, it’s somehow so much more sweet than through the doppler. there’s so much extra background noise with the doppler, it makes it all sound so much more mechanical (which, well, it is, after all). with the fetoscope it’s just the heartbeat. it’s so tiny and beautiful.
we’ll meet with the midwife again on monday, and then as many mondays in a row as it takes. and then of course at some point she’ll meet with us here. we don’t expect that to happen yet, but “soon” is getting closer and closer. it’s fairly reasonable to expect that within the month, we’ll be glad we have that little carseat installed.