40 weeks: Our Due Date & Requests for Visitors
Well, here we are. It's our due date and baby girl could make her appearance at any time now.
I had a doctor appointment this morning at 7am where they told me I was 70% effaced but not dilated at all yet. Our next appointment is Friday afternoon. We will have an ultrasound and a NST (non-stress test) where they will monitor me and the baby for 20ish minutes (for contractions and heartrate). At that point, we'll see what the doctor has to say.
We are continuing to work our normal schedules up until our daughter arrives and we've gotten everything ready that we can at the house. I've even been trying to prep the dogs by playing videos of baby's crying from YouTube. They've had zero reaction.
I'd also like to take a moment to explain some requests we have for visitors when she arrives. We ask for your cooperation and understanding as we start this new job as parents. We don't really know what we're doing but we're going to do our best.
1. NO KISSING.
The baby will have such a weak immune system and we don't want to risk spreading anything.
2. WASH YOUR HANDS and/or sanitize before touching the baby
3. Don't announce her birth before we do.
If you've heard of the baby's arrival before we've formally announced it, we ask that you please keep it to yourselves. We would like to have some special family time before introducing her to the world. We know everyone is very anxious to meet her, so rest assured that you will know soon!
4. Don't take, post, or share photos of her without prior permission.
The world is a scary place right now and as new parents, our daughter's safety is our top priority.
5. Please do not visit if you have any hint of a sickness.
We're heading into fall and flu season very soon. Sneezes, sniffles, and a scratchy throat are no big deal for us but could be detrimental to a baby. Also, calling before you visit would be nice.
6. If you're a smoker or have been around smoke, we ask that you change your clothing before visiting. Also, please refrain from heavily scented perfumes and lotions. These are very tricky for the baby's lungs to handle.