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Pregnancy: 28 weeks 12/06/09

Tara Brown Pregnant 28 weeksThis is it, my third and final trimester. BB is putting on weight and finalizing his lung and brain development to enter the world of LOLCats.

He’s been super active these past few days and I can’t for the life of me figure out what’s a foot vs. hand or a head vs. a bootie. I came across this site Spinning Babies and it explains Belly Mapping so moms can figure out how their baby is positioned. I plan on doing a video of my belly mapping when I’m further along. My Midwife told me that it will be easier to do when he’s a bit bigger. She confirmed my suspicion that he is heads down because he loves to kick my ribs and punch my bladder.

Sean and I found a great, no, amazing book – “Dr. Spock’s Baby and Child Care 8th Edition” by Benjamin Spock, M.D. and updated and revised by Robert Needleman, M.D. It’s very important that you get the updated version because the last edition was from 10 years ago. It’s practical and to the point and fits very well with our child rearing philosophies.

I mentioned that I saw a Midwife. After much contemplation, I transferred to the Midwives at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Westwood. It took me awhile to make the decision because I have a very competent doctor who has been highly recommended and works out of UCLA Santa Monica which is also highly recommended. Ultimately when having to decide between two good hospitals, I decided I needed to choose the one that was going to give me the best chance at my most optimal natural birthing experience.

After all my friends told me to stop being a whimp about singing to BB, I have been thinking a lot about different songs I want to sing. I read that you should choose 3 or 4 songs and sing them over and over again. This of course means that I need to choose songs that I’m not going to hate once he is born and have easy lyrics. No one hates John Lennon, so another song that I can sing to BB is “Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy).” Of course it’s ironic that he is singing about his son Sean and that is the name of my husband.

Close your eyes,
Have no fear,
The monsters gone,
He’s on the run and your daddy’s here,

Beautiful,
Beautiful, beautiful,
Beautiful Boy,

Before you go to sleep,
Say a little prayer,
Every day in every way,
It’s getting better and better,

Beautiful,
Beautiful, beautiful,
Beautiful Boy,

Out on the ocean sailing away,
I can hardly wait,
To see you to come of age,
But I guess we’ll both,
Just have to be patient,
Yes it’s a long way to go,
But in the meantime,

Before you cross the street,
Take my hand,
Life is just what happens to you,
While your busy making other plans,

Beautiful,
Beautiful, beautiful,
Beautiful Boy,
Darling,
Darling,
Darling Sean.

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