Pregnancy week 36: home visit with the midwife

**4 weeks to go! Well, 3.5… because this post is a little late ;)**

She’s somewhere around 18.5 inches long and 6 pounds. At my appointment today, my midwife guessed she was 5.5-6 lbs. And YAY we’ve reached the point that I could still have a homebirth if I went into labor now (ya know, assuming all signs are fine)…. because most babies born now do very well. But we still want her to keep cooking–have those lungs mature a bit more!

She’s getting pretty cramped. Usually your uterus fundus height equals how many weeks you are… so at 36 weeks, my uterus should be 36 cm… well, my midwife hit my xiphoid process (bottom of sternum/ribs) and couldn’t measure any further–at 34 cm. I’m short-waisted, I’m small, and I’m running out of space! lol. That’d explain the nearly constant heartburn and why it’s soo uncomfortable to lean forward at all.

She’s ROA: right occiput anterior. That means she is head down (whoo!) and her back is to my right side (feet on the left side). Some people liken this position to a posterior baby. That’s because babies don’t typically come out on the right side; optimal positioning it LOA (on the left side). SOO, this baby would turn counter-clockwise to get there, which means she has to basically move to the posterior position before ending up on the other side. Make sense? But I’m not worried. Her head isn’t engaged yet, she knows what she’s doing and my body knows what it’s doing 😉

compare to week 36 from my last pregnancy!

Our midwife came to our house tonight for the home visit–like the practice run before the real thing! I gave her a tour of the house and showed her where all my birth supplies are (in case things are moving really quickly when she gets here for labor!). We did the normal prenatal stuff… and our doula was here too, which was awesome. The doula and midwife have met before, but I’m glad they got to chat a little tonight before the real thing.

Weight: 139 lb (up ~0.5 lb from last week and 32 lb overall)
Blood pressure: 120/60
Baby’s heart rate: 136

I did the swab to test for GBS (Group B Strep), we chatted about birth stories and fears, and I got some “homework” from my doula–working through fears, practicing relaxation techniques, etc. Oh and we paid off some birth bills–slowly crossing off my bucket list!

Not much time left! EXCITING!!!

Groupon’s star rose quickly, fell swiftly.(Business)

The Seattle Times (Seattle, WA) October 22, 2011 Byline: Michelle Conlin; The Associated Press NEW YORK — Only a few months ago, Groupon was the Internet’s next great thing. Business media christened it the fastest-growing company ever. Copycats proliferated. And investors salivated over the prospect of Groupon going public.

Today, the startup that pioneered online daily deals for coupons is an example of how fast an Internet darling can fall.

Groupon is discounting its expectations for the IPO that in June was valued as high as $25 billion. In a regulatory filing Friday, the company said it expects a valuation less than half that, at between $10.1 billion and $11.4 billion. site groupon nyc

It’s the latest twist for Groupon’s IPO, which was one of the most anticipated offerings this year. In June, after Groupon filed for the offering, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) raised concerns about the way it counts revenue. Then the stock market plunged. Now Groupon faces concerns about the viability of its daily-deals business model. The novelty of online coupons is wearing off.

Some merchants are complaining they are losing money — and customers — on the deals. And competitors are swarming the marketplace.

“Groupon is a disaster,” says Sucharita Mulpuru, a Forrester Research analyst. “It’s a shill that’s going to be exposed pretty soon.” Groupon shows what can happen when a startup experiences steroidal growth in an unproven industry. To its defenders, the Chicago company is a victim of its success, its stumbles emblematic of a business in infancy.

After all, Groupon has hordes of fans who rave about the company’s deals and its liberal refund policy. And some merchants see the company as a way to get much-needed exposure.

But critics say the issues Groupon is facing are symptomatic of something more troubling: questionable accounting, an overvalued business model and an industry that is turning into the digital equivalent of junk mail.

Groupon is expected to go public Nov. 4. The company could not comment for this story due to the quiet period for its IPO, during which time company officials are barred by regulators from discussing anything about the firm. this web site groupon nyc

Groupon also has faced trouble behind its own doors.

After only two months, its public-relations chief quit in August.

Two seasoned executives hired as COOs also left. The latest, former Google sales Vice President Margo Georgiadis, resigned after five months to return to Google. Her departure coincided with Groupon’s announcement it was restating its revenue by around half.

After Groupon filed documents for its IPO in June, the SEC — and the investment community — began asking serious questions about the company. The first concern stemmed from how Groupon accounted for its revenue.

Groupon roughly splits the money it collects from customers with merchants. But in the filing, Groupon reported all of its gross billings as revenue. Standard accounting principles dictate Groupon should have used net revenue — the amount it keeps after paying the merchant.

Meanwhile, the company’s debt has skyrocketed. Groupon’s ratio of debt to capital is 102 percent. By comparison, the ratio for social-networking site LinkedIn is about 30 percent and gaming site Zynga’s is about 49 percent. “Those companies are all in normal territory,” says Ed Ketz, a Penn State accounting professor. “But Groupon’s is excessively high.” In Friday’s filing, the company laid out third-quarter financial figures that showed it is getting closer to profitability. For the three months ended Sept. 30, Groupon narrowed its net loss of $10.6 million on revenue of $430.2 million in part by lowering marketing spending. That compares with a loss of $49 million on revenue of $81.8 million in the same period last year.

6 comments to Pregnancy week 36: home visit with the midwife

  • Sonya Morris

    Yay! Almost there!! Have you picked out a name yet? I may have missed that post if you have. I could never pick out a girl’s name until the last minute and we have three girls! Seriously, I have already picked out a boy name for the next one. I’m sure it will be a girl!!

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    babydickey Reply:

    We do have a name!! We knew the name pretty much right away, but JUST settled on a middle name… so nope, we haven’t announced it on the blog yet 🙂 But thanks for the reminder! I have a super cute video of Ryan saying the baby’s name that I meant to post…

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    Sonya Morris Reply:

    How cute! I will be looking for it!

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  • Hooray! I am excited for you & think it’s cute that you’re small, even though I know it’s more uncomfortable for you 🙁 Can’t wait to see her!

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  • You are getting so close! I’m so excited for you guys and for this experience for you! Do you have pictures of the birth area set up at the moment?

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    babydickey Reply:

    I don’t! But good idea. I don’t really have an area…. figure I’ll be in our bathroom (in the tub) or in our bedroom (on the bed or near it?)… but I do have all the supplies in baskets and candles set up, etc. – I should share some pics 🙂

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