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Journey: Week 33

Info on Durian from Wikipedia:

The durian (/ˈdjʊriən/)[4] is the fruit of several tree species belonging to the genusDurio. The name ‘durian’ is derived from the Malay-Indonesian languages word for duri or “spike”, a reference to the numerous spike protuberances of the fruit, together with the noun-building suffix -an. There are 30 recognised Durio species, at least nine of which produce edible fruit.Durio zibethinus is the only species available in the international market: other species are sold only in their local regions.

Regarded by many people in southeast Asia as the “king of fruits”,[5] the durian is distinctive for its large size, strong odour, and formidable thorn-covered husk. The fruit can grow as large as 30 centimetres (12 in) long and 15 centimetres (6 in) in diameter, and it typically weighs one to three kilograms (2 to 7 lb). Its shape ranges from oblong to round, the colour of its husk green to brown, and its flesh pale yellow to red, depending on the species.

The edible flesh emits a distinctive odour that is strong and penetrating even when the husk is intact. Some people regard the durian as having a pleasantly sweet fragrance; others find the aroma overpowering and revolting. The smell evokes reactions from deep appreciation to intense disgust, and has been described variously as rotten onions, turpentine, and raw sewage. The persistence of its odour, which may linger for several days, has led to the fruit’s banishment from certain hotels and public transportation in Southeast Asia.

Doesn’t sound very pleasant.

Week 33 went pretty well. I didn’t end up in the hospital but did have 2 BPP visits, a doctor visit and a make up Labor Class which were all at EGH. I was monitored after the labor class to make sure everything was ok as I was having some spasms.


The BPP on Monday went well. Passed it. Amniotic fluid got a score of 10 I think (not sure exactly what that means as it was still considered low). Found some info on Wikipedia about it here. She measured at 4.14 pounds via the BPP. I’m not sure how accurate that is but I’m sure it’s close.

The labor class was informative. We saw a few videos on the labor process and what the “coach(es)” could do to help/support during and then we practiced the breathing and relaxation exercises which is the main reason I wanted to take the class. I am glad we did get a one-on-one class with the instructor (due to having to leave part way through the first class because Jeff was sick). We got to go up into one of the rooms in L&D since I am on bed rest and need to have my feet up instead of staying in the classroom–plus it was only the three of us. I am supposed to find something to bring to the hospital with me as a focal point to help me relax and practice my breathing. I haven’t found that focal point thing. Maybe it’ll be Jeff.

I invited some friends and their babies over on Tuesday so I wouldn’t be so bored and I would have some socialization. Three toddlers, 4 infants and 5 women all in one living room! We had a nice time and that’s about all I have to say. Not much happened other than talking, baby changing, feeding and toddler craziness! 🙂

Yesterday, Thursday, (not much happened Wednesday other than I actually worked) I had my second BPP of the week plus a visit with the doctor. Me and Destini passed the BPP. Amniotic fluid index (AFI) scored a 7 this time and they “accept” everything above a 5 which means if I am at or under a 5 I’m gonna have a baby I guess. Her heart rate was 134 measured by the ultrasound tech and 142 measured by the doctor. We need to make it only 3 1/2 more weeks! 24 more days!

Destini shook her head when we said she needed to roll over so she’d be facing my back for delivery.


Pray For:

  • Patience
  • That she’ll wait the 3 1/2 more weeks until the 29th.
  • That I can make it the 3 1/2 more weeks on bedrest.
  • That my amniotic fluid remains ok or gets better.
  • Finances for all the appointments I’ve got to have and have had.

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