Archives for the month of: October, 2017

How far along? 35 weeks 5 days (10-20-17)

 
Symptoms? I flip between “I feel great!” and “I want this baby out yesterday!!” Some days I really do still feel good, but the pelvic pressure (OH THE PRESSURE!), SPD pain, and breathlessness do take their toll on me at times. Acid reflux and occasional queasiness have followed me the last few weeks. I’ve taken Zofran a few times when the nausea kept me awake at night or kept me in bed during the day. Definitely nothing compared to the first trimester though!

 
Weight? +38

 
Cravings/aversions? This question just seems silly at this point. 😛

 
Sleep? Surprisingly good! I think I get up to pee about 5+ times BUT, keep in mind that even non-pregnant, I still get up 3-4 times a night because of my bladder problems. The fact that I can currently fall right back to sleep is awesome! I am enjoying being able to sleep now while it lasts.

 
Exercise? Nope. It’s not happening. I don’t really think it’s going to. I get so winded that it doesn’t feel possible now. But, I am still doing stretches!

 
Bump? I feel like it’s smaller this week. Maybe he is engaged? I forgot to ask the Dr today. I had a BPP and NST today and since he was taking awhile to do the practice breathing that they look for, the tech measured his foot, just for fun. It was about 7.6cm, so another little bigfoot baby! 😉 Fluid was around 14cm. We are all getting really excited to meet Zane! Tru and Levi talk about him all the time and can’t wait to see him. Tru says he will help Zane with his seat belt and with opening the van door so he can get in. I think the boys are going to be really shocked when they see just how tiny and helpless a newborn really is. I have told them that Zane won’t know how to talk at first and Tru said “But he has a mouth!” We let Levi watch his birth video (I made it so he couldn’t see anything gruesome, just him appearing on my chest. He is still confused and thinks we need to cut the baby out. OUCH! He demonstrates with his hands on my belly. I asked Tru where babies come from since I didn’t know what his thoughts were. He said “From your butt.” in a really *obviously* tone of voice. It made me laugh!

 
Labor signs? I guess now would be a good time to add this question. I wouldn’t say that it’s a “labor sign” per say, but I did feel baby kind of move down or something about 3 days ago. After that, the pelvic pressure because immense and I can feel his head in my pelvis. Like when I’m walking, it’s weird cause there is this roundness inside. Hard to explain…. anyway… I am also having menstrual type cramps off and on and BH contractions. I had a check up today and I am 2cm dilated. Not sure on effacement, if I am at all. But I’m thrilled to have 2cm out of the way already! Hopefully labor kicks off on it’s own. OH, and I found out that my group B strep test came back negative, which is awesome!!

 

 

The Dr I saw today had me schedule an induction for 39 weeks but then called me later and said she hadn’t realized I had a prior c-section until she looked through my notes. So she doesn’t want to induce with pitocin (and neither do I) so her suggestion was that I go in at 39 weeks and they break my water and see if I go into labor. Which is a big bucket of nopes for me! First, I don’t want to be on the clock when they won’t give me pitocin if labor doesn’t start. (SO different that my last clinic who pushed pitocin like it was the best thing ever! I really didn’t like it because it made my contractions unnaturally close. Like, almost no break at all. And that is why it was turned off after only 1.5 hours.) Second, I am in no rush to lose the cushion of the water because it can lead to distress in the baby and definitely made my contractions with Levi infinitely more painful but not more productive! Third, I feel like that is a recipe for a c-section and I only want a c-section if baby and/or I NEED one. Not just because we wouldn’t let nature take it’s course. Anyway… I have a check up with my primary OB next week, Lord willing, and I plan to talk all this over with her and get her thoughts and let her know how I feel about it. I do hope we can start with something simple like a membrane sweep and not try to get in a rush. Ultimately, I do feel that this group of Drs (at least most of them) are willing to hear me and not be pushy. I really appreciate that!

 

 
Dear God, thank You for this beautiful day and for the blessings we’ve experienced all week. Please continue to watch over our family while we make this big, exciting transition to adding another precious person. Please keep Zane healthy and strong and I pray that You will work out all the details of the birth according to Your will. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

 

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How far along? 34 weeks 6 days (10-14-17) I hit a wall today with feeling like I will be pregnant with this baby forever while simultaneously having worries over the birth. I had a cry while I was driving, being careful to make myself stop crying and blow the AC on my face before I reached my destination. Unfortunately, crying didn’t make me feel better and my nose was red, but walking around in the fresh air and sunshine and spending time with DH and the boys at a fundraising event DH was singing at made me feel a lot better. Emotional pregnant lady coming through! 😉

 
Symptoms? I suppose that being emotional could make the list! I also have:
⦁ Sore nips (STILLLLLLL) And I keep forgetting to say, they have been so dry that I started using my new cream on them. It’s helped quite a bit.
⦁ Very sore feet despite rubbing them with balm and soaking them in epsom salt frequently. I will say, all this balm has made my feet really soft!!
⦁ Increased pelvic pressure and mild SPD pain. It’s mostly the grinding at night when I roll over. But when I walk much or carry extra weight, it flares up. I think it was worse with Tru and Levi though.
⦁ And apparently horrible pregnancy brain because I can’t think of much else at the moment….
⦁ I certainly have the normal aches and pains of the third trimester…. the breathlessness (especially early in the day and right after laying down sometimes), tiredness and just general difficulty hauling my big belly around. But I can’t complain. I definitely am doing pretty well yet.

 
Weight? +37 according to my scale at home. The Dr’s office scale says no gain in 3 weeks. In fact, according to their scale, I’ve lost maybe half a pound. But since I always weigh myself first thing in the morning at home, I’m more apt to believe my scale. 😉

 
Sleep? I wake up several times a night to pee, which is nothing new, of course. But lately, the pressure from the baby makes me feel like I am barely going to make it out of bed, let alone actually get to the toilet! But sleep in general has been going well. I think that the combination of rubbing my feet and calves, drinking my 4 cups of raspberry leaf tea per day, and taking my magnesium has really helped with calming the restless legs syndrome. I still have times when the RLS drives me nuts. But honestly, I’m pretty convinced it’s the tea that has helped the most, even though I’ve never seen anything saying that it helps that issue.

 
Cravings/aversions? Nothing notable. Although I am enjoying my raspberry leaf tea lately. I’ve been brewing a quart at a time and drinking it throughout the day. I let it cool and add maybe 1/8 cup of sugar. Then I chill it and drink it iced. YUM!

 
Exercise? Still not happening…. ;P

 
Bump? I had a growth ultrasound yesterday and baby is measuring 6lbs even. That puts him in the 57th percentile. His head is wayyyy down in my pelvis. So low that they had trouble getting a good measurement. He looked great and was sucking those little fingers, of course. I’m convinced that is almost all he does in there! He had one foot by his face and in the picture they printed for us, his toe is touching his eye! He was facing my back and kept sticking his butt out. The tech kept digging the probe into my belly button while trying to take measurements and my belly was so sore after that! Even on a normal day, I can feel the heat radiating from my belly button when I put my hand over my belly because it is so angry at being stretched. Also, I think his fluid was 12ish cm. Last week it was 17.

 

 

Aside from that, I had a check up and NST yesterday as well which included the lovely group-b strep swab. I was GBS positive with Tru but not with Levi. Hoping it comes back negative because I don’t want antibiotics if I can avoid them. I have taken so much probiotics this time in an attempt to combat the daily maintenance dose I already have to be on.

 

 

Anyway, I had a contraction on the monitor so the Dr wanted to check for dilation while she was at it. Not much going on yet. Which is good, I guess. But I hope my body starts getting ready soon because I am SOOOO wanting to avoid an induction AND definitely worry that if I do end up going to my due date, baby will be too big and I’ll need a c-section. These were mainly the things I was crying about earlier…. Nerves regarding the when and how of the birth. But I’ll try to be sensible and remain calm… key word, try.

 

After my appointment, we did some stocking up on groceries for after baby comes. I have the meal components in a box and wrote a list of the meals with detailed instructions for DH or whoever is heating them up. I have anything that can be pre-prepped, in the freezer already. I still want to freeze several more meals but I think I have at least 8 ready to go so far. 🙂 Lasagna, meatloaf, tacos, chili, pot roast, venison and noodles, chicken fajitas, bbq meatballs, and a few frozen pizzas.

 

Overall this week was uneventful aside from Tru waking up before 6am Monday, saying that his belly hurt. I asked if he was going to throw up and he said no. So I made him a bed on my bedroom floor and was awoken a bit later to him throwing up. I jumped out of bed (well, as much as one can jump in my state) and called to DH to grab a towel. He threw one out of the bathroom but it was too late. Sadly, Tru threw up twice more that morning. But he was back to feeling like himself later in the day and was eating and playing again by noon. I don’t know if he was sick or if it was just his belly being off.

 

 

I have plans to attend a CPR class next week with my mom and several of my sisters. Levi had an incident at the birthday party that DH’s mom had for Tru last week (side note: need to post Tru’s 4 year update!) where he choked really bad on a gummy worm. It was a joint effort from DH’s sister and me to remove it and it left me and Levi both very shook up. He stayed pretty close to me for the next hour or so and I just felt nervous the rest of the day. I already had plans to take the CPR class, but that really cemented the decision for me, so that night I sent my RSVP. I wanted my sisters and mom to take the class too because they watch my kids and other kids all the time. When Levi choked so bad, I realized that I don’t know what to do really. I was able to get the gummy worm out, but what is the procedure if you can’t remove the object? That’s why I’m glad to be taking the class!

 

 

Wow, I didn’t mean for this post to take such a heavy turn! I want to end on a good note, so I’ll just say, it was a beautiful day today with the weather and I enjoyed being with my little family. The boys got to play in bouncy houses and we encountered some very sweet, small town people. One vendor gave me half off on a sign I bought to give as a Christmas gift, plus she gave the boys each a treat for free. I won a storage container from another vendor. DH had the opportunity to bless people with his music and gave away some CDs. He played at 2 events today but I brought the boys home after the first one. They worked on a craft they were given at the event, then took naps while I got some much needed rest. Then they played with their new dry erase markers (literally their favorite thing right now!) and we had a quiet evening. Overall, a very nice end to a fairly quiet week. 🙂

 

 

Dear God, thank You for the beautiful weather and the family time you blessed us with this week. Thank You for Zane looking so healthy! Please bless us with a beautiful birth in whatever way is Your will for him to be born. I pray that he will be born at the right time and be healthy and safe. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

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How far along? 32 weeks 5 days (9-29-17) I feel like I just typed up my last update! How has a week gone by already? At the same time, I feel like things are slowing down just a bit now.
Symptoms? Acid reflux is a bit worse than non-pregnant at the moment. I’ve really had very few symptoms this week. A few episodes of lightheaded and breathlessness.
Weight? About +35
Cravings/aversions? Nothing either way. Except I’m still not feeling Taco Bell or seafood.
Exercise? I had 1 day on the elliptical. I was going to have 2 days but I spent all my time the second day on stretching. It just felt so good to stretch my back/hips/neck! 🙂
Sleep? I probably would be sleeping ok except I have a cold and have had a sore throat/stuffy nose off and on for probably at least 3 weeks now since seasonal allergies have really flared up. The other sleep inhibitor is that I wake up to pee and don’t feel the baby move, then I lay there and poke at him and worry until he finally moves. Hopefully he will be great at sleeping through the night once he’s born, since he’s already sleeping through the night, apparently. He used to kick me all night but not the last few weeks. His patterns have changed a lot lately.
Bump? Oh my, I just looked at a picture of myself in the hospital right before Tru was born and my belly was smaller then than it is now. I have to admit, I am nervous that this guy is going to be a big one! One exciting thing I’ve noticed is that I can feel the general shape of his body through my belly. I could with Tru too but not with Levi. I thought it was because I was heavier when I was pregnant with Levi, but it must have been because his placenta was anterior, because this time I am heavier than ever but can still usually make out what side he is laying on. 🙂 He flops back and forth between the left and right. I prefer when he lays on the right because I can feel his kicks better. But, however he’s comfortable….

 

So, this week on Sunday after we got home from church, my sister’s L and K came over and I went into power nesting mode. K entertained the kids and L kept me company and helped move stuff around. I finally got out the baby clothes and washed most of them, moved Truett’s dresser to my room for the baby’s clothes and rearranged Tru’s room. When DH got done changing oil in the vehicles, he helped move the crib to Levi’s room and convert it into a toddler bed. Levi loves it and is so happy in his big boy bed! 🙂

 
Monday we stayed home and I tried to get more stuff done. L came over again in the evening to spend the night and watch the boys on Tuesday.

 
Tuesday I had an NST and Dr visit. Both went well and I was in and out of the office in under a half hour I think. I met another one of the Drs. She was super sweet and I really liked her. She wants me to alternate NSTs with BPPs every other week. I told her that whatever she thinks is best is fine with me. But it turns out that the hospital I go to for the BPPs will only do them WITH an NST. So I should be having NSTs every week with BPPs every other week. But it’s all subject to change as the Drs at this practice are all over the place with the different ways they do things. I’m just trying to go with the flow really and not stress about what they decide to do. This Dr did say that she absolutely does NOT want to induce labor, which was funny because my primary Dr just said at my last visit that she won’t let me to go past 39 weeks. …. We shall see what happens!

 
Wednesday we went to story time. L had stayed the night again Tuesday so she dropped us off while she went and applied for a job (She’s getting her first ever job!), then we went to the park and pond and ran some errands. I had a visit with the chiropractor and he said my hip was much better than last time (and I haven’t had any pain recently) so that was great news! 🙂

 
Thursday we went to visit my sister A for a few hours. The boys had a blast playing with their cousin. 🙂

 
Today we’ve just been hanging out at home. I tried to get a few things done around here but I’ve had very frequent BH contractions all day so I’m just taking it easy now. I’m not really concerned about them since they aren’t painful. Just don’t want to encourage them along.

 

I never quite finished this update but I did take a picture. 🙂

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How far along? 33 week 5 days (10-6-17)
Symptoms? SPD pain when I walk and at night when I’m laying down. A pillow between my legs relieves some of the pain but it pops and grinds a lot in the night. Acid reflux has really flared up so I’ve upped my Zantac. It does help a good bit. I really should try drinking some Aloe Vera as that has always been helpful. I am definitely having some swelling but it’s still not too awful. At the beginning of the week I had a lot of cramping and BH contractions. I had them for about 9 hours one day every 10-15 minutes or so (wasn’t really timing them) but they weren’t painful so I wasn’t too concerned. I drank tons of water and laid down and they finally went away around midnight. I told my Dr and she wasn’t concerned. She said she would be surprised if I wasn’t having anything at this point. I’ve had significantly less since then which is pretty much par for the course in all 3 of my pregnancies. I always get less and less BH the farther along I get. So strange….
Weight? +36-37
Cravings/aversions? Same.
Exercise? HA! It didn’t happen this week.
Sleep? Overall, not too bad.
Bump? SO HEAVY! I feel like this kid already weighs 8lbs in there. And he looks huge on the ultrasound. The next growth scan is next week so I’m interested to see what he weighs approx. He has definitely developed a wake/sleep pattern. I’m not fully in tune with it, but I know sometimes he will not move for 30+ minutes and overnight into the morning he hardly moves at all even when I poke at him. I’m not gonna lie, it stresses me out. The part of pregnancy where monitoring kicks is so important is just really anxiety inducing for me. I do try to be faithful with his kick counts and I love that the app stores all the data so I can see a trend in when he is most active.

 

I had a regular checkup this week on Tuesday. No idea why they made me see the Dr two weeks in a row, but when I tried to get out of that appointment, the nurse said they wanted to see me. Even the Dr didn’t know why the other Dr had said to come back so soon. Haha. But anyway, I hadn’t met this OB yet and I’m glad I did. She’s actually the Dr who founded the practice (which I didn’t know until later). She was really nice and just made me feel at ease. She’s a quiet, calm personality which is what I like in a Dr. She’s also a much older woman and just has that reassuring grandmotherly feel about her. So, I’ve met 5 of the 8 Drs there so far and 3 of them would be my top picks for the birth. The others were plenty nice enough, I just didn’t feel that connection. We’ll see!

 

Then today, Friday, I had an NST and BPP. I wasn’t happy with how it went because they buzzed Zane twice during the NST and shook my belly twice during the BPP to make him move and I just felt like they should have waited for him to move on his own. Anyway, the day was super busy but productive. Up at 5:15am to get ready. Had myself and the boys out the door at 6:20. Made it through crazy traffic (Thank God!) to my appointment at 8am. The boys sat in their stroller and drew on their marker boards the whole time. I was so happy with them! I gave them a treat once we got back out to the van. Levi declared that his first ever fruit roll-up was good. 😉  The appointments were done around 8:45, so I decided spur of the moment to seize the day and wipe out some Christmas shopping. We stopped at 3 stores and got shopping almost completed for 7 people. Then we picked up lunch and met DH at work for lunch together. Finally back home just before 3pm. The boys ended up taking an over 3 hour nap! I finally woke Levi up! I’m just so stoked to not have much shopping left to do. But the last few people are the hardest ones on my list (naturally), so I may have to enlist DH’s help in figuring out what to get them.

 

Well, I think that’s about it. 🙂

 

Dear God, thank You for a good and productive week! Thank You for all Your blessings. Please continue to watch over Zane as we near the end of this pregnancy. Thank You for him. In Jesus’ name, amen.

 

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