Archives for the month of: November, 2020

Ok, so last week I updated that I was due for my next checkup and growth ultrasound. Happy to say that after adjusting my due date to match the first ultrasound, baby is now measuring less than a week behind for his legs and head. His belly is actually a few days ahead. Estimated to be 2lbs 2oz in the 49th %ile. Fluid was good, placenta was good, everything was normal. ❤️ The only bit of anxiety for me is that he is currently breech. Or at least he was that day. Frank breech, just like Tru. Immediately after the ultrasound I called to schedule a chiropractor appointment, which I went to. I know we still have plenty of time but I’d expected him to be head down by now, so I was a bit thrown off guard.

The checkup part of my visit was super quick and nothing noteworthy there aside from the dr and I sharing our experiences with having breech babies previously. It didn’t make me feel better, unfortunately. I just really can’t let myself imagine a c section recovery with 5 kids, 7 and under to take care of. Instant tailspin of anxiety! I’m definitely doing whatever I can to help him turn in the meantime. The dr said she would maaaaaybe consider an ECV, even though it’s contraindicated in my situation (prior c section and anterior placenta) but we hopefully won’t need that.

I also had my glucose test that day, which I failed and had to return for the 3hr gtt a few days later. It.was.awful. (The 3hr test, I mean. The 1hr was fine.) Not going to sugarcoat it, pun intended, it was even worse than I remembered it being from when I was pregnant with Tru, which is the only other time I’ve done the 3hr test. By the end of it I thought I might actually pass out. I was shaky and queasy and got a horrible headache for the rest of the day. I couldn’t force myself to sit still no matter how hard I tried. My legs were absolutely crawling. Anyway, I passed and that’s all that matters. So bring on the Thanksgiving carb-fest!

So, what’s next?

  • Um, guys, I just realized yesterday that I’m almost to the 3rd trimester! How is that even possible?? I pulled out my to-do list from last year before I had Quayd. Most stuff on there is necessary this year, plus a little more shuffling around of furniture and whatnot to make room for the little guy.
  • I’m planning to get his clothes ready soon since that took me forever to get done last time.
  • Definitely wanting to do some make ahead meals. Actually thinking about canning some instead of freezing everything. It’s just crazy to think that I’m already to the point where I need to do these things!
  • I only have 1 more checkup and growth ultrasound before weekly appointments with NSTs start. 😱 It’s been a little more challenging this time because I can’t take any of the kids with me to my appointments, so I have to get a babysitter every time. The kids are happy about that particular situation though. 😂
  • Sleep is ok, I just really struggle to get comfortable. The restless legs are a bear and sometimes I end up falling asleep on the floor in the night, just trying to stretch them out. I wake up pretty early nowadays and can’t go back to sleep because, restless legs.
  • I gained 9lbs in the last month. I’m scared to even weigh myself at home anymore.
  • Baby is becoming a little kicking machine but he definitely has defined sleep patterns. He’s almost always up and active at 7am for about an hour.
  • I started feeling hiccups during the first glucose test (he was going crazy in there) and feel them several times a day now.
  • Pelvic pain is really bad and stiff in the morning but tends to ease off throughout the day.
  • I forget when I started noticing Braxton Hicks but man, they’re strong! Thankfully only a few times a day but they certainly catch my attention. The dr told me when I was pregnant with Quayd that they basically get worse every time. Seems true in my case for sure.

I look absolutely atrocious but here we are.

Dear God, thank You for good test results and for the baby measuring well. Please help him to get into a good position for birth, as long as he can do so safely. In Jesus’ name, amen.

11-15-20

Um, oops! I seem to have missed posting for a couple weeks and definitely haven’t taken any pictures. 😢 I don’t really know how I got derailed, I guess I just forgot. Anyway, chugging right along. Tomorrow is my glucose test, growth ultrasound and check up. I feel like baby has definitely grown a lot longer in the last month. His kicks are so much stronger and up higher and I can feel his feet with my hand when he presses them against my belly. I feel lots of little pokes down low, so hopefully thats hands/elbows.

Unfortunately, I’ve grown a lot too. 😥 Ugh! I am so upset that after doing really well with gaining a healthy amount last month, I put on like 8-9lbs in 4 weeks. 😭 I think I’m up about 32lbs now, which is not at all normal for me at this point and doesn’t feel good or healthy on my body. I don’t understand why though! I have been cutting out a lot of unnecessary carbs and sugar and eating more protein and fiber. I feel like my diet is really good lately. We actually went on vacation last week and even then I was watchful of what I ate and opted to make my meals vs eating out except for 3 times. I don’t know guys, I feel discouraged. Not just because I’m gaining so much myself but I also worry about growing a massive baby. My mom had 2 babies over 10lbs, my maternal grandma had a baby over 12lbs (yes, TWELVE!) and I’m just not really down for pushing out anyone over 8.5lbs. 😂 It’s crazy that my first baby was 2 whole pounds less, exactly, than my 4th baby. I’m just getting really concerned. Hopefully he’s not gaining as massively as I am but I really want to get this situation under control for my sake too because I started out this pregnancy weighing LESS than when I got pregnant with Quayd and currently I’ve gained almost as much as I did for my whole pregnancy with Quayd and I still have 3 months to go till I’m due, so, yikes!! I’m not gonna fit any of my maternity clothes soon if this keeps up. 😭

All that drama aside though, I do feel really good still. I have some trouble sleeping as I struggle with restless legs and trying to get comfortable but I’m extremely thankful that my pelvis isn’t in too much pain yet, thank God. The problems with being out of breath and having racing heartbeat are intermittent at this point and I’ve had some good days lately. I felt really good on our trip except for one hike that I couldn’t continue on due to not being able to get my breath. The elevation was really high and there were signs posted about the altitude causing problems and to turn back if you have trouble breathing, so I decided to forgo the mountain top views in favor of not passing out. 😂 The boys stayed with me (they were struggling too) and we sent DH on ahead to get some pictures for us.

Ok, that’s all the time I have for now so I’ll just keep this short.

Dear God, thank You for keeping us safe on our trip and for another good week down. Please continue to watch over and bless us, In Jesus’ name, amen.

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