36 Weeks….aka…9 months/The Final Four!!

Standard

Here we are in the final 4 week stretch until my due date.  Although I feel (mostly) good, I’m hoping it doesn’t take the whole 4 weeks until baby arrives.  Sleeping is miserable, I’ve had some awful acid reflux and just a general uncomfortableness (is that even a word?).  I’m assuming by the looks of my belly, that baby is plenty big enough and will be fine whenever he chooses to arrive.  He is still ridiculously active, so I’m praying that he is flipped back to head down with all that movement.  I tried to post a video I recorded of him kicking me, however, the file was too big so I had to resort to posting it on facebook.  I’ve never had a baby this active at the end of my pregnancy before.  I go back to the doctor on Wednesday morning and will be sure to post an update then.  I hope you all have a wonderful week!!

Advertisements

Appointment update….the good and the bad

Standard

Today’s appointment went very well.  My blood pressure is great, I’m measuring perfectly, my weight gain is right on target, and baby M’s heart rate was great too.  I had my Group B strep test done today (all of you women who’ve had kids before know how fun that is) so will just wait to hear about the results.  My nurse practitioner (whom I cannot possibly say enough good about) checked me today and I am starting to dilate a teeny, teeny bit and I’m thinning out too.  She said anytime after this Sunday when I turn 36 weeks is considered to be well within the safety zone and that baby would be just fine anytime after that.

Now….for the not so stellar news…..baby M was breech today!!  My nurse practitioner feels confident that he will flip back over by the time I deliver.  I’m certainly hoping she is right about that, because it will mean a definite c-section if he doesn’t.  I’m really hoping for a VBAC this time around, so it is imperative that he flips back over!  If you feel so inclined, please say a prayer (or two) for me that this baby gets head down in a hurry!

My appointments are now every week, so I go back on Wednesday.  I will be posting a belly pic this weekend and will update you after my appointment on the 18th.

35 Weeks and counting…..

Standard

Wow…..this belly is growing by leaps and bounds!!  I feel like I’m ready to pop (and obviously I look like it too).  In just two weeks we will be in the “safety zone” of full term, which is anything 37 weeks +.  I’m geared up mentally and ready for the big day.  S & A finished baby M’s nursery this weekend and they have everything ready to go as well.  They are just sitting tight, waiting for my call.

While I typically go a bit overdue (three weeks overdue was my max, which equaled a baby that was over 10 pounds), I will be perfectly happy if this one doesn’t go past my due date.  I just feel ready to be done and back to my old self.  Obviously I want the baby to be full term and healthy, which is the most important thing to me.  As long as I go two more weeks, I will be happy and confident that all will be well.  I’m really anxious to know how big baby M is.  He just feels so big to me!

I have an appointment on Thursday, so I will have an update then for you.  Stay tuned!

34 Weeks….the same as when I had the twins

Standard

Here’s the 34 week belly photo.  I could be wrong, but I feel like this baby is going to be big, like most of my others.  I feel so full of baby!

Since I’m posting this a day late, I am 34 weeks and 1 day into my pregnancy, the EXACT same gestation I was when my water broke and I delivered the twins.  I lucked out by getting out of those last 6 weeks with them!  As the days go by, I am more and more ready to be done with my pregnancy.  Like I mentioned in my last post, just looking forward to being back to normal.  All pregnant women feel it at some point, some sooner than others.  I’ve always felt it earlier than I have with this pregnancy.  I will officially be full term in 3 weeks, so as long as I make it that far, all will be well.

 

Just. Plain. Weird.

Standard

Ok….am I the only one who finds this image disturbing?!!!   I mean c’mon….look at the lady’s thighs chopped in half!!  They look like a ham steak!  EWWWWW!!!!!  (Mental note….never eating ham steaks ever again).

I randomly came across this image on Pinterest awhile back and thought it was so weird that I had to share it with you all (you’re welcome).  This is probably how squished Baby M is, inside me, right now.  His movements are now more like he is scraping my insides versus kicking me.  I have this weird aversion to having my bellybutton touched.  Ultrasounds nearly kill me when they run that thing over my bellybutton….it makes me want to punch the ultrasound lady every single time.   Baby M seems to be making a (bad) habit out of scraping up against my forbidden bellybutton area and it makes me want to scream (and puke)!

While I am still feeling super, I’m glad I can see my pregnancy nearing an end.  Any of you who have had babies can relate.   You just get to a point (for me it’s usually around 7 months) when you want your old body back, even if it is overweight, flabby, soft and unsightly, or ALL of the forementioned!!  I really want to get out in my yard and dig in the dirt and right now that just isn’t going to happen with this big baby bump in the way.  I want to roll over in bed all by myself, without having to wake up my wonderful hubby to give me a hand.  I want to be able to (comfortably and gracefully) put my socks on once again and tie my shoes without fearing I will break my own water.  I want to eat whatever I want and not fear that I will drown in my own stomach acid when I go to bed that night.

Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE being pregnant, but there is just a point when you are ready to be back to your own normal.   I only have about 6 weeks to go, so it won’t be terribly long now.  And I am seriously thanking God that the weather is perfect for a pregnant woman, even if her thighs do resemble hamsteaks.

33 Weeks!

Standard

So much for the belly that didn’t seem to grow for several weeks!  Although I had lost 7 pounds in the two weeks between my last two appointments, this baby is still growing well, obviously.  Baby M feels big to me, so I’ll be anxious to see how big he really is when he makes his debut.  This is by far the most active baby I’ve ever carried.  We sit and watch my belly on a daily basis, amazed at how much he wiggles and squirms.  Tonight at dinner he actually took my breath away with one of his movements.  It’s like he is all knees and elbows!  He should be roughly 5 pounds by now, but I swear he feels much bigger than that to me.  Based on my previous babies, it won’t surprise me at all if he is a bigger than average baby.  Only about 7 weeks until we find out!!

You all rock!

Standard

I owe you all a great big thank you for helping me win the photography contest for my IP’s!  When I told them about the contest, and that I had won, they were thrilled!  If not for each of your votes, it never would’ve happened, so I truly thank each one of you.  Once they have the photos taken, I will be sure to post the link to them so you can check them out.  I don’t think I’ve ever won anything in my life, so I’m thrilled that you did this for me.  I said it before and I’ll say it again….you guys rock!

32 Weeks!!

Standard

Another week down…..8 to go!  Wow.  I am starting to look really huge.  While I don’t feel so big, pictures don’t lie.  It is getting hard to put socks on and tie my shoes (thank you to my wonderful hubby for helping me with this daily!), it’s a pain in the rear to roll over in bed, and shaving my legs?  Well, let’s just say that has pretty much gone by the wayside for now.  I plan to work on that a little closer to my due date, just so the labor and delivery nurses aren’t horrified!  My hubby has offered to shave my legs for me, however, letting him take a razor blade to my legs is just a bit unnerving.  I’m sure I will give in, but I’m just not ready to throw in the towel yet.

Our daughter is officially a teenager!

Standard

Our daughter’s 13th birthday is today!  Here we are….the parents of a teenager!  Really?! Where have the years gone?!  Some days it literally feels like yesterday that I was holding this beautiful little baby girl in my arms for the first time, trying to memorize every detail about her.  I look at her now and admire her independence, bravery, courage, drive and compassion for others.  I am proud of all the things she possesses that I do not.  For instance, new situations do not intimidate her in the least.  Most of the time I am a big chicken when it comes to things that are unfamiliar to me.

She is an amazing student, having straight A’s for the entire school year yet again.  She is determined, even at 13, to get a full scholarship to an out of state college.  When I was her age I wasn’t even thinking college or what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.  This girl has a plan and I fully expect her to follow it through.

I remember when my midwife was leaving after our oldest son’s homebirth.  She walked out the door then immediately came back in.  She looked me in the eye and said “Your daughter is going to do great things in her lifetime…..wait and see”, then she turned and walked out again.  I have to say that I couldn’t agree more.  I’m excited to see where God leads this beautiful young lady of a daughter that He has blessed us with.

Happy 13th birthday to our precious daughter!  You are a gift and we love you beyond anything you could ever imagine.

P.S.  We surprised her with a gift certificate for an hour long hot air balloon ride.  When we take her to go on the ride, I will be sure to post everything about it!

 

 

31 Weeks!

Standard

It’s hard to believe that there will only be about 9 more weeks of belly pictures before my due date!  I am still feeling super and have no complaints at all.  Baby M is very active and we all enjoy watching him kick and roll over on a daily basis.  I talked with S & A today and they are working out all the final details of their trip for when I go into labor.  They’ve also decided on a middle name for Baby M, so that is one more big thing marked off their list.  They are flying to New England this weekend for a baby shower that their friends and family there have planned.  I have another doctor’s appointment on Thursday morning, so will be sure to update you all after that on how things go.

On another note, if you haven’t already voted for the newborn photo shoot contest, I kindly ask you to do so.  The photographer’s facebook page has my story and photo featured on it, so you can use the link below, scroll down below my story/photo and click the “like” button.  Voting ends on Thursday, March 15th at midnight, and I am really hoping to win this contest as a surprise gift for my IP’s.  If you would help me I would greatly appreciate it.  Feel free to repost this link on your own fb page to share the word!

Here’s to a fabulously beautiful and springlike week!

www.facebook.com