Monday, January 24, 2011

Week 37: So Ready

After each pregnancy, I tell myself that I'll be more patient and grateful towards the end with my next. Then each pregnancy, I realize just how hard that is. Week 37 ended with continued lower body pains. Some days it's literally hard to walk without cringing in pain. I guess the good part of that is being forced to slow down. Hannah will ask me why I made "that face" and when I tell her it's because I'm hurting, she'll offer to rub the area or get my rice sock. So sweet. That said, I'm SO ready for this baby to come and relieve the pain.

During week 37, I had another night of false labor. It was nearly identical to the one I wrote about last week so I won't repeat. The last three nights have been perfectly quiet and I've actually gotten pretty decent sleep.

I think Sophia may have "dropped" last night. I started sitting on my exercise ball a little to help encourage this baby to make her entrance. Right before bed, I looked in the mirror and noticed it looked like my bump had visibly shrunk! Maybe I'm just imagining things. I'll include a picture and let you decide. 37wks, 5days along in it.

Midwife visits have been great lately. Short and sweet though nothing exciting. Last week I was a whopping 1cm dilated and getting soft. Measuring a couple of weeks behind because of Sophia's positioning (which is to no surprise, very low). My weight gain has slowed tremendously, though the stomach bug may have contributed to that. We'll see what this week's visit brings.

Until next time!
Take Care,
Terra

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Week 36: False Labor Fun and a Stomach Bug

The last night of week 36 left me thinking I was in labor. Isn't this my third birth? Shouldn't I know the difference? No. Not when my body feels like it's in labor and then nothing happens apparently. I went to bed around 9:45ish to wake up just after midnight in the middle of a strong contraction. Didn't think too much about it as I've done that before. I went to the restroom and then went back to sleep. Soon after, I woke up with another contraction. Thinking it was probably a few hours later, I peeked at the clock and it was only about 20 minutes later. Odd. So I laid there, trying to go back to sleep. For about the next two hours, I lay there, mostly awake having contractions every 8-12 minutes. They weren't super painful but they weren't comfortable either. Eventually, I fell asleep and never woke with another contraction. The next night went perfectly smooth without waking one single time from a contraction.

This "false labor fun" happened several times when I was pregnant with Benjamin. There were at least three times that I can remember this happening. Once, James and I even went ahead and got up, got everything ready to go to the hospital only for the contractions to eventually stop. I was determined this time that I was not getting out of bed and getting ready for anything if this was not the real thing. So that part was good even though I lost a few hours sleep. Even the day I had Benjamin, after having contractions all night long, my labor stalled after arriving at the hospital. I was sent 'home' after a few hours of no progress - only to come back two hours later in great pain and 7 1/2 cm dilated! I have a feeling this labor may be another crazy one at the rate I'm going.

The hip/pelvic pain is still pretty intense most days. I'm walking with lots of waddles simply to try and move the pain off the areas where it is strongest. My abs have started hurting also. Not sure if that's from the funny way I'm walking or just the extra weight pulling on them. Then there is always the back pain of course. :) But truly, I'm grateful for this little life I'm carrying in my belly. I'm just ready to be carrying her in my arms instead.

My baby shower was amazing. I have some wonderful friends who really made me feel special and blessed. They prayed over me and the family. They each shared ways that I have encouraged, loved on, or helped them know Christ better. In a weird way, I felt like I was hearing people speak at my own funeral. It was so sweet and thoughtful. I was in tears before the first person finished speaking. Thank you to Cindy and Jessie for hosting/food, Kristyn and Heidi for planning/leading, and my mom for the little giveaways. Thanks to all the sweet friends that joined us and blessed me with kind words alongside of great gifts. And a huge thanks to my sister for watching my sick child....

Which leads me to the last tidbit about the week. Remember that stomach bug Benjamin had? Well, it finally made it's rounds. Last Thursday night I was sick all night and felt horrible the next day. Friday night James had a few issues (though not many) and Hannah woke up vomiting. All day Saturday, my sweet Hannah was sick and miserable. My sister volunteered to stay home with her (as well as Benjamin and her two kids) so I didn't have to cancel the shower. I had a babysitter lined up but didn't want to get her sick too. My sis was staying with us (she lives 3hrs away) so she'd already been exposed either way. I was bummed that she drove all the way up here, to stay home and babysit my kids. Then she left with one of her kids with the stomach bug. By God's grace, he was the only one that got it and it was short lived. So a HUGE thanks to my sister for all her help with everything. Needless to say, it was a yucky weekend in this house!

Take Care,
Terra

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Week 35: Pressure

So week 35 continued with the hip issues. I guess this is here to stay until Sophia joins us. In a nutshell, I feel like her head is the size of a small melon. It's like she's head down, pushing her feet up against my right ribs and using her hands to pry open my pelvis. Seriously. That's what it feels like. :) About half of the time, there is great pressure in the area as a result. Some of that time it's coupled with nerve pain (sciatic?). Then there's the off and on low back pain. But I do praise God I haven't had the spasms too much recently. And I still have a month till due day. As long as I'm full term, I'm praying she comes sooner than later!

On the home front, things have been pretty relaxed in many ways. James has been pretty busy but during the day, the kids and I have not had too much going on. That's been nice, especially considering the way I feel. Sunday Benjamin woke up sick. He vomited 3 times before lunch. I feared a stomach bug. He was much better after his nap and never had any other issues. I'm hoping the rest of us are in the clear and it may have just been something he ate. I did a LOT of laundry that day.

This weekend is my baby shower. I'm looking very forward to that. Of course the gifts are great but I love seeing friends that it can be hard to get together with on a regular basis. Many of my friends have 3+ kids and life gets a little more challenging to plan around all of them. :) My sister is coming into town for it as well and I haven't seen her since September. Should be a great weekend.

I still have not located what I'd packed for Sophia for the hospital. Oh well. I packed most everything for my hospital bags today. Mainly just haven't packed the few things that I'll use until then. I did like last time and wrote out a list of things to grab when it happens. Now to preregister!

Until next time...

Take Care,

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Week 34: Pain in my Hips

Ouch. That would explain the last several days. I've suddenly been thrown back into memories of the end of my pregnancy with Benjamin. Blame it on the weight, blame it on the hormones that 'relax' your muscles... I don't know but my hips hurt! Basically, the tops of my pelvis/hips and my sacrum hurt with any weight at all on them. If I'm sitting, it's not bad. Really, it's just when I'm standing, which is the majority of the day of course. I hope it won't feel this way for the rest of the pregnancy or I'm going to be struggling!

My midwife visit went great. Up 31lbs. Everything else looked fine. After my next visit, I'll be having weekly ones. Whoo hoo! The day is quickly approaching! I'm so excited!

I've definitely started 'nesting.' I'm suddenly having the urge to clean and organize everything around this house, including things I never even think of. This weekend I washed the car seat, bibs and socks, as well as a few other tidbits. I washed the clothes a while back. Speaking of Sophia's clothes. About 2months ago, I set aside a specific outfit I wanted to pack for her pictures at the hospital. I cannot find it for the life of me! I have looked absolutely everywhere I can think of with no luck. Since I need to be packing a hospital bag soon, I guess I'll go ahead and choose something else in case it doesn't show up in time.

Along with things to pack, once I figure out an outfit, I'm working on a cute hair bow. I'm getting ready to start my own hair bow business. I finally settled on a name... "Joy: a bowtique". Now I'm having a hard time deciding what type of bow to bring. :) I've been getting the website prepared and trying to figure out all the small details so that when Sophie arrives, I'll just have to worry about the physical bow making.

Until next time...
Take Care,
Terra