Thursday, November 15, 2012

Weeks 35 & 36: Good News

Week 35 and most of 36 continued in a similar fashion as I detailed week 34.  I've been VERY nauseous in the afternoons/evenings particularly.  I even woke up the other night feeling like I needed to vomit.  Fortunately, I never did.  However, things have been looking up the last few days.  Yesterday I felt better than I have in weeks.  I actually had some energy, was not hurting ALL over and didn't have many tummy troubles. 

So here are some fun details about my midwife visit today (at 36wks, 5days gestation).  I had another ultrasound to check on the size of the baby.  As of today, my tape measure measurements were only 32 weeks.  However, my weight gain is good (33 1/2lbs) and the baby is measuring great.  Most of his body was in about the 37th percentile while his little noggin was pretty big.  Of course of my three other beautiful babies, two of them have had heads in the 90+ percentile so that didn't surprise me at all.  The tech told me his head was way down in my pelvis and asked if I usually had early babies.  Nope.  I'm all over the board there.  It was so much fun as we got to watch him yawn, suck, move around and even see that he has enough hair to be spotted!  My BP was 100/60ish.

Overall, a great checkup.  My midwife also asked if I typically had early babies which made me wonder what they were thinking.  I'm going to try not to get my hopes up there though.  Been there, done that.  There was a nursing student in the room during my visit.  She heard me mention having been pregnant before.  So she says, "Is this your second?"  When I replied, "My fourth," her eyes popped open in shock.  It was funny.

Thanksgiving is quickly approaching and my family is supposed to come visit us for dinner this year.  I'm looking forward to seeing everyone.  My doula will be out of town over that weekend though so Daniel has to be sure not to come till afterwards. ;)  She's helped me deliver my last two babies so I wouldn't want her to miss it or for my plans to spoil hers!  She's always such a super help I'm not sure how I'd do it without her.

I'm at weekly visits now so I'll keep everyone posted on progress.

Until next time...
Take care,
Terra

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Week 34: Struggling and Impatient

I've officially reached the point of pregnancy where I just feel "done."  I seem to have a tendency to forget how uncomfortable the tail end can be.  I'm very grateful for this pregnancy and wouldn't want it any other way.  With that said, I'm ready for Daniel to be on the outside. :)  Well, I'm mostly ready.  I don't really want a premie and I certainly don't want to be induced if not necessary.  It would make the most sense if he came closer to due day because we'd wrap up our fall semester of homeschool and I wouldn't miss all the holiday fun either.  It's just that the hip/back/rib pain and increase in nausea/indigestion/heartburn really don't help my patience level.  So, I'm just reminding myself that five (to seven) weeks will likely come faster than not.  God is good and when I'm weak, He is strong.

As some of you already know from Facebook, my last midwife appointment left me a tad anxious.  I've gained two more pounds, had normal blood pressure and vitals BUT I'm measuring small.  This is very typical of me and my pregnancies.  Actually, it's happened in every single one.  With Hannah, they concluded my placenta was giving out and I was induced the very next day.  With Benjamin and Sophia, they were just positioned very low and curled up so I physically measured small.  So part of me is not worried as I know I just have small babies.  Then part of me is worried because I really don't want to have to be induced early.  In the end, my goal is a healthy mama and a healthy baby so I'm truly okay with the Lord's will.  It just may take a little soaking in.

The last two weekends, the kids took turns spending the night with my mom.  Hannah enjoyed receiving her first "real" manicure, eating out, watching a movie, a new coloring book and pumpkin decorating.  Benjamin enjoyed most of the same things as Hannah except he played pirates and knights with the fire-breathing (blow dryer toting) dragon of my mom.  They both had fun times.  Then this past week, my inlaws were here and as usual, they went over the top in blessing us with gifts and helping around the house.  It's also fantastic to not have to cook the entire time. We also managed a field trip to the Louisville Science Center in which the kids loved. 

Halloween was interesting.  We decided to go to the mall for trick or treating since it was cold but by the time we got there, everyone was out of candy!  So the next day, my mother-in-law bought enough chocolate and candy to feed a small army. :) Now we know to hit the mall earlier or stick to our own neighborhood.  Will try to post pictures soon.

Until next time....
Take care,
Terra