Thursday, June 11, 2015

34 Week Bumpdate

How Far Along: 34 Weeks 1 Day

Size of Baby: Estimated 5 lbs 1 oz

Gender: It’s a Boy! 

Nicknames for Baby: “Baby James” and “Kade" (which is Gaelic for Fourth)

Total weight gain/loss: About 26 pounds gained. 

Symptoms: Still lots of braxton hicks contractions. New in the last week or so, I've had a decent amount of swelling in my ankles and feet. My hands occasionally swell as well. I never experienced this with Miss A, so it definitely caught me off guard. Heartburn is still raging, and nausea has actually made an appearance again.

Cravings: Nothing really, I've actually had a bit of food aversion these last few days.

Maternity Clothes: Shorts, shirts, dresses, and a swimsuit. Loving them all.

Stretch Marks: Yep, and they're growing. 

Sleep: What is sleep? Really though, after the last two weeks of vacation, I am so thankful to be home in my own bed. I am completely and utterly exhausted. I was averaging about 6 hours of sleep per night according to my Fitbit, which is not nearly enough for my pregnant self.
Best Moment This Week: Seeing baby boy on the ultrasound today. If I go to 40 weeks, we're looking at another 8 pounder.

What I Miss: Feeling like myself. I'm so tired all the time, and don't feel in control of my body. I'm to the uncomfortable phase of pregnancy now, and I'm ready to be done.

Movement: He's incredibly active. Kicks, rolls, stretches... He's all over the place.

Nausea Triggers: Tomatoey foods give me really bad heartburn which causes nausea

Belly Size: Feeling big! Everyone says I look smaller than I did with Miss A, but I feel twice as big. 

Nursery: The crib is up, changing table is up, some decor is up. Bedding arrived this week, along with the mattress (which had to be returned for damage, thanks UPS), hamper, monitor, and a few other things. It's slowly coming together!

Workouts: Walking lots thanks to my Fitbit, but nothing much other than that.

Labor Signs: Tons of braxton hicks, and some cramping... But I've been told this is normal, especially with the amount of traveling we've done in the last few weeks.

Belly Button: Flat as a pancake

Wedding Rings: On! When my hands swell, they get very tight. I will likely remove them in the coming weeks, but I will put that off as long as I can.

Mood: Exhausted and stressed out. 

Those of you who have been following this pregnancy know that I was sent to a high risk specialist due to Miss A's complications. While they weren't concerned about this baby's growth or development, they were taking a "better safe than sorry" approach with him, and monitoring everything just to double check since an abnormality was present in my last pregnancy. 

In the beginning of this pregnancy, I was a bit irritated with the doctors I'd seen because they did a lot of "Well, this is in a normal range, but it's towards the higher end... We're going to keep an eye on it." I kept thinking, why tell me this if it's normal? Don't stress me out! At every appointment, they'd find something to monitor again. I couldn't help but think that they were just fishing. If I wasn't high risk with Miss A, we wouldn't be getting all this extra attention.

Today, that changed. It was kind of a slap in the face for me, a major wake up call. I feel almost like I've been in denial for the last 16 weeks. At our ultrasound four weeks ago, they mentioned that there were some measurements that were (again) "at the high end of normal" and that they'd want to keep an eye on them. Irritated, I just nodded and didn't think anything about it. I wasn't going to complain because it meant we'd get to see baby boy again. At today's ultrasound, those two measurements crossed the line of "normal" and entered the zone of "mildly concerning."

I'm feeling seventeen kinds of emotional. How could this normal, textbook pregnancy, suddenly turn to high risk? How did we go from "everything looks great" to "Can we stick a needle in your belly and get a fluid sample for testing?" (I said no, by the way. First, because I'm fairly certain that the anxiety alone would send me into labor. Needles are a no go in my book... And second, because the results of a test now would not change anything we'd do, aside from knowing  more about what we're dealing with a few weeks earlier.)

I go in for another ultrasound four weeks from now, at 38 weeks, to take measurements again. The doctor has also referred us to get ultrasounds done on Baby J once he's born to get more accurate measurements and a diagnosis if needed. To say that I've been praying since 9:30 this morning would be an understatement. I'm incredibly anxious to see what the next ultrasound will hold. I'm still hoping for a natural delivery, but induction was mentioned if the measurements aren't back in the "normal" range at 38 weeks. Prayers and happy thoughts are appreciated. 

God Bless ♥︎ Victoria