Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Update -- 34 Weeks

Here we are at 34 weeks already and wow am I feeling it!

No picture at the moment. I did get one taken but my chalkboard still had Katie's birthday msg. on it. I was going to do some photoshop magic but no time for that.

How far along? 34 weeks

Due Date: December 3rd (c-section will be Nov. 26)

Weight gain:  40 pounds. I know I loose it fairly quickly but it sure does weigh me down now.

Maternity clothes? Of course mainly all maternity clothes. I am trying to do more with cardigans and things that are normal size with a maternity shirt under as I don't want to keep buying clothes I'll only wear another 5 weeks. I realized I don't have a jacket that covers my belly so when outdoors most of the day Saturday in the chilly air I wore layers upon layers of shirts and sweatshirts.

Symptoms: Braxton Hicks are in full force. I have had them periodically for quite awhile now but lately they have really increased in intensity and frequency and can be strong enough that I have to make sure to breathe. I explained to the kids that my uterus is practicing because it doesn't know it isn't necessary. :)

I feel so heavy it is hard standing up from sitting and getting in and out of a vehicle, especially our big van. My feet and ankles are swollen and now even in the morning. Thankfully I did find some shoes at the thrift store that should hold me over. Being that this didn't happen with my last couple pregnancies that I recall my doctor blames it on my age. Lovely. He seems to bring up my age an excessive amount which is getting a little annoying.

Movement: Little girl is making big body movements now and we can see when an elbow or knee is sticking out as it is like a little triangle poking out of my belly. And wow, when she wants to rearrange positions she really moves enough so that it occasionally startles me. Still so fascinating I never tire of watching her.

Food cravings: Love food of any kind. But my appetite has waned and I get heartburn almost as soon as I put something like tomato sauce in my mouth so it isn't quite as enjoyable.

Food aversions:  Nope.

Have you started to show yet: Yes, it looks like I should have her tomorrow.

Belly Button in or out? Out.

Wedding Rings On or Off?  Off

Medical Information: All is well. I measure at least 1 week ahead each time but that is how I always am. Doctor keeps considering sending me for a growth ultrasound which seems crazy to me since obviously growth is going on. But you know -- my age! I am one year shy of the requirement to have one. He will let me know in two weeks what he decided but hopefully leaning toward no since my pregnancy has been so low risk.

Misc. Info: Having a hard time coming up with a girl's name. You wouldn't think it should be this hard being that I have only named one girl. Funny thing is we had a boys name all ready to go (it was my second choice last time and John said I could use it this time if a boy). I am probably too particular and don't necessarily want a name in the top 20 (love that social security website!) But yet I want it to be a name to fit with the other kids, especially her older sister. And while I like a number of "M" names they just don't sound right with our last name. Also a few "S" names I like but since the last two boys start with that letter I have enough trouble keeping them straight. Names with "E" are what I like best. And John, as always won't talk about it until right before. I should be used to this by now. :)

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Update 30 weeks

Are you ready for a pregnancy update? I am kind of bummed that I didn't keep up with this journal because going from 18 weeks to 30 is quite a change.

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How far along? 30 weeks

Due Date: December 3rd

Weight gain:  35 pounds which is typical for my pregnancies at this point.

Maternity clothes? Definitely all maternity clothes. And even those shirts are getting too tight or too short to cover my belly. I don't find much to be comfortable anymore.

Symptoms: Feeling as good as I can. The round ligament stretching has decreased. I have been using essential oils on that area and it seems to be helping. My heart had been racing every morning (110 bpm) usually after breakfast so that I have to sit on a stool to do anything. It lasts about an hour. But it seems to have subsided or at least isn't daily anymore so it was about 10 weeks of that. My feet and ankles are now starting to swell which means only my flip flops fit. I need to get to Goodwill and find some shoes to hold me over. I haven't had this problem since my first two pregnancies that I remember.

Movement: This little one is moving and that began just after 18 weeks. I was beginning to wonder when I would feel more movement and then she started going crazy. I always find this time fascinating to watch my belly move full of life and try and determine what part of baby is sticking out. The kids love it too. Well, George said he has seen this enough so isn't quite as thrilled this time around.

Food cravings: Not really. I always like beets but even more so when pregnant.

Food aversions:  Nothing bothers me.

Have you started to show yet: Oh my and then some. Everyone thinks I must be due any day and in actuality it really does look that way.

Belly Button in or out? Out.

Wedding Rings On or Off?  Off - I switched to my "pregnancy ring" awhile ago. It is actually three silver rings together each saying love in a different language. John bought it for me before we were married when he went on a vacation to the Virgin Islands with his parents. I actually do prefer silver to gold so enjoy wearing it.

Medical Information:  My doctor took another job and thankfully a friend of mine informed me so I could make one last appointment before she left. Dr. Smith walked in for my appointment and I started crying and then so did she. I am so happy for her as she will be close to family (out in California!) and her job will no longer be on call so she is putting her family's needs first. But, I am so sad for myself. Admittedly, when I first had Dr. Smith with my last baby after my family doctor stopped doing prenatal, I wasn't so sure about a new doctor. But, she became like a friend you could talk to and always was so happy for me and enjoyed all of my kids too. When I asked Dr. Smith if she wanted to know if we were having a boy or girl she didn't know if she should say yes or wait to find out. But she couldn't wait and about jumped out of her chair with an excited yell when I told her. If only all doctors were as personable as Dr. Aubrey Smith. I'm already missing her!

Misc. Info: My c-section is scheduled for November 26th.

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