35 weeks 3 days

I have been majorly lacking on my updates lately.  The last update I did was at 32 weeks! 😦  These past few weeks have proved to be my most difficult.

I feel like I am getting bigger and bigger every day.  I’m uncomfortable.  I can’t sleep at all at night.  I cannot control my bladder and usually carry a fresh pair of panties with me everywhere I go.  Did I mention I’m huge??  I feel like a beached whale most days.  I’ve really packed on some pounds the last few weeks.  Ugh.  I’m just miserable.  (But a happy miserable 😉 )

Starting Monday I am only working half days at work for the remainder of my pregnancy.  It’s getting SO difficult to be on my feet for 8 straight hours a day, so I finally had Dr. L write me that note he promised.  So for the next few weeks I’m down to half days/20-25 hr work weeks.  Yay for me but not so yay for our finances. :/  I cannot physically continue to work like I have been though, so it is a necessary evil right now.  Money is going to be tight until I go back to work from maternity leave sometime next year (because it is not paid).

At my last appointment we discussed possibly inducing a few days early if everything looks good to go by that point.  My due date is January 1st.  We would like for him to be here before the first of the year for financial reasons, among other things.  Plus, I really want Dr. L to deliver and he will be out of town on New Year’s.  Dr. L said he could induce me anytime between December 26th – 30th, as long as my cervix cooperated and was doing what it should.  I know there’s a lot of controversy about inducing, and most women want to avoid it if at all possible.  But I’m comfortable with our plan right now.  We don’t even know if I’ll be “Ready” to induce by then anyway, so it’s basically a wait and see game.  I have a funny feeling that he may come earlier than that anyhow.  But really, I’ve never done this before, so what do I know?

I’ve been having a LOT of Braxton Hicks contractions the last few weeks, and 2, possibly 3 REAL contractions.  All were on different days, but they were real and painful and I had to breath through them, so I’m saying they were legit.  Dr. L told me that if I have 6 in an hour that I have to breath through, that’s when I need to call.  So I haven’t panicked yet.  It’s just weird and a little scary preview of what’s to come I suppose.

Thanksgiving has come and gone, and I feel like I swallowed a whole turkey all by myself (even though I don’t even eat turkey)!  I feel like I’ve done nothing but eat for 2 days straight, which does not help the fact that I’ve been feeling rather HUGE lately.  I stepped on the scale this morning and I am officially up 15lbs from my pre-pregnancy weight.  It feels like a lot more.  And I have a feeling at my appointment on Tuesday Dr. L’s scale will tell me I’ve gained a lot more, because it always does.  Oh, well.  Back to Thanksgiving.  I had a pretty good holiday.  I love my family and the times we get to spend together.  And I love my granny and aunt’s cooking.  I was dreading this year because my mom and I got into it last weekend (family drama ahead!!!) because she was planning to bring her new husband to dinner on Thursday.  When I say new, I mean they’ve been married a few weeks.  And I’ve never met him.  And I wasn’t excited to meet him on Thanksgiving day.  Plus, she left it up to me to inform my dad that he couldn’t come to dinner because she was bringing her new husband and it would be “uncomfortable”.  (We have dinner at my mom’s family every year, and even though my mom and dad have been separated for a couple years now, they still get along and my dad has still attended family dinners…until this year I guess.)  It was a big mess.  Mom and I had a long sit down and there was a lot of crying.  At the end of the day my dad ended up not attending (he had his own family dinner that day as well, but he usually goes to both) and I had to be polite to my mother’s new husband.  I foresee more drama in the weeks ahead with Christmas dinner and the eventual delivery of my baby.   Mom even asked if she was going to be able to bring new husband to the hospital when I deliver.  Well, dad will be there.  If its too uncomfortable for everyone to have a meal together, how would it be comfortable for you all to be in the same hospital room together?? Ugh.  Not looking forward to dealing with that.  Luckily I have hubby to deal with it for me at that point, as I’ll be a little busy.

I debated whether to do my “normal” updates with the fruit and whatnot, but I suppose I’ll throw it in here at the end just for fun.   Hopefully now that I’m not working so much I’ll keep up with these last few weeks a little better.  I’ll try to get some more bump photos and nursery photos up soon as well!

 

Week 33:

Baby’s the size of a durian!  {I have NO IDEA what that is!!}  At week 33, baby weighs about 4.2 to 5.8 pounds and measures about 17.2 to 18.7 inches.  He may even grow up to a full inch this week!  He’s turning into a curious kid who can keep his eyes open while awake, and he’s starting to coordinate his breathing with his sucking and swallowing. Those baby bones are continuing to harden as well.

Week 34:

Baby is the size of a butternut squash!  At less than two months to go, baby weighs in at about 4.2 to 5.8 pounds and measures about 17.2 to 18.7 inches.  By week 34, he’s recognizing and reacting to simple songs, if you’re singing them.  If you’re not singing to him, start…he may find those songs soothing after birth.

Week 35:

Baby is the size of a coconut!  Baby Mason or Chace (still haven’t decided haha!) is about 17.2 to 18.7 inches and around 4.2 to 5.8 pounds.  By week 35, these systems are all a go in baby:  hearing is fully developed, the circulatory and musculoskeletal systems are complete, and his lungs are mature.

How far along? 35 weeks (and 3 days)…not too much longer!

Total weight gain: +15lbs.  At my last appointment, Dr. L’s nurse weighed me in a +18 total lbs, but I’m not going by that.  They always get me higher than my digital scale at home, plus my appointments are always in the afternoon right after lunch.  I weigh myself at home first thing in the morning, so that’s what I’m going by.

Maternity clothes? My scrubs are getting VERY tight.  With only a few weeks to go, I refuse to buy any new ones.  Scrubs are not cheap, people!  Hopefully I won’t completely bust out of them before he gets here.  At home I’m mostly in yoga or pajama pants, and if I go somewhere its my maternity leggings and a long top.

Stretch marks?  No new ones.

Sleep:  Not getting very much of it.  It’s been very rough the last couple weeks.

Best moment this week: Thanksgiving with my family, however awkward it may have been. I also got to see the new Hunger Games movie last weekend and FINALLY got my giant tub of movie theater popcorn!

Miss Anything? Sleeping on my stomach. Sleeping at all.

Movement:  He’s still rolling around in there like crazy, but I can tell he’s running out of room. Sometimes I can feel him stretch out from way down deep in my pelvis all the way up into my ribs! It’s pretty uncomfortable for me, but it’s neat to feel at the same time.  I think I’ll miss feeling him move the most when he’s here.  Oh, we watched Garth Brooks’ Live concert last night, and when he sang ‘Rodeo’ this kid went crazy!  We may have a Garth fan 😉

Food cravings:   A lot of Taco Bell lately.  And still my aunt’s homemade taco pizza that I’ve been begging her to cook for me! She promised she’d make it for me after Thanksgiving! 🙂

Anything making you queasy or sick: Not much.

Gender prediction: Sweet baby boy!

Labor Signs:  A few contractions here and there.

Symptoms:  Fatigue, bloat/gas, VERY frequent urination.  Sciatic nerve pain. Heartburn and indigestion. Shortness of breath.  Dizziness/lightheadedness. Braxton Hicks/actual contractions.

Belly Button in or out?  In, but it looks weird.

Wedding rings on or off?  They fit when I first put them on. After a few hours they get tight.

Happy or Moody most of the time:  Pretty happy! And tired.  And cranky a lot.

Looking forward to:  Working half days and finishing up the nursery.

Next appointment:  December 3rd…36 weeks!

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Name Game – Part 2 (input, please!)

Ok. We have less than 8 weeks until this little fella is here, and we are still trying to decide on his name!! We do have it narrowed down to 2 choices.  Hubby told me to pick one, he’s fine with either.  So it’s all up to me and that’s a lot of pressure!!! Give me your opinions ladies!  Middle name is Edward (hubby’s  middle name/family name) and our last name starts with an H and is 3 syllables long.  So here’s the 2 choices we’ve narrowed it down to:

 

Mason Edward

OR

Chace Edward 

Baby Nugget – 32 Weeks

Look at this, guys!  An update that is semi on time!  It’s a miracle!

I had my 32 week checkup on Tuesday and everything is fantastic.  We did our final ultrasound, but couldn’t get a very good look, even with the 4D because of his position and the placenta and the cord were in the way.  He’s already head down and low and ready to go!  He weighs 4lbs 3oz right now, which blows my mind!  He’s in the 50th percentile for growth and right on track for where he should be.  Dr. L told me everything is looking great.  Everything is NORMAL.  To which I replied with a smile, “I’ve never been normal!”  And he said, “I know, kid, it’s great!”

He’s asked at my last 2 appointments how long I plan on working.  I’ve told him I guess as long as I can.  Right now we are both healthy and not in any danger.  But it is getting more and more difficult to stand on my feet for 8 hours a day, so he told me when I was ready he could write me a note recommending half days for the duration of my pregnancy.  That might be coming in the next few weeks.

Here’s one the halfway decent ultrasound shots we got of his sweet little face.  Our ultrasound tech, Jill, says he looks like me!  He does have my chubby cheeks, full lips, and maybe even my nose!  Daddy might be out of luck on this one! 😉

32 Weeks!

32 Weeks!

 

Oh, and I took another bump pic today!  Here’s my 32 week 3 days bump!

 

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Ok, on with my usual update…

 

Baby is the size of a squash!  At week 32, your baby weighs in at about 2.5
to 3.8 pounds and measures about 15.2 to 16.7 inches.  
{Although, the app on
my phone says that baby averages 19 inches and 4.5 pounds…so obviously there
is some discrepancy at this point.}  He’s likely to be in the head-down
position now, getting ready for his descent — the journey down the birth canal.
And not a minute too soon, because at this point, he’s probably feeling even
more cramped inside Mommy.

How far along? 32 weeks (and 3 days)

Total weight gain: According to my last Dr’s appt +12lbs.  And 4lbs of that is baby! Dr. L is still very happy with my weight gain.

Maternity clothes? My scrubs still fit so I’m still wearing those to work. I did buy some maternity leggings that are WAY comfy and get worn with tunics or long shirts. (That’s what I’m wearing in the bump pic above!)

Stretch marks?  No new ones.

Sleep:  Getting rough at night. Turning from one side to the other takes a LOT of effort and I do it several times a night.

Best moment this week: I had a couple of baby showers this week.  I plan to do a post on those.  For the most part they were FANTASTIC.  But I had a few disappointments, which may just be my sensitive pregnancy feelings getting hurt too easily.  More on that later.  (and to my friend, M, who threw my Lil’ Pumpkin shower…no worries, YOU and your shower you threw were NOT the disappointments I’m talking about! Love you!)

Miss Anything? Sleeping on my stomach.

Movement:  All the time!

Food cravings:   Christmas Tree Cakes.  Cosmic Brownies.  My aunt’s homemade taco pizza that I’ve been begging her to cook for me!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Morning sickness is back. Nothing in particular triggers it. If I take a Pepcid before I go to bed that seems to help some.

Gender prediction: Sweet baby boy!

Labor Signs:  I’ve been having Braxton Hicks the last couple weeks.

Symptoms:  Fatigue, bloat/gas, VERY frequent urination. Occasional round ligament pain. Sciatic nerve pain. Heartburn and indigestion. Shortness of breath. Morning sickness. Dizziness/lightheadedness. Braxton Hicks.

Belly Button in or out?  In, but it looks weird.

Wedding rings on or off?  They fit.

Happy or Moody most of the time:  Pretty happy! And tired.  And cranky a lot.

Looking forward to:  Umm…Thanksgiving!

Next appointment:  November 19th, I’ll be 34 weeks!

Baby Nugget – 30 & 31 Weeks

Behind again! Being pregnant is EXHAUSTING! Haha 🙂

Week 30:

Baby is the size of a cucumber!  At week 30, baby already measures about 15.2
to 16.7 inches long and weighs about 2.5 to 3.8 pounds.  His skin continues to
get smoother while his brain is getting wrinklier – to make way for all that
essential brain tissue.  One smart baby is forming!  And while your little
cucumber is not even the size of a five-pound weight, he is strong enough to
grasp a finger.  Just imagine his itty-bitty fingers clutching your pinky…are
you melting yet??

Week 31:

Baby is the size of a pineapple!  At week 31, baby’s about 15.2 to 16.7
inches long and weighs about 2.5 to 3.8 pounds.  He is going through major
brain, nerve, and eye development.  His irises even react to light.  All five of
his senses are now in working order!  Plus, baby’s body temperature is now
partially being regulated by parts of his brain.  His bones, with the exception
of the skull, are hardening too.

How far along? 31 weeks (and 4 days)

Total weight gain: According to my last Dr’s apt +11lbs. From my pre-pregnancy weight, that means +9lbs. Dr. L is very impressed with my weight gain, he said if I wasn’t pregnant I’d probably be losing weight!

Maternity clothes? My scrubs still fit so I’m still wearing those to work. I did buy some maternity leggings that are WAY comfy and get worn with tunics or long shirts.

Stretch marks?  No new ones.

Sleep:  Getting rough at night. Turning from one side to the other takes a LOT of effort and I do it several times a night.

Best moment this week: Baby Shower!

Miss Anything? Sleeping on my stomach.

Movement:  Oh, yes :) He has been a wiggle worm the last few days!

Food cravings:   Christmas Tree Cakes are finally on the shelves! These are my absolute FAVORITE when not pregnant, and hubby brought a box home for me the other night. I was in heaven!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Morning sickness is back. Nothing in particular triggers it. If I take a Pepcid before I go to bed that seems to help some.

Gender prediction: Sweet baby boy!

Labor Signs:  I’ve been having Braxton Hicks the last couple weeks.

Symptoms:  Fatigue, bloat/gas, VERY frequent urination. Occasional round ligament pain. Sciatic nerve pain. Heartburn and indigestion. Shortness of breath. Morning sickness. Dizziness/lightheadedness. Braxton Hicks.

Belly Button in or out?  In, but it looks weird.

Wedding rings on or off?  They fit.

Happy or Moody most of the time:  Pretty happy! And tired.

Looking forward to:  My next ultrasound…get to see my little guy in 4d!

Next appointment:  November 5th, 32 week checkup and our final ultrasound before we see baby boy in real life!