39 weeks pregnant

10 Apr

This week shall be recorded as horrible in the category of life. Both kids were (and are) sick. I’ve been serving them a smorgasbord of immune boosters and medicines. On Monday, I was feeling like I was coming down with something.  However, we all spent the whole day resting and the following day I felt fine.  Last night, Emmanuel woke up and sounded horrible coughing. I was so worried about his breathing that I brought him to our bed (it was still early; it was only 8:15pm). To make a long story short, he was attached to my boob for hours and would not sleep. I finially decided that him being in our bed was more detrimental to his health, since he wasn’t sleeping, and I returned him to his crib. He became tranquil when we got to his room and fell asleep instantly. That was at midnight. Even though he finally went to sleep at midnight, he coughed a lot during the night and cried for an instant a few times, each time sending me running to his room to check on him. After his rough night, I was amazed that he woke up at 7:Stinking-AM. Because of this stint from the evening, I have felt very close to crossing the threshold into sickness all day long. My right ear is killing me. I have a buring in my chest. Just this evening my breathing has become more difficult. I have coughed a sick cough a few times today.

I am having major deja-vu of my last few days of being pregnant with Emmanuel, and I will be so upset if I am sick during labor again.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, I realized that I had been having a ton of Braxton Hicks contractions. I’ve had intense contractions for months, but usually only a few a day. This week was the first time I had a lot in a short period of time.  The contractions were actually pretty mild, though, so I wasn’t wondering if I was in labor or not. I did, however, have a very difficult time falling asleep because I was playing out the scenario of “what if this turns in to labor tonight?” I had no idea how I would cope with going in to labor that night with extremely sick children. All I can say is thank God that I did not go in to labor! As a few days have passed, and the kids’ sickness seemed somewhat managable tonight, I feel so much more at peace about going in to labor.

In the managable pregnancy symptoms category, I have had intermittent shooting pain in my back, down below, and legs on occassion, but especially at night. Wednesday night, the night that I was stressed about the thought of going in to labor that evening, I had several hours of crazy movement and shooting pain. I realized that evening that my mind becomes a total blank when I am faced with labor, and I cannot problem solve, nor think rationally. 

I am looking forward to sleeping well tonight. I pray that my body will repair itself!

Thursday I had my 39 week appoinment (although I was still shy of 39 weeks), and I learned that my OB office officially changed their policy to not do cervical checks until 39 weeks. The medical assistant asked if I would like to be checked, and I said that since I was almost 39 weeks and didn’t expect to make it to 40 weeks, it would be nice to know if I was dilated to 4cm like last pregnancy, or if I was 0cm. I was thinking that this information would help me know how quickly to go to the hospital if I start labor. The juicy news was that I was 2.5cm dilated, 60% effaced, and baby was at a -3 station. I’m not really disappointed, but I must say I was a little surprised. This is the least amount of progress I’ve had at this point in comparing my progress to my past pregnancies. I wonder if part of it is because I have been trying to relax as much as possible. I’ve done a few squats this week, but I honestly would like to increase the amount of squats. However, if I am sick, I don’t feel like doing anything.

My due date is still 9 days away. My mom arrives in 4 days. I am anticipating that baby arrives on April 16th or 17th. That is about one week away! I am so glad it is the weekend and that the reinforcements (my mom and sister) are arriving in just a few days. I feel like I can begin to rest and not worry about baby arriving “too early.”

Just like with Emmanuel, I am loving feeling this baby’s gentle movements and having baby with me 24/7. While I have been desiring baby to stay put even past my due date, I think I am finally ready to meet baby!

I suppose I better get started with my daily log of activities. I really want to do a post about my gender suspicions and why I have made deductions about baby’s gender. Hopefully I will get to it before baby arrives!

38.2

7 Apr

I am feeling fine.  I’m fine. I’M FINE, I TELL YOU! I was fine. Now I’m just really cranky. I have a deadline for all my work stuff to be completed by the end of this week, and I can’t seem to get myself together. So that makes me cranky.

I currently have two sick and whiny kids. I had them at my side while trying to get work done. Nothing gets done. No one is happy. Why do I try? Hmmm… let me see if I can think of the answer… Oh yeah, maybe because I’M HAVING A BABY NEXT WEEK! What delightful timing. That’s why I am cranky. I’m not cranky because I am still pregnant. I’m cranky because I have all this stuff to do and I know baby could be coming soon.  I mean, really soon. It could be tomorrow.  I don’t think it will be tomorrow, but with each day that passes, the probability increases! The things hanging over my head are making me cranky:

I have to find information for this deck stain we used a few years ago and redeem the guarantee/warrenty, because it is majorly chipping and is supposed to last like 25 years. I need to do this before I have a baby. I finally located the gallons of stain in a corner, buried under junk in the garage. I have to pull out the car from the garage. Cue irrational fear of moving the car more than 1 inch without having my kids buckled in their seats. It really is paralyzing, which is why I haven’t completed this seemingly simple task.

I have to fill out rebate information for our window installation. Problem here? Well, it shouldn’t be too difficult.  I was ready to follow the directions and mail the info out.  But the window company rep casually mentioned how it is difficult to get the rebate and that it is easier if I go to the utilities building to do it. Okay, right. Let me schedule that in around going in to labor, while towing around two sick kids. 

And the last thing making me really cranky? My sick kids that look absolutely horrible but refuse to nap. I can’t even tell you how much this raises my blood pressure. GO LAY DOWN AND REST, child!!!!!

So, I’m fine.  I’m a fine pregnant lady. I’m just cranky with life.

38 Weeks Pregnant

4 Apr

All right! My super busy and hectic week is over! Phew!

My pregnancy brain has been severe this past week.  I have been forgetting things constantly, and I have even been having issues forming coherent sentences.  It is extremely frustrating.

I still feel absolutely wonderful and happily pregnant. Yesterday I was at home all day and felt really cranky because I had a lot to do but didn’t have much motivation. I would describe it as an end-of-pregnancy crankiness feeling; I feel depressed and cranky for no good reason.

The biggest highlight of my week in pregnancy world was that I slept amazingly every single night!  A few nights I didn’t go to bed until 11pm, but I actually slept in every day!  My normal waking time was about 6:30am. It is so much nicer than waking up at 4am.  I think I even slept in until 7:15am two days this week. Yay, body!  Keep up the good work!

The weirdest, or most difficult thing that I experienced this week was a night of crazy movement from baby, which was accompanied by severe stabbing pain in my cervix, as well as my thighs and back on occasion. I think the baby must have smuggled a knife in to the womb and was stabbing me constantly. My midwife told me that the sensation frequently can mean dilation is happening.

I was expecting to get a cervical check at my appointment this week, but my midwife didn’t do one.  I am so used to getting checked starting at 36 weeks that this is new to me!  Usually I am about 3cm dilated at this point.  My midwife said she will “probably” check me next week.  I actuallly hope she does, since I will be almost 39 weeks.  I really would like to know if I am super dilated like I normally am.

One thing that I hate about the end of pregnancy is how fat my arms look. So, in order to combat my sausage arms being preserved in photos, I decided to start lifting weights.  I know I should have done this all of my pregnancy, but I totally forgot that we had free weights at home until just the other week. I lifted weights 4 days this week!  If I am pregnant another two full weeks, I think that the lifting can make a small, noticable difference!

I still feel like baby’s birthday is quite awhile away.  However, when I think about the possibility of baby coming any day, like tomorrow, or the following day, I feel pretty incredulous, but I have been trying to tell myself that it is possible. I am so mentally fixed on baby coming on time that I will flip out if baby comes early (as in next week some time!). While I have a history of going in to labor right on time, I told my midwife this week that I am starting to suspect that I will be birthing this baby past my due date, since I am feeling so good, both mentally and physically. I don’t really think I will reach that fed up stage before April 19th, my due date, and I think that the fed up stage usually is a prerequisite to labor, right? Or maybe since I am wise in my old age, I have surpassed the need for bitterness to get labor started. 

Speaking of labor, tonight I did have three rather intense contractions. They were so close to labor contractions, but just a hair under labor. For the worst contraction, I thought, “If these continue and if I have any blood at all, then I am in labor.” However, they did not stick around. I know that each day shall be more intense, as each day brings me close to my baby’s birth day. I have realized that labor prep takes place the whole last month of pregnancy (at least in my case). It is beautiful that each day my body gently pulls me closer to active labor. 

I suppose I should start trying to keep a pre-labor log of my activities.  I don’t know why, but I just love to remember what mundane tasks I was doing right before going in to labor. I think next week I might try to do a log every 2-3 days, and when I hit 39 weeks I will try to do a daily log.

Lastly, I have been thanking God that I am still healthy and that I don’t have a cold, I don’t have the flu, I don’t have sinus issues, and I don’t have respiratory issues. I have been praying so hard that I remain healthy for labor, unlike battling sickness for weeks during my last labor. I am so thankful that God has provided good health these past few weeks!

Quickly, a log of this week:

I worked and went shopping to have meals to cook up until my mom arrives, and also for this Easter weekend. We went to a baby shower and received lots of cute little baby items! I defaulted to homemade pizza (for the 3rd time this month), corn dogs (for the second time this month), and breakfast for dinner during the week. Because of that, the food that I planned to cook this past week is still waiting to be cooked for next week… talk about easy menu planning!  Yay! I went to the dentist and the kids went to storytime at the library. I spent a good bit of time doing work stuff and trying to get ahead (which, I am not anywhere near on-schedule as I was planning to be!  That means that this next week is going to be more hectic than I anticipated). I completed my freezer meal exchage with friends, so I have about 10 meals that came out of the exchange. I also made several pans of lasagna… but I think I might have done that last week. Today we had a Seder meal, plus I made egg cassserole for tomorrow as well as a pan of stuffed raspberry french toast, and an extra pan for the freezer!

37 Weeks Pregnant

27 Mar

I thought that I would be more excited and freaked out when I wrote “37 Weeks Pregnant,” but I actually feel like I have a long time left to be pregnant.

This week I spent an equal amount of time nesting like a crazy bird and resting like a sloth.  It was a beautiful balance, and I’m not sure if I am really ready to end my spring break and resume normal life for three more weeks.

On my list of accomplishments were making 4 pans of lasagna, installing (and rearranging) the 3 car seats, gathering up materials for work for the month of April & May (now I just have to organize them), pulling out and organizing all newborn stuff, including cloth diapers, changing pad & accessories, swaddlers, clothes, and I packed the baby’s hospital stuff.

I can’t remember how I’ve felt this week.  I have been waking up super early, which has been annoying but not enraging, and I’ve been peeing a lot more. Baby feels extremely heavy when I lay on my right side.  Today I was also getting a constant period-like pain in my belly and felt like I was on my period. I also got a few shooting pains down my thighs, which were similar to the post-labor contractions I had when breast feeding last delivery. It was  excruciatingly painful and the fact that I experienced that same pain today made me feel a little nervous about labor.

I’ve also had a few moments this week where my heart all of a sudden drops to my stomach as I realize I am going to have three children who are 3 years old and younger, or that this baby is coming out through the birth canal. Obviously I know how babies come out, but when the reality hits, it makes my stomach do flip-flops.

36 Weeks Pregnant!

22 Mar

This shall be declared the week of nesting! But first, the previous week in review.

Last week was a great week. Although I was still on sickness recovery mode (with laundry and such), I felt good. I ordered my Gentle Birth Tincture by Mountain Meadows and started taking a half of a dose each day at 35 and a half weeks along. Tomorrow I will start at 2/3 of the dose and I might possibly start using my Evening Primrose Capsules starting this evening.

I cannot explain how happy that I am that I have been sleeping so well this trimester. I know that I have had many days where I wake up at 4:30am for the day, but I have mostly been sleeping solidly until 6:30am, and it is delicious.  I am absolutely incredulous that I haven’t been waking up to pee every night. I’m pretty sure that has been my standard behavior for first and third trimester, usually right at 3am, in all of my pregnancies.  I think that the fact that I have been not getting up to pee has helped my tendency to have insomnia during 3rd trimester.

Another reason I am sleeping so well is that I am, in general, pretty comfortable while I am sleeping.  I remember during my last pregnancy, I had to set up this ridiculous arrangement of nine pillows in order to sleep comfortablly. Most of my discomfort was due to hip pain. Any time that I wanted to switch which side I was sleeping on, it was a huge pillow-moving ordeal. Surprisingly, my hip pain did not diminish after delivering Emmanuel, until we ordered our new King Size Simmon’s Beauty Rest mattress at 6ish months post partum.  I had almost instant relief from my hip pain! I do think that the hip pain was a result of pregnancy, but our old mattress did nothing to alleviate the pain.

Lastly, my other sleep secret that I discovered this pregnancy is my magnesium supplement.  I know that I have mentioned it several times, but it has been a life-saver.  I am so so so soooooo happy that it was recommended to me!

In spite of sleeping well, last week I began to feel exhausted with any amount of exertion. I feel good, but I am just extremely tired.

Yesterday we officially began our spring break, and we started nesting! I arranged a freezer meal exchange with friends and prepared my first meal yesterday. I decided on homemade chicken noodle soup (with homemade noodles and everything!). I feel like I spent all afternoon and most of the evening getting it done though. However, when I consider that my one chicken noodle soup-making experience yesterday translates in to about 8 meals thanks to the freezer exchange, I’m pretty happy. My cooking plan for this week is to make 2 pans of stuffed french toast, 4 pans of lasagna, and a tripled recipe of stuffed peppers for the freezer meal exchange. This freezer meal prep has taken up so much of my time and energy, that when I arrived home this afternoon after an expensive trip to Costco, I realized that I had NO idea what I am supposed to cook for dinner this week. I’m all set for meals for April and May, but who know what we are eating the last week of March! I guess eating one pan of lasagna would be a good idea, and we have a coupon for a free pizza, and we will go out to eat for Fernando’s birthday one night this week, so I guess most of the week should be covered! But then I realize that I have to keep cooking and shopping and planning meals until baby comes.  Ugh!  I feel like I cannot get ahead!

After I got home from Costco, the car stayed out of the garage and I *slightly* organized the chest freezer. One of the things on my to-do list is to write down a full inventory of the stuff in the freezer. I hate digging around the freezer, especially when the door is closed and it is so dark. I found a hidden gallon of ice cream, three taquitos, and one go-gurt. I want to make sure I avoid losing little things like that! I’m not sure when the official freezer inventory will happen, but it should happen some time this week.

While I was in the garage, I also pulled out some baby stuff! I got the Pack ‘N Play, a small box of newborn baby girl clothes, and pulled out the dehydrator for my placenta. I still have to find the newborn boy clothes and grab the bouncer and cloth diapers. I think that is all I will be grabbing this week. After baby comes we will bring the swing in and wash more clothes according to who this baby is! Right now, the girl clothes are in the washing machine. Unfortunately, all the clothes in the box I grabbed are very summery clothes. I hope I find some gender neutral stuff in the boy bins that are a bit warmer. I think I have at least 2 neutral sleepers in the boy stuff!

This is what my countdown looks like:

  • 28 days till due date
  • 27 days till 39.6 (when I went in to labor previously)
  • 26 days till 39.5 (when I went in to labor previously)
  • 24 days till mom arrives
  • 15 days till Easter
  • 13 days till Good Friday
  • 3 more days till Fernando’s birthday

I know this is a detailed account of things I have done, and although it isn’t very exciting, it is helping me feel less stressed out. There is something about hitting 36 weeks along where I realize I have much to do in very little time! I’m sure more lists and boring logs of things accomplished will ensue. 

 

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35 Weeks Pregnant

15 Mar

I’m feeling fantastic at the moment. I love being pregnant. The last half of last week was a bit of a drag because I had the stomach flu for the SECOND time this pregnancy. Ridiculous! Last time I was sick I wasn’t 100% convinced I could say I had the stomach flu since I just had stomach pain and didn’t throw up.  This time, the exact same thing happened to me; I felt ill but didn’t throw up.  But, my dear daughter got sick at the exact same time as I did and threw up every hour for a whole day. So I was on puke-management while feeling ill myself. I’m happy to say we have both made a full recovery, but it was a good 48 hours of not feeling well.

I’ve also decided that I am done with clothes. I was done with clothes months ago, but I seriously am going to go spend the rest of my pregnancy at a nudist colony. This morning I put on one of my maternity dresses and discovered it had turned in to a shirt. Today was the first day that I rocked my leggings as pants. To be fair, my shirt/dress did cover my derriére.

I also decided that I would like to officially start maternity leave from life tomorrow. If you need me, I will be in my room eating bon bons for the next five weeks, free from adult responsibilities. 

34 Weeks Pregnant

5 Mar

After two weeks or so of waking up for the day before 5am, this past week I had several days where I SLEPT IN until my alarm rang!  On one morning that we didn’t have anywhere to go, I actually slept in until 7:45am. I can’t believe I consider 7:45am to be sleeping in.  But it felt absolutely delicious. Not only have I been sleeping in, but I have been sleeping WELL.  I haven’t felt super uncomfortable at night (for the past few weeks the baby seemed to be burrowing painfully in to the top sides of my uterus while I was sleeping). I feel SO GOOD.  I LOVE 3rd trimester! I’m not sure if I felt quite this good with my last two pregnancies.

In spite of sleeping extremely well this past week, I have still been very tired. I think I took 2 or 3 naps this week, and one of those naps was like an hour and 20 minutes. Oh! How I love to sleep!  And I will feel no guilt for laying around. Plenty of people advise pregnant ladies to “sleep while they can,” right? So I am just taking advantage of that!

In the midst of me feeling so happy with how wonderful I feel, I thought, “Wow, I think my most annoying symptom this pregnancy is the part where I get dizzy/fuzzy feeling when I am inclined on my back.” Then I remembered that I was rather miserable for almost 2 whole trimesters with nausea and digestive pain. So, I suppose the worst symptom of my third trimester is the vena cava issue. Because of that, I just might remember this as my favorite pregnancy!