40 Week Bump Date!

My due date was yesterday!  We’re still waiting on baby (if that wasn’t already obvious).

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What’s happening with baby:  Baby is full term and should be all ready to meet the world.  Now we’re just waiting on him or her to choose a birthday!

What’s happening with mama:  Mama is not feeling so hot.  Which is pretty much an understatement – I feel terrible.  Not because I is massively pregnant (though I am) but because I woke up sick yesterday morning!  Runny nose, sinus pressure, post-nasal drip, sore throat.  That is so supremely unfair.  E has a runny nose and cough as well and PB has started to not feel well.  Don’t we have the most awesome timing?  Maybe baby will stay put for a few more days to allow us to get to feeling better?  I hope so because I feel like poo.

Pregnancy-wise I’m feeling pretty good still.  Kind of odd but I’m sleeping okay (even though it takes me a while to fall asleep) and fairly comfortable for the most part.  I am starting to have serious trouble getting up from low couches and rolling over in bed.  Otherwise, every little thing gives me Braxton-Hicks contractions and I had BH Tuesday night back to back for quite a while.  They’re a little crazy.  The baby still moves a lot and is big enough at this point that it sometimes feels pretty uncomfortable or makes me feel a little sick to my stomach.

Appointments this week:  We had an appointment with the midwives and an ultrasound on Tuesday.  Since I was 40 weeks the midwife decided to do a cervical check.  Normally I don’t get cervical checks but since I am full term the midwife thought it could be a good idea to get an idea of where I’m at.  More to inform them on how quickly they would like me to come in when I do go into labor rather than as a sign of impending labor since you can walk around dilated for weeks.  I was 1 1/2 cm and 60% effaced.  Everything looked good.

At the ultrasound we got a tech we’ve never met before and she was totally not personable, which was kind of a bummer.  She quickly did the biophysical and announced that she thought my fluid was low.  A doctor came in to recheck and see what she thought.  The doctor disagreed with the tech’s measurements and thought my fluid levels were on the low end of normal.  The doctor talked about induction a lot – basically saying that it would be fine at this point and I could choose to be induced, though it wasn’t necessary at this point.  I’m not interested in being induced unless there is a reason.  The doctor asked that I come in for another ultrasound on Friday to recheck levels before the weekend.  I called the midwives after my ultrasound because they had asked about my fluid levels at my appointment that morning.  The midwife on call was not concerned but was glad they scheduled another ultrasound Friday and recommended that I hydrate, hydrate, hydrate.  My next appointment with the midwives is on Monday, at which point they will do a non-stress test.

Weight gained:  24 pounds.

Baby is the size of a:  small pumpkin.

Mini Nursery Reveal

The task of turning our walk-in closet into a mini nursery is finally complete!  I couldn’t be happier with the outcome!

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Now it probably sounds kind of strange (putting our baby in the closet) it sounded rather odd to us as well but consider this – infants really need very little space and we planned to keep baby in our room for at least the first few months regardless.  By transforming our closet in a mini nursery, baby is directly off our room and yet has it’s own space should it be required.

We started out with this craziness.

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We moved all of our stuff from the closet to our new faux built-in wardrobe and then set about turning the space into a nursery.  While it is indeed small, it has all that we will need for baby.

A place to sleep – the bassinet I used when I was a baby and that we used with E after she was born.

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A place for clothes and linen storage – my childhood dresser that we revamped with a little paint.

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A changing station.

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And a couple special touches.

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We also have a new-to-us glider that will be going in our room (and possibly be getting new cushion covers made for it).  Baby’s mini nursery is all ready to welcome the little one when it arrives!

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39 Week Bump Date

This post could also be titled My Due Date is Next Wednesday!  Aaahh!

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What’s happening with baby:  Baby is officially considered full-term and should be completely ready to greet the world!  Now we’re just waiting for baby to decide on its birth date.  Baby continues to be active and move around but its activity level has decreased a little bit.  It may be running out of room to move in there!  (Don’t worry though, it’s still moving plenty!)

What’s happening with mama:  I’m still doing well.  I feel like there isn’t much to write about this week as very little has changed.  My sides are still sore from the heparin injections and I still have some pretty nice bruising but otherwise I am feeling good, though exceedingly bulky.  At this point we’re just playing the waiting game.  Every Braxton-Hicks contraction and little twinge has me stopping and questioning whether something significant is happening.  Thus far the answer is: no, nothing significant is happening and I have no real signs of impending labor.  Not surprising, I guess, since I went to 41 weeks with E.  But I’ve definitely been on the alert…  it’s making me a bit anxious.  My water broke before contractions started with E, so we easily knew it was go time.  For some reason I am worried that I won’t be able to tell when I am in labor this time.  That seems kind of silly because you’d think that, at least eventually, it would be obvious but I guess I am just concerned about timing and getting E to my friend’s house in the midst of everything.  I would probably be much less anxious if I wasn’t worried about making sure everything goes smoothly with E.  It’s tough.  And then there is the whole feeling uncertain about labor and trying to have a natural birth…  It seems a little crazy but I swear I am more nervous this time around than I was the first time.

Everything has gone well at our weekly doctor appointments.  Baby looks and sounds good and everything is looking good with mama as well!

Preparedness:  All our little projects seem to be coming along nicely!  My main goal right now is to get and keep the house clean because I don’t want to walk into a mess whenever we’re coming home with baby.  So far the kitchen, E’s room and the nursery are clean…  so I’ve got a few more rooms to get done!  I don’t think things are too bad, just a little cluttered, and I am hoping it won’t take me long to get the majority of the house in order.  Otherwise we got the car seat installed, the nursery is ready to go (a post on the mini nursery coming soon!), we received a new monitor that can cover two kiddos, the freezer is stocked, and E’s overnight bag and my hospital bag are mostly packed.  I think we’re doing pretty well!  We have everything we need to bring baby home, I think, but I am okay with it giving us a little more time.

Baby is the size of a:  mini watermelon.

DIY Ombre Baby Dresser Revamp

As I mentioned in my last bump date, I am super excited about one of our mini nursery DIY projects that we recently completed – an ombre dresser!  Now, this dresser wasn’t marketed as for a baby or a child.  Actually, I have no idea how it was marketed as I have been using this dresser since I was a kid!  Unfortunately after all these years of hard use, it was a little worse for the wear.  There are some water marks and scratches on the body of the dresser but it was the drawers that were in the roughest shape.  The veneer on the drawers was very chipped and the top drawer was missing a pull.  (Unfortunately I neglected to take any good “before” pictures of the dresser, so you’ll have to use this sneak peak of the mini nursery “before” to get an idea of what the dresser looked like before the revamping and even that’s a little iffy because you can’t really see the bottom drawers well and they were the ones with the most chips – you’ll have to take my word for it!)

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We started by taking the drawers out and removing the hardware.  Then we filled all the chips and such with putty and sanded them down.  Super easy!  The final step in prepping the drawers for their ombre makeover was a coat of primer and then they were ready to go!

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Since we don’t know if we’re having a boy or a girl, we decided that we’d like to do the drawers in shades of orange.  (Orange also happens to be Papa Bear’s favorite color.)  I went to Lowe’s and bought three little 8 ounce pots of Olympic paint to use for this project.  They were less than $3 a piece.  I picked up a darker orange shade (Delta Clay), a yellow (Yukon Gold) and an off white (actually called Off White) because the shades of orange we wanted weren’t available since the little pots of paint have limited color choices.  I brought the paint home and experimented with mixing the colors  until I got the oranges I was looking for.  I used a small trim roller to do the painting and ta-da!

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We spray painted the pulls a glossy black and bought new matching black pulls for the top drawer.  Once the drawers were dry, I attached the pulls, put drawer liners in, and the dresser was once again ready for use!

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And, if I do say so myself, I think it’s looking fantastic with its new makeover!  Now all we need is a changing pad for the top of the dresser and it is all set for baby!

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38 Week Bump Date

Only 2 weeks left!

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What’s happening with baby:  Baby’s organs have matured, s/he has plumped up, and s/he should be ready for life outside the womb.  Baby is still very active and moves around a lot.  We can definitely tell that baby has grown because you can feel random body parts more and more (though I’m not real great at identifying exactly what body part it is) – it’s kind of crazy!

What’s happening with mama:  Let’s see…  I have about four shirts that are long enough to cover my belly these days and I still hate maternity pants.  Yoga pants are currently my savior!  In other words, my wardrobe is pretty limited.  I still get a lot of Braxton-Hicks but sharp cervical pan has also joined the party.  The sharp (and very uncomfortable) pain in my cervix doesn’t happen in conjunction with the BH but has been occurring more and more frequently.  It seems to happen most when I am on my feet and walking around.  I can’t say as I am a huge fan but I can handle it.

I am continuing to have issues with my blood thinner.  I switched from lovenox to heparin at 36 weeks and it has been nothing but a pain.  In those two weeks I have had to have my doctor call in a new prescription to my pharmacy four or five times – once because the wrong thing was ordered/dispensed and once because my dosage was increased after my hematologist appointment last Thursday.  Every other issue was the result of the pharmacy.  The pharmacy made a mistake on every single prescription called in and/or their system failed and they claimed to never have received the prescription.  It has been, in a word, frustrating.  Not what I need to be dealing with right now.  Not at all.  Suffice it to say, we’re switching pharmacies.  (We’ve had issues with this pharmacy before, so we’re just done now.)

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Belly shot featuring heparin bruising.  Nice, right?

Because of everything that I’ve had to do to ensure I was getting the proper dose of heparin (doubling up on injections for a few doses…  so not awesome), my sides/the sides of my belly are pretty sore and bruised.  This happened when I was on heparin during my last pregnancy too but we were really hoping that it would be better this time around.  Not so much but at least we were prepared this time?  Otherwise I am feel pretty good physically!  I’m in no rush to get this baby born aside from the fact that I can’t wait to be done with heparin.

Preparedness:  Still chipping away at all our projects and it seems like now we’re cooking with gas and really getting stuff done.  Our to-do list is still rather long (mostly because we keep adding to it) but we’re getting things checked off every day.  We emptied out our walk-in closet this past weekend (meaning our faux built-in wardrobe is in use – yay!), cleaned it up, and got it set up for baby.  Baby actually has a place to sleep now!  The bassinet was the first thing I set up to get the mini nursery going.  I moved all of the baby things into the mini nursery and started to get them organized.  I’m very excited about that.  I really enjoy organizing things.  Is that odd?  Rather than get a new dresser for the baby, we decided to rehab my old dresser and I cannot wait to share that project with you in a post in the coming week.  I am super happy with how it turned out!  I’ll be putting drawer liners in today in between doctor appointments and then I can really get things organized.  I ordered some decals for the nursery walls and then I think it will be done completely.  Yay!  I also got the preregistration for the hospital done, so that’s checked off the to-do list.  I’m hoping that we can completely finish the wardrobe by the end of the weekend and then we’ll really be getting somewhere.

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Bassinet all ready for baby and dresser drawers mid rehab.

We’ve also been talking baby names more and more and I think we’ve actually narrowed down our girls name choices to two names!  Hallelujah!  We still need to work on our boys name list and narrow it down to a choice between two names but we’re getting closer!

Weight gained:  24 pounds.

Baby is the size of a:  leek.

37 Week Bump Date

3 weeks to go!

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What’s happening with baby:  Same old, same old with baby.  Getting fatter, growing, practicing breathing, and kicking mama in the bladder and the ribs.  Most of the really important stuff has already happened!  At our ultrasound this week (biophysical, not growth) everything looked great.  Amniotic fluid levels, blood flow through the cord, and the placenta all look good!

What’s happening with mama:  Braxton-Hicks and more Braxton-Hicks.  Seriously though.  I get BH contractions if I get dehydrated.  I get BH if my bladder is full.  (See how those two work together there?)  I get BH if the baby is moving around a lot.  I get BH if I’m moving around a lot.  In other words, I just get BH all the time.  They’re not terribly bothersome and they don’t hurt, so it’s just another thing to deal with.

I’ve felt a bit better and more physically comfortable this week (excepting some stomach issues, which I’ve continued to have throughout this pregnancy…  I tend to get a sour or crampy stomach a lot for some reason).  My hips haven’t been aching as much and I am very thankful for that.  I made the switch from lovenox to heparin this week after some miscommunication between the doctor’s office and the pharmacy.  I finally got the medication in the proper form on Friday and started the heparin that night.  So far it has gone fine but I do already notice more bruising and soreness.  I guess that’s just par for the course with heparin and I.  Also, I’m pretty sure I am getting pregnancy fat face.  Oh well…

At my midwife appointment this week we found out that I am Group B Strep positive again.  This means that I ought to get antibiotics during labor prior to delivery.  Of course, I am allergic to penicillin so I have to be given vancomycin.  I was given vancomycin during labor with E as well, which resulted in me developing Red Man Syndrome – a crazy reaction to the antibiotic.  There aren’t very many alternatives to the vancomycin for me, so we’ll do our best to avoid a reaction and just deal with it as best we can.  We did find during E’s labor that if they gave the medication much more slowly that I didn’t have a reaction.  (I was given antibiotics twice while in labor with E because me labor was so long.)

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Preparations:  Slowly but surely we’re getting there.  The wardrobe we’ve been working on for our bedroom is finally finished enough to use.  It just needs some paint and trim work done and then it will be completely finished!  Yay!  It seems unlikely that we’ll have the new headboard done before baby but you never know!  We’ve started clearing out our walk-in closet and will be turning that in our mini nursery/baby hub as quickly as we can.  We have a few things to decide (such as do we want to get rid of the dresser that is in there and get a smaller dresser for that space instead and do we want to move the changing table from E’s room to the mini nursery) but we will be able to get the bassinet set up, which is the most important thing.  We can also get the rest of baby’s things in there and organized while we decide on those few details.  I kind of can’t wait.  We’ll also be getting the pack-n-play set up downstairs, which will provide a great little baby station for that level of the house.

In other areas of preparation, I’ve filled out my birth plan, had it approved by the midwives, and filled out admission paperwork for the hospital as well.  I need to fill out the online pre-registration for the hospital and then I am all set in that regard.  And, much to Papa Bear’s delight as he has been urging me to do this for a while now, I even started packing a hospital bag!  Now I just need to finish packing that up and get an overnight bag together for E.  I feel like we’re getting down to the wire!

Baby is the size of a:  bunch of Swiss chard.

Working Out Through My Second Pregnancy

Staying active is an important part of a healthy pregnancy, provided you don’t have a condition that requires you to be on bedrest.   Exercising during pregnancy can help boost energy levels, alleviate some aches and pains, help manage weight gain, and even make the labor and recovery process easier.  Staying active has been a big priority for me during both of my pregnancies.

Spinning at 27 weeks 6 days.

During my first pregnancy I ran up to 25 weeks, which was great.  Unfortunately I developed the blood clot in my leg at 27 weeks.  Following the blood clot I was put on bedrest for a number of weeks and by the time I was given the okay to get back to being active, running seemed out of reach.  Too much time had gone by and I was too nervous to take on vigorous or strenuous exercises.  Instead I took up prenatal yoga and kept that up until E was born.  I was thankful that, in spite of everything I was dealing with in regards to my health, I felt strong and stayed as active as possible during my pregnancy.  I had a long labor with E but my recovery was great.

I had high expectations and hopes for this pregnancy.  I thought I would be a pregnancy workout superstar.  I had visions of myself running until the day I gave birth and, of course, I would keep up with spin, yoga, and strength training at the gym as well.  I would love to say I have been killing it and have even blown my own expectations out of the water but that would be a lie.

That’s not to say I have done poorly.  I actually don’t think that at all!  Through this pregnancy I have been running (even with the jogging stroller at times), doing a lot of walking, attending spin and yoga classes, and, yes, even doing strength training.  However, as the weeks have gone by my activity levels have certainly decreased and I have not kept up the fitness regimen that I had at one point hoped to.  I do still make it to the gym but I haven’t run since I was 28 weeks along and I haven’t been to spin class in weeks.

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.I am okay with that.

It’s important to be flexible in pregnancy (particularly a high-risk pregnancy) as well as life because you just never know how things are going to play out.  Sure, I might still wish that I could have been that pregnancy workout superstar but I’m happy with the fact that I have been active throughout my pregnancy and I’ve listened to my body and what it needs during this important time.  The fact of the matter is that some days a nap trumps gym time!

Shadow bump during a run with the jogging stroller at 18 weeks.

I still try to get to the gym a couple of times a week for yoga or some time on the elliptical but it has been getting harder and harder to squeeze that gym time in between preparing our home for the baby, three doctor appointments each week, and getting E out of the house for playdates and time with her friends.  I know it’s almost sacrilege to say it but sometimes the gym just has to take a backseat and that’s where I am right now and likely where I will remain for the rest of this pregnancy.  I don’t think that’s a bad thing.  Life is busy and hauling around about 25 extra pounds on a daily basis can feel like a workout in itself!  I’m going to continue to try to get to the gym when I can but most importantly I am going to be listening to my body and do my best to make the best choices possible for me and baby, even if that’s sometimes just vegging on the couch.

36 Week Bump Date

4 weeks left to go!  That’s just one month!

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What’s happening with baby:  By the end of this week baby will be considered “early term.”  (Term is now considered 39 to 40 weeks.)  Baby’s main jobs these days are gaining weight, practicing breathing and sucking, and moving around like crazy.  Baby turns towards familiar sounds and practices looking for the source of the sound.  The baby is head down and just hanging out, getting ready to make its way into the world.

What’s happening with mama:  Mama is doing fairly well.  Had a few days this week where I was uncomfortable for various reasons.  My main complaint has been hip pain.  I don’t recall having much hip pain with E, so this is new to me.  It is worst at night, usually after a few hours of sleeping, and there have been a couple of nights that I have woken after 4-5 hours and wondered if I was going to even be able to fall back asleep the pain in both hips was so bad.  I started sleeping with a pillow between my knees and that has helped greatly.  Otherwise I am just feeling very large and cumbersome.  Going about my daily activities is getting a little harder, bending and stretching just isn’t as easy any more!

I switch blood thinners from lovenox to heparin today.  I’m… not excited about it.  I thought about putting it off a few days simply because I want to delay going on heparin as long as possible but I guess I am just going to buckle down and do it.  As nervous as I am that being on heparin is going to be as rough as it was with E, I would much rather that that be induced.  Just the price I have to pay, I guess!

I also finally admitted to Papa Bear and the midwife that I am much more nervous about labor and delivery this time around.  I was very devoted to a natural birth with E but it ended up not going that way.  I did get an epidural in the final hours and I feel confident that it was the right choice at the time.  I had so many wacky things happen with E’s birth – I was stuck at 6 cm for hours, had to have antibiotics for Group B Strep, had a reaction to the antibiotics they gave me, was given IV Benadryl that sent me for a loop, and had crazy back and thigh labor.  At the end of all that getting the epidural allowed me to relax and progress quickly, granting me the vaginal delivery I wanted.  While getting the epidural was more painful than I expected, the rest of my epidural experience was actually quite good.  I am once again planning a natural birth this time around because I know it’s what’s safest for me and baby given my blood clotting disorders but I’m also not sure if my resolve is what it was with E.  It’s difficult.  I’m also nervous about having terrible thigh labor again.  But, as the midwife said when I was speaking with her, second labors are generally a bit easier (and shorter) and we simply can’t predict what is going to happen – it’s good to know what I want but also be open to making changes if necessary.  I am confident that the midwives will help me through L&D and will help me make choices that will result in a positive birth experience for both me and the baby.

Recent appointments:  This week I had appointments with both the midwife and maternal fetal medicine for an ultrasound.  From here on out I’ll be having appointments at both offices each week.  At the appointment with the midwife, I got tested for Group B Strep (I’ll get the results at the next appointment.  I was GPS positive with E.) and also got the TDAP vaccine.  Because I had TDAP right after E was born my immunity is still good; however, by getting the vaccine again while pregnant some of the immunity will pass to the baby before it is born.  Otherwise the appointment was routine and baby and I are looking good per the midwife!

Our ultrasound appointment also went very well.  Baby is still head down (has been for months) and has gone from measuring a week ahead to being right on target.  My appointment was at 35 weeks 6 days and baby’s growth measured exactly that.  The ultrasound tech estimated that baby is about 5 3/4 pounds.  The pictures we got at this appointment weren’t great quality (I think the ultrasound machine in the room we were in wasn’t as good as some of the others.) but we did get to see the baby practicing breathing.  The tech also checked amniotic fluid levels, blood flow through the cord, and the placenta and all is looking good.  After the ultrasound one of the MFM docs came in to talk to us a little bit about switching to heparin and to answer any questions we might have had about that, which was nice.  Obviously we’ve already gone over everything with the hematologist but it was nice that MFM wanted to check in on us as well and make sure we were all set.

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Weight gained:  22-23 pounds.

Baby is the size of a:  head of romaine lettuce.

8 Years Down, A Lifetime to Go

Today, Papa Bear and I have been married eight years.

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In eight years, we’ve visited seven Caribbean Islands, held six different jobs, owned five vehicles, loved four pets, lived in three states, will soon be parents to two little ones and have built one life together.

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Happy Anniversary, babe!  Thank you for choosing me.  I love you.

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I don’t get many things right the first time
In fact, I am told that a lot
Now I know all the wrong turns, the stumbles and falls
Brought me here
And where was I before the day
That I first saw your lovely face?
Now I see it everyday
And I know
That I am
I am
I am
The luckiest

35 Week Bump Date

5 more weeks!  (You know, give or take!)

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Any guesses on whether this shirt continues to fit until 40 weeks?  It’s getting a bit short!

What’s happening with baby:  Baby’s just keeps on keeping on.  S/he is gaining weight and shedding the downy lanugo hair and vernix that has been covering the body.  Baby continues to practice swallowing and breathing.  By this point baby’s lungs should be structurally complete and lubricated with surfactant, which will help keep the air sacs open when baby takes its first breath.

What’s happening with mama:  Mama is doing well.  I’m still coming to grips with the news about the lovenox-to-heparin switch at 36 weeks but doing well besides that.  I did get some good news from the hematologist’s office earlier this week – I do not need to get the IV iron transfusions!  I am very happy about that.  It looks like my iron levels are on the low side of normal.  They recommended trying out an oral iron supplement and seeing how that goes, so I’ll be giving that a shot.

I was bummed to discover my first (ever!) pregnancy stretch marks this week.  (Actually, E pointed them out.  Thanks, kid!)  I know they’re not really such a big deal but having made it through one pregnancy with no stretch marks, I really thought I would make it through another free of them as well.  No such luck!  Ah well.  I am grateful that I don’t have any other negative pregnancy symptoms like heartburn or swelling.  I’m still comfortably wearing all my shoes, as well as my rings.  I have definitely been feeling much more achy in my hips lately.  According to my midwife this is due to the increase of relaxin at this stage of pregnancy.  Relaxin makes the ligaments in your joints a bit more relaxed, which can cause them to ache.  I’m already bigger than I ever was with E (weight and size wise) and feel quite ponderous at times!

At lot of people have asked me if I am ready to just have this baby.  I don’t know if it is due to my size and they assume that I am uncomfortable and miserable or what.  Yes, I do have some discomfort but overall I am enjoying being pregnant and feel quite good.  I’m in no hurry to rush this baby out of there, particularly when we have a number of projects we really want to get done before baby arrives anyway!  I will say I am looking forward to sleeping more comfortably, including on my back, once baby arrives but I’m hoping baby stays put for a while longer.  I wouldn’t mind making it to our due date!

In fun new, PB and I attended a wedding this weekend.  It was pretty awesome to get all dolled up and have a night “off” together!  (E was with grandma.)  I think we looked pretty darn cute!

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Excuse the squinty expressions – it was sunny!

Recent appointments:  I met with the midwife earlier this week and all is looking good.  Pretty standard appointment – talk about any concerns, take fundal measurements, listen to baby’s heartbeat.  All is well!  Starting at 36 weeks I’ll be meeting with the midwives weekly.  I think I will be meeting with maternal fetal medicine starting weekly then, too.  I don’t see the hematologist until 37 weeks but I could possibly start seeing them weekly at that point as well.  Three appointments a week.  Whew!  That’s going to be fun, right?

Baby is the size of a:  head of romaine lettuce.

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