September 2017 archive

Baby #2 Bumpdate // 36 Weeks

21950677_10104263991373979_7151673406000623098_oAt my prenatal appointment today, my midwife walked into the room and said “Well you’re two weeks overdue!” And that is exactly how I feel! I am so so grateful to have made it this far and I’ll be even more relieved when I make it to early term at 37 weeks (on Sunday). BUT I’m going a little crazy. Every little twinge or ache I feel makes me think I’m in early labor. And I’m obsessed with having everything prepared because I never know when labor will start. Will it be this week? Next week? 41 weeks? Pregnancy after preterm birth is tough y’all! You’re always on high alert, especially at the end. I’ve been trying really hard to stop focusing on labor and just enjoy these last few weeks with Sam and Harper. Easier said than done sometimes, but I’m working on it.

How far along are you? 36 weeks and 3 days.

How big is baby? The size of a papaya or a large cantaloupe. When my midwife measured my belly today, I was measuring exactly on track for 36 weeks. But she also took the time to remind me about my last ultrasound (at 34 weeks) and how baby girl is measuring a little big. I’ve never been more curious to see someone’s weight in my entire life! Curious and nervous!

Total Weight Gain? 15 pounds as of today.

How are you feeling? Better and worse at the same time. My heartburn is pretty much under control. I still take Pepcid Complete twice a day and I drink a vanilla shake if I need to when I’m out without any heartburn meds (it really works!). I still feel a little nauseous here and there, but eating carbs usually helps. My main complaints now are body aches. My hips and pelvis ache so bad at night that I’m not sleeping well at all. And I recently started getting back aches, but I find that a warm shower helps. And, of course, my enormous and very low hanging belly is getting extremely difficult to lug around. To be honest, I’ve spent a ton of time in the house lately because I’m nervous about walking around too much, especially when I have Harper with me. Too much walking causes me to get really bad round ligament pain. Add to that a clingy toddler who begs to be held every single time I take her into a store and it’s typically best to just stay home until Sam is available to go out with me.

Any food cravings or aversions? My current favorite snack is mozzarella wrapped in pepperoni. I’ve had a huge appetite lately and that snack fills me up every time. I’ve also been craving fruit, but I try not to eat too much of it because my favorite types of fruits (citrus fruits) give me heartburn. I also cannot get enough water. Thankfully, I haven’t had any aversions lately.

Have you noticed any (new) stretch marks? It’s getting difficult to see because the front of my belly hangs so low, but I have noticed a lot of redness around my belly button. I assume that means I’ll see a few new stretch marks when it’s all said and done, but I don’t really care about that kind of thing. I have been using more belly oil lately just to keep itchiness at bay.

Best moment this week? Finishing the majority of my to-do list over the weekend. I added Sam’s clothes to the hospital bag, put the carseat back together after washing it, and Sam deep cleaned the apartment for me. I also cleared one of the drawers in my dresser and filled it with nighttime essentials for her since she’ll be in our room at first. If she was born tonight, I would be completely ready and that gives me a ton of peace of mind.

What are you looking forward to? Labor! I know that sounds crazy, but the unknown is driving me crazy. I’ve been driving myself insane thinking about it (when it will start, what it will feel like this time, etc.) so now I’m just ready to get into it.

 

 

Baby #2 Bumpdate // 34 Weeks

baby shower

Today is a huge milestone! On this day during my last pregnancy, I was in the hospital delivering Harper. The day isn’t over yet, but I’m 99% sure I won’t be going into labor today so that is a huge relief! In other exciting news, my mom gave me a baby shower last weekend. I know it’s excessive to have a baby shower for your second daughter (within 2 years!), but we’re all about celebrating and throwing parties in our family so we went for it. It was a beautiful shower and I had the best time. And now I feel sufficiently prepared for baby girl to arrive. Here’s a quick bumpdate before I fall asleep on the couch watching Zootopia with Harper…

How far along are you? 34 weeks and 2 days.

How big is baby? So yesterday at my prenatal appointment, my midwife told me that she suspected that baby girl was about 5.5 to 6 pounds. I walked out of the office convinced that she was way off. Today, I had an ultrasound at the Maternal Fetal Specialist’s office and, according to their measurements, she’s 6 pounds, 1 ounce. Whaaaat?! Harper was born, at this exact gestational age, at 4lbs 14.9oz so this news completely blows my mind. And also terrifies me. I had an epidural the first time and it only took 20 minutes of pushing to get Harper out. This time, I’m planning for a natural birth and I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t afraid to push out a big baby. But most importantly, I am ecstatic to know she is bigger than her sister.

Total weight gain? About 12 pounds from my starting weight. 15 pounds from my weight at my first prenatal appointment.

How are you feeling? So tired. One outing a day completely wears me out and I have the stamina of a person who hasn’t worked out in 8 months (oops). My heartburn and indigestion are still terrible, but Pepcid Complete twice a day is helping with that. The baby’s head is so low that walking is pretty uncomfortable (I’m waddling in a major way) and I have to pee as soon as I stand up. I’m sure people who see me walking around think that I’m due any day.

Best moment this week? Besides my baby shower, my best moment was meeting with our doula team yesterday. As I mentioned above, I’m planning for a natural birth so I knew that hiring a doula would be crucial. We found our doula team months ago, but we finally met in person yesterday and I love them. It was definitely an investment to hire them, but I know that it’s going to be worth it. I feel much more prepared for labor and deliver after our meeting and I have no doubt that I’ll be able to do it now.

What are you looking forward to? As much as I love feeling the baby move and kick, I am really looking forward to the feeling of relief when the baby is out and my belly is empty. I’m also super excited to see how Harper reacts to her baby sister.