34 & 35 Weeks

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How far along?: I am 35 weeks and 4 days today!

Size of the Baby: At 34 weeks, Nora was the size of a butternut squash.  At 35 weeks, she is the size of a pineapple, a honeydew melon, a bunch of carrots, or a mini lop rabbit!  She should be approximately 18 inches and over 5lbs!

Baby Bump: 

We’ve had another growth spurt, I believe.  Last week, when the OB measured my belly I was right on target with the measurement.  Yesterday, I measured a week ahead at 36 weeks.

  • Belly Button Status: It’s STILL an innie!  I don’t think my “turkey timer” will ever pop!
  • Feet: My poor feet.  Even with compression socks, my feet are starting to swell more frequently.  Only time I can see them is when I have them elevated.  Also, invested in some slip on shoes so I don’t have to tie them anymore or I just wear flip flops!

Movement: At 33 weeks and 6 days, I had noticed when I got to work that I hadn’t really felt her kick since the evening before.  I checked my blood sugar and it came back normal even a little lower than usual, so I decided to eat some fruit in hopes a sugary snack would perk her up.  A couple hours went by and I still felt nothing which was very unlike her after I would eat.  My nurse had actually called me shortly after my snack to schedule an appointment so I mentioned to her what was going on that morning.  She said to drink ice cold water and to do a kick count for an hour. If I didn’t feel her move at least 10 times in an hour, I needed to call her back.  In that hour I felt 2 faint kicks but that was it, so I called back.  She sent me to Labor and Delivery for a NST to see how she was doing.  Hubby met me there and I was starting to get really nervous.  Sure enough, we arrive and the moment the monitors were strapped on, her heart was ticking away and then she started moving like crazy!! Hubby gave me the “I told you there was nothing to worry about” look.  Everything checked out fine.  They said she could’ve just been kicking the placenta and since it is in the front I didn’t feel it.  We’ve had ultrasounds where I’ve seen her moving and wiggling but feel nothing because the placenta muffles everything.  Since then, I notice more rolling and pressure rather than kicks since space is getting cramped.  I also have noticed she responds to my touch.  If I rest my hand in certain places she’ll kick or press against it. Makes me giggle everytime!

Sleep: My pelvis is starting to get really sore so anytime I roll over I wake up which then leads to a bathroom visit.  My need for naps in the afternoon is increasing.

Maternity Clothes:  Realized the majority of my casual maternity wear are long sleeves so I’m having to layer tank tops with t-shirts to make sure my belly is covered while trying to stay cool.

Symptoms: 17972236_10100661842629490_7592433611369862721_oThe emotional side of things has really kicked in and I find myself getting super choked up at certain times, some serious, some completely ridiculous. It’s really starting to hit me this pregnancy is almost over.  Although, it definitely hasn’t been easy, it is bittersweet it is coming to an end.  I feel like I was just getting used to it, (well more starting to think this was the permanent state my body was going to be in from now on).  My indigestion has ramped back up but being controlled by anti-acids.  I also officially can’t lay flat anymore because she pushes my lungs into non-existence and I can’t breathe.

Recent Labs/Results: I started weekly Biophysical Profile Ultrasounds (BPP’s) along with my weekly NSTs and OB appts.   At these ultrasounds, they are measuring baby’s heart rate, muscle tone, movement, breathing, and the amount of amniotic fluid around the baby.  At our 34 week BPP, she did great and we saw a LOT of hair! I didn’t realize babies start “practice breathing” around 33 weeks.  They “breathe” in the amniotic fluid which helps produce surfactant to prep their lungs for when they start breathing after birth.  During the BPP they watch her diaphragm for movement.  This part took a little longer at 34 weeks but the tech said it’s probably because she had just started practicing.  She is supposed to do at least 10 seconds worth in a 30 minute period.  However, she would do a few and then stop.  We waited about 20 minutes and then she finally did it for a full 10 seconds!  At our 35 week BPP, she was breathing the entire time.  The tech said she wished all her babies would breathe as well as she did!

Cravings: Sweets, sweets, sweets.  I found ice cream bars at Aldi that work well with my blood sugars and help me get my “fix”.  I have mentioned before, I never was a big chocolate person before pregnancy but last week I wanted Hershey Kisses SO bad!  MMMmmm now I want some.

Aversions:  Eggs. The number one thing any momma with Gestational Diabetes will tell you is eating eggs everyday gets old fast.  This is the one universal food most with GD can have and it helps with your numbers.  I had to find an alternative for breakfast because I needed a break from quiches and eggs.

Missing Most: 

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Our last Royals game before Nora arrives!

I can’t think of anything new I’m currently missing most but I can tell you what I’m going to miss the most.  Alone time with Hubby.  Don’t get me wrong I know we will have our fair share of date nights.  However, now I realize we won’t just get to pick up and go do things we’re used to doing and it’s not just going to be the 2 of us (or 3 of us when K is with us).  I’ve already started to experience this since Hubby started his new job and has been busy with that. Then add to it all of the last minute things we’re trying to get done in these next two weeks before she gets here.  This past weekend was nice because we got to go to a John Mayer concert and a Royals game, just the two of us.  I hope to have a night a few days before she arrives where we can enjoy one more date.

 

Nursery: 
Only thing left is her name project Hubby is working on and that should be hung this week over her crib.  We got our mobile made by our friend’s 14 year old daughter and we were completely blown away!! You should check out her Etsy shop HERE!

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Our handmade artwork wall including a piece from her big sister and a hedgie painted by my momma (Nora’s Yaya)

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We love our Origami Mobile made by Maia Witte at Origami Mobile Studio on Etsty! Foxes, bunnies and birds!

 

Best Part of the Week: Earlier this month, we had our maternity pictures done by our friend and the same photographer who did our engagement and wedding photos,Valerie Tirado.  We received them recently and I’m so grateful she did them.  I’ll add them to the end of this post! Can’t wait to share them with Nora someday when we remind her she was once in my tummy!

Can’t Wait For: We received our scheduled induction and scheduled c-section dates.  So here’s the deal.  Baby Stubborn is breech and has been for almost 10 weeks now.  Meanwhile, we’ve been trying EVERYTHING to get her to move but if you have been following this blog for any length of time you’ll know that we are on “Nora Time” and what she says, goes.   At our appointment yesterday, the OB told us that she is not just breech, she is “breech breech”.  Her exact words were “Girlfriend, that little girl ain’t going no where.”  So needless to say I’m optimistic (ha. ha.) So, come next Monday we will have an ultrasound to confirm her position.  If she has flipped to head down, we will start our induction the evening of April 30th.  If she is still breech as of Monday the 24th, we will be cancelling our induction date and going with a scheduled C-Section on Tuesday, May 2nd. The countdown is officially on!! She will be here in less than 2 weeks!!!   You know it’s real when you go to buy milk at the grocery store and the expiration is for after your baby will be here! EEEEEEK!  Until then, I’ll be attempting every possible method of getting her to turn.  We’ve talked about doing an ECV (manual version) but not sure I’m the best candidate with an anterior placenta and my fluid levels.  We’ll see what the final verdict is next week!

Until then,

J

 

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31, 32 & 33 Weeks

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How far along?: 
I am 33 weeks and 4 days today!

Size of the Baby: At 31 weeks, Eleanor was the size of asparagus.  At 32 weeks, she was the size of a squash.  Now, at 33 weeks, Nora is the size of a stalk of celery, an entire head of cauliflower, a honey dew melon, a pineapple, a junior tennis racket, or a ferret.  At about 16-17 inches long she’ll now start packing on the pounds about 1/2 a pound a week.  At our ultrasound yesterday we found out she’s weighing approximately 4lbs 11oz and is in the 34th percentile! She is already bigger than I was when I was born. I weighed 4lbs 10oz!


Baby Bump: 

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Taken today!

This thing is out of control! My big ol’ belly has started growing more outward and it’s taking some getting used to.  Trying to remember I can’t fit in certain spaces and that bending over to get things off the floor just isn’t happening anymore.

  • Belly Button Status: STILL an innie! I don’t understand it!  This pregnancy has been anything but “normal” and I’m starting to think this will be another thing that happens for most but won’t for me!
  • Feet: Feet are long gone and can’t be seen while standing without having to strain to look.  They have also grown wider and the swelling has started to increase quicker throughout the day.  I have to wear compression socks or my ankles will look  completely deformed by the end of the day.

Movement: We found out at our 3D ultrasound, our little girl decided to flip and go breech after being in the perfect position for 28 weeks.  So with that I get kicks directly to my bladder which has began this new game of “Did I Just Pee?” Her head is positioned top and center so when she gets hiccups I feel it in my sternum.  Aside from a few kicks here and there, I more feel the rolling and stretching movement. Hubby FINALLY felt her kick and hiccup a couple weeks ago and he has been able to watch the crazy alien-like movement from the outside!

Sleep: Still about the same.  I wake up 1-3 times a night for bathroom breaks and an occasional planning session of what I’m going to do the next day or week. I just can’t turn my brain off! Hips are still pretty sore and with my belly bigger it makes rolling from side to side a whole production!

Maternity Clothes:  Maternity shirts are getting stretched to the max as she pushes outward and I’ve ventured on to my husbands side of the closet for comfy clothes, (although I’m not sure he knows that yet.)  When I wear my t-shirts, they just don’t cover the bottom of my belly anymore.  I also bought some new thin, baggy PJ pants and comfy tanks for the hospital!

Symptoms: I feel I’ve caught a second-wind (maybe third at this point) and mix that in with a little nesting I’m getting the house in order for when she comes!  However, with that I’m still realizing I’m slowing down a lot more and can’t do all I want to do in the normal amount of time I’m used to.  I’ve started recently having hot flashes and headaches which I’ve heard has to do with hormones.  Frequent trips to the bathroom are a part of my daily life now.

Recent Labs/Results: In my last post, I mentioned I was diagnosed with Intraheptic Cholestasis of Pregnancy, also known as ICP.  Since taking the medications, my itchiness has continued to subside so doctor’s feel that although my blood work came back normal, it may be a false positive, so they will be treating me as if I have it anyways.  Because of this, last week I started having weekly Non-Stress Tests (NSTs) at the Maternity Center to monitor Little Miss and make sure she isn’t in distress.  A NST is where they hook up monitors to my belly and it measures her heart rate, my heart rate, my blood pressure and any contractions I may be having.  They look for accelerations in her heart rate when she moves.  So far she has passed with flying colors.  Yesterday,  she was so active and crazy she kept kicking the monitors off my belly and the nurse told her to calm down!  I also had an ultrasound yesterday at our OB appointment to check fluid levels and measure her growth since it had been almost 10 weeks since our last measurement.  Also, with me having Gestational Diabetes, babies tend to be larger than normal. Hubby and I made our guesses of how much we thought she would weigh. He guessed under 4lbs.  I said 4lbs 7oz.  She came in at 4lbs 11oz and in the 34th percentile. 17690371_10100649376197320_1310626360_n It showed she was measuring at 33 weeks and 4 days so she was just a day ahead! We were able to get a picture of her but she wouldn’t stop looking at the wand, so it’s of her face which gives that Predator the alien look.  At one point she turned just enough we saw her chubby cheeks! So cute!!

Cravings: I’m still craving sweets (especially donuts) which continues to be a bummer since I have to be very careful with my blood sugars.  I’ve been learning what I can and can’t eat and what I can substitute to get my “sweet fix”.  My go-to’s have been apples with peanut butter and Halo Top Ice Cream.

Aversions:  Mexican food at restaurants!  I’m okay if I make tacos or nachos at home, but anytime we have eaten out at a Mexican restaurant I get sick not long after.

Missing Most: The ability to bend over and to walk across a room without having to take a breather! Doing some chores around the house has taken twice as long because just lifting something above my head wears me out!  Oh man, and putting together babg items and equipment we got at her shower would have been easy for most but stubborn me didn’t want to wait for Hubby to get home so I attempted to complete it all myself. Needless tl say I was ready to take a nap after!

Nursery: I think after this week her nursery will be complete! It’s hard to believe that but we just have a few things left! Hubby is working on a gorgeous wooden sign that will have her name on it to go over the crib. I recently finished her “reading corner” and her diaper changing area.  The rest of the artwork is complete and we are just waiting on a friend’s daughter who makes origami mobiles to complete our custom mobile!  I’m so excited to see everything together!

Best Part of the Week: My baby shower was last week!! It was absolutely gorgeous and more perfect than I could have ever dreamed.  Attending family and friends’ baby showers, especially after our miscarriage, I always wondered if I would get to have my own.  I even had a secret Pinterest page called “Hope” of what I would want at my shower if I did ever get lucky enough to have one.  It was no surprise the week we found out our second round of IVF worked, I returned to Pinterest and started “pinning” everything I could find. Shortly thereafter, I asked my one of my closest friend’s if she would be willing to host it for me.  In reality, I asked her a few years ago.  She accepted and I’m glad she did.  Between her, my mom and my sister-in-law they planned for hours and put in so much hard work and I was blown away.  We had brunch, my favorite, (my blood sugar even stayed normal) and the most delicious cake make by another friend who I had appointed “official baby shower cake maker” years ago for when the time arose.  The centerpieces were beautiful along with the rest of tge decorations. My bonus daughter made the cutest diaper cake! There was SO MUCH PINK I could have squealed ( I think I did, actually.)  Best part was being surrounded by so many people who came to take part in our joy and help us spoil our little girl! I was taken back by everyone’s gifts and generosity and the love shown towards us.  I’ll post pictures below.  It was definitely one of the most memorable days of my life!

Can’t Wait For: The end of this month! My last day at work will be April 29th because they are still talking about inducing me at 37 weeks due to the cholestasis.  We are hoping to make it to May 1st! That is just over 3 weeks! AH!!! It’s all becoming so real and it’s coming fast!!!

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Until next time,

J