Monday, January 31, 2011

39 Week Dr. Appointment

It really is almost over!!! We have an induction scheduled!

Not much progress from last week (just my weight and size). I'm huge. I'm still just about 60% effaced and 1 cm. I met with Casey and she said Isaiah could still come on his own but we went ahead and scheduled an induction for February 7th which means he will be BORN ON MY BIRTHDAY! And on top of that, my mom is arriving on the 7th in the afternoon so she'll get to be here when he's born.

I feel so much better having a deadline. He WILL actually be here very soon! :)

Sunday, January 30, 2011

39 Weeks - DONE.

I've been fortunate enough to not get any stretch marks but geez-louise, the skin on my belly is transluscent!

Let me just warn all readers that this post is not sparing any details. If you don't want to hear about the weird stuff my body is doing, I suggest you don't continue reading. :)

First off, Hearing "you're almost done" or "you're almost there" at this point in the pregnancy is one of the last things I want to hear. "Almost" isn't good enough when I feel like I've been done for the last week. It's also hard to describe how I feel because it's constantly changing - I have my moments of feeling great and then I have moments of wanting to perform my own c-section. I really just don't feel very good!

At this point, I'm just really tired. I wake up every two hours to pee and then when I wake up to start my day I feel very fluish - very blech. It's also getting harder and harder to roll over to my other side (which I have to do frequently because whatever side I'm laying on falls asleep).

I think the anxiety is starting to set in too. When is Isaiah going to be here? Am I going to go into labor or is my water going to break? Not knowing is really tough for a planner like me. I experienced some brownish-pink colored "show" this last week for two days and then...NOTHING. I'm also leaking colustrum - so weird - and my ta-ta's somehow grew some more. My contractions are increasing and turning more into feeling the urge to have a bowel movement than before.

I'm also fairly certain Isaiah grew a great deal this week because he's all up in my ribs and I can't take deep breaths anymore, yet I can still feel his big ol' head rotate on my bladder (I felt some relief from this a few weeks ago when he dropped). Darren is constantly asking me if I'm OK because I sigh like crazy! At least I'm getting a deep breath in here and there.

I know all the pre-labor symptoms can happen at anytime and nothing really determines how soon labor will happen, it just lets you know it's "close." So, we just have to wonder how "close" it is...

I'm trying really hard to be patient and positive but it's REALLY getting tough. I want to meet Isaiah sooooo badly and I'm ready to feel all his kicks, jabs, and other kung-fu moves outisde of my belly. I don't want to be pregnant anymore!

Here's this week's blurb:

Your baby's waiting to greet the world! He continues to build a layer of fat to help control his body temperature after birth, but it's likely he already measures about 20 inches and weighs a bit over 7 pounds, a mini watermelon. (Boys tend to be slightly heavier than girls.) The outer layers of his skin are sloughing off as new skin forms underneath.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

38 Week, 1 Day Check Up - We're Still Cookin'!

So even though I am officially over being pregnant, apparently Isaiah still needs me to be and I just need to get over what I want because somebody (named Isaiah) has needs that are much more important.

Today I met with Mona (the other nurse practitioner) and everything is still right on schedule. I measured right at 38 weeks, no weight gain this week, I'm 1 cm dilated, and about 60% effaced - so not too much progress from a few weeks ago.

I told her about Sunday night and how I had really strong contractions in the front and back and a ton of pressure on my tailbone (I felt like I needed to poop like crazy!) and I laid down to relax and then 3 hours later...NOTHING. She said if I want to keep things going to go for a nice long walk but recommends that if it starts at night to try and rest because I'll need it if it's the real thing. If it's during the day, get moving because that will keep the contractions going and hopefully get me dilated enough to start labor.

So we'll just keep walking and waiting (and eating!). I can't wait to meet my little man but I need to remember there's a reason he hasn't finished cooking yet!

(Total weight gain = 29 lbs., 14.5 in. around my waist)

Sunday, January 23, 2011

38 Weeks - Hungry, Hungry Hippo

Darren and I spent the day at the beach this weekend - we splurged on ice cream and cheeseburgers and it was so worth it. :)

Let me just say I am fully aware that I'm eating everything in sight. I've had cravings throughout the pregnancy but I remember being much more capable of stopping eating. I AM SO HUNGRY! I try to make sure my food intake mostly consists of healthy food but I've slipped in some sweets and grease here and there. I'm not sure if it's because Isaiah keeps dropping so I have more and more room in my tummy to stuff with food or if I'm carb-loading for the big marathon of labor!

Other than eating everything, I've been feeling pretty good. I enjoyed my first week off work - I got some much needed sleep, exercise, and organization done. I've been feeling less and less anxious about Isaiah hurrying up to get here - I think not having the stress and time constraints of work have made a huge difference. I still have many of the early labor symptoms - bathroom breaks, mentsral-feeling cramps, lower back cramps, BH contractions, slower movement from Isaiah (babies usually rest up before delivery), and a TON of pressure downstairs - so it still could be sooner or it could be later...Until the day God has chosen arrives, I'm going to rest, enjoy my husband, eat, and watch A Baby Story on TLC. After all, I won't be pregnant forever!

Your baby has really plumped up. He weighs about 6.8 pounds and he's over 19 1/2 inches long (like a leek). He has a firm grasp, which you'll soon be able to test when you hold his hand for the first time! His organs have matured and are ready for life outside the womb. Wondering what color your baby's eyes will be? If he's born with brown eyes, they'll likely stay brown. If he's born with steel gray or dark blue eyes, they may stay gray or blue or turn green, hazel, or brown by the time he's 9 months old.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

It's Not Easy Being Huge!

I am fully aware this is not the most flattering picture of me but I think it's hilarious so why not share it? I'm definitely HUGE!(Excuse the sports bra - we had 89 degree weather this week)

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

37 Weeks, 1 Day Check Up - Who Knows?!

This morning I went in for my 37 weeks appointment and met with Dr. Goodwin (she did our first ultrasound). She said they probably won't check me until 39 weeks unless something major happens - again, disappointing! My belly grew 2 cm this week so I'm back on schedule for belly measurements and his heartbeat is still strong. I was having a contraction when she was measuring so my poor baby couldn't move.

I told Dr. Goodwin about all the menstral-feeling cramps and contractions and she said (like everyone else) your body is gearing up for the real thing and it could be any day now or it could be past your due date. She said it's common for first time mommies to go past their due date so don't anticipate him coming early too much. So at this point he could early or late or on time. I just need to anticipate a healthy and safe labor and delivery.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Each Trimester in a Nutshell

Since we're almost done with this pregnancy, I've been reflecting on how I've felt throughout. Like all pregnant women, my hormones have been all over the place and I've noticed those feelings were somewhat definied by the trimester--

Trimester 1: EXCITEMENT and SICKNESS (but you don't care because you're so EXCITED!). This trimester went by the fastest (since you only know for 2 months) but didn't always seem that way because you don't feel good.

Trimester 2: EMOTIONAL but GOOD. This trimester everything made me cry (mostly tears of happiness) and I also felt the best and got the most exercise in.

Trimester 3: CALM, READY, and UNCOMFORTABLE. I've really felt calm about everything - I've made peace with being pregnant and I feel very ready to be a mom. I'm not feeling overwhelmed about anything, just uncomfortable and, again, READY!

37 Weeks - Officially On Maternity Leave!

We are FULL TERM! We can all breathe a sigh of relief - we made it! I had my last day of work on Friday and I'm officially scheduled to do nothing but rest, relax, and get ready for baby. I feel surprisingly calm about everything right now. When Dr. Bales said her guess was Isaiah would be born around today (the 17th), I got very excited and anxious (so did Darren). While I would love for my water to break, I'm OK if it doesn't. Isaiah will be here when he's ready to discover this big world! Darren is ready for Isaiah to get here though - he's ready to go on paternity leave and get his turn holding this baby!

I've been feeling good for the most part. Being uncomfortable is my biggest complaint but it's all worth it. Isaiah is getting much stronger - those little kicks in my ribs that used to just tickle uncomfortably are really starting to hurt. I woke up twice the other night grimacing in pain because his sweet little foot was as far up and out as it's ever been, I had to massage his little leg so it would relax and get out. This little guy sure knows how to knock the wind right out of me! He then proceeded to give me a stiff leg on the front of my belly instead and I had Darren feel it. It was hard and strong and wouldn't budge. This was a moment where Darren really started to feel bad for me ("That was in your rib!?"). It's just one of those things he wants to make better but can't. That along with my increased lower back pain (from Isaiah's head), upper back pain (from my growing boobies), and constant cramping (which are starting to feel like menstral cramps) and Braxton Hicks (which are just constant). I'm just going with it at this point - discomfort will not last forever!

Darren and I have been going on lots of dates lately too and just really soaking up as much time together as we can. Yesterday the youth pastor at church (he's in his late 20's with 3 little girls) was talking to us and told Darren he probably won't really like the baby for the first couple of months and that's OK, he will eventually. We got a good laugh. It reminded me of how my brother-in-law calls babies "wife-stealers." I asked Darren later what he thinks when people say that and he said he's not too worried about it - it's going to be different but at least we get another person to hang out with. He's so positive! :)

Your baby is now considered "full term," even though your due date is three weeks away. If you go into labor now, his lungs will likely be mature enough to fully adjust to life outside the womb. (Some babies need a bit more time, though. So if you're planning to have a repeat c-section, for example, your practitioner will schedule it for no earlier than 39 weeks unless there's a medical reason to intervene earlier.)

Your baby weighs 6 1/3 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches, head to heel (like a stalk of Swiss chard). Many babies have a full head of hair at birth, with locks from 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inches long. But don't be surprised if your baby's hair isn't the same color as yours. Dark-haired couples are sometimes thrown for a loop when their children come out as blonds or redheads, and fair-haired couples have been surprised by Elvis look-alikes. And then, of course, some babies sport only peach fuzz.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

36 Weeks, 2 Days Doctor's Appointment

This morning I met with Casey for my first weekly check up. She didn't check me this week (is it weird that I was totally bummed?) but Isaiah still has a strong heartbeat and my belly is measuring at 35 weeks (one week behind but because he dropped so low, it's normal).

I told Casey about the weirdest pain I had yesterday (I mean I was really uncomfortable but it was definitely not a contraction)- turns out it was a muscle spasm a few inches above my belly button. It just took some rest and lots of water to take care of it.

I also told her Dr. Bales thinks Isaiah will be here on Monday, the 17th. She looked at my chart and smiled. She said it was because he had dropped so much but she wasn't ready to give her guess yet. She also reminded me that I could have a ton of progress and be stuck there for weeks. Way to bring down my excitement, Casey! ;) I think it's a good reminder to have - even though we're anxiously awaiting Isaiah's arrival, we need to remember that he'll come when he's ready, not when I'm ready!

I go in again Tuesday...and I'll get checked for progress!

(And I guess I weighed 2 lbs less than I thought I did in the very beginning. They gave me my records so my total weight gain to date = 28 lbs. but I really only gained 1 lb this last week, 14 inches around my waist - YOWZA!)

Sunday, January 9, 2011

36 Weeks - Are We There Yet? No....

36 Weeks! YAY! 1 more week until I'm done with work, we're full term, and Darren and I feel much better about me going into labor. I could definitely feel some major growth these last few days. My belly is much tighter and my belly button has almost popped out. Darren says it's the oven timer - when it pops out, he can come. But I'm starting to wonder if it will ever pop out completely. Isaiah seems to continue to drop (lots of potty breaks for me!) and I'm starting to feel my ligaments in my hips, legs, and even toes loosen a bit. I've also been so hungry these last few days. I'm not sure if it's because he's dropped and all of a sudden I have space to eat that I haven't had for a while OR if he's simply packing on the pounds too, making me feel hungry much faster. Either way, we only have a few weeks left so I'm going to eat when hungry with no guilt. :)

We have an appointment on Wednesday to see if there's any more progress...I'm anxious to find out!

Here's what's going on inside this week:

Your baby is gaining about an ounce a day. He now weighs almost 6 pounds (like a crenshaw melon) and is more than 18 1/2 inches long. He is shedding most of the downy hair that covered her body, as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that protected his skin during his nine-month amniotic bath. Next week, your baby will be considered full-term. Most likely he's in a head-down position, but if he isn't, your practitioner may suggest scheduling an external cephalic version, where he'll try to turn your baby by manipulating his from the outside of your belly.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Doc Said To Make Sure Our Bags Are Packed - Isaiah Could Be Here in 10 Days!!!

Today we had our 35 Weeks and 4 days check up. Everything is still going wonderfully and progressing very quickly.

I met with Dr. Bales (the same doctor that told us to "go for it!" when we were ready to start trying, I was prego days later!) and she's great. I told her about the weird things that have been happening lately: increase in contractions and cramps, going potty many times throughout the day (TMI Alert: yes, #2), Isaiah dropping, and the possibility of my mucus plug coming out (I thought it might have 2 days ago and she wasn't sure but said it's very possible).

She said all of the above are signs of going into labor and at this point, we don't want to stop it or slow it down since I will be full term (37 weeks) in just over one week. After she did the vaginal and rectal culture to check for bacteria called Group B streptococci (no big deal if I have it, it just means you have to take antibiotics during delivery), she checked my cervix.

She said I'm about 1/2 cm dilated, 50% effaced, Isaiah has dropped very low (she could feel his head!), and my cervix is very thin. She said I'm setting up for Isaiah to "just slip right out" - I can only hope. My belly didn't grow much this week because he's so low. She said she'd be very surprised if I made it to 40 weeks because I've progressed so much. Her guess is Isaiah will be here in 10 days!!! That puts us right passed 37 weeks. She also thinks he'll be about 7 lbs or so!

I almost starting crying - I'm so excited! He's almost here!

(Not much weight gain over the last 2 weeks - 25 lbs to date)

Saturday, January 1, 2011

35 Weeks - C'mon, Isaiah!

We are 35 weeks and I feel reeeeaaaallly pregnant! I actually had a pretty tough week and I think it might have been from the busy weekend with family. My parents and Riley went home Monday night and my mom and I sobbed. I have an amazing husband and he is such a great support system for me but having a baby is BIG DEAL and sometimes I feel like I still need my mommy.

I ended up getting sick in the car on the way to work on Tuesday. Yes, while driving on the freeway. I quickly grabbed my lunch bag, dumped its contents, and let it go while I was making my way to the right lane. Talk about skill - I didn't make a mess at all! But I was miserable the rest of the day - very tired, very nauseous, very over-it. I wound up calling in sick on Wednesday and got a ton of much needed rest. After Darren went to work around 1 p.m. I got a huge burst of energy and took down all the Christmas decorations and deep cleaned our apartment. I even reorganized 2 of the hall closets. After a few hours of that, I tried to sit down and rest but kept feeling the urge to get up and organize/reorganize something else. I was a maniac! Darren says I'm nesting. :)

This last weekend we washed all the baby clothes and put them away. I also packed the hospital bag and diaper bag. Some people might say it's too early but I would much rather have it all ready to go than not! After all, we only have 2 weeks left until we're full term. :) Is it too early to put the car seat in the car?

For the most part, I'm feeling pretty good. I feel huge but I can still manage to get off the couch on my own, play with my dog on the floor, and I have almost a waddle-free walk. People keep saying I'm all belly but let's be real, I have a few extra pounds here and there. Oh well, I'll get my body back one day....

The amount of contractions I get on a daily basis is increasing. My back muscles are starting to feel more and more sore (more massages for me!) and my tail bone is aching too. I'm also still getting more sharp pains in my pelvic region. I can tell this boy is dropping because I have more space for food in my stomach, can breathe a little easier, and I have to pee more frequently.

Yesterday I had 4 or 5 consistent contractions within an hour. They weren't painful just a lot in a short period of time. Darren and I looked at each other and said, "This can't be it - we still need to hang on for two weeks." I think it's just my body gearing up for labor!! I hope Isaiah gets here early but not too early! We still need to hang on for at least 2 more weeks!

Here's the update for the week...

Your baby doesn't have much room to maneuver now that he's over 18 inches long and tips the scales at 5 1/4 pounds (pick up a honeydew). Because it's so snug in your womb, he isn't likely to be doing somersaults anymore, but the number of times he kicks should remain about the same. His kidneys are fully developed now, and his liver can process some waste products. Most of his basic physical development is now complete – he'll spend the next few weeks putting on weight.