Jun 22, 2017

36.3 Weeks


36 Weeks
Me, trying to fake a smile in the third trimester during a heat wave. 

You guys. It's less than four weeks until my due date. I feel like a ticking time bomb. With every little twitch, cramp, and pain, I'm wondering if this is the real deal or not, which is kind of absurd, because I really do have quite a few more weeks here. I blame the hormones.

How far along: 36.3 weeks

Baby is the size of a: papaya! I hate papayas, but I love this little tyke. I went to the doctor today for my last ultrasound of this pregnancy, which was kind of sad, but I'd rather meet her in person than see her all distorted (am I the only one who cannot see things on those screens?) on a computer monitor. Anyway, my doctor confirmed that she's in the 33rd percentile for weight and height and estimated to be around 5 pounds, 6 ounces. A little on the small side, but she wasn't concerned and said she didn't want me to have a huge baby due to the fact that I'm kind of a small person myself.

Speaking of which, she said my rate for a c-section is a bit higher than most people due to my statue and that I have a pretty narrow pelvis. But, she said we'll do everything we can to prevent that and she said she'd hold off on induction (if it ever comes to that) for me as long as possible to give my body a chance to naturally prepare. I plan on walking a ton and doing some yoga, not that there's any proof that will help, but I need to feel like I'm doing something to lessen my odds! I've seen women even smaller than me have successful vaginal deliveries, so I am not worried at all. Also, these hips. They don't lie. Narrow pelvis. Pfft.

Due date: 7.16.17

Gender: Girl! She gave us our second confirmation today.

Weight gain: +22ish pounds. My doctor said I'm a bit below the curve here, but nothing to be worried about. In fact, she was pleased. So I had pizza for lunch.

Exercise: just walking! Now that I'm working from home, I am aiming to take a good 30 minute walk each day, which makes me feel great even though I move at a snail's pace. I do feel a LOT of pressure when I go for walks, but my doctor said it's just my body gearing up for the big day. I get a few stares and some smiles on the trail chugging along.

Stretch marks: Surprisingly no!

Sleep: I cannot complain. I wake up a few times to go to the bathroom, but I always fall right back asleep. My body is totally used to sleeping on my side these days, though I prefer the right side to the left, a habit I'm trying to break since they say it's better to sleep on your left. I am still using the Boppy wedge pillow to support my stomach and sometimes a pillow between my legs. I wake up early these days, feeling refreshed and motivated. I'm cherishing it.

Food cravings/aversions: I'm still in love with ice. I truly cannot get enough. They checked my blood for anemia, but my iron levels are great (must be all the burgers). My mom said she craved ice when she was pregnant with me, so I'm just carrying on the tradition.

I am so sick of filling and refilling my ice trays all day long though, so I'm think I'm just going to treat myself and buy ice from the grocery store or Chick Fil A. Just typing is making me crave it.

Aversions: nope. Except bell peppers. Never again for the rest of my life will I ever want to eat a cooked bell pepper.

Symptoms: I went really in depth with these last time, but here are a few updates:
  • Swelling. My doctor checked my feet and hands today and said it's not that bad and I don't seem to be at risk at all for pre-eclampsia. I was seeing bright sparkles in my eyes one day and freaked out that I was pre-eclampic, so this is reassuring. The swelling has actually improved since I stopped working in the office. I stay active, but I also get a chance to prop my feet up from time to time. She did say that I have a LOT of amniotic fluid, so my body is just really good at conserving water and this is a good thing. 
  • Hot. Yup, all the time, but I have been combatting it fairly well. I drink a ton of ice water (see above) and a I bought this little fan (the 15 inch one) from Amazon which is amazing, especially for the price. I use wherever I am in the house and it keeps me very cool. I also keep a fan on my body all night long, so I'm happy that the heat hasn't messed with my sleep. 
  • Carpal Tunnel. I'm managing it with acupuncture, which tends to help. It does suck, but I'd rather have it now than have to manage it when she gets here. Let's hope it goes away!
  • Lower back pain. Not too bad anymore. Being active and taking walks help. 
  • Braxton Hicks / cramps. These have definitely picked up! I've known she's heads down for a while now, but even if my doctors hadn't told me that, I would have guessed. She's always head butting my cervix, almost like she wants to crawl right on out. Some of my cramps are painless, but some do actually hurt a bit. Nothing regular though. 
  • Oily Hair / Skin. This went away! Woo hoo!
Movement: Yes! So much that I've only had to count kicks about three times. My stomach was growling this morning and I totally think it woke her up, because it's almost like she got startled and then kicked me. I felt bad, but it was kind of cute :)

What I miss: I cannot believe I'm going to say this, but working out! Yeah, I don't know who I am anymore. There's a Stroller Strides class near me that I might sign up for this fall or I might re-join the JCC. They have great childcare, pools, and fitness classes. There's also a local YMCA that isn't far from our house. I'll have to go exploring gyms again. Brandon will be home for the first two months, so I feel like we'll get in a lot of family walks and maybe some bodyweight stuff at home.

What I'm loving: I packed her diaper bag for the hospital with her newborn going home outfit and some other essentials. I cannot stop going through it and obsessing over the cute things and making sure it's perfectly organized. I'll do a separate post on what I packed. 

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In case you were wondering, I went with the Skip Hop Forma Pack and Go, mainly because it included packing cubes! You know I love my packing cubes. One of them is insulated for bottles, too. Pure joy.

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I also love going through her dresser drawers that I've so painstakingly organized. They make me so happy.

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Popsicles, cupcakes, and fruit pants. Girl clothing is so ridiculously fun.

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I don't think we have enough swaddle blankets, do we? ;) All super sweet gifts from friends and family!

Next Appointment: Next Wednesday. I basically go into the doctor every Wednesday from now until my due date.

Baby Purchases: Did a massive Amazon, Target, and Buy Buy Baby haul to finish off the last bit of things we need. The only thing that we don't have right now (and umm, it's kind of important) is a place for her to sleep in our room. Since I really want to make sure our lives aren't cluttered with baby gear, I thought I'd purchase a portable playard (aka, Pack N Play) with a bassinet feature. That way, we could use it in our room until she's ready to move to the nursery and we can use it for travel down the road (we are thinking Hawaii this Thanksgiving!). I had ordered the Chicco Lullaby Playard with a bassinet and planned to use that, but we got it here, set it up, and kind of hated it. It was so difficult to use and put away. Also, it was about 40 pounds, which I didn't even consider when ordering. There is no way we could or would want to travel with it.

So I returned that for the 4Moms Breeze after the salesperson at Buy Buy Baby talked me into it and let's face it, the set up is actually FUN and crazy simple. I brought it home and haven't opened the box yet. It's about 26 pounds, so really not that light either and I'd imagine it'd still be a bit cumbersome to travel with. I considered the Nuna Sena Aire (love the new safety standards for breathability), but it's heavy too at 22 pounds. Finally, I discovered the Guava Family Lotus Travel Crib with the bassinet kit and I'm hoping that will be the answer. It's about 13 pounds, you can wear it as a backpack and the bassinet portion is all mesh with a rocking option. It has by far the best Amazon reviews and many people say its great for things like the beach, camping, and airport travel. Fingers crossed this is the winner. At some point, we'll probably just move the crib into our room to ease her transition to it. With the new guidelines of having a baby sleep in your room up until one year of age, we don't intend to rush things...especially since the nursery is very far away.

[Edited to add: After consulting with my favorite salesperson, Stephanie, at Bandalou Baby (invitation affiliate link), I went for the Nuna Sena Aire. The mattress is amazing and totally breathable, you can set up and take down with the bassinet still attached and it's a very eco-friendly and non-toxic playard. Bonus: since I bought through Bandalou's Crowd Sourcing program, I was able to get $35 store credit, which went towards the changing pad accessory! Love a good deal! We've saved so much money by purchasing our big ticket items through this local family business.]

But yeah, losing my darn mind over here with playards and bassinets.

Classes: We took a breastfeeding class a few weeks ago, which we found to be informative and enjoyable. We did the hospital orientation and hospital tour last weekend. This weekend, we have our last class on Infant Care Basics. We weren't going to take this, but Brandon has never changed a diaper, let alone held a baby before, so we thought it would be a good idea to attend.

What's missing? Childbirth classes. While I think many women, myself included, would prefer a childbirth that is quick and intervention- and pain medication-free, I've read far too many birth stories to know things don't seem to go as planned most of the time. So my goal going into childbirth is to keep an open mind and put trust in the doctors and my maternal instinct (do I have that yet?). Really, our only birth plan requirement is refusing any IV pain medication (such as Fentanyl), but I'm open to an epidural. I'd also like to try and avoid Pitocin if possible. We'll see how it goes. My hospital is already a huge fan of skin-to-skin and delayed cord camping, so we don't need to specify those wishes. I really just want to be able to go with the flow and be low maintenance. However, I do have a ridiculous request that they use the diapers, wipes, and baby toiletries we are bringing because of my fragrance allergy (pretty sure the hospital provides all fragranced items). The nurses will surely hate me, right?

Numbers: 
  • Pickles consumed this week: 1 whole jar
  • Episodes of Riverdale watched: 13
  • Loads of baby-related laundry: 6
  • Trays of ice consumed: infinite
  • Playards to return: 3
  • Playards on order: 0
  • Playards needed: 1
  • Playards researched: too many
  • Baby bags packed: 1
  • Parent bags packed: 0
  • Days until due date: 24







2 comments:

  1. I'm interested in your thoughts on IV pain meds! I haven't heard that being a main requirement on many birth plans so that's interesting to me. I ended up needing picotin with J. I was really upset about it at the time but honestly when you're in labor (at least for me) I really just trust the doctors so know what they are doing and that they are making their best decision for me and the baby. I probably *should* be more informed but oh well. You crack me up with your playyard stress. I hope you find one you love! I hadn't heard of those new recommendations for sleeping. One year seems like way longer than I hope to have a baby in our room, but it makes a difference when the nursery is right across the hall vs farther away.

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    1. *pitocin. I seriously keep doing that! I'm so mixed up ;)

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