Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Stats at 37 and 4, plus a picture

My stats for yesterday (37 weeks, 4 days) are:

Up 3 more pounds :(
Blood pressure was up from last week's 100/68 compared to today 130/84: but no one at the doctor's office seemed concerned with that (?)
Still 1cm and 50% effaced, and baby has still not engaged in my pelvis.
Good news is that my cervix has moved down and forward.
I've been really irritable and easily agitated the last week, and craving ice.  The doctor says it is due to my low iron.  Feeling bad for Robert, and Isabel and Ian at this point because I have a really short fuse and the dumbest, littlest things set me off.  I need to go to confession.

What else?  The doctor estimated that the baby would be 7lbs 12oz at 40 weeks...so somewhere between Isabel's and Ian's birth weights.  My belly was measuring 39 weeks already.

I've eaten 2 pineapples, and have been doing figure 8's on my exercise ball ;)  And as you can see from the picture I am much bigger than the last pic....most especially in the face!  Ha.

Thursday, March 21, 2013

37 weeks on the nose.

Today I am 37 weeks. 


And ready for this baby whenever he or she is ready to make an appearance.

I swear this "ready to get the baby out" feeling starts earlier and earlier.

My OB appointment on Monday was encouraging.  First, I found out that I do not have strep throat.  The cold and sore throat that have been hanging on for 20 days finally started to disappear after they tested me and told me it was officially "just a cold" or allergies.  How convenient of you, Cold.

I was also tested for Group B Strep, and found out that not only was my blood pressure low (for me during this pregnancy) 100/68, but my iron level was low again too.   The nurse said mine was 10.6 and they would like it to be 12.  So, not too low I guess, but the nurse said that the doctor would probably suggest I take something in addition to the prenatal vitamin AND the daily iron supplement that I have been taking.  She didn't.  She said that I since I've just been low on iron the entire pregnancy, just to keep doing what I was doing.  Hmmmm....think I will be eating more red meat and spinach ;)

I was delighted to hear that something was going on "down below", and I was dilated to 1cm and already 50% effaced.  She said that the baby had not dropped, but that she could feel it's head through the bag of water upon checking.  So I'm not sure if that means the baby is engaged in my pelvis at all?  Rather than just "floating"?  Or maybe they can still feel the head when it is floating?  I should have asked.  I go back again on Monday.  Up 33 pounds overall...yes, that was a 3lb weight gain over the last week.  Not sure how that happened.  I think it is water weight ;)

I have all those "normal" fears/feelings/thoughts that I hear pregnant women have and some of which I had when pregnant with Ian.  Are we ready for this?  Will I love this new baby as much as Ian and Isabel?  How will Ian react to a new, permanent addition to the house?  Will I really be able to handle 3 kids??  (I know, mothers of many more are probably laughing at that one!)  But these are the real questions that are running through my head, particularly at 3am when I cannot sleep.  

I have to say that since we did not find out the gender, I feel slightly less connected to this baby.  And I'm so worried that for some reason it's going to pop out and I'm going to still feel "less connected" somehow.  And I'm really fearful and nervous about that. The other part of me thinks that it will be just like with Isabel and Ian:  I will love this new baby and attach to it instantly.   I mean, I love the baby already, I do.  It's just that there is less of a connection....I haven't really prepared the nursery because I don't know whether to decorate for a girl or boy.  I've only washed some newborn girl and boy clothing, purchased some newborn diapers and set up the co-sleeper in our master bedroom.... that's about it. 

So while there is eager anticipation and excitement about meeting our new little family member, there is also worry...  Padre Pio, pray for me!  "Pray, hope, and don't worry.  Worry is uesless.  God is merciful and will hear your prayer." 

I really do hope that I've been jinxing myself by telling everyone that this baby will not be coming early because "I went two days late with both Isabel and Ian".  After my cervix check, I spotted brown the next two days and started to lose some mucus plug!  (Probably more information that most of you care to know, but remember this blog allows me to document my own journey) ;)  So maybe the OB got some things to start happening down there!  Wishful thinking, I'm sure.  I was 1cm and 50% effaced with Ian at 36 weeks and stayed that way for the next 3 checks :( Regardless I've gotten my exercise/birthing ball out, and I'm going to buy a pineapple to eat soon too! LOL! 

I'll keep you posted!

Monday, March 11, 2013

Baby update at 35 weeks 4 days

Baby Holmes seems to be doing just great in the oven!  My doctor gave me 4 stars at my appointment this morning except for my cold that has been hanging on for 13 days now.....ugh.  I can't complain too much though considering it is the only illness I have had this pregnancy other than the first weeks of morning sickness.

Baby H is head down, with a heartbeat today of 132bpm, which led the doctor to guess "boy".  I really think this baby will be a boy too, as does my husband and pretty much anyone else we ask.  So I think we will be in for a HUGE surprise if it turns out to be a girl.

My weight gain has been just wonderful this pregnancy.  At nearly 36 weeks I am up just 30lbs!  I cannot believe it, and sadly, now I have no excuse for gaining enormous amounts of weight in future pregnancies. 

I start weekly visits to the OB now, and next week will be my first cervix check, the Group B strep swab (ugh) and a finger stick apparently.  So things are getting exciting! ;)

Here is a pic of me at 35 weeks: