Tuesday, May 19, 2015

38 Weeks

How Far Along? 38 Weeks
Total Weight Gain/Loss: 26 lbs 
Stretch Marks: Nope
Labor Signs: I was back in the hospital Saturday night thinking I was in labor. My contractions were about 5 mins apart and VERY intense. I threw up a few times and overall it felt exactly like when I was in labor with Avelyn. When they checked my cervix it had not changed and was still 1 cm, 50% effaced with Isla at -2 station. The dr. told me I have what's called "prodromal labor" which basically is everything that goes with real labor except you don't dilate or efface. 
I've read a little about it since that and other than being basically The Devil it usually lasts for a few hours. Mine lasts for at least 24 hours each time. It is the single most frustrating thing in the world because it's making me not trust my body to deliver this baby. I'm totally fine with the vomiting, cramping, contractions etc as long as I get a baby in the end...but to do it for "no reason" and my "uterus just like to contract"..makes me so irritated.
Movement: Less movement but plenty of hiccups. It must be pretty cramped in there!
Food Cravings: Chocolate. I have been pretty nauseous again for the past week. 
Anything Make you Queasy or Sick? Contractions lasting for hours and hours make me nauseous.
Gender: Girl!
Belly Button In/Out: Out
Wedding Rings On/Off: On
Happy or Moody: More mood swings this week. It's been such an emotional roller coaster.

OBGYN Appt: I went in this morning for my 38 week appt. While I was in the hospital on Saturday I was having extended high blood pressure. I think the highest reading was 168/104. They kept me in the hospital until it leveled out and then sent a bunch of blood and urine work. I just got the results of the 24 hour urine and it was normal but still waiting for all the blood results. I expect it to come back normal as well. I think the only reason it was so high was because I was in so much pain with the contractions.
I started having contractions again on the way to the dr this morning. After my appt, they hooked me up to the NST (monitors) which showed me contracting every 5 mins. 

They told me this could be the beginning of real labor and that I likely wouldn't make it another week before delivering. I wish I could believe that but the Prodromal Labor has put me through the ringer and I half expect to be pregnant forever. 
I'm still having contractions and they are more and more intense lasting over a minute and probably about 2.5 mins apart. My instructions were to go back when they were unbearably painful. I am not to that point yet so we will see what happens. For now I am just trying to keep myself distracted.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

37 Weeks

Full Term!! Okay, apparently they changed it and now it's considered "Early Term". Full Term is now at 39 weeks.

How Far Along? 37 Weeks
Total Weight Gain/Loss: 24 lbs 
Stretch Marks: Nope
Labor Signs: I went into labor Saturday night at 36 weeks 5 days. Contractions started about 12 mins apart and increased in strength and frequency until 2-5 mins apart. I called the dr and went into L&D. When they checked me I was 1 cm dilated, 50% effaced and -2 station. The contractions continued to get stronger and more painful but for some reason I didn't dilate so they sent me home. They continued throughout the night and all through the next day (Mother's Day). Sunday evening they finally died down. I went in for my appt this morning and I haven't changed. I did lose my mucus plug over the weekend as well. 
Movement: Less movement but plenty of hiccups. It must be pretty cramped in there!
Food Cravings: Hat Creek Burger. I grew up a vegetarian and could probably count on one hand the amount of hamburgers I have eaten in my life but for some reason I really craved this and had one today. :)
Anything Make you Queasy or Sick? Just waiting too long to eat. The morning sickness is still gone. YAY!
Gender: Girl!
Belly Button In/Out: Out
Wedding Rings On/Off: On
Happy or Moody: I've definitely had more mood swings this week. Mostly just from impatience whether it's at the doctor's office or hospital. Some of the video's Avelyn watches on YouTube drive me craaazzzzyyyyy (Disney Surprise Eggs anyone)!

OBGYN Appt: We got to see baby Isla today in her final anatomy ultrasound. They calculated that she weighs 6lbs 4oz which is right on track. Avelyn was 6 lbs 14 oz when she was born so they guess that Isla will be about the same. Avelyn was also 20" long and has always been in higher height percentiles so I wonder if Isla will take after her or be short like me. 
We got to see her face today and her mouth is identical to Avelyn's which I think is so adorable. In her last ultrasound (at 20 weeks) her facial profile was just like mine but the one we saw today was another Brandon. I married 1 and got 3! :) I can't wait to meet her and see her cute little face up close!! C'mon baby!!

I have finished nesting. The house is clean, her clothes are washed, her carseat is ready! I packed my hospital bag and the hubs has too. We are ready when she is!

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

36 Weeks

Look at me, posting on time and everything!!! I can't believe I have less than 30 days until my due date!! I keep thinking she will come on May 25th so maybe even sooner! It's crazy to think I'm nearly full term! I've been pretty busy getting my house deep-cleaned and trying to soak up as much alone time with Avelyn as I can. I know these next few months will look very different for her and I both. I am a little sad (and feeling a little guilty) that it won't just the 2 of us stompin' around anymore. I'm sure it will be quite the adjustment for us!

How Far Along? 36 Weeks
Total Weight Gain/Loss: 23 lbs (that's +3 this week!)
Stretch Marks: Nope...hoping that means I'm in the clear!
Best Moment of the Week: Taking Avelyn to Kiddie Acres today with some mommy friends. She had such a great time going on all the rides and we went to this cool spot for lunch afterwards that was basically a giant outdoor playground. She had the time of her life and I got to sit back and have some adult conversation! :)
Movement: She is still moving quite a bit in there! Her movements are more painful than not these days. She especially moves around after I have had something cold to drink ...see below ;)
Food Cravings: Still loving my ice and orange juice!
Anything Make you Queasy or Sick? Morning sickness is still gone so I am pretty happy about that! I felt really nauseous today on the way to lunch but I think it was just because I waited too long between meals.
Gender: Girl!
Belly Button In/Out: It's out and for some reason that makes me so happy. I think it's like when you cook a turkey and the little button pops up when it's done...that's how I feel now that my belly button is out..she is ready to come!
Wedding Rings On/Off: On!! They are a bit tight sometimes if I am too hot but I am just impressed they still fit.
Happy or Moody: Mostly happy! I had a particularly bad day and evening yesterday. Avelyn refused her nap and that pretty much ruined her for the rest of the day. She was acting out and hitting me. Bedtime was an almost 2 hour long process and I had to put myself in time-out for a bit just to calm down. I went into Isla's nursery to cry and pray and then finished bedtime. She slept great once she did go to sleep and I thought it would be nice to take a long hot shower and wash the day off. 
Side Note: Our house is almost 30 years old and the shower was in bad shape, so last week I paid someone to refinish the grout. The grout guy told me the entire shower really should be replaced so we planned to do that after Isla came and I just had the grout fixed up for now.

Anyway, when I was finally done shaving and everything I decided to just sit down and relax under the water. As soon as I leaned against the wall, it completely caved in!!! It gave me a good scare and then I went into pity-party mode for the rest of the night....crying and feeling so upset. In hindsight, it's pretty funny but last night I was just not in the mood. Thankfully we have a fully functioning shower upstairs that I can use until this one is fixed. :)