Tuesday, September 1, 2015

33-37 weeks pregnant with our breech baby boy

How Far Along? 36 weeks in the photo (now 37)
Weight: estimated about 7.5 pounds now but we will have a more accurate measurement next week if we make it there!
Heartbeat: 141

Health update: I couldn't be more excited to share good news, praise the Lord! At my appointment last week, I was prepared to have an emergency c-section if his kidney's were much worse. And since they had been getting progressively worse, I was prepared for bad news again. This time, however, they had actually improved and were less dilated than the previous week! My appointment this week showed no change which was still a blessing because it had been getting worse every appointment! THANK YOU to those of you who have been praying with us for our little guy. It was such a relief to have good news instead of bad!

He is still breech, unfortunately, and I have tried so many different things to get him to turn but he seems pretty comfortable where he is at. Please continue to pray that we have wisdom whether or not to have the doctor try to turn him this week or not.

Movement: Movement with this little guy is very different from what I felt when I was full term with my daughter. Instead of legs kicking my ribs, I have a head in my ribs along with hands, elbows, and occasionally even his feet make it up there. It has gotten to the point where I'm just plain uncomfortable most of the time...so I'm thankful I just have a couple weeks to go!

Morning Sickness: Nausea is still pretty bad and I have had a harder time eating meals as well. I think the way he is pushing on my stomach probably has a lot to do with that. 

Weight Gain: I weigh right around the same as I did when I had my daughter at 140. I've gained a total of 30 pounds this time, however, rather than 20 so it seems like a lot of extra weight to me!

Clothes: Dresses are still pretty comfortable to wear, but I don't like anything tight around my belly anymore. It just hurts! I'm glad it has stayed cool enough for me to avoid jeans!

Best Moments:Hearing a good report from the doctor. I love it when God answers prayer! Even though I want him to be healed completely, I know that God has a plan with the way He is doing this and I can't wait to see it unfold through my life and the life of my son. I have also had a lot of great moments making memories with my 2 year old before baby gets here. We have been going to the zoo, park, and just making the most of our last days just the two of us at home! I know I'm going to miss these moments. 

Last weekend was a lot of fun as my best friend (who is also pregnant with her second) and I got together to make a bunch of freezer meals in preparation for our babies being born. It was a lot of work, but it feels good to be prepared!

Hard moments: Just being uncomfortable all the time is hard! I have also had an increasing amount of Braxton Hicks contractions. One evening last week I had around 30 in just a few hours time. They were very irregular and never progressed, but that was a little nerve wracking! Since then, I don't think an hour goes by that I don't have at least one or two of them, sometimes more if I'm being physically active.

Sleep: I don't remember insomnia being this bad with my first, but I have had several sleepless nights lately, sometimes waking up at 3 in the morning unable to fall back asleep :( Any tips for pregnancy insomnia?

Miss Anything: Sleep!

Cravings: Berries, yogurt, smoothies, pancakes/waffles

Aversions: Mexican spices, raw garlic and onions, and lately chicken.

Mood: I have had a burst of energy the past few days regardless of my lack of sleep. I have been able to get a lot of deep cleaning and organizing done which feels great!

What Big Sister Thinks: She is excited but also acting a bit jealous already which I'm sure is a preview of what's to come! I think she is going to LOVE her little brother when he gets here though and her meeting him is one of the things I am looking forward to the most after he is born. 
She was examining my belly last week and poking at baby brother when she saw one of my stretch marks and said very emphatically, "mom, your belly cracked!" haha!

Looking Forward: Now that I am in those last days/weeks, I am a bit nervous preparing for labor and delivery. It's such a mixture of emotions this time as I prepare myself mentally for the probability of having a C-section. For those of you who know how passionate I am about doing things naturally, this definitely wasn't in my preferred plan. However, I know that the most important thing is that my son is born healthy and alive and I am so thankful for the doctors who have the ability to make that happen. I am so excited to meet my son any day now!
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  1. We continue to pray for your family! You are an inspiration with your positive outlook!

  2. It's so exciting! My little guy turned 2 months today. Time flies. His birth was not how I planned either but the Lord knows what He's doing. Praying for wisdom for both yoou and your doctors. Your life is going to be even more wonderfully full if you can imagine that. Our daughter was not excited the first time she met her brother (she's also 2) but quickly came around. As for sleep...Journaling can help. It gets those thoughts out. I always tried to just lay there knowing that the days of even being able to just lay were about to end lol. I'm so grateful that the Lord is answering our prayers for health and healing. Hang in there!

  3. Such great news that He's improving and praying for a complete healing. Jeremiah 29:11 says He has a plan for your little one, A plan of hope and a future. You're almost there girl!!! :DDDD

  4. Neither of my birth experiences were what I'd planned for....with one I had an emergency C-Section after 36 hours of labor that progressed almost not at all! With my 2nd, I agonized over whether or not to try for a VBAC, and decided to schedule a C-Section. My water broke 3 days early - he still does things to his own timing! After several hours of zero contractions and then some minimal sporadic ones, it confirmed form me that choosing against a VBAC was the right decision for us. For it all I have 2 happy, healthy, smart, preschoolers now. I hope that you are granted the same peace and clarity about whatever path your birth story takes!

  5. You look adorable! I hope you are still doing well - praise the Lord that his kidneys looked better! I am with you on feeling uncomfortable most of the time - and I had false labor this past week too, with Braxton Hicks contractions at intervals - I could tell they weren't real contractions, but it still made me a bit nervous!

  6. That is wonderful that you were able to make freezer meals! I did the same before the birth of our first, and it was a huge blessing. :)


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