Wednesday, March 30, 2011

34 Weeks

I realized late yesterday that I had not posted the weekly update, so I decided to just wait until after my appointment this morning.
I am up a total of 20 pounds now.  My blood pressure is doing well in spite of being high a few times when I checked it at home.  Dr. Taylor said everything is measuring right on schedule and he could tell that her head is right in the center and she is head down!  That is great news.  Hopefully she will stay where she is for the next six weeks.  I will do a lot of walking to help that cause.
The biggest annoying symptom right now is that when I wait a long time to pee, then I stand up, it HURTS! As in I can hardly walk to the bathroom, ha ha.  I need to not wait so long.
Here is more about week 34:

Your baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds and is almost 18 inches long. Her fat layers — which will help regulate her body temperature once she's born — are filling her out, making her rounder. Her skin is also smoother than ever. Her central nervous system is maturing and her lungs are continuing to mature as well. If you've been nervous about preterm labor you'll be happy to know that babies born between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do fine. They may need a short stay in the neonatal nursery and may have a few short-term health issues, but in the long run, they usually do as well as full-term babies.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

33 Weeks

In the past couple of days I have made the transition into....discomfort.  It's hard to get up after lying down, the acid reflux is worse when I get it, and rolling from side to side in the bed is extremely difficult and hurts.
My hips get VERY sore after laying on one side for part of the night, then I flip over (with extreme discomfort) and lay the other way until I wake up with that hip hurting.  I never had the hip pain with the other two pregnancies.  I also have muscle restless legs.  Flexing and tensing helps.
Fun fun fun fun fun!  Only 7 more weeks till due date!  Here's more about Ruby this week:

This week your baby weighs a little over 4 pounds and has passed the 17-inch mark. She's rapidly losing that wrinkled, alien look and her skeleton is hardening. The bones in her skull aren't fused together, which allows them to move and slightly overlap, thus making it easier for her to fit through the birth canal. These bones don't entirely fuse until early adulthood, so they can grow as her brain and other tissue expands during infancy and childhood.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Baby Bump

Here's the latest photo of the bump.  This is 32, almost 33 weeks.

Friday, March 18, 2011

Consignment Sale Finds!

 Our church consignment sale is this weekend, and I went to the pre-sale last night, for a $5 donation.  I didn't want to buy too many clothing items, since I have no idea how big Ruby will be when she is born, or how quickly she will grow, etc.  No way to predict what size we will need for the summer, or later on August/September.  We will have another sale in September so I'm thinking I will be able to buy much more then for the fall/winter after we know how big she is.  I did get a few things though.  These three little onesies were only $10 total for all three.  They were the only things that really jumped out at me.  The one above actually came with the last black one for $4, and the last one is the reason I got the set. :)

 This white/beige with vintage lace outfit was $6, and it still had the tags on it.  I love the beige-y antique looking lace with the very comfy light white cotton.
And here's the fav:
Super awesome Beatles onesie!  Adorable!
I also got a car rearview mirror to view the baby from the driver's seat for $2, brand new in the package.
And a couple of things for Katie and Noah.
I almost snagged a changing pad, one of the contoured types that we loved with Katie and Noah, but a lady had it in her hands looking at it and decided to get it.  I was about 2 minutes too late to getting it! ha!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Doctor Doctor!

I had an uneventful appointment this morning.  As far as the baby goes anyway.
It started out with my running late and forgetting my phone.  There isn't a better way to know that the dr. will be running behind than when I forget my phone at home.
So, I'm five minutes late, and they are totally packed!  They called back about five patients in a row right before me and I ended up waiting a full 30 minutes.  I know that doesn't sound like a really long time, but I usually only wait about 5 minutes, tops. is an iron check day! I KNEW it would happen today since I ran out of vitamins this past weekend.  I knew I should have picked some up before today.  My iron level was 10.8, they don't like it to be below 10. Ooops!
The good news is that I only gained 1 pound in the past two that 6 pound jump last time must have just been a big growth spurt or something.
It's already 9:40 (my appointment was at 8:45!), and I am getting anxious because Corey has to leave to be at work at 10 and I don't have my phone to text him about what is going on.
The doctor comes in and today, of course, he has a nurse practitioner student with him.  Thus, instead of the quick 2 minute visit, it takes a full 5-6 minutes, ha ha.
I get finished, go up to check out and make my next appointment, and no one is at the window except one lady swamped by phone calls.  This never happens!  I finally get my appointment and am out the door and on the way home by 9:55.  No way to call Corey.
When I finally make it home, as I pull into the neighborhood I pass him on the way out, the kids in PJs in the backseat.
He turned around to let them out and I apologize for leaving my phone at home.  It was absolutely crazy that my appointment was at 8:45 and I didn't get to leave until a full hour later.  It's just so unusual for this office that Corey was kind of worried. 
I won't be leaving my phone at home again! And, if the long wait happened to be because I was five minutes late, I will definitely be getting there early from now on!
I'll see them again in 2 more weeks.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

32 Weeks

Wow.  32 Weeks.  In just 5 more weeks I will be considered "full term" and it will be pretty safe for her to be born.  I am in no hurry though, and not looking for it to happen until at least the due date week.
We talked about managing the "pushing" stage this week in our birth classes.  It's surprising to me how little I know about how to handle the whole process, since I was drugged the first two times.  I feel that I wasn't drugged while pushing Katie and it was a very difficult process.  We have so much more knowledge now to hopefully make that part quicker and less strenuous.  One thing I must work on is taking deep breaths.  I think I hyperventilated while pushing with Katie...I remember being on oxygen and my chest hurting a lot.  I think it's because I was panicked and was doing a lot of shallow breathing.

We went walking last night at the track.  It felt so good afterward. It made me breathe better.  Katie and I made it around 3 laps while Corey and Noah made it around 5.  Noah ran the first two laps without stopping! What stamina! ha ha.  He needs to start training and run some 5Ks with grandpa!  We would have done more but Noah had to go to the bathroom "really bad" so we needed to get home, ha.

We also finally made a little bit of progress on our house projects.  The laundry closet is cleaned and reorganized, the hallway closet, and the kids closet is moved together.  The attempt now is to get the toys organized in their room together before the weekend and maybe we can then start on our room and closet.

My baby shower is scheduled for April 3rd.  I am excited just because it will be fun to celebrate, and Katie will have a blast, of course.  We really only have a couple of things that we *need* before she arrives, one is a pad for the cradle.  I have to get to a good craft store for that though.  Maybe I can do that in the next week or so because that isn't really something that someone else can buy since it is a custom measurement.

Here is more about week 32:

By now, your baby weighs 3.75 pounds and is about 16.7 inches long, taking up a lot of space in your uterus. You're gaining about a pound a week and roughly half of that goes right to your baby. In fact, she'll gain a third to half of her birth weight during the next 7 weeks as she fattens up for survival outside the womb. She now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair (or at least respectable peach fuzz). Her skin is becoming soft and smooth as she plumps up in preparation for birth.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

31 Weeks!

Today marks 31 weeks!  Only 9-ish to go!  Still feeling full all the time, but hungry, but getting indigestion no matter what I eat.
Bradley class this week really started getting into the nitty gritty....we talked about when to get to the hospital and what signs to look for throughout the first stage of labor when I am dilating.  Helpful info!
We still have many things left to do around the house.  I'm waiting for the nesting to kick just hasn't yet!
Here's more info on week 31:

This week, your baby measures over 16 inches long. She weighs about 3.3 poundsand is heading into a growth spurt. She can turn her head from side to side, and her arms, legs, and body are beginning to plump out as needed fat accumulates underneath her skin. She's probably moving a lot, too, so you may have trouble sleeping because your baby's kicks and somersaults keep you up. Take comfort: All this moving is a sign that your baby is active and healthy.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Two Week Appointment

I had my first "two week" appointment this morning. 
I gained SIX pounds in just TWO weeks!!!!! ACK!  I'm not sure exactly what I did differently in these past two weeks.  But, I definitely resolve to get active and try to drink more water...maybe that will take care of that not happening quite so suddenly again!
On the other hand....My fundal height measured at 32 weeks...two weeks ahead.  It doesn't necessarily mean anything, but just something to note.  It could even mean she was in breech position today....or she just had a big growth spurt....our babies have never been extremely small really...both 8 pounds.  So..who knows?  We just gotta get ready! ha ha.
Another thing on our to do list this week is to visit the hospital. I am very excited about doing that.  I think it will help me relax a little more about the delivery if I know what to expect!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

30 Weeks!

3/4 of the way there!  THIRTY WEEKS!  Ten more until "due date" but I am keeping my brain thinking in the "range" mentality. could be anywhere from 8-9, or even 11 more weeks really.
The acid reflux has definitely returned in full force.  I have to be very careful about what I eat or I will be completely miserable! NO tomatoes, salsa, or strong spices.  I've taken to eating a bowl of ice cream each night before bed, ha ha..but it really does help!!! Seriously! :)
I am headed to the doctor tomorrow....since my visits are now every two weeks.  I'm really not excited about that especially since it seems so pointless...they just listen to the heartbeat and weigh me.  Blah.
Here's more about week 30:
Your baby's about 15.7 inches long now, and she weighs almost 3 pounds.  A pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds her, but that volume will decrease as she gets bigger and takes up more room in your uterus. Her eyesight continues to develop, though it's not very keen; even after she's born, she'll keep her eyes closed for a good part of the day. When she does open them, she'll respond to changes in light but will have 20/400 vision — which means she can only make out objects a few inches from her face. (Normal adult vision is 20/20.)