Thursday, September 19, 2019

WEEK 38


How Far Along: 38 weeks! 

I am Feeling: Oh man, I am exhausted, and want to be done with being pregnant. It is not that I am not liking the pregnancy experience. It is because it has been difficult dealing with a lot of NST dramatics leading to a long day afterward. I am trying hard not to keep my hope up that our little firecracker will be here next week just like her two older brothers, because it is possible that she won't come next week, and I don't want to end up feeling super discouraged. I am anxious to meet Pumpkin, and to confirm that she's a healthy baby girl. I am more emotional these days, and everything makes me cry. Hungry? I cry. Tired? I cry. Frustrated? I cry. In pain? I cry. It's crazy!! The hormones are REAL. I am excited to meet our baby, and to finally welcome her into the world! I'm impatient, because waiting is such a hard thing to do!! 

Movements: Pumpkin have her certain time of the day when she's more active, usually in the evenings. Sometimes she likes to snuggle in a position that leaves me super sore, and I have to nudge her out of that position! I can tell that she's out of room though. She can't do anything much except kick, punch, feel her way around, and hiccup. 

Symptoms: Increasing contractions. Feeling sore, and tired. Sore pubis bone and pelvis. Waddling a lot too! Heartburn is back in the full force. Nausea, and fatigue. Sore lower back. 

Labor Signs: At my NST appointment yesterday, I had 6 contractions in 20 minutes, which surprised me because I did not feel those, and tested positive for UTI. I was told that UTI can aggravate contractions. That also surprised me, because I didn't have symptoms that pointed to UTI!  I ended up being sent to L&D for further monitoring. I continued to have a lot of contractions that ended up being irregular, and I was told that it was not a result of UTI, but rather increasing symptoms of going into labor! I was checked, and said to be at 2.5-3 CM, and 75 percent effaced. I did end up feeling frustrated, because it ended up being a false alarm, and I just wanted to be done with all the NST stress (they were supposed to help reduce stress yet in my case, it just increased stress for me). 

Best Moments of the Week: I was able to finish my nephew's gift! It made me so happy, because that was one final checklist to be marked off before our little one arrived! It was one final thing on my nesting list to be done, and it was finally done! The older two boys, Forrest and Franklin, did great at their school for conferences. Their hopes and dreams made me pretty happy to hear (Forrest wanted to be a DNA researcher and Franklin wanted to learn how to read). I think both boys have wonderful aspirations, and I am excited to see where their lives will bring them to! 

Looking Forward to: My nephew will be here next week hopefully on Tuesday or early Wednesday! I am SO excited, and cannot wait!!! I am excited about entering my 39th week, and I am PRAYING our little one will join us next week, and I don't have to make an appointment on her due date! 

Next Appointment: Wednesday September 25th at 9 am. 







Thursday, September 12, 2019

WEEK 37


How Far Along: 37 weeks! We are getting closer, and closer to the finish line!!! 

I am Feeling: O-M-G. I am so done both emotionally, and physically. Everything is making me so crabby, and everybody are annoying me, even though I know it's not their intention. It is just my hormones making me that way. I've been limiting my human interaction these days, and trying to focus a day at time. It's getting physically harder to do chores around the house, and it often leaves me feeling sore. It also triggers a lot of contractions that are unproductive. I am anxious, because I'm aware that the days are ticking down to when we will meet our Pumpkin. I've been experiencing a lot of burst of little energy, resulting in a lot of cleaning, organizing, and preparing for the new baby. My hospital bag is pretty much packed! I just need a few last minute things, and they can wait. I wrote an instruction care sheets for our kids while we are in the hospital at least like 3 times already! I forgot how hard it is to wait in those final few weeks!! 

Movements: Baby Girl has her crazy moments of kicking, and shaking my belly. It's usually at the evening when she goes crazy. Some days, she's more chill, and don't want to move as much. Thank goodness for the kick counts. It assures me a lot, especially on her lazy days. She stretches out a lot, and favors my right side, which I don't like, because it end up being really sore. I have to nudge her away from that spot! 

Symptoms: Heartburn, a lot of contractions, sore hip, sore pubis bone, achy lower back, fatigue, and the space is running out inside my belly. If I slouch, then I can feel her butt pressing up against my lungs. It's not comfortable for both of us! 

Labor Signs: A lot of contractions. It's mostly tightening in my belly. It is often triggered by me doing too much around the house, but I can't really afford to rest with three kids! I am planning on declining cervical check this week, because I don't think there is any change, and it's hard to know how much I have progressed with nothing happening. For my mentality sake, I think I am going to wait until next appointment to be checked. 

Best Moments of the Week: Getting a surprise gift from my pregnancy buddy, and a sister in law, she bought Pumpkin a really cute pumpkin outfit! Passing NST test (I felt we always had something happen every time I go in, and it was a really good feeling to be able to have a positive NST). Knowing that we were getting closer, and closer to the finish line! 

Looking Forward to: Meeting our baby Girl in a couple weeks, hopefully! 

Next Appointment: Wednesday September 18th at 1:00 PM. 

Update: I tested negative for Group Strep B! This did not surprise me, because I tested negative for the last three pregnancies. I had my platelets checked, and unfortunately, they were low. So I got diagnosed with Gestational Throcemenyentia. It basically meant no drugs for birth, and longer postpartrum bleeding. It wasn't my first rodeo, so oh well! 



Thursday, September 5, 2019

WEEK 36



How Far Along: 36 weeks! 30 more days until my due date! 

I am Feeling: Tired, emotional, anxious, ready, excited, happy, overwhelmed, impatient, and eager. It is a jumble of emotions happening right now. We are finally in the home stretch!! I am anxious to make sure that everything works out for child care for our kids, and making sure that the transition is smooth as possible for them. It's a lot for them to take in between new routine for school, school starting, and having a baby sister come home! I've been cleaning a lot, organizing everything, and making sure that the note is available for Bobbie so she knows the boys' schedules. I am anxious to just make sure final arrangements are in its place, and everything is READY. When I had the NST scheduled for rest of September, I told both my interpreter, and the receptionist that I BETTER NOT to be scheduling NST for October first! I am definitely struggling with my emotions being all over the place, and I can't wait to return back to normal. I am not kidding myself; I know it will be an adjustment once Pumpkin is here, and it will be crazy, but I just want to be functional. 

Movements: It is definitely getting harder for me to feel Pumpkin move, because of two reasons: she's cramped as heck, and I've been having a lot of prodromal labor. When I'm experiencing false labor contractions, it's hard for me to feel her movements, and I've been having to do a lot of kick count to make sure she's doing well. 

Symptoms: My body is DONE. My back hurts, my hips hurt, and I'm tired. I'm not hungry as I used to be, and it's getting uncomfortable to do anything now. My pregnancy brain is UNREAL. I just feel scatter-brained lately. My pubis bone feels like it's going to break in half. My patience level is extremely low. 

Labor Signs: A lot of contractions. They're irregular, which makes it even more annoying, because I just want it to kick start into a real deal. At the same time, I need to be patient, because my body knows what it is doing, and when to evict Pumpkin Latte. So she will come when she is ready. 

Best Moments of the week: The older two started school, and it was exciting, because they were finally housed in the same school! We finished the final preparations for Pumpkin. I had her bassinet set up next our bed, and car seat installed, It was a hassle at first, because due to my pregnancy brain, I was confused why the inclination was off for the rear facing car seat, then I realized that I was trying to install it forward facing! Oops. It was quickly remedied once I turned it around, and the inclination was at the right angle. I had a cute laundry basket that my mom gave to us set up next to the bassinet, and all we needed was to have Pumpkin here! 

Looking Forward to: I am anxious to be meeting Pumpkin. Everything is READY. It is just a matter of waiting!!! 

Next appointment: Wednesday September 11th at 10:30 am. 

Update: I had NST done recently, and we failed it. It resulted in yet another biophysical scan. As it had turned out, Pumpkin was just sleeping, and she was doing great. Dr. Mbah wanted me to start kick count every day from now on. Well, I had her beat at that, because I've been doing it since the beginning of August! I had Group Strep B test done (I'm expecting to pass it), and measured small once again. Dr. Mbah performed a cervical check, and said that I was at 2 CM, and 50 percent effaced! Of course, I knew it meant I could sit like that until week 39 or 40, but man, it was good to know that I had some progression made! Fingers crossed that stuff continued to progress!! 

Sunday, September 1, 2019

WEEK 35



How Far Along: 35 weeks!! Holy batman. If she will come at 39 weeks, then that means 4 more weeks left of being pregnant. She's welcome to join us anytime after Labor Day weekend, even though I'd prefer her to cook a bit long as long as possible. 

I am Feeling: Tired. Ready to have our pumpkin. It is such a surreal feeling to know that we may have only 4 to 5 weeks left of being pregnant. In a way, it is a sad feeling, because this is my last pregnancy, and I will never get to experience this anymore. It's almost an end of the era of me being pregnant, and I've been pregnant on and off for the past 7 years. With every pregnancy, I have more complications, and it is getting to the point where I have made peace with the idea of my body needing to be done with this chapter. I am ready mentally, and physically, but it doesn't mean I am any less sad about that. I am excited to be meeting our baby, and getting to know her, to see how our family mesh, and how the dynamics will be. I'm nervous about the postpartum journey with balancing a newborn with 3 older kids, and how Fox will adjust from being the "baby" of the family to being a big brother. It is a big change coming once again, and it will be a big adjustment for all of us. It is amazing how FAST time has flown since we found out we were pregnant. The anticipation of meeting our baby is exciting. 

Movements: Getting crowded! Pumpkin has been stretching out a lot, and stroking her way around. She no longer does crazy flips, and crashes into the uterus walls. I can tell that she's getting cramped, and is slowly running out of the space. I enjoy feeling her little hiccups, and movements throughout the day, and night. I do kick counts a lot with her, especially when she gets quiet, and it is usually during my contractions that she doesn't move as much. 

Symptoms: My belly button is out! It's a weird feeling. Nausea is annoying as always. It gets worse when I have a heartburn. I get headaches when I don't drink enough water. My sciatica pain is AWFUL. It's crazy; I don't recall having this kind of pain with my previous pregnancies, and yet with this one, I do. Constipation is awful. I've been eating activia yogurt (Yay Jamie Lee Curtis would be proud of me), and adding Benefiber powder to my water. I have a feeling it won't be completely resolved until this baby is OUT though. 

Labor Signs: Ugh, I had a prodromal labor on Sunday evening. I had contractions with lower back pain that were coming in intervals. I ended up laying down, and drinking a lot of water. Thankfully it stopped after an hour. Apparently, this was quite common in women who have had several previous pregnancies. 

Best Moments of the Week: Getting the CD in the mail from my photographer for my maternity pictures. I LOVE LOVE LOVE them. Can't wait to print the pictures, and hang them up! Having my mom visit for a week. It is so nice having her here to help out with errands, and chores around the home, and for the boys to spend time with her. 




Looking Forward to: September! It's hard to believe that I will be entering the last month of my pregnancy next Monday. Already! Fall. I love fall, and it's my favorite time of the year. Sending my older 2 to school, and seeing how they love their grades, especially Franklin. Having Fox just to myself for a bit before Pumpkin comes. Installing both bassinet in our bedroom, and car seat in our van! I will feel better once those two are set up. I am starting to feel antsy about packing more in our hospital bag, but it's still too early yet! I tend to add more things between 37-39 weeks to my hospital bag. 

Next Appointment: Tuesday September 3rd at 9:30 am. 

Update: I scheduled NST appointments for rest of September. It was crazy to see that I MAY only have 4 appointments left before Pumpkin arrives. I also was told that next week, I needed to have Group Strep B test done, and platelet checked. I had a feeling that both should be clear. I haven't decided if I wanted to do a cervical check or not.