- 2 months ago
- Wedding: July 2015
AFM – I am now 18 + 2 (crazy, right??) and I have my next prenantal appt on Friday. I had to re-do the genetic testing bloodwork so hopefully he’ll have those results on Friday. He will also be referring me for my anatomy scan, so I cannot WAIT to get that booked!
I had an eye exam last week and discovered that my current RX is too strong (thank you pregnancy hormones) so that may have a lot to do with my headaches. Regular chiro treatments and ensuring I don’t overdo it & take lots of ‘eye breaks’ when on the computer or watching TV, my headaches have gotten much better! I still get them regularly but they go away a lot easier and I feel a lot more like myself these days! I *think* I felt some flutters last night so I will be paying VERY close attention to my stomach the next few days!
AFM, 36+1 today. WILD. More wild is that I could still have 5 weeks left lmao. On the one hand, it’s hard to imagine making it 4-5 more weeks with all this increased pressure/cramping (especially at night), on the other hand, I know the odds are we will, so I’m just taking it day by day. The family has placed their bets…mom and husband think 11/24 (37+5, which is when I was born, they think he’s eager to join the party), I think 11/27 (last day of real college football, it’d be ironic if DH had to miss out due to labor) but also 12/10, and my sister/dad/grandma think around 39 weeks. I told them that the joke will be on all of us when I’m 41-42 weeks pregnant and we’re forcibly evicting him.
Also, I have followed a small-medium account on TikTok since super early pregnancy, she was 2.5 weeks ahead of me, also with her rainbow boy. She had her baby yesterday and did the announcement to the song “Yellow” and I just cried. I know everyone in this thread, whether they’re here because of loss, infertility, subfertility, or a mix of multiple reasons, gets it. When you don’t know if it’s going to happen for you, it just all feels like such a miracle and utterly surreal.
I had the realization today that while it’s VERY unlikely, this could theoretically be our last baby-free weekend! My birth class (the hypnobirthing pack by The Positive Birth Company, it’s pretty decent for how cheap it is) just did the bit on the “due period” versus due date, and how anytime between 37-42 weeks is fair game (with 40-41 being the most common for first timers). I suspect we still have at least 2-3 weeks (probably more like 4), but hey, I’m down for any excuse to lounge around and be lazy. I slept in today and it was lovely! I’m just trying to soak in every baby kick. I know I’ll miss them so much. Even the big rib-hitting kicks that sort of hurt. I knew I’d love them, because people go on about how great they are at length, but man are they even better than I thought. We hope/plan to have another baby in a few years, but we all know not to take anything for granted/assume it’ll come easily, so I want to SAVOR it.
We had an eventful day! Currently 36+5, and baby was pretty quiet all morning yesterday. I was close to calling L&D, but a glass of milk got him going for a solid hour. He was then pretty quiet at night too, but with enough (lighter than usual) moves that I didn’t panic. Normally, he’s full-on alien with my morning coffee and then after dinner.
This morning, he was even quieter during coffee time. I had a meeting I had to go to from 8-9:30, so I got set up early with a diet coke and a cupcake. I got a few wiggles, but not much else, so we called and then headed in. He’s fine, and his BPP was perfect (I got to see a very quick shot of his horror-movie face, ha, ultrasounds face-on are so creepy), but he is breech again. He was in the perfect position last week. Google says it’s unlikely he’ll turn again, and with my anxiety, I don’t know if I want him to…I know it’s not normal for them to be cartwheeling around this much so late on, and I worry about cord issues now if he keeps flipping. I read up on ECVs, which I was already nervous about, and saw on Evidence Based Birth that we fit several of the “less ideal” characteristics, so I’m leaning pretty hard no now. Thank goodness my weekly appointment is tomorrow!
I wasn’t necessarily prepared for this later-pregnancy anxiety, especially when weeks 24-34 were mostly so good!
Well, we are tentatively booked in for December 2, so two weeks from tomorrow. He’s VERY breech, ha, and his butt has started to settle down into my pelvis. We decided against an ECV…my practice has you get an IV and epidural, and I HATE needles (which was my driving motivation for a water birth), so the thought of having to go through all of that for not-great-odds (50% max, and given that I’m a first timer with a frank breech biggish baby and anterior placenta, we’re not in the highest success rate group) just to end up with a SECOND massive needle in my spine/anesthesia sounds less than ideal. They’re hopeful that he may be in the small percentage of babies who turn on their own late in the game, since he most likely flipped just a few days ago, so we’ll check at the next two appointments and then do an ultrasound the morning of 12/2 just to make sure, and cancel it/go back to waiting naturally if he flips. They signed off on the whole gentle c-section plan: second support person, clear drape, soft music/not much talking, immediate and uninterrupted skin to skin through the recovery period, etc., so it’s the best-case scenario for a cesarean birth.
Normally I’ll write out a little blurb here because it’s so fun to go back and look, but this has been pretty all consuming, lol. I’m still sleeping pretty decently, my mobility is definitely going down but I’m still more nimble than I thought I’d be at 37 weeks. I’m STARVING and eat constantly, but this week was the first in awhile I hadn’t gained weight. Baby is definitely a LOT quieter in this position. Mostly, we’re just super excited to meet him and have him here safely. The anxiety has definitely picked up in these past few weeks, now that we’re so close to the end. I’m so excited for him to be on the outside where there’s not all this pressure on me and me alone to determine if something is wrong.
We had our 20 week scan today which went well. Baby growing well and it’s another BOY! I’m surprised but happy he’s looking healthy. Now we need to think of a name because we were all set on he being a she 😅
Looks like I’ve missed a lot of updates here!!