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36 Weeks Pregnant

By on Aug 13, 2011 in Pregnancy |

Best Moment of the week: Amazing how even when I’m keeping the couch warm, I didn’t have time to blog last weekend. Or maybe it’s just because I’ve been too busy holding my breath! It’s amazing how quickly the weeks are flying by, even with nothing going on. I thought they would start to drag toward the end, but thankfully that’s not the case.

Highlights over the past two weeks include my first baby sprinkle with my wonderful moms’ group, Modern Moms of Tampa. I was an hour late for it because my doctor’s appointment took forever (see below) but the ladies held out in the HOT park until I got there and it was so nice. We got all kinds of goodies including lots of diapers, wipes, bibs, and even a few handmade goodies…a cross-stitched bib and a crocheted hat. So sweet! I’m so lucky to have such a great group of moms as a support system. Now the question is, will I make it to my other sprinkle on August 28th?? Or will Collin be joining us?

Hmm, what else? Our house permit finally was approved and there has been plenty of work (both before and after permit, actually) going on. The new house is still a complete disaster, but at least it’s moving in the right direction. Glenn had already done a lot of gutting (everything out of the kitchen and ripped apart the back room, which was a sunroom that had not been converted properly from a porch and needed a lot of work). The walls that needed framing should be finished today, and the plumber and electrician will hopefully start working tomorrow along with the new windows and doors going in. My dad fixed some of the plumbing in our shower, and Glenn put in our pretty new bathroom vanity. Glenn and our friend Dan wired the house for phone/cable/internet yesterday and Dan was pressure washing the outside of the house today so it can be repainted. There’s still a lot to be done, and realistically, it will still be a couple more months until we can move in to a finished house, but we’re getting there. Still to come: electrician, plumber, insulation, drywall, new cabinets (purchased from IKEA this week!) going into the kitchen (then it takes 3 weeks to get a countertop fabricated, sheesh!), painting inside and out, new carpet in the bedrooms and our pretty new faux-wood vinyl plank floor in the rest of the house, tile in the back room, then baseboards and trim work in the whole house. And then moving out of our house and into the new one. Phew! And guess who can’t do anything to help?? Oh yeah, that would be me!!

I had two doctor’s appointments since my last post. One was the day of my sprinkle, and I had dilated to 1-2 cm, still 50% effaced, and he was measuring small, so I had a sonogram. It was nice to see the little guy…he looks totally smooshed in there, though! He’s measuring at the 19th percentile (10th percentile is when they would worry) and they guessed his weight was about 4 lbs 11 oz as of 8/5. At the appointment this week, I hadn’t changed too much, which is good, and his heart rate was up high in the 170’s (I think it was because his big brother was SCREAMING BLOODY MURDER when the doctor came in to see his mama) but it went back down to his baseline in the 150’s after my exam. Dr. Reiss said it’s good that his heart rate was active because it shows that he is doing well and my placenta is still working.

On the not-so-good front, I had another labor scare on Monday of this week. I started having contractions in the morning, and while they never developed a consistent pattern, they lasted ALL DAY LONG, anywhere from 4 minutes to 30 minutes apart, over and over again. I was very uncomfortable. 🙁 Thankfully my mom was there, and while I didn’t tell her this was going on until later in the day because I didn’t want her to worry, if I had I actually gone into labor, she was there to help, and she stayed late to help with Carter until Glenn got home. I called my doctor’s office right before they closed at 5, and they thought I may likely have to go into the hospital, and since I was past the 35 week mark, they probably wouldn’t have done too much to stop the labor. (EEEEK!) They told me to drink a lot of water over the next hour, and if I had 4 or more contractions over the course of that hour, to call back and talk to the on-call doctor (Dr. Dill) and see what she thought. Of course I did, so I talked to her (after making sure everything was packed and ready to go and that Glenn was on his way home to drive me) and she said to just wait it out. If they developed more of a pattern (closer to 5 minutes apart for an hour, and more painful) then I should call back/come in, but otherwise just wait it out. So that was a relief. I still thought for sure I would go into labor that night and I was totally emotional when I was getting Carter to bed that night. (Yes, crazy pregnant woman, party of one) The contractions kept going until I fell asleep, but in the morning, they had stopped. Phew!

Other than that, it’s been pretty quiet around here. My mom has been over at our house a lot, and we’ve been over at my parents’ house, too, on days that Glenn is working on the house, since I have to be “babysat.” So we haven’t had much of a social life lately or seen much daylight. Carter and I have been taking daily naps together, which is heavenly. I usually work through his naps, but it’s been nice to just conk out with him and get some rest. It’s been miserably hot and there has been a ton of rain, so if we’re going to be stuck inside, now is the time for it!

Epiphany of the week: I might just make it to my due date…maybe.

Entertaining question/comment/story of the week: Here are a few of Carter’s brilliant quotes of the week:
– He climbed into his high chair while we were making lunch in the kitchen and called out, “Mama, Cee Cee, where are you guys?”
– He now knows a word for each letter of the alphabet…A is for apple, B is for baby, C is for Carter and Collin and Cee Cee, etc. Today we saw a Circle K sign and he said “K is for kite!” He loves it when he recognizes letters, numbers and shapes out in the world.
– He brought out some letters to me and Glenn last night and said “Let’s build a word!” (We’ve been watching a lot of a show called Word World and that’s from a song they sing.) We built L-I-P and then he ran around saying “Carter built a lip!” And then we proceeded to build a lot more words with a lot more letters. So much fun!
Obsessions: Making it to 36 weeks, hooray! Now every day when I wake up I wonder, “Will this be Collin’s birthday?”
What I am most looking forward to this week: I signed Carter up for a big brother class on Thursday. Assuming I make it that far, it should be fun! (And will give us an idea of how he’ll do at the hospital, yikes!) Then I have another doctor’s appointment on Friday. At this point, I think I’m most looking forward to meeting my little guy! Though he can wait at least one more week until he’s full-term.
What I miss the most: Not hurting…the aches and pains are really getting to me, especially at night.
Symptoms: 1-2 cm dilated and a bit more than 50% effaced with his head “very low.” It was difficult for her to check my cervix this week because she had to go around his head to get to it. If that sounds uncomfortable, it’s because it was!

Milestones:

Your baby is gaining about an ounce a day. He now weighs almost 6 pounds (Collin is probably a bit smaller than this) and is more than 18 1/2 inches long. He’s shedding most of the downy hair that covered his body, as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that protected his skin during her nine-month amniotic bath. Next week, your baby will be considered full-term. (WOO HOO!)

Weight: 156.5