34 weeks down, 6 more to go. #HomeStretch
We’ve encountered our first hurdle this week in this pregnancy (aside from massive
ankles cankles, of which, deserve their own zip code). Baby H is still breech. In two weeks we’ll do a procedure in which they attempt to turn the baby. All I know about this procedure is
A) It hurts.
B) It has a 5% chance of needing emergency C-section due to either the blood pressure dropping in the baby or the umbilical cord can get stuck around the neck.
C) It reduces the likelihood of a c-section by 50%. (Compared to 100% if we did not do the procedure)
Now, would I be disappointed to have a C-section. Yes. I’ve always been curious about labor and it’s just something I always wanted to experience. But, a c-section has it’s perks… for one, it’s planned so I can tell family, work, and oh yeah, my husband when the baby is coming. Secondly, I get longer FMLA. So, it’s not the worst thing in the world.
But first things first. Let’s turn this baby. I asked my Dr. what kind of old wives tales she has for me to try at home- such as flipping around in a pool or something… and she laughed at me. So… a simple prayer it is then.
Now, for the good stuff… here’s the nitty gritty of my pregnancy right now.
How far along? 34 weeks.
Total weight gain/loss: +28 lbs – However, if you weigh me at the end of the day you can add another +5 pounds on there. Apparently I gain 5 pounds each day… #ThankYouCankles
Maternity clothes? Damn straight.
Stretch marks? Knock on Wood – no! For the record, I have dipped myself in coconut oil every single night of my pregnancy life.
Sleep: Sleep is becoming harder. I can’t get comfortable. What a cliche of a pregnant lady to say. But it’s true. Having a huge lump on your stomach isn’t comfortable. However, I have had no trouble with insomnia, thankfully. My bathroom trips have been anywhere between 3-5 times a night. It doesn’t annoy Brad at all… haha
Best moment this week: When someone told me I sounded like a dinosaur coming down the hall. True story. And yes, this was a highlight because I’ve complained about it like 1000 times and it makes me laugh. Oh, I should mention, the person that said this was a MALE COWORKER. #Idiot
Worst moment this week: Found out baby is still breach. Damnit. We have an appointment scheduled for 2 weeks from today to move the baby. Hopefully it works. If not, we’ll schedule our C-section.
Miss Anything? Really ready to have my body back. I want a regular person body. Also, for the first time this pregnancy I’m getting ready to have a solid glass of wine… or
Movement: This aint a small baby. Since the babe is breach his/her giant feet are shooting into my ribs. So much that I can actually see the foot and I have been threatening to grab it haha Also, I felt the baby have the hiccups. It made me smile.
Food cravings: Pop! I know… I know… tisk tisk, Mallory. I’m just keepin’ it real. But I like the burn of the carbonation down my throat. I can’t explain it…
Anything making you queasy or sick: I’ve been getting light headed at times. Often when I haven’t eaten for a few hours. Which has been happening more regularly since I’m so F-ing full!
Symptoms: Fat cankles. And feet. Seriously, so fat.
Have you started to show yet: Duh.
Gender prediction: I have no motherly intuition at all. Everyone seems to think it’s a boy. For no good reason. It’s a crapshoot as far as I’m concerned. I CAN’T WAIT TO FIND OUT!
Labor Signs: Experienced my first contraction a few days ago. It was obvious what it was and didn’t concern me at all. I haven’t had a natural period since high school so I’m unfamiliar with what period cramps are like but pretty sure they feel similar to this feeling because it seemed like a flashback to my adolescents. A sharp cramp, a little pukey feeling, a little hungry… all at once.
Belly Button in or out? So weird. It’s just weird. It’s neither in or out. It just is stretched. #SoSexy
Exercise? Still goin’ at it a few times a week. Much slower and taking it way easier during my workouts. I’m mostly relying on really light weights, body weight, walking and elliptical. Nothing exciting. I’m really looking forward to being able to workout again like normal… someday!
Happy or Moody most of the time: I’d be lying if I said I’m never moody. I cry for no reason. Last week I got irritated with Brad because he turned the radio up while I was driving. Totally irrational. So irrational that I started crying about how irrational I am right now. He’s treading lightly and is handling the moody blows very well.
Looking forward to: Two weeks when we do the procedure to try to toss this baby around in hopes of a vaginal birth. Fingers crossed!
Any Irrational Worries? Is this question a joke? Always. Such as, am I eating enough. Does waking up on my back harm my baby? Am I going to be able to sleep well ever again? The baby has no clothes. I don’t know how to change a diaper. OMG so much to worry about…. see… I need a glass of red.
A little sneak peak into our slowly developing nursery. The walls are painted. The crib is up. Decorative pillows in place. And… that’s all. We have a lot to do these next 6 weeks. It’s crunch time now. Let’s go!
Thanks for reading, friends! XoXo
PS– for those that noticed the post from last week didn’t go up… you’re right. Can I blame #PregnancyBrain? It was all finished but I never actually pressed the “publish” button. #Idiot. Anyway, I’m going to share the post next month at some point. I’ve been thinking of highlighting an infertility story on here once a month, as the ratings and feedback was awesome last month! Feel free to leave any thoughts in the comments!