31 Weeks

Pretty sure this happens on a daily basis in there.

I’ve been pretty quiet the last couple of weeks because I haven’t been feeling well. The out of control blood sugars was a huge factor in that, and now that they are under control again; my energy is returning, my moods are balancing out (well, sort of…) and I’m feeling a lot better overall. It’s a good feeling!

While I would never wish for my baby to be born too early, it would be amazing to have a fast forward button to April. The last trimester is ridiculous and hard, each day seems to get longer and longer.

I have two NST’s scheduled for this week and then my baby shower is on Saturday, I can’t wait!!!

Pretty boring around here, just trying to keep up my energy, keep up with my kids and get things ready for a new little person to join our family. Here’s a comparison from 21 weeks to 31 weeks.

Baby Girl is Grounded

I had every intention of going to my Non Stress Test this morning, leaving the hospital by 10, running errands and then spending the rest of the day catching up on laundry and other housework that’s been neglected lately. That didn’t happen.

The nurse hooked me up to the monitors and immediately noticed her heartrate was pretty high (175’ish) and after 10 minutes, it was still that way. After 2 hours of IV fluids, me drinking cup after cup of water, the heart rate was still high. It went down a few times, but not enough and not consistently enough for them to send me home without further testing.

The on call OB came in and did a Bio Physical Profile¬†which I had never had done before and was a little nervous, but it was pretty quick, painless and because it’s an ultrasound, I got to watch her in all her glory. So cool to see those little feet kicking instead of just feeling them. I ended up scoring a 10.8, under 10, they admit you.

What does this mean? I have another NST Friday morning and we’re hoping that today’s was just a fluke and her heart rate stays in normal ranges as it has been for every other appointment, ultrasound and NST. Obviously, the ideal course is to keep me pregnant as long as possible (I’m currently just over 30 weeks), but it may come to a point where we have to decide on delivery and NICU or possibly losing her if the pregnancy continues. I’m doing everything that I can and will continue to do so. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers.

Even though she is grounded, she is still pretty cute ūüėČ Here is a profile picture from the ultrasound this morning. She was moving around a lot and is head down, so it was hard to get a good profile shot.

30 Weeks

Some days I feel like I’m going to be pregnant forever and it will never end, and then I realize how little time there is left and I start to get sad. This is it. This is the last time I’ll feel a baby move inside of me, the last time I’ll have a newborn, the last so many things!! Apparently I’m feeling sappy today.¬†

Your baby’s the size of a cucumber!
Your 15.2- to 16.7-inch, 2.5- to 3.8-pound baby continues to grow.
 
 
I had an appointment with my OB this morning and if I wasn’t having all of these blood sugar issues, it would be my best and easiest pregnancy of them all. My blood pressure is great, no swelling, growing right on track, strong heartbeat, etc. But then he looked at my blood sugars and said “it’s a good thing this is your last one, another baby might kill you.” I am to continue twice a week non stress tests at the hospital and to see my Endocrinologist as needed, but since baby girl is doing so well, I don’t need another OB appointment for 3 weeks.¬†
 
I talked with my Endocrinologist on the phone this afternoon and we are trying something new with my night time dose of insulin. Currently, I take 100 units right before bed, but I’m still waking up with blood sugar readings near 200 – they should be under 90. And then my body is trying to catch up all day and I’m injecting a LOT of insulin all day long, only to start the cycle again the next morning. Starting tonight, I’ll take 60 units right before bed and another 60 first thing in the morning. Fingers crossed.¬†
 
That’s all for now. Here’s a fun bump comparison, 20 weeks to 30 weeks. Pretty big difference, no wonder I can’t find shirts that fit!!!
 
 
 

29 Weeks

Your baby’s the size of an acorn squash!
Baby already measures about 15.2 to 16.7 inches long. Right now, we weighs about 2.5 to 3.8 pounds but he’s still got a ways to go — can you believe he’ll triple in weight before birth?
your baby at 29 weeks
  • He’s getting a little cramped in there, since he’s growing so fast. But you probably already realize that, since you’re getting all those jabs and kicks.
  • He’s growing white fat deposits under his skin, and his energy is surging because of it.
  • Feel a subtle twitch? It might be baby hiccupping.

Life has been somewhat of a roller coaster the last few days. My blood sugars have been all over the place and becoming harder and harder to control. As many times as Dr’s have told me this could happen, now that it IS happening, I don’t like it.

I had an OB appointment yesterday – and an ultrasound-. Good news is that baby girl continues to thrive and is doing great! She is growing right on track and even though my body is going nuts with all of this blood sugar nonsense, she continues to be unaffected. But, because my numbers have been so high, and when that happens, I note decreased fetal movements, it’s time to watch things a little closer.

Starting this morning, I will be at the hospital having Non-Stress Tests done twice a week and I’m also seeing my OB weekly now until delivery.

The first test was done this morning and we passed with flying colors. While it was a little boring sitting there clicking each time she moved, I loved being able to just sit back, listening to the heartbeat and moving around and I did a little reading as well. Next test is Saturday morning.

And that’s that! I’m trying to stay positive and just focus on one day at a time right now. It’s really all I can do!

28 Weeks

Third Trimester! 

Putting on layers of fat, your baby now weighs in around 1.5 to 2.5 pounds and measures about 13.6 to 14.8 inches.

  • She’s starting to develop more fat, so her wrinkly skin will start to get smoother.
  • Her lungs are mature enough that she’d probably survive if she was born now. Wow!

Common Symptoms: Yes…to all.

  • Trouble sleeping. As you get closer to your due date, you’ll likely have more and more trouble with this. It could be hormones or nerves — or both!
  • Shortness of breath, as baby continues to crowd your lungs.
  • Aches and pains¬†— the third trimester can be really uncomfortable due to hormone fluctuations and the toll on your body.
  • Braxton Hicks contractions¬†— these might be getting stronger or more frequent as your bod gets ready for labor.
  • Leaky boobs. Your breasts may already be producing baby’s first food, a yellowish substance called¬†colostrum.

We started working on the room renovations that need to happen before baby girl arrives. Last Saturday the husband put up the door to our new room and once we get that room cleaned out (it’s the current toy room), it will be our new master bedroom. My nesting instincts are out.of.control. and I just want everything done now!

Aside from that, feeling the above symptoms, things are going relatively well. It was a sad day yesterday when I had to really work hard to get my wedding rings off, this is the longest into a pregnancy that I’ve been able to wear them, so I’m happy in that respect.

On the Diabetes front, things are still going well. Starting to notice I don’t need as much insulin at meal times, taking too much results in after meal blood sugar readings of 45-50. Not fun!!!

I can’t think of anything else to add, other than I’m really missing kicking my butt in and out of the gym and sweating hard core. I have been devising work out plans for after this little one is born and I can’t wait to get started!!

I’m sort of happy I have been taking weekly bump shots this time around, it’s fun to look back and see how things have grown. Here’s a collage from the start of each trimester (at 5 weeks, 14 weeks and 28 weeks)

Five Things Friday {8}

Since I’m in the 3rd Trimester now, it’s time to get into baby mode gear around here. Since we have nothing, that means there are some things we’ll be getting new and since they will be donated or sold to consignment shops as she outgrows them, I can get them as girly as I want without having to worry about what the next baby will use. So today’s 5 Things Friday are 5 of the items I’m currently coveting and price stalking.

1. Diaper Bag

We’ll be using cloth diapers and I’m breastfeeding, so I don’t need a huge diaper bag, but I really just love the simplicity of this one.

2. Boppy Pillow

I don’t think I could have figured out how to breastfeed without this thing! I loved it and can’t wait to get another one.

3. Rock ‘n Play

Something new since my last baby- I saw it at Target and was intrigued for sure!

4. Swing

Depending on how successful the RnP is, we may not be buying the swing, but I adore this one.

5. Muslin Blankets

Everyone I talk to tells me how wonderful these blankets are, so many to choose from, *i* want to snuggle with one too!

Have a great weekend!

27 Weeks

I think this is the first week that I’m actually really feeling the woes of pregnancy. It is WAY harder the 4th time and 12 years later. I’m old, I’m tired, I’m cranky, I’m gassy, everything hurts…that about sums it up. Yes, I’m whining, not sorry. I’m still feeling incredibly blessed to be this far along and we are both doing well, but I’m entitled to a little whining during the last trimester. It’s law.

I really don’t know what she’s doing in there all day long, but yesterday the rolls and kicks were so strong, I half expected an organ of mine to come shooting out my lady bits.

She definitely had a growth spurt this week, my shirts are starting to lift up now, they used to cover the bump ok. Also, not sorry, not buying anything else. Don’t care.

Other than the whining and being slightly uncomfortable, things are going great. My blood sugars are behaving, my blood pressure is still behaving and I’m beyond excited at those two things. While I may have some uncomfortable moments over the next couple of months, I know how fast it goes once they are here and while I’m insanely excited to meet her, I’m not ready yet!

Here’s a fun comparison- same shirt: 21 weeks vs 27 weeks.