Feb 28, 2017

37 weeks

If I had to bet money on whether or not I'd be writing this post, I would have lost the money. I cannot believe I am posting a 37 week bumpdate. Those shots were worth every penny since they did their job!

Baby size: swiss chard
Any symptoms?  everything boobs down hurts. BP is still in the normal range, but getting higher.
Favorite part this week? Making it through the week!
Least favorite part this week? The waiting game
Boy or Girl? GIRL!
Names? Charlee Danielle

I just might make it to March! Originally I felt like this could be a long shot, but after the gestational diabetes diagnosis and learning that Charlee was a little thing, it became a little more realistic. However, this past weekend I was nervous that she would arrive simply because it would have been inconvenient.
1. My sister-in-law that will be my nurse, and actually deliver the baby, had a bachelorette party Friday night.
2. Danny worked Friday and Sunday.
3. My OB was out of town all weekend.
4. As of my 36 week appointment last Thursday, I am 2 cm dilated already. I realize this doesn't mean much, but on top of 1-3 and 5 it was just icing on the cake.
5. Storms were in the forecast for Friday night making all of this quite literally the perfect storm for labor to start.

The storm for Friday night fizzled out and I remained pregnant. I took Friday afternoon off work so I could rest before my solo-parenting weekend and when the first wave of rain came through, I was having contractions every 18-20 minutes. That was making me pretty nervous! But, here I am hoping we get the storms they are saying are possible tonight so I WILL go into labor haha.

My diabetes experience is going okay. My numbers have been elevated, but we've attributed that to being sick and I've just gotten kind of lax with the diet since I learned she most likely won't be the typical bigger diabetes baby. But, I've gotten my eating back under control and my numbers are looking better. Its mostly been because the Girl Scout cookies are gone but whatever. They've been higher this morning, but I also had to have a snack at 4 am. I don't know if this means things are happening or if I the extra oreo I had after dinner was a bad idea. Who knows.

I'm nearing the point where I'm ready to be done. Everything hurts, I'm not sleeping well (this is partially due to pregnancy, partially due to dog and kid), and I've 99% mentally checked out of work. Having 2 kids scares that absolute shit out of me, but I'll survive. I probably won't thrive, but I'll survive haha.

Hopefully this is my last update! I'm ready to meet this sweet girl!

Feb 22, 2017

36 weeks

I totally spaced this yesterday and at this point that could mean I miss doing a bumpdate. Not good!

Baby size: crenshaw melon? whatever that is.
Any symptoms?  still have heartburn. my back, hips, and pelvis hurt all the time.
Favorite part this week? Feeling "ready" at home
Least favorite part this week? Experiencing all of the emotion. Sometimes in 10 minutes.
Boy or Girl? GIRL!
Names? Charlee Danielle

I'm reaching the point where I'm ready to be done, but I'm not quite there. Other than it hurting to do practically anything, I feel pretty good. I'm not super exhausted and my blood pressure has been good. No swelling. I'm still wearing my wedding ring but take it off at night since my hands get a little bigger over night. I've only had a few contractions since the last episode so that's good. Nothing showing up on the NST.

There just isn't much going on at this point. The house is ready. Just need to wash bottles and pacifiers. Bags have been packed. Car seat base is installed. The freezer is stocked with meals. I even got some burritos made.

Work is still mostly ready. I keep having things come up as time goes on, but nothing too major. I have this fantasy of just checking out completely when Charlee gets here for a few weeks, but I just don't think that's realistic.

Danny thinks she'll be here within the next week. I honestly have no idea. I go back and forth between thinking she's going to be in there until closer to 38 weeks, if not 39, and thinking she's got to be running out of room like Tucker did since my uterus didn't change shape between pregnancies. I do know that she is very low and making her way towards the exit.

Tomorrow we have appointments all morning: growth ultrasound, NST and 36 week check up. Tomorrow is my LAST progesterone shot too. After that, who knows what will happen!

Feb 14, 2017

35 weeks

I hate that I am only posting on Tuesdays, but that's all I have the time and energy for these days. Plus I'm solo parenting until Saturday morning pretty much so I'm pretty tapped out already.

Baby size: honeydew melon
Any symptoms?  heartburn is back (thanks, Girl Scout cookies). things hurt. I'm exhausted. A few contractions.
Favorite part this week? Baby girl had a growth spurt!
Least favorite part this week? Not being able to get all the things done.
Boy or Girl? GIRL!
Names? Charlee Danielle

I am feeling like about 90%. Still hanging onto some congestion in my chest, but my head and nose are clear so the antibiotics and Mucinex are working. The Mucinex is also playing games with my sugar numbers, but that's to be expected.

Our appointment last Thursday went really well. Charlee has almost caught back up to where she is supposed to be. She was measuring just a week smaller than 34 weeks, so she isn't 3-4 weeks too small anymore. There was either a growth spurt or the original measurements a few weeks ago were wrong. Either way I am relieved! My suspicions of her starting to drop were also confirmed. The nurse could barely get to her head on the ultrasound to measure it. I've had a few contractions, but they only lasted for about an hour Sunday night. I was able to walk them off. Not sure if that's how you're supposed to do it, but I figured if they were still coming and going after doing the dishes and folding laundry then it was the real deal. It was not. The NST didn't show any yesterday either.

We took Tucker one on last fun outing as a family of 3 over the weekend: an indoor bounce house place plus lunch of his choice. He had a blast!

It may not have been our last weekend as a family of 3, but I am pretty sure its going to be the last weekend I feel like doing anything like that haha. Plus Danny and I are going to dinner for Valentine's Day this Saturday so it wasn't even an option.

Our house is pretty much baby ready. I still haven't made the burritos that I want to make or busy bags for Tucker. Maybe I'll do the bags tonight since my Valentine will be at a couple meetings tonight.

Feb 7, 2017

34 weeks

34 freaking weeks. How did I get here? These last few weeks have flown by just like I expected them too. I'm waiting on time to start dragging since I'm starting to get really uncomfortable but it hasn't yet.

Baby size: average cantaloupe. That's exactly what my app says.
Any symptoms?  still have the shitty immune system. everything from the boobs down still hurts. some cramping. really tired.
Favorite part this week? We have everything we need for her arrival. It's still sitting in bags, but we have it.
Least favorite part this week? being sick, again. Yes this is the same as last week.
Boy or Girl? GIRL!
Names? Charlee Danielle

Not much has changed. My NST and BPP on Thursday went pretty well. The nurse doing the BPP/ultrasound was concerned about my cervix and the possibility of me being in early preterm labor, but the NST didn't show any contractions so my OB wasn't concerned. The NST went well yesterday too. I've been feeling very crampy the last few days so I'm not sure how things will go this Thursday.

I also went to my family doctor yesterday for this sickness that I've had basically since the beginning on January. It did go away for about a week and a half, but came back with a vengeance last Monday. Saturday evening I was riding the struggle bus. My head was congested, my chest was congested, my head hurt from coughing, I couldn't keep my eyes open but also couldn't sleep. I was feeling so bad that I had to call my mother-in-law to see if she could keep Tucker for the night. I had probably overdone it shopping, which was just to Target, but staying home and solo parenting Tucker all day would have probably been more work honestly. Danny ordered me to call the doctor Monday morning and I didn't even put up a fight. They miraculously had an opening yesterday morning so I was able to get in. I was told I have bronchitis and sinusitis. He sent me home with a script for an antibiotic and told me to get regular Mucinex. I was hesitant to trust his knowledge on whether both meds were safe for me to take since this is the exchange we had.
Dr: Are you having any shortness of breath?
Me: Yes, but it's probably more pregnancy related than sickness related.
Dr: Oh you're pregnant?

Uhhhh, okay. I was sitting down, but still. I'll be setting up an appointment with a new doctor after this baby is born. I've been wanting too anyways, but this sealed the deal. I don't know if he's just oblivious, blind, or just that disconnected from his patients. None of those are okay with me so I'll be moving on.

Not much going on right now except for coughing.

Feb 3, 2017

February Goals

I don't have many for the month due to the fact that I'm most likely in the last few weeks of this pregnancy. Because of that, my goals are all related to that and have a deadline. The biggest goal though is to try and keep this girl cookin' through the end of the month. Since finding out my due date of March 21st, my goal has been to have a March baby. February 28th is the 37 week mark, so on or after March 1st is totally acceptable. I realize I have very little control over this, but I can at least make an effort to not overdo it around the house or at work, keep my eating within the gestational diabetes guidelines and try to stay calm so my blood pressure doesn't go up. It was actually 108/63 yesterday which is impressive considering my pregnancy with Tucker. This is when my BP started going to shit.

Onto the goals...
1. Finish Charlee's room - This is one that has a deadline. To ease my mind, I'd like to have this done by the 15th. The 36 week mark is the following Tuesday and that's basically the "any day now" point for me I think. There are a couple things left to buy d├ęcor wise and essential wise. I'm buying the rest of the essentials tomorrow and the curtains so I can spend next weekend getting it all put together.

2. Finish prepping for the first few weeks of having a newborn again - I mentioned the other day that we have been freezing meals as we make them. I don't have the desire to spend an entire afternoon or day even to make 15-20 meals, let alone the extra funds to throw at the grocery bill. Doing it in spurts is better for me. Danny made 3 more on Wednesday and I have 2 more that I'm making tonight. I'm hoping Sunday I'll be a little more over this sickness I have going on so I can throw together some beef and bean burritos to put in the freezer. I'm hoping to make some breakfast burritos or sandwiches next. I've been stocking up on snacks and part of my shopping this weekend includes getting things like a big package of toilet paper, paper towels, trash bags, paper plates, etc. I should add coffee to this list. And oatmeal.

3. Assemble busy bags for Tucker - I've been stashing away some toys here and there for him. My brother and sister-in-law got him a bag of coloring books, stickers and crayons for his birthday. I quickly hid it, like while the party was still going on quick, so I can pull it out and its shiny and new again. A restaurant/shop in town has a ton of Melissa & Doug toys so I got him some reusable stickers and a water painting book. I've also found some easy, little to no effort to throw together "busy bags" on Pinterest and bought some of the materials for. All of these things are mostly for when Danny goes back to work and I'm home alone with both kids. These might not get done. The other stuff is first so this is extra.

4. Tie up loose ends at work - Out of 15 clients, I only have 4 more to meet with. I also need to get things pretty well prepared for taxes so my brother doesn't have to do it. He can handle it, he'll just be busy with the rest of our sales season too. I also need to get my personal taxes ready to be done.  One of my four meetings has to be done next week because its 2 hours away, but the other 3 are local so they won't be a big deal. I'm hoping to have all of this done by 2/17.

That's it for this month. Like I said, all pregnancy related and all under a deadline.

Feb 1, 2017

33 weeks

I skipped the bumpdate yesterday because I was home sick. That's something I haven't talked about on here. I have been sick nonstop! I had the stomach flu TWICE in December and this is my second cold/virus. Tucker had a cold in the beginning on January and after coughing and breathing in my face for a couple days, I finally got ahold of it. I had to postpone a work trip because I was so full of snot. Then Monday as I was leaving my NST my throat started hurting. It literally came on while I was sitting in the chair. Thankfully Tylenol has been helping with the pain but I hate taking dose after dose. I felt horrible Monday night and my whole body was starting to ache so I decided to make Tuesday a rest day. I watched 10 episodes of Gilmore Girls and I drank 90 ounces of water so I'd say I did alright resting and hydrating. I excel at those two activities if given the opportunity.

Baby size: pineapple
Any symptoms?  everything from my boobs down hurts. my shitty immune system is also a symptom.
Favorite part this week? I'm really seeing the movements from this girl. This was my favorite part of being pregnant with Tucker so I'm really trying to enjoy the dance parties.
Least favorite part this week? being sick, again, and unable to take Dayquil and Nyquil.
Boy or Girl? GIRL!
Names? Charlee Danielle

My NST on Monday went well. The actual monitoring only takes 20 minutes but they schedule you for 60 in case your baby is being difficult, like mine. The poor nurse, which I know, had to sit on the floor and hold the monitor on my stomach the entire time because every time she let go it would move just enough that it wouldn't pick up Charlee's heartbeat. We had fun chatting though! My gestational diabetes is going well. I've had a few post meal reads that have been above the limit, but I haven't been told by the educator that I need to come back in or start insulin so I'd say I'm doing alright. She actually told me on Monday I don't need to send my numbers in again until February 7th, which is a lot longer than every 4 days like I was having to do.

It's crunch time in terms of baby prepping. Danny and I are both working at getting some meals put in the freezer. So far we have 9, which is 9 more than we had with Tucker haha. Danny is whipping up some chili that is just for the freezer and then making a double batch of beef and noodles today so we can eat tonight and freeze some for another night. I bought food to make burritos for lunches and a couple dinners. We ate a lot of take out after Tucker and I'm hoping to avoid eating take out for EVERY dinner this time around. We also have things to buy. Curtains, new nipples for bottles, blankets, recovery supplies for me, a new changing table pad, the rest of Tucker's gift from Charlee, and another monitor. We also need to do things like get the car seat and bases out and turn the crib back into a crib. I also need to pack my hospital bag and Tucker's bag for Danny's mom's house.

Time to cram 2 days worth of work into 1!