OMG it’s been 7 weeks since I last did an update on my baby bump, so much for being more consistent and keeping everyone in the loop! My whole attitude of pregnancy has definitely changed since then and I’m in a much better place, rightfully so! I feel like from 20 weeks until 30 weeks I was a complete mess and was terrified out of my mind of something going wrong. I now feel like I can breathe and I’m not as worried now if I were to go into pre term labor, I know she will be ok, Yes she’ll still be in the NICU but it’ll only be a couple weeks and it won’t be as critical as before. I still definitely don’t want to go into labor anytime soon, I hope she behaves for the next 3 weeks, and we get to experience the whole birthing process the “normal” way. I’ve said it before, I really want my husband to get to hold his baby right after delivery and not have her taken from us, I want her staying in our room, and then when we go home after 2-3 days I want to bring her home with us!
My baby bump this week!
Sorry for the bad picture quality, that’s my problem, and why I’m not a good blogger…I either forget to ask someone to take pics of me or my hubby is always busy working & when he gets home from work its to late, so then I end up having to take horrible selfies with bad lighting and the pics always look the same. I really need to get better at this whole picture taking thing!
What my sweet girl looks like this week:
This week, according to BabyCenter, baby girl weighs a little over 4 pounds and has passed the 17-inch mark (about the size of a pineapple). She’s rapidly losing that wrinkled, alien look and her skeleton is hardening. The bones in her skull aren’t fused together, which allows them to move and slightly overlap, thus making it easier for her to fit through the birth canal. (The pressure on the head during birth is so intense that many babies are born with a conehead-like appearance.) These bones don’t entirely fuse until early adulthood, so they can grow as her brain and other tissue expands during infancy and childhood.
Today we had an ultrasound and this picture is accurate of how she looked like in utero. She has been head down for quite some time now, when we did an ultrasound at 29 weeks she was already in this position. Not to mention I had a feeling she was head down because whenever she gets the hiccups they feel like they are so low “down there”. My belly is extra hard above my belly button and in ultrasound it showed that’s her back and then her butt is on the right, and then her lil feet are curled up right there occasionally kicking me right below my right rib. And let me tell you it just feels wonderful! Haha! Actually I’d rather have her kick me there then on my belly button. I don’t know why but when they kick your belly button it feels so weird, it hurts more then the other areas, and almost makes you feel kinda quesy in a way. The Doctor estimated her to be about 4-4.5 pounds already, I personally feel like she’s a little bigger because the pressure not only on my cerclage but also my pelvic bone is pretty intense. I seriously feel like my pelvic bone is so bruised. I literally want to cry sometimes when I have to roll over from side to side when lying down because the pain is so bad. It’s crazy to think I still have at least another month to go of her getting bigger and pushing even more on my pelvic bone, the next month is going to be very intense and definitely will test my tolerance level. I started crying last night because the pain just got the best of me. I don’t want to complain though because honestly I am so blessed to still be pregnant and I would rather suffer and go through pain then have to have her experience any pain herself.
Best Moment this week: Seeing baby girl on ultrasound and seeing that everything still looks great! Can’t believe I’ve made it this far! I also washed some newborn clothes so that was exciting, I definitely want to start nesting now and getting ready for her arrival. I have received so many hand me downs that so far that’s all that I have washed, the doctor is predicting her birth weight to be about 8-8.5lbs so I don’t want to wash anything newborn yet. Not gonna lie, I know that’s a normal birth weight but it freaks me out, I’ve never delivered anything bigger then 5.3lbs.
Movement: She is still my wild little girl especially from 9-10:30pm but I feel like her jabs are now turning more into rolls then anything else. You can definitely tell she’s starting to run outta room in there!
Maternity clothes: I went from having 4 pairs of maternity pants and shorts to now only having 2 of each and I’m starting to outgrow all my shirts, there becoming to short. But I don’t want to buy anything maternity as I’m in the home stretch and not sure exactly how much longer I’ll last. So looks like I will literally be wearing the same couple outfits over and over again.
Labor signs: I was really crampy and kinda uncomfortable Halloween night but I think it was because I was running around all day and the stress of getting the kids dressed and out of the door on time was just a little bit more excitement then I needed. But other then that I’m just having the normal uncomfortable pregnancy pains. I mentioned the cerclage and pelvic bone pain plus I’m also having a “burning” sensation right below my breasts and through the middle of my belly. I knew it wasn’t anything to be worried about but the doctor informed me it’s my nerves stretching! So that’s just great, haha! I literally feel like my belly can’t stretch anymore and then burning pain really is so unbearable at times and there’s nothing at all you can do about it.
Coming Up: My baby shower is in 2 weeks so I’m getting really excited for that! My laundry area is currently under construction so that means everything is now piled into the corner of my dining room, as soon as that gets complete I will have a new hall closet (more space for organization) and then I will be getting all my baby stuff outta storage so we can start setting up for baby girls arrival!!