We’ve made it 3/4ths of the way through this pregnancy! I still can’t believe it, especially with all the cervical stuff that has gone on. I’m so excited to be getting so close to the end, though I have been told by a number of people that this is when things start to drag on. I’m not sure if that will actually be the case for me because right now is when we start picking up at work and we will get pretty busy through the beginning of September from here on out, so I’ll have a nice distraction. I guess I’ll find out soon enough!
I went to the doctor last Monday and we did a quick abdominal ultra sound, no check on the cervix. Our boy is looking nice and healthy and everything is good on that front. I then did my one hour glucose test, which wasn’t as bad as everyone made it out to be. Though I’ve heard the three hour is much worse, I’ve seen lots of complaints about the one hour as well. The lemon-lime flavored drink reminded me of those juice barrel drinks from when I was little. Pretty much straight up sugar with some flavor. It’s basically what you would feed a humming bird but without the red dye.
I was pretty sleepy because we had to get up so early to go down to the appointment and was pretty much falling asleep in the waiting room for the hour, so I didn’t notice any weird side effects from the drink. Taking my blood was the usual hassle. I have small veins and the nurses are always so nervous they’re going to hurt me. I’m not squeamish and I have a high pain tolerance so I really wish they would just stab me and find the veins to get the shit done. They actually had to call in a second nurse, who happens to be my best friend’s (the one in Alaska) Sister-in-Law. She ended up taking the draw out of my hand but she knows me so she also knew I just wanted it done and didn’t care how they had to do it. Apparently some people are really squeamish and find it painful to have blood drawn from their hand? I don’t know. I knew girls in high school who freaked out and nearly passed out when they looked at the veins in their wrists. What the fuck is up with them?? Anyway the verdict came back a few days later and I do not have gestational diabetes! Yay. I do have slightly low iron, but I knew before going that I was going to have low iron. I’ve been borderline for as long as I can remember. It wasn’t super low so they just said to add more leafy greens to my diet or take a 25mg supplement. Easy-peasy.
In other baby news not related to me, my Sister-in-Law finally had her baby! She actually had my lovely little nephew on mother’s day after a 29 hour labor and many complications. Her blood pressure spiked to a little above 180 at one point, they found out she had preeclampsia or it came on during the labor… I don’t really know how that works but that’s what she said. Of course she was also drugged up so who knows. Then after two hours of pushing the baby got stuck so they had to take her in to do a Cesarean. Overall she did not have a “great” labor but the end result is wonderful. I went down to see them a few hours after my nephew was born and fell absolutely in love with him. I can’t even imagine how I will feel when I meet my own son based on how much love I have just for this little guy!
I am so grateful that my son and his cousin will be so close in age and able to grow up together. My brother and I are very, very close so it just seems to make sense that we would have kids together, who can grow up with one another. It’s also nice considering we don’t know if we want any more children. At least my son will have his cousin Evan. I expect lots of messy little boys running around my house in the future and really can’t wait. I’ve always known that if I had kids I wanted to be the mom who’s door was always open. I’ve always been that way though. When I had my apartment my brother and his friends were constantly in and out, sometimes even when I wasn’t there. I like knowing people feel at home, and that’s how I want our boys to feel. I will clearly need to make sure our refrigerator stays stalked!
How far along? 30 weeks. Only 10 more to go!
Weight Gain: Still down 8 pounds but you can see a change in my size every day so I will see where we are at during my next appointment this coming Monday.
Maternity Clothes: Living in them. Well mostly. When I’m home I wear t-shirts, no pants. Also it has been a thousand degrees here! Ok well, low 80’s but for Central Maine in May that is the equivalent of a thousand degrees.
Stretch Marks: Oh yeah. My stomach looks like a watermelon.
Sleep: We got a new bed! It’s great because now I’m not sleeping on a slope and it’s a queen so there is more room, though I feel like S is a million miles away. Bed wise and position wise I’m sleeping well, but I have been up more with heartburn lately. There is nothing quite like having all of your organs squished underneath your rib cage…
Best Moment This Week: It wasn’t this week but since my last update I would say meeting my nephew is right up there. Also finding out I passed the glucose test. This little boy is also getting bigger, I can feel it, so that is also making me happy. The bigger we can get him the better!
Movement: It has definitely decreased in how often I feel it but when I do feel him he is much stronger. He has a pretty predictable schedule too. In the morning he usually starts between 8-9am, then he has a decent amount of movement in the afternoon like 1-3ish, and again when I typically go to bed around 11pm. Though today he moved all day long, especially when we were at my youngest brother’s baseball game. Maybe he likes baseball, I hope so. Likely though he just was hearing all the different sounds that he wasn’t used to and reacting to those.
Food Cravings: Milk shakes. In all of the flavors. I made a chocolate raspberry one today.
Anything making you queasy?: Not really, though I do tend to have a bit of an irritated stomach in the morning before I eat.
Baby Bump?: Oh yeah. It grows every day. I’m also waddling now. S calls me his “little pregnant penguin.”
Symptoms: Pee. There is so. much. pee. Also heartburn. The heartburn is excruciating lately. I also just started getting swollen feet the last few days. I think a big part of that is due to how hot it has been here, but it’s also a pretty typical symptom at this point. Also it isn’t a symptom but I can barely put my socks on now because my uterus drives up into my ribs and is pretty painful, so sandals it is.
Labor Signs?: Still nothing besides the thinning cervix, though I have had more Braxton Hicks today. I’m assuming some of that is due to heat and probably not getting quite enough water since it is all sweating out of me.
Belly Button In or Out?: In. I’m pretty sure it’s staying in. It’s still really deep.
Wedding Rings on or off?: On most of the time, though I did take them off today with the swelling. Again, I’m blaming the heat because this was when we were outside at the baseball game. When I went inside and cooled off they slid right back on. My feet were still swollen though.
Happy or Moody?: I’ve turned back into a giant ball of emotion so it swings both ways. Moody at work, I’m finding. I tend to feel like everyone I’m working with is an idiot, which may not be just am over-emotional pregnancy thought. Oh well. At home I’m usually happy though.
Miss Anything?: Not really right now.
Looking forward to?: My little brother’s graduation next Sunday and then I think S and I are going to take a little road trip/mini-vacation over to Millinocket. We have to do some work related stuff when we go but mostly we just need to get away. Camp out (yup camp. Not in a tent though, a bunk house, so I’ll have a mattress) and check out Mount Katahdin. I love the Baxter Park area and can’t wait to show it to Seth. It’s gorgeous. If you’ve never been to Maine I highly recommend checking it out. People always talk about the coast but I still think in-land is the place to be. I’m biased though. Also it is about 2 1/2 hours away from my hospital so I will need to do some hospital research and get different route information before we go. Just in case.