38 Weeks

We are now under two weeks until this little guy makes his appearance! His dads are now in town with his sister so we’re all now officially ready for him to come.

Weekly Update:

How far along: 38 Weeks

How big is baby: Size of a spaghetti squash~19.5in/49.5cm, weighing in at about 6.5-7lbs

Symptoms: More aches and pains, but they’re all manageable. The insomnia and overnight sinus drainage are hitting the hardest. I’m exhausted! I’m looking forward to better sleep once surro bud is Earth side. Still have heartburn, but it is better this week than last.

Movement: He continues to be active. We started doing non-stress tests last week. This is where they hook me up to monitors that track his heartbeat and any contractions. I have a button that I press each time he moves. There are times I can hardly keep up with his movements. He has passes the two NSTs with flying colors

Sleep: To put it bluntly, it sucks. Between the insomnia and constantly choking on sinus drainage I’m not getting much sleep. This happens every pregnancy so I expected it and honestly I think it started later in this pregnancy than any other which was great (and had my hopes up that maybe it would stay at bay). It’s one of those end of pregnancy things that makes you ready for labor and delivery.

Food cravings?  Out of the blue I’ve been craving cereal. Not a specific kind, just a bowl of cereal before bed

Food Aversions? not really

Anything making you queasy or sick? Heartburn, not getting enough sleep (like when I woke up for the day at 3am Monday morning)

Next appointment:  1/28, we’ll probably have another NST at that time. Then after that just one more appointment on 1/30

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37 Weeks

I had every intention of doing an update last week, but Thursday came and went and the lack of sleep and pregnancy brain got the best of me. It only vaguely registered that I was another week along and the thought left as quickly as it came. I thought about it now and then through the weekend, but couldn’t muster the motivation to write a post. Hopefully I make the next 2 after this. Crazy to think I only have two more weekly posts before he’s here!

Weekly Update:

How far along: 37 Weeks

How big is baby: Size of a honeydew melon~19in/48.25cm, weighing in at about 6.4lbs

Symptoms: Heartburn is still the main symptom that I deal with daily. It has been causing some nausea even when I remember to take my meds. That has been kind of rough to deal with because I just don’t feel like eating and an empty stomach makes the heartburn worse. I’ve had more backs aches recently. I should wear my belly band more, but it’s not that comfortable so I don’t.

Movement: He seems to really dislike me sitting at my work desk. He tries to escape with his bum through the right side of my belly. He’s most active when I’m sitting at my desk and when I lay down at night.

Sleep: Last week I didn’t sleep much during the week. I slept good over the weekend then on Monday morning ended up waking up for the day at 3:15am. Needless to say it made for a really long day. You would think that I would have absolutely conked out Monday night….nope still had trouble falling asleep. Hopefully this isn’t a trend until the end!

Food cravings?  Had a super random craving for strawberry ice cream last week. I’m also craving a good salad bar

Food Aversions? The intense heartburn has really been making me nauseous so just having aversions to eating in general.

Anything making you queasy or sick? Heartburn…even though I’ve been remembering to take my meds I’m still having fairly intense heartburn, especially at night.

Best moment of the week? We had an incredibly lazy Saturday which felt great. We all just hung out all day playing video games together and doing Legos.

Next appointment:  I had one Tuesday that went great. My next one is next Tuesday 1/17

35 Weeks

We were traveling last week so no update. I had the growth ultrasound on the 21st and baby boy is doing great. He is even head down now! Hopefully that doesn’t cause any increase in the kidney issues over the next 5 weeks. The weight estimate was 5lbs 12oz, but those can be off so I’m not putting too much stock in that part. His head was measuring about 2.5-3 weeks ahead and his belly was about 1.5-2 weeks ahead. So I’m thinking even if the weight estimate is off he will likely be on the bigger side…just how big? Who knows!

Weekly Update:

How far along: 35 Weeks

How big is baby: Size of a bunch of carrots~18.25in/46cm, weighing in at about 5.25lbs…although this little guy could be a bit bigger

Symptoms: Heartburn is still the main symptom that I deal with daily. My hips have been sore, especially after sleeping on a firmer than usual mattress while we were visiting family over Christmas. I’m trying to remember to stretch them more often to help.

Movement: Still an active boy! He makes me stomach rock and roll often, although it seems like whenever I try to make a video of it he stops. Now that he’s turned head down I get more painful movement down low. It’s nothing that I haven’t had before, but sometimes it makes me say “ouch!”

Sleep: It hasn’t been bad. I didn’t sleep great when we were out of town, but it’s been okay the last couple nights

Food cravings?  Still peanut butter, although it’s not a super strong craving, more like it just sounds good

Food Aversions? nothing recently

Anything making you queasy or sick? Heartburn if I forget to take the meds

Best moment of the week? spending the Christmas holiday with lots of family

Next appointment:  My next OB appt is Jan 3rd, then every week after that until baby boy is here!

33 Weeks

I had my urology appointment this morning. It was just a quick consultation so that I am an established patient and know the plan. The plan is to do a CT scan while I’m in the hospital after baby boy is delivered. Then we’ll know how many stones there are, where they are, and how big they are. She said a CT scan is really the only way to know as ultrasounds are notoriously terrible at detecting and measuring kidney stones. If after the CT scan any of them are large enough to need to be broken up we can do that 1-2 weeks later. I’m glad to know that we can start dealing with them ASAP.

Weekly Update:

How far along: 33 Weeks

How big is baby: Size of a cauiliflower ~17.25in/43.8cm, weighing in at about 4.3lbs

Symptoms: My chiropractor appt last week was rescheduled because the doctor was sick which was a bummer. I’ve been having some lower back pain on the right side so I’m hoping she can help with that when I see her in a couple days. Heartburn has been rough the last few days and I’ve had to take Tums at night in addition to the Pepcid. I try not to take the Tums because they have calcium and that’s not great when you have kidney stones

Movement: He moves a lot. I can still feel his head up under my ribs and his feet on the lower left. Sometimes he has some kicks that are pretty uncomfortable, but overall it’s good to know he’s moving like he should be.

Sleep: The first couple nights this week I didn’t sleep great. It’s been hard to fall asleep. My brain is constantly going over what needs to be done before Christmas.

Food cravings?  Peanut butter mostly

Food Aversions? there were two dinners I just couldn’t eat last week. They looked completed unappetizing. One was a rice bowl and the other was taquitos.

Anything making you queasy or sick? Eating too much which I don’t really do anymore because I’m testing my blood sugar and need to keep it under a certain level. Heartburn can make me nauseous if it’s bad

Best moment of the week? We got our first good snow this last weekend. It was enough that we were able to take the kids sledding and they had a blast. We didn’t get to go at all last year because we never had enough snow

Next appointment:  My next OB appt is December 20th and I have a growth ultrasound on Dec. 21st just to check on him.

32 Weeks

This week has been going pretty well. I’m feeling good without too many aches/pains. I had an OB appt a couple days ago. Baby boy was doing great, but is still breech. My asked me if I had thought about what if I need a c-section. I think she just wanted to make sure I knew that’s what would be on the table if he doesn’t turn. I was aware so it wasn’t a surprise. She said that when they do go head down that it can put more pressure on the bladder and ureters and cause more kidney issues. Because what she’s seen as far as it causing more issues she said she was “halvies” on whether she wanted him to turn. We didn’t have an in depth discussion about it because he has time. They don’t worry about it too much until after 36 weeks which isn’t for another month. I’m really fine with whatever way he decides to make his appearance. There are pros and cons to both. I’m not worrying about his position, it’ll be what it’ll be and we’ll go from there. It’s actually more comfortable to carry him in this position because his head isn’t low putting pressure on my bladder and cervix. I can’t bend over as easy because his head is in the way, but I also don’t have to pee every 5 minutes or deal with the shooting pain that can come from head movement so low. We will see how it ends up!

Weekly Update:

How far along: 32 Weeks

How big is baby: Size of a Florida pomelo ~16.7in/42.2cm, weighing in at about 3.75lbs

Symptoms: My hips have been feeling better since I saw the chiropractor last week. Heartburn has been ramping up a bit and I’ve had to throw some Tums on top of the Pepcid a couple times to be able to sleep. I started taking magnesium to help with the restless legs as well as doing a 10-15 min workout before bed. Those things seem to be helping.

Movement: He’s still a mover even if he is getting more cramped. I can feel his head up by my ribs. My husband put his hand on my stomach the other day and went “oh geez, his head really is right there” because it’s pretty prominent and easy to feel. He was kicking something the other night that sent an electric shock down my left leg and made it twitch so much it work me up.

Sleep: Not too bad usually. I’m still tired most of the time, but other than getting up a few times to use the bathroom I’m sleeping as well as can be expected

Food cravings?  Peanut butter, especially on things like waffles.

Food Aversions? not really

Anything making you queasy or sick? Eating too much which I don’t really do anymore because I’m testing my blood sugar and need to keep it under a certain level. Heartburn can make me nauseous if it’s bad

Best moment of the week? it wasn’t a super exciting week, but we got almost all of our Christmas shopping done which is nice

Next appointment:  My next OB appt is December 20th and I have a growth ultrasound on Dec. 21st just to check on him. My OB always has one done around now

31 Weeks

Last week was Thanksgiving and we were out of town so I decided to take the week off. Not to mention that I spent the night in the hospital the Sunday before because of these stupid kidney stones. It took them 3 hours to find meds that actually helped the pain. I was really lucky though that it was my OB that was on call that day. I’ve been feeling okay since then, but that was two hospital visits in less than a month so I’m not feeling all that confident that I will get away without another visit before February. The lucky thing though is that the meds that ended up helping are ones that I can have a prescription for and have at home if needed. I have a urology appointment in two weeks so we can hopefully get a plan from now until February and after.

I’ve been tracking my blood sugar levels and they’ve been normal, as expected. There was one day last week that it was high because I had an extra piece of my favorite pizza that I only get once a year…even at that it wasn’t crazy high, just a few points

Weekly Update:

How far along: 31 Weeks

How big is baby: Size of a head of romaine lettuce ~16.2in/41cm, weighing in at about 3.3lbs

Symptoms: Sore hips, restless legs, heartburn, typical 3rd trimester stuff

Movement: When I was in the hospital they did an ultrasound of my kidneys and took a quick peek at the little guy. His head was under my right rib, so head up. I had a feeling he wasn’t head down for whatever reason. His position/movement felt different than my previous pregnancies. He still has lots of time to turn head down so we can avoid a c-section. The previous babies I’ve carried have all been head down by about 28 weeks. Hopefully he gets the memo and gets in the right position soon. Other than that he’s still pretty busy, although he definitely has down times. I got a decent video of him jumping around that I was able to share with his dads

Sleep: Not too bad usually. I’m still tired most of the time, but other than getting up a few times to use the bathroom I’m sleeping as well as can be expected

Food cravings?  Still craving breakfast foods, especially things like waffles and pancakes

Food Aversions? not really

Anything making you queasy or sick? Eating too much. My digestion is so slow these days that if I eat too much it takes several hours to feel normal and not uncomfortably full

Best moment of the week? Spending most of last week with family for the long weekend

Next appointment:  My next OB appt is December 6th.

For some reason WordPress won’t upload the bump pic from this week so last week will have to do

29 Weeks

I went in for my glucose tolerance test yesterday and, as I expected, I failed it. My level was about 15 points higher than they like. When the nurse called last night I asked her if I could just go straight to as home testing because I’m sure I would fail the 3 hour test and it’s so hard to find the time to sit in the lab for 3 hours, especially with the holiday next week. The end result would be the same I’m sure so I would really rather just start testing now. It was after hours when they called so my OB wasn’t in the office, but the nurse was going to send her a message and ask if that would be okay. Hopefully I’ll hear back today. I was able to finally get an appointment scheduled with the urologist next month to come up with a plan to deal with the kidney stone(s) for the remainder of the pregnancy and after. I also have a massage appointment set up for tomorrow morning (really, really looking forward to this). Tomorrow afternoon I go in to get my flu shot and Covid booster (after getting my tdap and rhogam shots yesterday). A week of needles this week. I have a chiropractor appointment on Dec. 2nd to try and relieve some of the pain I’ve been having in my left hip.

Weekly Update:

How far along: 29 Weeks

How big is baby: Size of a butternut squash ~15.2in/38.5cm, weighing in at about 2.5lbs

Symptoms: My left hip is still bothering me, especially if I lay on it too long at night and I notice it when wake up in the am for awhile. I’ve been forgetting to take my heartburn meds in the morning so that starts to become a problem in the early afternoon. Other than those things it’s just normal aches and pains.

Movement: He has some pretty big movements that I wish I was fast enough to catch on camera. I can feel his feet and hands when he pushes against my stomach. It’s been hard to tell what position he’s in. I’m pretty sure he’s head down, but I really don’t know like I did the last two times. I think as he continues to grow I’ll be able to tell better

Sleep: it’s been okay. I’ve been having a hard time falling asleep which I haven’t had in a long time. I’m really looking forward to catching up on some sleep this weekend after a really busy week

Food cravings?  Still craving breakfast foods. I had a fleeting craving for apple pie right before I went to sleep the other night, but it was gone by the am

Food Aversions? not really

Anything making you queasy or sick? Eating too much. My digestion is so slow these days that if I eat too much it takes several hours to feel normal and not uncomfortably full

Best moment of the week? having our first weekend we didn’t have anything to do in several weeks. It felt so good to just do nothing.

Next appointment:  My next OB appt is December 6th.

28 Weeks (Officially 3rd Trimester!)

This week has been pretty uneventful which is great! I finally made it to the prenatal yoga class I’ve gone to with all my pregnancies. It’s still the same instructor as it was 10 years ago when I first went. She has always remembered me each time I start up again which is sweet. It felt good to start up again, although I’m a bit sore! That’s good though, need to get my muscles working.

Weekly Update:

How far along: 28 Weeks

How big is baby: Size of a coconut, ~14.75in/34.5cm, weighing in at about 2.2-2.4lbs

Symptoms: My left hip has been pretty achy. Nothing terrible, more just annoying. I’m not sure if he’s in a position that’s putting more pressure on that side or what. Heartburn is fine as long as I remember to take my meds for it.

Movement: He’s still pretty active, maybe not as much as he was at first, but I still feel him several times a day. It’s been really hard to figure out what position he’s in based on movements. I have been able to feel a limb of some sort poking out the side of my stomach a few times.

Sleep: still hit and miss

Food cravings?  I’ve been craving breakfast foods. Mainly waffles and bacon

Food Aversions? not really

Anything making you queasy or sick? Eating too much

Best moment of the week? Having my family’s Thanksgiving last weekend

Next appointment:  My next OB appt is December 6th. After that we go to appts every 2 weeks for 3 appts then every week until delivery

27 Weeks

As I briefly mentioned in the 26 week post that I retro posted, I had some more kidney trouble last week. It would take to long to type out all the details, but I ended up going to labor and delivery Wednesday night so I didn’t have to wait in the ER. The gave me fluids and ran some labs. I ended up having a UTI. They started me on antibiotics that evening and it took until Sunday morning to finally start feeling better. I’m really hoping we can make it through the rest of the pregnancy without any more excitement.

Weekly Update:

How far along: 27 Weeks (Some places consider this the start of third trimester, some say it starts tomorrow, and still others say it starts in a week 🤷🏼‍♀️)

How big is baby: Size of a bunch of bananas ~14.4in/36.6cm weighing in at almost 2lbs

Symptoms: If I remember to take my heartburn meds in the am and pm I feel pretty good. I’m having more aches and pains in my back and hips, but it’s not too bad. I’m still trying to walk or do yoga most days to help.

Movement: He is still fairly active unless I’m up and about. Sometimes he makes my whole stomach shake with his acrobatics

Sleep: eh, it’s been okay, kind of hit and miss.

Food cravings?  Nothing very strong.

Food Aversions? not really

Anything making you queasy or sick? heartburn, which gets worse when my stomach gets empty. Eating too much

Best moment of the week? We had a great weekend last weekend. My parents were in town, my son had his last soccer game and played great, we saw friends, and Monday evening did some trick or treating

Next appointment:  My next OB appt is tomorrow Nov. 4th.

26 Weeks

*Disclaimer* I’m retro posting this because I had it all typed up and ready to post on Thursday, but then ended up dealing with kidney pain and a UTI for several days so I never got around to adding pictures and posting

We were on a long weekend trip to the coast last week so I skipped posting. We should be around for the next several Thursdays so I hope to keep on track now.

Weekly Update:

How far along: 26 Weeks

How big is baby: Size of a butternut squash ~14in/35.5cm, weighing in at around 2lbs

Symptoms: My stomach has been wonky as of late. I think it may be because I forgot to take my heartburn meds for a few days and now the extra acid isn’t sitting well in my stomach. It will take a few days of consistently remembering it to see if that’s the issue. My rest less legs have been pretty good as of late. I’m trying to gather the energy to do a yoga video most nights to help. My back gets more sore these days

Movement: I finally caught one little kick on video for his dads last night. He gets quiet when I’m active just like all the other babies I’ve carried. He likes to have midnight dance parties, fortunately they don’t last too long

Sleep: I’ve been sleeping pretty hard as of late which has been really nice. I’m still up a couple times a night to use the bathroom, but I’ve been able to fall back asleep pretty easily.

Food cravings?  Nothing very strong.

Food Aversions? We got hamburgers on the way home from the coast and I only took a few bites. I normally love hamburgers, especially when pregnant, but I just could do it

Anything making you queasy or sick? heartburn, which gets worse when my stomach gets empty

Best moment of the week? Enjoying the coast with the family. It was nice to get away for a few nights.

Next appointment:  My next OB appt is Nov. 4th.