These last fourteen days have been an absolute whirlwind, and for someone who is as Type A as myself, it has left me feeling a bit overwhelmed.
As most of you know, halfway through our pregnancy I was released from my specialist to attend my regular OB appointments where my doctor would continue our routine care with additional sonograms to monitor baby brother’s growth and progress. That was great news, because that meant the specialist felt comfortable enough moving forward without any additional testing.
Two weeks ago however, after my biweekly visit, I was informed that while baby’s head is measuring ahead, his abdomen is measuring only in the 8th percentile. This had my OB a little concerned, and so he decided to send me back to our specialist for further testing to make sure baby’s organs were progressing appropriately and that there was adequate blood flow.
After an hour and a half solo with two toddlers in the doctor’s office this last Monday, my specialist came to the conclusion that while baby brother’s organs and blood flow look good, he is measuring small. So now her fear is that he isn’t getting enough nutrition due to the two-vessel cord. Fortunately, he wasn’t so small that they considered him to be at risk, but rather they have decided to put me on a high protein diet with continual monitoring by the specialist, in addition to our normal OB appointments.
Interestingly enough, his size isn’t what worries me – we are actually pretty infamous for giving birth to small babies with big heads. What does stress me out, is getting in all of our extra appointments while keeping the boy’s activities and routine. And while the boys have done a great job, it can be a bit distracting trying to keep them occupied while also having a productive adult conversation about my medical care. All-in-all, I know this is just a temporary season, and I’ve just had to tell myself that what doesn’t get done, doesn’t get done. I start the day with reminding myself about patience and kindness, and when I feel worked up, I just take a step back and remember to take it a day at a time.
How far along: 35 weeks! I seriously cannot believe that it is almost go time. In just a few short weeks we will be a family of five, which means JD and I will officially be outnumbered.
What are we most excited about next: Holding him! Seriously. While I’m not totally thrilled about starting over with sleepless nights and nursing around the clock, I am 100% ready to hold our baby. With all of the ups and downs we have faced throughout this pregnancy, this has been the one time where I feel like he would actually be more safe in my arms. I don’t know if it’s hormones or my mama bear instincts, but I am definitely ready for him to be here and have him wrapped up in my arms.
What are we least excited about: While I am completely grateful for the team of doctors and nurses that have surrounded us during this pregnancy and who have been overly cautious about our progress, if I’m being honest, I am least excited about all of our upcoming doctor appointments. Between my regular OB visits, specialist appointments, and juggling the boy’s normal everyday schedules, things have become a tad overwhelming. Which is also why I’m just so ready for this babe to be here. As odd as it sounds, I feel like things will actually be less chaotic with a newborn in the mix. 🙂
Movement: Now that baby brother is starting to run out of room, he literally moves my whole belly when he wiggles around. He also gets hiccups regularly. My favorite thing though is when I wake up at night or in the morning – I don’t know if it’s because there is a change in my heartbeat or what, but the second I wake up, even before I move, he immediately starts moving around.
How I’m Feeling: EXHAUSTED. All day, every day, completely exhausted. Which is interesting, because last week I couldn’t sit still I was nesting so much. So now all of the projects I didn’t manage to finish are just hanging out around the house. It’s driving me crazy, but the exhaustion is undefinable.
Symptoms: See above. Sleepiness really takes the cake, but I’ve also started to notice one of the most attractive pregnancy symptoms and that would be swelling. My poor face has gotten super puffy and my hands usually feel swollen right when I wake up.
Cravings: CHOCOLATE. Lots and lots of chocolate, peanut butter, and just recently milk.
Weight gain: 19 pounds and counting.
What I’ve Been Doing: When I haven’t been curled up in a ball on the couch passed out, I have been an organizing machine. This last week I have tackled the cabinets above our washer and dryer, as well as our master bathroom closet. My plan of attack is to go through my list and check off all of the tidying, then go full force with a solid deep clean. I’ve actually made a list of to do’s for each room in our house. That’s right, each room has a list.
As we go into the weekend my main focus is narrowing down a potential car, and organizing the guest room so that my Mother-in-law has a clean space for when she comes to watch the boys while we are at the hospital.
Over the next couple of weeks, things are going to be crazy busy around here, so I will do my best to keep you updated on our progress, and if anything, you can always follow along over on Instagram since we tend to be on insta-stories regularly! I hope you guys all have a wonderful weekend! XO
PS. In case you missed it, you can check out how we celebrated baby brother with our friends and family with an Ice Cream Social Baby Sprinkle!