40 weeks 6 days

Today I went to my midwife appointment. I was planning on asking her what we could do in the way of a check or sweep as I have never had any of that done yet. So we get to the office and chat about how things are going. She says she can do a sweep if baby is low enough if not it will just hurt and it’s not ready. So first she checks the measurement and says….well I feel babies head up high. Ugh strike one…. After she takes me blood pressure and pulse, and babies heart rate. All are good. Then she asks if I still want to be checked and I said yes. She does her thing and I tell her it hurts and she takes her hand out. Then she stops and I asked if she could feel anything and she said no I stopped when it hurt. I told her I would be braver so she tried again and got further up….honestly you guys…..this is not awesome. She then told me baby was too high to do a sweep and my cervix was completely closed. Completely! She said my cervix was soft though. So that was strike two and three.

So after this we talked about how on Monday (10 days over) we have an ultrasound and non stress test scheduled. She said our options were to do those two things and get checked again. She said then we could chose to be induced with cervadil or wait it out. At 12 days passed if we are not interested in induction we can have a herbal cocktail to induce labour. So it seems like we have a decision to make. She did say that I could go in to Labour tonight but I know she was just being nice. I asked her if it is extremely likely we will be going to the Monday appt and she said yes….

So there we have it folks. Monday we can chose to medically induce or wait. Now I said I always wanted to avoid induction but now that we are over and facing an expanding belly every day…. I just don’t know what we will chose. I think of my body has shown no change by 10 days over, it obviously is not working the way we had hoped it would.

Ahh what to do. I want to meet our little one!

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Overdue

We knew this would happen. We are now in a serious waiting game. I am 40 weeks 1 day. Baby was due yesterday. We are hoping not to go the whole two weeks over though! Come on little one! We want to meet you!

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39 weeks 5 days

How Far Along: 3 days until due date!

How Big is Baby: Baby is now the size of a watermelon. And has been for the last 3 weeks.

Gender: I still can’t tell you… we are keeping it a secret! From everyone. Except for each other.

Baby’s Milestones This Week: gaining weight and getting fatter.

Total Weight Gain: 26 or 27 pounds. Yikes!

Who We’ve Told About the Pregnancy: No one is in the dark

Maternity Clothes: I don’t fit anything anymore.

Stretch Marks: No new marks yet!

Sleep: difficult. Except for the day after acupuncture, then it is great!

Best Moment of the Week: getting taken off work by my doctor! No more commuting 1.5 hours a day.

Food Cravings: Slurpees…..

Food Aversions: none.

Symptoms: sore pulled muscle like feeling above my bikini line. Better job though. Honestly, I’m feeling pretty comfortable.

Labor Signs: No, but they are welcome anytime! Come on baby!

Belly Button In or Out: In, so I bet it is staying in. It is a bit more tight them before and resembles a star.

Wedding Rings On or Off: Off, which I actually feel sad about. I did not want to have to take it off ever.

Mood: good! I haven’t had any mood swings. M can verify that!

Movement: a ton!

What I’m Looking Forward To: The baby on the outside.

What I Miss: Wine!

Well it seems we are in the home stretch now. Baby could come today or in 3 weeks. Hopefully not three weeks. I feel that baby will be late because I feel so normal. I am hoping the full moon tomorrow night might help. :)

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36 (+5) weeks

How Far Along: 36 weeks and 5 days. 23 days until due date.

How Big is Baby: Baby is now the size of a large cantaloupe. Average size is 19 inches and 6 pounds.

Gender: I still can’t tell you… we are keeping it a secret! From everyone. Except for each other.

Baby’s Milestones This Week: gaining .5 pounds a week, getting fatter,

Total Weight Gain: 23 pounds. Yikes!

Who We’ve Told About the Pregnancy: No one is in the dark

Maternity Clothes: Yes and now skirts, moo-moo’s (kidding)

Stretch Marks: No new marks yet

Sleep: not wonderful

Best Moment of the Week: getting our car seat and stroller in the mail. Woohoo this is real now! We also finished the nursery last weekend. I’ll have to post photos later.

Food Cravings: Not really any specific cravings. I still like chocolate…

Food Aversions: none.

Symptoms: a ton of movement. Baby was head down and laying sideways, then head down spine on my spine, then back to sideways, so who knows what he or she is doing now. I can feel the head which is neat and creepy.

Labor Signs: No, but I would begin to welcome them in a couple weeks. I just don’t know how it is going to fit out…

Belly Button In or Out: In, so I bet it is staying in. It is a bit more tight them before and resembles a star.

Wedding Rings On or Off: Off, which I actually feel sad about. I did not want to have to take it off ever.

Mood: good! I haven’t had any mood swings. M can verify that!

Movement: a ton!

What I’m Looking Forward To: Getting back to work on Monday!

What I Miss: Wine!

My job – Teachers in B.C. have been on strike since mid june, and rotating strike since may. This means I have not had a pay check since early June. We have been out all month picketing and finally, finally today we have a deal that we will be voting on tomorrow. If the vote is a yes then we can get back to work. It better be a yes….. Anyways, some people might think I am crazy but if we go back monday and I work on my due date I can get 3 weeks of work in before I take the year off. In addition M and I have had some discussions about splitting mat leave. I take off October – June or July, and she takes off July – October and I go back to work in September. That way we could have a bit of the summer off together. Honestly, that is what we would do if I hadn’t missed these months of pay. I have no idea how we will make our mortgage and put away a savings to have the summer off together. And pay for a baby. Oh well, it all has to work out! Also, mat leave is currently back logged to 8 weeks before it gets reviewed. Yikes, that is another 2 months with no pay. Should fall right at Christmas…. Lucky.

We went for our 35 week scan to check the heart. All came back clear. We got a very cute photo of baby waving. I will post it below. Cute right? :)

We are getting a bit more excited. It is a very strange thing to have something growing in your belly that you can’t see…

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33 weeks

How Far Along: 33 weeks today. 49 days to go!

How Big is Baby: Baby is now the size of a honeydew

Gender: I still can’t tell you… we are keeping it a secret! From everyone. Except for each other.

Baby’s Milestones This Week: gaining .5 pounds a week.

Total Weight Gain: 20 pounds. Yikes!

Who We’ve Told About the Pregnancy: No one is in the dark

Maternity Clothes: Yes, I feel huge!.

Stretch Marks: No new marks yet

Sleep: not awesome anymore. I pee about 8 times a night and my carpal tunnel has turned into a nightmare. The pain is keeping me up .

Best Moment of the Week: realizing we are under 50 days!

Food Cravings: Not really any cravings. I do like chocolate though. Skor bits are what I have been dreaming about but have yet to have for fear I will eat the whole bag.

Food Aversions: none.

Symptoms: Lots of kicks, feeling a bit umcomfortable, belly growth, feeling a desire to be ready for baby.

Labor Signs: No!

Belly Button In or Out: In but looks funny. It kinda has a veiny ring below the surface around it.

Wedding Rings On or Off: Off, which I actually feel sad about. I did not want to have to take it off ever.

Mood: good! I haven’t had any mood swings. M can verify that!

Movement: this morning baby had hiccups. He/she likes to swim around in my tummy.

What I’m Looking Forward To: Having baby here and being on mat leave. I am really getting stressed about work as now it appears we will be striking all September. I have no idea how we will make our mortgage .

What I Miss: Wine!

Nesting: Yesterday I had a great idea to clean the baseboards. That lasted about 20 minutes before I gave up. I am nervous that we don’t have all the essentials. We have some cloth diapers but no newborn or size 1’s. We have no wipes or soothers or coming home outfits. We don’t have any diaper cream or nipple pads. We don’t have any bottles. But I don’t know if we need them, well we do so m can feed too but what kind do I buy? Ahh

A few weeks ago, actually a few months ago we had our 20 week scan. Everything came back normal except for one view of the heart that was obstructed by baby not allowing a good view. The tech checked all outflow and other angles and all looked normal but she had to put in the report she could not verify that angle. After thinking about it often and wondering why we don’t get to see our baby again I asked my midwife to allow us to go in for a brief ultrasound to check this. She sent off the forms. I feel like I will be disappointed as I know they won’t really let us see the baby,but I also feel,hopeful that if there is anything out of the ordinary we will get a heads up. Did I mention my 5’0 100 pound grandma just told me she birthed 10 pound babies. So I feel like if he or she is unusually large, they will see it. :)

Im on the hunt for an exercise ball to sit on to help out my back.

My carpal tunnel has gotten worse. Please someone tell me you know of a cure? I cannot imagine 7 more weeks.

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Baby living the life!

So this last weekend baby got to go to two massive concerts. Both for free. We lucked out. Someone passed along free tickets to lady gaga as they had won them and couldn’t attend the rescheduled date. It was good. Nothing amazing, nothing terrible. To be honest, the last big concert we went to before was pink and it is just so hard for other artists to compare. I want to go to pink again and again. It was just such an amazing concert. Anyways, back to lady gaga. We were thankful the free tickets were seated as general admission was nuts!

The next night we got passed along wristbands to the Sunday festival in a small town near Vancouver where eminem was headlining. Passes to the concert were 350 each so that was out of the question. Our two friends couldn’t make it so we used their passes. It was really fun to be 35,000 other people. And a mega flashback to high school for me. We really only saw arctic monkeys and eminem as we didn’t want to stand too long. It was fun though. I was amazed at how many people had their babies there with headphones. Who knows, maybe next year we will have to bring ours…

I really want to start posting photos of my belly but need this to be private for work reasons. I might start password protecting some posts soon. I know it makes me feel like I know you all more when I can see photos.

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I hate to complain…

But this pregnancy thing has gone from amazing to kicking my butt! Today we are 32 weeks and hopefully under 8 weeks from meeting out little girl or guy. Some of the new parts of pregnancy introduced this week is tingly fingers that have turned into full on numb/tingly hands. My Midwife said it was carpal tunnel and will likely go away after delivery. You know how annoying it is when you wake up on your arm and you have to wait for it to un tingle? Well this will not go away. I went to the chiro yesterday to fix up my lower back and she did some magic on my neck. Today I had a massage to work on my TMJ and she did some stuff in my armpit and chest to help relieve the pressure in my arms and hands. Tuesday I have acupuncture scheduled, so we will see if any of this helps!

Another new thing that happened just last night was when my top tummy got super rock hard and I felt like I had caught the flu. I ran to the bathroom only to not throw up but to get sweaty and chilly all at once. I decided that it would be best to hop in the shower after about an hour and then I slowly got better. I swear I can notice my stomach is bigger today and I am wondering if it was a growth spurt. Baby moved throughout and after so I did not panic.

One of the notes on my 20 week ultrasound was that they could not get a specific view of the heart. All the other views came back normal so there was no concern. However, I felt a bit uneasy and asked my midwife this week if she thought we should do another one. She said we could and sent off the form. They called today and scheduled us in for September 2nd when we will be 34.5 weeks. Hopefully this lady will let us see the baby a bit more. I hope it is cute! :)

8 weeks to go! or maybe 9 or 10…

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