Hello friends! It's a beautiful day here in the PNW! Last Tuesday we hit the next major milestone in this pregnancy: 32 weeks! This is a big one, guys, and we are SO thankful to have made it this far!! If baby boy comes now he has a 95% chance of survival and he will most likely need a little NICU time, but not much! Yippee!
We had an appointment with my OB on Friday. He said all looked good and the baby's heart rate was perfect (about 150)! He said that I didn't have to come in to see him next week...do you know what that means?!?!?! It means that this week I DON'T HAVE A DOCTOR'S APPOINTMENT...not with an OB or a perinatologist...meaning that this is the FIRST week in about three and half months that I won't have an appointment (or two)!! So exciting!! I'm officially just being treated like any other normal pregnant person. No high risk treatment (other than that I still have my cerclage in and I'm still taking Nifedipine every four hours and progesterone suppositories every night)! All is well!! Yay! Such an amazing relief!! Ben and I are just so happy and thankful and relieved and EXCITED to have a week off from doctors!
Tomorrow we hit 33 weeks, which means just three more weeks until the magical 36 week milestone! At 36 weeks I get my cerclage taken out, and I get to stop taking all of the medications! The doctor said that if the baby comes at 36 weeks that is totally fine! So, potentially, only three weeks until our son arrives!! That blows my mind!! Only seven weeks until his actual due date, which is also not far away...crazy! Within seven weeks we will have a baby! AAAHH! So exciting!
The weather has been so nice here in Washington. I've had several opportunities to throw on a bikini and spend some time outside. It cracks me up to see myself in a bikini. I think I look like a creature from Star Wars or something with my giant belly, haha.
Also, just wanted to take another chance to rave about my sweet Ben. I follow all of these pregnancy message boards and girls are constantly posting about how their husbands don't treat them very nicely while they are pregnant. Like, their husband's will tease them and yell at them for resting or napping during the day. One girl even posted that she is on bedrest and her husband gets mad at her for "lying around" and not cooking or cleaning. Anyways, this just made me so sad and it also made me realize even more how LUCKY I am to have the sweet, understanding, caring, loving partner that I do. My husband has been the most amazing person throughout this entire pregnancy and has taken such good care of me and always makes me feel so beautiful. I am SO happy for our son, because he is going to have such an incredible and loving dad. :)
How far along: 32 weeks 6 days
Total weight gain/loss: Up about 30 lbs...yes...according to the scales at the doctor, I had a significant weight gain this past week. Um. Talk about horrifying haha. My doctor is pleased with this weight gain and isn't concerned at all. I was technically considered underweight when I got pregnant (although I wasn't really because I've always been in the low percentile for weight, ever since I was born...just naturally thin). I was 105lbs at 5'4" when I got pregnant. Now I weight about 134lbs. HAHA I can't even begin to explain how WEIRD it is for me to weigh this much!! I know it's normal, healthy, and natural, as well as important for a healthy baby. BUT just as someone who has never weighed much more than about 105lbs, seeing the scale read 134lbs is SO WEIRD AND HILARIOUS!
Maternity clothes? Yes!
Stretch marks? Still none yet!!!
Sleep: Meh...not great, but that's ok!
Best moment this week: Hearing that we don't have a doctor's appointment this week!
Have you told family and friends: Yes!
Movement: Yes, all day every day! :) He's getting so strong it makes the inside of my belly sore, haha.
Food cravings: Mexican food, doughnuts, fruit, chicken, vegetables...ok so maybe not cravings...I think I'm just hungry all the time. haha BUT I can't eat much at all because I get full SO fast now that baby boy is taking up so much room! My stomach and lungs don't have room any more! haha
Anything making you queasy or sick: No!
Have you started to show yet: I'm enormous. Help.
Labor Signs: Braxton Hicks.
Belly Button in or out? Flat-ish!
Wedding rings on or off? It is official...the wedding rings had to come off. :( My fingers have gotten a bit puffy and I was horrified to realize that my rings were STUCK on my finger. So, I finally got them off after much effort. I'm now wearing a place holder ring in their stead.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!
Symptoms: Getting full so quickly when eating, Braxton Hicks, congestion, achey.
Thanks for following along on this crazy, amazing journey! Check back next week for the next update!