Mommy Monday: 30 weeks pregnant with number two!

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Ok, this is two days late...sorry! This past weekend was so busy with James' 2nd birthday party (post will be going up about that later!)! Then this week has been sooo hot and I honestly have just been barely able to even function!


So, again, this will be a quick post!

Friday, I had my doctor's appointment and all is well! I found out a few interesting things:

  • I will have one more ultrasound at around 35 weeks to check the baby's position before having my cerclage removed. So excited to get to see baby boy one more time before he arrives out in the world!!
  • My cerclage is coming out between 36 and 37 weeks. Instead of my OB removing it, I will go back to the MFM doctor who put it in because she likes to do her own cerclage removals.
  • My OB thinks that this baby will come shortly after my cerclage is removed at around 37 weeks. They thought this with James too, but he stayed put until they stripped my membranes and broke my water at 39 weeks 4 days, so who knows! But exciting to think that baby boy could be here in less than 7 weeks, potentially!!

I've been getting SO many leg cramps in the night - a symptom I did not have with James. They are seriously the so painful!! And there's nothing that can be done about them, aaaaahhh!! haha Oh well!

And I have officially hit the mark in this pregnancy where I do not feel cute any more, haha. I just feel big, and cumbersome, and uncomfortable. BUT obviously still so thankful for such a wonderful, easy pregnancy. I'm still savoring every moment of this pregnancy because it is most likely my last and it is such a beautiful experience. But, just keeping it real here - I'm uncomfortable and feel BIG. haha

A little transformation! Right around when I got pregnant, 16 weeks, 30 weeks!

A little transformation! Right around when I got pregnant, 16 weeks, 30 weeks!

One more thing: at the risk of sounding so cliche and overly sensitive, I've just gotta say how annoying it is when MEN feel the need to comment on how big I am! haha I mean, what is with that?? At James' birthday party alone, three different MEN made comments like "wow, you're getting BIG!" and "Whoa! When are you due again?" and "You're plump!" and "You're so funny how you eat when you're pregnant - if a cookie goes missing I'm gonna say it was you!" ...haha I mean....right? Isn't that odd?! Why would a man feel that it is appropriate at all to comment on a woman's weight or appearance in a condescending or rude way like that? I'm obviously able to laugh about it, but I'm just emotional enough that it actually really bothered me and made me feel a bit self conscious. Which is probably really ridiculous of me, but also...not. Because, HOW RUDE!! haha I mean, women don't make those kinds of comments!! Am I alone here in thinking this is ridiculous? HA Anyways, rant over!! :)

Ok, onto this week's survey!

How far along: 30 weeks 4 days

Total weight gain/loss: Up nearly 30 lbs

Maternity clothes? Yes!

Stretch marks? All around/above my belly button.

Sleep: Not great!

Best moment this week: James' 2nd birthday party and watching him have so much fun, surrounded by friends and family who love him! I can't believe my sweet baby boy is TWO!!

Have you told family and friends: Yes!

Movement: So much! :)

Food cravings: Fruit and doughnuts :) and pasta!

Anything making you queasy or sick: No.

Have you started to show yet: Yes, I'm ginormous! haha

Gender: Boy!

Labor Signs: Lots of Braxton Hicks.

Belly Button in or out? The top part is out, the bottom part is in. Looks like this may just be the situation for the entirety of the pregnancy, haha

Wedding rings on or off? Off! Wearing a place holder ring.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Mostly happy this week! But SO emotional and sensitive as well, haha

Symptoms: Leg cramps, heart burn, light-headed, out of breath, THIRSTY, hungry all the time stretch marks, spider veins, EMOTIONAL, hormonal, feet starting to hurt if I stand on them too long.

Thanks for reading and following along on this journey each week! I'm so thankful for each of you!

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Mommy Monday: 30 weeks and Moving Back To Washington!

Happy Monday! Last week was a crazy one! Tuesday we had our weekly ultrasound with our perinatologist. All is well and stable and the doctor cleared me for flying up to Washington! We are so thankful for that doctor - she literally saved our son's life and we will forever be grateful for her and her medical team! 

Wednesday, I flew up to Washington with my mom! Ben stayed behind to finish out the week at work and to finish packing up our place in California. My perinatologist had asked me to get a wheelchair to ride in through the airport so that I wasn't walking too much. It was a hilarious experience - so embarrassing and funny haha. The guy pushing my wheelchair in the Oakland airport asked me if I was having twins, HAHA. Then he proceeded to yell out "WHEELCHAIR, MOVE ASIDE! WHEELCHAIR...MOVE ASIDE, COMING THROUGH!" and it was just so embarrassing  haha No sliding under the radar there, all eyes were on me. haha 

Dying laughing the whole way through the airport. haha

I was SO nervous for the flight, even though my doctor didn't seem worried at all. I still was nervous! But it went so smoothly and we landed safe and sound in Seattle! My dad picked me and my mom up and took us back to my parents' house. Ben and I are still waiting for our house to be ready to move into, and in the mean time we are staying with my parents. Which is ok with us because the views aren't bad! ;)

So good to be back in the PNW!

On Thursday and Friday I had doctor's appointments to get set up with my new OB. The office and hospital that I'm going to be going to were referred to us by our perinatologist in California. My new OB is so great! I have never had a male doctor before, so I was a bit nervous, but he is SO nice and professional and sweet! He was so encouraging and basically told me that since my cervix has been stable since I got my cerclage, my history is weird because other than the short cervix I have nothing else making me high risk. He also said that maybe I just have a naturally short cervix and MAYBE everything would have been fine if nothing had been done, who knows. But that it's good that it wasn't left to chance and that we took preventative measures to keep our little boy safe. 

I also found out that they won't be checking my cervical length after 32 weeks because it doesn't matter if it starts shortening since the cervix starts shortening towards the end of pregnancy anyways. My cerclage will be removed at 36 weeks, and he said that if the baby is born right when its taken out, that's fine! Yay! Such a relief! But, if he stays in longer after the cerclage is taken out, even better! :)

This week I meet with my new perinatologist and get my weekly ultrasound. I'm excited to get that all set up! 31 weeks tomorrow!!! Yay!! 

30 weeks 4 days! Baby boy is getting big! 

OH, by the way, here is the BEAUTIFUL gift that Ben got me for my first Mother's Day!! Isn't it so precious and sweet? I love it and was so surprised when he gave it to me! He is so amazing and thoughtful and I am just so blessed to have him as my husband! <3

My first Mother's Day present from Ben! It's called "Our Gift". :)

How far along: 30 weeks 6 days

Total weight gain/loss: Up about 23 lbs

Maternity clothes? Yes!

Stretch marks? No! I'm holding out so much hope that I won't get them!! 

Sleep: It's been a bit better, actually! :)

Best moment this week: Hearing how stable everything is!!! And making the move up to WA!

Have you told family and friends: Yes! 

Movement: Yes, little boy is SO strong and it seriously feels like he hardly ever sleeps because he is CONSTANTLY moving, kicking, wiggling, and rolling! haha It's so cute to watch! 

Food cravings: Crab macaroni and cheese! I have been wanting it forever and finally got some the other day when I went to lunch with my parents' after one of my appointments!

Anything making you queasy or sick: No!

Have you started to show yet: Yep!

Gender: Boy!

Labor Signs: Braxton Hicks.

Belly Button in or out? It's kind of flat now!

Wedding rings on or off? On!

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!

Symptoms: Some Braxton Hicks, congestion.

Thanks for reading! We're coming down the home stretch! Please keep the prayers, well-wishes, and positive vibes coming our way! :)

xo, Anna