Mommy Monday: 34 weeks pregnant and a bit of a scare!!

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I didn't write this post yesterday (on Monday) because I had a doctor's appointment today (Tuesday) and wanted to wait until after the appointment so that I'd have more to update you all on!

So, today I went in for my normal check-in with my OB, and had a bit of a scare! She listened to the baby's heart and his heart rate was high - in the 180s, when his is normally in the 140-150s. She had me go do an NST (non-stress test) which I had a few of when I was pregnant with James. I was, obviously, so worried, but the doctor assured me that it was just a precaution because babies' heart rates often spike and she could have just caught it during one of those spikes.

So, I had the NST and during it, it kept picking up contractions, which I knew to be Braxton Hicks because I'm a pro when it comes to those - I had SO many with James, and have had a ton with this pregnancy as well. But, of course the nurse doing the test got concerned and had me chug water and switch positions. I kept praying "PLEASE don't make me get admitted" because all I could think about was having to be away from sweet little James! And of course I was constantly praying that everything was ok with the baby as well.

Long story short, his heart rate went down and the doctor cleared me to go home, but told me to drink 120 oz of water a day. Which she even said was nearly impossible, but to TRY. So, now I'm just chugging water and peeing every two seconds and feeling very thankful that all is well with baby boy and that I got to come home!!

We scheduled an ultrasound for next week to check the baby's position. Then, the FOLLOWING week I get my cerclage removed!! Hooray! I'll be 36 weeks at that point, and we'll see what happens! There is a chance I could go into labor when they remove the cerclage, BUT they said that last time with James too and I ended up going full term.

Continued prayers are really appreciated! We're coming up on the end of this journey, and I am so thankful for how smoothly this whole pregnancy has gone! I pray that the rest of this pregnancy and labor and delivery and postpartum journey go smoothly and complication/scare free as well, for both me and the baby!

How far along: 34 weeks 3 days

Total weight gain/loss: Up 34lbs

Maternity clothes? Yes! All I wear these days! So comfy!

Stretch marks? More and more each day - the silvery type, alllll around/above my belly button.

Sleep: Peeing every few minutes, and having trouble getting comfortable - so...as good as can be expected! :)

Best moment this week: Watching James and Ben play this past weekend -they got so much good quality time and it was just so sweet to watch! Ben is the best daddy!

Have you told family and friends: Yes!

Movement: So much! :)

Food cravings: Fruit!

Anything making you queasy or sick: No.

Have you started to show yet: Yep!

Gender: Boy!

Labor Signs: Lots of Braxton Hicks.

Belly Button in or out? Mostly out, the top part is still poking out though, very freaky looking!

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

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy for the most part! But definitely moody and cranky and emotional as well.

Symptoms: Pelvis/hip/groin pain, leg cramps at night, frequent peeing, 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, tired, achey... No new symptoms really!

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Mommy Monday: 34 Weeks and My Baby Shower!!

34 weeks!

Week 34 is in the books! Woohoo! Who would have thought that we'd make it this far?? I am SO happy that my little boy has been able to stay in for so long. Hopefully he'll stay in a few weeks longer! Let's keep going!!

This weekend was my baby shower!! It was SO amazing and fun and beautiful! I didn't think I was going to be able to have a baby shower since I was put on bed rest at 20 weeks. But I'm so stable now and I'm being treated like a normal pregnant lady at this point. While I still have to take it easy and keep off my feet as much as possible, I am able to do a lot more things, so my mom threw together a baby shower!! She did SUCH an incredible job with the decorations, food, drinks... everything about it was JUST like I had pictured and even more. It was gorgeous and so special.

My amazing mom who put together this special day!!

I am just SO blessed by the people who showed up and made the time to come celebrate our little boy! There were close to 30 people at the shower! Seeing so many friends and family members from all different walks of life - some of whom I haven't seen in so long - was amazing! We received so many incredible gifts for our little guy and we were blown away by people's generosity and thoughtfulness. Seriously, THANK you to everyone who made time to be there!! We love you all! 

We are so thankful to everyone who showered us and our little boy with love at the baby shower!

My girlfriends and our moms! I've known them all since grade school! So amazing to have them there!!!

The best girlfriends <3 So touched that they came to share this special day with me!

The best girlfriends <3 So touched that they came to share this special day with me!

These girls are such amazing friends! 

How far along: 34 weeks 6 days

Total weight gain/loss: Up about 33lbs

Maternity clothes? Yes! Some of my maternity clothes are even starting to feel a bit tight over my belly! haha

Stretch marks? No!!

Sleep: Not getting much of it!

Best moment this week: My baby shower!!

Have you told family and friends: Yes!

Movement: All the time! :)

Food cravings: Milk, burger, fries, turkey avocado sandwich, salmon

Anything making you queasy or sick: No!

Have you started to show yet: I'm a whale. 

Gender: Boy!

Labor Signs: Braxton Hicks.

Belly Button in or out? Out on the top and flat on the bottom. haha

Wedding rings on or off? Off. :( But wearing a place-holder ring!!

Happy or Moody most of the time: Both! Emotional, cranky, gleeful, angry, sad, ecstatic, you name it, I've experienced it this past week! haha

Symptoms: Braxton Hicks, swollen feet, achey, sore upper back, tired, shortness of breath... the fun continues! ;)

Thanks for reading!! And a HUGE thank you to the friends and family who made it to my baby shower! It meant the world to me to be able to celebrate with you all!! <3

xo, Anna