Mommy Monday: 35 weeks pregnant with number two - it's getting serious!

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Hi friends!

Sorry this post is up a day late...I had every intention of doing it last night after I put James to bed, but then I got tired and crashed. haha

I'm going to put next week's Mommy Monday post up next Tuesday as well because NEXT TUESDAY I GET MY CERCLAGE REMOVED!! I want to wait to put my post up until after it's removed so I can update you guys on how it went and everything!

I will be 36 weeks 3 days when I get it removed. I'm REALLY excited to get it out, but also pretty nervous. My cerclage removal last pregnancy was kind of awful (read about it here) so I'm praying this time it goes way smoother (and is less painful!).

This past weekend was so busy - we had a birthday party for one of James' friends on Saturday. It was so fun! Then on Sunday, we had a huge family reunion - there were around 22 little kids under the age of twelve there! It was crazy but James had SO MUCH fun playing with all the other kids! He is SO cute to watch with other kids - he's so friendly and bold and silly and eager to jump in and play. I just love him and am so proud of him!

A little progress photo!

A little progress photo!

Anyways, my Braxton Hicks have picked up a LOT this past week. My body is definitely getting ready for labor - it's so exciting! My back has also been getting really sore - my upper back, so not labor related, just really sore muscles around my shoulder blades. Other than that, I don't really have any new symptoms other than just feeling really huge and ready for this baby to come! BUT, not until after the cerclage is removed!

Now for the survey:

How far along: 35 weeks 3 days

Total weight gain/loss: Up 34lbs as of last doctor's appointment.

Maternity clothes? Yes! Give me all the maternity leggings and tees!

Stretch marks? So many above and below and around my belly button!

Sleep: It's ok! Having a bit of insomnia, peeing a lot...but ok!

Best moment this week: Watching James play with his friends and with family members this weekend! He is the friendliest, sweetest, silliest little boy. I love how bold and loving he is!

Have you told family and friends: Yes!

Movement: All the time! Definitely more rolling type movement now that he is getting squished!

Food cravings: Nothing in particular!

Anything making you queasy or sick: No.

Have you started to show yet: Yep!

Gender: Boy!

Labor Signs: Braxton Hicks all the time...they've really amped up this past week!

Belly Button in or out? It's pretty much flat now.

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 (had the WORST one last 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...

Have a great week, and I can't wait to update you all next week after my ultrasound and cerclage removal!!

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Mommy Monday: 35 Weeks!

Finally getting all moved into our new place!

This week has been a crazy one! We finally got to move into our new house! We've been staying with my parents since we moved back to WA, and while it was so nice being with them, it's VERY nice to have all our stuff around us in our own place. :) It's so nice to be able to sleep in our own bed again! We're still in the process of getting unpacked and settled, but I am just SO glad to be able to start nesting and setting up our little one's nursery ... and to have a home to bring him home to! haha My parents have been such a huge help with finding our house, getting movers for us, and helping us set things up/move in. I am basically useless, being on modified bedrest, so it is really really nice for Ben to have the help unpacking! We are so thankful for them!

My not so little boy! <3

My not so little boy! <3

We had a doctor's appointment on Friday and all is well - our little boy's heart rate was perfect. Just over the past week my feet and ankles have BLOWN UP. They are constantly puffed up and you can't even see my ankle bones any more. It's disgusting. haha I asked my doctor about it and he checked them out, asked me about other symptoms, and basically said, "yeah, it's uncomfortable, huh?" haha Bottom line, it's a totally normal pregnancy symptom and I just have to keep my feet up, drink lots of water, and suck it up! haha

I've also had a LOT of lightening crotch this past week. The baby has dropped really low and I can feel him grinding his skull against my pubic bone. IT HURTS! It feels like lightening and dull pain...hence the joy that is "lightening crotch". Another common pregnancy symptom (with a fun name to boot!)

I've also basically not been sleeping at all this past week. I have such bad insomnia, have to pee so much, have to get up for my medicine, and am just so uncomfortable that sleep is pretty much not an option. haha

This coming Friday is a BIG day: I get my cerclage taken out!! I am SO nervous and excited! This is the point that we have been working towards for the past sixteen weeks since I had the emergency cerclage put in. I can't believe that we made it!! I don't think the doctors can either. I'm pretty sure we're beating the odds. My doctor told me that when I first met with him when we moved up here from CA, he was anxious about me, but that I have done great and he's SO pleased that we have made it to this point!!

He also told Ben and I to prepare for our son to possibly be born this coming weekend after the cerclage removal! I'll also be going off all of my medicine (Progesterone and Nifedipine) on Friday as well. He said that I could potentially still go to 40 weeks, but just to prepare in case removing the cerclage results in the start of labor. So we got our carseat installed, we're bringing our hospital bags, I'm getting my nails done, curling my hair, putting on some sunless tanner, and we are going to be ready for whatever happens Friday/this weekend! So exciting!

Now that we're getting down to it, I am really getting SO nervous for the whole labor and delivery process and what it's going to do to my body. I plan on getting an epidural (and any other drugs or pain meds they can give me, haha), but I'm still scared for the pain and just everything. I'm excited though!! Ben and I are SO thrilled that we may get to meet our baby in just a few days!!

Ben and I had a fun date night last week! We went out to dinner, got ice cream, and found this beautiful beach on the sound near where we live. It was so much fun! It's crazy to think that that could potentially be one of our last date nights before our son gets here!!

How far along: 35 weeks 6 days

Total weight gain/loss: Up about 35lbs

Maternity clothes? Yes! Getting so hard to find something comfortable to wear!! haha Even my maternity clothes are starting to be tight!

Stretch marks? Still none...oh my goodness, if I get some at this point I'll be so annoyed!! haha I've made it so far with none!! Fingers crossed!!!!

Sleep: HA

Best moment this week: Date night with Ben! And getting moved into our new house!

Have you told family and friends: Yes!

Movement: Lots and lots!

Food cravings: Fruit, milk, salad, burgers, pasta, fries, ice cream...haha EVERYTHING.

Anything making you queasy or sick: No!

Have you started to show yet: So. Ginormous.

Gender: Boy!

Labor Signs: Braxton Hicks.

Belly Button in or out? Flat.

Wedding rings on or off? Off, but wearing a place holder ring!

Happy or Moody most of the time: Both!

Symptoms: Braxton Hicks, VERY swollen feet and ankles, achey, fatigued, lightening crotch, shortness of breath. Eek!

Thanks for reading!! If you think of it, send a prayer or good thought or positive vibe or anything my way on Friday! :)

xoxo, Anna