Monday, July 28, 2014

a BIG update

Phew. Last week was a roller coaster. I went from super excited, to straight up achey and grumpy to be so pregnant, to super productive this weekend. My moods were all over the place. I even went to a work happy hour on Wednesday (not something I do often), and had a blast. It was completely random. My poor husband bears the brunt of this crazy emotional roller coaster, which duh he should, because this pregnancy thing is a serious business. Men owe us a lot for carrying their children. I definitely stand by this statement as I'm winding down in this crazy pregnancy journey. 

So straight up ketch-up style, here's what's been causing all the roller coaster-ness in Tessy world. 

-last Monday we had our last big ultrasound, and we found out the baby is big! She was clocking in at 6.5 lbs and in the 88th percentile with 5 weeks to go. We were ecstatic. I have no issues with my whale status because I know there is a big ol' healthy baby in there! I was 8lbs 13 oz. so I am not really surprised. And she was head down & practicing her breathing. For 34 weeks that was a really, really good sign! Proof of this big baby: 

- of course this news set the stage for what could happen in terms of delivery. I kind of took a step back from the 'what shelves do I want for her room' type questions and really started to focus on labor and delivery. I started researching effacement, dilation, stripping of membranes and inducement options like a crazy woman. I'm trying to be as informed as possible so I don't get pushed into a c-section at 40 weeks because the "baby is so big." I have nothing against c-sections. If there is a medical reason for it,then it is what it is. But just because she is big? I'm ready to be proactive to prevent that scenario from happening. Again, all this news really brought everything into perspective. A baby is about to come out of me, the shelves can wait.

-I realized at some point last week that my hips are doing some serious adjusting my friends. They ache all night while I sleep on my side, and I even have a few new stretch marks to prove it. It hurts like a biatch, but any signs that we are getting closer gets me pumped.

-another gripey symptom: my feet feel like they've been running marathons. Every morning they ache for a solid hour. Just a general point of advice: just say 'hanging in there!' when strangers ask you how you are doing. Strangers ask a lot of questions (which I have no issue with, I'll talk to anyone about baby cook that will listen :)), but I'm sure they don't actually want to hear, "well my feet feel like bricks and my hips are spreading." Just a thought.

-I've been a stressed out mama about maternity pictures. Why didn't I book these sooner?! Our session is finally all planned out, and I can't wait to check this off the list tomorrow. I'm so ready to be done with tasks like this. I've debated canceling but everyone says you'll want the pictures later. Puffy face and all. 

-we had our family baby shower this weekend! We are feeling ultra prepared in the baby stuff department. After said maternity pics, we can pack our bag and then set up as much as our time allows. I Love this painting we got from our sister in law, and the diaper cake from my sister. No other pictures because of said puffy face.

A lot has happened in a week. Emotionally and physically. I'm so ready to meet our baby.  I have my first labor and delivery exam (TMI perhaps, but this is my blog) on Thursday. I can't wait to know even more about how this journey will end! And that's all she wrote. Which was a lot. If you are still reading drop me a line and I'll send you a cookie.



brittany @ g squared said...

We are totally on the same page. You are SO lucky you are still getting ultrasounds. I haven't had one since maybe 24 weeks. I have no clue how big she is, but I am super curios.

I decided this is the week I am over it. Over the questions and anything that doesnt have to do with my baby and work and all the minor details that really mean nothing. We got the car seat installed, put our bags together + in my trunk, and I ordered some third trimester tea and an exercise ball to bounce around on to help get her into place and prepare my body.

I got checked at my 36 week appt and am at 0 progress dilation wise, which was such a let down. Hopefully you have better luck! Even though I know that doesnt necessarily mean they are coming soon. This comment is way too long but basically I totally feel ya!

Erin @ Happily Obsessed said...

This made all my feelings I had rush back. It's such a scary yet exciting time!! Hang in there Momma no matter how it happens it will all be water under the bridge when you hold that babe for the first time! Try ( I know how hard that is) to enjoy the last few weeks! I truly miss being preggo!

Shayna @ The Fancy Yancey said...

Aww I'm so sorry for the roller coaster of events this last week! That's awesome that she's already head down though! & Way to be pro-active about having her naturally! Will keep my fingers crossed everything keeps going good & say a prayer for the delivery you are hoping for!

Rhiannon Lorenzo said...

you look great!!

Carolyn said...

Weston was a big baby, and I ended up with a c-section, but NOT only because he was big. I definitely think you're going with the correct approach. Stand up for yourself and educate yourself. But also relax! One way or another, that baby girl will be coming out and it'll all be worth it!

brynn said...

ok, so i originally read this post from my phone and had to grab my laptop so i could write you the longest comment ever.

i am SOOOOOO glad that i'm not the only one feeling all these things!...not that i WANT anyone else to feel bad or uncomfortable, especially you, but i'm glad these things are my face started swelling too, it's just plain awful.
the feet thing, YES YES YES. i wake up and feel like i have broken bones in my's THAT painful. i also get this really weird and stupid cramp on my inner upper thigh, something about the baby pressing on a nerve...idk but it SUCKS.

my 36 week "up close & personal" appointment is thursday also! i can't wait to hear how yours goes, and i hope they tell us both good, "you're ready, let's go have this baby!" haha. wishful thinking.

shay said...

mmm cookie.... anyway, i am SO excited that it's getting so close for you! you look great!

Meg O. said...

The last bit of pregnancy really is tough. I forgot how tough it can be. And on top of that, chasing a 2.5 year old who likes to cuddle and stick her elbows in my belly is truly the icing on the cake. Some days I have so much energy and can accomplish a lot (yesterday) while others I feel completely exhausted (today). I had my 36 wk appt last week and I have no progress, but I am having another c-section so at least I know my baby's birthday! Lol.

I know it's tough and you think you should have the baby earlier to avoid being uncomfortable, but let that baby cook as long as she can. They thought Kennedy was going t

Meg O. said...

(Sorry, comment got published before I was done lol) ...they thought she would be well over 8 lbs and she was right under. Not worth worrying about a big baby, so you have a great attitude.

Also... Now I need to know this baby's name! Our name is a "C" name too! Share yours and I'll share mine :)

Alisa Marie said...

You look great! My son was weighing in pretty big the whole time too and he came out 8 lbs 2.5 oz! Enjoy the end of pregnancy, your little guy will be here before you know it! I miss feeling and seeing my son move in my belly. Those were the best feelings!

Ashley Hooker said...

Girl you totally have this. I guess one of the trade-offs of having a preemie was that even though I had to spend hellish four weeks with baby in the hospital, I got to miss those final weeks of being pregnant (which I'm sure are no fun). Don't let anyone scare you about big babies or labor and delivery. It's not fun but you'll be amazed what your body can do. It sounds dumb but you get totally into this primal "I am woman" zone and just have confidence in yourself and your body. That baby is going to be here and driving you crazy before you know it ;)

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