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Wednesday, March 7, 2018

36 Weeks Pregnant with Baby #2

Week ending March 6, 2017.
Due Date: April 3, 2018

Justin had to do "peek-a-boo" with Calvin to get him to smile. It took soo many pictures to get a good one this week! haha

It feels like Eren may be reaching that point where it's too tight in the belly to do much. His movements seem to have slowed down and I'm not feeling as many jabby movements.
Just realized I haven't updated weight gain in awhile, but we are officially up 40 pounds right now! Yes, it's higher than it should be, but better than my last pregnancy, so that counts for something right? Lol. 

Doctor Appointments:

At MFM my fluids were measured at 20 cm! Which is the lowest we've ever seen them. They're usually around 25, and they were at 27 at my highest point back around the new year. So that was awesome news. Then I went in for my NST and was totally having contractions, Eren was moving around like crazy and the heart rate monitor could hardly keep track of him so I was once again super worried I was going to be sent down to L&D again for more monitoring. I am so fearful of those NSTs after my hospital stay at 31 weeks.
At my regular OB, I was measuring 38 cm. Doc told me that I'd have a c-section at 39 weeks if I didn't go into labor beforehand, which will make Eren a March baby no matter what. At 36 weeks 1 day I'll take my last Makena shot and probably finish my procardia pills (36+2 I have a doc appointment and she said we'd discuss then). I have been having more contractions and more intense ones the last few days and my doctor said that's common toward the end and she wasn't concerned, but it does make me wonder what it's going to be like when I stop taking my pills. She said the procardia would be pretty quick to get out of my system. And I would hate for him to come just a few days shy of being officially full term (37 weeks).
So at 37 weeks we can start trying to induce naturally, which I'm super excited for. I was curious about a cervix check, but she said she wouldn't start those until 37 weeks and even then, she didn't sound like she was really big on them. She also said she's going to be on vacation in my 37th week, not that I'm very concerned with who delivers Eren, it's just ironic that of course, that's the week lol. I plan on doing everything in my power to induce naturally once we hit 37 weeks.

Maybe I'm going to nest after all. I have spent the last couple months totally not caring about dishes, cleaning, pretty much any house duties. I've been a lazy hobo, no lie. Then all of a sudden out of nowhere this week, I am actually doing dishes, keeping the counter tops free of clutter, vacuuming the living room. It's totally strange. I was putting away groceries Sunday, saw that the fridge shelves needed wiping down, so I actually did it. Even wiped down the front of the fridge after clearing off the one million pieces of paper and random magnetized stuff. I never do that kind of stuff haha. Maybe this is the beginning of some sort of nesting...
Justin also seems to be getting ready for Eren. He pulled out all the baby stuff from the basement and organized our storage room down there. It's getting so close! Finally got the baby car seat out and installed the bases in our cars.

Physical Symptoms:
Everything hurts. This belly is so huge. Face chubbiness, especially the nose, is totally here. I'm just glad it waited this long this pregnancy, my face was chubby for months in my first pregnancy haha. I don't remember ever saying such a thing when I was pregnant with Cal, but I can't wait to not be pregnant!
Spent most of the day Thursday and again Tuesday recording contractions. I was having a TON. Not painful, but definitely more powerful than my usual belly tightening.
Round ligament pain is back, plus more cramping.
Boobies seem to be growing, and they can get tingly every once in awhile.

Maybe I'm starting to feel like I'm losing my appetite. Some days I just have to make myself eat lunch because I know I need to, not because I'm really hungry. But I still think there's a correlation between an empty stomach and contractions, so I do try to snack to prevent them.
But I have had one hell of a sweet tooth at the same time. I don't want to eat real food, I want cookies and snack cakes for all meals.

Sleep & Dreams:
Rolling over in bed sucks. My whole pelvis just absolutely aches and my belly feels like it weighs half my body weight. 

Favorite Moments of the Week:
Calvin said "tractor fall!" when his toy tractor fell and it made me so happy! He'll be talking in sentences before we know it. :)
Playing outside with Calvin over the weekend. He and Justin kicked a ball around the yard and Justin was throwing it onto our roof and they were watching it bounce down. Calvin thought that was lots of fun. We taught him the word "roof" and now he keeps talking about "daddy ball roof."
I love laying with him at bed time or nap time, I always ask him about his day and he'll tell me random words about what happened. I just can't wait to watch him form sentences and get even better at explaining himself to us.
We went outside after it rained and played in the yard a bit. Calvin was chasing his ball and kept kicking it further and further away. He landed in a puddle in the neighbor's yard and I could just tell by the look on his face that he wanted to play in that damn puddle! But I hollered at him and got him to return to our yard before he really made a mess. He was already pretty wet and had muddy shoes from playing out there at that point. He kept looking down at his wet pants and shoes and saying "all dirty."

Random Thoughts:
I never felt postpartum cramping while breastfeeding with Calvin. I'm actually kind of scared of it this time around. They say it gets worse with each pregnancy and some ladies say the pain is pretty intense, so I'm not looking forward to that.

Alaina & Baby Brother Eren

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