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38 weeks down, 1 to go

Well, I continue to be an awful blogger but what are you going to do? I’m on an every-10-weeks roll at the moment 

πŸ™„To be honest, I feel like I’m going to continue to suck at this for quite some time, but I really miss keeping up with all of you. If any of you are interested in linking up on Facebook or instagram, I’d love that. Just shoot me an email and tell me who you are. Inthebabycloset AT gmail DOT com

I can’t believe how the third trimester has flown by. People kept telling me it would drag, which seems insane to me now. It may have something to do with us having booked all of the things for all of the weekends in the third tri? Either way I can’t believe I’m about to have this baby.

And about that, I am totally about to have this baby. I have a scheduled C-Section on Friday (Nov 4), which is in less that a week. OMG. I should probably start at the beginning of that story though, huh?

I’ve felt so lucky that this pregnancy has gone so well. I feel like I’ve had minimal crappy stuff – not too much morning sickness, I’ve been generally comfortable, no major complications, etc. I think around 33-34 weeks I suddenly felt like I had gotten GIANT overnight. That seemed pretty par for the course with the third trimester but it was the first I had felt uncomfortable. Anyway, fast forward to my 37 week appointment, which I had with a new midwife because my OB broke her ankle (story for another day), and she says that I’m measuring at 40 weeks. Apparently the week prior (36 weeks) I had been measuring at 38 but no one had ever told me what the measurement was prior to 37 weeks. They would just take it and move onto the heartbeat-listening-bit. 

Anyway, they had me go back for an ultrasound to do some more precise baby measuring, which I did on Tuesday. Now, I know that ultrasounds can be off by a pound or so in either direction, but my baby was apparently measuring at 9lbs 10oz at the tender age of 37 weeks 4 days. So that’s how we came to the C-Section. I honestly feel good about the decision. I’m a little disappointed that I won’t have a vaginal birth and that my baby won’t get the benefits of being squeezed through the birth canal, but I also know that a big baby (and honestly, this baby COULD be as big as 11+ lbs when he/she is born) and my narrow pelvis don’t mix, and I’d much prefer to just do a c-section if there’s a chance for trauma to baby and a higher chance that I’ll have failure to progress and end up with an emergency C anyway. My doctor mentioned that perhaps they “missed” me developing gestational diabetes after the 28 week test. They had actually tested me early at 20 weeks because my PCOS put me at higher risk. Then again at 28 weeks. If I’m lucky enough to be pregnant again so,exam, I’m definitely advocating for a late test. GD actually ramps up at 32-36 weeks, so maybe that’s when I got it. It’s odd because (aside from my big baby) I haven’t had any symptoms, and I passed the first 2 1-hr glucose challenge tests with flying colors. But who knows. And my doctor said that at this point it doesn’t make a difference. But either way, this baby will be here by Friday and we will not be using any Newborn size clothes! Good thing I didn’t wash those ones. 

I’m definitely a little nervous about the C-Section and what to expect, so any stories or tips are appreciated! I am glad that I can narrow down my worrying to only c-section related things, rather than worrying about both haha. At this point Em and I are focusing on getting things ready at home and wrapping up a week earlier than expected at lovely thing about a planned c-section is that we have been able to give our out-of-town parents some time to plan their trips. Of course, I could always go into labor on my own between now and Friday. The best laid plans and all that …

For posterity, my bumpdate:

How far along? 38 weeks 1 day

Baby is the size of: Well, the app says a Pomeranian, but let’s be real her, my baby is the size of a 1 month old ACTUAL BABY

Total weight gain/loss: Just over 30lbs 

Maternity clothes: πŸ™„ never going back

Sleep: I’m sorry, what? What is sleep? Everyone says my body is preparing me for baby but I really wish it would prepare me by letting me get some sleep. I’m up about every 2 hours to pee and toss and turn. Also it’s so hard to get out of bed! 

Best moment this week: Finding out I’m going to meet my baby on Nov. 4

Miss anything? Sleep. I have a feeling I’ll be missing that for quite a while though πŸ™‚

Movement: This baby loves to move. Things are starting to get kind of uncomfortable some of the time. I think it’s because the baby most certainly dropped, so some movements are putting a lot of pressure on my pelvis.

Food cravings: Sugary drinks. Which I’m certain is not helping with the whole big baby thing, so I’m trying to avoid them.

Anything make you queasy or sick? Nope

Symptoms: Lots of swelling in my hands and feet. My right foot/ankle definitely has been more swollen that the left, and I’m jamming my feet into my roomies shoes every day. I’m definitely also feeling lots of pelvic pain and pressure, especially when I stand up/walk after sitting for a while. The peeing all day and night thing hasn’t let up at all, and my lower back hurts every day but hasn’t been debilitating. 

Purchases: After a second (FRIENDS-themed … guys, it was awesome) baby shower and a big Amazon order, I think we have everything we need. Em and I did a little clothing shopping the other day to get some more 3 month sized stuff as well. The nursery is set up and ready to go, and I think we are in business. As ready as we can be to bring home a totally dependent little human!

Looking forward to: Meeting our son/daughter!

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