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Pregnancy Journal Update: Week 35

By Slowdownandsavor

How crazy is this??? It’s the final count down, you guys! As of today, I am 30 days away from Baby Jack’s due date of March 28th, 2015. THIRTY. DAYS. I’m pretty much in a state of disbelief, but at the same time, sheer excitement floods my body when I think about it. In roughly 30 days, give or take a few, we’ll have our baby boy to hold and kiss and snuggle and love. It’s just really surreal.

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So, I feel like a lot has happened in the past couple of weeks since I last updated my pregnancy journal, so let me catch you up briefly with the reader’s digest version of it all.

At my last OB appointment, my doctor was worried that my belly was measuring a bit small for where I should be at that point in time, and arranged for me to have an ultrasound to check everything out and make sure everything was OK. This sort of stressed me out, but after having the ultrasound a little less than a week later, we found that Baby Jack is perfectly healthy, and a whopping 5.5 lbs! He’s right in the middle of the road for baby sizes at this point of normal pregnancies, so praise God! My stress has disappeared and I’m back to breathing easier.

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I also had another beautiful baby shower, thrown by some amazing women that my mom is blessed to call her friends. How amazing is that? My mom’s friends threw me such a fun, relaxed and happy baby shower, and I am extremely grateful to them for celebrating not just me and my family, but also our baby that’s growing inside me!

My husband and I also had a tour of the birthing center where I’ll be delivering Baby Jack, and that was really great. Michael and I felt really happy and comfortable with the facility. It’s pretty awesome. I’m glad we found this place, and glad that my doctor group delivers there!

After the shower, the ultrasound, the facility tour and starting my weekly visits to the OB, I’ve become more and more excited about having this baby.

With all that being said, let’s get to the questions!

How pregnant am I? 35 weeks as of February 21, 2015

How big is baby? 5.5 lbs according to the ultrasound we had on Tuesday, Feb 24th, 2015.

According to BabyCenter.com, Your baby doesn’t have much room to maneuver now that he’s over 18 inches long and tips the scales at 5 1/4 pounds (about the size of a honeydew melon). Because it’s so snug in your womb, he isn’t likely to be doing somersaults anymore, but the number of times he kicks should remain about the same. His kidneys are fully developed now, and his liver can process some waste products. Most of his basic physical development is now complete — he’ll spend the next few weeks putting on weight.

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Thank you BabyCenter.com

 

Weight Gain: +29 lbs since we discovered I was pregnant in July, 2014!

Body & Changes:

There really haven’t been “changes,” per say, but there have been developments. That’s for sure. The closer I get to the end of my pregnancy, the more intense my symptoms are becoming. Back pain, heartburn, complete and utter exhaustion, and emotions are at their all-time high right now.

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And in the case of that dang heartburn… If I don’t take my Prevacid on a religious basis, there’s actually, really and truly Hell to pay. I can’t do life when I don’t take my Pevacid. No amount of Tums can actually fix the pain that the heartburn I suffer from causes. I sound so dramatic right now, don’t I? But this is real life. This is real, honest to God, pain and misery to the point where if I don’t take the anti-acid pill daily, the acid burn will cause me to throw up and feel super nauseated. I hate it. I hate it so much.

I have noticed that my hip and knee joints are extra loose these days, which I hear is due to the Relaxin, a hormone produced by the ovary and the placenta that relaxes the ligaments in the pelvis and softens and widens the cervix. So that’s an interesting sensation! I notice that sitting in certain positions for periods of time create a difficulty in standing and walking later on, much like when your foot or leg falls asleep. Getting up is like whooooaahhhh buddy!

Clothes: Maternity only. I am getting kind of tired of the two pairs of jeans that fit, but I’m making it all work! I swear!

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What I’ve been eating: Still sticking to the whole “teenaged-boy diet” which for those of you who do not know, consists of burgers, fries, chips, more chips, pizza, spaghetti, more chips, Girl Scout Cookies, fruit snacks like Gushers, Fruit Roll-Ups and Fruit By The Foot. Oh. And chips.

I do, however, throw in some apples and bananas, as well as some veggies here and there. I mean hey, I have peas with my spaghetti, and apples sometimes instead of chips!

I’ve also been trying to be better about getting my full dose of 8 glasses of water in every single day, but sometimes that’s just hard! I feel bad when I don’t get my full 8 glasses down the pipes, but hey, that’s life.

Any Movement? TONS. It’s insane how much this little boy moves! But now instead of swimming and bubbles and kicks and punches, it’s… It’s movements. Like he’s switching positions, and he really favors my right side. His little butt pokes out sometimes, and I know this because at my last OB appointment, I was informed that he is completely head down! They sort of laid out to me his body position by feel, and that was incredible!

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Sleep: A long time ago, I got really frustrated with the whole “exercise” question and removed it from my survey. Remember that? I’m about to do that with this sleep question, but I am going to just leave it in with hope that ONE DAY I may be able to sleep more than an hour or two at a time… Wouldn’t that be just so lovely? I know that once Baby Jack comes, I probably will never sleep again, and this is training for that, yada, yada, yada, but good Lord. I’m SO TIRED. I’ve been doing better about falling asleep with the help of a couple Tylenol PM’s, but staying asleep is another matter, especially since I have 5.5 lbs of baby pushing on my bladder and everywhere else. The struggle is real.

Emotions: This question sort of made me laugh. Emotions are out of control, you guys. So last night as I was getting ready for bed, I was scrolling through my Instagram feed, and one of the accounts I follow put up a photo of a cute but sad looking kitty, accompanied by this story of how the next day, this poor baby would be put to sleep if no one came to adopt her. Apparently she was a shelter kitten, who was adopted by someone who in turn used her as a personal abuse toy.

 

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She was dumped like trash 2 years later, so this 2-year-old baby kitty has only known pain and sadness, and no longer trusts humans. Her skin is super inflamed, eyes are all red, and she can’t quit scratching herself due to a severe flea infestation. She’s terrified, hardly eats and cries. Are you kidding me? I cried SO HARD. Michael was all, “What’s wrong???” And I told him a bit about it and he was like, “You know better! You can’t read that sort of thing! You know that!”

And he’s right. I do know better than to read some sad story about a kitty. There’s no other reaction than severe sadness and crying and wishing I could save baby kitty, wherever she may be, but I just can’t.

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This is just one example, but I feel like these days I’m even more of a sap that I had been in the past few weeks, and that’s REALLY saying something. I mean, I was a pretty big sap before I even got pregnant, and then when I did, the sappiness was taken up a few notches, but holy cow, this past week has been a whole new world of sappy behavior.

Purchases: We purchased our stroller/car seat travel system! It’s AWESOME! It’s a Britax 2014 B-Agile and B-Safe Travel System, and I just love how sleek and easy it is to use. It’s appropriate for our infant all the way to 55 lbs, and is super easy to collapse and put in the car, and the car seat itself is super easy to install, and easy to move from stroller to the base in the car. I sure do hope Baby Jack won’t be needing a stroller at 55 lbs… I also love the black and gray together, and all the fun features it has! Plus, it was a breeze to put together. I can’t wait to use it, and report back on how it goes!!!

What I miss: It’s the same thing every update, isn’t it? I miss sleep, rest, energy, sushi, and wine, but let me add something else to that list. I miss Subway’s Cold Cut Combo. I don’t even know where that comes from, but today while I was at Subway ordering my pregnant-safe sandwich sans any deli meat, I just wanted the cold cut combo that the man in front of me was ordering. I wanted it in so many ways… I wanted to jump over the glass, and attack it like a ravenous hyena. Seriously. Why did bologna look so good to me? Weird…

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What I’m looking forward to: Meeting Baby Jack in about 30 days!!!!

Best Moment of the Week: The ultrasound was awesome. First because it gave us good news, that our precious Baby Jack is a perfect size and weight, and that he has all of his parts and bits! And secondly, we got to see him. No, we didn’t get to see his face, which stinks but we DID get to see other really amazing things, like his cute little hand, and his tummy and feet.


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