I can not believe this is my last pregnancy post (possibly ever). As mentioned before, I am having a scheduled cesarean since I had one with Leighton, so I will not be going all the way to 40 weeks. As I write this intro I have only three and half weeks to go (unless he or she comes earlier) and that is just bananas. Time has flown by, and unlike my pregnancy with Leighton, I have not been wishing time away and am genuinely sad to see it all come to an end. On the other hand, I can not wait to meet this little person who will be joining our little threesome.
Well I think the pregnancy gods wanted to make sure I knew who was in charge after all my bragging about how easy this pregnancy was. I feel like it all came to a head this week. I was still struggling with this dumb cold and just breathing out of my nose, when every other ailment under the sun seemed to arrive. One of the new one for me is carpal tunnel. I had no idea this was a common pregnancy symptom until I started googling why my hands were hurting so bad. It started out just at night and mornings, but is starting to bother me throughout the day. It isn’t my wrist, but my knuckles and bending my fingers. I had planned on trying to blog a bit more, but this has deterred me from doing much.
When I was pregnant with Leighton, my last trimester was in the winter and I wore my wedding rings and all of my shoes the entire time and never had any swelling. I am not sure if it has to actually do with the weather or just being on my feet more, but this time my hands and feet are really swollen. I can’t remember the last time I wore my engagement ring and my wedding band (which is a 1/4 size bigger) is pretty snug on there. I realized the other night when I went to get dressed for a girls night that none of my shoes fit other than flip flops! I am really hoping my feet don’t go up a size like my mom and MIL say theirs did. Good thing I don’t have much longer to go.
Overall, this week just really kicked my butt and I was quite happy to see it in the rear view mirror. Luckily, I started feeling much better by the weekend. We had zero plans and it was so nice to just hang out with Leighton and Travis and enjoy each other’s company.
I had my OB appointment this week, only one more before the big day! Leighton was too funny and was chanting “baby tv!” as we were waiting because I told her we were going to go see the baby on the tv (ultrasound screen). Everything looked great and baby is still growing right along the 50% line, so I am expecting another 7lber. I also got my whooping cough shot which is always a joy. My doctor also confirmed it is carpal tunnel and suggested wearing a wrist splint at night which is when it tends to get most agitated. He assured me that it should go away once the baby is here.
This week was much better than last, but I am still feeling like I could burst any day. Leighton had a 24hr tummy bug this week, but luckily I didn’t catch it. It did keep us out of the gym one day, but it’s been getting more uncomfortable to work out lately (mostly my back is so sore). I keep thinking my tummy isn’t that big and then I catch my reflection in a mirror and realize otherwise. I did a side by side of each pregnancy at 35 weeks, and it’s interesting to see how differently I am carrying this time.
This week has dragged, but overall I’m feeling pretty good. My biggest ailment is my back that is really getting tired of carrying around the extra weight plus my 25lb toddler who has decided she needs to be picked up constantly. I decided to limit the gym to two days this week and next, so I won’t overdo it. I always feel better after I go, but I don’t want to hurt my back.
My carpal tunnel is feeling better too and I really only notice it when I wake up in the middle of the night. My tummy feels like it can’t stretch anymore and I’m at the point where every stranger has to ask how much longer I have. Two woman stopped me at the grocery and said they couldn’t help but notice how low I was, and asked when I was due. I hadn’t really noticed my belly dropping, but I definitely feel something hitting against my hip bones down there. It makes me wonder if we will make it to the c section date.
I’m at the point where thinking of having this baby a bit early doesn’t sound too bad. I had a few instances over the weekend that made me wonder if it might happen. I decided Sunday that I should probably start getting a bag together at least. My mom doesn’t get here until next Monday though, so hoping baby stays put all week since we would have to figure out what to do with poor Leighton.
I’m really getting uncomfortable (mostly my back still) and I’m not sure how people go all the way to 40,41… weeks. Sleep and car rides are not my friends either. It’s a catch 22 because when I’m busy and on my feet, I get sore and uncomfortable (let alone freak my mom out that I’m going to send myself into labor), but it’s hard to really get comfortable at home too. So, I’m just choosing to stay busy. I want to keep up our routine as much as possible until the baby comes, because I know there will be a lot more time at home then. I’m getting nervous about how on earth I’m going to take care of two kids, but I suppose people do it all the time, right? 😬
My last (and only second) Mother’s Day with just one child was on Sunday. How crazy is that? We had such a great day celebrating, and hopefully I will eventually blog about it. My mom arrived the following day and Leighton has been on cloud nine ever since. We have been running last minute errands and making sure everything is ready to go for baby’s debut this week!
Oh and for the record, Travis and I both are now convinced we’re having a girl although the nurse who gave Leighton her flu shot said 100% it’s a boy. We will see who is right…
Next time you hear from me on here it will be a birth announcement eeeeek!!!