Friday, February 24, 2017

The Clock is Ticking

It's been a while since I posted here, especially with a baby update, but I'm finally sneaking in a few minutes! Believe it or not, I'm well into my 3rd trimester. I'll be 32 weeks in just a few hours and I'm definitely feeling it. There have been quite a few obstacles along the way.

My veins are worse than that of an infant! I've had doctors who have been in the business for years poke and prod with no success. Any medical professionals reading this may be thinking, "I'm a pediatric nurse. I could totally get blood from you." However, many have tried, multiple times, and have failed. I travel on a train about 30-45 minutes to get to the one clinic where the one nurse who can draw my blood works. I've had to go back and forth between my high-risk OB and my primary care physician's office to find out what tests need to be done, then to draw the blood for said tests. I'm very blessed to say that all my test results have been clean!!

However, the discomfort and pain I'm all too familiar with from my first pregnancy have returned with a vengeance. The pain in my hips and pelvis started much earlier this time. I started having Braxton-Hicks contractions last week, along with pressure in my pelvis. I cried thinking I may be in very pre-term labor, but God prevailed again. I was not dilated. What about that pelvic pressure I had? Well, it's my boy's head!! He is head down and pretty low in my pelvis. The time of his arrival is near.

After much consideration, I decided to throw my own Baby Sprinkle. I'll admit, I had no idea a such thing existed, but having a small shower, a sprinkle, seemed like a good idea. Once again, I've been overwhelmed at how blessed I am. A celebration that I thought might give me a few clothes and diapers for my HunnyBee turned into me getting a new car seat, a baby swing, lots of clothes, diapers, wipes, baby wraps + much more. I'm so grateful for my village <3




I went to my doctor's appointment yesterday feeling quite anxious about the pending delivery. My HunnyBee is already 4lbs 10oz and growing fast! He is in the 65th percentile for weight, another chubby little man :) I flat out told the doctor about my anxiety regarding the delivery, but she already had a plan. I'll go in next week and after that my doctor will do weekly pelvic exams. I'm not excited about the discomfort of the exams, but this will give us an early notice of when I start dilating, so I can go to the hospital early. This will give my birthing team at the hospital enough time to get in my IVs and my epidural. If, by some miracle, I make it to 39 weeks, we will induce labor so that the process is as controlled as we can make it. As someone who is a planner, having this plan really set my heart at ease.

That's the baby update for now! I have lots of other exciting updates to share, but I'll save those for another day.