Pregnancy: Week 35

>> Thursday, May 26, 2016

I feel like I'm just coming up for air this week -- and it's Thursday! So, we have a lot of stuff going on. It started with Ada's dance recital last weekend, which was quite time consuming (and adorable), but we've been dealing with some other medical stuff. Without going into the gory details -- Ada has a rash. We have now been to four doctors and no one can tell us what it is. I've been in and out of appointments and tests for the last two weeks.

She's doing fine otherwise -- but it's unnerving not knowing what is going on. We've also missed all but one day of school this week, meaning I've had zero work time and my house is an utter disaster.

Excuses out of the way -- here's my week 35 pregnancy post.

And bump shot:

I had an ultrasound yesterday! Those of you who followed during Ada's pregnancy know that I had something like 8 ultrasounds with her due to all my contractions. My midwife this time around didn't do that. At (many) times, it frustrated me immensely. I hadn't seen Baby E since week 18, so nearly 18 weeks with no view into the uterus.

I had no idea we'd get a 3D picture:

They estimate her weight at around 5.5 pounds. I know the projections are notoriously wrong, but if babies gain 1/2 a pound per week, that puts her on track to weigh as much as Ada. Her head is measuring right on, along with most of her body. Her waist is a week or so behind. Ada's was that way, too, so I'm not terribly worried. Baby is head-down for the time being but does seem to be a bit on the posterior side (which I could have told you without seeing her). All the systems look healthy and like they're functioning, along with my placenta, and etc. Very reassuring.

Thank goodness for central air. At one of Ada's appointments this morning, they stuck us in this tiny room and the air wasn't working. It was 80 degrees, stagnant, and I seriously almost passed out. I had to go to the lobby and ask for water (I did so rather dramatically, which was totally unintentional). Outside wasn't any better for the rest of our errands, so we've retreated indoors and set the thermostat much lower than we usually keep it (70 degrees versus 73, oh my!).

This weekend is supposed to be wicked hot, too. I'm trying to lay low, do my walking and exercise indoors, and I'm drinking over 100 ounces of water.

I toured the hospital with the NICU last weekend. After my post about pregnancy anxiety + GBS, I have had some progress in my own fears. The thing is, I know what will be will be. I just want to make sure we're doing everything we can. That we have a plan in place. That I don't feel completely blindsided no matter if everything is completely fine or turns out horribly. I talked at length with my midwife, and we do have plans for different scenarios in place, so all is good (or at least as good as it can be).

I ordered Ada's big sister gift. I decided to get her a couple friends to help her through her transition from single to sibling. Have you guys seen these Lottie Dolls? They're adorable. I got her the Muddy Puddles and Pandora's Box. Ada is getting Baby E a Fisher Price Seahorse. Since she has pink, she got her sister a blue one.

Her sister. I am pinching myself. Is this real?

Sitting in chairs -- dining room, office, car, etc. -- is what really kicks up my Braxton Hicks contractions. I need to either be standing, on all fours, or laying down. I'm really frustrated because the car is especially bad and my 15-year high school reunion is this weekend, but I decided to skip it.

I think one of my biggest frustrations during my pregnancy was not being classed as high risk. There were advantages and disadvantages. I don't really understand why I wasn't high risk, but between all the miscarriages, constant contractions, the history of a child with a congenital brain condition, and GBS UTIs, I felt like I've needed closer monitoring.

It's pretty late now, but I am mostly frustrated with myself for not exploring and finding out why I didn't have as much monitoring. Everything has been OK, thankfully, but I feel like a lot of my worries and anxieties could have been alleviated with some extra checkups and scans that several of my friends with similar circumstances were given. 

Other stuff:

  • Weight gain: 20 pounds total
  • Days till due date: 31 -- a month!
  • Days till gestation when I had Ada: 19
  • Cravings: Just very hungry in general. Rice Crispy treats. Nectarines and strawberries. Runny eggs (but I'm waiting on those).
  • Other weird symptoms: My hands are starting to get swollen which may be from the heat. I also have a bad case of pregnancy brain. Out of breath. Just generally slower and not feeling at all like my old self. I don't remember feeling this way with Ada. Five years makes a big difference, I guess.
  • Biggest complaint: I cannot keep my house clean and it's really bugging me. Nesting is in full force, and all I want is to be able to eat off the floor. This weekend is going to be a lot of deep cleaning. #allthevinegar
  • My prediction on baby's birthday: June 12, mid-afternoon
  • Recent purchase: A diaper bag of sorts. The Kavu Railslide in Campground. I love it. I also bought one of those Shredded Memory Foam pillows and it's amazing.

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