Friday, February 11, 2011

35 Weeks 4 Days

I can't believe I'm already almost 36 weeks pregnant, and this is the first real belly shot I've taken! I'm slacking, I know. I did so good with Abbi, but with this little guy, this is the first update I've even written in weeks!

Truth be told - this pregnancy is kicking my butt.  I don't know if it's because I have a toddler that I'm chasing after, or if it's because it's just been harder, but I have to admit that I'm so ready for this little guy to come.  I know one big difference - and it's my fault - is that I worked out my whole pregnancy with Abbi - right up until the end, but it's been a totally different story with this pregnancy.  And I think that's the biggest reason behind my lack of energy this time around.

Besides the lack of energy, I can't wait to have my normal/crazy hormones back instead of these crazy/crazy hormones.  I would have thought that hormones would be crazier when you are pregnant with a girl, but it's definitely been crazier this time around.  I will be on top of the world one minute, and then the next minute, all I want to do is crawl in bed and go to sleep.  But I'm glad that I at least realize that it's the hormones talking, and hopefully things will go back to normal after he's been here for a little while.

I'm just now starting to swell.  I'm so glad it hasn't been as bad as it was with Abbi!!  And I developed this pain on my side several weeks ago.  The doctor thinks it's a strained muscle, which I think I got when I had a cough that seriously lasted over a month.  All of that coughing and weekend stomach muscles equals a serious pain in my side.  That, combined with some recent back pain, has put me with a heating pad for a few hours every day.

I had my 36 week check up today - I am dialated to a 1 and 50% effaced.  I have to admit that I was surprised that I wasn't further along - mostly because I've been having tons of contractions.  I've been having the Braxton Hicks contractions forever, but recently, they've started to really feel like real contractions.  The pain is setting in, although they aren't constant or regular at all.

At the doctor, my blood pressure was a little bit high.  I don't remember the top number, but the bottom number was at 90 when the nurse took it, then the doctor re-took it and it was at 88.  Not terribly high, but I think he was a little alarmed because 2 weeks before I had a little bit of protein in my urine.  So, he said he'd check it again at my appointment next week, and if it gets better, I should be able to go into labor on my own.  If it stays the same, they'll induce no later than 39 weeks, and if it gets worse, they'll induce at 37 weeks.  So we'll see what happens at my appointment next Friday!  In one way, I'm so ready to not be pregnant anymore, but I get really worried about any sort of complications if he has to come 3 weeks early.  So it's turned into a catch 22, because I'm sort of stressed out about the blood pressure, but I know I need to relax and not stress out so that it will go down!  But it looks like he'll be here within the next 4 weeks - which is exciting as well!!


Michelle said...

woo hoo for baby! I can't believe you still have 4 weeks and your dilated to a 1! That's great! (even though you don't think it is). I hope the blood pressure doesn't cause any complications....but at 36 weeks, that little guy should be fine if he does need to come a couple of weeks early. At least your at the point where you do to the doc every week anyways.
love you! Sorry for the forever long comment. i don't know what got into me.

Cassie said...

I can't believe you're so close already! WOW! And if it eases your mind at all, Andrew was born 3 weeks early due to my blood pressure issues, and he was 7 lbs 8 oz and perfectly perfect in every way! Your little guy will be just fine if he's born TODAY! (Although it would be neat if he held out until your due date, because March 14 is THE BEST day to be born!) (It's my birthday, too. :)