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This is the first post where I move from my monthly bump recaps to my weekly recaps. I found that the longer the pregnancy went on the more thoughts and reflections I had, and my little monthly recap posts were turning into novels. So, weekly posts here we come! I think the hardest thing for me to do will be to make sure I get these out every Wednesday. Wish me luck!
Week 28 – Week 28 has been dominated by one thing/thought/idea, WILL I GET TO GO TO MY BABY SHOWER? You see, on October 24th it is planned that some of my friends and family will gather in Seattle at my friend’s house and we will catch up, eat food, and pet my belly. I chose Seattle as my baby shower location because it is still my favorite place in the world, and it’s still where 90% of my closest friends live. It only made sense for me to come to them. The catch came when I went into my 20 week appointment and they told me that everything was fine with the baby, but it appeared I had a full placenta previa. This meant that my placenta was covering my cervix. If I was to go into labor with my placenta over my cervix there could be serious complications, most notably that I would bleed out. Which, is AWESOME.
Something like 90% of placenta previa’s spotted at the anatomy scan end up moving up off the cervix before delivery as the uterus grows and it pulls the placenta out of the way, but for those less lucky, if at 35 weeks your placenta is in the way you then are scheduled a c-section at 36-37 weeks to ensure you do not go into labor and potentially harm yourself and the baby.
So what does this have to do with my baby shower? Turns out you can’t fly when you have placenta previa because if you were to go into labor on the plane you will bleed out and die. My 28 week ultrasound check for my PP was scheduled exactly 7 days before my flight leaves for Seattle. If I hopped on the table and they spotted no movement I would go home, alert family and friends, and begin trying to convince the airlines and hotel that this was beyond my control and can I please get my money back? If it moved I would do a dance and plan to see everyone in a week.
So how’d it go?
I GET TO GO TO SEATTLE TO SEE EVERYONE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
After the quick confirmation that my placenta had moved far and away from the danger zone and I did a little dance we got to the good stuff – our last look at Baby Jones from the inside. The best part was right away we saw that she was in the middle of a snackfest with her toes. Over and over we sat and watched as she put a foot in her mouth, chewed, moved her tongue (the fact you can see with complete clarity a baby’s tiny tongue on an ultrasound machine still amazes me) around it, wash, rinse, repeat.
The tech was just tickled (you’d think this stuff would be old news to her after 15+ years, but I always love how genuinely happy she is when stuff like this happens) and she kept trying to get us a clear 4D picture of her face, but each time she’d toss another foot in her mouth. We eventually got a pretty good one with only her chin obstructed by her foot snacking.
Later that afternoon once I’d sent all the “I’M COMING TO SEATTLE!!!!” texts I opened the 4D picture again. I just kept looking at it and before I knew it tears were welling in my eyes. That’s my daughter. Those are what her actual lips look like, what her nose looks like, what her tiny tiny little eyes look like. That is her, and it’s exactly how she’ll look when I hold her that first time. Even writing that now the tears start to form. She’s 3 tiny little pounds (88th growth percentile, slow down there chunk!) and she’s just in there waiting and fattening up for her world debut. The 4D picture was the first time I got to look at something where I actually see her as she will look when she’s born. The truest confirmation on this planet that there is this tiny human that we made who in 12ish short weeks we’ll meet.
Needless to say, it was an awesome day.
Other than that, it’s been pretty normal round these preggo parts. Braxton Hicks are still something I keep an eye on, and I’ve identified that at the end of a long day at work is when my body begins to revolt and tell me it’s had enough. It seems like such a small thing, going to my job, but in my body’s mind it’s like, WHAT HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR 8+ HOURS? WE NEED A BREAK LADY! I might start trying to work from home more, and I finally decided I cannot work a full day and then go out and do something anymore. We went to a concert after work one night, staying out late, not able to lay down, not drinking enough water, etc, and my body was not having it, and then Friday after work we went to see the Martian (which was great btw), but my body again was wishing I’d come home and lay on the couch instead. After a day of work it’s simply more than my body wants to be part of, and I am done pushing it and suffering with the BH contractions as a result. It’s not good for me or the baby, so after work activities, it was nice knowing you.
Other than that, nothing new in symptom land. Mild back pain at the end of the day, peeing 3-4 times a night and using a pillow between my legs but not a body pillow, acne acne acne acne how I loath thee, and the true reality that bending over to get something takes a lot more thought and effort than ever before. I realized last night that cutting my own toe nails is now officially impossible. Adam quickly informed me that he will NOT assist in this chore and I can make all the pedicure appointments I want. So, score!
And lastly a few of the things/thoughts/milestones:
- Hung the pictures in Baby Girls’ gallery wall (!!!!!!)
- Put together her stroller/car seat combo
- Went to baby’s third concert while she kicked away like a maniac
- Attended our first baby class on SIDS and learned some stuff, and then laughed as the lecturer spent the second portion of the evening just telling us all the baby products she hates and making fun of babies with misshapen heads. So random.
See you all next Wednesday for another look at my bump, ramblings of a pregnant lady, and pictures from my baby shower!