It is hard to believe I will hit the 37 week pregnancy mark TOMORROW. Little one isn’t quite considered full-term medically, but this mama is considering it to be. Between the swelling in feet and ankles, on and off-again Braxton Hicks, constant feeling of heaviness, and extra time needed to perform even the simplest task, I am ready to evict this rent-free tenant.
Lots has happened since my last post. In fact, so much has happened that I’ve quit one job, found another, and little one will start at an incredible daycare in the new year: All that needs its own post. I feel so fortunate to have things to look forward to in January, but I must make it through the rest of this chapter first. This pregnancy -although not expected in 2019- has been an interesting and wild ride. I feel fortunate to have had a healthy pregnancy, but it has also consisted of numerous time-consuming doctor appointments with both the regular OBGYN and Perinatal Specialist due to IUGR (Intrauterine Growth Restriction). Basically, little one has been measuring consistently two weeks behind the “typical” growth and has been constantly monitored. I blame it on genetics and my husband and I both being only 6# babies at birth, and while the specialist agrees, she legally can’t say nothing is wrong. Feeling her movement (hello 6AM wakeup call and inability to sleep at 10PM) will be the thing I miss the most about pregnancy. The hiccups get me every time too. I am so looking forward to seeing what she looks like because despite 20+ ultrasounds, the following picture is the best we’ve been able to get.
She is still very much breech, which concerns me because I have my heart set on a vaginal birth. I know the important thing is ultimately a healthy baby and delivery and if a C-Section is what it takes to have my daughter, I will do it, but I have worked so hard to stay healthy and try to have the birth I’ve envisioned. There is still time for her to flip though, so we’ll see how things look at my next growth check in a week and a half. Also, induced or not, I know getting her earthside in a healthy and appropriate way for both of us is the ultimate goal.
We are ready for you, little one. You are loved by so many who can’t wait to meet you.