Week 35: Hold the phone!!

Week 35: So you may have seen in my last post (Week 34) that I went to bed after having some pains and drinking some magnesium. Well…..here’s what happened.

I laid down in bed around 11:30pm and was SO uncomfortable. Hips, back, it felt like my ovaries, everything down there was hurting. No matter which position I laid in, I did not feel good.  And I was pretty sure I was starting to have Braxton Hicks and often. So as I laid there in pain I decided to time how often these BH contractions were coming. 11:56…..12:01…..12:06….. What the….what is happening?!? I decided to get up, go pee, walk around, get a drink of water….. They were still happening. I propped myself up on some pillows on couch and managed to fall asleep for about an hour. I woke up feeling kind of ok, and went back to bed. Felt awful in bed but managed to get about another hour of sleep before I woke up in pain. I tossed and turned soo much before I just had to get out of bed. I walked the hallway, went pee again, drank more water…. Those BH contractions were still coming. I finally put on my robe and gave up trying to sleep. It was around 4am. Fiancé finally got out of bed and was like what the heck is going on?!? He was trying to convince me to call the midwife. In my head, I felt like this wasn’t labour. I didn’t feel like I was in excruciating pain, I was able to breath and talk through the contractions and it didn’t feel like the baby was trying to escape. I hadn’t lost my mucus plug let and my water hadn’t broken. But…the fact was, I was 35 weeks and something was NOT right. So I finally paged the midwife and the student called me back. She went through a list of questions and said she’d call the actual midwife and would call me back with a plan.  She called back in a few minutes and said they both agreed, we should all meet at labour and delivery and I should get hooked up to a monitor. WTF?! So we got ourselves ready and headed out the door. In my head, I did not think “I’m going to have a baby today” but I really did not understand what was happening. The contractions were still ever 5 minutes, lasting about 1 minute long.

At L&D they quickly got me in and hooked up. Babes heartbeat was not affected by the contractions which was a great sign, but they were still coming ever 5 minutes almost exactly. Fiancé sat infront of the monitor and could tell when the next one was coming and how strong they were and when they started to go away. It was crazy. Midwife checked my cervix and said I was maybe a fingertip dilated. That was pretty good news. So basically the plan was to stay and get monitored for a few hours and see what’s up. The resident OB would be by to check on me in a few hours. They took a urine sample to test for possible UTI which could be making my uterus contract, they took a vaginal swab, and another swab of all my bits down there to test for something I completely forget but that can possibly get passed on to baby when they are born.

So we sat and waited. We let our parents know what was going on, we let them know that basically we don’t even know if we’re having a baby today. Fiancé went and got himself some breakfast (lucky!) and I was given my 4th glass of water and a little apple juice. Fiancé was suddenly like – OMG we could have a baby today!?!!!! I felt deep in my soul that that wasn’t going to happen, but really we just didn’t know. The resident OB came by a few hours later and she checked my cervix again, and it was the same, a fingertip dilated. No progress, which was a good thing, but why was I still having contractions?!?! My test results came back, no UTI, no abnormalities from swabs…. The actual OB on duty came by and reviewed my chart and decided I was ok to go home.

So, after about 4 hours, we went back home. They told us, if the contractions get worse, if my water breaks, and/or if I start bleeding to page immediately. I went home, rested on the couch, had a sandwich, had a nice 1.5hour nap and the contractions eventually petered off. And then they were gone. It was the strangest thing.

Over the next few days I felt great! I was able to make our dress appointment where the girls bought THE dress – I’m so glad we found that store!! We picked up a second hand carseat and stroller that was only a year old and in perfect condition!! And I spent an entire day washing ever single item of clothing/blanket/everything for the babe. Because they say, once you have false labour, there’s a good chance you’ll have the baby within 10 days. O.M.G!!

Symptoms: See above haha!!

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Week 34: We’re getting ready for you!!

Week 34: I FINALLY went bridesmaids dress shopping with my sister and future sister-in-law! I’m only having the two of them stand up with me, and Fiancé is having 4 groomsmen. Which has really thrown off everything for him and stressed him out because he couldn’t only pick 2 guys and I told him I honestly did not care how many he had….2, 4, 8….I just wanted to have sisters because it’s easy. We hit up about 3 shops where they tried on dresses. One shop was very successful. Then we stopped at another but they didn’t have change rooms available for us, and another was just about to close but let us look at dresses before they kicked us out. And then I saw IT! I made an appt for us to come back next week because this shop had SO MANY beautiful dresses and one I was sure was going to be THE ONE! I’m soo excited about next week!!

While I was visiting some friends I mentioned how I felt a little panicked because I didn’t have a lot of newborn sleepers or a “coming home outfit”. Well, she’s amazing and went and lent me all of her daughters newborn to 6 months clothes! I am SO grateful!! Now I just need to wash them, organize them, and put them away!

We had our second prenatal class this week. We learned all about postpartum care and breastfeeding. I’m feeling very full of information and ready for babe to arrive! I feel like I’ve got a great supportive team and that Fiancé and I are ready!  Our teacher had me lay down at the end and she checked to see if babe had flipped back around. As she was feeling around I had some sharp pains down my left side but nothing too crazy. She said was was pretty sure baby had flipped and were back in proper position. Woohoo!!

We got home pretty late that night. I was tired but had been having horrible leg cramps the past few nights so I decided to try out the new magnesium drink I had bought. Which was confirmed by the pharmacist safe to drink.  It tasted…..not great…. a dull raspberry lemon flavour ugh so I chugged it. Well…. this night became very interesting….stay tuned to the next post to see what happened!!!

Symptoms: Still having that crummy feeling and lost of pressure. Braxton Hicks are happening often. Mostly it feels like it’s on the right side of my stomach but they happen. Tightening and rock hard.

Week 33: S#!T is getting real!

Week 33:  We had a great visit with Fiancés Aunts and Uncle who came over to our house and spoiled us with some gifts. One of them was unable to attend the shower, and wanted to make sure she saw us showered us before the babe got here. Soo nice of them!!

We also face-timed a potential officiant for our wedding this week which went…..ok….. She was REALLY bad a face-timing – we saw half of her face in the screen and that half was 1/4 covered by the little square of us!! Hahaha! Well…we didn’t totally love her so the search continues….dangit!

We had our first prenatal class this week as well. A dear family friend of Fiancé is a professional and gifted us with some lessons THANK GAWD!! She was amazing, we were both super comfortable with her and felt at ease and were able to ask lots of questions. But let me tell you….when she picked up that pelvis, and showed how that little head was going to push through – it all became VERY VERY REAL. WOW. She also taught us some relaxation and focus and taught us how to breathe and for Fiancé to coach me through breathing. It was soo great! We have to go home and practice our breathing for our next lesson with her!

Symptoms: I managed to get out for a few walks this week but find I have to go very slow. If I over due it I seem to pay for it the next day. Lots of groin pain and pressure. And an over all uncomfortable feeling. So…slow it is. And lots of rest throughout the day. I’m not used to this. I like to just get up and go, so it’s taking some adjusting.

Week 32 – Catch you on the flip side

Week 32 – Fiancé came down with a horrible stomach bug and spent almost 2 full days on the couch. I felt horrible for him, he’s not the type to get sick, and definitely not the type to stay in one spot for that long. While he was trying to feel better, my sister came over to do a little maternity shoot with me! I do not photograph well, so I was not expecting much but this budding photographer directed me and made me feel super comfortable. I LOVED the pics, I can’t wait to see the final products!

17093013_10154581797809285_310663204_oHere are some pics I took with my cellphone of the camera – so pls excuse the horrible quality!

I went for my follow up ultrasound this week. The tech didn’t really tell me much this time. I told her I didn’t know the gender so she avoided that. I asked what position the baby is in, and she said BREECH!! WTF!? The baby is currently in “complete breech” position, head up near the middle of my abdomen/belly button area, spine/back coming down my right side, bum near my pelvis, legs crossed and near my cervix, arms folded under chin. In the cutest fetal position, but the wrong way around. But this probably explains why I’ve been feeling so crummy since last week. Why everything has been feeling different inside. I guess there’s still time for baby to flip, fingers crossed…I don’t need another thing to stress about.  I also had a dermatologist appt this week to check on some moles that have stretched out on my breasts and stomach and a strange bump that’s appeared on my lady bits. The ice cold dr took a total of 3 minutes (MAYBE) to check me over. Said all my moles are normal and she normally doesn’t even look at pregnant woman because our bodies change so much, and I can come back 6 months after babe is born. Then she took a total of…3 seconds to look at my lady bits and said, it’s a flesh coloured mole. It’s nothing. I’m glad I drove 45 minutes for that *eyeroll*!

We did book the photographer for our upcoming wedding this week!! It feels GREAT to tick things off that list because frankly – nothing is getting ticked off and I’d LOVE to have everything confirmed by the end of March. Probably wishful thinking, but I really need to get my butt in gear!!

Midwife called me regarding our scan. She told us the uterine artery doppler is now normal (yay!) and growth of baby looks great – BUT – (of course there’s a but because there are is ALWAYS a but), the baby’s head circumference is measuring big. So…back again in a few weeks to see what’s up. Ugh….

Symptoms: Nothing new to report this week other then kinda feeling over all crummy. LOTS of pressure down below and my back is achy but not too bad. Now I just need to get this baby to flip back around and all will be golden!