After the baby shower, I feel so ready for Baby Boy to arrive! I spent the past couple days setting up, cleaning, and organizing. Yesterday, I got the pack n’ play in the mail and got it all set up in our room (like I’ve said before, the baby will be in our bedroom until we move around Christmastime, whenever we find out where Jon will be assigned).
I also got the swing and set it up! I LOVE it. We always had the swing in our living room with McKenzie and it was the perfect spot…this one is gorgeous and matches our stuff so nicely! I love that the design isn’t too “kiddie,” and it’s really soft and cozy! It can swing both ways and the seat is a detachable bouncer. I’m so happy with it. =) McKenzie loves playing with it too, and she currently has her Furby “Rose” sleeping in it…that Furby might be the most annoying thing ever.
In exactly 1 month I’ll be 36 weeks…meaning Baby Boy will be here in 1 month, at the latest! The end is in sight. On Sunday I’ll be 32 weeks…which means next week I start 2 Non-Stress Tests (NST’s) per week, one Amniotic Fluid Check per week, one regular doctor’s appointment, and possibly 2 Plasmapheresis treatments. WOW. Talk about a full-time job. The itching isn’t much improved despite the 2 Plasma treatments each week, so I’m thinking I might stop doing it. Apparently, it’s mainly for my comfort (itching) level—and since it’s not helping I don’t much see the point putting myself through it twice a week. My face it itchy, and my legs are a bloody bruised mess from the scratching. Life just sucks, and if I hear “hang in there” one more time, I might scream.
I have an appointment on Tuesday with both the Perinatologist (high-risk specialist) AND the Neonatologist (preemie baby specialist) at the same time. They’re going to discuss my treatment and care for the rest of the pregnancy, and I know the Neonatologist will tell me how dangerous it is to have a preemie. I feel so selfish for wanting to deliver at 34 weeks, but I am so miserable I want to cry every second of the day. I’m sure they’ll make me go to 36 weeks anyway—they have done “everything they can” to make me comfortable. Although, my lab results came back and my Bile Acid levels have risen from 49 to 89 in the past 3 weeks (10 is normal), so that’s not good. Maybe they will advocate an earlier delivery because of that. Who knows. But I have a growth scan ultrasound after that appointment, and I always love that. Hopefully he’s big for his age! =)
Anyhow, on to the survey!
How far along are you? 31 weeks+ 4 days
How big is the baby? About the size of a head of lettuce, approximately 19 inches and 4lbs.
Weight Gain? Still 15 lbs.
Maternity clothes? Yessss.
Stretch marks? Nothing new.
Sleep: Ambien is working wonders (5mg/night—half of a regular dose).
Best moment this week? Getting all the baby stuff put together & organized!
Movement? He’s getting a little more active, and I can tell he’s a lot bigger! His movements make my whole stomach move.
Food cravings? Fruit.
Food aversions? Nothing lately, just no appetite.
Labor signs? Not this week.
Symptoms? Cholestasis of Pregnancy, Carpal Tunnel of Pregnancy, insomnia, swelling. All that fun stuff.
Belly button in or out? In, but it’s getting more shallow!
Wedding rings on or off? Off now. I wear them as a necklace.
Happy or moody? I’m miserable, but I’m happy to have the house cleaned up and organized. Now I just need do his clothes! I’m stocked through 12 months. Woah nelly, that’s gonna be a chore. I still don’t know where I’m going to put everything!
What I miss: Same as always: sleep, not itching, and my husband. *sigh*
What I am looking forward to: I’m really looking forward to my appointment with the specialists on Tuesday, hopefully I’ll have some answers and a day to look forward to for Baby Boy’s arrival. And of course the ultrasound afterward!