27 August 2012

37 Weeks and Full Term!

Tank & Shorts: Old Navy

You guys? I am done.  D-O-N-E.

I've seriously hit a wall and have never felt this awful with any of my pregnancies.  Ever. I am cramping/contracting almost constantly {nothing timeable, however.}  I had a contraction so awful yesterday that I almost fell to the floor.  It was lovely.

I don't know what happened.  I was "fine" at this point with my other two.  Maybe because it's my third?  My body just isn't handling it as well.  I don't know.  Perhaps, the belleh has officially retired and just stopped trying as hard to hold up.  Maybe it's chasing after two toddlers.  Or having them crawl all over me. Or lifting them up. {Man, I make big babies.}

Whatever the reason, I am really struggling now.  I feel like I need to hold the bottom of my belly to even walk across the room {let alone walk 5 blocks to my favorite lunch spot, which is totally worth it, ifyoumustknow.}  Speaking of lunch... I can not keep myself full these days either.  I feel like a bottomless pit.  It's sad, really.  I think this baby is just taking everything that I have: food, energy, will power.

Okay, I'm going to stop complaining now.  I'm just trying to be real here. Very real.

So, 37 weeks.  Full term.  I am so happy to be here.  While I'd love to make it to my "39 week/ September 10th / 2 weeks from today" induction {and I'm 99% sure that I will} this baby is free to come at any time now.  I feel I've done my job here.  My last remaining goal is to make it to September 1st, which is this Saturday {and 1 day shy of 38 weeks.}  If I can make it to that point, I'd be extremely happy.  If not? Then September 10th here I come!

So I have two appointment updates to share with you:

(1)  I had a growth ultrasound on Tuesday at 36w2d which showed the baby weighing in at over 7.5lbs.  My BPP was perfect, as were my fluid levels, etc.  Unfortunately, they could not get a measurement of the cervical mass at all. The baby's head was so far down that it was impossible to even see the mass.  At this point, there's really nothing we can do anyway, so we're just going to wait until postpartum to deal with that situation.  While that makes me a little nervous, it's also nice to just focus on the baby. :)

(2) I had my 36w5d OB appt on Friday.  Here were the highlights:
  • 4cm dilated and 50% effaced 
  • Belly measuring over 4 weeks ahead now 
  • GBS Positive {Booo! I was positive with Carter and negative with Brynn}
  • The cervical mass will be checked via ultrasound at my 6w postpartum appt and we'll decide on a treatment plan at that time 
  • My OB felt around my belly and said "you know how growth ultrasounds can be +/- a pound? Yours is most definitely +" Awesome. She's been 100% correct with both Brynn and Carter's birth sizes, so I tend to trust what she says.  We'll see.
  • Got my induction orders for the hospital!! September 10th at 6am. SQUEEEE! 
I'd say it's officially time to start getting ready for this kiddo.

Pregnancy: 37 weeks

Weight Gain: 28 pounds

Weeks until September 10th Induction:  2 weeks from today!

Sleep: Contracting/cramping almost constantly.  Which, of course, means lots of tossing and turning.

Gender: We're team green, so we'll find out in September!

Names: Reid Joseph or Emerson Mae {see the name post here!}

Feeling: Swollen.

Health:  My BP was slightly elevated at my last appt.  We'll just watch it.

Movement: Every time the baby moves I want to poke my eye out.  But then, of course, when there is little movement, I get super nervous and poke the baby to move.  So it's a win-win.

Belly: Measuring over 4 weeks ahead right now, linea negra is slowly getting darker, and my belly button has been out for awhile. For comparison, here's my 37 week belly shot with Brynn!

Next Appointment: OB Appointment: Thursday, August 30th at 37w4d.  Biophysical Profile: Friday, August 31st at 37w5d.  Only 2 more ultrasounds to go!  Let's hope we make it with no slip-ups, eh? 


Summer said...

Awe!! You sure do have a reason to complain! You look Soo cute even if you don't feel cute. Wow your so lucky to be this far!! Congrats!! Can't wait to see baby #3!!

Olivia's Mommy said...

If you make it to September 10th at 4 cm's dilated and feeling the way you are, I will be shocked! I mean seriously Jenni! OMG! This baby could be coming anytime!

Olivia's Mommy said...

Also, no worries on complaining! I can't even imagine feeling that way, and having your two other kiddo's and WORKING! Let's not forget all that! Hang in there, he/she will be here soon enough.

Immortal Beloved said...

I'm so excited for you all!

undomestic mama said...

If it makes you feel any better, you're still cute!

Mandy@ a sorta fairytale said...

You look so good mama!! But I totally hear you, it is NOT fun to be full term and chasing around a toddler. I can only imagine how tiring it must be for you having two at home! So sorry sweetie, hoping your little nugget comes a little early for you!! xoxox

Discovery Street said...

oh man i feel ya! I AM SO READY.

melissa rohr said...

4cm and you don't think baby will be here soon? that is nuts. good luck mama!

ps, i had a cervical mass when i was pregnant with my second baby and oddly it totally shed its self when i gave birth - maybe you'll luck out too!!

Katie E said...

I seriously felt the same way with my third pregnancy! I'd never been so uncomfortable or in so much pain with the first two, so I thought the third would be relatively easy. Wrong! I was miserable pretty much the whole last trimester with contractions and the feeling that baby was about to fall out :) I hope you have your baby soon!

Durante said...

Wow, you look so great! At this point the baby can be here at any minute!

The Best of Both Worlds said...

I honestly don't know how I'd handle the two youngins while preggo. GO YOU! I can't wait to find out what your having and to see cute pictures of the new baby! I bet Carter & Brynn are going to be so into him/her.

Unknown said...

I can totally understand how you are feeling. I was the same way with my 3rd. And my feet were so swollen I could have used them as flotation devices. ;) She/He will be here soon! Hang on!


Heather said...

You're doing great - it's almost time!!

[dianegatorfan] said...

I hope these last couple weeks go quickly and painlessly for you! It blows my mindt hat you're at 4cm/50% effaced. Crazy! Granted it was my first, but I wasn't even 1cm/0% and then my son came 3.5 wks early, so I can't even imagine!

And you look great!!

Jeannie said...

I SO remember reaching this d-o-n-e phase :( Hang in there mama! You're almost there!! You are looking fabulous BTW :)

Sunshine and Spoons said...

I'm 37 (and a half!) weeks too right now (my due date is Sept. 16th) and I'm done too! With my last two babies, the Braxton Hicks contractions were an annoyance, this time they're downright painful and just like the real thing!

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