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Waiting

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Sure, for 8 months, you’re waiting to make it to the delivery date. But there’s something about the last month. The waiting in the last month is way different. It seems like, a week ago, I was 38 weeks. But I’m only now 38 weeks and 2 days.

Saturday night was rough! I don’t think it’s insomnia because I think that insomnia means you just can’t get to sleep, and it isn’t necessarily tied to any physical thing.

I guess my mind is wandering more nowadays. Basically here is what happened:

12:30am

I got super sleepy and decided to finally go to bed. I figured I’d do okay in the bedroom because I was very tired. But my legs were restless, so I went to the couch after about 10 minutes.

After some tossing and turning, I must have fallen asleep a little. My right ribs were aching because the baby is camped out on that side.

4:00am

I woke up and went to the kitchen to find out the time. I heard birds chirping outside, so I thought it might be closer to 5:30. I was really, extra disoriented. I was stumbling all over the place. Finally I made my way to the bedroom. Of course I woke up poor Cameron.

5:00am

Woke up, checked phone for time… Sigh. Having a contraction woke me up. I flipped over, which woke up Cameron again.

6:00am

“Please, let it be 8:00 so I can just get up.” Still so early for a Saturday, and I hadn’t gotten much sleep at all. Another contraction plus aching ribs. And I had to pee….

Must have fallen back to sleep a little….

7:07am

Checked time again. I thought maybe Cameron was out of bed, so that meant I could start to stir, but he was still asleep so I tried to stay really still and go back to sleep. Tossed and turned and passed out for a little bit longer.

8:14am

Woke up and just lay there. I could smell bacon coming from the kitchen. So I hopped on up and out of bed.

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It was rough! My eye has been twitching since then. I need a good nap. Is that even possible anymore?

Why do people decide to get pregnant more than once?? Babies must be seriously awesome.

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Week 37 Update

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BASICS (the stuff from the app):

I’m 37 weeks along, which means I’m full term. That means, he’s welcome to come on out whenever he wants, and he’ll be just fine.

I have 3 weeks to go. WOW. “Any day now.”

The baby is as big as a watermelon and weighs about 7 pounds.

ME (updates on me, the mama):

Biggest update is….CONTRACTIONS!

I’ve been feeling those Braxton Hicks on a daily basis. Sometimes they’re slightly uncomfortable, and sometimes, they are downright painful.

It feels like menstrual cramps. And then the stomach is super tight. And it feels like I have to pee really bad.

I SHOULD feel the “lightening” soon. That’s when the baby’s head drops down into the pelvis. It’s supposed to make it easier for me to breathe.

It’s possible I could leak colostrum! Gross! (I won’t talk about that here. But if you want to look it up, go for it!)

HIM (updates on the baby):

He’s the size of a watermelon, apparently. But Cameron and I were looking down at my belly, and ain’t no way there’s a watermelon in there. I mean, maybe if he were stretched out, he’d be as long as a watermelon. And maybe he weighs the same. But that’s a little deceptive, What Not To Expect app!

He’s just growing fat these days.

He is moving like a wild man. And it hurts. I felt a forearm the other day.

I have an OB appointment tomorrow morning (Friday 5/17). I have to get a vaccine for pertussis (I’m not totally sure if I phrased that correctly). Otherwise I’m not sure what we’ll talk about or do tomorrow. If it’s worth noting, I’ll write about it in a separate post!

Baby-Related Anxiety …… Babe-xiety? …… Anxie-baby?

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Either way, it’s baby-related anxiety. Or it’s pregnancy hormones. But it’s driving me a little bonkers these days.

Several times a day, I start feeling anxious. Could it be related to the baby? I’m not sure! I can’t think of any particular thoughts during those moments.

This morning, for example, I was applying my makeup, and The Office was on in the background. And I started feeling hot, my heart rate shot up, and I felt dizzy. Perhaps I am thinking about the baby and not even realizing it. How could I be more conscious of my thoughts?

I Went to the Doctor Today

First, an unrelated-to-anxiety note: she pressed around down there to feel where the head is. She found it. And it hurt! And then he started kicking the crap out of my side. Soooo thanks doc!

Second, let me give you the rundown on my OB doctors, the cause of my current level of anxiety:

1. I had Dr. A (not her initial…just the first letter of the alphabet) from the beginning up until about month 6. Then I found out she was moving to her Maryland offices, probably in May (one month before my due date). I didn’t want to take my chances, so I decided to cancel further appointments with her and switch to a new doctor.

2. Now I have Dr. B, who I have seen three times at this point. I like consistency. Every Tuesday, 3:00 pm, with the same person, for example, is right up my alley. Dr. B and I have been getting along just fine. I’ll see her again next Friday.

3. Unfortunately, I’m at the once-a-week type of appointments. She’s all booked up the following week, so I’ll see Dr. C (a male doctor, by the way).

4. The following week, I’m back with Dr. B.

5. The next week, the week of my due date, Dr. B is out of town until Wednesday, and Dr. C is out of town all week. So I’m due on Thursday. I can either see a new person (a fourth doctor) a few days before I’m due, OR I can just see Dr. B the day after my due date.

I do not like any of these options.

I’m fine with the fact that doctors take vacations. I’m okay knowing that, when I go into labor, there’s a chance that MY doctor won’t be on call. But I just need more consistency! This is stressing me out.

And that, my friends, is this week’s anxie-baby. Thanks for tuning in.

The Final Month

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Things seem like they are getting tougher all the time. It’s getting more and more uncomfortable to sleep. No matter how much sleep I feel I get one night, I’m sooo pooped the next day.

Working out is supposed to help, so I can’t imagine how I could be more tired if I weren’t working out.

I did a Google search for “making it through the ninth month”.

I found some good stuff; mostly I found a couple of articles that confirmed what I’m feeling.

For example, this article suggested pampering yourself a little. Get a pedicure and a hair cut. It also said that, this month, the baby’s in charge. So if you’re tired, sleep. If you’re hungry, eat.

For a list of the most common symptoms this month, I read this article. While it didn’t provide solutions, it did let me know I wasn’t alone.

With that being said, wish me luck! One month until the due date. Just one more month.

10 Reasons I Can’t Sleep at Night: Pregnancy Edition (VIDEO)

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I decided a week ago that I wanted to create a funny video that showcases all the silly reasons we pregnant folks can’t sleep at night. This ranges from heartburn to ECP to weird baby nightmares.

After about 15 hours of planning, shooting, and editing the past 5 days, the video is finally up and running.

Here she is, in all her glory! Frankly, I think it’s hilarious. But I’m biased. 😉

OUCH!

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This will be short and sweet, as I should be leaving for church in less than 30 minutes and am currently sitting here in a t-shirt, no makeup, no breakfast inside of me.

Yesterday at the childbirth class, the teacher asked everyone if they get Charlie Horses. It seemed like everyone nodded or say “Oh yea.” Now, I’d heard of those things, but I wasn’t sure I’d ever had one.

Cameron looked at me and gave me a questioning look. I shook my head “no” since I never get them.

Then he leaned over and said, “It’s probably because you’re really active and walk all the time.”

Fast forward to three hours ago, it’s 5:00 am, and my doggone right calf muscle totally cramps up!

“CAM! CAM! I think it’s a Charlie Horse!”

Poor, sweet thing… he rolls over, kisses my tummy, and massages my leg for a few minutes until it stops hurting.

It helped me to fall back to sleep, but it’s very stiff this morning.

What the heck is happening to me? That was the worst! I’m hoping that was a one-time thing because we were sitting ALL DAY yesterday. I will NOT add that to my “list of symptoms” just yet. I refuse.

34 Weeks Today: A Fun Pregnancy Survey!

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In general, I love filling out surveys. It’s like taking a test and knowing all the answers.

About You
Name: Bethany

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Age: 28

Height: 5’5″

Pre-pregnancy weight: 127 lbs

About The Father 
Name: Cameron

Cam at Dianne's wedding

Age: 29 (but 28 when we got pregnant)

Height: 5’9″ (although he likes to TELL people he’s 5’10”)

Are you still together: We’ve been married 1 year, 9 months.

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About Your Pregnancy
Is this your first pregnancy: Yes!

When did you find out you were pregnant: It was a Thursday night, the night I went to a workshop at Paper Source. I should have started my period the day before, so I decided, on a whim, to pick up a pregnancy test after Paper Source…

Was it planned: It definitely was! I am not a huge fan of spontaneity. I like to stay in control as much as possible!

What was your first reaction: “Uhh, Cam? I think I’m pregnant. Doesn’t that look like the pregnant symbol?” as I showed him the pregnancy test. And he said,
“…Congratulations?” Then we went to the store and got another pregnancy test to be sure.

Who was with you when you found out: Cameron was in the other room, patiently waiting.

Who was the first person you told: Besides Cameron, I immediately called my mom and dad (on FaceTime, so I could see their reactions). I had been telling my mom for a long time that I wasn’t interested in having a baby until I was at least 30. So she did NOT believe me.

How did your parents react: Mom could not believe it. And when they realized I was telling the truth, Mama got embarrassed and started crying. Then my dad just smiled and said Congrats.

How far along are you: I’m 34 weeks.

What was your first symptom: I was super tired and hungry all the time!

What is your due date: June 6, 2013

Do you know the sex of the baby: We are having a little boy.

Have you picked out names: We have a short list!

If so, what are they: We are keeping them a secret.

How much weight have you gained: About 35 pounds!

Do you have stretch marks: Nope! Not yet, anyway.

Have you felt the baby move: This baby is a wild child. He moves around a lot. And now he gets hiccups. 🙂

Have you heard the heartbeat: I have heard it many many times. 🙂

About the birth
Will you keep the baby: Definitely

Home or hospital birth: Hospital

Natural or medicated birth: The plan is all natural, baby.

Who will be in the delivery room with you: Cameron, for sure, and also our doula Candice. I’m not sure who else! My mom MIGHT be there, but she lives many states away and will probably not make it in time.

Will you breastfeed: That’s the plan!

Do you think you’ll need a c-section: I surely hope not.

Will you cry when you hold the baby for the first time: I doubt it 🙂 At the same time, I’ve turned into a big whiny baby since I’ve been pregnant, so the chances are higher these days that I would cry. We shall see. I’m not going to TRY to cry. If it happens, it happens.

What’s the first thing you might say to him: “Well, hi there.”

Would you let someone videotape the birth: As long as it’s Cameron filming, and I get the final say in what happens to the video! I wouldn’t mind seeing/sharing parts of it.

Are you excited about the birth, or scared: You know, I go back and forth. I was scared for a long time. I’m definitely not excited. If anything, “anxious” is the best description. Regardless, I HAVE to go through the process. There’s no getting around it. So being scared is wasted energy.

That was fun! If you’d like to send me your own ideas or feedback, Contact Me!

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