I just realized that I haven't posted a single thing for the month of August. Where has it gone!? I've been so incredibly busy preparing for Kaelyn's arrival and doing hair appointments almost everyday of the week. It's been hard to sit down and have time for myself. Not to mention being able to coach and witness the birth of my amazing niece, Alliyah :-) What an experience!!!
A quick update about what's been going on in my pregnancy. Yesterday I had my 35 week checkup, along with an ultrasound. I've been measuring on the smaller side for the past month, so they wanted to make sure that everything's ok. When I left the doctor's office, I was under the impression that everything was normal fluid wise and growth wise. However, my doctor took the time to look over the ultrasound more thoroughly and found that Kaelyn's tummy was measuring a little on the smaller side. It wasn't dramatic, but enough to be noticeable to the doctors. And since I had low amniotic fluid with Autumn's pregnancy, she figured that I should have it checked out.
So I went to the specialist today. They were amazing. The technology they had was also amazing. I did enjoy watching them look over Kaelyn :-) Everything looks great. They were concerned that my placenta wasn't giving Kaelyn enough nutrients, but the blood flow was great. They were afraid of any growth abnormalities, but she looked amazing! Her tummy is still measuring a little low. They're not 100% sure why, but she looks great.
So where does that put me now? They want me to monitor her movements a little more closely. If she moves anything less than 5 movements in an hour, I'm supposed to call my doctor. Then they want me to have another ultrasound in 3 weeks to make sure that she's still growing. They're going to keep monitoring my placenta to make sure that Kaelyn's still getting enough nutrients to keep her growing.
On a side note. We did get a couple of face pictures of Kaelyn. I was so hopeful that she would look like me... Sigh. Haha. She totally looks like Jordan. That's ok though cuz he is good looking ;-) AND... SHE HAS HAIR!!! Haha. The doctor showed me that she has a lot of hair in the back of her head. I couldn't believe it!!! I can't wait to meet her now :-D
Here's another little side by side survey update between Autumn's pregnancy (in parentheses) and now Kaelyn's. It's been fun doing these, hehe :-)
How far along? 35 weeks & 1 day (35 weeks & 4 days)
Total weight gain/loss: Gained only 22 lbs so far, GO ME!!! :-) (+41 lbs (believe it or not))
Maternity clothes? I love that I can still fit in a lot of my maternity clothes still. I don't have to resort to oversized t-shirts all the time. (I'm all about the homemade capris and over-sized t-shirts!!!)
Stretch marks? My old ones are getting darker and only a couple of new ones, by my old belly button piercing. (Finally got some... Mostly hidden though... Underpart of my boobs and on my butt :-))
Sleep: I'm definitely sleeping better. Only waking up once in the middle of the night to pee. I am so glad we invested in a nicer bed! (Sleep is over-rated!!! LOL... Lack there of is definitely going on right now. Whether it's because of restless legs or constant bathrooms runs!)
Best moment this week: Wow, I can't believe I was about to type the same thing for this pregnancy. Why do my silly babies have to give me a scare at 35 weeks?!? So thankful that Kaelyn is ok and praying that the rest of the pregnancy goes just as smoothly. (After having a stressful day following a "routine appointment"... I'm very grateful that everything's ok :-))
Movement: Constantly, constantly moving. Hardly a break (unless I'm super active, of course). She moves a lot when she's sleeping too. She's gonna be a wild child, I know it! (Wish I could show you the big FOOT that's sticking out on top of my belly right now. HAHA. Yeah, she's way more active than a normal baby. Even the nurse during my non-stress test said she was a little hyper and that was on a slow day!!!)
Food cravings: I honestly haven't been super craving anything lately... Weird... (Pickles!!!)
Gender: Girl and with hair this time too!!! (Little girl (well, knowing us, she might be very LONG))
Labor Signs: None. Just the normal Braxton Hicks. (Few contractions, but I was dehydrated so it's all good now.)
Belly Button in or out? Innies are over-rated ;-) (Definitely an outie!!!)
What I miss: Having my house clean... Sigh... And being able to bend over without dying or being attacked by Kaelyn. (Sleeping on my belly, sleeping in general and being able to BREATHE!!!)
What I am looking forward to: Having Kaelyn's room done and organized! (Being able to hold our little girl in just over a month :-))
Weekly Wisdom: I'll say it again, DRINK WATER!!! (Water is your friend!!!)
Milestones: I'm so proud of myself for not gaining so much weight this time around. I can't believe I was already 40 lbs heavier with Autumn. No wonder I was so tired all the time! (Not sure if this is a good thing, but Autumn has definitely located my ribs and LOVES to rub her foot on them.........sigh........)
Realization of the week: UGH!!! I have SO MUCH STUFF TO DO and I'm due in 5 weeks!!!!!!! (I'm due in just over a month... 1 more birthing class and 2 baby showers to go!!!)