38 weeks and counting

I have had TWO doc’s appointments since last updating.  Let’s start back with last week on Monday April 9.  I had a routine doc’s appointment, heard the heartbeat, got my cervix checked and did some sort of swab test.  I was again only measuring 33cm which is measuring as if I’m 33 weeks along.  The doc. wanted to be on the safe side so she ordered an ultrasound for the following Monday just to be on the safe side and to check out growth of the baby.  I was both thrilled and terrified at this news because you never want to hear that your baby isn’t growing or that you are too small but on the other hand it was another opportunity to see my sweet baby boy.  So let’s fast forward to Monday’s appointment.

I have been feeling strong movement from the baby so I wasn’t all that concerned.  The worst case scenario would have been that he’s not growing and that we’d just have to get him out which means meeting my baby sooner than expected!  So I went in around 9:45am for my u/s.  I was a bit nervous to hear what they were going to find but more excited to get news on my progress and where to go from here.  As soon as the tech put the want on my stomach, baby started jumping around and kicking my ribs like CRAZY.  It was sort of hard to get the measurements she needed but it was still fun to see him so active.  His head was measuring in the 80% which is great and the rest of his measurements were all within range but on the small side.  His final average was 36 weeks and 6 days on Monday so that puts him at 37 weeks today.  I’m at 38 weeks so he’s really only measuring a week behind which they assured me was fine.  The news I didn’t want to hear was that my placenta is now at a grade 2.  There are 3 grades for placenta’s in pregnancy.  Grade 1 means that the placenta is working at 100% efficiency, grade 2 means it’s starting to deteriorate and grade 3 means it’s on it’s last leg and not delivering the nutrients and oxygen the baby needs to survive.  I guess I’m still in the safety zone but it’s still not fun to hear that my placenta is starting to poop out on me.  I am in my 38th week of pregnancy however, so I was told that it’s perfectly normal to see deterioration at this stage in pregnancy.  I was told to just watch kicks and movement and if anything changes to call the doc. asap.  They also checked my cervix and it was still thick (no effacement) but I had dilated to 1cm!!  I know that means nothing but it was more fun than hearing “your cervix has done nothing”.   They didn’t seem at all concerned with the measurements of the baby or the placenta but I think I’m going to call the doc. and get some clarification on what a grade 2 placenta means for the health of my child and how we are going to handle it moving forward.  More ultrasounds?  More appointments?  More monitoring?  Who knows!  I have another doc. appointment this coming Monday so I could probably wait but it would be nice to have more concrete answers before that time comes.

I don’t mean to be the worry wart that I am.  I feel like it comes to me so naturally.  If it weren’t this than it would be something else.  I just want him out here in the world for me to touch and hold and squeeze and kiss.  For me to be able to see his chest rising with every breath that he takes and for me to hold him close to my skin and know that he is finally safe outside the womb.  It’s a very nervous feeling still having him inside of me, not knowing what he is doing in there or if he’s getting fed properly.  I know some mom’s say that their babies are the safest in the womb because they know exactly where they are and what they are doing every min. of every day.  But I feel differently.  What if he’s not moving?  What if the umbilical cord gets wrapped around his neck?  What if he’s not eating?  These are the things that I worry about.  It brings me great comfort when he does move around in there.  I can’t stop smiling and grabbing my stomach when I feel movement.  It makes me so incredibly happy to feel him.  I know we can get through this and I’m so so very close to the end of all of this.  I just can’t wait to meet my baby boy!

Ultrasound update!!

I promised I’d share what happened at our 36 week ultrasound on Monday.  So, here goes…We went to our appointment Monday afternoon.  Every other time that we’ve had an ultrasound we see the doc. afterwards but this time they had us see her first.  She asked if we had any questions and after we talked for a bit she mentioned that next time we’d do our ultrasound to measure baby and make sure he is in the correct position for labor.  WHAT!?  I immediately explained that the reason my husband was here was because last time she said we’d do an ultrasound at this appointment!  Guess they forgot to put it on the schedule?  Anyways, luckily the ultrasound tech wasn’t busy and was able to see us.  We went in and got my belly ready for inspection.  My heart always skips a beat right before they put the wand on my stomach.  You never know what you’re going to see.  Chad had mentioned right before we got started that this was the first ultrasound he wasn’t nervous about.  I mentioned I’m nervous no matter what ultrasound it is!  After the appointment me asked me why I was nervous for this one.  I told him it’s because you never know what you’re going to see…What if his arms stopped growing or something was wrong with his head or his legs weren’t the right length?  He understood after I explained that.   Anyways, the scan went perfectly.  The first thing we saw was his head and his is VERY low.  So all systems go for a vaginal birth!  That’s exciting.  I thought for sure he was transverse but to my surprise he is completely head down right now and isn’t expected to move from that position.  So cute!  He was measuring about 36 weeks and in the 38th percentile.  The average guess for his weight was 5lbs 13oz.  She didn’t give us a length measurement but did say that he was curled up.  I was measuring 33 weeks by my fundal height but turns out, baby just has a lot of room in there b/c mama is tall.  He’s doing great and we can’t wait to meet our little bundle of boy at the end of April/beginning of May!

36 weeks

By my calculations (and 9 months into this pregnancy), I’ve FINALLY figured out how to “date” my pregnancy.  Because I know the exact date that I ovulated, I can now say with 100% accuracy that we are 36 weeks and 2 days today!  So it looks like rather than the Tuesday count as being another week, it’s actually supposed to be Saturday’s.  So on Saturday marked my 36th week of pregnancy.  So coming up next Saturday baby B will be 37 weeks and considered full term!  So exciting!  He can come any time after that.  Of course I don’t really care when he comes.  We are now 100% prepared at home for his arrival.  This weekend we spent many hours shopping for the rest of his stuff, getting my birth bag ready and completing his room.  Chad also installed the car seat in the back seat of our car.  I am so excited I can barely stand it!  We have an ultrasound today so for two reasons I’m excited:

1. We get another sneak peak at our little man.

2. I get off work today at 11am and won’t be coming back.

Oh also RCJHGKU!  I can’t believe the Jayhawks are playing tonight!  We are going to some friends to watch.  I’m hoping we won’t get murdered tonight!!!