32 Weeks and a Great Appointment!

I am looking pretty tired in that picture.  As a matter of fact, I am pretty tired in that picture.  CJ woke up at about 4:15 this morning, and by the time I got him back to sleep the inside baby had woken up and decided to work on his bicycle kicks for awhile.  So I never got back to sleep.  But no matter.  Even though I was tired, today was a pretty darn good day (especially for a Monday).

I had my 32-week appointment this morning, which included an ultrasound to check out Baby Brother’s growth.  He was a bit of a wild man during the ultrasound, but the tech got all the measurements she needed.  Luckily his growth has slowed down a little and he is in the 75th percentile.  His estimated weight is around four and a half pounds, and he is about a week to ten days ahead of his estimated due date.  My amniotic fluid level was good, his heart rate was great, fundal height was perfect, and the Mister and I got to watch him practicing his breathing, sucking on his fingers, and pulling on his ear.  I can’t wait to see if he does that after he is born.  He is also in a head-down position, so let’s hope he doesn’t decide to flip back to breech between now and September.  It’s always great to see our baby and to hear that he is absolutely perfect and healthy.

The great news came during my visit with the doctor.  She told me that since everything was looking so good and that because he was not a giant 98th percentile-type baby, that right now things are looking great for me to attempt a VBAC!  I was so excited to hear that.  I have been concerned that he was going to be too large for a VBAC, but knowing that he is not as large as I was expecting gave me a huge burst of hope.  The doctor said that we would schedule another ultrasound at 38 weeks to get a better idea of how big he is then so we know what we’re working with.  I told her that if everything still looks favorable at that ultrasound that I will start doing everything I can to get things moving on my own, and she said “I think that’s a great plan.”  I was so excited after the appointment that I did a happy dance in the elevator.  Then I asked the Mister if he realized what that meant, and he said “a lot of sex in September?”  Bingo.  He did a happy dance of his own.  Goofball.  We will still go ahead and schedule a repeat C-section on my due date just in case, but I’m really hoping that I can do this on my own this time.

I am so happy with how this appointment went, and I am so excited about the possibility of a VBAC.  I’m okay with the idea of a RCS, but if there’s a shot at a VBAC I really have to attempt it.  The risk of uterine rupture is 0.5% to 1.5%.  I can deal with those odds.  And if things change, then I will go into surgery to get my baby out safe and healthy.  It’s a win-win for me.  I’ve been through labor (albeit without the pushing) and I’ve had a C-section and gone through that recovery process, so I know I can handle it.  And if I attempt a VBAC and it doesn’t go as planned, I will be down the hall from the operating room and very capable surgeons with whom I already have experience.  I feel really good about where things stand right now and hopefully luck will continue to be with me in my quest for a VBAC.

Still feeling good physically.  I was right about the Zantac helping out my appetite.  Unfortunately.  :(  Baby Boy must have sensed my excitement today, because he has been going crazy all day long.  It has been almost nonstop.  I love it, even when it is a little bit painful.  He now has the hiccups, which always makes me giggle.  I can’t wait to meet him!

From BabyCenter:

“By now, your baby weighs 3.75 pounds (pick up a large jicama) and is about 16.7 inches long, taking up a lot of space in your uterus. You’re gaining about a pound a week and roughly half of that goes right to your baby. In fact, he’ll gain a third to half of his birth weight during the next 7 weeks as he fattens up for survival outside the womb. He now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair (or at least respectable peach fuzz). His skin is becoming soft and smooth as he plumps up in preparation for birth.

To accommodate you and your baby’s growing needs, your blood volume has increased 40 to 50 percent since you got pregnant. With your uterus pushing up near your diaphragm and crowding your stomach, the consequences may be shortness of breath and heartburn. To help relieve your discomfort, try sleeping propped up with pillows and eating smaller meals more often.

You may have lower-back pain as your pregnancy advances. If you do, let your caregiver know right away, particularly if you haven’t had back pain before, since it can be a sign of preterm labor.

Assuming it’s not preterm labor that’s ailing you, you can probably blame your growing uterus and hormonal changes for your aching back. Your expanding uterus shifts your center of gravity and stretches out and weakens your abdominal muscles, changing your posture and putting a strain on your back. Hormonal changes in pregnancy loosen your joints and the ligaments that attach your pelvic bones to your spine. This can make you feel less stable and cause pain when you walk, stand, sit for long periods, roll over in bed, get out of a low chair or the tub, bend, or lift things.”

Shortness of breath?  Check.  Heartburn?  Check.  The Zantac has helped immensely, though.  I don’t have to sleep sitting up and don’t have to be afraid of eating food anymore.  I have had some lower back pain, but nothing severe or out of the ordinary.  The hip pain comes and goes, but I still try to take it a little easy.  The worst of it is when I am turning over in the bed.  But with the good comes the bad, so I’ll take the hip pain along with the hiccups.

How Far Along? 32 weeks.  8 left.

Total Weight Gained/Loss? I don’t want to talk about it.

Maternity Clothes?  Absolutely.

Sleep? Not great.  I’m very tired.

Best Moment of the Week?  Our ultrasound and appointment today!

Movement? He never stops.

Food Craving?  Nothing in particular lately.

Food aversions? Whatever has previously made me vomit.

Morning sickness? Nope.

Symptoms?  Fatigue, heartburn, leg cramps, the usual.

Gender?  Male.

Labor Signs? None, and hopefully none until September.  Stay away!

Belly Button?  Flat and starting to poke out a little bit on the top.

What I miss?  Sleep, picking things up, being able to get to my feet and shave my legs easily.

What I’m looking forward to?  Hopefully getting CJ’s mattress this weekend and getting his room finished.

Milestones?   Getting to be pregnant another week.


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