Little Henry- 33 weeks

This week was pretty busy! I didn’t think I was actually going to get a chance to blog this week, to be honest.  It’s spring break for me (with school), but I certainly didn’t spend it taking time off and going to the beach. Oh how I wish I could be sitting on a beach right about now!  Instead, I packed in 2 days of clinicals (instead of my typical 1).  And with my normal work schedule on top of that, I have seriously been dreading the four days of 12-hr shifts.  But thankfully, I was able to get canceled from work today.  Hallelujah!  So today I slept in a little and caught up on some school work.  It was a much needed catch-up day.

Not much new in the pregnancy department.  Henry keeps growing and the bump is definitely growing.  Sleep is hit or miss these days.  Two nights earlier this week I kept waking up in the middle of the night for no reason and spent about 2-3 hours each night trying to get back to sleep.  Then other nights, I seem to sleep ok.  I’m not having to get up to pee every night, but occasionally.  Flipping from side to side is getting really difficult.  I noticed on days that I work, my legs are starting to get a little swollen.  When I took my socks off at the end of the day, I had a pretty good little indention in my calf where the elastic had been.  Thankfully, I haven’t had any recent light-headedness like I was having.

I’ve noticed Henry seems to move just a little less these days than he has been.  I knew he would slow down as he got bigger, and while he still moves a good bit, it’s definitely less that it was in the previous several weeks.  Now he seems to do more stretching-type movements rather than the more active squirming movements.  He still gets the hiccups a lot!

It’s also been an exciting week cause we’ve received several packages of baby gifts in the mail since our shower.  We’ve gotten books, bottles, our baby monitor, the jogging stroller (heck yeah!!), clothes and blankets!  It’s been so much fun opening each and every package.  I’m so thankful for friends and family who have sent us things!  The nursery is begging for me to organize it, but it’s still full of our master bedroom stuff while we finish up the bathroom renovation.  Greg got all the bead-board up last week and has been working on pulling the wallpaper off the ceiling this week.  Yeah, there was wall paper on the ceiling.  And it’s been a pain to get it off.  We’re seriously contemplating putting bead-board on the ceiling as well because we’re not sure we can smooth out where the wallpaper came off.  More to come on that.  The good news is the plumbers are coming next Tuesday!  So either way, at least we’ll get the shower fixtures, sink and toilet back up and running 🙂  Once I know there’s not more sanding involved, I’ll do some deep cleaning in the bedroom and hopefully we’ll get moved back in by next weekend.  We’ve been sleeping in the guest room for the past few weeks, which is fine, but I’m ready to get things back in order.

That about wraps it up for the week!  I’ve got another exam next week so I’ll be spending part of my weekend studying.  Then I work again on Sunday.  Another week down, and another week closer to the end of this semester!!!  It cannot get here fast enough 😉

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Sunday Showers

It’s been a wet, rainy, weekend, but we had the best kind of showers today.  A baby shower 🙂  Our friends and family gathered to celebrate baby Henry and it was a great afternoon.  Greg’s aunt Kim hosted the shower, and my sister Katie worked hard to plan all the little details.  We had food and drinks, some fun games, and we got lots of great gifts for our little man.  The decor was perfect.  Kim’s house decor worked perfectly with the nursery items I brought and the little details Katie put together.  Everything had that perfect vintage touch that I love so much.

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Little Henry- 32 weeks

We are getting to the end of 32 weeks this week, and with that we had another OB appt this morning.  Henry continues to measure great on his growth.  Our doctor just measured my belly today, no ultrasound measurements. But based on that she said he was actually measuring close to 34 weeks!  Yikes! 🙂  I told her that seemed strange to me because so many people still tell me “you’re so small” or “gosh, you don’t look that far along.”  But she said it’s probably because of my height.  I’m about 5′ 6″, and she said my taller torso makes my bump look smaller.  But my fundal height, which is the measurement they take from the pubic bone to the top of the uterus, measures about a week to a week and a half ahead.  So while overall the bump looks small to most people, we are actually measuring ahead of schedule.  Greg of course asked if that meant we would go into labor ahead of schedule, and she said not necessarily.  Since his weight is right at 50%ile, it may just mean he’s going to be bigger lengthwise.  Who knows.

Greg made the comment on our way out that it’s weird to think that while we’ve had May 11th in our minds all this time, he could come at the end of April. or the first week of May, or even after that!  And it’s true.  May 11th is just a suggestion 🙂  I will say, while I’m not really ready for him to get here (we have a lot of things to check-off on our to-list before he arrives), I’m getting more and more ready to not be pregnant! Each week gets a bit more uncomfortable.  But besides that, I am definitely grateful for an otherwise smooth pregnancy.  I have had no health issues to speak of, blood pressures have always been normal, no complications of any sort…so I really can’t complain!  And honestly, the more uncomfortable I get just means he’s continuing to grow, which is what we want.

At our appointment today my blood pressure was 118/71, heart rate 81, and my weight actually didn’t change from our appt 2 weeks ago.  So I’m still at 22 pounds so far for total weight gain.  I’m not having any swelling, but my varicose veins are definitely getting worse.  (But I had those prior to getting pregnant, thanks to genetics, so I figured they’d get worse).  I haven’t been getting light-headed as much this week as I did last week.  I asked our doctor about it, and she said I just needed to eat something of more substance in the mornings before I get going at work.  My breakfast bar doesn’t cut it.  I’ve never really been a big breakfast eater.  Don’t get me wrong, I LOVE breakfast food!!  I just don’t wake up hungry.  It takes me a little while to want to eat something in the morning, which isn’t a problem when I’m home.  But when I get up and going at work, and suddenly it’s been 3 hours and all I’ve eaten is a breakfast bar….well, then it’s no wonder I get light-headed.  So, I’ve got to do better at eating before work.

In other news, I’m excited about this weekend!  We’ll have our baby shower and I cannot wait!!  I’m so ready to get the nursery organized and really ready for bringing a baby home.  I’m excited about getting a crib soon.  I feel like right now it all still seems a little surreal because the nursery mostly just has an empty dresser, an empty armoir, and a few odds and ends just sitting around.  I did purchase a rug and crib mattress off the Facebook trading sites recently.  So the nursery is slowly coming along.  The real fun will begin when I start organizing and added the decorative touches. I can’t wait 🙂

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Little Henry- 31 weeks

Not much to update on this week.  A few new symptoms are starting to evolve.  I’ve been feeling more tired lately. Well, not sleepy tired, but easily winded.  I catch myself needing to sit down and take some deep breaths more in the last few days, otherwise I start feeling light-headed. I haven’t passed out or anything (eh, well I did come close one time), but overall I just feel like I’ve run up a flight of stairs and can’t catch my breath.  It comes and goes at random times.  If it gets worse, or if I do pass out at some point, I’ll call my doctor. Otherwise, I just plan to ask her about it at our appointment next week.  And same goes for my legs.  If I’m walking for any length of time, my legs will start getting really hot and almost numb-feeling.  You know when you’ve been running for a really long time and your legs start burning but you just push through it? That’s what mine will do sometimes.  But I haven’t been running.  And there’s one more new symptom (hello third trimester!!!).  I’ve managed to go my whole pregnancy without getting up in the middle of the night to pee…until this week. Just in the last few days, there’s been two nights where I woke up needing to pee.  So, I guess that’s a thing now.

For exciting news, we have our baby shower coming up in a few weeks!!  I cannot wait! I have done really good about not buying a lot of baby items, so I’m excited to actually start filling the nursery with baby gear. 🙂  Also, I went shopping for a glider for the room over the weekend and Greg’s parents ended up purchasing it for us as their baby gift to Henry.  It won’t be delivered for another 6-8 weeks, but I’m so excited about it. It’s super comfy. I know we will get a lot of use out of it over the next few years.  Heck, my mom still uses her “nursery” recliner in her den from when I was a baby!  So we may have just gotten our forever recliner 😉  You know you have a trusty piece of furniture when it lasts you 30 years!!

Another fun thing this week is tonight we did our hospital tour.  Granted I work at our hospital, sometimes even on the postpartum unit, but I’ve never been to labor and delivery.  Plus, I wanted to make sure we knew what was expected of us when the big day arrives (like who to call, where to report to, etc).  And obviously, I wanted Greg to be familiar with the units.  So we toured the MEU (which is where we’d go first for evaluation), and then L&D (which is where all the fun takes place 😉 ), and then ended in postpartum.  2 more months and we’ll be back again!

Henry’s 31 week stats- So I’ve learned that the measurements don’t seem to be totally accurate on these baby bump apps.  We got another ultrasound last week and know what his actual measurements are, and they don’t line up with the apps’ prediction.  The app says he’s about 16 inches long (which that may still be accurate) and just over 3 pounds.  Well we know from last week our little guy is really closer to 4 pounds. He’s right at the 51%ile though, so he’s not exceptionally large for his age. He’s right where he needs to be 🙂  He just keep growing, which is exactly what he should do.  He’s still tumbling like crazy, but he’s already facing head-down and our doctor said it’s unlikely that he’d flip at this point.  He mostly will just rotate around, but not flip from head-down to head-up.  He seems to get the hiccups a lot lately.  It just feels like little rhythmic spasms in my belly, and yesterday I actually looked down and could see my stomach twitching with each hiccup.

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Little Henry- in 4D!

Today we had our 30 week appointment.  We had an ultrasound scheduled and then an appointment with our doctor.  We’ve had 3 ultrasounds so far, one at 8 weeks, 20 weeks and 25 weeks.  We haven’t gotten the best pictures at these appointments because Henry keeps facing towards the camera, so we have some kinda creepy “alien” looking pictures.  No good profile pictures and no full body shots.  Just pictures of an arm, a face, a leg, etc.  So when we got into the ultrasound room we told the tech we were hoping for a good profile shot.  She said she’d try her best, but when she started the ultrasound, we weren’t seeing much.  He still keeps facing forward and for a second we had a good profile shot, but it didn’t last long.

She took her measurements of his head circumference, abdominal circumference and femur length.  Then she said, “ok, let’s see if we can move this little guy around.”  Then she flipped a switch on the ultrasound machine, and bam!!  Everything switched to 4D mode and there he was.  His precious little face!!!!!!!  Greg and I were in total shock. We never thought we’d get to see him in 4D (cause honestly, I didn’t want to pay extra for it, and I feel like sometimes they still aren’t that great of images).  But there he was, crystal clear on the screen.  It was amazing. Greg and I just couldn’t stop gawking at the screen and “ooo-ing and ahh-ing” over him! 🙂  He is ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE.  And the best part is, we didn’t have to pay extra after all.  The tech said at UAB they don’t charge for the 4D images (I guess just for that last ultrasound).  Oh, and at one point we could see him opening his mouth and smacking his little lips.  He’d pucker them out too!  I’m so obsessed with these images! 🙂

Today he measured at 4 pounds.  Our doctor told us to expect about 1/4 pound each week from now until our due date. So if we go all the way to term, we could probably expect him to weight somewhere between 6 and 7 pounds.  Perfect!!!  I would love that.  I know it sounds crazy, but a 9 lb baby is just not a little newborn.  I know I’m used to the super teeny-tiny babies, and I certainly want him to be healthy and go to term.  But I would be thrilled with a perfect little 6 pound newborn 🙂  He’s right at 51%ile.  Oh, and after my shocking 8 pound weight gain at my last appointment, I was pretty excited to just see 1 additional pound this time.  My BP is still normal at 131/75.  So all is good.

Ok, now for the best part.  Pictures!! 🙂  The blurry squiggly stuff in front of his face is umbilical cord.  And he doesn’t have a short nubby arm (which is how it looks in some pics!) 😉

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Little Henry- 30 weeks

These weeks are flying by.  I’m getting more and more excited as we count them down.  I feel like hitting 30 weeks was a wake-up call and I’m ready to get into super baby mode.  Too bad school is still a priority (ish) 😉  right now.  Still gotta go to clinicals.  Still have a few more tests to endure.  I’m in survival mode with school right now.  It’s sad, but I literally do what I can to get by and pass.  It’s so hard to focus on school right now, but I can’t slack up.  I’m too close to quit now!

Bathroom renovations are still going smooth. All the tile work is done.  Last night Greg mentioned the idea of putting beadboard on the walls, so that’s our next step.  Then we’ll paint and get the plumber back out to finish up.  So progress is at a halt at the moment until Greg can get the beadboard work done.

In other baby news, I’ve been researching photographers over the past several weeks trying to decide if I want some maternity photos, newborn photos, birth session photos, etc.  There’s several photographers I’ve liked, but dang, photography is expensive!  I decided I wasn’t going to hang a bunch of maternity photos of myself around the house, so I’ll probably just get my sister to take some shots of me one day next month.  And one night while out on a dinner date, I was discussing these options with Greg and I mentioned that some people have the photographer come take pics in the hospital when the infant is a “fresh” newborn and he brought up about having someone do an actual birthing session.  I never mentioned it before because a) those tend to be particularly expensive and b) I didn’t think he’d ever go for it.  I was surprised that he was super pumped about that option!  I was telling him that they usually get shots of the baby fresh out from delivery, dad cutting the cord, the first bath, dad telling the rest of the family, etc. He was like “yes, yes, I want that!”  haha.  Thankfully he knows a friend from his networking group who is a photographer and does these sessions, and he was totally on board with having her in the room during the delivery.  So hopefully we will meet with her next week and get that lined up 🙂   I’m really excited because I think those will be such special photographs.  And I can’t guarantee that Greg won’t be passing out during certain parts of the delivery, so this ensures we will have those photographs and Greg won’t have to be responsible for taking them 😉

My pregnancy symptoms are getting a little more annoying these days. Back pain is still an on-going issue (and I’m pretty sure it won’t go away until this baby is OUT).  But also now my lower abdominal muscles get tight and strained, mostly when I’m laying in bed trying to flip from side to side.  I can tell the weight of my belly pulls on those muscles and causes them to cramp up.  And then early this morning I woke up having some pretty uncomfortable cramping.  I don’t know if it was the Braxton hicks contractions that people talk about or what.  It only lasted about 30 minutes and just felt like menstrual cramping over and over.  Then it went away.  Oh, and I still get short of breath sometimes.  Not even after doing anything in particular.  Like yesterday, I came home from clinical and brought in my stuff from the car and I guess because I was talking on the phone at the same time, I could tell I was trying to catch my breath.  But yet I came home from the grocery store last night and unloaded a trunk full of groceries and it didn’t bother me.  So who knows.  The weather is REALLY nice today (like in the 70s!), so I’m probably going to take a walk around the neighborhood for a little exercise and see if that helps.  Tomorrow it may snow again so I want to take advantage of this warm weather while I can 🙂

Henry’s 30 week stats-  He is probably about 2.75 lbs and almost 16 inches in length from head to toe.  Everything continues to mature and grow and he will start packing on weight over the next several weeks.  Greg asked what he looks like and I said he looks like a normal baby, just only about 2 pounds.  He couldn’t quite picture that so we did a quick Google search of 30 week premies, and sure enough, they look just like a term baby just much smaller and skinnier. I told him most 30 weekers only require minimal oxygen or sometimes even breath on their own after delivery. They cry and open their eyes like term babies.  They can’t bottle feed yet or maintain their body temperatures, but overall, they do really well at this point.  They just need to grow 🙂  I think he thought maybe certain things still weren’t developed at this point, but really everything just continues to mature.  All the pieces are already in place.  I had a set of 30-week twins at work this week, so I have a pretty solid picture of what our baby looks like from here on out (as far as development and size goes).  We have another OB appointment on Friday with an ultrasound, so I’ll be sure to do another update after that.  They will measure him and tell us his current weight, and also give us a prediction of what his weight may be at delivery.  At this point in the pregnancy, doctors can somewhat predict this based on average weight gain per week that is typical for infants.  It seems a little early to me to be making these predictions, but we’ll see what they say. 🙂

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Bath Reno 2- Tile Work

Taking a study break for a quick bath reno update.  So the guys were here working all day Thursday and then all day again today.  We are less than a week into this project and honestly, there’s probably only about 2 more days of work left and it’ll be complete.  Best. Reno. Ever. 😉  My last update was on day 2 of this project and the shower had been prepped, the plumber had adjusted the height of the shower fixtures (since we converted from tub space to shower space), and the bathroom floor tiles had been laid.  The guys couldn’t come Friday since Greg was out of town and I had to work.  So Thursday they started the shower tiles, and today they finished all the tile work (minus grouting, that’s for tomorrow).

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So here’s where we stand at the end of work day 4.  Tile work is done.  Grouting will be completed tomorrow along with installing the baseboards.  The rest of the bathroom still looks a little disastrous, but that’s because we didn’t strip the walls down to the studs on that half of the bathroom.  Our plan is to get a painter out to strip the ceiling, sand down and possibly re-mud some patchy spots on the walls, and then repaint.  Nothing major.  After that, the plumber will come back and install the shower fixtures, toilet and sink. And we will pretty much be done! 🙂   I’m pumped!

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