How big is Eli? About the size of a large cantaloupe, 19-22 inches and 6lbs <–all estimates.
Health of Eli? Still rolling and stretching and still breech. But he is doing very well and has been active!
Health of Momma? Very very tired. Symptoms: right pointer and middle finger *still* numb, hands hurt, wrists sore, lower back pain, swelling in legs, feet and hands, sore ribs, lack of sleep…need I say more? But all soooo worth it! 🙂
Strep B test came back negative, so that’s good. Dr. C ran a PIH panel yesterday because he is concerned about my swelling, so waiting to hear about that.
Weight gain? 29lbs total
Maternity clothes update? NoFinally bought some nursing tops and some clothes for the hospital. Also got fitted for bras- apparently eben though I still fit in my regular 34B, I am a 34D in nursing bras. Yay for that? At least I know my size and I can go back to pick out a few when I am ready.
Stretch Marks? None…yet
Skin? Skin looks good!
Sleep? Sleep is not really happening. 😦 Awaiting my maternity leave so I can take glorious naps. It’s going to be awesome.
Best moment this week? Getting a few samples from my baby shower- I’m not a total heifer!!
Labor signs? Started to have some low cramps- apparently that qualifies as Braxton Hicks! It didn’t hurt or bother me, but it was kind of neat. Dr. C checked me- no physical signs of labor or even preparing for labor.
Belly button in or out? Belly button is definitely out!
What I miss? Sleeping. Solidly.
What I am looking forward to? Being able to have some free time to prepare for Eli and get the house ready.
Weekly wisdom? Be flexible: I walked into my doctor’s office yesterday not prepared to discuss birthing options. When Dr. C walked in and announced that I needed to go ahead and prepare for a c-section I freaked out. Bad. Like…I cried.
Which got him upset. Basically, he is going to give in and allow me not to schedule a c-section because it will keep me from crying, but in the next 2-3 weeks I will likely have to do that.
He is not confident that Eli will flip, or that any method of getting a baby to flip actually works. He suggested that I save my money and not waste it on a chiropractor.
That’s such a difficult thing to swallow because I trust my body and my son to do what they are supposed to. And people used to deliver breech all the time! It’s like a lost art that scares OB’s inter surgery instead. Anyway, he compromised and said he would do ultrasounds at every visit to check Eli’s position and if he hasn’t flipped by 37 or 38 weeks we will set up a c-section for my 39th week.
That’s also overwhelming. 39 weeks…that’s in 4 weeks.
So if you could please continue to pray that Eli flips…and if he doesn’t that I have the strength to face what is ahead. We don’t want a surgical birth but we want what is best at the same time. Eli does need to be born in a hospital so that he can get the attention that he needs. But surgery is anxiety producing.
And Lamaze class didn’t help- she walked us through the process last night. Apparently your arms and legs are strapped down to the table. Hyperventilation anyone?
Either way the result is the same- healthy baby. That is my mantra this week.
My lumpy view…he is facing inwards and will often push himself out against my stomach. Now if he would use that energy to flip, I would be happy!!
Milestones? Last month of pregnancy! 35/35– 35 weeks or 35 days left! 🙂
Fears? Huge huge fear of a surgical birth…
So that is all for now. Wrapping my mind around the possibility of surgery, really wanting to prove my doctor wrong, and trying EVERYTHING the internet and my friends suggest to get him turned. Next on the list? Some more moxa, acupuncture and a visit to the chiropractor and a massage. 🙂 If I don’t try literally everything I will never forgive myself. 😛
In the meantime, enjoy these pictures from my shower- a little sneak peek from my photographer and friend Laura Hollander
And this video of Eli getting the hiccups. So cute!!! 🙂