24ish Weeks

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Let’s pretend this is my 24 week picture. I’m actually 24.5 weeks today…and I’m carrying my leech baby, I have no makeup on, and my hair is in a pony tail because leech baby keeps pulling it.
This is what 24 weeks looks like when you have two small children, a sick husband, a sick toddler and it’s the last week of school before Christmas break. #reallife
How far along? 24.5 weeks
How big is Wyatt? He is as big as an eggplant (9in, 1.7lbs)
Health of Wyatt? Doing well! Busy moving and poking me.
Health of Momma? I feel well. No illness (knock on wood). But with everyone else getting sick, I know it’s coming…
Symptoms: congested, tired, and sciatic nerve pain.
Weight gain? I’m embarrassed…a total of 25lbs! I’m gaining like crazy and feeling yucky about it 😦 Despite my best eating efforts.
Maternity clothes update? No new clothes purchased. Lots of leggings and shirts 🙂
Stretch Marks? None, even though I’m huge. I’m using bio-oil and cera ve lotion. We shall see!
Skin? Skin tone is uneven and very sensitive. But looks clear otherwise.
Sleep? Like a rock this week. I’ve been so tired, I just pass out and don’t hear anything. When I wake, I don’t feel well rested. Guess that’s normal at this point.
Best moment this week? Meeting with our doula to come up with a plan. See below.
Labor signs? None
Belly button in or out? Innie!
What I miss? Bending over with ease. Getting harder these days. lol
What I am looking forward to? My meeting with our midwives this week.
Weekly wisdom? Just taking it one day at a time. Enjoying my kiddos and being pregnant.
Milestones? 24 weeks! Officially viable, though we definitely want him to stay in there and bake for much longer.
Fears? Being a mama to 3 under two. Kind of messing with my head, in a good way, but still. lol

Updates: We met with our doula Monday night and we are working on a plan. 🙂 I know my last post about VBAC’s wasn’t super encouraging. I’m still struggling with how I feel about it all, which I think is normal.
When I begin to panic about what could go wrong in a home birth situation, or even a hospital VBAC situation, I have to remind myself that just as many things can go wrong during a repeat c-section. I know many people who would disagree…we put a lot of trust in our surgical option. It’s normal and accepted. And Dr. C is an amazing OB so I know we would be taken care of. But the fact of the matter is, there are still risks. You wouldn’t be signing paperwork that says you won’t sue the hospital, or be restricted on video/who can come into the OR during the surgery if there weren’t risks.

That being said, my OB still insists he will let me VBAC. I am going to meet with midwives this week and then let my doctor know of my intentions. If he won’t agree to an actual VBAC plan, and find an OB to sit with my while I labor, then we will follow through with our home birth option.
Everything looks good for us. I’m a good candidate. Wyatt is head down and I feel good.

So here’s the plan:
-Talk to a midwife and birthing center (found two midwives and one birthing center that would work with me…kind of sad that’s all I found considering we live in Houston…), get their professional opinion on the situation and make a plan.
-Continue to see Dr. C for regular check ups.

We will be doing Rebozo Sifting to relax me, relieve back pain and keep Wyatt happy in his head down position.
We tried it last night for the first time- it was funny and helped a ton!

Bottom line is I’m prepared for both birthing options and I’m ok with them.

So that’s the update! Not a lot has been finalized, but I feel very comfortable moving forward. Best laid plans… 😉
I will update when I know more. 🙂 hope everyone had a good weekend!

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