PREGNANCY: THE SEQUEL (33-35 weeks)

33 weeks 34 weeks 35 Weeks

How far along? 36 weeks currently

Maternity clothes? None of the clothes I’m wearing in these pics are maternity clothes, though I’m rocking them more frequently.

Stretch marks? Nope. I heard that you’re far less likely to get them in your second pregnancy. I didn’t have any the first time around, so maybe that’ll be true this time around.

Sleep: Sleep is still induced by OTC melatonin or benadryl depending on if I’m having uncomfortable contractions. It definitely isn’t comfortable, and I’m extremely exhausted ALL THE TIME.

Best moment this week: Going to the zoo with my little family.

Miss Anything?: Clear skin. Energy.

Movement:He’s still moving at a normal pace.

Food cravings: I honestly have no appetite. I don’t feel hungry, I just know when I need to eat because I feel like I’m going to pass out or turn into the hulk. Though I will say that I’ve wanted sour candy a couple of times.

Anything making you queasy or sick? I get heartburn from chocolate and sometimes water, but I have resorted to taking Zantac because I was having heartburn constantly.

Gender: BOY

Labor Signs: I have contractions pretty much all of the time. It doesn’t take much to make them consistent. I get checked this week to see if there’s been any further dilation or effacement. I’ve started using my EPO (evening primrose oil)  this week.

Belly Button in or out? Um, open and stretching.

Rings on or off? Oh they still fit. They have just turned into a flesh eating nuisance. I can’t wear my ring without them causing ooze filled blisters on my finger. I think I’m just going to put them away until my hormones decide to behave properly.

Happy or Moody: Moody. I’ve been a grump a few times this last week in particular. I’m just so tired and uncomfortable.

Reading: Nothing other than story books and the Bible.

I finally got my hospital bag packed, sort of. It’s ready enough to go if I do go into labor a little early. I haven’t really had any nesting instincts yet. I just want sleep. All. The. Time. Baby boys room is pretty much finished. To me it’s good enough. Everything in the house is good enough for now. I think we’ve actually done pretty well for moving into a newer bigger house just a little over a month ago. We’re pretty much completely unpacked!

I’m definitely feeling this pregnancy wearing on me. I’m so incredibly thankful to have made it this far, because he can truly come at anytime and be perfectly fine. I might just be hopeful, but I really do not feel like I will make to my due date. I don’t even tell people my due date because I don’t truly believe in them.

PREGNANCY:THE SEQUEL (32 Weeks)

32 weeks

How far along? 32 weeks

Maternity clothes? Maternity top. A lot of my maternity tops are actually getting a wee bit too short.

Stretch marks? Nope. I heard that you’re far less likely to get them in your second pregnancy. I didn’t have any the first time around, so maybe that’ll be true this time around.

Sleep: Sleep is still induced by OTC melatonin, BUT it’s been pretty good these last few weeks. I’ve figured out how to make the most perfect cocoon with my Snoogle, pillows, and covers.

Best moment this week: Painting with big sister outside.

Miss Anything?: Clear skin. Energy.

Movement:He’s still moving at a normal pace, but he’s starting to slow down because he’s running out of womb.

Food cravings: I honestly have no appetite. I don’t feel hungry, I just know when I need to eat because I feel like I’m going to pass out or turn into the hulk.

Anything making you queasy or sick? I get heartburn from chocolate and sometimes water.

Gender: BOY

Labor Signs:  I ended up in the hospital a few weeks ago with contractions coming every 2 minutes. I was only 1 cm dilated and 0% effaced so they weren’t really worried. I had a 32 hour span of time a couple of weeks ago where I had constant contractions. I probably should’ve went to the hospital, but I could tell that there was no cervical change so I didn’t even want to waste the gas. It was just mildly uncomfortable and more annoying than anything. I feel like this baby will come a before his due date for sure.

Belly Button in or out? Flat and wide.

Rings on or off? Oh they still fit. They have just turned into a flesh eating nuisance. I can’t wear my ring without them causing ooze filled blisters on my finger. You can see it on my ring finger above. I think I’m just going to put them away until my hormones decide to behave properly.

Happy or Moody: Both, I guess. I’m a little anxious because he could be born in as little as 4 weeks, and he would be perfectly fine.

Reading: Totes cliche, but I found my old copy of What to Expect When You’re Expecting, and I’ve been brushing up on this whole last few weeks thing.

I totally skipped weeks 27-31. Sorry new baby, mommy and daddy just made a big move by buying and moving into our first home. It’s much bigger than the old one, so it can accommodate you and your sister. Please forgive me for not documenting this part of your pregnancy experience.

I haven’t been energetic at all during this pregnancy, but the last couple of weeks have been h a r d. I’m exhausted. I could probably stay in bed all day long if my almost 2 year old boss would let me. I think it’s a combination of things that’s making me feel this way, but mostly the fact that I’m pretty anemic. I’ve been choking down the iron supplements and iron rich foods for about three weeks now, so I’m hoping that my next blood test will show a significant increase.

I had a really good weekend seeing friends and family.I know that it shouldn’t matter, but I’m a woman and it’s hard to not be concerned with how you look especially when you feel like a fattened calf covered in scaly, pox marked skin. I had a lot of encouragement coming from people telling my how healthy and small I look. I told my husband that someone’s going to tell me I look like I’m having twins since I’ve been getting such encouraging words. It’s only fair. I just didn’t expect it to come from a loving, close family member who is very surprised that I’m actually much smaller than I was during my last pregnancy and was sure that I had another baby in my belly last week. Precious, endearing sentiments indeed.

I’m truly going to try and keep up with the rest of this pregnancy to be fair to this little boy. I’m hoping my nesting instinct kicks in soon because we are so not ready for him to come. Like at all. I do look forward to holding him close to my heart, sniffing his little head, and snuggling him to sleep.

Until next time…..

Pregnancy:The Sequel (21-23 Weeks)

21 weeks 22 weeks 23 Weeks

How far along? 24 weeks currently.

Maternity clothes? I’m not wearing any maternity tops in these pics. I only wear maternity or athletic pants or shorts anymore though. I found the long black and gray striped t-shirt dress at a discount store in my little town for $7! It’s like wearing a night gown. I sort of feel like a Duggar when I wear, but I think they’re cool so I don’t care.

Stretch marks? No way. But my belly has been more itchy this time. Maybe I’ll get them this time?

Sleep: Only induced by a melatonin supplement.

Best moment this week: Well, since I’ve not written in the last three weeks so I have a couple. I got to see some of my best friends that I haven’t seen much of in the last little bit. It’s always great to catch with your girlfriends in person. We also may finally, really be buying a house. We’ve tried so many other times, but every single one of them fell through for some odd reason or another.

Miss Anything?: Clear skin. Energy. Good moods.

Movement:HEYY MACARENA! I don’t why I said that. Probably because he moves all. the. time. Which I love. Big sister always responded to music. Little guy responds to spoken prayers.

Food cravings: NONE. I don’t even have an appetite. I lost about 4 pounds a couple of weeks ago, and have barely gained it back. I only a bowl of cereal for dinner because that’s all I can hold. I don’t really mind not eating a lot at night because my heart burn has not been as bad lately. I have to remind myself to drink a big glass of water and eat something within the first 30 minutes of waking up or I will pass out.

Anything making you queasy or sick? Not this week.

Gender: BOY

Labor Signs:  Some practice contractions here and there. Nothing major. I jut crossed over into my 24th week which I’ll write about later, but I’m a little more relieved because the baby is now viable! If he were to be born now, the NICU here would have a huge percentage of saving him.

Belly Button in or out? I guess because it got stretched out last time, it has already started to expand. This did not happen until about 32 weeks last time. My diastisis recti has already begun too. Maybe that is where the itching is coming from.

Rings on or off? On.

Happy or Moody: The last three weeks have been tough.

Reading: Lots of story books to big sister, home decor articles, and beauty articles.

The last few weeks have been miserable to be honest. I haven’t been well this entire pregnancy, and it came to an ultimate head a few weeks ago. I’m just incredibly grateful for the amazing support system that I have. My husband, mother, and in-laws have immensely supportive, and I’m pretty sure that there is nothing I could ever do to repay their love and kindness. Say a prayer for me when you think of it.