Jayci @ 20 Weeks and me @ 33 Weeks
Dutch has no idea what is going on. He just sat there and watched me organize the whole time.
We might have a problem...
I've been getting cramps at night in my calves. I had a few of them here and there throughout my first and second trimesters but I've been having them a lot more frequently now. I could not get them stopped last night. It was horrible. I went to a friends baby shower last weekend who is due 20 days before me and it just proved to me that I have NO reason to complain. She still looked great and had the perfect little basketball belly but boy, she was big!! She said she's been miserable for about 2 weeks. I hope I stay feeling this good! Things would drastically have to go downhill before I would classify myself as miserable.
My doctors appointment went good yesterday. She did another sonogram and she remembered to print a picture for me. The head is on the right and the ribcage is on the left. It takes up the whole screen! I only gained 1 pound and my swelling and everything was normal. Two weeks ago the head was down on my left side and yesterday it was right under my belly button. It might still move but she said that was good progress that it was starting to drop into the birth canal.
I don't have much to say about the pregnancy pictures. They went good and I feel like she probably got some good shots. I'm not sure how I'll feel about them so I'll just have to see them in person before I pass judgement. We took a family shot with Dutch that I am the most excited about. Tj was leaning against the post and I was sitting sideways with my belly showing with Dutch in the middle. Dutch just sat there and looked straight at the camera, enjoying ever second of it. It was really bright and really windy so I'm not sure how those will turn out but I'm anxious to see them. The photographer said she would email them to me the first of the week so I'll see what I think and maybe ask for permission to post some.
I don't know if I've mentioned it but my biggest complaint about pregnancy so far is my acne. I guess I've always been lucky and it's never been an issue. I supposedly use the "best skin-care products" available; wash, tone, and moisturize twice a day; and STILL wake up with two or three new spots a day. Then they scar and so on. DISGUSTING. That is the main reason I'm aprehensive about my pictures.
I woke up at my normal 6:30 Saturday morning so my eyes wouldn't be swolen for my pictures. Tj, on the other hand, got out of bed as she was pulling up the drive. :-) The pictures lasted about an hour and we headed to Kansas City. It took me all of 5 minutes to pick out my furniture. However, the stuff I wanted wasn't in stock. Decisions, decisions. Do I sacrifice getting what I actually want so I could take it home and have it ready for the shower? Or do I wait a week and get the good stuff. Using my better judgement, I went ahead and ordered it and it will be here on Tuesday, the 29th. Oh well. At least it's on it's way!
I have a doctors appointment tomorrow so if anything exciting happens, I'll post tonight.
Anyways, I felt my first contraction today. I went to Vinita and ate lunch with TJ and as I was driving home, I kept getting these strange cramps in my stomach. At first I thought it was the baby moving and kicking me in weird places but I couldn't quite figure it out because I know where it's head and it's feet are and it wasn't the same feeling or in the right spots. It was kinda like my whole belly tightening up for a few seconds and then relaxing....which duh, is a contraction. I'm embarrassed that I had like 3 of them before I figured it out. Haha. It was exciting. A couple other girls I know that are pregnant (heck, one just delivered) have been having Braxton Hicks contractions for awhile now and I haven't had any. I was jealous. Haha. Now...I know what they are talking about!!
I printed off my blog postings and got the pictures developed and started a scrapbook. This way the whole experience will be on paper for when this blogging stuff gets old and I quit. I took a couple pictures of a couple of the pages. Very plain and simple but at least it is done.
Tj: Oh yah, What was he doing?
Chelse: Just hanging out, I guess.
Tj: Oh, really?
That might be funnier in person but I could not stop laughing. He just asked me so non-chalant. I guess I don't know what his response should've been but I wasn't expecting that. Anyways, yes, I got to see the baby at my appointment today! My Mom and Sister went with me so they got to see too! It was head down, face up. The doctor said that it is unlikely that it will rotate from this point on. It's too big. She didn't measure but said it was average size. Not too big, not too small. Baby Center said that it is 16 inches long and 3 pounds this week so I assume that is probably close. It was strange because all you could see was the head on the screen. Last time we saw from the top of the head all the way down to the bottom of the spine in one shot. It is definately growing! Oh, and she didn't print a picture and said we would do another one next time so I can have one. Dangit...guess I'll get to see our little baby again! I am disapointed that I can't share it with you guys though.
She also said that I was doing great. My hands weren't swolen at all and she wasn't worried about preeclampsia at this point. They had received my file from my back surgeon and said it didn't say anything about delivering naturally or epidurals anywhere. At this point, Dr. Sohaie is still planning on a natural delivery but said she will leave it up to the anestisologist as to whether or not he felt comfortable giving me the epidural. GREAT! I need to get ahold of Jayci because she is the only person that I know that has done it without one. She's a tough girl! I'm not worried about it yet but am sure I will get somewhat anxious about that the closer it gets. The Dr. said that she is 99.9% sure that he will do it. :-S
After the appointment, we went to Wal-mart and I finished registering. That was a lot of fun. I can't wait until my shower!
I do have some exciting things coming up, however. April 19th I have pregnancy pictures scheduled. I do not feel like a beautiful, glowing, curvy pregnant woman and do not know how I'm going to feel about these pictures. I found a photographer that is just starting out and is reasonably priced so I figured I could at least document it and put them in a drawer if I'm disgusted. I at least want a family picture with Tj and Dutchy and the picture of Tj's hands on my belly for the nursery but that might be all that I order. We'll see how they turn out and I might, just might give you the link to the girls website after she posts them.
Also, that same day, Tj is taking off for the pictures and then we are headed to KC to get nursery furniture. I hope that all works out and that it is set up and ready for my shower.
Speaking of my shower, it is April 26th. It is at 2:00pm at my house in Parsons for anyone that wants to come. Paper invitations went out this weekend (I think) and I also thought I would post an "online invitation" on my blog for anyone that wants to come that doesn't get a paper invitation. I think I got everyone invited but you know how that goes. It's always a wishy-washy situation of whether to invite and make people feel obligated or whether not-to-invite and then hurt peoples feelings. So I apologize if either of these applies to you. :-)
I have a friend that I used to work with at the bank that is 34 weeks pregnant. She went to the doctor last week and everything looked great. The baby was fully developed and ready to come out so they gave her the option to enduce at 36 weeks, if she wants! I want to switch doctors!!! Haha. That would leave me 6 weeks and move my due date up to May 15th. I can't tell you how nervous that makes me. I don't know if I'll ever feel ready but I definately don't feel like I am ready quite yet. Not even material things like oh, let's say...CRIB, DIAPERS, WIPES, BOTTLES, WASHRAGS, BATHTUB, LOTION of which we have NONE. The only things in this whole house for the baby is the rocking chair, a pack-n-play I got from Jennifer, Lindsey's baby clothes, and a newbown Boppy that Lindsey got me for Christmas. I don't think we would survive very long with a newborn baby on that. But I'm not ready emotionally either. It just doesn't feel like it's time yet. I am more than excited but the thought of all this actually happening still seems like 'o so far away. I'm curious, will I get to the point of feeling like I'm ready and not pure anxiety in the next 10 weeks? Or are you ever really ready?
I will officially complain about my back. The pregnancy is definately starting to take a toll on it. I had my records transfered from my doctor at KU Med this week and my doctor and I are going to discuss them at my next appointment. I've been having a teeny-tiny amount of leg pain again (hence the reason for my first 3 surgeries) and am hoping that doesn't get worse. At this point, I'm just a little achey at the end of the day and need a good 30 minute rest flat on my back laying on the cement floor. HOWEVER, laying flat on your back cuts off blood flow to the baby and causes Ceberal Palsey (sp?) Therefore, it is highly recommended that you do not do so. Great, huh?
According to Parents.com:
For one thing, you may now notice more hip and lower-back pain. What gives? Pregnancy hormones are relaxing the ligaments and tendons throughout your pelvic area, so the bones can spread to make room for delivery. Your expanding uterus may also be putting some pressure on the sciatic nerves that run from your lower back down through your legs, triggering chronic tingling or numbness down your butt and thighs -- a condition called sciatica.
The kicks, twists, and turns have slowed down a tad bit and I've read it's because the baby is out of room. The baby is 15 inches long and weighs 2 pounds. The movement has moved up into my ribcage rather than below my bellybutton so I'm thinking things may've started shifting some. Maybe, just maybe, that'll take some pressure of my bladder? Wishful thinking.