This pregnancy just kicked into high gear.
After finding out about my persistent placenta previa (alliterations are fun, placenta previa is not), and realizing that this baby will probably come sooner than expected, I spent two days feeling completely overwhelmed and curled up on the couch crying, but now I am starting to piece together a new game plan.
I am trying to wrap up all the big baby items I need, finish all my home projects (without lifting anything. Gusty sigh), attack my to-do list, and not think about all the bad things that could happen due to the previa. Note to self: stop googling placenta previa already. It is not good for you.
We had our second ultrasound, and while it showed us the placenta hadn’t moved (boo) we got a really good look at baby! The sonographer said that he/she was in the perfect position to get all the measurements, and she showed us all of baby’s vital organs. She showed us baby’s heart pumping away, his/her bladder and stomach (both were full), his/her little potbelly (“Skinny mama, and chubby baby!” she said), his/her brain and spine. It was amazing all the detail we could see! Baby is head down, and she tried to show us his/her face. We got a quick peek, but baby had his/her hands in front of his/her sweet little face so we mostly just got a good look at his/her mouth and nose (his/her mouth looks decidedly Polynesian to me!). I can’t believe that in a few short months we’ll be meeting baby!
In the midst of all this, I am trying to remember that I do have a baby coming, and not focus as much on the surgery as on the birth. Which is so hard. Ever since I heard the words “it is best if you just plan on a scheduled C-section at this point” from my midwife, I haven’t thought of much else.
Other people are starting to notice, for the first time, that I am pregnant. I had two strangers ask if I was expecting, which hasn’t happened before, so I guess I officially look pregnant enough that people aren’t afraid to ask. After hearing that I am due in August, they both told me how miserable I will be as the summer heat hits. That, my friends, is what air conditioning is for, and I’m already making good use of it!
How far along: 29 weeks
Due date: August 29. Although my scheduled C-section date is to be determined.
Gender: It’s a surprise!
How big is baby? Baby is as big as an acorn squash! Baby now measures 16 inches, and our sonographer said he/she is 2 lbs 13 oz (although I know ultrasounds can be wildly off).
This week, baby: is developing his/her tooth buds, and working on packing on the fat.
Exercise: Absolutely no exercise for me, due to my placenta previa.
What I’m googling: what do you really need for a baby? Ever since I had my last ultrasound, and found out that this baby may be coming quite a bit sooner than expected, I’ve been stressing about getting the baby stuff lined up! I’d love any advice from you mamas out there on the essential things I need for this wee little person.
Purchases I’ve made: I hit up another local garage sale day this past week, and while it was hot, windy, and crowded (every pregnant woman from miles around was out garage saling) I was able to grab several things on my list! I bought a like-new Graco Pack and Play, a boppy nursing pillow with a cover, a breastfeeding nursing cover, a bunch of nursing pads, some milk storage bags, a mirror for the car (so I can see baby while driving), a car shade for the window, a bunch of flannel burp cloths, and a few more baby outfits.
As of today, I have found a Fisher Price rock and play sleeper, a Fisher Price rainforest jumparoo, and a boppy newborn lounger on our local buy/sell/trade Facebook group. Just on those three items alone, by buying used, I saved $155!! I haven’t bought anything new so far, and I count that as a win!
I am still looking for a a baby carrier/wrap, a stroller (both one that our carseat can snap into, and a jogging stroller), a baby bouncer, some more sleeper outfits, a few thousand diapers (ha ha!), and a breast pump.
How are you feeling? I had a tough couple days after we found out the placenta hadn’t moved. But physically I am still feeling pretty good.
Maternity clothes: I found eleven shirts and a dress at a garage sale this weekend! I was in desperate need of maternity shirts, so I was thrilled to find them! They were only a $1 each, and they were all either Gap or Pea in the Pod brands. I looked up the shirts online, and some of them were $40-$90 tops!
Sleep: Still sleeping really well, for which I am grateful!
Best moment this week: After I wrote about my disappointment over changing my birth plans, I received so many messages from all of you sweet people! Thank you to all the women who reached out to me, shared your experiences, and tried to help me feel better about having a C-section. You are all the best!
Worst moment this week: All the worry that has accompanied the knowledge that this baby could come early. I am praying that he/she will stay in there until he/she gets to full term!
Movement: Baby loves moving, and I felt him/her hiccup for the first time this week!
Cravings/Eating: My midwife told me that it is especially important for me to stay well-hydrated, due to my placenta previa. She wants me to avoid my body having any contractions. So I am chugging down that water. I have recently fallen in love with cold cereals, so I am eating those by the bowlful.
Symptoms: low back pain, achy hips, sore feet, fatigue.
How’s Daddy doing? Have I mentioned lately how much I love this guy? He has been my encourager throughout all these scary new things. He has had to take on a lot of extra chores since I can’t lift anything due to restrictions, and he is working a lot of hours. He never complains, and is my main emotional support as well. He is amazing, and I am so grateful for him.
Looking forward to: reaching 32 weeks, then 35 weeks! Each of those are major developmental milestones. I’ll feel so much better once I’ve gotten through these next six weeks.