And Baby Makes 4! (Or 5, if you count the dog)

It’s been months since I blogged (so long, in fact, that Charlotte is almost done with her first semester of kindergarten!), but I thought it was time to take up blogging again. The main reason for this is that I’M PREGNANT! (I’m sure anyone still subscribed to my blog already knows that I’m pregnant since we announced it weeks ago on Facebook, but pretend like it’s a surprising announcement). We are thrilled to be expecting our second child sometime around June 2, 2017, which is also our 10th anniversary! I thoroughly documented my first pregnancy on my blog and would feel badly if this baby didn’t have the same history to visit later in life, so here I am (because of course my children will be so excited one day to know what I was craving when I was pregnant with them).  I found the survey I used to fill out when I was pregnant with Charlotte and tweaked it a little bit (does anyone really care if I have stretch marks?). I’ll post these periodically throughout the pregnancy. (I was going to say “weekly,” but who am I kidding?)

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Baby at 10 weeks!

How far along? 13 weeks, 5 days

How big is the baby? Baby Mount is about 3 inches long and the size of a peach. So sweet!

Maternity Clothes? I have started wearing some maternity pants and also using a belly band for my regular-sized pants because they are definitely snug. I think I will be wearing maternity clothes exclusively very soon.

Sleep? Better now that I’m taking Unisom. I still have nights where I have trouble falling back to sleep if I wake up though. And I’m having extremely vivid, often disturbing dreams.

Symptoms? Constant nasal congestion, heartburn, the aforementioned crazy dreams.

Food Cravings? I have craved macaroni and cheese a lot, along with ice cream. There was a week where all I wanted was salad, which was definitely a new experience for me, but that seems to have passed. 🙂

Name? We are having a hard time with names. I don’t know that I am in love with any of the boy or girl names we have picked right now, but fortunately we still have plenty of time figure that out!

Movement? Nope, too early for that. I can’t wait to feel the baby move, and I can’t wait until Charlotte and Stephen will be able to feel baby kicks too.

Best Moment of the Week? Spending Thanksgiving with my family in Memphis and watching the new Gilmore Girls episodes with my mom.

What I Miss? Dexilant, the medicine I was taking for reflux and had to stop when I found out I was pregnant. My heartburn has been awful, and while Prevacid seems to help the best, I still have days that aren’t great, whereas on the Dexilant, I never had any issues.

What I’m Looking Forward To? Finding out if we’re having a boy or girl, which will be sometime in January, I think.

Fun Fact? Baby Mount’s vocal cords are developing right now. So fun!

Quick Update: Baby Watch 2011

Well, friends, the good news is, I found out at today’s appointment that I am now 3 cm dilated and 70% effaced!  For those who have little to no clue what in the world that means, to be fully dilated I need to be at 10 cm, and effacing simply refers to the thinning out of my cervix, which has to take place in order for my body to be ready for labor.  The doctor was pleased with my progress, as was I.  Does this mean I could go into labor anytime soon?  There’s really no telling, unfortunately!

For right now, the doctor has scheduled me to come back in next Tuesday at 41 weeks, at which point they will do a non-stress test (measuring Charlotte’s heartbeat as they test her response to contractions) and then do an ultrasound to make sure everything is still looking good.  THEN, if nothing has happened by next Friday, I will go back in to the doctor, and we’ll schedule the induction.  I am praying, praying, praying that Charlotte comes before then!  It is so hard not to be anxious and worried about the timing of everything, especially because my mom had to request time off way in advance because she’s a nurse, but I am trusting God’s provision and sovereignty and trying not to worry (emphasis on the “trying” part).  Ultimately, no matter how or when she comes, what matters most is that she is born healthy and safe.  I just can’t believe that soon I will actually get to hold her in my arms!  I just can’t wait! 

40 Weeks!

How far along: 40 weeks. It’s possible I could go to 42 weeks, but I hope Charlotte comes before then!

Total weight gain:  I had gained three MORE pounds when I went in last Wednesday, so that makes 42.  Yikes.  But as my mom said to me, “At this point, who cares?” 

Size and growth of the baby: According to babycenter.com, Charlotte is roughly the size of a pumpkin! 

What’s happening to mama this week:  This also from babycenter.com:  “After months of anticipation, your due date rolls around, and… you’re still pregnant. It’s a frustrating, but common, situation in which to find yourself. You may not be as late as you think, especially if you’re relying solely on a due date calculated from the day of your last period because sometimes women ovulate later than expected. Even with reliable dating, some women have prolonged pregnancies for no apparent reason.”

Maternity clothes: Yes, and I am SO ready to be out of them, although I know I will probably be wearing them for awhile after Charlotte comes.

Sleep: The past week has been pretty rough on the sleep front.  I guess it’s just preparation for those middle-of-the-night feedings, right?

Best moment(s) of the week:  Getting the fuel pump on Stephen’s car replaced.  Oh wait, that was the not-so-great part of the week.  I had a really lazy Sunday, which was a nice change from the jam-packed weekends we’ve had. 

Movement: She is still really active, especially in the afternoons.

Food cravings/aversions:  I fully expect Charlotte to exit my womb asking for cake or chocolate, since my sweet tooth has been so heightened my entire pregnancy!  And I am still loving my clementines!  I can go through an entire bag before a week is up!

Symptoms: Insomnia, heartburn, hip pain, congestion, etc. etc.

Labor signs: Cramping, lower back pain, dilated 1 cm

Belly button in or out:  Still in!

What I miss:  Have I mentioned that I miss sleeping on my stomach?  I really, really miss that.

What I’m looking forward to: Charlotte coming! 

So Close, Yet So Far Away

Well friends, I am still pregnant. I’m trying to be okay with that fact. 🙂  Tomorrow is my estimated due date, but I am sure the odds of her coming on that day are slim.  (I wonder how many babies have been born on their due date.)

If you’re curious, of the 16 survey responses we got, 5 of them guessed a due date that has now passed.  3 people picked today, February 28, so I suppose there is still time for those people to be correct. Feb. 28 and March 3 are tied for being the most popular due dates guessed, and the latest date people picked for Charlotte’s arrival is March 8.  I sure hope she comes before March 8, although if everything else looks okay, she could come as late as March 15, which is the longest I would be allowed to go before being induced.  I am praying, praying, praying that I don’t have to be induced!  It also would be great if she came before March 15 as well because a lot of my mom’s family is going to be in Memphis the week before that, and I know they all want to meet Charlotte. 

Although I am getting impatient and somewhat anxious, I really can’t complain because I have had a relatively easy and uncomplicated pregnancy.  What has been hardest is not knowing when she will come.  Every day I wake up thinking, “Maybe today,” and at night when I go to bed, I think, “Will she come in the middle of the night?”  (Stephen has gotten in the habit of asking me when we wake up in the morning, “So your baby didn’t come last night?”  He’s such the comedian.)  Stephen and I are both so excited to meet this little one we’ve been dreaming about and planning for, and so the waiting is just about to drive me nuts! 

The fact that Charlotte could come any day now has also made me more than just Stephen and me anxious; every time I call my mom I feel the need to preface our conversations by saying, “Nothing is happening yet” because she answers the phone so expectantly.  Sorry, Mom! 🙂 

Several of my co-workers are also very concerned .  Every day I come in to work they ask, “So, any contractions?  Anything at all?”  I almost feel like I’m letting them down when I tell them no!  On Friday when I was in back-to-back meetings with clients for about two hours, my office mate informed me that while I was away from my desk, people would walk by and ask, “Oh, did she go into labor?  Did she have to go to the hospital?”  I’m sure they’re all wondering if my water is going to break right there in the office (please, Lord, don’t let that happen!). 

Could this be my last post before Charlotte comes? If it’s not, I’ll be back tomorrow with the 40 week baby update survey.  Here’s hoping I won’t have to do one for week 41!