34 Weeks and Counting

On Thursday I hit the 34 week milestone.  It’s already Wednesday, so I guess I’m just going to go with a 34-35 week update.

I have to be honest, life has been a little bit crazy.  A loved one had some serious health issues last week, so I left town unexpectedly.  I was gone from Tuesday until Friday.  Thankfully I was able to arrange last minute childcare for Poppyseed while Oatmeal worked, and then that evening he picked her up and took her to his parent’s house.  His sister Kelley is visiting from North Carolina, so it was a great opportunity to see family.  She doesn’t get to see these four cousins nearly enough, but she loved the time spent with them!

She probably didn't even miss me while I was gone!

She probably didn’t even miss me while I was gone!

I have seriously hit the jackpot when it comes to in-laws.  Suffice it to say that I’ve had to leave town at the drop of a hat several times this summer, and literally every single time I have leaned on Oatmeal’s family to keep Poppyseed.  I am not kidding, I don’t know how I’d do it without them.  I guess I’d just haul Poppyseed with me and hope for the best, because when someone that I love isn’t feeling well I find it nearly impossible to stay at home!

So I got back to Texas on Friday evening, stayed the night in Sealy, and then headed back home on Saturday.  We brought my two neices home with us, much to Poppyseed’s delight, and spent Saturday at the park, pool, and then went to a roping.  It was a VERY full day!

Baby pool in the back yard.... isn't cousin Eva the best sport??

Baby pool in the back yard…. isn’t cousin Eva the best sport??

 

We also went to a city pool and had a little more intense fun!

We also went to a city pool and had a little more intense fun!

This baby.  So joyful.

This baby. So joyful.

After all of the swimming and sun, all of the kids were worn out by 9pm.  Poppyseed laid down on a quilt near the arena while Oatmeal wrapped up his competition.

After all of the swimming and sun, all of the kids were worn out by 9pm. Poppyseed laid down on a quilt near the arena while Oatmeal wrapped up his competition.

Since Saturday was so intense and we were completely off of our normal schedule, I wasn’t at all surprised to see that Poppyseed was somewhat out of sorts on Sunday.  She didn’t nap well, her appetite was funky, and I swore she had a mild fever, though the thermometer didn’t detect anything.  Sure enough, by Sunday night we knew we had a problem.  She has Hand Foot Mouth disease, a common childhood virus that causes little blisters on…. go figure… hands, feet, and mouth.

You'd better believe that I'm covering this kid in Young Living essential oils!  Thieves on the feet and Purification/Lavendar/Melrose everywhere else.

You’d better believe that I’m covering this kid in Young Living essential oils! Thieves on the feet and Purification/Lavendar/Melrose everywhere else.

Her mouth doesn't look too bad compared to the images that show up on Google if you look up HFM.  ;)

Her mouth doesn’t look too bad compared to the images that show up on Google if you look up HFM. 😉

This is a bummer only because she is constantly scratching and because we have to stay quarantined all week long.  No going to the gym, gymnastics, swimming lessons, or play dates.  I’m truly hesitant to take her anywhere until Thursday (five days after her symptoms appeared) but at this point I really have to go to the grocery store, so I’ll just keep her in the basket and move quickly while we are there.  Quite frankly, it is probably harder for me than it is for her only because I have a hard time staying at home day after day!  We are fortunate that her case seems to be very mild.  Her rash is already drying up, she hasn’t had fever, and her appetite is in full force.  She has no idea she is sick!

Anyhoo, on to regular pregnancy stuff.  Here I am!

34.5 weeks!

34.5 weeks!

  • Physical – I look at this picture and have to laugh, because in all honestly I feel like it’s a fairly decent picture, but it does NOT reflect the way I feel.  I feel huge.  H-U-G-E.  I looked at Oatmeal as I got into bed last night and said, “Honey, I seriously cannot imagine being this way for another 6 weeks.  I am already at the weight I was when I delivered Poppyseed.  And I’m bound to get bigger in the next month and a half.  I just don’t know how I’m going to do it.”  He just said, “You can do it honey, it’s just another month.”  Sigh.  I’m experiencing a lot of “normal” pregnancy woes – difficulty falling asleep at night, going to the bathroom all the time, Braxton-Hicks contractions, lower back pain at times, and heartburn.  And I have to wear my cobalt blue/canary yellow compression socks or else I can barely walk.  Which is a major fashion statement, as you can imagine.
  • Emotional – Despite the physical challenges, I’m beyond excited to meet this baby.  I think that when I was at this stage of the game with Poppyseed I was so much more worried and fearful.  I have ten times more confidence this time because I’ve had a baby before and I know I can do it.  I do have moments where I worry about pain, tearing, or complications during birth, but I’ve been trying to really focus on positive thinking and saying lots of prayers!
  • Prenatal Visit – I just saw Toni this morning.  We did the normal blood pressure, weight (almost 30lbs!), heartbeat, and urine check.  She also drew my blood so that she could check my labwork one last time, and also got a sample to test for Group B strep.  She commented that Middle appears to be head down and in the proper position for birth.   She also reminded me to start doing some, ahem, “massaging” to avoid tearing (lovely), and also encouraged me to continue doing pelvic rocks so that Middle stays in that good birthing position.  Next week she will come to our house for my prenatal appointment instead of her birth center.  This is getting real!!
  • Preparation – The nesting is in full force.  I have a list a mile long that I check through every day.  I’m constantly unassembling or reassembling baby items, washing cloth diapers, folding burp cloths, or otherwise organizing the nursery.  I went to Walmart to day and bought everything on my “homebirth preparation list.”  I had to laugh because part of Toni’s checklist included gathering 2-3 sets of sheets and 12-18 hand towels and sanitizing them.  This involves washing them, drying them, and then baking them.   Yes, baking!  I’d never put bedding into my oven until today, but now it’s done!  (And of course this also prompted the urge to scrub the inside of my oven.)   I’m a little worried my linens will smell like food, but she’s the professional so I’m doing as told!  This may be my first rodeo with planning a home birth, but it isn’t hers.  😉
  • Purchases – I bought a double BOB stroller!  I found a used one and got it for a great price.  I honestly don’t know if I’ll use it very often, so I may end up selling it for what I paid for it.  I love those BOBs because they have the best ride and hold their value, but oy, they are heavy.  We shall see.
  • Names – Oatmeal hasn’t mentioned any new ones in weeks.
  • Gender – We still don’t know.  Today I think it’s a boy and that scares and excites me a little bit.  I’ll probably feel differently in a day.

I can’t think of much else to add.  Just hoping that the next 5-6 weeks go by really quickly!  I’m ready to meet my Middle child.  😉

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