35 week update
Today was my 35 week doctor visit. We are in the final stretch now!
My doc did the weekly NST and the results were not as good as last week but weren’t necessarily non-reassuring. The baby didn’t move at all during the testing. Her heart rate was fine but she didn’t give us the accelerations we were looking for (she was probably asleep during the test). He doesn’t think the results are related to placental functioning, but rather dehydration and fatigue. We had a really stressful and exhausting weekend and I’ve been paying for it with an upset stomach since. I definitely agree because she’s normally a good mover and has moved since the testing this morning. But to be on the safe side, he’s moving my 37 week ultrasound with biophysical profile up to my 36 week appointment instead. If everything looks good with the ultrasound and NST we will continue onward. If not, maybe a baby next week… of course she could come at any time really. In the meantime I of course keep track of her movements daily.
My doctor also did a cervical exam since I was contracting during the NST. No dilatation yet and she’s still very high up in my pelvis, which is quite obvious from looking at me. This is probably also why I’m still experiencing intense heartburn every morning at 4 am haha! From my experience as a L&D nurse, it’s not uncommon for 2nd and subsequent babies to stay high in the pelvis until labor. Around this point with Cameron I can remember that feeling like I was walking around with a bowling ball between my legs.
My plans are to stay pregnant as long as possible, so long as the baby is healthy inside. I’m hoping for a “first week of October” baby. I currently don’t have any plans for an induction, though Brian is begging me to reconsider. I want my body, the baby and God to determine when this little one will arrive.
Some good news is I finally decided to get the baby’s room into shape. (It took realizing I was 35 weeks pregnant to do so). I got Cameron’s old newborn and 0-3 month size clothing out of the boxes, cleaned and ready for her. Only about 1/3 of them survived Cameron’s awful reflux but there are still plenty for this little one to wear. We also got the car seat ready and cleaned up for her. Now she will at least have something to wear and ride home from the hospital in! haha
I’ve also almost finished painting the letters of her name for her room. So far, I’m really pleased with the way they turned out. I will put up pictures as soon as they are up on her wall. My plan is to post pictures of both girls rooms in one post so stay tuned.
Cameron is doing great. Still as sweet and smart as ever. My heart does break for her that we haven’t been going outside or on walks nearly as much as we used to. Thankfully we’re supposed to get some rain and cooler (as in 90s) temps this week so maybe we can at least go outside for more than 5 minutes. We cannot wait until we start getting fall temperatures! Today our neighborhood hosted a little event for kids under age 5 that involved music and motion. I decided to take Cameron (in truth I thought I read they would have barnyard animals on the flyer) but I’m sorta glad I went anyway. There were tons of little kids there and it was good for her to experience it. She was pretty shy but did well. She was noticeably more interested in the babies (and carseats) there than the big kids. This was really cute and sweet I thought. I think she’s going to do just fine when she gets to meet her baby sister. This Thursday we get to meet her teacher at school and then next Wednesday is her first day! Still mixed feelings coming from this mom and dad but we know it’s probably best for her. We’ll let you know how she does!
Thanks for reading!