Ahhhh time keeps getting away from me and I keep MEANING to write the weekly updates… but it just isn’t happening. I promise, baby boy, that this doesn’t mean I’m not excited or thrilled about your impending arrival—things are just CRAZY right now and I’m doing the best I can to keep my head above water. I am actually 37 weeks today, but I will save the 37 week update for after my appointment this Thursday and just catch up on what’s been going on the last two weeks.
Anyway. A LOT has happened in the last two weeks, so I will get right to it. In my last update, I mentioned that we were going for a repeat 3D ultrasound since Stephen didn’t cooperate the first go ‘round. We went two Fridays ago, when I was almost 35 weeks. He still wasn’t positioned very well (not to mention he is seriously running out of room) and the cord was covering most of the left side of his face (right side in the pics), but we did get to see him for about another 30 minutes and it was exciting to get to see his sweet face. His head was tilted back pretty far and his face was smushed up against me yet again, so in most of them he still looks pretty smushed. Things we learned from what we did see: he has Hadley’s EXACT nose and Jon’s EXACT mouth. Maybe we should try for baby #3 later on after all, to see if maybe I could have a kid that resembles me in any way/shape/form?! Here are a few pics from the ultrasound:
Hadley’s nose and Jon’s mouth. Exactly.
What most of the shots looked like, with the cord covering the left (right in pic) side of his face:
Sticking out his tongue
And a little smile! :)
I asked the girl at the ultrasound place if I should be worried about his cord being up in front of his face like that, since part of the reason I had to be induced with H was because hers was around her neck. She said that it definitely wasn’t around his neck, just positioned up near his face and that it was normal. Whew. :) Anyway, we had another great experience and it was great to get a glimpse at our little man before we meet him (soon)!
After the ultrasound, Jon, H and I headed back to Raleigh (we had been in Concord for the circus and to see my college roommate Brooke—both were great!) to prepare for our “sprinkle” the next day. My parents and Bekah and Kyle got here not long after we got home, and Mom and Bekah wouldn’t let me do very much to help—I just picked up/cleaned up around the house some and mostly just hung out with the guys while Mom and Bek worked on preparing food in the kitchen.
The next day was the sprinkle, and pretty much all of our Raleigh friends (along with a couple from home and our parents) came to sprinkle us with boy goodies for baby Stephen! We got TONS of diapers and wipes (hallelujah), some really adorable outfits, and lots of other necessities for our baby boy. I have said it a million times and I will say it again, we have the best friends in the whole wide world. Seriously. If any of y’all are reading, thank you for loving us and both of our babies. We love you all!
As usual, Bek was my go-to photographer and snapped some photos during the sprinkle (thanks Bek!).
I forgot to mention that State was playing UNC during our shower. It worked out well since so many of our friends are State fans (and there was one lone UNC alumni couple…Ben & Kristen), but unfortunately for us, State decided to not even really show up for the game. We should be used to it, I guess! ;)
Sarah got my favorite—cupcakes from The Cupcake Shoppe!
Mom and Bekah made some delicious appetizers—so many of my favorites. YUM.
The last pic we took pregnant together—Sarah’s baby boy, Craft, was born just 4 days later! :)
The three preggos… and all boys! So excited for them to all be friends!
It came time to open gifts, but the game was still going on soooo Jon and I just snuck away to the dining room to open them while everyone else tried really hard to be optimistic that the Wolfpack would actually show up…. (they didn’t).
My besties are funny. ;)
Another blanket made by my Mom (have I mentioned how lucky I am that she is so good at crocheting??). This one matches the crib bedding and is to go on the glider…I love it!
H took a short break from playing with all of her favorite people to come check out the gifts for Stephen.
….but shortly thereafter she went back to playing. ;)
A HUGE thank you to my sister, Bekah, for putting everything together and for all of her hard work in the planning and preparation. Everything was perfect and we have never felt more loved. NOW HURRY UP AND HAVE A BABY TOO, DANG IT! My kids need cousin playmates!! ;)
Mom and her girls (and boy!) ;)
Love these three!
It was an absolutely great day. I can’t say enough how much I appreciate everyone coming and all the goodies for the baby. I wasn’t really sure what to expect with baby #2— but everyone has shown us that they are just as excited and happy about his arrival… and it means SO much to us!
I think that catches us up on the main events of the last two weeks…now onto the update!
Size of Baby A: A crenshaw melon. Looks to be just a tad bit larger than a honeydew melon, which is the size he was last week:
He is about 18.75 inches long and weighs around 5.75 lbs, which is right on track with what the ultrasound showed last week… somewhere between 5.5 and 6 lbs!
Developments This Week: At this point, all of his major organs should be nearly complete. His kidneys are completely developed and his liver is functional and capable of processing waste products. He is still gaining weight and becoming rounder in appearance (come on, chubby baby!).
Weight Gain So Far: Official count is 25 lbs!
Cravings: Girl Scout cookies, except that I don’t have anymore… I may or may not have eaten 6 boxes within 2.5 weeks. :-O Ok, I had a LITTLE help from Jon, but not much. :) Also craving clementines, chocolate milk, lucky charms, and apple jacks.
Aversions: None. Really haven’t had ANY this whole pregnancy!
Symptoms: More of the same… the pains in my back/legs have gotten more frequent and more intense. Dr. B said he is likely just positioned right near the femoral nerve and when he moves, he hits it. All I can say about that is: ouch. It is so strong that I literally have to stop what I’m doing when it happens and try to catch my breath. Also been having a pretty good amount of Braxton Hicks contractions… nothing too serious, but they are pretty uncomfortable and happen especially when I’ve been up and on my feet a lot. The only other symptoms are more of the same: peeing a lot, general discomfort, and getting out of breath very easily! I know it sounds like a bunch of complaints, but overall I still feel pretty good, just dealing with him getting bigger each week!
Movement: Still going VERY strong. I feel like I remember it starting to slow down a little at this point with H…but no signs of that being the case again yet. I feel lots of sharp knees/elbows/feet in my lungs a LOT, all of which can be very painful depending on what position I’m in. He’s just getting big and running out of room!
What I Miss: Being able to bend over?!?! And normal clothes.
Things I am Thankful For: Exactly what I’ve already mentioned: our friends and family for throwing us such an amazing sprinkle last weekend, especially Bekah and my Mom for all their hard work!
What I’m Looking Forward To: Meeting our boy in 2 weeks… or less! Ahhhh! Yep, at my doctor appointment last week, we officially scheduled my induction for Monday, February 24! I will be induced due to a couple of factors—my fluid is starting to decrease and due to my history with the extremely low fluid for H, Dr. B said he’d rather err on the cautious side and induce me a week early. Fine by me, because a) I am all about having a plan and b) I’m ready to meet our baby boy! Of course, I could still go early on my own, and I have two appointments between now and then and anything could happen depending on what we see on the ultrasounds. Either way… 2 weeks or less! Woohoo!
Bump Growth: I feel like it is doubling by the week. I am running out of shirts that are long enough…but I am SURELY not buying any at this point!
Next Doctor Appointment: This Thursday, February 13! It is my 38 week appointment, even though it’s a couple days early.
I think I caught up on everything… I will be back at the end of the week with the 37 week update after we see the doctor again!