Going forward, my doctor’s appointments are now going to be on a weekly basis, since I’ve reached week 36. What, what!?! Four weeks left (or possibly even less) until the newest member of our family arrives!
Up to this point, the appointments been very noninvasive… The visits have consisted merely of my stepping on the scale (always the scariest moment of the appointment, as I hold my breath and hope for a healthy weight-gain), getting my blood-pressure taken, listening to baby’s heartbeat, and then chatting with the doctor a bit. And as far as the chatting with the doctor goes, even that has been pretty minimal. This pregnancy has just been so easy and uncomplicated that I rarely have questions and concerns.
At the end of the day, any discomfort I have is normal, and I’m aware of that. So I’m not concerned about the symptoms I do experience, although – like any pregnant woman – I will be more than happy when they are no longer a part of my daily routine. 😉 At this point in the game, I am very ready to snuggle my baby boy and to say goodbye to daily backaches!
Even labor hasn’t freaked me out very much, and one doctor commented on how calm I seemed about everything. I don’t know, I guess that I just realize it’s going to happen and freaking out about it isn’t going to help anything.
I know, this is so not like me! It’s amazing how being pregnant has really calmed me when it comes to worrying about the future. (Ahem, except for breastfeeding. That kind of still freaks me out, if I’m going to be completely honest. Ha, ha). But anyway, I’ve viewed labor as a marathon or an extreme mountain climb. It will be difficult and painful, but I plan to pace myself and to focus on just getting through one contraction at a time. And in the end, it will all be worth it! 🙂
However, it’s funny how one’s confidence can be shattered so very quickly, isn’t it? 😉 For today’s appointment, as always, I was worried about stepping on the scale… And, as always, I hadn’t gained as much as I thought I had. (I only gained 1 extra pound over the past two weeks, and both the nurse and doctor said that I was right on track for weight gain). It’s seriously amazing how triumphant I felt in that moment!
Then the doctor measured my belly to predict Brady’s weight…
Well, remember how I said he seemed to be growing like a weed? Apparently that was no exaggeration… Today, when the doctor measured my stomach, she said that I’m measuring large. Which means that I could be having a big baby… She assured me that it doesn’t 100% mean that I’ll have a big baby, but measuring big could point to that. So I may need to go for another ultrasound to check things out more accurately, just to be safe. (She started to talk about baby’s shoulders getting stuck on the way out, and I kind of tuned her out around that point…). 😉
I definitely was not expecting that kind of report, only because people keep telling me that my belly isn’t all that huge. I mean, sure, I’ve
popped exploded. But still, I’m not that big… Or am I??
Well, time shall tell, I suppose. Time shall tell! (I’m hoping that maybe Brady just hasn’t dropped in my stomach yet, so that’s why my belly is measuring larger than it should at this point). 🙂
Anyway, I did what any pregnant woman would do after being told that she may be pushing out a football player… I went to Panera for a chocolate chip cookie! Actually, I went to Panera for a lemonade (as my thirst has been insatiable lately, and I’d already drunk all of my water), and Nate commented on how good the bakery items looked. So I suggested that we split one…
Because who am I to deny my husband something that he really wants? 😉
Then we went to Burlington Coat Factory, where Nate bought me a wedding ring. (Explanation: My fingers are just swollen enough that my wedding ring was cutting off circulation to my ring finger. It took a ton of pulling, Windex, and olive oil to get the ring off in the first place; and I was worried about the ring cutting into my finger if I kept it on. So – sadly – it’s off for the next month or so, just until my fingers go back to normal). Anyway, my wedding ring is just a symbol of the love and commitment that I have for Nate… But that being said, my hand just felt so lost without a ring on my left hand ring finger!
SO Nate bought me a stretchy, gold ring that I can wear for now! 🙂 (It was only $4.99; but it’s super cute, and I love it)!
Nate teased me that he’s going to have to propose again… Ha, ha.
Maybe I don’t know how big baby Brady will end up being, and the doctor’s filling me in on some complications that could happen shook up my calm demeanor just a little bit… But I do know that Brady still seems healthy and strong! And on top of that, I got a delicious chocolate chip cookie AND a new ring today.
That’s enough to keep me happy and focused on positive thoughts! Because at the end of the day, it really is about taking it one day – and one step – and one prayer – at a time!! 🙂