This was faster then I thought. I guess I just assumed I wouldn’t see anything until Monday. We’ll surprise surprise it came back today. I was a bit scared to open it at work. I prayed and just hurried and hit open. Thankfully quest color codes it all and basically tells you what it should be. Otherwise I would have no idea what I was looking at. I know green means good and red is bad. I prayed to see all green. Thank God when it popped up it was ALL green!!!! My heart was so very happy. I was a bit stressed worrying that I may have to be super careful and thinking of all the issues it could mean for me and baby. I want her to have the best/safest home inside of me! I’m so happy I can still eat my bread and sugar 😂. Thank you all for the support and prayers! Now let’s finish this pregnancy with a smooth easy delivery and recovery. I’m getting so excited to meet this little lady she’s going to be the best I know it. 😍
Ps in case anyone wanted to see what taking a bath is like for me these days. 😂 Its a lot of cold belly.
Well I failed my 1 hour test by 4 points! 4 stinking points. 😞 So here I am today doing my 3 hour test. This actually happened to me one other time with baby Grace. I’m so glad I have blogged and have records of all this! I went back and looked and I was 7 points over on hers. My 3 hour test was then fine with hers so I’m really hoping and praying I get the same outcome this time. I was at 139 this time and I guess the cut off is 135. I know this is my last pregnancy and I just really really don’t want any extra issues. Either way I know I will be fine and I will do whatever I need to keep her as safe as I can but if you know me in real life you know how much I love bread and sweets! Plus knowing I would be more susceptible to getting it later in life is not what ￼I want to hear or happen.
Other then this everything has been going good I think. I’m starting to feel a few Braxton hicks contractions. Nothing bad just if I move to fast or something. My hips are still hurting that sucks but it’s fine. Also stretching ligaments are still a thing sometimes. I’m sure that’s why my hips hurt my growing belly. Baby Mac is really enjoying kicking and playing these days and I’m also really enjoying it. I haven’t been sleeping well but she keeps me company and kicks and plays a lot at night. She’s so cute in there kicking and playing. I can’t help but wonder what her little brain is thinking about in there. Probably I wish this crazy lady would let me sleep and stop talking and poking me! Lol I just can’t help but to soak in all these little joyful moments I get.
I’m excited next week is Karen’s baby shower!!! I hope she gets to feel so loved and special for her day. In less then 12 weeks she’s going to finally get to hold and take this baby home. The end of pregnancy is just so exciting and so much fun. I’m so excited for us to experience all of it. At 32 weeks they said they will do a 3D ultrasound so I think Karen is going to try to come to that one too. Hopefully baby will give us some good angles to see her sweet little face. I also hopefully she gets head down and stays that way! I need her to know where the exit is. 😂
Let’s see what baby girl is up to this week.
How’s Baby Mac?
Baby Mac is measuring in at about 14.2-15 inches, about the size of a bunch of bananas, and weighs just over two pounds. And your little one is now opening and closing their eyes with ease! Baby Mac’s brain continues to develop at a rapid pace, preparing to control their body and movements once they’re born. Their brain can even control their lungs and regulate her body temperature! And because Baby Mac can hear you now, if you haven’t done so already, try talking or singing to your baby! It never hurts to familiarize them with your voice — they’re already your biggest fan.
What’s new with you?
We know that most pregnant folks can engage in exercise and movement right up until they give birth, but staying active when carrying around all that extra weight — and some of the side effects that can come with it, like aches, pain, and increasing immobility — can become increasingly difficult. There are enough safe options though that you should be able to find something that feels good for you. Swimming, or other aquatic exercise, can be a good way to stay active while also momentarily taking some of the pressure off of your body. Yoga can help with things including back and hip pain. And aerobic exercises and light weight lifting can help boost both your mood and your strength for the major workout of labor and delivery. Pregnancy-specific exercise classes can also be a great way to connect with other soon-to-be-parents! To keep things simple, try to stay as active as you can with activities you enjoy without overextending yourself.
It’s also time to get started on some of the more practical details of getting your home and life ready for Baby Mac, like getting a crib, car seat, and other baby-related necessities. Getting Baby Mac’s nursery or sleep space set up or figuring out how to install a car seat can be a great way to get your loved ones more directly involved in preparing for Baby Mac’s arrival. And keep in mind that sometimes this preparation can be hard or frustrating (think confusing crib instructions or a car seat not fitting the way that it should), so leave yourself plenty of time and to be patient with yourselves and anyone you’re doing this prep with (whether a partner, parent, or best friend), especially if you’ve never done this before. Nobody is born knowing how to be a parent, or how to build a crib — there’s always a learning curve! In terms of other practical prep work, this may also be the time you may want to look into adjusting any insurance policies as you see fit in order to best protect your family.
Your skin, hair, and nails could be getting brittle at this point. Stronger, thicker hair and nails are the pregnancy symptoms that get the most press, mostly because they’re more fun, but between all the hormones in your body and the extra demand for nutrients that your growing baby needs, plenty of folks experience the opposite. This is totally normal, and it doesn’t last forever. If you experience any major changes to your hair and nails, they should return to just about where they started a few months after you give birth. In the meantime, you can combat some of these less than stellar changes to your nails by keeping your hands well-moisturized and wearing gloves when you’re doing dishes.
There’s also a chance you might develop symphysis pubis dysfunction (SPD), or pelvic girdle pain, a disorder caused by the pregnancy hormone relaxin that makes your pelvic joint particularly unstable. SPD won’t hurt Baby Mac, but it could definitely make your life more uncomfortable. There are treatments available, so if you start to experience pain around your pubic bone, lower back, or perineum, check in with your healthcare provider so they can determine if it’s SPD and discuss possible treatments.
Happy 26 weeks today! Today was our OB appointment and growth scan. I got to do the sugar test today also. I’ve never really hated taking the test. I personally don’t think the drink is really that bad at all. I always get the orange and kind of like it. 😆 It’s like a really sugary super flat orange soda. The hiccup today was once I got there they learned they were not going to have a person to take my blood! So I either needed to reschedule or drink it there and have my appointment then rush to the wentzville location so they could take my blood. Usually not a big deal but I also had to rush back for our growth scan too! I decided I was just going to make it work because I didn’t want to reschedule since I had already been fasting. Good news all went well and I made great time. Now I just wait on the results. They said under 130 is a good number so I’m hoping I come in under.
The growth scan went well and didn’t take too long. It’s always good to see this little girl. Today she was breach I wasn’t super surprised because she has been moving alot! I love it too. Even when she keeps me up at night I know this is it and I better enjoy all her kicks and wiggles. I’ll go back in four weeks and then I think we will start every two weeks!!! That’s when I know we are getting close.
I got another dress today for the baby shower that I think I’ll like better. Kailynn says it’s super stylish and chic. I’m currently in the bath with my bubbles and epsom salts. I do think it helps my hips feel better. Our house is almost done! The popcorn ceilings are gone and they are finishing up the touch ups and painting. I really do like it. I was wondering if I would really feel like it made a difference but it really did. It all feels so bright and fresh. They said they really hope to be done by tomorrow and now I’m praying they are done then too. I’m ready to have my house back and to get all this dusty mess out of here.
Now let’s see what baby is up to this week.
How’s Baby Mac?
Baby Mac is almost fourteen inches tall (31.5 cm), and weighs about 2 pounds (913 g), the size of an adorable butternut squash!
Most of Baby Mac’s bodily systems and functions are now intact, and most of the rest of their development revolves around putting on height and weight. And while this may sound like a broken record, Baby Mac is still spending lots of time building fat that will help them regulate their body temperature.
Baby Mac’s eyes, which have been sealed for months, are finally starting to open, so they’ll be more responsive to light now. Baby Mac’s vision is yet another reason to make sure you’re gaining weight at a steady rate, as low birth weight has been linked with infant vision problems.
Your little one is also preparing their immune system for birth by borrowing some of your antibodies. One theory about the development of Baby Mac’s immune system is that because of this ‘share and share alike’ attitude, their immune system after birth will be well-suited to the environment that you’ve adapted to. This means that Baby Mac could be well adapted to live happily in your home!
What’s new with you?
As you move ever closer to your due date, you’ll gain more weight in the coming weeks before you give birth. You may also notice your breasts start to leak. And many folks experience restless leg syndrome (RLS) during the third trimester. If this affects you, you can try cutting down on caffeine, using compression stockings, or taking iron supplements (though be sure to talk with your healthcare provider about adding any supplements to your diet). You may also start to experience more difficulty sleeping as a result of hormones and the large physical newness that your growing womb now presents.
Braxton Hicks contractions are also going to continue as you move closer to your delivery day. They can be frustrating, but it’s important practice as your body gears up for delivery. As your delivery day grows closer, Braxton Hicks contractions may begin to mimic true labor more. However, this ‘false labor’ doesn’t progress and change your cervix the way true labor does. Braxton Hicks often includes irregular contractions, and can change or end if you shift your position or drink water. If you aren’t sure whether the contractions you’re feeling are the real thing, it’s better to be safe than sorry — give your healthcare provider a call and ask about it. Getting taken in by false labor is nothing to be embarrassed about, it just means you’re taking good care of yourself and Baby Mac!
We are still moving right along with not much big news. I like it that way! I can definitely tell I’m hitting the 3rd trimester my back and hips are hurting a bit more and I feel like my belly is getting pretty big now. 😆 Everyone says I’m tiny but I feel large and in charge! Taking a bath definitely helps with the uncomfortableness in my back and hips. I just wish they made bathtubs for regular size people. If I’m in there either my boobs and belly stick out or I’m trying to roll side to side to stay warm. I need a deep bath I can actually lay in. Plus I know I’m short and my legs barely fit I can’t imagine all the regular or tall people out there trying to get in. 😂
Home life has been good but busy. Bo got his staples out from his emergency surgery so that’s a huge relief. In the mean time our ceilings have been needed to be repaired. The popcorn ceiling was not repaired correctly and we just decided it would be better to have them ALL removed. Oh my is my house a mess. Dust and yuck everywhere. Not to mention these guys come to work on it at 7am! We all know I need my beauty rest. I’m hoping they will be all done by the end of this week. I’m sure it will be worth it once it’s done.
In the meantime I’m soaking up all the baby wiggles and kicks I can get from this precious little girl. She’s so much fun and I’m loving every second of our time together! I know realistically we don’t have much more time and that makes me a little sad but so very happy for her mommy and daddy. I know they can’t wait to get their hands on her. She’s been so wanted and so loved for so long. She sure is going to be a lucky little girl with all the love and attention she’s about to be getting. I picked out a dress for the baby shower I think I like but I will keep my eyes open for anything else just in case. I’m excited to get away and go spend time with Molly and the family and of course Karen too in a few weeks. I have been feeling a little stir crazy lately with this winter weather. I miss sunshine and warmth. I want to go for walks outside and do fun things with family and friends. Winter is just not for me. I feel lonely and cold! I’ve not been exercising as much as I wish I was because it’s cold out. I need to at least get on the treadmill down stairs or something. Someone needs to get onto me so I will be more active!
This week on Thursday is my sugar test and regular ob appointment and another growth scan! Needless to say it will be a busy day. I have never had any issues with the glucose test except once I failed by a couple points and had to do the 3 hour one but I passed that. I think that was with Grace maybe. I’m crossing all my fingers and toes that this last pregnancy stays the same and everything will go just as smoothly. I feel so lucky that with 6 pregnancy’s everything has always been so smooth and basically easy for me. I just want to continue the last one that way! So everyone pray, send good vibes whatever you like to do. ❤️ All in all things are really going well here.
How’s Baby Mac?
Your little one is now 13-14 inches long, the size of a cabbage, and weighs about 1.7 pounds (785 grams). Baby Mac’s hair is thickening, just like yours. And even if you can’t see it, they probably have a hair color by now, though this can sometimes change after your baby is born. Baby Mac’s nostrils are starting to open and the air sacs in lungs continue to develop, priming them to breathe air in just a couple of short months.
What’s new with you?
As you approach the third trimester, this may be when some more unsavory symptoms of pregnancy begin to manifest, including gas, constipation, and hemorrhoids. 25-35% of pregnant women experience hemorrhoids because of their uterus pressing down on veins in the rectum. Kegels and avoiding constipation through exercise, hydration, and adequate fiber intake may help to prevent them. Gas is common, and may be harder to control than it normally would be, because pregnancy tends to slow down your gastrointestinal tract because of all the extra progesterone in your system and because your larger uterus has now grown to put more pressure on your abdominal cavity. Gas is inevitable for a lot of pregnant folks, but paying attention to your diet could help a bit — you may want to avoid fried foods, carbonated drinks, or any foods that you notice to be a particular trigger for you. You should also take care to hydrate, eat slowly, and chew thoroughly.
Your hormones may be acting up again, which could leave your whole body aching. These aches can be hard to avoid entirely, but there are some ways to limit them. Like a lot of things about pregnancy, when it comes to feeling good, sticking with the basics can really help: like eating a range of nutritious foods that help you feel your best, including fruits and vegetables, exercising or engaging in movement that you enjoy, and getting the rest that you need. It’s also time to start bending with your knees and engaging your core muscles instead of leaning over at your waist when you lean down to pick things up, because even simple motions like this can put a lot of extra strain on your back. And try to relax as much as you can. Maybe take a warm bath, listen to a meditation or favorite album, or ask a partner or loved one to give you a gentle massage — anything you can do to help yourself have a calm and relaxed pregnancy.
Happy viability week! Obviously we don’t anticipate baby coming any time soon but it’s at least a good milestone to know that she has made it this far. ❤️ I’ve been feeling great still. Large and in charge! She’s moving more and more and getting much stronger. So strong that now I can see her move from the outside. I got a couple cute videos too. She even woke me up in the middle of the night the other night from kicking me! This last pregnancy is just flying by at this point. She still seems to be head down and I know because I can definitely feel her in my vagina. 😆 She also likes to kick my bladder that’s always a surprise.
I’ve been trying harder at drinking more water. Some days are better then others but I have been doing it. I have added mint and lemon and even cucumbers and that helps me. I will say I’ve been having some crazy acid reflux. It feels terrible and weird. It’s like I’m going to throw up any second but nothing happens. So weird. Also I know I’m lucky I don’t experience this any other time. I know lots of people suffer with this all the time. So I’m really not complaining if this is as bad as things get for me. I know how lucky I am in pregnancy. I’m still eating my ice all the time also. I know I’m annoying to everyone around me and I feel bad about it but I can’t help it. 😆
We had a hard week this week with our dog needing emergency surgery because he ate a freaking sock! 😳 I was so mad at him but also felt bad because they had to cut his whole belly open. He looked so so sad for a couple days. Now he’s doing much better but he’s trying to be too active and he’s not supposed to be. Not easy to keep a puppy calm.
Let’s see what’s going on with baby Mac this week.
How’s Baby Mac?
By the end of this week, Baby Mac is probably about 12.5-13 inches long, the size of an eggplant, and weighs 1.5 lbs!
Baby Mac is starting to develop taste buds, which means that before too long, your little one will be able to taste some of the stronger flavors of the things you eat through the amniotic fluid they still swallow regularly. And according to a 2011 study, this could impact their food preferences later in life, so make sure to eat a range of nutritious, tasty, flavorful foods — it might mean you’ll have an easier time introducing your toddler to new dishes in just a few years.
Baby Mac’s lungs are developing significantly after all of the breathing they’ve been getting, and they’re now making cells that will produce surfactant, a material that will help them breathe and get the oxygen they need once they’re born. Surfactant is a liquid that helps keep the tiny air sacs in the lungs, the alveoli, from sticking together as a baby breathes.
Your growing baby has also gained about a quarter of a pound last week (110 g) in bones, muscle, and fat, so they’re finally beginning to really fill out. And even though Baby Mac’s eyebrows, lashes, and hair are coming in, they still lack pigment and appear white. Your little one’s skin is beginning to glow a bit pinker now, due to the appearance of tiny blood vessels called capillaries. And their ears and fingernails are also fully formed now.
What’s new with you?
Between the linea nigra, stretch marks, and an itchy belly, your skin might be driving you nuts this week. Topical creams meant for stretch marks or dry skin may help reduce the itchiness, check with your provider about the best and safest options for you. Using unscented, mild lotions and soaps can help too, as can avoiding baths and showers that are too hot, which can dry out your skin. Constipation or dry eyes may also prove to be issues for you right now. And sometime in the next couple of weeks, you’ll likely take a glucose challenge test (GCT) to screen for gestational diabetes.
Your ankles and fingers might be swollen as well, due in part to fluid retention, and the pressure of your growing uterus on your veins. For relief, try elevating your feet or icing the swollen areas to help alleviate some of the pain. Headaches and vision changes are also not uncommon at this time. Sometimes these symptoms — swelling, headaches, and vision changes — are not a problem, but they can also be signs of preeclampsia, which can be serious for both you and your baby. So if you experience any of these issues, be sure to tell your healthcare provider right away so they can determine if you’re dealing with normal symptoms or something more serious.
Yesterday we had had our big ultrasound! Karen and Rodger came in Wednesday for the festivities. We had a wonderful dinner at Charlie Gittos my favorite St. Louis restaurant. My family dressed nice even the kids! We didn’t even get a picture. Surprise surprise. Sometimes I think not having pictures means we had even more fun because we are so wrapped up in conversation and fun that we don’t think of anything else. So it’s memory pictures we will have to remember. ❤️ Ricky was stopped and asked if he was a famous star from Top chef! 😂 Our waiter was incredible and just swore it was him. We looked the guy up and there was a resemblance! The kids thought that was just great. I really wanted baby Mac to move so Karen could try to feel because the other night Ricky said he could feel it! Apparently baby Mac enjoyed dinner so much that it was straight to bed! I was so excited to get home to sleep I was beyond full and sleepy.
So Thursday morning our appointment was at 9:30 am. I don’t really like early appointments. I feel more rushed but it was fine. Baby Mac was moving and kicking like CRAZY during my ultrasound even the tech could feel it. They went ahead to re check and make sure she was still a girl and she definitely was! That would have been quite a surprise and shock if we had seen something different lol. She was moving so much she put on a great show. She was so precious and perfect. We even saw her sucking her fingers! They said her size was perfect and right on track. She was estimated at one pound and 3 ounces. ❤️❤️❤️
You guys are not going to believe this but it looks like I have a two vessel cord AGAIN this time! How weird is that. Thankfully I know because of last time that it’s nothing to worry about it just means I get more ultrasounds and appointments to go to. I won’t complain about getting to see her cute face more often. I’m honestly wondering if this is more common in ivf or it really can just be a fluke and happed to me two times in a row?
They also said at 36 weeks they want me to do non stress tests. Basically I will go in once a week and be hooked up to monitors and they will just watch her I guess and make sure we are all good to go. It was funny though because she said it was because of ivf pregnancy but as we know my last 5 pregnancy’s were ivf and I have never had these before. 😆 Weird but I’ll be there. After the appointment we left and went to the hospital for a hospital tour. They showed us the birthing room and told us they will do their best to get us rooms close together. I made sure to get a cup of that great ice before I left! All in all we had a great time. It’s so exciting to be getting so close. Today I have a regular appointment with Dr Sammons. Oh I almost forgot to mention baby is also already head down. Well at least so far! She obviously has lots of wiggle room and can be switching it up any time but I hope for my sake she stays like this.
Let’s see what baby Mac is doing this week.
How’s Baby Mac?
Baby Mac is now just under a foot long — about the size of an ear of corn — and weighs just over a pound (478 grams).
When Baby Mac isn’t sleeping the day away (which at this point is 12-14 hours a day), they’re trying to touch anything they can. Whether it’s their face, body, or umbilical cord, your baby is working on their physical abilities and motor skills by practicing movement and getting a feel for things. Your little one’s inner ear is also developing their sense of balance. While Baby Mac may not be using that sense of balance on any gymnastics equipment yet, the more their ears develop, the better the chance that your baby is hearing you when you talk, and learning your voice, so that when they arrive, they’ll recognize you!
Their eyes are still developing, and right now your little one still lacks pigment in their iris, so doesn’t have an eye color just yet. And his pancreas is already busy creating its own hormones, which helps alleviate all of the hormonal heavy-lifting you’ve been doing.
What’s new with you?
Your feet and hands may be some of the next places to feel pregnancy’s side effects, as some swelling is not uncommon during these months. You might notice that any rings you wear on your fingers might start to feel tighter, and your feet could grow a whole size bigger. Wearing maternity compression stockings may help improve your circulation and reduce swelling in your feet and legs, in addition to helping with varicose veins if those have been an issue for you.
And your expanding womb may have turned your “innie” into an “outie” by now. Don’t worry, it’ll go back to normal after you give birth. Your newly out-facing belly button might be a little sensitive, especially as it rubs against your clothes, but that’s generally nothing to worry about. If, on the other hand, it’s causing you pain, talk to your healthcare provider to make sure that you’re not dealing with an umbilical hernia.
Really, as any strange symptoms or discomforts pop up for you, be sure to ask your provider about it. Even if there’s nothing wrong, it never hurts to know exactly what’s going on in your body, and it can help you feel better knowing that whatever’s going on is normal.
We are moving right along and thankfully things are going smoothly and uneventful just how we like it! Baby Mac is definitely starting to kick and wiggle more and I’m so happy to be feeling it. It’s a nice little reminder each day that she is happy and growing. It’s been harder to feel her since my placenta is in the front but I know as she gets stronger she will make her presence known! Karen and Rodger are coming back this Wednesday. It’s only been like a month but it feels longer. I’m so excited to see them and take them to one of my favorite restaurants! We are going to Charlie Gitto’s on the hill. It’s so so yummy and I’m going to eat so many toasted raviolis. If your not from St. Louis then it’s a St. Louis food here. 😂
Our appointment on Thursday is the big 20 week ultrasound but they couldn’t get us in until this week so technically I’ll be 22 weeks. That’s ok that just means we will have better pictures of her hopefully. I was hoping she would be kicking hard enough so Karen could feel her but I’m not sure she is strong enough yet. Karen also invited me to her baby shower today!!! This may seem silly but it’s the first baby shower I have been invited to where I’m carrying the baby. It’s such an honor. I’m hoping to just blend in a bit though I want to make sure the day is all about her! I got her what I think is a great gift already I had ordered and was going to send it. I can’t share though because she will see this. 😂 I’ll take a picture and share with everyone after. The great news is that’s a few weeks away so by then baby Mac is SURE to be big and strong enough so they can feel her moving! I hope Karen gets lots of baby kicks I want to to experience as much as she can.
We are also doing a hospital tour when they are here so they can have that experience also. In 18 weeks or likely less she’s going to be here and that’s so exciting. I’m just soaking everything I can in. Even the parts where I can’t get comfortable or sleep all night. I’m still eating lots of ice and sleeping has been not great. I take forever to fall asleep and then if I wake up it takes forever to fall back asleep! I just keep thinking this is it. I do get a little winded sometimes when I shower for too long or come up and down the stairs. Also after I eat sometimes I get winded. I think it’s because I don’t have as much belly and lung room. Today I got home and I had a package I had to swear to Ricky I didn’t order anything and wasn’t sure what it was. Turns out Karen sent me the cutest and most comfy one piece outfit. I now want one in every color for every day!!! Plus baby Mac looks adorable in it. Kailynn is so jealous and swears she’s going to steal it.
Let’s see what baby Mac is up to.
How’s Baby Mac?
Baby Mac is about 10 ½ inches long (27.2 cm), the size of a bok choy, and weighs between 1/4 and 3/4 of a pound. Your baby looks a lot like a miniature person at this point, which is huge growth when you think about how they were just a microscopic ball of cells merely 20 weeks ago. Baby Mac’s skin is still a bit see-through, and it has also developed wrinkles that will allow for internal expansion once their baby fat starts to set in — they’ll soon fill out into a cute, plump little thing! This baby fat is especially important for Baby Mac’s development, both because the fats in their system will directly fuel their brain’s development and because it helps baby regulate their temperature once they’re born. Baby Mac is also still producing meconium, the black tarry substance that makes up their first poop.