Can I just start by saying thank you? Seriously – After writing up my last update I was feeling pretty emotional and worried about our sweet babe. THANK YOU to each and every one of you who took the time to comment, write, text, email, call or just send out a thought. I got them all and felt them all, right in the feels. Since then lots of tests and appointments have happened and here’s where we are now.
Tests, tests, tests: I’ve been at the hospital every 3 days for non-stress tests, and aside from that first one, they’ve actually not been stressful at all since I’ve been getting positive results each time. Aside from the fact that it cuts into the day, they’ve offered some imposed time to stop and put my feet up for 30 minutes in the middle of the day and quietly sip coconut water. I’ve also had 2 ultrasounds, one last week and another this morning. Last week’s results showed an increase in amniotic fluid to just above the bottom end of “normal” which I took as a really good sign. Today’s results showed my levels have actually doubled since last week. Honestly, I was floored to hear this. I know I’ve been making a point to really hydrate myself but part of me thinks it’s due in part to the positive thoughts being sent my way. I know I myself have been really making an effort to stay positive and focus on growing a healthy, happy babe. Whatever the cause of the increase, I’m feeling so thankful about it.
Midwife appointment: I had one last week and got to really sit down and chat with my midwife about possible birth locations and outcomes. I felt much better about the possibility of having to have a hospital birth, knowing a bit more about what that might look like and that no matter what interventions were to become necessary, they (my midwives) would attend and support me to their fullest extent possible. We also discussed that depending on the next ultrasound’s results, home birth could be back on the table. Woodrow attended with me and as usual was a great helper in taking my blood pressure and finding the baby’s heartbeat with the doppler.
Symptoms, aches and pains: With a bit of a drop in the heat and humidity, thankfully I’ve had a bit of relief in terms of my swollen, puffy feet! But I’ve also been making a conscious effort to put them up midday, so I suppose that may be helping too. Sleep is getting a bit more tricky – it’s just hard to get comfortable and stay that way once you get to be a certain size! The past few nights I’ve even found myself waking up completely alert and unable to get back to sleep for an hour or two. This has made for some seriously foggy mornings.
Baby prep: I’ve been washing little sleepers and things and trying to figure out where on earth we’ll store them all – for now our room I guess since we’ll be roomies for the first while. I can’t get over how tiny and adorable everything is… It’s been so long since Woodrow was that small!
I have (mostly) packed my hospital bag just-in-case and I’ve written up a pretty detailed birth plan to bring along too if that’s where we end up. We still need to install our little carseat in the car, and Woodrow is really looking forward to having his sister ride in the back seat with him. I still haven’t come up with any genius ideas for a big brother gift for him, but last week we went out and he picked her out a super soft stuffed bunny, just like his “Hop” that was, and remains, his favourite so that she would have one of her own.
Coming up this week: I’ve got another midwife appointment and my mom is arriving for a few days too. AND it’s the first day back to school tomorrow for Mr. Woodrow Fox – lots of excitement around here!
Also, the urge to purge and clean is real you guys. Real.
Days until due date: 18 (!!!) However, I had Woodrow at 39 weeks 4 days, so if we go by that, we’re only looking at 15 days!