Saturday, September 29, 2012

28 weeks - amazing!

It's amazing that I'm 28 weeks today and in my third trimester. I'm still frequently surprised to be pregnant, and I'm so grateful to be here.

It's been a fairly uneventful 4 weeks since my last blog post. Three weeks ago, I had a day with a bunch of Braxton Hicks contractions - never enough to trigger a call to the doctor, but they happened here and there throughout the day. So I ended up with an OB appt 2 weeks after the last one, instead of waiting my usual 4 weeks (well, not 'my' usual 4 weeks, since I've seen him about every 2 weeks this whole pregnancy). Cervix was perfectly normal, but it was really nice to get that confirmation.

I had my gestational diabetes screen, which I passed - yay! Also did bloodwork for parvovirus, CMV, and toxiplasma, since those could have caused the "somewhat echogenic bowel" in the 20 week scan. All negative for current infections - again, nice to rule them out.

We took a quick trip to Chicago (where I met the lovely @Calmantha) for our babymoon. Had a fabulous dinner, after which our little guy was incredibly active. My husband and I were both watching my belly bulge and ripple as he wiggled around. When we were going to sleep I told my husband he should put his hand on my belly, which he did, but then had to move it cuz it was keeping him awake!

Last weekend we took our first prenatal class - this one was a CPR class. So we're both re-certified. Our childbirth class isn't until late October, and we have a bunch of classes between that and mid-November.

The nursery is looking really good. It's painted, the new light is in, the rug is in, and this week I put up the curtains. We ordered a custom mobile to go with our color scheme (apricot, leaf green, mint green, brown, goldenrod), but we're waiting to hang it until we have the furniture. The crib and dresser will actually come in sometime in the next 2 weeks, but the glider won't come until early November, and it makes sense to have them all delivered together. Alas. I'm waiting to wash all the tiny clothes and diapers until we have the dresser to put them in.

Ob appt this week was quick. We got to peek at the little guy, who's looking good. He's measuring a bit ahead, but he's been doing that the whole way.

My baby shower is next weekend - I can hardly believe it. Just amazes me that I'm having a baby shower.

I have a growth scan on October 23 (31.5 weeks), and then an ob appointment the day after - then I officially move to 2 week appointments!

I feel my little guy all the time.  I'm at the point where I'm supposed to do kick counts once a day. But honestly, there are very few hours where I don't feel at least 10 movements. As I get closer it'll be more important, since there are some potential concerns about placental sufficiency (see last post about being induced at 39 weeks).

I look quite pregnant now, although everyone who sees me comments on how little I look for being 7 months pregnant. I've gained about 17 pounds at this point, and it's all belly and chest.  Some of the maternity clothes I bought early on don't fit anymore (or aren't long enough) so I did a round of shopping this week and got a bunch of cute fall stuff.

Not a lot of symptoms. I'm still getting over this cold that I got in late August, but it's clearing out. My back is hurting more - likely directly correlated to the weight in my belly. And I have tendonitis again - in fingers this time. I suspect it's a combination of pregnancy hormones + overuse from iPhone/iPad stuff. Trying to be good about resting the fingers as much as possible.

Really, really happy. I suck at getting pregnant, but I've turned out to be pretty good at being pregnant, and I really enjoy it. My mom enjoyed being pregnant (and had no stretch marks, which is the best predictor for whether or not I'll get any...)

Sending love to the blog and twitter friends who particularly need it right now.


  1. Happy third trimester! I managed to escape pregnancy with no stretch marks, too. But I gained way more weight than you did!

  2. 28 weeks!!! Woohoo! I love how happy and excited you sound. After all the struggles to get here, I'm so glad that you're having a nice pregnancy. Keep it up! :)

  3. YAY to 28 weeks! So happy you are having a great pregnancy :) Can't wait to see pics of your nursery when all your furniture is in :)

  4. Hi! wanted to wish you well and say enjoy this time as you've been thru so much. Congratulations!

  5. Its nice to Have your blog. I was planning to have an IVF treatment. I want to get information about that before. I read an article according to that the success rate can be doubled by scathing the womb lining in IVF. I want to know if someone read about that?

    1. This is the study about endometrial scratching doubling the implantation rate: