Wednesday, August 14, 2013

The Pregnancy Files - Less than 100 days to go!

I now have less than a hundred days to go until this baby will be born! Technically, my due date is Nov. 25, but I will likely have a cesarean the week before (unless he decides to come early like his brothers both did), so taking the c-section into consideration, I've probably got about 95-96 days to go! Third trimester is just around the corner!

Things are going fairly well, as well as pregnancy at age 36 can go. I'm still suffering from costochondritis (some days are very very mild and other days are a bit more achy), and I've got symphesis pubis dysfunction, which means that my pelvic bones are very very sore, and it hurts to sit on hard surfaces. Getting up from sitting on said hard surfaces makes it feel like my pelvis is going to break. It will get worse as the baby gets bigger, but I've been through this before so it will be no surprise. Eventually, it will get to the point where I'll be more in bed than I will be up for the last few weeks of pregnancy, because walking, housework, and something as simple as getting in and out of a car is extremely painful. Raising a foot to step into the shower or go up steps feels like the pelvis is going to snap. And heaven help me if I cross my legs!

I spent several days working on cloth diapers with my mom, but we got very little accomplished. We spent the majority of the days discovering that we were doing things wrong, so the last couple of days that we managed to work together, we got three diapers done. Yes, only three! Since then, I've been bombarded with garden produce and canning, so I've not had a single moment to sew. Fortunately, my mom has, and I can't wait to see what she comes up with.

Right now, we're working on finding space for baby gear and baby clothes. Our home is twelve hundred square feet, roughly, and with two adults and two children already living here, we're finding it hard to figure out where we're going to put a crib and baby's clothes. We have no room for an additional dresser, so we're going to have to remove clothes from our dresser to make room for baby's clothes. But that means finding a place to put the clothes we removed from the dresser. We've got every space in closets filled, underneath of the beds taken, and the building is full. And this AFTER we have recently gotten rid of stuff we didn't need! We desperately need to find a bigger place, because we're tripping over boxes of our home-canned food, bags of baby items, and garden produce just laid out on the floor on towels! It looks like a tornado hit our house.

We've been so blessed to have had some baby items brought to us. We've had quite a bit of clothes donated to us, as well as things like some bottles, bibs, shoes, etc. We still need all of the big things like a crib, swing, carseat, etc. but we still have a good bit of time to get those things purchased. We're also not in a hurry, because we have nowhere to put those things! I've been tossing around the idea of going ahead and installing the one carseat that we have simply so we can get it out of hubby's closet so that we can put our canned food in there. But if we install the carseat, then our boys will be cramped before they need to be. :) It's a Catch 22 situation.

We'd wanted to move before we had to unload baby things, but we've just not been able to find what we need within our budget. Most everything that has been within our budget has needed major repairs, and we just can't afford major repairs. So, we're still looking, because we know eventually the right place will pop up and the right situation will present itself. We've learned to be patient about these things.

Total Weight Gain: 6 pounds
Stretch Marks: No new ones this pregnancy...yet
Sleep/Insomnia: Sleep!
Cravings: Mexican
Symptoms: bloating, some constipation, sporadically swollen fingers
Belly button: Still an inny!
Wedding rings: Still on!
Exciting happening(s) this week: Delivery of homeschool curriculum, dejunking the house
Looking forward to: Doctor appointment next week, and I think I'm supposed to have an ultrasound?

25 Week Development
Your little grower’s physical proportions are pretty much birth-ready and most of their remaining development will largely be weight gain and a ton of nervous system development. Head to heels, your baby now measures about 13 1/2 inches. Weight — 1 1/2 pounds — isn't much more than an average rutabaga, but he's beginning to exchange the long, lean look for some baby fat. As he does, his wrinkled skin will begin to smooth out and he'll start to look more and more like a newborn. He's also growing more hair — and if you could see it, you'd now be able to discern its color and texture.