To say I am surprised to be this far along is an understatement. I honestly cannot believe that I am 30 weeks today! I am blown away at how far along I am and many days that I'm even pregnant at all, but here I am.
I have so many mixed feelings and emotions. I am beyond blessed to be here, but at the same time I hurt for those who have yet to join me. Those who are still trying and praying each and every day. I stay as active as I can and I hope those of you who are still trying know how much I care and how much I will continue to support you. Some days and with some people I struggle with how much to show myself because while I know the support is appreciated, the reminder of where I am isn't. I would hate to bring pain to anyone because while I may be pregnant, I don't ever forget the pain, nor will I ever.
I had a little bit of a rough 2nd trimester. I bled at least once a week, sometimes more. I was pretty scared that things were not going well that I would either lose my daughter or that she would come way too soon. However close the end of the 2nd tri the bleeding stopped, it was right around my last ultrasound at 24 weeks that showed my placenta has moved. Around 27 weeks I started to feel more energetic and in general I feel pretty good. I do have some discomfort, some pain, but all that is normal, and all that is a reminder that every day my baby girl grows bigger and stronger.
I had my OB appt yesterday and it went as perfect as perfect can be. My uterus measures exactly right, my blood pressure is nice and low at 100/57, my weight gain has been minimal at 5 lbs (I wasn't little to start with or anything), and all my gestational diabetes test came back at 107 after one hour. All my other blood work is perfect. My OB pretty much considers me the ideal pregnant woman right now. I've never really heard those words before "just perfect" when it came to anything regarding my body, so quite surprised.
I'm on target for a regular birth when Kate Lyn is ready. We've begun working on her nursery with her furniture arriving on Sunday. I'll be sharing pictures once it's completed. I'll have one more ultrasound probably around 34 weeks to get a good gauge on her measurements and maybe even an estimate on when she might arrive.
Last week my husband and I started childbirth classes. The first class scared the crap out of me. It was an overview, but after spending so much time trying to figure out how to get her in me, it's a little unnerving to figure out how she's going to come out, but it's going to be fine. I will also be encapsulating the placenta and I've contacted a professional who does this and my OB and hospital are accepting of that and said I can take the placenta. I will start acupuncture again in two weeks (10/22) to prep my body for labor and end of pregnancy stuff.
Here's a bit of a timeline of events:
Chidlbirth classes-every single Tuesday in October (5 week series)
Infant Care class-Took this on 10/5, very informative and good class.
My baby shower is 10/19
Maternity shoot is on 11/17-exactly one month before my due date
I'm scheduling both newborn photos at the hospital and the weekend after she comes home. The hospital ones will mostly be her, probably a couple with my husband and I. The home ones of course will be her, husband and I, and possibly grandparents/aunt/uncles/cousins.
I'm currently seeing the OB every two weeks, my next appointment is 10/21 and he'll discuss my last ultrasound at that time.
Lastly, here's some pictures taken of me today at 30 weeks.