<<warning… one 3D ultrasound face shot is toward the bottom… I know some find 3D photos or ultrasound photos creepy/triggering, but this is Skipper’s photo debut>>
Whoa. Less than two months before Skipper is due. Holy. Crap. This is getting real… and close! I do have issues, but most stem from other problems I have that are exacerbated by pregnancy.
Five years ago, I was injured while on my two week Navy training. Namely, my shoulder was apparently partially dislocated and my labrum was torn. It took 18 months before someone believed me that there was something wrong. By then, the damage and really been done and though it was fixed (by putting four anchors in my shoulder) and I have about 90% range of motion in that shoulder, I also have arthritis in it. It’s also, obviously, not as strong as my other shoulder and I’m much more likely to have it dislocated again. With all the relaxin going through my body right now, I have to be VERY careful.
The problem is, I have to sleep on my shoulders since I cannot sleep on my back nor my stomach now that I’m pregnant. I generally have to turn from one shoulder to the other every 30 minutes to two hours. Add on top of that my every two hours bathroom breaks and the pain that comes from the shoulders not getting a break for months and I get fun nights like last night where I slept one hour between the time I went to bed at 9:30 and 3 a.m. I then slept from 3-5 a.m. and that’s my night of sleep. I know people say this is just “practice” for later, but that, quite honestly, pisses me off. I could deal with normal pregnancy up and down, but this? This pain and added into the lack of sleep? No, this is above-and-beyond.
Remember, I’ve not had consistently good nights of sleep for five years. I most likely will not for the rest of my life. The pain will improve once I can sleep on my stomach to give my shoulders a break, but that doesn’t mean it gets all better. Ever. I’ve been surviving on 2-6 hours on average for the last five years… and now I’ll be adding a newborn. I’m always tired already. I can’t imagine what it’ll be like once Skipper comes. It’ll all be worth it for sure, but sometimes I can’t help but wonder what it would be like to have ONLY the typical pregnancy sleep problems or ONLY the typical newborn sleep problems. I guess I’ll never know. Anyway, here’s my bumpdate:
How Far Along? 32 weeks today!
Size of Baby? The books say she’s supposed to be about 4lbs and 19 inches long… but she was that weight more than two weeks ago!
Maternity Clothes? But of course. I’m slowly losing the number of maternity shirts I can wear, too, as they are starting to creep up my belly.
Weight Gain? Too much. I’ve gained 29 pounds so far, which is two pounds more than my OB told me I should gain. But I’m also carrying a big baby.
Stretch Marks/belly button? I have some very small stretch marks on either side of my hips now. My belly button is the same… shallow at the top, but not out.
Baby’s Sex? Very much a girl!
Sleep? Sometimes (see the intro above).
Food Cravings? Nope!
Best Moment This Period? Getting a 3D ultrasound and watching Skipper be obsessed with her toes. She just kept grabbing them and touching them and playing with them. She wouldn’t leave them alone! Even the ultrasound tech was laughing at her.
What I am loving? Every day loving being pregnant, despite the pain and the lack of sleep.
Movement? Definitely, though she’s doing less kicking and more just shifting. Little girl isn’t so little and is quickly losing space.
What I’m looking forward to: Just enjoying this pregnancy and her movements still.
Other Updates… I had my gestational diabetes test and I’m so way far away from having GD that it’s awesome. Everything else came back ok, too. I had a few days of bleeding and so had an ultrasound then to check her (before the 3D) and at 29w5d, she was measuring about 4lbs and at 31w4d… so two weeks ahead. She’s in the 90th percentile. She’s on track to be about 9lbs, which is fine with me since I figured from the beginning that’s where she’d be based on my family history. I was hoping for an 8-9lb baby and am still hoping she doesn’t hit 10lbs 😉