It’s been a very VERY long time since we have posted about this pregnancy. I don’t really have a good excuse, just have been busy and haven’t had much to talk about. As you found out last week, we decided on a name. Charlotte Sutton will be the newest addition to our family and we will call her Charlie for short.
At about 33 weeks, we did have a scare that landed us in the hospital. I was at work when I felt, well, just off. I couldn’t seem to focus and felt super worked up. This continued for an hour before I called Medstar, the local ambulance company, to come take my blood pressure. I usually run about 100-110/70-80 and when they took my BP, it was 155/92. Nothing to write home about but mixed with the strange light spots I was seeing and the fact it just wouldn’t stop, I decided to call the on-call midwife to see what her opinion was. Unfortunately for me, the on-call midwife was in a delivery that was taking much longer than expected so I didn’t receive a call back for about an hour. At that point I was actually already phoning the answering service again when the other line beeped in with the on-call. She told me to make my way to triage at the hospital to be monitored for a bit. Adam and Myles were out of town so my mom cancelled her plans to come take me to the hospital. Once at the hospital, we were able to see that my blood pressure had already started to come down but was still higher than normal. Within an hour of being hooked up, everything was back to normal and all the tests came back great. Charlotte did not enjoy the monitors being in her space whatsoever though, she kept trying to kick them off my stomach LOL.
At my 35 week appointment, I was told I am considered full-term and if I go into labor, they won’t do anything to stop me now. My midwife said she would estimate that Charlie will not be as large as Myles was when he was delivered. She’s guessing around 7 lb 12 oz for the princess, where Myles was 8 lbs 9 oz. I was informed that I will not get any more ultrasounds unless I am measuring 3 weeks farther along than my due date because they normally do not do an ultrasound this late except if measuring large, or if a woman goes past due date to measure size and amount of fluid. Another thing mentioned was that if I do not go into labor before 38 weeks, they may scrape my cervix membrane(??). I may have totally made that up LOL. They do it to help you dilate and to help stimulate contractions, though, it can take hours, days, or weeks before labor will become active.
Again, at 35 weeks, I had measured the same weight for 3 weeks in a row. No weight gain or loss. They don’t seem to be concerned about it though.
I have been having Braxton-Hicks for months now but they are becoming increasingly more intense. Other symptoms throughout the past couple of months have been a lot of constant lower pressure, cramping that is similar to “implantation cramping”, and increased urination, along with other normal symptoms of pregnancy. I have had an extreme amount of heartburn this time around which scares the crap out of me. Those who were around for Myles birth, you know how hairy he came out, and I didn’t have half the heartburn I have with this one!!! I keep saying she is going to come out looking like Chewbacca LOL.
From weeks 34 to 37, I have not gained one pound… I thought I read somewhere that once you stop gaining weight (or start loosing weight) that it could be a sign the baby is ready. Or maybe it just means I haven’t been eating as crappy…. hmmm…. not sure. But I know my last 4 weigh ins have been the same!
My midwife checked me on Wednesday and I was 2 cm dilated and 80% effaced. And I’m pretty sure I lost my mucus plug on Thursday night.
Charlotte’s room is about done, you will get to see it in an upcoming post in the next couple weeks. Hospital bags are packed and the car seat is in the car! We are just about ready!
Momma’s ready for you to come now baby girl. We may not be quite prepared yet, but I’m ready not to be pregnant any longer AND to hold her in my arms!