Hi everyone 🙂
On Tuesday, I turned 31 weeks pregnant with Cohen!
I’m feeling pretty good.
I’m sleeping almost completely though the night! I think I’m just so tired I sleep straight through my urge to tinkle. I’m sure it’s there and I pretty much have to run as soon as I wake. I’ve found sleeping completely flat (with a thin pillow), but on my side, is working very well for me. Any elevation makes me hurt and ache.
We have so much going on that it’s hard not to be on my feet. Let me tell you, they have started causing me serious pain. I guess I just wasn’t use to wearing supportive shoes. I never thought of my shoes as uncomfortable though. However, with all the extra weight I’m carrying, the pain had gotten a bit unbearable. Luckily, I came across and purchased these yesterday.
Speaking of weight, I accidently caught a glimpse of my number at the doctor’s office yesterday. YIKES. My immediate thought was “how can that be?” haha. Don’t get me wrong, I do feel huge. I feel baby huge and chubby huge. However, I know there is a good reason for that feeling. I’m growing another human being inside me. But when I saw that number, I thought gosh, that much!? I knew this would happen. That’s why I’ve been avoiding the number the whole time. Numbers are easier to fixate on. I kind of questioned my weight gain to my doctor. He has no worries. He said it is 100% normal. I know, I know. I have a LOT of fluid. My fluid looks good. I have a growing baby boy (who may still be measuring a week ahead in size). I have big lady lumps. And let me tell you, those are all quite heavy. So see, I’m trying to justify it, haha. I’m going back to not thinking about a number. I eat when I’m hungry. I’m my job to feed my little guy and not have him hungry. No, I won’t tell the number. Why start now? haha
This week, I ate the new Peachwave a few times 🙂 It’s a new self-serve yogurt place in town. The first time I ate it, I was pretty excited because the options I picked for yogurt said “low-fat”. Well, when Brent and I went back last night, I noticed all the yogurt flavors say “low-fat” or “non-fat” above them. Low-fat or not, it’s good.
No visible baby stretch marks.
I think I have had a few Braxton Hicks but nothing major.
I have had round ligament pain. It is quick and immediate pain. It doesn’t last long, thank goodness. I do yell out loud. I can’t help it.
Back to my doctor appointment yesterday morning. It was with my normal doctor here. He now focuses on Cohen’s heart for any noticeable changes and the normal checks for fluid, etc. He immediately said that the right ventricle did look bigger than it did the last time he saw it! He saw it about a week or so before we went to Dallas the last time. In Dallas, they also said it looked as though it had gotten bigger. This is an answered prayer because it means the possibility of two chambers. They didn’t think it would develop anymore and I was glad to see and hear that even my OB could tell without me first mentioning it.
He said everything looks good. Cohen is not engaged at all. He is completely head up and floating around. When he said floating I thought, that is not the term I would use. He is more of a dancer, kicker and flipper! He is active little guy!
I go to my normal doctor here one last time two weeks from yesterday.
The documentary is probably in process as we speak. This blog will actually play a large role in the documentary. If any of you didn’t read about it in the last Prego Mego post, Children’s Medical Center in Dallas (where Cohen will get all his treatment) told Brent and I they wanted to do a documentary on our story. They asked us and we agreed. They are mailing us a camera now. We will video a few things up until the temporary move to Dallas. Once in Dallas, Children’s Medical will have a videographer and photographer that they use. I will continue to blog and they will have parts of our story on their website, blog & Twitter. The sweet PR girl who I have been speaking with said they have had writers try to write the documentaries before, but it’s just not the same as coming first hand from a family. We are happy to do it. I’m a bit worried about being camera shy :0)
I don’t think I’ve indicated before who our doctors in Dallas are.
Cardiologist – Dr.Ikemba
Surgeon – Dr.Forbess
High Risk OB – Dr.Santiago
We have had appointments with them all and feel very comfortable with them helping us but most of all, baby Cohen. I know a lot of you have even emailed me with their names and stories regarding. Thank you for that! And, thank you for any recommendation you have commented or emailed me with. It is a great feeling to know you all are so willing to help! It means so much to us.
I cannot believe in just 6 or 7 weeks Cohen will be here! I’m still having some concerns with the v@ginal delivery plan but I know all my concerns and questions will be addressed in the near future.
We (Brent and I ) had kind of decided against me having a big baby shower or anything else. However, after more discussions, I met with my good friend and my sister-in-law to pick out a brunch/shower invitation on Tuesday. It was hard in a few different ways. First of all, there are SO many cute invitations out there! I had a hard time making a list. The wording was hard. We aren’t doing gifts but gift cards to make purchases as Cohen needs them. It was overall kind of hard but I know it will be such a nice brunch to great see my very closest friends and local family before leaving for Dallas. The invitation is precious! I will post it, of course. Though the brunch will be small, I hear there is talk of a big party once Cohen is able to come home from Dallas 🙂
We may be doing a 4D ultrasound on Saturday 🙂
AND, maternity pictures on Sunday 🙂
There was one time when felt I wouldn’t, shouldn’t and couldn’t do these normal pregnancy things. I’m glad I feel differently now (most of the time). I feel better and more hopeful about our situation. God is giving me peace and I’m just doing what I feel at the moment. Sure, the moments vary. I still have some awful moments. I think “what if” way too much. I still think doing certain things may make things harder. It’s just a lot. Sometimes it’s painful being as busy as we are but I think it helps the whole not sitting and dwelling on things.
We are still praying for our house to sell very soon. We are working to prepare the house we are moving into to become a home. Last night, we went to Lowe’s to price some toilets, sink, fence, etc. Oh, nesting… haha
I think that is it for now!
Thank you all so much for your continuous thoughts and prayers!! We truly cannot explain how much they mean to us!
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