How am I feeling? I'm feeling some not-so-fun things at this point. Today I had my first experience with pain directly caused by baby. I thought I had a stomachache because of some gas or something digestion-related, but found that it got better when I walked around the office. After about 3 hours of pain, I decided to try some yoga poses to figure out if baby would move and make me feel better. I got down on my hands and knees and did some stretching and felt better almost immediately. Yes, it involved time on my gross cubicle floor, but it was totally worth it. I haven't been in pain since.
Except in my leg... I have a band of pain that circles the joint where my thigh and pelvis meet. My doctor today said she thinks it's sciatica, but I disagree. I guess it's possible, though, as I've felt a teeny bit better after getting Baby Boy to move away from my left side and more toward the middle (this happened when I did the yoga poses). Either way, it hurts to move my legs independently, which means putting on underwear, pants, and shoes when standing has been really painful. Walking hasn't been particularly comfortable, either, so I've been hobbling around like...like a 36 week pregnant woman. My doctor's office is in the hospital down the street from my office, so we always walk to appointments, but that took a really long time today. We'll see how I'm feeling next Monday before we decide if we're going to walk or drive to the doctor.
Weight thoughts: Up 2 pounds over 2 weeks this time. Not bad, not great.
Doctor appointments? As mentioned, I had one today. My BP is still great (102/62, I think). Today was my Group B Strep test and my first internal. The strep test was not pleasant. The internal was even less so. The fact that I don't have any dilation was the worst of all. I didn't really expect any, but was sort of hoping.
My doctor also still seems to think that Baby Boy might be on the big side. She asked if I was bigger than I had been with Baby Girl and asked how big Baby Girl was. She also was hesitant when she told me I was measuring 38...leading both The Hubby and me to believe that it was probably closer to 39 weeks. She was able to tell during the internal that Baby Boy is definitely head down, which is good news.
Next appointment is next Monday (the 9th) for an ultrasound to get a more accurate estimate of Baby Boy's size and position. I'm hoping to get him more engaged over the next week, but we'll see--I need to make myself realize that this is not something I can control.
Movement? Of course. The doctor keeps asking about how his movement is and I keep telling her that I don't even feel the need for kick counts because he moves so much. He was a little quiet after I got him repositioned, but then perked up while I was driving home.
Baby preparation? We have still done fairly little, it seems. The last things I want to do are: pick a name, pack a hospital bag (got scolded by my doctor for not doing this yet), and do some freezer cooking so we have some meal prepared for the first few days (weeks?) after Boomer arrives. Oh, and I also want to get him a gift from Baby Girl, get her a gift from him, and The Hubby says he's going to buy Boomer's coming home outfit. So yeah...a few things to do still.
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