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During my last appointment about a week ago, my OB-GYN determined that the current weight of this little baby is about 5lbs, 10oz.

I would imagine that at this point, the baby is probably pushing 6lbs now.

When M was born, she weighed only 5lbs, 3oz.

That means that this baby is currently heavier than M ever was in my tummy.  Believe me, I’m feeling every bit of that weight.

At this point, I’m quickly approaching the 36 week mark and feeling heavier and sorer (is that word?) than I’ve ever felt before.

This part of pregnancy is all new to me.  Feeling very heavy, and feeling that this baby is quickly running out of room.  I thought it was uncomfortable when I was pregnant with M, but this is vastly different.

There are days when I’m sluggish.  I’m on bedrest and hardly getting up to do anything, yet I’m still sluggish!  I can barely move, even to just roll over!  Everything hurts from my back to my front and everything in between.  I don’t remember being this way with M.

I’m so thankful that God has blessed this child to stay in me for as long as she is staying, but I just never realized how uncomfortable it truly is!

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False labor.

When I was pregnant with M, I had my share of Braxton Hicks, but I never had false labor.  When I was pregnant with M, my water broke at 36 weeks to our shock and surprise and before we knew it, we were parents.

But false labor?  Nope.  Never.

Until last week.

We were all in bed.  Then, it started.

It started out as Braxton Hicks, nothing out of the ordinary, just the normal tightening and discomfort.

But then, it kept coming.  One after another.

I did what was suggested of me to determine if it was truly preterm labor.  I went to the bathroom to empty my bladder, I drank a lot of water, and I lied on my left side.  Nothing was slowing it down, it felt like it was increasing everything.

I recently downloaded an app called “Full Term.”  It’s an app that helps keep track of contractions.  All you have to do is hit “start” when a contraction starts and “end” when it ends.  The app times it and calculates the frequency.

Because the tightening started coming in intervals, I decided to use the app to keep track.

The contractions were lasting for 50 seconds to a minute long and coming in ever 2 1/2 to 3 minutes.

As the tightening continued to come and go, the intensity started increasing.  It started getting harder to talk through.  I started using breathing techniques that we learned three years ago during our Lamaze classes we took when pregnant with M.

I decided that I needed to that the anti-contraction medicine I was given back in October when my cervix first shrunk.  I had been hesitant to take it because I hate taking any sort of medicine while pregnant.  However, the app was showing that I had at least 10 contractions within the past hour, so I had to take it.  I figured that if I didn’t take it and I went to the hospital, the doctors might give me something stronger to stop the contractions and I didn’t want that at all.

So I took the medicine and called Labor and Delivery to ask how long it would take the medicine to kick in and slow the contractions down.

By then, the contractions were hurting.  Not only were they hard to talk through, they were hard to breathe through because they were hurting.  I kept concentrating on the breathing exercises to try to calm myself down, but I was obviously very nervous.  Was this it?  Were we going in?  Were we going to have this baby at 34 weeks?

Labor and Delivery told me that it would take about half an hour for the medicine to kick in and to wait about an hour to determine if we needed to really come to the hospital or not.  So I got off the phone with them and continued to try to relax and concentrate on breathing, hoping the medicine could kick in soon.

Within half an hour, I noticed the intensity of the contractions were decreasing.  Then as the hour progressed, the contractions also started to space themselves farther apart and decreased into just a mere uncomfortable tightening.  By the time the hour passed, everything was done.

If I didn’t have that medicine, who knows what could have happened.

I’m hoping that the episode didn’t cause my cervix to dialate.  I’m hoping that I can still last the week and have this baby AFTER Christmas…

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I know sleep deprivation should occur AFTER the baby is born.  I mean, there’s a good reason for lacking sleep once the baby is born..

I should be taking this time to get as much sleep as possible, right?

I wish!

Every night is a practically sleepless night.  While everyone is snoozing away, I’m wide awake.

Sometimes it’s because the baby is moving and fighting every sleeping position I try.

Sometimes it’s because I’m so uncomfortable.  Two pillows under my head is too high and hurts my neck.  One pillow under my head causes my back to hurt badly when I wake up.  Where’s my happy, comfy medium?!?

Sometimes it’s just because I’m not sleepy!

I didn’t have this type of insomnia when I was pregnant with M.  I think it was because I was working during that pregnancy and was tired during the day.  During my pregnancy with M, I slept so well.  Why is this time so different?!

Has anyone else dealt with pregnancy insomnia?

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We still cosleep with M. Her toddler bed is in our bedroom and we’ve tried to get her in there, but she loves sleeping with us.

With the new baby coming, there is no way I’m kicking her out of the bed now. I don’t want her to feel like she’s being tossed aside to accommodate the new kid…

So. In the bed she will stay…. For now…

For the past week or so, I’ve noticed that M had gotten pretty clingy in bed. To go to sleep, she insists on hugging my arm. Because of the pregnancy, it may not be the most comfortable position for me, but I do it anyway.

I pull my arm out as soon as she’s asleep so I can find my own comfortable sleeping position. However, deep into the night, she will literally sit up looking for my arm again.

By then, I’m half asleep and give her the arm. She hugs it until we all wake up for the morning.

I cherish these moments. Soon, she will be out of our bed and no longer needing me for constant comfort. I take advantage of all the hugs and cuddles because they won’t last. They don’t stay this little for very long and I want to hold on to these moments as long as I can…

I don’t know we will adjust when the new baby comes yet. I do know that I will try my best to make sure she knows she still just as important to me as she was before her sister came.

I just hope she won’t have difficulty sleeping when I have the baby and have to stay overnight at hospital. I just hope the baby comes out healthy enough that we don’t have to stay away too long from M at night.

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My doctors appointment last week showed that my cervix shrunk again. I guess it’s somewhat normal, since I was 33 weeks pregnant at the time of the appointment. (I’m 34 weeks today.)

Doctor also said that I’m starting to open, which means I’m starting to dilate. It’s not big enough to give an actual measurement to, but it’s still a start.

So basically, my doctor is thinking that in about two to three weeks, this baby could be born. With that prediction, she will come out at about the same gestational age as M.

This past week, I’ve really taken it easy. I’m trying everything to slow down what’s going on down there.

At the appointment, the baby weighed about 4lbs. That means in about two weeks from then, she could weigh about 5lbs. I just want her to weigh between 5 to 6lbs and be strong enough to not go into the NICU.

So now we are trying to get everything as ready as possible. My bags are packed, everything we can remember to clean has been cleaned… Labor & Delivery is on speed dial…

I guess we just wait….

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I have another OB-GYN appointment today.  Nothing out of the ordinary, just one of my check ups.

I’m nervous.  I’m always nervous during these appointments.  I wish I wasn’t, but I am.

So far, things have been looking great.  My cervix has been at a stable length for the whole month of November.  My OB-GYN has been very optimistic.

But I’m 33 weeks today.  When I was pregnant with M, we discovered that I was dialated 2cm at 35 weeks.  That’s not too far away… who knows what’s happening in my body right now?!

I’m praying that things are still stable enough to take me to full-term this time around.

The unshower baby shower is tomorrow.  I hope that everything is ok so I can make it!

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The bottle of Tums is now on my night stand.  Every night, it seems like I’ve needed to take it because the minute I try to lie in bed, the acid seems to come back up.

Not fun.

Not something I experienced when pregnant with M either.

I try to lie down on two pillows.  It doesn’t help.

I try to slightly sit up in bed.  It doesn’t help.

The only thing that helps is Tums.  Chalky, icky Tums.

I’ll be 33 weeks tomorrow… this kid is really running out of room if she’s starting to push up my stomach contents..

Ah, the glamorous life of pregnancy…

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