Friday, April 22, 2016

Michelle's Pregnancy Journal: Week 38

There is only an estimated 2 weeks left of this pregnancy and I cannot believe it! My body and mind has been put through quite a bit, but as this home stretch closes in, I can't help but have mixed emotions about the next journey that's starting. It'll be a huge change for us all having a baby in the house again, especially a little boy, and I know we're all excited about this next step! I'm starting to picture what he'll look like or how the girls will react to seeing him for the first time and it just swells my heart with joy. 

I've been having some Braxton Hix contractions and his kicks and rolls are starting to hurt, but I try to still take it in knowing he's my last and I'll miss these feelings soon!

Doctor Appointments:
Sept 30: Ultrasound for EDD (8.5 weeks)
Oct 26: First Dr Appt (12.3 weeks) 
Nov 16: 16 week check up (15.3 weeks)
Dec 15: 20 week check up/gender scan (19.4 weeks)
Jan 14: 24 week check up (23.6 weeks)
Feb 11: 28 week check up (27.6 weeks)
Feb 25: 30 week check up (29.6 weeks)
March 10: Special In Depth Ultrasound (31.6 weeks)
March 14: 32 week check up (32.3 weeks)
March 24: 34 week check up (33.6 weeks)
April 8: 36 week check up (had to cancel)
April 14: 37 week check up (36.6 weeks)
April 21: 38 week check up (canceled it!)

Sept 30: 224lb
Oct 26:  227lb
Nov 16: 231lb
Dec 15: 233lb
Jan 14: 235lb
Feb 11: 238lb
Feb 25: 241lb
March 14: 239lb
March 24: 240lb
April 14: 240lb 
April 21: 242lb based off my home scale

Heart Beat: 
162 (12 weeks)
134 (15 weeks)
145 (19 weeks)
140 (23 weeks)
121 (27 weeks)
152 (29 weeks)
147 (32 weeks) from specialist visit
130s (37 weeks)

Feb 25: belly measures 3 weeks ahead
March 14: belly measures 2 weeks ahead

March 24: belly is starting to even out 
April 14: belly measures 36 weeks (1 week behind)

My April 14 appt showed I'm 50% thinned out and 1cm dilated. I know this means I could have him in a few days or go over due, but it's a nice starting point. I chose to cancel my appt yesterday because I didn't want them to push me in to a cervical check. 

I will be choosing to decline the cervical checks through out the next few weeks unless there's a medical reason as to why I should be checked. While my doctor that delivered our girls has passed away forcing me to find a new doctor, with my last two pregnancies my doctor's exam's put me in to labor, so I'm choosing to try to let Maximus truly choose his own birthday by letting my body naturally progress and work how it's supposed to.