WOW. 10 weeks have passed. I think that may be the longest hiatus from my blog I have taken since I created it in 2009. I am pregnant. My father-in-law was living with us for the past 4.5 months. We haven't been able to flip rooms/reorganize baby stuff because of our house guest. I am in the bicycle industry in marketing, and Interbike just happened. I have a 20 month old. My husband runs his own business...also in the bike industry. THERE. Excuses are finished. Back to business. Blogging.
Oh how I have missed you sweet little blog.
Preggo catch up: I am 34 weeks this Saturday. To be honest there really hasn't been too much activity beyond getting bigger and more uncomfortable; than when I was pregnant with Aven. HERE is a link to my 32 week blog from 2010. OK...that previous statement about not too much activity is a lie. Baby boy is a mover and a shaker. I am WAYYYY bigger than what I was with Aven. I haven't been able to work out like I did with Aven because I am so busy. Consequently, pregnancy round #2 has been hard. My pelvis has been aching non-stop since week 30. I think I have sciatica in my right lower back. Every joint seems loose. It is like I have no strength anymore. My placenta is on the back of my uterus (with Aven it was on the front) so I feel EVERY tiny itty bitty movement he makes. Sometimes it actually feels like he is punching my cervix and my butt! (BTW, he is head down). And to top it off, I got some strange news at my last doctor's appointment.
I mentioned to Meg how I have been having some back pain/cramping. Similar to menstrual cramps. The last time I recall feeling like that while preggers, Aven was born 4 days later. She seemed really cool about it and mentioned there was a test we could do to see if little man was arriving in the next 2 weeks. It is called fetal fibronectin. In layman's terms it is a test to see if there is a hormone present in the vagina that denotes the "glue" holding your uterus up is depleting. If the "glue" is present in the vagina, then the process of labor has started. The doc will give you 2 shots of corticosteroids to boost the baby's lung development. Meg assured me she didn't think I would have a positive result on the test, but better to make sure. So she swabbed my cervix, similar to getting a PAP smear and then she checked me. She said my cervix was soft which isn't totally normal, but best to wait for the results. That was on a Friday...and we had to wait until Monday to get the results. Consequently, I was freaking out the entire weekend thinking we were going to have a preemie baby in the next couple weeks. Good news. The test was negative and we are safe for at least the next 2 weeks...I have another appointment this Friday; so we will see if I have to take the test again. I think I am supposed to get my strep B test this time too. Yeah...vag tests are AWESOME. Promise. Will keep you updated on this Friday's doc appointment.
Ok, honesty alert...I do not enjoy being pregnant. Especially the second time around. There are things that are magical, don't get me wrong. I love knowing I am creating life, he is protected and growing, movements mean he is getting stronger, and even my ever growing belly is still an anomaly to me that I really love looking at. But DUDE. Seriously. The icky things I didn't get with my first pregnancy have come full force with this one.
- Hemorrhoids. I haven't looked, but pretty sure things are not happy down there. CHECK.
- Lack of quality sleep. CHECK.
- Peeing (even a little bit) myself every time I sneeze. CHECK.
- I cry every time I see a baby, think of a baby, think of losing time with Aven, not having enough time with little man when he is here...Emotions off the charts. CHECK.
- Excess snot, phlem, boogers, sneezing (which doesn't help the peeing thing either). CHECK.
- FAT FEET with uber pretty callouses. CHECK.
- Complexion is dull and icky. CHECK.
- Puffy fingers. CHECK.
- Bitchiness. CHECK
Mostly, I wanted to vent (hopefully in a slightly comical way), but if anyone that reads this feels a even slightly similar and are worried about feeling guilty. Don't. It's cool. Pregnancy is awesome, but with the awesome comes the gruesome too. LOL. The light at the end of the tunnel I have this time versus the first time is I know for sure:
- I will have a sweet little baby boy to love and hold...on the outside of my body
- I will not be pregnant forever
- I will lose the baby weight
- I will eventually be able to bend over
- This time next year, I will have an almost 1 year old and an almost 3 year old who love me and give me hugs and kisses
- My boobs will eventually go back to a "normal" size
- I will be able to give myself a pedicure
- Everyday will be a new adventure