37 Weeks with Baby # 2!

How far Along: 37 weeks 3 days today!

Size of Baby: I know that it varies, but according to one of my favorite websites, The Bump, our little jelly bean is the size of a winter melon…or about 18.9 – 20.9 inches long and anywhere from 6.5 – 9.5 pounds! 

Total Weight Gain/Loss: Iā€™m down 2 pounds from my pre-pregnancy weight. I’m hoping to keep steady at my current weight until delivery…less than two weeks to go!

Maternity Clothes: I tried to wear one of my old T-shirts to bed the other day. Needless to say it was a pretty hilarious sight! I definitely am needing maternity clothes ALL the time! šŸ™‚

Gender: It’s a BOY! See our reveal photo here! We are 100% set on a first name AND his middle name! Woo hoo! Our little man finally has an identity šŸ™‚

Belly Button In/Out: Flat as a pancake! 

Stretch Marks: My stomach is a lot bigger this time around, so yes, I do have a few new stretch marks.

Labor Signs: Braxton Hicks like CRAZY! When I bend over, I feel like the baby is coming out, too. He is head down according to our ultrasound last week, so I assume it’s just his position!

Movement: I am going to miss his daily hiccups and rolls and punches šŸ™‚ He is still moving great and passing all of his NSTs with flying colors!

Sleep: Sleep is pretty painful these days. I have to switch positions often and it hurts all over.

Cravings/Aversions: ICE CREAM! Even though I can’t have it šŸ™

Symptoms: I’m SO uncomfortable, guys. SO uncomfortable. Not to be confused with me complaining…it’s just the truth. (I am thankful to be this uncomfortable!) I can barely walk without being in pain, I get charlie horses in my legs and in my groin (didn’t know that was possible) ALL the time, and it’s an Olympic event just to get off of the couch or recliner! Haha. I can definitely tell that this baby is bigger than Jonah simply by how my body is responding.

Feeling: I feel great aside from the aches, pains, and general state of uncomfortable-ness šŸ™‚

Best Moment this Week: We have a date set as to when we’ll get to meet our second sweet baby boy!

What I Miss: Nothing. Except maybe being able to shave my legs, hah! 

What I’m Looking Forward To: I’m looking forward to starting Maternity Leave and having our little boy in my arms!

Milestones: We are full term this week! Yay! šŸ™‚

Baby Milestones: Baby boy is practicing inhaling, exhaling, sucking, gripping, and blinking šŸ™‚

Next Appointment: Thursday, October 9th, Monday October 13th, and Thursday October 16th are my next and final NSTs! šŸ™‚

If you are a Facebook friend of mine, or you follow me on Instagram, then I have been alluding to us having an appointment today with our Maternal Fetal Medicine (MFM) doctor from Magee’s in Pittsburgh. My OB is affiliated with Magee’s, so anything that I do is run through them as well. It’s been so nice knowing I’ve had extra sets of eyes on me this entire pregnancy, especially since being diagnosed with Gestational Diabetes so early on. Anyway, on September 30th, when I was 36 weeks, we had a growth ultrasound to determine how big baby is measuring. To make a long story very short, baby boy was measuring 8 pounds 12 ounces over a week ago. Yes, cue freak out mode. However, my MFM assured me today that my sugars have been STELLAR, I haven’t gained any weight, and baby has been rocking his NSTs. Typically with a Gestational Diabetes baby, they gain all the weight in their stomachs. Our baby, is just big…proportionally big šŸ™‚ She said this is just most likely genetics and I didn’t do anything “wrong” to cause him to be so large. The problem with him measuring so big is that babies pack on the pounds those last few weeks of pregnancy, typically half a pound a week. I won’t insult your intelligence, I know you can do the math. Bottom line? He’s going to be a chunk!
Now, yes, I know that these ultrasounds can be wrong. I know that they can be off up to two pounds either way. I also know that they are more inaccurate the further along you are, which is why growth scans typically aren’t done beyond 36 weeks. However, I just have this motherly instinct that this baby is big. First of all, I can FEEL it in how I am carrying him. I can feel a difference in how much pain I am in compared to my pregnancy with Jonah.  He even LOOKS bigger on the ultrasound photos. (I cannot wait to kiss his chubby cheeks!).
I delivered Jonah at 39 weeks 4 days, and he weighed 7 pounds 13 ounces. His head was getting stuck in my birth canal, and at the last minute needed vacuum assistance to be born. It was actually really terrifying. If this baby is measuring how he is predicted to be, then he would almost without a doubt also need vacuum assistance because his head is already measuring much larger than Jonah’s was. This on the back of my mind has caused a lot of worry and anxiety.
After talking with my OB at every NST for the past two weeks, and also having heart to hearts with the sweetest nurse that always takes care of me while I’m on the monitor, (and of course talking it over with Kevin) we (I) have decided to have a scheduled c-section at 39 weeks to deliver our little sweet pea. This decision has NOT been easy. It has been everything BUT easy. A c-section is the last thing I want…especially with a not-even-two-year-old at home that I won’t be able to lift. There is no right or wrong answer. Yes, I know the baby could actually be smaller than what they are predicting. Yes, I know that I could try laboring and see how it progresses. The truth is, I am trying to take myself out of the equation and think of what is best for baby. If he is as big as they are predicting (and I believe he will be at least 9 pounds) I do not want him to be in any sort of distress. More importantly, I do not want to risk him breaking or dislocating a shoulder (or worse) on the way out. These are all possibilities due to his size, my build, and my past delivery with Jonah.
Pregnancy is HARD. Delivery is HARD. This choice was HARD. There is no right or wrong, like I’ve said. I could try laboring and delivering naturally and maybe have no problems…but I’m trusting my gut on this one. I’m not looking for reasons as to why I should or should not have a c-section. It’s been a difficult choice to make and a decision that was not taken lightly. My OBs are AMAZING. They told me that I could do whatever I wanted. I know many people have had experiences with OBs pushing them into a c-section. I can 100% without a doubt in my mind say that this NEVER happened here. They have been wonderful, and have made me feel so wonderful about this whole situation. I’m so glad to be under the care that they provide, because it is nothing short of spectacular.
I apologize to have gotten so winded. I guess what I am trying to say is that baby boy # 2’s Birthday will be Tuesday, October 21st! Unless of course I go into labor before that on my own. I am still coming to terms with my decision, and thankfully I have an amazing husband and family that cheer me on no matter what. I can’t wait for you all to meet him, and I can’t thank you all for YOUR support. It’s been an amazing journey with so many of you by my side!
Thank you for being here šŸ™‚ Please keep us in your prayers!
Oh, I almost forgot! Here are a few 37 week photos:

And 37 weeks with Jonah šŸ™‚

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