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    I had my 30 week OB appointment today. Everything is still looking great! Baby's HB was in the 140s, doc says she is head down (please let her stay that way!), my BP was good (124/80), and I found out that I barely passed the glucose test (by one point! ). He wanted me to start doing appts every 2 weeks, but I have a trip coming up, so my next appt is in 3 weeks & then we go to 2 weeks.

    I have to say that I am such a space cadet when I go to my doc appointments; I seriously always forget all the things I was planning on asking! The big thing I was wondering is whether I'll get another u/s before the baby arrives & if so, when? DH hasn't been coming to the doc appts lately because they are kind of boring (I don't blame him, how fun is it to watch your wife get her BP taken & uterus measured?), but now he's all concerned they'll do a u/s & he's going to miss it. I told him that IF they do another one, it probably won't be until near the end. So hopefully I'm right.

    Still in rib pain hell. I'm working on my posture & that seems to help a bit. It's all worth it for this little baby though!

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    9 weeks to go! Holy cow, I remember celebrating BEING 9 weeks.

    Ribs are still killing me, but I found a solution to make it more tolerable. I just undo my bra anytime I'm sitting & the lack of pressure from the underwire seems to help a lot. We have a lot of driving in the next few weeks & I was dreading it because of that, but now I think I can survive okay.

    Sleeping is also getting just flat out awful. I can't get comfy & when I finally do, I get weird muscle cramps in my thighs from all my new acquired body weight (my guess anyway). Then rolling over is like a circus act. I now sleep with a pillow under my belly at all times. I actually found some stretchmarks on the side of my bum/thigh a few days ago & think it is from sleeping since that is the only place I have them so far & they are mainly just on the one side. So now I'm paranoid that I'm going to make them worse. Sheesh! Oh well, what do ya do?

    I don't mean to complain so much, I really do think it is all worth it. I just have a hard time seeing my reward right now, KWIM? Sometimes it suddenly hits me that I have a baby in there & it totally freaks me out (in a good way) & I get all excited again. I feel her moving all the time, but it is hard to imagine that it's a person doing all that moving. SO excited to see her!

    My shower is in a week and a half!! Can't wait to score some goodies (especially since we still own nothing!). I've had a few people call with questions on stuff I need & it sounds like we're going to get some great things.

    Work is pure he!! right now & I can't wait to leave. Only 6.5 weeks left & it can't come soon enough.

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    It's been a rough past few days. I did some heavy house cleaning on Saturday including cleaning my wood floors with this huge heavy mop. Saturday night, I started feeling a bit "off" at dinner, but figured I was just dehydrated. Sunday morning I woke up with the worst back pain & just attributed it to the mopping. Sunday night, I couldn't sleep at all because I was in so much pain. I eventually gave in and started taking Tylenol (I've tried really hard to tough things out and use as little medication as possible during this pregnancy). Monday I was full on miserable, and started getting nauseous, lightheaded, crampy, & cold sweats. Didn't think much of it until someone mentioned the flu was going around the office...great. Then I started having a TON of Braxton-Hicks contractions and that really freaked me out. Ended up leaving work early because I was afraid I was going to pass out & went home to take a bath. That helped a bit, but not a ton...afterwards I just sort of rotated between the couch and the bed to try to sleep, but no luck; I was just miserable. Tried to drink as much water as possible, but it was making me more nauseous. Just before bed, I took some Benadryl to see if that would help me sleep & luckily I was able to sleep somewhat decently. Was still having the BH's, but not as frequently so I decided to wait a day to see what happened before I called my OB's office. Today I woke up feeling pretty crappy but I knew I couldn't skip work because I'm the only person who does my job & I am so busy right now. At work, I went back and forth between feeling okay and feeling horrible - it was really weird. But the BH's slowed down and didn't come very often, so I wasn't too awfully worried. I should also mention that I have been feeling my little girl move a ton during this whole thing which I decided was also a good sign. Finally left work this afternoon once I got enough done to justify doing so & started having BH's again! So I called my OB's office and spoke to his nurse who told me that I'm probably just really dehydrated & to drink a ton of fluid, eat popsicles, and take a warm bath. I thought it was kind of interesting that my body "knew" what to do before being told by the nurse since I'd been doing baths & fluids. She also told me that as long as the BH's don't increase in intensity and/or get painful or start getting into a rhythm, that I should be okay to just relax it out at home if I feel comfortable doing so, but that I was welcome to come in if I felt like I needed to. I told her that I think I can get through it, I just needed reassurance that the BH's weren't going to start labor to which she responded that my uterus was probably just telling me it was irritated. So I guess I just need to relax a bit for a few more days until this all goes away. I can't believe how miserable being sick is while pregnant - I can't take anything for it & I can't sleep it off because I'm uncomfortable sleeping anyway. *sigh* I'm feeling so-so right now, but as far as I'm concerned, that is a good sign because it means it WILL go away eventually. This back pain is awful though...I can hardly stand to sit at my desk at work. Anyway...we'll see how the next few days go. I have my first baby shower this weekend!

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    Not a whole lot going on. Finally over that nasty flu bug or whatever I had...of course, now I have a UTI. Oh well, it is nowhere near as awful as what I had last week!! I have an OB appt this afternoon, so hopefully he can give me something to clear it up. I had my first baby shower last weekend! It was pretty small since it was with my family that lives out of town, but still very nice. Got a lot of cute outfits (mostly in bigger sizes too!), a pad & sheet for the crib, a jogger stroller (from my dad & stepmom ), a bouncy/vibrating chair, some diapers & wipes, and a few little blankets. We still need a lot more stuff for her, but it is nice to feel like we are at least started. Not to mention, we were able to pick up the (free!) crib and we now have that all set up too. Now I just need to pick the bumpers and stuff...I found a set I really like, but can't decide if it is "the one" or not I have such a hard time committing to "big" things like that. Maybe I'll have a little spare time to look online today for a few things.

    I have all next week off work & I'm soooo excited! Seems like everyone is just passing sicknesses around the office right now, so it'll be nice to not be around that for a bit. Plus we are going to the lake so that'll be really nice. I'm going to spend as much time swimming/floating as possible...that should improve my body aches! It's going to be really hot (100+) but I don't care...it's a heck of a lot better than working! When I get home from vacation, I only have 4 more weeks of work, but I'm not sure I'm even going to stay that long; it all depends on whether the girl that is taking over my job picks up on her new duties quickly or not. Honestly, if I stay until the end of July like I'm planning on, I'll be just over 38 weeks. I can't believe how fast that is coming up! I'll be 33 weeks tomorrow...time flies when you're getting fat I guess! Speaking of getting fat, I have tons of broken blood vessels on the side of my butt! I thought it was a bunch of stretchmarks, but on further examination (lol), I can see that it is really blood vessels. So hopefully those will eventually go away because my bum looks like a war zone right now.

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    I haven't updated the journal in a while. The last few weeks have been pretty uneventful, but life itself has been quite busy. I'm working on training my replacement at work & that is stressing me out to the max, not to mention causing me to work a lot of extra hours. Hopefully it will all pay off soon. We were able to take a nice long vacation over the 4th of July & it was much needed!! I was able to relax & swim everyday & that made a world of difference in how I feel; my back/ribs felt normal again, the little bit of swelling I have went away, and I got some great sleep. Now that we are back to the "real world", the relief was short-lived and I'm back to being uncomfortable, but that's okay - I'm soooo close now! I am starting get a bit of the "nesting" bug if that's what you want to call it. I just am suddenly worried that baby girl is going to come early & I won't be ready for her as far as "stuff" goes. Mentally, I am totally ready for her so that's good, but I don't have the bare essentials for her arrival like onesies, diapers, receiving blankets, etc. I have a 2nd shower in a week and a half, so I'm trying so hard to hold out from buying things until after that, but it is really hard because I know I'd feel better if I just bought a bunch of things. But I know that I'll get a lot of them, so I need to just hold tight for a bit longer. Anyway...little girly's name has finally been settled on & I'm really excited about it. And she is moving like crazy still which I love despite it actually hurting sometimes. 5 more weeks!!

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    My last shower is this weekend & I'm soooo excited to get it done and over with so I can go buy everything else I need and finally be ready for our little girl to come! Wow, 30 days until my due date. I am starting to freak out a bit...I mean, in a month we will have a baby! I just cannot fathom that happening. I don't think I'll believe it until she's here. Yikes. Plus I've been pretty relaxed about the whole labor thing this whole time but am starting to get just a bit nervous. I really don't handle pain all that well, so we'll see how it goes.

    Anyway, things are going pretty well. I'm starting to feel very pregnant and ready to be done though. When she moves around, my whole stomach has to move with her....she's just getting so big! Plus I'm starting to get wicked muscle aches and pains all over in my abdomen & pelvis. Have I mentioned that my rear looks like I got attacked by a lion?! Still no stretch marks on my belly (not holding my breath just yet), but my behind seriously looks haggard. Oh well, at least that is easy to hide. I am getting tired from the smallest tasks now, although I feel better than I thought I might at this point. Cleaning takes me almost twice as long because I have to do it more carefully and slowly now so I don't hurt myself. Honestly, I am a bit sick of needing so much help to do everything, but at least I'm getting better at accepting it. I only have about 2 more weeks of work left then I'm done

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    Just thought I'd do a quick update on my last doc appt. Blood pressure is good & I'm up about 30 pounds but they are happy with the number so I just grit my teeth. Baby's heartbeat is strong & I asked him if she had twisted around since I'm feeling jabs on both sides now (before I was just feeling her bum on my right), but he says she is still facing the left, so she must just be super flexible! Then he did the Strep B test (which was just horrible IMO...worse than a pap - never thought "a quick swab" could hurt!), and he checked to see if I was dilated (also not the most fun thing, but probably worsened by the swab he did 2 seconds before). He said I'm sealed up tight, so I guess that is good since we are so not ready for her to come out yet, and quite honestly I would like her to bake at least 2 more weeks to be closer to term (especially since I think her due date is 5 days ahead of what it should be). But I did have a small ounce of hope that I would be at least a weeeee bit dilated so I felt like something was happening. Oh well, I'm trying to not get my hopes up until my 38 week appointment for any type of progress. I kept saying I thought she would come about a week and a half early, but suddenly I feel like she is literally never going to come unless we force her out. I guess we'll see what happens!!

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    Haven't updated in a while...

    Been having a lot of pressure and soreness "down there" and the occasional contraction (what I think are "real" ones because they are a lot more uncomfortable than the BH's that I've been having). At my 37 week appt, I didn't get an internal check because the doc was out on a delivery, so I'm hoping at my appt tomorrow I'll have made a bit of progress. Just something so I feel like I'm not going to be pregnant forever (because it sure feels like that right now!). My newest "trick" is swelling over that last week or so...my feet, legs, and ankles are getting it the worst & look like I've inflated them at the end of the day - it is seriously ridiculous. Hopefully that'll all disappear once little miss comes out!

    I'm getting nervous because I know the "big day" is going to be here very soon! I think I'm more nervous about having a baby to take care of than labor itself, but honestly, the labor thing is making me a little anxious too. All I can do it hope that everything goes smoothly. A lot of girls on my BB have had their babies already, it's crazy! I guess it really is happening...yikes I've said all along that I think she'll come early, but now that I'm down to the wire, I'm worried I'll have to get induced because she won't want to come on her own. Oh well, at this point, I don't care how she gets here as long as it is safely.

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    Just got home from my OB appointment. She is doing really well still & her heartbeat is in the 140's as usual. The "bad news" is that I'm not dilated at all. The doc said that could mean I just will go into labor without dilating before hand and just have a really long labor (great!) or maybe I'll get lucky and something will happen in the next week or so. IDK, I'm just so ready to have her here, I was really hoping to have made some progress...even a fingertip dilated would have made me happy. Oh well...I guess she is just too comfy in there to come out anytime soon.

    DH told me last night he thinks she'll be one day late. I'm rooting for the 8th of August (8/8 is a good birthday!), so we'll see who is closer - hopefully me because I think I'll cry if I still pregnant on my due date.

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    After being pretty down about my lack of progress at my last doctor appointment, I've finally accepted that she is going to come on her own time schedule & not on mine. I also realized that every day she isn't here is one more day to get things done and one more night of good sleep that I can take advantage of. So life is good and I'm trying to get everything I can possibly think of done before she does decide to come out. It has just hit me the last few days that she is going to be here really, really soon and that this is all really happening. I'm sure that sounds a bit crazy, but it has all been so surreal up to this point that I can't even imagine that change that is about to happen in our lives. I'm so excited for her to come join us, but at the same time, I'm totally going to miss being pregnant. I've had it pretty darn easy and haven't gotten so big that I feel like I'm going to explode or anything, so I just haven't gotten to the point where I just want to not be pregnant anymore & doubt I'l get there in the next week or two before she comes. I'll miss feeling her wiggle around constantly and trying to figure out how she is positioned in there. And the last few weeks of constantly wondering if every little thing is a sign of labor has been oddly exciting. It is just sad that it is all going to come to an end, but I'm really looking forward to moving on to the next phase with our baby. I'm thinking she'll be here by next Saturday at the latest, but who knows....only time will tell! I have a hair cut scheduled for Tuesday which I desperately need, so hopefully I make that at least or else I'll probably end up with sad hair for another month!

    DH was asking some birth questions last night, and somehow we got talking about induction in case it were to come down to that & I mentioned that a good friend had gone a week over her due date, so they induced her and her baby was like 9 1/2 pounds! DH looks at me and says, "is no way there is a 9 pounder in there!" I get told a lot that I look really small, but I assumed DH thought I was huge! It was cute. He was also like, "You really haven't gotten that big. I mean, you can tell you have a belly, but you aren't huge like a lot of girls seem to get." Thanks DH for making me feel less whale-like for a minute!
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