36 Weeks!

Here I am at 36 weeks (as of 5/27)!  I’m almost considered full term! Whoa!

Swollen feet, increased Braxton Hicks, decreased brain power… but relatively feeling good! I’ve been able to unpack boxes and even make dinner the past two nights.  I am REALLY wanting to make chocolate chip cookies today, but that would require a trip to the store…. we will have to see how that works out for me.

The new house is amazing!  I love the house, the community, and the location!  I’m in love. So glad we got in just under the buzzer!  I’ve got enough clean clothes for her in case she decides to come early, and her bassinet is set up and ready to go too!  I’m wondering if that nesting thing is going to set in before she gets here so I can get EVERYTHING ready!  I guess we will see….

Here is my belly!  Is it just me, or does this look A LOT lower than last week?  Doctors appointment is tomorrow and then I’ll be on a weekly schedule! AHHH! 🙂

Belly 36

10,000 Views and The All Time Favorite

Well, ladies and gentlemen, I have just passed 10,000 views in under a year.  I know some blogs get 10,000 views a day, but I am so proud of this blog and the things I’ve been able to share.  I know it seems like I’ve strayed from my original purpose of explaining fertility issues, but I have had reason to celebrate my weekly pregnancy roll-overs that I thought I’d never have.  I know a lot of those in the infertility world decide to keep the blogs free of bump pictures, for fear of making others sad, and I completely understand.  I avoided bump pictures like the plague when I was struggling.  I was always happy for those ladies, but even attempting to claim that those pictures never bothered me would be insanity.  I know I’ve lost a lot of my regular readers because of the change, but I am always hopeful that once they achieve their pregnancies, they will come back and be okay with reading my updates.

I will always be infertile, and in a few years we will go through an FET with our two frozen embryos.  I will be right back into the swing of fertility treatments.  For now, I plan on continuing my updates until I pop.  Once I pop, I’m going to switch over to a blog with my real name and real information.  It will not have anything to do with infertility.  In fact, I won’t even mention how my daughter was conceived.  I will probably discuss my PCOS, but that is all.  My personal (real) blog will be about becoming a mom.  All the new things I will learn and do for my little one.  If any of you are interested in this new blog, I will post a link to it in a few weeks (once she makes her appearance).  I will only post the link for one week.  I never want that blog traced back to this one.  I do not want my entire world to find out what I went through.

So, there you have it!

In other news, having to do with my 10,000 views.  I have to tell you my number one searched for thing that leads people to my blog.  I’m not sure you’ll ever believe it, but the number one thing that leads new people to my blog is “how to make yourself infertile.”  Now, this can be taken two ways.  Some people are finding my by trying to figure out what NOT to do, because they don’t want to become infertile, but others are finding me because they WANT to become infertile.  Mostly men, actually.  I hope that once they find my blog, and read my entry about what not to do to become infertile, they may change their mind on trying to make themselves infertile.  Who knows though?  To each their own, but I will warn you, men who want to become infertile, you may not want that for the rest of your lives.  If you are young and want to do that because you think it would be nice to go around banging anything that moves without possible complications of pregnancy, than you are an idiot.  You need to worry about STD’s.  You need to worry about what sex means.  You need to think for a few seconds about the future and whether you want children.  Give it a whirl, guys.  And for those who are truly interested in figuring out what to do to prevent becoming infertile, bravo.  I will try to learn more about this and post more tips when I get back into the swing of infertility updates.

So, ladies and gentlemen.  Thank you so much for reading and showing an interest in my life and my struggles.  I hope I have brought you information, laughs, and hope for the future.  I hope to continue doing these things for as long as I have something semi-interesting to discuss.

One more thing before I go.  I went to a friends baby shower today.  I was sitting with a table of girls who were talking about how they hope they don’t have ugly babies because they aren’t sure they could love them.  One girl even said that if she has a girl she’ll sell it to China, because girls are horrible.  I know that most of the giggling girls at the table have no understanding of what it means to not be able to get pregnant.  I actually left the shower early because I was so moody.  Although I would never wish infertility on my worst enemy, I just wish people would take a few seconds to THINK before they say such nasty things.  This is why this blog is so necessary.  This is why our blogging community is so special.  We all understand and support one another.  You all are amazing ladies and men.  Thank you for being a huge part of my life this past year!  And many more as we continue on into our journeys and adventures!

35 Weeks!

Wowzers… Woo!

Okay, so I’m still feeling pretty good.  The hemorrhoids are getting worse.  I think I’m going to have to get something to at least keep the aching away.  I have a friend who told me that she made pads for after delivery.  She put witch hazel on them and put them in the freezer.  I think I’m going to do the same.  Should help with the pain from pushing her out, as well as the hemorrhoid pain, which is sure to get worse after delivery.  Is it too early to sit on one of those doughnut cushions? Ha!

I spoke with the OB about the chiropractor.  She said that she’s not sure what happened, but that it would be best to not have anymore adjustments during the pregnancy.  I agreed.  I then went in and talked to the Chiropractor that I like and explained what happened and why I wouldn’t be coming in for a while.  He understood, but he also had no idea why the adjustment caused me so much pain.  I guess I’m just a special case.  The back pain is still the same if I’m not laying in the recliner or laying down to sleep, so there is no hope that adjustments will help that anyway.  My biggest problem is going to be the leg pain while I’m sleeping, but I’ll take it over the (mental) trauma of a horrible adjustment.

We should be able to do the final walk-through of our house today! Yippy!  We should be moving in on Thursday —- I hope I hope!  I am ready to nest!

Here is my belly!  I know I missed a picture from last week…. We’ve actually missed two pictures of my full body transformation that we take in front of the white board.  We’ve been busy/tired/lazy.   I think my belly looks outrageously bigger.  I wish it was possible for you all to SEE the foot that is constantly poking out of my side.  It’s pretty wild and completely amazing.

Belly 35

34 Weeks!

I am very excited to be at 34 weeks (as of 5/13).  Although I feel like 34 weeks is far along, I also feel like I’ve been pregnant for three years now.  I think all of the infertility treatments + the entire pregnancy has just extended the feeling of the entire pregnancy.  Maybe that’s just crazy talk?

I’m glad I still have a few weeks (as long as everything goes as planned) because our closing on our house (supposed to be tomorrow) has been moved to next Wednesday.  Apparently someone thought it would be a good idea to change appraisal laws and payment, and now all the appraisers suck and don’t do anything on time.  Why should they? They apparently don’t get penalized for being slow and horrible.  Ugh.

Along with our disappointing house news, I also had a terrible experience at the Chiropractor today.  I always go on Tuesday because I am familiar with that particular chiropractor.  The other guy there is a newbie and, no offense, but I am not trusting my pregnant body to a new guy….. or so I’ve been telling myself.  Today I was unpleasantly surprised to find that the new guy was there instead of my normal guy.  Usually I would have said “no thanks” and come back on Thursday, but since we were supposed to be MOVING on Thursday, I thought I’d go ahead.  I’ve been having a really bad pain in the right side of my back that they’ve been trying to work out.  The stand up popping was working for a couple weeks, but it stopped being enough.  The new guy wanted to try a different way.  He had me get on my hands and knees and he pushed my back in some strange way.  The pain was horrible.  It was all I could do to keep from crying until I got to my car.  Right after the adjustment I couldn’t even stand up the pain across the top of my belly was so bad.  Instead of asking me if I was okay, he looked at me and said “wow, I’ve never heard of that hurting anyone before.  Weird.”  I cried in my car for 20 minutes before I could leave.  I also wanted to make sure that the little one was moving before I went home.  I was ready to drive straight to the doctors office to check on her.  The pain was so intense, there is no way she didn’t feel some part of it.  I’m still worried and still staying vigilant.  I’m looking for any extra leaking or contractions (I’ve still never had one). Am I being paranoid?  I don’t care, it was horrible.  I’m considering not going back for the rest of the pregnancy.  My back is still hurting just as bad as it was before the adjustment.  I think I’ll just grin and bear it.

Other than all that fun stuff, everything is pretty standard.  I have an appointment on Friday!  Peeing in the cup is becoming particularly troublesome…. I can’t even see my feet, so trying to see my goods is impossible.  Just listening for the pee hitting plastic and you’ve won!

No belly picture this week…. today has been a crap-shoot and I just want to curl up in bed and try to sleep.  I think a bath might be in order tonight too!  For now, I shall finish watching my TV shows and lay on my heating pad and try not to cry when I think about the chiropractor today.  Yes, even though I can no longer feel the pain, I have still been crying occasionally.  That’s how scary and painful it was.  Ah!

33 Weeks

…as of yesterday, 5/6/2013.

I am so tired.  I feel like she’s tripled in size since last week.

I went to the chiropractor today.  Apparently my horrible back pain is being caused by a big ol’ belly pushing my ribs up, while my giant boobs push my rib cage down.  They are battling for heaviest part of my body.  Belly is winning, of course.  You should have seen the look of pity on his face when he thought I only had four weeks left and I informed him that it could be up to eight.  It was pretty sad, for both of us.  At the beginning of the appointment he walked in and said “wow, the change in your whole demeanor from last week to this week is pretty crazy.”  I guess I’m starting to look as rough as I feel.

I’m still excited for every kick and movement I feel from her!  I’m glad I still have quite a few weeks left though.  With the move coming up, I’m going to need them!  I’m ready to actually take all of her things out of boxes and KNOW what we have and don’t have!  After three showers, we are still in need of a car seat, stroller, car seat bases (2), changing pad, breast pump, bottles, hamper…..  I guess cute outfits are much more fun to buy than necessities.  I am very grateful for what we got though!

Here is my belly…. it could still have EIGHT WEEKS to grow!  I am just so confused as to how that is a possibility.  The goal is to take it as easy as possible and just patiently wait for her arrival.  *twiddles thumbs*

Belly 33

Where Did This Gas Come From?

Okay, I’m 33 weeks today, but I’m not doing my update because I had no reason to get into real clothes today, so no reason to take a belly shot.

Other than hitting a wall in the energy department, I am also experiencing some horrid gas.  I’m talking like, three hours straight of burping.  I’m guessing this is because she has recently relocated to my left side?  She’s been pretty much to the right since I’ve been able to feel her, but now she’s switched and the gas is just awful.  Maybe it has nothing to do with her position and everything to do with the room becoming scarce in there?  Any tips out there, my lovely lady friends?

32 Week Checkup

Everything is looking great!  Heartbeat strong and I only gained 2lbs.  I have no idea how that is possible with the amount of sweets I’ve been stuffing my face with, but yay!

The doctor says my hemorrhoid problem is probably only going to get worse because of the weight of the uterus and whatnot, but since I’ve dealt with this problem off and on since high school, I’m not worried about it.

I asked if my hubby needs the Tdap.  I was told yes.  I wish they had told me that 15 weeks ago when they asked if I had it.  That seems like it should all go together “have you had the Tdap?  Has your husband?”  Oh well, I’ll get him in to get his shot soon.

For now, everything is good to go!  Next appointment is the 17th!