Thankful: Baby, Family & Food
Can you believe Thanksgiving is already over and December is tomorrow?! Holy Cow! Time is flying and standing still all at the same time… let me explain with a Baby Winchell update… Linking up today with Erin for my weekend snapshot, Katie for MIMM and the weekly wrap!
The Thursday before I was 34 weeks (my preggo weeks start on Sat) I was feeling a weird pain under my belly button and went to the doc to make sure everything was OK. Turns out the “pain” was completely normal and most likely due to the fact that I had abs before I got pregnant and they were just stretching- fun. While I was there though, they did an internal exam just to make sure and I was 75% effaced (thinning of the cervix- 100% happens before birth) and 0 cm dilated (10 cm is pushing stage). The doc told me to stop exercising, just relax and don’t do much. Up until then, I had been doing the elliptical and body pump regularly.
I had a follow up appointment the following Tuesday (I was 34 weeks 3 days) and I had progressed to 90% effaced and 1 cm dilated, so she put me on bed rest. Can you imagine? ME on BED REST!? I’m only supposed to be on it until my 36 week appointment this week. It’s not THAT long and I know it will all be worth it, but it still sucks. Luckily I can work from home so I don’t have to take any vacation/sick time/short term disability.
It has been a really hard 2 weeks, both physically and emotionally. I don’t know how people do this for months! There are a few things that made it harder and they are probably my own fault. One being that I DO want her to come early. Not 6 weeks early, but not on her Dec 26 due date. That is a HORRIBLE birthday to have. December bdays suck but the closer you get to Christmas, the worse it is. The doctors made it seem like she could come anytime so I had Todd running all over the place getting everything we still needed- more newborn diapers, nursing tops for me, her take home outfit, ect.
I was all ready for her to come mentally and so excited to meet her. Not to mention, laying flat on the couch is way more uncomfortable than you’d think. But as the days passed and nothing happened, I started to get really down. I know I hype myself up about things really easily and that was the case here. I wanted her to come as early as safely possible and it just wasn’t/isn’t happening. It has nothing to do with my size- my belly is big but not THAT big- and everything to do with her birthday. I know that sounds rediculous, but it’s the truth.
Now that I’m 36 weeks, it is much more safe for her to come, so I’m hoping her debut is soon, but know that she could still go beyond her due date. Women can go WEEKS being dilated and effaced. I kind of wish the doc never told me my stats and didn’t make it as big of a deal so that I didn’t get exited. I am so thankful for my friends and family who have really helped and supported me. I’ve had several friends bring over ice cream and dinners since I wasn’t supposed to get up and cook or anything. My family, as always is there at the drop of a hat when I need them and Todd has been amazing putting up with my craziness.
At my 35 week appointment, I was given an hour or so off bed rest since I only progressed from 1cm to a loose 1cm dilated, so I was able to enjoy Thanksgiving at my grandma’s house 🙂 Everyone kept their phones away from the table, so I didn’t get any food pics, but I ate as much as this belly could hold and went with a grazing technique to fit in more goodness! Every year we also have a “Family” Thanksgiving that’s just my immediate family and we kept it simple this year with turkey, green beans, cranberry sauce, left overs from real Thanksgiving and my fave stuffing!
For dessert my mom made individual pumpkin bread puddings. At first, I didn’t want her to make dessert. Ummm remember that I can’t do a lick of exercise?! I was worried about “all the weight” I’m going to gain from being sedentary for 2 weeks. I know it’s not that much in the grand scheme of things, but I’m already feeling gross from doing nothing. Not to mention, I REALLY like stuffing. Like, I finished off the rest of the stuffing in the pan with the help of my sister. I got over it though and had dessert. I’m glad I did. My mom is such an amazing cook AND baker. It was DELICIOUS.
I am SO THANKFUL that Baby Winchell has made it to a safer time to be born. I know the doctors want her to make it to 37 weeks, but she’d be fine if she came now and again, I am thankful for that. A healthy baby beats a good birthday date. Like I said before I am over the moon thankful for my family who has counciled and supported me through this tough time. And of course for my friends, who check up on me and like my family, feed me 🙂 I know I’m a few days late, but I hope everyone had a happy Thanksgiving and has something to be thankful for <3
What are you thankful for?
Do you like bread pudding?
PS I’m thankful for all my readers, too! You guys are a great support system and I can’t believe some of you have followed me for so long. It really means a lot <3