Pregnancy: 34 Weeks

Thursday, February 1, 2018
I haven't shared an update in over three weeks... definitely not intentional, but boy have I been a busy pregnant bee. For starters, I have been "diagnosed" with potential gestational diabetes. I opted out of taking the three-hour test (same outcome if I failed it or skipped it). My midwife has to treat me as she would a GD patient. I'm not really complaining, the pokes really aren't that bad. Secondly, my FAVORITE and only OB office I've actually used out here is closing for business as of well, yesterday. I had to find a new establishment, a new OB, and I'll likely have to find a new midwife as well. The good news? I am set on a hospital for delivery, baby boy is doing absolutely fabulous, and my best friend will be flying down the day of my birthday to spend time with her goddaughters while I deliver AND meet her new godson! That's a lot to take in, right? Let's dip into these highlights. I can't wait to share our growth with you guys! 
How Far Along: 34 weeks
Nicknames for baby: Our little pickle, baby Liam, sweet boy,
Size of baby: About the size of a cantaloupe (over 4.5 pounds)
Gender Prediction: It's a boy! Confirmed blood test at 12 weeks AND gender scan at 15 weeks.
Symptoms: Pelvic pressure GALORE, Braxton hicks, backaches, and morning sickness has returned with a vengeance.
Best moment this week: Seeing my son during our last 4D ultrasound. Also, receiving a stuffed animal that plays Liam's heartbeat.
Movement: Liam definitely still moves quite a bit, and it feels like a baby earthquake is happening inside my uterus when he moves these days. He's head down and I can sometimes feel his little but smudge up against the top of my belly.
Food Cravings: Probably chicken sandwiches again - ugh. It's been ugly over here. Especially because my craving almost always results in heartburn shortly after.
Food Aversions: Marina sauce. Each time I look at it, I get queasy.
What I Miss: Being able to sleep comfortably - I literally spend most of the night tossing and turning, hence insomnia. I miss being able to sleep on my stomach or my back.
Sleep: I am sleeping more during the day (when the girls take their naps) and it seems to help by the time nighttime comes around. I've been going to bed around 11pm every night and I'm not feeling too shabby come 630am.
Justin: My sweetheart has officially hit the nesting stage right along with me. Putting up baby gear, picking out Liam's first outfits for the hospital, and asking about child birthing classes I may want to attend. I find him talking about Liam SO much more than the last few months and I think it's because the reality is setting in pretty hardcore for him at this point. He continues to talk to his son with his hand on my belly, and he's just such a proud papa bear. I'm proud of him. It's amazing to watch this man get excited over our children. 
Ava: Sometimes I wobble in pain from a pinched nerve, or I cry because I'm highly emotional literally all the time - Ava can feel those vibes so heavily and I think they are impacting her in a way that I wish they wouldn't. She loves on me more, constantly asks if I'm okay, and even scolds her sister if Olivia runs into my belly a little too hard. While I wish I could hide and contain a lot of the pregnancy feels over here, I do appreciate that my sensitive girl is completely in tune with me. I remind her daily that mama is okay, but I'm not too sure she believes me entirely. 
Olivia: She's ready for baby brother to be here like NOW. Seriously. She had a tummy war with him last night and it was HILARIOUS. She laid her face on my belly and said, "Baby brother, MERE!" That means baby brother come here. She sees his face on every ultrasound, she sees all of his things slowly making their way all around our house... she's impatient and I don't blame her. I am too! 
What I am looking forward to this week: My appointment with my new OB facility on Friday. I'm hoping to get in there, be heard on my concerns, and hopefully set an induction date! *SURPRISE* GD patients are automatically induced! Good thing this isn't my first rodeo.
 Happy or moody most of the time: I am a happy, happy pregnant gal! My belly is growing, my son is healthy, and I'm almost positive I'll have a set induction date as of Friday. Things are falling into place in perfect time and I can only hope the delivery of my son mirrors the same tempo.  

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