(Bathroom at therapy 35 weeks plus a few days)
I have zero trust in being able to read my body. Last time I had several bouts of false labor so when real labor came it was the same, until it wasn't and by then we were already almost half way to the hospital. The only reason I agreed to go to the hospital was because my MW said she would induce if this wasn't actual labor since I was scheduled to be induced in the morning anyway. So while I really want to go into labor myself and would a non-induced natural labor I'm really hoping that nothing happens before the induction. But then again, I can't help but want things to be done naturally. But once those contractions start I'm sure that all fear is going to set in that I won't make it to the hospital in time. Just because my last labor was 3 hours from stage 1 to delivery doesn't mean that this one will be like that. My MW told me of a mom of 6 who's 5th was really really fast and the next was 12 hours. So....... My thoughts are all over the place as you can see.
My varicose veins in my right leg are completely managed (pain wise) with compression hose and a compression sock. The minute I take them off at night they start heating up and puff up like someone started inflating them. Crazy stuff! I do have SPD which at first I thought was my varicose veins in the pelvic area but after doing research and finding out about SPD my symptoms fit perfectly. It's basically where the pelvic bones spread too far apart. While my MW was not familiar with SPD she agreed that it was the perfect diagnosis and made perfect sense because she can't even find my pelvic bone when she does my fundal height reading. There is not much to be done for it other than to learn how to manage the pain (which involves all sorts of moving, walking, climbing stairs, rolling over in bed, carrying anything, even my purse, getting dressed, etc). I've had 3 therapy sessions to work on strengthening the muscles and trying to pull the bones back together. I can't say that I think it's helping much but I have (by trial and error) learned that shoes play a HUGE roll in the pain. Either barefoot or running shoes are the only things that don't aggregate the situation and I hate wearing running shoes unless I am exercising. Ugh.
(36 weeks headed out to our anniversary dinner)
It took me so long to post this I've been for my 36 week check up too. : ) Charlie is indeed a boy and he's head down. His estimated weight is 6 pounds 4 ounces. They were pretty spot on with Eva's weight so we'll see. Everything measured about a week ahead but he does have a big head. Ugh. My fluid level is borderline low at 8 so next week they will do another ultrasound just to check the fluid. I am about 2 cm, head pressed against the cervix, and still thick. I've officially hit 150 pounds for the time ever and you know what? I don't even care right now. It's been a rough few days. Eva has a virus that has a caused her mouth and tongue to break out in blisters and she is SO SO miserable. All her gums are swelled and bloody between her teeth and she even has some blisters around the outside of her mouth. Her fever comes and goes and her noses runs like made and she drools like you wouldn't belief. It doesn't help that she is cutting her stomach and eye teeth too. She's on some medicine and we also have some lidocaine to apply so she can eat and drink. She's been up constantly the last few nights and this mama is TIRED, physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually, everything. Oh and did I mention that I have a painful knot in the various vein in the bend of my knee? Yeah, waiting on a call from the MW to find out what to do.