34 Weeks | 35 Weeks

Saturday, January 2, 2016


How far along: 34 weeks

Baby Size: Hope is the size of a pineapple!

Weight gain: down .5 pounds from last week, so up about 11 pounds overall

Maternity clothes: oh yes!

Stretch marks: no

Sleep: occasionally I sleep all night other than the 2-3 potty breaks, but usually not! 

Best moment this week: we had another ultrasound this week and got to see Hope in 3D - finally! They have tried to capture her face in 3D several times now and the little stinker always shifts just as they're getting the 3D wand! But this time, we got to see her and she has chubby cheeks, big lips and a dimpled chin like her mom :)
It was also Christmas this week, and we spent the holiday with A's parents. Hope had her own stocking, complete with her name on it, and was spoiled with clothes, toys and books come Christmas morning! 

Looking forward to: celebrating Christmas #2 with my mom and stepdad next week

What I miss: eggnog with a little somethin' somethin' in it

Movement: yep! But there are definitely more defined periods of sleeping - more like a newborn

Food cravings: all things Christmas: candy, cookies, honeybaked ham! 

Anything making you queasy or sick: nope

Gender: GIRL!

Labor Signs: no

Symptoms: didn't have my BP checked this week because we were just in for an ultrasound, but I completed my oh-so-fun 24-hour urine test to rule our pre-eclampsia 

Belly Button in or out? still in, believe it or not

Wedding rings on or off? On

Mood: Merry and bright! 

Nursery: looking for white blackout curtains like a madwoman! Bought a sweet lamp that matches her new ceiling light. 


Hope has now surpassed Penny, who clocks in at just barely over 5 lbs!
How far along: 35 weeks

Baby Size: Hope is the size of a canary melon (whatever that is), or about 5.5 lbs. BUT - at our growth check this week, she is estimated to be at 6 pounds already!

Weight gain: up 1.5 lbs from last week; up 13 lbs overall 

Maternity clothes: gotta love 'em! Had to buy a new pair of maternity jeans to get me through the next few weeks and it was a great move. 

Stretch marks: nope

Sleep: not well! My mind is what's keeping me up half the time. 

Best moment this week: (tied for most "things just got real" moment of the week): At our MFM and U/S appointment this week, my BP was up - again. Thankfully, the results of my 24-hour urine test came back normal (no pre-eclampsia!) BUT having a consistently high BP for the last few visits places me in the Gestational Hypertension category (if I wasn't already seeing a specialist, I would be now according to my doc). So...my doc casually said that he isn't going to wait to let me go into labor naturally, as we'd discussed 2 weeks ago - but he will INDUCE at about 37.5 weeks - which is IN TWO WEEKS! Ummmm, what?! I am SOOOO excited to meet this baby but having 2-3 weeks of prep time evaporate is stressful!

We also toured the NICU and had a consult with a neonatologist - just in case her abdomen issue (which is still an unknown) requires special care. I have to tell you, I feel like we are in really good hands and the visit got a lot of my questions answered! It really put my mind at ease. 

Looking forward to: meeting my baby girl in 10-15 days! Holy smokes!

What I miss: being able to toast with real bevy at midnight on NYE!

Movement: yes, but Hope definitely has her sleep patterns down pat! She's sleepy mid-morning, super active all afternoon and most of the evening, and it's hit or miss during the night. 

Food cravings: not really - I think I've eaten too much over the last 2 weeks! 

Anything making you queasy or sick: nope

Gender: GIRL!

Labor Signs: no

Symptoms: high BP, again :(

Belly Button in or out? in, but we're on the brink of out!

Wedding rings on or off? On

Mood: nervous, feeling a little stressed because we have so much to do! But SO excited! 

Nursery: well now I don't have the luxury of time to search high and low for all remaining decor, so I'm about to go on a decorating bender to get it knocked out! 

Prayer for Baby: Lord, we are thankful every day for this little blessing you've given to us! Knowing that we will meet Hope sooner rather than later is so very excited. Please be with her and protect her during her final days in the womb, and prepare her for life outside! Please keep her healthy and growing and hitting all the marks she should. Please also be with Alex and I as we prepare to become parents. Help prepare our hearts and minds for this life-changing experience. Amen.

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