Monday, October 5, 2015

Baby Kono IV: 34 Week Update AND Guess Those Baby Stats!!

34 Weeks
I'm cringing as I upload this photo because I know how terrible I look in it but the truth is, it is pretty depictive of how I feel right now. Everything hurts. Sitting hurts. Standing hurts. Laying hurts. Walking (OMG) Huuuuuurts!

When my nurse called me back this morning and asked how I was doing I just smiled and laughed and she knew exactly what that meant.  "That head is just so low and there is nothing left of your cervix to support her," she reassured me that I'm not nuts, I really am this uncomfortable.

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Here's a little guide to know what stage of pregnancy you are in:

Your response to a well wisher telling you, Oh! I hope you make it two more weeks, is:

A. "Two weeks! I'm hoping for four!  I love being pregnant!"

B. You find yourself getting a tad bit teary but say, "I hope so, too" while in your mind you are thinking, I do hope so, right?

C. You want to punch him/her in the face.

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If you answered A....you are still in pregnancy bliss.  Enjoy this! Dress that bump up! Get out there and be proud, Mama!

If you answered B....you are starting to get uncomfortable. There may be tears now and then, that's okay. Take it easy, give yourself a break. Treat yourself to something you like; you are doing good Mama.

If you answered C...yup, you are at the end of your rope.  If this baby doesn't come soon violence may ensue.  You can do this, Mama, you can, but it may not be pretty. Eat skittles by the handful, it won't help the pain but at least they taste good.

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I probably don't need to tell you my response to that statement is C.

SO!  When the doctor told me I am now 3 cm dilated I may have let out a little squeal of delight this morning! I'm getting closer!!!

I know, I know.  This is so awkward, isn't it?  I mean, how are you supposed to reply to this....yay? You're probably going to have a premie?!

I get it. I know I shouldn't be hoping that she comes sooner rather than later, but my body is wrecked and I am hoping she comes sooner rather than later.

My doctors both seem very happy with how far we've made it.  She is now estimated to weigh 5 lbs 1 oz and if the contractions I've been having lately (which have been very, very strong) pick up in frequency they don't think it will be long.  My regular OB told me last Friday that he thinks of me a couple of nights a week wondering if tonight will be the night.  My high risk doctor gave me his phone number today to text him some pictures if I don't make it to next week's appointment. While it is always scary to be looking at a pre-term delivery and an inevitable NICU stay, I feel good with where we are and how healthy she looks. I did get the booster steroid injection for her lungs today and I had my Strep B culture done last Friday and those results came back negative, yay!  This is the first pregnancy I've had the Strep B test done and gotten results back before going into labor; I'm so thankful he did it early. She was sucking on her hand and taking lots of respirations today and my doctor joked that she is probably ready for some milk, you can't support those cheeks on amniotic fluid alone! While my fluid levels are still high, they are not at an alarming level.

I'm just ready.  I'm ready to meet this little girl.

So with all of that, it's high time for a little....

Baby Stats Guessing Game
We're going to play the same way we played last time, here are the rules:

The Game:
Each person will have four guesses, one for each of the following:
  • Date of birth
  • Time of birth (indicate am or pm)
  • Weight
  • Length

The Scoring:

3 points will be given for each accurate guess.  If no one guesses correctly, 1 point will be given for the closest guess(es).


The Background:
Just a little information to help you with your guesses:
  • As of tomorrow, Tuesday, October 6th, I will be 34 weeks. (However, just a bit of a disclaimer, I believe that is a bit ahead of the game and think I will officially be 34 weeks on Friday, October 9th - let that affect your guessing as it will)
  • Keaton's stats were as follows:
    • Born at 36 weeks
    • Time of birth: 3:37 am
    • Weight: 6 lbs 5 oz
    • Length: 18 1/2 inches
  • Hutton's stats were as follows:
    • Born at 34 weeks 4 days
    • Time of birth: 7:07 am
    • Weight: 5 lbs 10 oz
    • Length: 18 inches
  • Nolan's stats were as follows:
    • Born at 35 weeks
    • Time of birth: 6:20 pm
    • Weight: 6 lbs 6 oz
    • Length: 18 inches
The Prize:
A $5 Starbucks gift card. Unless you hate coffee, then we can figure out something else. (But how can you hate coffee, hooooowww? Kidding. I know some of you hate coffee. We can still be friends, but it might be a bit awkward.  Haha!)

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Two things to finish this....

1) A 34-week comparison picture.  I figured I better do this again this week because it will be the last 4-pregnancy comparison I can do since Hutt was born before 35 weeks.


2) Thank you, thank you, thank you for all of your prayers through this pregnancy! We can not say thank you enough!  We appreciate every thought, every prayer, every good wish we have received.  If I could just ask for a couple of more it would be that we have a safe delivery and that Baby Stella is as healthy and strong as she can be. (And Dear God, if I have to carry this child another 2 weeks+ please don't let me harm anyone!)

4 comments:

Sarah said...

Look how far you and Stella have made it!!! So proud of you girls for hitting 34 weeks! As uncomfortable as you are now, each day in utero is so crucial for her development. I've been told one day in utero is about equal to one week in nicu. Keep taking it day by day. I'm not good at guessing stats but I guess she will be 10/8/15 around 1100 am. Weighing 5 pounds, 3 oz and length of 17.5 inches. Can't wait to see pictures! However as a disclaimer she is a girl therefore will surprise all of us and probably stay inside for a few weeks! Girls are difficult to read! Lol, I'm only 6 months in to being a mama of both and boys are def easier ;)

CAS said...

You made it to 34 weeks!! Congrats!!! Boy at 28 weeks, I was hoping desperately and praying for a miracle for her to stay in longer! Great job!! I get the uncomfortableness though. You are almost to your goal of October 9th, I'm still praying you make it to then.... I know shoot me:) I was at 3.5 cm for two weeks so I get the pain. You are tough!! I am guessing because I keep praying for it, October. 9, at 10am, 17 3/4 inches long, weight 5 lbs 6 oz . Dear Lord, please ease Kate's pain!!!! Please allow her to have a safe and healthy delivery whenever your perfect timing is!

Em said...

34 weeks is such a big accomplishment in the grand scheme of things. So, I am hoping you get some relief from your pain soon and get to meet your precious daughter!

Ok, here are my guesses...

Thursday, October 8 at 10:25 p.m.
5 lbs., 2 oz., 17.5 inches long

Continuing to pray for you both every day. Prayers for a safe delivery and a healthy Stella!

Amanda said...

Good job mama and Stella for staying put for this long!!! I know you're uncomfortable but she'll come when she's ready...she is a Bender after all :) My guess is....

October 10th at 8:26pm
5 lbs. 7 oz and 18 inches

Prayers Mama!!! Love you!