37 Weeks Pregnant – Baby Number 7
So, it’s been about two weeks since I’ve last updated you! So much has happened in that time. First, we decided to decorate a little earlier than what is typical for us. We started decorating our home the Saturday after Thanksgiving and got it all done that weekend!
The kids, hubby, and I had fun decorating the tree, hanging stockings, and even setting up our newest tradition: Star from Afar.
We found a stocking that was from our second son (who was also due in December). We hope this little guy is here before Christmas so he can use it, too!
A few days after we decorated, I was back at the doctor for my 36 week appointment. I couldn’t believe it when my midwife told me the baby was lying oblique (not quite transverse but not vertical – either). Oblique is not allowed for vaginal delivery. She made an appointment for me to come back in one week to get an ultrasound because she couldn’t even feel if baby was head up or down.
When I got home from that appointment, I quickly googled how to move the baby who is malpositioned – naturally. I found a great website, called “Spinning Babies“. I tried some of their exercises and also asked for prayer from my church family. The idea of a c-section really make me nervous (because I have other health issues) and I would love to have another natural delivery, if at all possible.
A few short days later, I started nesting again big time. I wish I had a before to show you, but the after picture will have to do. My kitchen was a serious disaster and I took most of my Saturday cleaning it up.
I even vacuumed the entire house, mopped, and did all the laundry. Yes, the next few days I was very sore.
We’ve been keeping up with school, but thankfully the kids do a lot independently now on the computer, so the biggest thing we do together is reading books and history. This works well in the last month of pregnancy because of how tired I am.
So, last week, at 37 weeks, I made my way back to the doctor to catch a glimpse of baby and to see what position he was in. Well, over the past week I could feel him turning positions quite frequently. By the night before my ultrasound, I could tell he was in a vertical position (finally) but still had no clue as to whether he was head up or down. I was so thankful when the Sonographer showed us our little guy: clearly head down and butt up! He is a big one, too, measuring in over 7 pounds at exactly 37 weeks. I know late ultrasounds can be off, but I will be curious to see how close this estimate is. Our last baby was only 7 pounds at 41 weeks.
This past weekend, my husband and I were in a Christmas concert together which just about wore me out. I’m glad I had the energy to do it but today I have spent mostly in bed trying to get my strength back.
I’m really thankful for all of your prayers. My blood counts have been holding steady which is a huge answer to prayer. With my last two pregnancies my platelets dropped swiftly starting at 36 weeks and I’m so thankful that my last reading came back only mildly low. Because of some very itchy skin, my doctor was worried about possible cholestasis of pregnancy, as well, but those numbers came back in the healthy range, too. That’s all for my 37 weeks update. So, while baby can come anytime now, most likely he will be born between 39-40 weeks. Because of some health complications I won’t be going past (or at least too far past) my due date. I hope to update you again in about a week!
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