32 weeks 3 days!
More generic pregnancy updates:
I seem to be recovering well from my gallbladder removal. I was told that the internal stitches will take two months to dissolve, so that should happen in the next few weeks. As for now, they appear to be trying to make their way out through my skin instead of just dissolving like good little stitches are supposed to do. My incisions are getting more red, tender, and swollen, although they don't appear to be infected at all. My OB told me not to be surprised if my skin opens up and a few stitches come out. Sounds fine by me. I'll just be glad to have that part over with.
We decided to be proactive about my heartburn. Since I was feeling the pain and then treating it with zantac and tums every single day, my OB was on board with me taking generic prevacid to stop the pain before it starts. It's made a world of difference, I tell you. It even seems to help with the debilitating pain I sometimes feel where my gallbladder used to reside. I don't know what's up with that, but I'm hoping it goes away after the baby comes and my organs aren't all squished up under my ribs.
I think I've developed a bit of sleep apnea. Sometimes I wake in the night, gasping for air. It's a strange sensation, for sure. My doctor's not too concerned about it, especially since we're getting so close to the finish line. I can live with it for another eight weeks.
My weight has been weird. I gained at least 8 pounds of IV fluids during my hospital stay, and then I lost 16 pounds, putting me 8 pounds below where I was when I was admitted to the hospital. It has taken the last 6 weeks to gain that 8 pounds back. So as of yesterday I have gained 16 pounds total during this pregnancy. It's definitely less than my first two pregnancies (where I gained 15 pounds by 27 weeks with each), but if I gain the expected one pound per week from here on out, that'll put me right at 24 pounds when I deliver, which is just right. My weight was completely stagnant for a while after my surgery, so I was worried about how the baby was going to grow, but we're all caught up now. :)
The baby is measuring just right, around 32-33 weeks.
I have another ultrasound to look at the heart at 34 weeks to check on the echogenic foci (is that the plural of focus? because there are three...). After that, I'll see my doc every week.
I wake up once every single night to use the bathroom, usually around 3-4AM.
My aching right hip keeps me tossing and turning all night.
I've been pulling abdominal muscles, which doesn't feel that great. It literally leaves me unable to do anything but sit on the couch for a few days, but then it seems to go away.
I'm still feeling pretty good otherwise, which is awesome. You might be able to count my hankerin' for fresh fruit as a craving. Jimmy John's sandwiches are also on my "gosh that sounds so good" list. I had a dream about Jimmy John's and fruit the other night. It was amazing. I'm loving apple slices and peanut butter. Hot chocolate chip cookies. Yum. Goldfish crackers. Ikea meatballs. That's about it. ;)
Here are all my recent belly shots!:
Today, at 32w3d.
My insanely adorable baby boy with chubby cheeks and squishy lips and a button nose at 29 weeks.