At 34 weeks 5 days, we hit our first bump in the road of this pregnancy. I feel incredibly blessed and thankful to be able to say that. What a smooth, safe 8 months it has been! There are so many moms dealing with really scary things and big unknowns for their unborn babies, but I have had nothing out of the ordinary to be concerned about and I am so grateful! At our Friday ultrasound, we learned that Caleb is breech, meaning head up instead of down.
At first, I wasn’t really that concerned. I told my doctor that he is really active and it wouldn’t surprise me at all if he’s still summersaulting regularly in there. Many of his movements feel so big. But today is the beginning of day five trying various things to encourage him to flip, and since becoming aware of his position, I can tell that it has not changed.
This coming Monday we will have another ultrasound. If he hasn’t flipped, we will schedule an aversion, probably for the following Monday when I am full term. Aversions can be quite painful…my doctor said a lot of her patients get epidurals for them. I would certainly love to avoid this procedure, so please pray that Caleb decides he wants to be upside down before then! It sounds crazy, but the thought of two doctors putting pressure on my belly to turn the baby scares me more than labor at this point! If the aversion doesn’t work, we would do a C-section if Caleb still hasn’t changed positions when I go into labor. I am so thankful that God is in 100% control of all the details of Caleb’s arrival, and will work it out for our very best.
In other news, I am crawling to the bathroom at night now. A couple of nights ago I went to get out of bed and literally, physically could not walk. It was like my joints had just disappeared and they refused to move or support me. I can only imagine how pathetic this little ordeal would look if caught on camera! I’m also having a lot of mid-back pain and some shooting muscle spasms in my low back/butt. I can tell everything is loosening up, which is great, but inconvenient in the meantime! =)
So these days, if you were to walk into my apartment, you’d likely find me rotating on an exercise ball, lying upside down on the ironing board slanted off the couch, holding a hot pack at the bottom of my stomach and a cold pack at the top, prodding my baby’s head while talking to him, burning moxa by my pinky toe, or doing cat/cow stretches in my living room. The things we do for our children before they are even here…
Oh, and by the way, every pregnant woman (and maybe a lot of other people) needs a stability exercise ball. These things are amazing! With sand in the bottom, there’s no worry about losing your balance, and it has relieved some of my back pain. Super comfy.
Andrew and I are growing more and more aware of how quickly our time as just the two of us is dwindling. What an incredible, wonderful adventure it has been and we are sad to see an amazing chapter of our lives coming to a close. We’re trying to squeeze in wild and crazy last minute adventures while we can! Since I am very pregnant, our “wild and crazy” adventures look like a board game date at the donut shop or a stop by the nearby arcade for air hockey. We is CRAZY! ;) Hopefully more about marriage and this chapter of life in another post…
Caleb’s hospital bag is all packed, with several outfits, socks, hats, blankets, diapers, etc. Time to get mine and Andrew’s ready!