by Richard Rowell, Father-to-Be
I'll be straight up honest with you. I'm not handling this pregnancy as gracefully as I would like to. While Lyn and I don't argue, we have had a lot of stressful situations lately. Because she's been on bed rest, a lot has fallen on my shoulders. Also, I'm becoming extremely impatient, because I really just want to meet my daughter, dammit!
On the flip side, Lyn is handling what's been a very rough pregnancy about as gracefully as humanly possible. She still wants to do everything and I have to constantly stop her and just do things. She's still beautiful and wonderful just like the day I met her. We really just need to have Nova here, on the outside, so Lyn can really return to being herself. It's been very painful for most of the pregnancy, but after the 32-week preterm labor scare, it's only gotten worse each day. The stress that it's putting on me has almost broken me on some days.
Guys, those who have been through this late part of the pregnancy, I salute you. But Lyn has been about as good as she can possibly be. Part of it is that she's already had four. But this one is different. She went 11 years between pregnancies. I just want her to feel good again. She's still so beautiful, but I want her to actually feel like that again.
We're just human and of course, we'll have bad days. But if we're miserable, so is Nova. So please keep us in your thoughts and prayers these next couple of weeks. We really are just aiming for 37 weeks. We just have to survive until then.
I'm going to make it a point to write more updates going forward, as Nova deserves it.
We're 34 Weeks Pregnant With Nova Skye! 32, 33, & 34 Week Fetal Development, Wellness Update, & More
I know it's been quite a while since we've posted any updates. There isn't a 32 or 33 week post and that's due large in part to my health in the pregnancy, as of late. So, here's what's going on, as well as fetal development info for 32 weeks, 33 weeks, and 34 weeks. We're 34 weeks pregnant with Nova Skye Rowell, as of April 23, 2016.
What’s Nova Been Doing During 32, 33, and 34 Weeks?
Nova’s been doing excellent. She still moves around very actively and all of her ultrasounds, including a high definition one have shown us excellent things. She’s small, but perfect. I mean, Rich and I are only 5’2” and 5’3”, respectively. So, she probably isn’t going to be too huge, no matter how long she stays in there. Haha
We had a preterm labor scare at 32 weeks that is being controlled under careful medical supervision, which is a huge part of why I haven’t been able to get much written. At the high definition ultrasound, received during that visit, Nova weighed in at around 3 pounds and 9 ounces. Her length was 17 inches. That’s relatively small for that gestational age. However, again, both of her parents are small.
The key info from that ultrasound, other than the small size, is that she is doing extremely well and is fully developed. As with most babies at this stage, lung (and other respiratory) function after birth is the main concern if she were to be born early. There’s no way to know how that will go until they are born, so it’s always best they stay in as long as possible until the due date, or at least until term, which is 37 weeks.
The follow up appointment on 4/21 went well. Nova’s heartbeat is still super strong and all of my measurements are as they should be. I may not be doing that great, but despite that, she certainly is thriving and that’s the goal. As my mother-in-law Deb pointed out, she’s definitely a fighter.
When’s the Next Doctor Visit?
The next prenatal visit is May 6th. But of course, if anything happens that requires further evaluation before then, my OB will see me and in an emergency, the ER is obviously available. Hopefully, all will be as uneventful as possible and that appointment date will remain as it is.
How’s the Momtrepreneur and Daddy-To-Be This Week?
In short, we’re both very stressed and I’m very sick, but we’re making the best of it and know that Nova will be well worth it all. Yesterday (4/23/2016), I was vomiting severely, some containing a small amount of blood after a while. The severe pain increased. So, I called my OB to ask what I should do.
He increased the dosage times of my medication and told me to lay only on my left side and eat the BRAT diet and drink water, chew ice, or drink ginger ale and not move at all. He said the blood was likely due to my insides getting irritation from so much vomiting. That makes sense since it was a small amount and only occurred after that was going on for a bit.
He said if I were to go to the hospital like that, they'd likely admit me to bed rest there and he'd rather have me be comfortable at home if possible. We agree. But if it gets worse or certain other things happen (such as more labor signs), he wants me to call him and have things reevaluated. Obviously, if it's an emergency, we'd head straight to the hospital and call him on the way.
His recommendations have helped so far. The medicine is quelling the contractions to a point where I don't have to go in and the vomiting has stopped. I'm still in massive pain, however. So, if I'm not as responsive as usual, that's why. Don't worry, I'm resting as I post this and I'm stable enough to be at home, rather than the hospital.
Rich has taken over everything I do, on top of what he does. Plus, he is there to comfort me and take care of me. So, if he's also less responsive and less active at posting, that's why.
Thanks for all the love and support, everyone. It really means a great deal to us.
Accomplishments During Week 32 , 33, & 34 of the Pregnancy
We actually accomplished quite a bit, considering all that's happened. In fact, making it to 34 weeks has been a huge accomplishment, in itself. I would say that’s the biggest accomplishment so far, in light of all the issues I’ve been having. If we can get to at least 37 weeks, that’s even better. So far, so good.
We got some low odor paint that doesn’t seem to be bothering my allergies at all, so that’s good. The kids are helping get that done, since I am pretty useless at this point, as far as doing the things I usually do (home improvement, normal household duties, work, etc). We wanted to finish up the walls before the baby comes, as that is really the main issue in our area of the house.
We also got some great bargains on baby items, as well as some items for Aja and Nathan. Our local thrift store saved us once more and we were able to get 160 clothing items for only $16. No kidding. We don’t really care too much about brands. However, most all of them happened to be brand name items.
Guess what?! We aren't selling our vehicle anymore. Not that we don't need the money, but all we kept getting were scam offers anyhow and we really do need the vehicle with such a large family. So, instead, we put it back on the road. We had already fixed the alternator previously. So, all it took was a battery and registration. Yay! It's an older model ('97 Toyota 4Runner Ltd), so it's not like we were going to make a huge enough amount to be able to move and maintain rent and bills anyway. We just thought it would help.
Let's see, I also cut my hair because, unlike the other pregnancies (which made my hair awesome), this one has done some serious damage to it. I'm not exactly happy about having short hair because I prefer it long and my hair takes FOREVER to grow. But it was super unhealthy. It ended up getting straight and full of split ends and my hair is normally curly and shiny. I'm not well enough to spend the time it would take to revive it. So, I opted for cutting it. There's still some more work to be done on the style I actually want. But, for now, it's manageable and healthier.
The animals have been awesome helping everyone else take care of me. I also managed to get some more cloth diapers done and fix up the page I'll be selling them on here once I'm done making enough for Nova. I have to make hers first and then I can focus on making more to sell. We desperately need the money, so hopefully I'll be able to get that done soon.
Also, we’ve been receiving even more generosity than ever, between people reaching out with love and emotional support to a couple people helping once again with the baby registry. If you’d like to help, the main thing we need on the registry is fragrance free baby wipes. If you can’t afford to help, it helps us a ton when our links from this site and the others we own are shared via social media. And, last but not least, Love, Love, & More Love is hugely appreciated.
For fetal development info in relation to 32, 33, and 34 weeks, continue below the galleries.
(Remember, some images may need to be clicked on for the full view.)
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Gallery 1: Hospital Photos
Gallery 2: Thrift Store Bargains
Gallery 3: Awesome Items We Received From the Baby Registry
Gallery 4: Miscellaneous 32, 33, & 34 Week Photos
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Interesting 32, 33, & 34 Week Fetal Development & Pregnancy Info
Because I’m in such pain, I’m unable to write more personally about this right now, like I usually do. However, here are links to some great info elsewhere, followed by our related posts.
What your baby looks like: 32 weeks
Pregnancy Week 32
32 Weeks Pregnant: What’s Going On?
32 Weeks Pregnant
What your baby looks like: 33 weeks
Pregnancy Week 33
33 Weeks Pregnant: What’s Going On?
33 Weeks Pregnant
What your baby looks like: 34 weeks
Pregnancy Week 34
34 Weeks Pregnant: What’s Going On?
34 Weeks Pregnant
Previous Developmental/Update Post:
30 - 31 Weeks Pregnant - Milestones, Fetal Development, Our Updates, & More!
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Having Fun Making Cloth Diapers
Keep Yourself Inside Longer, Nova! Our Preterm Labor Scare
Love, Love, & More Love
Because I haven't been doing so well during this pregnancy, especially with the latest scare, people have been asking how they can help. The simple answer is love, love, and then more love. Here's why.
Love is the strongest force on this planet. So, if anything can help Nova, Rich, and I get through this, it has to be love. While things are getting pretty risky from here on out, we feel that putting lots of love and positive energy surrounding Nova out in the universe will greatly outweigh the bad.
Regardless of when little Nova decides to arrive, we are putting only good energy into her arrival. This is why it may seem at times that we're overly positive about her possible early arrival. It's not that we want her to be here early. Who would purposefully want those risks? But we also want (and need) to look at the positive side, in case it happens.
So, if you want to help, send lots of love and happy healthy energy Nova's way, whether she listens to our insistence to stay put longer or not.
Thanks! We love you all!
(The best thing about love is that when you give it, it comes back.)
At only 32 weeks gestation, Nova decided to give us a scare that landed me in the hospital with preterm labor. Here's more on that, how she and I are doing now, and why she needs to stay in longer.
Those who are friends with me on Facebook or are in the Online Baby Shower may have already heard this news. But for those who haven't here's the gist.
On April 11th, I woke up in horrendous pain that felt like contractions, so I went into the hospital where my OB delivers to get it checked out. It felt like contractions, even though at 32 weeks gestation, that should not be happening.
I did test positive for fetal fibronectin, which indicates a preterm risk. Also, the pains I've been having, while not birth contractions, did show up on monitors. So they are a problem. Because of that, I've been prescribed a medication that stops contractions and I'll be taking it at least until my next appointment with my OB, but possibly until Nova is born.
As much as we want to see her, she should not be trying to come right now. She needs to wait until at at least 36 or 37 weeks, ideally.
She's doing very well but is also very small at 3 lbs and 9oz. She's 17 inches long. We got an extensive ultrasound to find out that and other information. She would likely survive if born now. However, there could also be medical problems, such as respiratory issues. So, everything possible to prevent that is good.
I also got both steroid treatments (one on the 11th and one on the 12th) to help the baby if she does come early. But please send happy vibes, light a candle, meditate, pray (whatever you believe in that might help) that it does not happen. She really needs to cook longer!!!!
I've been ordered to rest even more, even though Rich basically does everything right now. But we're going to attempt to figure out where we could be lacking in that.
What all of this means is that I basically need to focus only on Nova and avoid stress and too much activity and I'm going to need a lot of support. This is going to greatly hurt us financially, even more than it already has, as there will be times when I can't complete the writing work (honestly, probably most of the time, I can't). So, we really appreciate hugs, love, encouragement, reads and shares of our work (costs you nothing but makes us money), or anything you can think of that might help.
All of our sites with our writing are here: http://www.writewavemedia.com/our-sites.html
(Even if you read and share content by our contributors, it helps us. Simply read and share what you like.)
Thanks for the support and stay tuned for the next update. Due to being so in need of rest, sometimes I won't get them out on time and I will go back and put them in on the date intended. Sometimes, Rich may write some things instead of me, as well. Please be patient with us as we do our best to get through this rough time and keep you all updated as best as we can.
We decided from the beginning that we would not be polluting the Earth or spending tons of money on icky disposable diapers. I took to making them for several reasons. I'm having fun making cloth diapers and you can too!
Not all of the cloth diapers we found were exactly what we had in mind. They're also hard to find in stores, unless you want flats or pre-folds. Most of the all-in-ones we found in stores require the use of disposable inserts, which seems to defeat the entire purpose of cloth diapers. There also seems to be this trend of diapers that is in between cloth and disposable. Not what we wanted.
So, I started searching online. We bought a few that were okay. But, adding up the cost, I knew that in order to stock enough to be worthwhile, we'd have to spend a lot of money. Being the frugal person I am, there's no way that was happening, no matter the diaper option we chose. Cloth is still cheaper than disposable when adding up the cost over time. But I wanted to save even more.
I also wanted to come up with a unique design that would avoid the use of liners, rubber pants, pins, and the like. My homemade cloth diapers are used just like disposables, except they don't need to be thrown out. The unique design prevents leaks without the use of extra bulky accessories that are uncomfortable to the baby.
We had a ton of fabric and other sewing materials just lying around, so I figured I would make good use of it. I don't use patterns because I like to make each diaper completely unique. However, for those who need one, there are tons of free cloth diaper patterns all over the web, if you simply do a search. Be sure to check for all-in-one designs for the easiest time changing baby.
If you just don't have the time or energy to do it yourself, once I'm done making Nova's cloth diapers, I'll be making and selling super unique ones at a fraction of the usual cost, under the brand name, Mommy2Lots.
Pictured above is one of my unique all-in-one cloth diapers. Look at the gallery below for more.
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Since people are wanting more updates about the baby, I decided to jump in and do so with use of the A-Z Challenge! Today's letter is G and we're getting closer!
Nova's actual due date is June 4th. However, what with all the symptoms I've had lately, including ER visits for pain (more about that tomorrow), we don't think she'll stay in that long. But we could be wrong.
We wanted to know who has a guess on when she'll be here. We plan on doing something special for anyone who guesses correctly. We simply don't know what just yet. But it will be something.
Here's some history to help you make a good guess.
So, what's your guess on the day/date she will be born? Drop it in the comments below and we'll see who ends up being correct!
Rich and I are 31 weeks pregnant with Nova Skye Rowell, as of April 2nd, 2016. Here’s the latest on 30 week fetal development, 31 week fetal development, Nova’s movements and health report, how I’m feeling, and more. It’s hard to believe we’re almost 8 months pregnant! We’re so excited to meet our little Nova soon!
What’s Nova Doing In Week 30 and 31?
Nova’s getting a bit cramped in there, since she’s growing a ton in preparation for birth. That means there’s even more of the fun movements where you can see my belly move and sometimes even see or feel the shape of a foot, hand, or elbow. She’s also been reacting even more to music. There’s no way to know yet if she’ll be a future rockstar. But she kicks up a storm whenever good music is playing. She also seems to have preferences, sometimes choosing songs we don’t enjoy as much as she does.
When’s the Next Doctor Visit?
Check the previous post for info about our last visit and ultrasound photos. Our next visit will be on April 12th. Typically, during this time period, appointments would move to every 2 weeks. But, Nova is doing fine and my OB’s office is moving closer to the hospital where he delivers. So, he said it was okay to wait, but if anything new or alarming comes up before then (it probably won’t), he’ll see me as soon as is needed.
How’s the Momtrepreneur and Daddy-To-Be This Week?
Despite the fact that fatigue has been hitting us both pretty hard lately, we’re doing pretty good. We did manage to get out and get some fresh air that didn’t involve four walls or bargain hunting. We took Aja (the 12 year old) on a quick trail walk so we could get some fresh air and sunshine. Also, I needed to stretch my legs and back, as I’ve been spending a ton of time in the bed. Granted, I do need the rest and I’m not supposed to be doing very much right now. But it’s havoc on my body and brain to be that still for too long. So, I do what I can. We’ve been watching a ton of Netflix and when we do leave, it’s been mostly to the grocery store, so we figured it was time to get out and do something else.
Accomplishments During Week 30 & Week 31 of the Pregnancy
Things are really starting to come together as we get closer to Nova’s arrival. There’s not really very much more left to get, but we do still need a handful of things. We were able to use a gift card from a relative to get a much-needed baby gate and we also won and purchased a few more items (most haven’t shipped yet, so there’s no pics yet).
I’ve been working hard making more cloth diapers for Nova, since we decided my homemade ones are not only better than all of those we researched, but they’re also easier on the wallet and the earth. I’m using only reclaimed materials (aside from small things like hand-sewing needles and snaps) and items we have laying around. People have been so excited about them that we decided once I’ve made enough for Nova, I’m going to make some more and sell them as I can.
I’ve also started making some matching accessories she needs, such as drooler bibs.
The brand name for the handmade baby items will be Mommy2Lots (an old pen name I no longer use that some of my long-time readers and friends may recognize) and they’ll be on sale here at Life Successfully, along with some other handmade baby items, also inspired by Nova.
**Check below the gallery for 30 and 31 week fetal development and pregnancy info.**
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Interesting 30 and 31 Week Fetal Development & Pregnancy Info
Weeks 30 and 31 are when the baby starts to get all the finishing touches. The most major thing going on in the third trimester is that your baby’s lungs and respiratory system are developing the rest of the way. They do exist already and your baby still has a high chance of survival if born prematurely at this stage. But the longer the baby stays in there, the better for the respiratory system.
Your baby likely weighs a little over 3 pounds right now. When fully stretched, he or she is around 17 inches long! But, not to worry, your baby will be in the fetal position and not be able to completely stretch out, as there likely isn't room to do so. Some babies may be “head-down” by this stage, while others may not be. Either way, your baby is running out of room to move, so movements might change or slow down for some. Ask your OB how to check and make sure your baby is moving enough (usually at least 10 movements every couple hours).
If you’re having a boy, his testicles are likely moving up into the scrotum. If you’re having a girl, her clitoris is likely almost fully formed. The bones are fully developed, but still soft. Storage of iron, calcium, and phosphorous begins at this stage as well. Your baby also has more rhythmic breathing, even though the respiratory system isn’t likely mature yet.
If you’re gaining a lot of weight right now and are even hungrier, that’s normal. The third trimester is when the baby grows more rapidly and you should be gaining more at this point. You also may be feeling even more breathless and fatigued. Speaking of resting, your baby should now have defined sleeping and waking periods. Though, they can vary from yours. So, if your baby keeps you up at night, try changing your sleeping schedule temporarily to avoid fatigue.
Between 30 and 31 weeks is also when the baby starts to pass water through the bladder and fill up the amniotic sac with urine. Your doctor will be able to tell you via your regular ultrasounds if there is too much or too little being expressed. Don't worry, your baby doesn’t “swim” in his or her urine for long. The amniotic fluid is actually naturally replaced by the body frequently.
Some warning signs include a change in the color of your discharge, pink (possibly amniotic) fluid leakage, bloody discharge, or more than 4 contractions in an hour. Preterm contractions or Braxton-Hicks (practice) contractions can be pretty normal at this stage, as long as they go away. However, discuss with your doctor what they should feel like and when you should call, as it can be different for each person.
Your colostrum (pre-milk) may be leaking even more at this stage. Be sure to have some breast pads on-hand to avoid embarrassment. I personally find the washable/reusable ones to be more effective than the thinner, disposable ones. But each person has their own preference.
This is a good week to decide whether circumcision is a good idea or not (if you’re having a boy), whether you want to breastfeed or formula feed, and to pack your hospital bag.
*Keep in mind that each baby develops differently and this info is just to give you an idea of what usually happens at each stage. Your doctor will have specific info related directly to your baby.
**Stay tuned for our 32 weeks pregnant (and other posts)!**
28 - 29 Weeks Pregnant! Milestones, Fetal Development, Our Updates, & More!
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