What’s Nova Been Doing This Week?
Nova is kicking harder and more often than ever before. It could be taken as a sign that she’s really ready to come. The pre-term labor contractions Lyn is having are making it awfully tight in there, so it’s hard to blame her. We haven’t had an ultrasound since we went to the hospital visit at 32 weeks, so we don’t quite know how much she’s grown in the past 3 weeks. But I’m going to assume she’s rapidly growing in there. She would probably be ready to come if she were to come now.
When’s the Next Doctor Visit?
Currently, we’re scheduled for an appointment with the OB/GYN on May 6th, which is Friday. I’m not sure there will be an ultrasound done at that appointment. We’re doing everything we can to avoid the ER, since at this point, the hospital would just admit her until the baby is born.
The medicine Lyn is taking is stopping labor from happening, but it’s extremely painful for her. If we can make it to May 7th, that will be 36 weeks. We’re just trying to buy every possible day we can for Nova’s well-being.
How’s the Momtrepreneur and Daddy-to-Be Doing this Week?
With Lyn relegated to bedrest, I’ve had to take over pretty much every household thing possible. With our car back on the road, I’m also having to drive my step-daughter to work and deal with other things as they come up. It’s very difficult juggling things because we end up with a lot of schedule conflicts that I somehow have to work out. In a word, it’s stressful.
I’m also actively looking for work to supplement our income. While I have a promising lead, nothing is guaranteed. The good news is that it’s a work-at-home position, so while I have to be stuck in front of the computer for hours at a time, I’m still physically here to help out whenever possible. It also saves a lot on gas and time spent commuting.
Really, it will make everything easier to have Nova here as soon as possible. While that seems counter-intuitive, it means that Lyn can finally recover, and we’ll have something happy to celebrate.
Accomplishments During Week 35 of the Pregnancy
Honestly, the big achievement is keeping Nova in there yet another seven days. All of the major items are already bought, paid for, and here. So we didn’t acquire any items this week, but there’s really only minor things left on the Amazon Baby Registry. At this point, it’s just making sure that everything is ready for her if she came tomorrow. The car seat and diaper bag are already in the car for us to go at a moment’s notice. There isn’t really much left to do but have her and bring her home.
Again, we are so blessed with the generosity of family and friends that helped to acquire some free items, as well as purchasing some of the bigger items off of our list. Listia was also a major help. Lyn making her own cloth diapers has also alleviated a lot of that cost, and we have plenty between those and other ones we previously purchased. We’re actually in really good shape. Here’s how to get most or all of your baby items for free.
Now for Lyn’s take...
I haven’t been feeling great at all this week. That , coupled with the fact that he hasn’t gotten to say much, is why the upper part of this week’s post was written by Rich. As he mentioned, the main thing right now is to try to get Nova to stay in as long as she can to avoid issues. At the same time, it will definitely be a relief once she’s finally here.
The OB said it would be ideal to get to 37 weeks (that’s considered full term at that point), so that’s the goal. However, I’m not going to freak out if she comes before then, as she has a really good survival rate at this point, going by statistics. I’m not going to purposefully do anything to make it happen, as I believe in letting nature do what it does best and only intervening when medically necessary. The doctors are the only ones qualified to make that decision.
However, I’m going to stop letting myself freak out about whether she’s going to be okay or not. I’ve been stressing about it, ever since before the preterm labor scare, since I’ve been doing so terribly during this pregnancy. None of the ultrasounds have shown anything but extremely good news. Therefore, I’m confident that’s what we’ll have when she decides to come out. I need to trust that she will come when she is meant to and she will be just fine. I highly doubt all of this came together so perfectly for something to go wrong.
I’m a little scared because she was so small at 32 weeks. But as active as she is and as good as her ultrasounds have all looked, coupled with the fact that the medicine is keeping her inside for now, I have to trust that nature and modern medicine have her covered. I also should take comfort in my own mothering skills, knowing that I’m eating healthy, resting, following all doctor’s orders, and doing everything in my power to make sure she is healthy and staying put as long as possible.
I haven’t gotten very personal in many of the posts, as I want to focus mainly on the positive things. I am a firm believer that the energy that’s put out there is exactly what will be received. Therefore, even though I do feel extremely horrible, I have nothing but positive thoughts on Nova’s eventual outcome. She has been very active this whole time and I feel her energy, of course, making me believe she will be just fine. Of course I get scared. But overall, I have to believe that everything will turn out just fine. Here’s to hoping I can make it through this pain and other billion symptoms for at least two more weeks, to give her the best possible chance.
35 Week Fetal Development Info
It was all I could do to write the snippet I wrote above. I love doing the summaries of the fetal development. But I’m just not up to it and have to think about the baby. Therefore, like the last post, I’ll leave you with links to some great info.
- 35 Weeks Pregnant: What’s Going On | Pampers
- 35 Weeks Pregnant: Information & Tips | Baby Gaga
- The Inside Story: Fetal Development Weeks 31 Through 35
- Week 35: KidsHealth
- 35 Weeks Pregnant: Pregnancy.org
- 35 Weeks Pregnant - What to Expect Week-by-Week | Similac
- What your baby looks like: 35 weeks | BabyCenter
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