Third trimester: Weeks 36 – 37

Week 36 (October 5)
Braxton Hicks contractions calmed down this week compared to last week. But heart burn kicked up a notch; I had to go buy some fruity Tums.

Amanda emailed me our maternity photos. They turned out fabulous! 😀

I had an appointment with Suki on Friday. She told me that my GBS swab came back positive. Crappy. I had hoped for one less thing to worry about. My lower belly had been feeling much heavier, and Suki confirmed that baby’s head had engaged. No wonder! Blood pressure was 110/65, fetal heart rate strong and steady, and fundal measured at 37 cm.

Also, she gave me the results from my 33 week ultrasound. Apparently the baby measured in the 86th percentile and weight was estimated at 5 lb 7 oz.

That afternoon I called our genetic counsellor and informed her that my due date was getting closer. She said to call her after the baby is born and she will rush the results of the blood test.

Total wight gain was 39 lbs. I’ve officially surpassed the weight I gained with Khloë.


Weeks 36-37

Week 37 (October 12)
Still incredibly uncomfortable and suffering from heartburn at night. Ugh. Tums were my best friend.

Jordan came with me to my midwife appointment this week. His first one all pregnancy! I wanted him to drive me because driving causes me pain in my pelvis. I hate you, SPD. Anyway, blood pressure was 112/66 and fundal at 38 cm. Head still engaged!

When I went to bed on Saturday I had one contraction. Literally just one. It started in my back and the cramp spread to my stomach for 20 seconds.

Third trimester: Weeks 32 – 33

Week 32 (September 7)
Whether I was sitting, walking, or laying down, this baby was on the move this week. He didn’t want to keep still. Plenty of hiccups, too! At the end of the week I saw one of my midwives. My blood pressure was 98/64 and baby’s heart rate was in the 140s. Fundal height measured at 32 cm. Kilmeny said that the baby was head down and floating, but there’s plenty of time for him to make his way into my pelvis. I have an ultrasound, to confirm his position, scheduled for next week.


Weeks 32-33

Week 33 (September 14)
On Monday I had an ultrasound at Pembroke Hospital. Baby Boy is definitely head down! His back is curled around my left side, hence the constant bulging there, and his feet at my ribs. No wonder I constantly feel like he’s booting me on the right side of my rib cage. The tech showed me the baby from head to toe on the screen. It was so cool to get to see him again! And the rest of the week was uneventful.

Second trimester: Weeks 18 – 19

Week 18 (June 1)
Mid-week I felt the baby moving around a lot on the outside, which was pretty cool. One more week to go and then we will hopefully find out if we are having a boy or girl! I think the anatomy scan is the most nerve-wracking ultrasound. I’ve gained 13 lbs.

Jordan is away on “adventure training” this week, which means he’s camping and rafting and having a grand ol’ time in the name of work. Must be nice! Since he was away, I had to keep myself busy. The house is so quiet when it’s just me. I had lunch with Amanda on Monday and we talked about crafting beautiful headbands and photography. On Wednesday I went to Prenatal Nutrition and back over to Amanda’s for the afternoon. They fed me a yummy dinner!

And on Friday, at our church, Watoto performed. They are a group of orphan kids from Uganda who sing and dance and they are amazing! The show was high-energy and the seats were packed. Jordan and I had volunteered our home to host some of the kids, so after the show two girls and an auntie came home with us and stayed the night. We gave them a late dinner, breakfast, and a packed lunch the next day. It was a neat experience!


Weeks 18-19

Week 19 (June 8)
Those kicks are definitely getting stronger and more frequent! On Thursday afternoon, Jordan and I went to the hospital for the anatomy scan. I was told to drink 3 glasses of water an hour before the appointment. I drank only two and was in complete agony by the time I was called in. The technologist had me pee right away. When I came back and laid down on the bed, she started the ultrasound but said that my bladder was still too full. I peed a second time. And then a third time before I was comfortable and she said she could continue. Wow, and that was only two glasses of water! I guess the baby was squirming too much from my full bladder. Although she told us that she can’t 100% confirm, it was very obvious that this baby is a BOY! There was no mistaking him for a girl. 😀 Everything else looked good, she said.

At the end of the week I picked up a box of almost brand-new newborn clothing for $25. I won’t need anything else in that size! The majority of the items are Carters brand, too. We also picked up a bunch of clothes from Value Village.

First trimester: Weeks 12 – 13

Week 12 (April 20)
I’m getting closer to the second trimester! Nausea improved this week, but I threw up my prenatal vitmain no matter what time of day I took it, even with food. I think I’ll stop taking it. The anatomy scan is booked for June 11th in Pembroke. If baby cooperates, we can find out if we are having a boy or girl! I don’t have a gut feeling for a specific gender.

On Monday I had the telemedicine conference with our genetic counselor from CHEO. I asked her if the baby’s cord blood can be used for SMA testing but she said it’s not a good idea as cord blood contains some of my DNA. So the plan is have baby’s blood drawn before we leave the hospital. I have to contact her a month before my due date to remind her, and then once we get home from the hospital contact her again so that she can make sure the test is rushed and double-check that SMN2 copies will be checked if the baby does have SMA.

So far I’ve gained 4 lbs. And my next midwife appointment is May 14th.


Weeks 12-13

Week 13 (April 27)
Some websites list Week 13 as the second trimester, and some say Week 14. I’ll keep this post as “first trimester”.

My belly has popped out a bit more this week. No nausea which meant I was able to eat a better variety of food. On Wednesday I went to Prenatal Nutrition group and we made a cold tuna potato salad which was surprizingly good, not to mention filling. And I ordered a new set of unisex Aden & Anais muslin swaddling blankets (white with silver, gray, or beige stars) and a set of gray bibs.

We have picked out a boy name, and have two options for girl!