thirty-three weeks - xoxo Rebecca

thirty-three weeks

Today is my 33 week update! Yea. That means only seven weeks to go. Time is getting closer and for the first time, it feels like the time is picking up and going faster then it has. I feel, it has been a long pregnancy and I like that the weeks feel like they are going by a bit faster now toward the end. Seven weeks..gosh! I'm excited and scared.

I still have this huge feeling the baby will make it's arrival in about five weeks. My daughter was two weeks early and with the surgery, I just feel it has sped up the process. But it's so out of anyone's hands that who knows what will happen or when he/she will decide it's time to be born.

I'm being released back to work on Monday. So crazy.... my last day of work was August 31st and I go back to work October 1st. So for the entire month of September, I was home. How crazy does that seem? Recovery sure took a bit longer then I originally thought or wanted. But after having surgery, I realized it now didn't even seem like long enough. But when I go back, I'll be working for a few more weeks then back out again when the baby arrives for at least six weeks.

Here is the weekly update:

 And of course the belly photo. This is the first time I'm putting my incision on my blog. It looks tons better and not as gross then it has. It finally has started to heal up well within just the past few days. Believe me, it looked so much bigger, grosser, and all red and nasty before.


So as you can see, the site is still bruised but looks 1000% better then before. The doctor told me that just from Monday to today, there has been a massive improvement in the healing. It finally came together being uncovered from under those bandages and with me pretty much sitting or laying all day and night, not as much pulling and stretching was done to it.

So he said I'll be pretty good for going back to work on Monday. I have noticed a vast improvement in the pain as well. Walking isn't as horrible or as painful today. Still feel some, but it's gotten a lot better. I have started to get sciatic pain. I explained my symptoms to the doctor and that's what it is in my back now. Joy! But it doesn't last long at all so it's ok for now.

Well, I had an ultrasound today as well. The technician said the baby is was a very difficult position and hard to get the measurements she needed to. The baby is big now and so no more room is left. it's all squishy in there. So I outlined one of the photos we got so you can see a bit better of the baby.
During the ultrasound, the baby had it's mouth wide open for the rest of the photos which was funny. And as you can see, I got a good photo with it's heart in there. The baby now weighs exactly 4 pounds and one ounce. So a bit smaller then what the updates on the pregnancy sites say. But the doctor says that's a great weight for it right now.

And the heartbeat was a lot lower today. The lowest it has ever been. It was at 130 bpm and normally it's 150. But they said that is still a good rate and no concern for anything. So maybe it was just asleep because it didn't move, just had it's mouth wide open. After the visit, it started moving. Also something else funny, it's heart is directly on my belly button. So it felt funny during the ultrasound to have the tech press so hard on my belly button. And she had to avoid my incision which made it difficult to get things as well.

My next appointment is at 35 weeks and then after that, I will be going once a week. Though I have been going weekly this month but for surgery related things. So I'm getting anxious and nervous and excited. Plus, only three weeks now until my shower! Can't wait.

How far along? 33 weeks pregnant! (8 months) Baby due November 15
Total weight gain/measurements: I gained 1 pound since last update {+18 all together}
Size Of Baby: Durian Fruit (about 17 inches long, 4.1 lbs)

Sleep: Getting some  decent sleep here finally.
Maternity clothes: You bet your ass I am. I love them.
Stretch marks? I got a few now but only where my surgery was.
Best moment this week: Getting one more week off of work to recovery.
Miss anything? Not being fully back to myself yet.
Movement: Since the surgery, I have actually felt the baby a lot more. He/she has these "rolling" or "pressure" movements I feel a lot now.
Cravings?: No, nothing really. However, I can't seem to stop eating this week. All I want is food all the time. Nothing in-particular. Just something.
Anything making you queasy or sick? I smelled a hot dog today and almost barfed.
Labor signs: Not at all. Baby isn't coming anytime soon. Cervix is still 100% closed.
Symptoms: Braxton Hicks contractions a lot more lately and sciatic pains.
Belly button in or out? In. But pushing outward more.
Happy or moody most of the time: It was a pretty stressful beginning of the week. Cried a lot. Doing better but I'm extremely emotional lately.
Baby related purchases?: We haven't made a purchase ourselves yet. I'm excited when we do.
Looking forward to: My daughter's birthday party and shower coming up next month.

Don't forget to check out the poll at the top on my sidebar to vote what you think the baby's gender is going to be. Can't wait to find out!


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