Here I am at 26 weeks! Yes, me in all my glory. LOL! Now, I know what you’re thinking… I look great, right? To tell the truth, yes, I don’t look half bad at this stage, but compared to my previous pregnancies, this is the biggest I’ve ever been at 6 months. My Mom still keeps insisting there’s another one in there and that the ultrasound tech missed the other baby. Being my 8th pregnancy, I can expect to blossom much more than the rest of my pregnancies…. Especially since I’m carrying a home for my BOY!
I know. I’ve missed a lot of updates. If you don’t keep up with me on Facebook, you may not know that we did find out the gender of the baby. My husband was so adamant that we were going to leave it a surprise, but when I had my ultrasound, I could definitely tell that I was seeing something vastly different than most of the previous ultrasounds we’ve had. I had the ultrasound tech write up the gender in a card that I was planning on giving my mother in love in the event my husband wanted to change his mind at revealing the gender.
As I was driving home with my 8 year old son, Ethan (who was the only one with me during the ultrasound), I called my husband over the Bluetooth speakers in our van to give him an update. I let him know that I was pretty certain that I knew the gender of our baby without looking at the card. He couldn’t stand the suspense so he insisted my son open the card and read it aloud. My son retrieved the card from its envelope and as he started to read it, his eyes got big with excitement and he shouted out, “Boy!” He was so excited he even dropped the card!
He finally has his baby brother on the way after all this time. He has been talking nonstop about his baby brother and how he finally has a bed buddy and how he can’t wait to share his toys with him and show him what being a boy is all about. It really does melt my heart and we’re over the moon that Ethan will have the brother he’s been praying and wishing for all this time. We are naming the baby Samuel Joseph. My husband has been set on Samuel for the last few babies and Joseph is a tribute to his grandfathers since they both share Joseph as a middle name.
We also found out at the ultrasound that I wasn’t as far along as I thought, which was no surprise. At every ultrasound I’ve ever had, we’ve always moved the due date back by at least a week. That puts my due date around April 30th, but I’m hoping he follows the pattern of most my other pregnancies and makes a late appearance so he can have a May birthday. With so many kids, I like to double up on birthdays whenever possible and if he’s born in May, he’ll get to share a birthday with his sister, Liberty. We will see as this has been my highest maintenance pregnancy yet and I’ve already had my fair share of bed rest this early on.
The sole reason I had my ultrasound around 18 weeks was because I had woken up with back and abdomen pain and had quite a bit of bright red bleeding. The ultrasound tech, nurse practitioner, and midwives couldn’t determine the cause and that was the first time I was on bed rest this pregnancy. With that and many other symptoms since, I’ve been told to take it easy this pregnancy. I already am experiencing on many days the feeling as if he’s going to fall right out of me, which is making these last few months I have left a little more challenging.
At my 25 week appointment, I found out the baby’s head is already low in my pelvis and with the cramps, backaches, and a bit of spotting, that I might be in danger of preterm labor. I took a swab test that will determine if things are headed in that direction. If it’s negative, then I’ll have to continue to lay low, not lift anything heavy, and constantly lift up my pelvis with pillows to try and get him to move up. If it’s positive, I will be on strict bed rest, most likely until the end the of my pregnancy.
Two days later, I got the news that it was negative!!! You can’t imagine how thrilled I was to hear that! While it’s still challenging not to overdo it with 5 children, I’m so thankful I won’t have to spend the next 3 months on complete bed rest. I’ve got to take it easy and somehow cajole this little guy up and off my cervix so we won’t have a repeat of scares and worries and reduce the chance he’ll come early.
I also took the 1 hour glucose test since diabetes runs really strong on both sides of my family and both my Mom and sister had gestational diabetes with their pregnancies. I failed the 1 hour last time and had to do the 3 hour, which I barely passed. Luckily, I passed the 1 hour this time! *happy dance* While I don’t mind drinking the sugary drink so much, I can’t stand getting my blood drawn.
Well, I’m almost to the third trimester so I have most of this pregnancy in the bag! The last few days, I’ve been in less pain so I’m hoping all the pelvic propping I’ve been doing has moved him upwards. I won’t know for sure until my next midwife appointment in early February. In the meantime, saying prayers and thinking positive thoughts!