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i’ll be 32 on my next birthday, but more importantly, i’m 32 today!! 32 weeks pregnant. so happy to have reached my 3rd gestational goal. next up is 35. at 35 (or 36 depending) my doctor promised that my restrictions would be lifted. i didn’t ask for clarification as to if that meant i could at least take short trips out or if that actually means i’m free and can resume my daily activities which would include going back to work. either way- at least i see a light at the end of the tunnel. well, i always had the BIG light (baby) in mind at the end. i mean really, that’s why i’m tolerating all of THIS! (:

anyway life has been very busy around these parts. the andrews household had a  mini make over this week. i think jim got his nesting bug and deciding things needed to change around here before baby came home. we had been talking about getting new living room furniture for months. well, last week he pulled the trigger. we got a new sectional couch, an ottoman, some prints to hang in the living room and hallway, curtains and curtain rods and two new chairs. it makes a huge difference. it feels like we’ve moved. the furniture we had in the living room before was too bulky for the space. with the new furniture it feels like we’ve gained lots of space and it feels more “airy”. jim’s parents came up to help him get everything put together and in place. they also brought up treats for us- a crib, desk (which will become a changing table) and cute clothes for the baby. now we can have more than 2 people over at a time and not feel like we’re siting on top of each other.

we had our bi-weekly doctor’s appointment a little earlier this week. this past thursday evening  i started cramping. i took a hot shower and went to bed and hoped that in the morning it would be gone. i got up and felt a little better, but as the morning progressed they increased in intensity. i texted the doctor and she told us to come in right away. she checked my cervix and it was closed (good sign) and also did a FFN test. what’s that? this: http://www.marchofdimes.com/pregnancy/pretermlabor_fetalfibronectin.html basically it is supposed to measure the likelihood of delivery in the next 2 weeks. i came home and tried to take it easy the rest of the day. later we got a text from the doc letting us know the FFN test was negative. hooray!! that will take us almost all the way to 35 weeks. now, that doesn’t mean i can go jumping on trampolines. i still have to be diligent with my bed resting, but it was nice to have that reassurance that we’re still on the right track to have a term (or close to term) baby.

today jim is going to our infant cpr and first aid class today. i wish i could go ):  i am glad that one of us will have this knowledge. i have taken a course like this in the past because i did a ton of babysitting- so i feel confident i’d be able to recall some of the most critical techniques. i suppose it really doesn’t matter though. we could always hire a full-time doctor in addition to the secret service agents (;

ok friends time for me to lay down again. thanks for reading!!

until next time. xxoo

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Exhale

We went for our check up yesterday and left encouraged. Nothing of note really happened, but I think we all were more optimistic than we were last time. A huge part of that is because I’m past the 30 week milestone. I was  born around this gestational age and I’m (arguably) just fine 🙂 Even if bed rest doesn’t seem to be “improving” my cervix situation we can’t deny the fact that it must be doing something. How do we know this? Well, I’m still pregnant and we don’t have a baby yet.  We aren’t doing cervical checks anymore unless we have a reason. A reason would be if I’m having lots of contractions, leaking amniotic fluid or the baby seems to be in distress. None of these things are occurring (except for the random contraction here or there). I’m surprisingly glad we didn’t do a check yesterday. I was getting obsessive about it and it was really discouraging to see the negative changes happening bi-weekly. It was like a punch in the gut, especially when I was trying so so hard at bed rest. This way, the only gauge I have of success is remaining pregnant and how my body feels.

I’m still on strict bed rest and will be for at least the next 5 weeks. Dr. Roberts says that once I’m 35-36 weeks she’ll lift a lot of my current restrictions. I’m looking forward to at least being able to go out- even if it’s just for a short trip once a week. I’ll even take a walk around the block. It’s hard to be inside for weeks at a time and only being allowed to leave the house for doctor’s appointments. This has probably been harder mentally to endure than it has been to deal with the physical challenges of lying around all day. I don’t want to dwell too much on this though because my current goal is to just accept things as they are. I no longer want to judge this process as “good” or “bad”. Instead I just want to accept it as it is.

Our little princess is hanging in there and getting stronger. We listened to her heartbeat and she seems to be in there chilling and relaxing 🙂 She’s been very active lately and a great deal of her jabs and kicks now make me say “ouch” out loud.

Until next time! Happy Wednesday!!

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