Sunday, January 29, 2012

35 & 36 Weeks

I can't thank you all enough for all of the advice & encouraging comments about little G being breech. It has given us lots to think about & I really appreciate all of the personal experiences that you all shared. I love all of your suggestions & it is so great to hear about successful c-section experiences with great recoveries!

I went to my chiropractor on Friday who practices the Webster Technique & followed along with the recommended tips on the Spinning Babies site over the weekend. This included my husband sitting on the bottom step, with my head in his lap and my inverted body up the next five steps with the cat staring at us like we were bat shit crazy. Needless to say, she has not budged!

After much research, we have decided against the version procedure. While many people have had painless, successful procedures, we just don't feel 100% comfortable with the potential risks associated with it. So, I will see my chiro this week again & continue to do what I can at home. Then we will have another ultrasound Thursday to see if she has turned & go from there.
Until then.......... 




How far along? 36 Weeks
Total weight gain: up 27 lbs.
Maternity clothes? yep - literally leggings & maternity shirts from here on out!
Stretch marks? none yet
Sleep: the physical activity of sleeping is still pretty good.. turning my mind off to get there is where I am struggling
Best moment this week: seeing baby girl at my unexpected ultrasound... even if she is breech it is still so sweet to see her little face & watch her snuggle her hands up under her chin

Miss Anything? I miss a lot of things..but this experience has been pretty darn amazing & I'm a little sad that it's almost over.
Movement: still lots of movement.. hoping to feel her momentous partial somersault any day now......
Food cravings: I am literally to the point where I want fruit for every single meal.
Anything making you queasy or sick: still meat - sure hope this goes away!
Gender: Girl

Labor Signs: No
Symptoms: overall feeling pretty great, other than lots of pressure in my belly as it continues to grow & some pain in my hips & ribs.
Belly Button in or out? out
Wedding rings on or off? on

Happy or Moody most of the time: Had a roller coaster of emotions this week... but so very happy.
Looking forward to: baby's arrival of course! Looking forward to meeting with the doctor this week to hear more about options we have. ALSO, can't wait to share the nursery with you all very soon! :)

Planned to post this last week but we have been a bit preoccupied! :)



How far along? 35 Weeks
Total weight gain: 26 lbs. gained at my 35 week appointment
Maternity clothes? oh yes
Stretch marks? none yet, still going strong!
Sleep: sleeping still
Best moment this week: celebrating ONE month until baby girl's due date! the celebration included chipotle, fro yo & a foot massage... BOOM!
Miss Anything? breathing, sitting & laying normally.... and tuna sandwiches.
Movement: mostly wiggles these days along with a random karate kick here & there
Food cravings: strawberry EVERYTHING still
Anything making you queasy or sick: still meat
Gender: sweet baby girl

Labor Signs: nada
Symptoms: immobility like no other
Belly Button in or out? out
Wedding rings on or off? on

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!
Looking forward to: meeting our sweet baby of course... excited to start calling her by her name!

48 comments:

  1. So I know you don't know me, but I saw your awesome chalkboard idea on Pinterest. At this moment, I am nursing my 10 month old whose story is much like yours. She was my 2nd, I had planned a natural delivery after a very positive first L&D, and she got wrapped up in her cord and was stuck breech. I cried my eyes out when they scheduled my c/s, but it all worked out. I spent $$$$ at my chiro on ~10 Webster adjustments, hours hanging of the couch, and more time than ever at yoga doing poses to help her turn. But... she couldn't turn because of the cord. My c/s was smooth and honestly easier to recover from than my first. So 10 months later, we're both healthy and despite my fears, everything worked out for the best. Good luck and best wishes. I'm sure you will both do perfect!

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  2. Your baby should be having the same amount of kicks full term as any other month. Don't let the doctor tell you it's because she's too big... just some friendly advice, it's a sign of a healthy baby up until the due date! Trust your instincts! :-)

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  3. How are you staying SO TAN?! I'm sure you've been asked this a million times!

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  4. I had my first child vaginally and pushed for 3 hours....my second was breech and I had a scheduled c-section (we chose not to do the version procedure due to the position of the placenta). I'm now pregnant with my 3rd and am planning on a scheduled c-section again because (for me) it was a MUCH easier delivery! The recovery was painful while at the hospital, but I got up and walked quickly (as advised by others) and was feeling mostly back to myself within a week...was out for a jog within 3 1/2 weeks. Best of luck to you!

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  5. I too saw your cute idea on pinteresr. I had a friend who's little girl was breech. She did hand stands in the pool and it worked! Her little girl turned and she was able to have her naturally! Give it a try! Good luck!

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  6. You are so beautiful preggers! Have been following you since the beginning and can't believe you're almost there! :) I'll be stealing so many ideas from you (IF I EVER get pregnant...we've been trying for what feels like forever). Try not to worry too much (easier said than done) but I know people that have had a baby both ways and say they prefer c-sections.

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  7. Look into moxa - moxibustIon to help her flip.

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  8. Your pictures are absolutely adorable. I recently found out we are expecting and immediately started the search for a painting so that I could do something like this. Thanks so much for your inspiration, I am really happy with how mine have turned out so far- thanks to you!! Now, if only my hand writing could be as cute as yours!!!

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  9. I was told to try floating in the swimming pool, then doing head stands for a few seconds. Fortunately for both of us, it worked the third time I went swimming. You can get into many comfortable positions in the water. Good luck! Your chalk boards are awesome!

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  10. I just found your blog a few days ago, but I enjoyed reading your previous posts :). I did some fun weekly pics with my littlest, too. Both of mine were breech at some point and I had c-sections with both. I'm one of those success stories, though... no major issues and very easy recoveries. Good luck!

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  11. You are looking great! :) I'm so jealous that you only have 4 weeks to go until your due date. I feel like the time has flown by! I can't wait to see more of your nursery and learn your baby's name. Very exciting stuff!

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  12. My nurse gave me the advice of spending time on hands and knees because it gives the baby more room to maneuver, and it definitely helped! My little guy (I'm 35 weeks) flipped about two days after spending more time in that position. I tried the spinning babies inversion, but it kind of freaked me out, so I only did it once! He flipped while I was laying it bed and it was the weirdest feeling- you'll know if she does it! Good luck getting baby girl to flip over!

    Oh, and also, like half the world apparently, I found you on Pinterest. :)

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  13. Congrats on the pregnancy!! Can't wait to see pics of sweet baby girl! (: also I was wondering, how did you make your blog header? I'm in the process of making a blog and have absolutely no idea what I'm doing. Yours is adorable and would love to know how you made it. <3

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  14. Congrats on the pregnancy!! Can't wait to see pics of sweet baby girl! (: also I was wondering, how did you make your blog header? I'm in the process of making a blog and have absolutely no idea what I'm doing. Yours is adorable and would love to know how you made it. <3

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  15. so just caught up on your last few posts and i just have to say your spinning baby picture of yourself is just plain awesome. haha, stay as calm as you can until you get more info on thursday :)

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  16. You don't know me either but my youngest was breech. Look into moxa sticks..that laying upside down, chiro, or prayer helped my little man flip at 37 weeks.

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  17. you look gorgeous! i hope you had a wonderful time celebrating. i know you must be nervous with the news of your baby girl's positioning, i hope your home exercises are successful, but either way i know you'll have a great team of docs ready to take good care of you both when she makes her debut.

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  18. I am so glad you and your husband came to a decision about the version procedure. (No opinion on decision.) I am just glad you trusted your gut, spoke with your loved ones, and researched your options. Welcome to motherhood - these steps are the play by play every crisis.

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  19. I hope your little girl flips around soon, but I know things will be perfect even if she doesn't. Try not to stress about it too much, she's almost here!!

    I seriously can't wait to see her nursery!!! I am kind of obsessed with nurseries and from what I've seen of yours it's pretty awesome :)

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  20. I hope baby G will turn around! If not then I am positive all will go well even if you end up with C-Section. Baby G will be worth it all....:)

    Loving your posts!!

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  21. Also wondering how you are so tan? You look beautiful!

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  22. Like others I found you on pinterest too and I just wanted to let you know that if a c-section is what is in your future just remember that it's what's best for your beautiful baby girls arrival!!! Plus, once you're holding her for the first time you won't care how she got there just that she is in your arms safe and sound!!!

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  23. Where did you get the cute gray sleeveless cardigan in your 36 weeks photo? Thank you and love you :)

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  24. You look gorgeous as usual and I hope things go well with your chiropractor. Keeping my fingers crossed that she'll flip for you! Life sounds great and I'm totally psyched to see the nursery! Good luck with everything!

    Natalie
    www.projectdowhatyoulove.wordpress.com

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  25. My son was breech from 32 to 38 weeks and then flipped on his own. He was born at 39 weeks weighing a little over 8lbs and I'm pretty small! They don't need that much room to flip. We ended up canceling our scheduled c-section. I knew when he flipped though, it felt like he was doing cartwheels in my belly and I had no choice but to get on my hands and knees to be comfortable.

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  26. Good luck! I am 32 weeks and my ribs get kicked a lot. My dr. was on vaca last week and the midwife that saw me tried to tell me baby's head was not down yet (when my dr. told me it was just two weeks before). Needless to say she frustrated me, I will not have an ultrasound until it is sooner to his arrival time, so we'll have to see if she is just wrong or if this little guy has moved. You look awesome for 35 weeks!

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  27. My nephew was head down at this point. Then the next week he turned breech. My sister was scheduled for a repeat csection so it was fine. But coincidently the day of the surgery he had turned head down again. So baby G may turn on her own.

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  28. I just found your blog through a link on Pinterest. Love the chalkboard photos - very cute.
    My little guy was breech until 35 weeks when I had moxibustion treatments at an acupuncturist. He flipped and I delivered him vaginally at 40 weeks + 5 days.
    I recommend trying to find an acupuncturist in your area who can do this for you. Much less invasive than manual version. Good luck!

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  29. Who does the drawings on the chalkboard? You? They're great!

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  30. you are seriously STUNNING.... pregnancy looks great on you!!!

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  31. wow pintrest is the way to go! Also love reading where you purchase your adorable clothes at! And curious what you do for a living? I also work from home and its nice to read that others live in yoga pants and leggings! haha Good Luck!

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  32. I know what you mean about it being sad that the journey is almost over. I felt the same way. Good news is...you will get the most amazing gift you have ever received in a few weeks!

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  33. A friend sent me your chalkboard idea because I am 14 weeks along... It lead me to your blog tonight...and I just sat and read the whole thing. You are HILARIOUS...and make me laugh because you say everything I think. lol I'm excited to totally rip off your chalkboard idea and your blog idea. I have one--but haven't been posting. You've inspired me to get back to it! You're so cute! Good luck :)

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  34. Hi, you don't know me, but I saw your CUTE chalkboard pregnancy timeline on pinterest. I know how it is to have a breech baby. My first one turned breech the last couple weeks before her due date! We tried everything too, laying on an ironing board, etc. Ended up having the version and still nothing! Had to have a c-section, but was able to have my second V-BAC. :) Anyway, I found out a method that's been pretty successful with other women with breech babies that I wish I knew when I was pregnant with my first. The method is a Young Living Essential oil called Myrrh. Some women have sworn up and down that that worked when nothing else did. I'm a Young Living Essential oils distributor and have lots of info on essential oils. If you would like me to send you info just let me know and I'd be happy to help you! I hope that Baby Garvin turns soon! My email address is: AiT8Keys@yahoo.com
    Just say need info for YL essential oils in the subject box so I won't delete. (I delete unknown emails.) :)
    Hope you have a GREAT day! :)

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  35. So excited for you! I've been following along and can't believe it's almost time!!

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  36. Just wanted to say that since you first posted about her breeching, I've been praying for you and baby. 'For her to flip around, for you to both have a super great/healthy/natural delivery, where you don't have to have a c-section, and everyone comes out unscathed. I don't know if you're the praying type, but thought I'd share anyway. God's been doing some amazing things in this family this week where some crazy stuff's been happening, but so far, all our prayers about them have been answered; so God's good to provide where we need Him, and He definitley loves & cares about about you and that baby of yours :) Happy Last month! (Psalm 139:13-14)

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  37. i had twins and LIVED in leggings towards the end....and i had the smallest "maternity" wardrobe {why is it so dang expensive? and no, thank you i don't want to always have something to TIE ON MY BACK. like i could even reach it!} i'm proud of you for going to chipotle, getting a foot massage and fro yo....your life will never be the same and as carefree as it is now. i know that's so cliche and lame, but it's so true. and i know you're probably pretty uncomfortable {what pregnancy is COMFORTABLE?!}, but enjoy the small little things that you're not going to be able to do very easily starting in one month and going for another 12 years or so....peeing alone....eating you favorite {and maybe not so healthy snacks} without having to hide them from your littles...knowing where the tv remote is...not stepping on toys...not dealing with baby gates and childproofing in general. it's all about the little things...lol. {this may sound like complaining, but it's not, it's just humorous how quickly things change! :)}

    and you are the cutest little prego girl ever. and i've probably seen your chalkboard pics on like 30 different pins, no lie :)

    good luck with delivery and little baby g! just try to relax and listen to your instincts!

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  38. Love your blog and your no holds back attitude about all the ups and down of pregnancy..makes me miss mine all over again and my lil man turns 4 in a month! time flies once they are here but you will always have that special you and her time while she is in there and you never forget how great it was. I had an C-section that was not planned but I was so ready to meet him they could have pulled him out of my nose and I woould have been like , cool lets roll! it was super easy out in 20 mins and recover was fine. Either way I hope she is the happy little bundel of joy regardless if she takes the bypass or the freeway, you'll do great!

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  39. Please try pelvic rocks. She won't turn unless you can get her out of where she is stuck. Good luck!!!

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  40. You look really good for being so far along. I look like you now and I am only 28 weeks, eek.

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  41. I came across your blog and just wanted to let you know..I had a breeched baby as well! Everything will be fine! My disappointment went away immediately the moment I heard my sweetness for the first time. I heeled amazingly!! My body build is lot like yours and my OB mentioned that healing is quick with smaller builds. Please make sure to ask a million questions on what to "expect". That was my only regret. I am hoping your baby turns but if she doesn't... this doesn't make your delivery any less special or miraculous. =) Good luck.

    www.hellomybabyblog.com

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  42. Hi i’m Heather! I have a question for you! Please email me :)
    HeatherVonSJ[at]gmail[dot]com

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  43. I am SO excited to have found your blog! Almost 4 months along in my first pregnancy & I've been devouring your archives. (& sending t&p to you for that little one to flip around!!!)

    Kind of a silly question, but I LOVE your sweatshirt (w/ zipper) in this photo from week 35, where did you find it??

    xo

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  44. Jessica, giggled at your best moment, too sweet and love the BOOM.

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  45. I found your blog via Babble- LOVE the chalkboard idea and I wish I'd seen it before I was pregnant!

    Anyway. My sweet baby boy was breech nearly my entire pregnancy, and he refused to move.

    We decided against the version procedure as well, and scheduled a c-section. We didn't try any chiropractic treatments and I also didn't try any other tricks to get him to turn. I have absolutely no regrets about the c-section. It was planned, easy and not stressful at all. The doctors and nurses were ready, there was no urgency, everyone was calm.

    I would never have been a person to schedule a c-section for convenience or fear of labor...but having had one, in hindsight, I have to say it was the way to go! My recovery was quick and relatively painless. I know it's not that way for everyone, but it was so much better than the risk of an emergency c-section- which many of my friends have had.

    Good luck to you!

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  46. Where did you get that cute sweatshirt with the zips? Loving your blog btw! I'm just 5 weeks today and so excited! Thanks for sharing your journey :)

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