Thursday, July 21, 2016

I'm Hanging Upside Down - The Baby is NOT

We are officially 36 weeks along and gearing up for the ending of this pregnancy.  It's so hard to believe that we're in the final month and we'll get to meet little Pickle really soon.  This little baby is making us practice our power of positive thinking by throwing us yet another curve ball. 

We had a full growth scan on July 7th and learned that baby is still measuring in the ninth percentile.  Baby looks perfect other than just being small.  We're just one percentile away from qualifying for the planned water birth that all of us are wanting and hoping for.  I still have this incredible calm sense that it'll all work out somehow.  I don't know why but I don't feel worried at all.  I think I was given the gift of remaining calm under most stressful circumstances.  Please join me in thinking positively, sending energy, praying, and/or thinking this will all work out just the way it is supposed to.  Baby will have another full growth scan on August 1st.   

3D Ultrasound

I've still been running slowly but surly.  I've run 260 miles so far this calendar year and it appears, after today's midwife appointment, that I'm going to stall out at 260 miles until I'm back up and running after giving birth.  I'll still be able to walk though.  The PRIDE Rainbow 5k with my sister, sister-in-law, and both our boys was fantastic.  My IPs and Spencer were at the finish line along with my brother and nieces to cheer us in.  It was a wonderful day to celebrate!  We did a family (except Jack who was at baseball practice) 5k when I was 34 weeks 5 days pregnant, and I ran a 5k with my cousin, Kelly,  on Saturday at 35 weeks 2 days.  I've been feeling great on most of my runs.  I typically run at home and stick to a two mile loop so I can hydrate and urinate on my workout.  Running is where I do my soul searching.  It makes me feel good inside and out!  I set my big goals while I'm running.  Running makes me happy!  I plan on doing my first full marathon post baby with my brother, sister, and hopefully my good friend from California this February in Huntington Beach, CA.  This goal will give me a new focus and something to work toward after having this baby.  I learned last time that I need to have something else in the works before giving birth.  Marathon training seemed like a natural and good goal to have.  It will mentally allow me something to focus on and physically bounce back into shape as soon as I can.   

I love this photo of us jumping at the finish of the PRIDE 5k

34 Weeks 5 Days
George was the OVERALL 1st finisher!

I was at a fabulous ladies get away this last weekend with my mom, aunts, and a few cousins.  We had the perfect weather, food, and company!  After our morning 5k on Saturday I was contracting most of the day.  I knew it wasn't anything to worry about, but it was alarming that I was contracting most of the day.  My mom even asked at one point if we should start timing them.  I took it really easy after our race and spent most of the day with my feet up while I was resting on the beach.  That night when I went to bed, I felt the baby move in a way I've never felt a baby move in five pregnancies.  I can't describe the movement other than comparing myself to a pinball machine.  It didn't hurt but felt so strange.  I thought that it might even be forceful enough to break the water.  I tried flipping from one side to the other, I crossed my legs, I moaned, and I even got up to go to the bathroom.  After about 15 minutes the baby settled down and allowed me to finally fall asleep.

With Cousin Kelly after our 5k on Saturday

On Monday at our weekly monitoring appointment we learned that baby flipped from head-down to a breech position. Without a doubt, the baby flipped on Saturday night when I felt the weird movement.  I've spent my week hanging upside down trying the SpinningBabies method.  I saw the Chiropractor today, that Liz recommended, to have Webster technique adjustment to try to help flip this baby back head-down.  I'll see the Chiropractor on Tuesday again, but if this baby doesn't flip on it's own then we're scheduled to have it manually flipped at the hospital next week Thursday.  I guess I'll just keep you posted...

Payton feeling her baby cousin last week