Friday, August 16, 2013

34 Week Update

So here we are at 34 weeks. I am so ready to not be pregnant anymore. My doctor told me I'm her smallest patient BUT I feel enormous. I feel like there is absolutely no way Emily can take up anymore space...I know she'll find a way though.

My biggest complaints right now are just being uncomfortable all of the time and not sleeping. I wake up all night long. The longest stretch of uninterrupted sleep is from about 4am until 8am. Not fun.

We found out at my last round of needle pokes and testing that I'm anemic. That didn't surprise me since I became anemic when I was pregnant with Noah. It went away shortly after he was born. This means I get to take iron pills. Bleh! They make me feel awful and I have to take them TWICE a day. At first I wasn't really taking them like I was supposed to...BAD ASHLEY! Then my doctor told me that although I'm not causing harm to the baby by not taking them I am hurting myself. The real risk with pregnancy anemia comes after you have the baby. Your iron levels drop a lot after the baby is born. If you already have low iron that's bad news for your body. The only way to pump those levels up quickly is a blood transfusion and extra time in the hospital. After she told me that I was totally on board with taking those nasty pills like a good girl.

Noah was born 10 days late. I talked to my doctor about my concern that this baby will decide she is too comfy in there as well. She said HOPEFULLY I won't have to be induced and HOPEFULLY I won't be really late. If we get to 40 weeks and I really just want her out she said we can talk about induction then but normally she would let me go until 42 weeks before doing anything. So we'll see what happens.... Emily please don't stay in there until 42 weeks!!!!

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Then you've probably seen this picture. Noah went to a Very Important Sibling class. It was a really fun thing to do and he enjoyed it more than I thought he would. He learned how to hold, swaddle, and diaper a baby. He did a really good job too! They also talked about baby safety and how things might be different after the baby comes home. Our favorite part was going upstairs to the nursery to see the babies. There were only 2 in the nursery at the time and Noah was disappointed with such a low number of babies to look at.

The hospital is set up so that you have the baby in the labor and delivery ward and then they move you to the postpartum ward where the nursery is. Both areas have just been remodeled and they look amazing. They look more like nice hotel rooms and not so much cold sterile hospital rooms.

We are all ready to meet Emily. It feels like the last 34 weeks have flown by so I'm sure she'll be here before we know it!


  1. Where are you keeping that baby?? You are so tiny, but I bet that just makes it that much more uncomfortable. I doubt Emily will be as late as Noah and I hope you don't get induced again because I don't remember that being a great experience for you. lol

  2. You look amazing! I had low iron levels with my last baby too and I agree that those pills are awful. I didn't want to stay either so I took them, most of the time.

    And I'm so jealous of your hospital! Crossing my fingers for no inductions!

  3. Aw, you look great, mama! :) I was anemic with my first pregnancy but not the second. Weird. But I feel your pain on those iron pills, bleck!! Hope baby Emily decides she's ready to meet the world sooner rather than later. ;)

  4. You do *not* look 34 weeks! You look tiny haha -- crossing my fingers for no inductions!

  5. I don't know if it's just me, but I feel like your pregnancy is just FLYING by! You really do look tiny, but I can imagine the weight of a baby in your tummy is making it feel like a lot bigger to you! I'm so excited to meet her :) Well... Y'know what I mean, ha!


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