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Week 26
~ Swelling and a Trip to the Doctor

This week, I have become convinced that I am not carrying a human baby. I believe I am carrying an octopus! The baby is moving everywhere. I love feeling him move and letting me know that he is there and ok; it is starting to get difficult to distinguish between kicks and punches though.

It is still unbelievably hot here; we are getting some more rain than we had been getting, thank you Lord and it is providing some much needed occasional relief from the heat. I am also having some swelling this week, to the point that I can no longer comfortably wear my wedding rings. This actually bothers me; I have only taken my rings off my hand since the moment my husband put them each there to bathe, wash dishes or to have them inspected to make sure I am not in danger of losing any of the stones in them. My husband is being understanding about it, but I still feel naked without them on. I have been doing a lot of walking, preparing for our vacation and eventual childbirth. It is alot easier if I either do it early in the morning or later in the evening once it starts to cool down here.

Went to the doctor this week for a check up, and I've gained 4 lbs in 4 weeks. Which makes my total weight gain this pregnancy a whole 6 lbs. The baby is measuring about 3 weeks further along than what the original first ultrasound said at the beginning of my pregnancy, even the height of uterus is measuring bigger than my 25/26 week mark. The baby is very active and the doctor got to see first hand some of his kicks and punches and how visible his movements are now outside my body.

I got instructions and my sugar drink today for my blood glucose test which I will take in 2 weeks. Because of our vacation coming up, I go in and take it sometime the week before we go and then I see the doctor again the week after we get back. So now my appointments are going to be every 3 weeks at least until I reach 32 weeks. Then every week, or every 2 weeks. Depending on how closely they decide to watch him. She said that he may just be a long big baby, and will watch him closely. She understands my wishes to avoid a C-section but not to make him come before he is actually ready to be safely born.

She read my birth plan and was actually very supportive of it. The only thing she cautioned was making sure the kids were ready for the experience and to not have my mind set on certain things. There is always the chance that she may not be on call and whoever is may not be supportive, and other things could cause for us to have a change of plans. Which I do know and accept.

Work called me yesterday, wanting me to come do an exercise on a simulator. I asked if it really necessary given the circumstances. They said no, not really. That they were eventually going to get everyone in for this little exercise. That I could just do it when I came back. (O.k., so why did you call??) That's another story though.

Not a lot more to report at this time though. Just happy to be marking another week off the calender!

Until next week!

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