Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Pregnancy Update: Weeks 37-39

Week 37

This week started with my friends at work spoiling me with a yummy midnight potluck complete with cake and streamers :) I really do work with some awesome people!
Then later in the week I was blessed to have another baby shower. This one from friends in our ward. It was special too as our ward was just split to form a brand new one and we are part of the new one.
Grateful for good friends!
This week also included the dreaded leg swelling of pregnancy! Weird though, only my right ankle would swell. But swell it would! I took a picture but then after looking at it decided it's not the sharing type :)
Week 38
This week started our first week of "lasts." We have been blessed to work in the Detroit Temple for the last 2.5 years and this week was our last shift with our dear friends. Such a bittersweet ending to a WONDERFUL opportunity!
We also went on our "last date" as a couple. Crazy that we will be "West, party of 3" next time :)
Week 39
Here we are in week 39 and I can barely believe it! We continued our week of "lasts" including last week at church as a couple and my last shift at work (the picture is for my sister who asked for a pregnant scrub pic).

 I've wondered if the baby was trying her best to turn this week as I had extra movement. But bless her heart, she appears to be stuck!
 This pregnancy has gone by quickly and I've been blessed with a pretty easy one in my opinion for which I am very grateful. It's surreal to me to be sitting here typing my final update knowing we are literally hours away from holding our little girl!

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Pregnancy Update: Weeks 33-36

Hard to believe this pregnancy is almost done, time to catch up!

Week 33
This week started our 50 day countdown to the due date. To celebrate I put a little book together for Ryan that is called "50 Rules for Dads of Daughters." You can find the list online, I put it into a photo book and added 1 per day.
This week we also started our birth classes which made things a lot more real!
Week 34
(Sorry, no picture this week)
 Had another appointment this week, the doctor snuck us into ultrasound to confirm that yes, she was STILL breech. Also attended our 2nd birth class.
Week 35
(Ignore all the clutter in the nursery, I haven't had room for everything!)
Not much new this week other than agonizing over the decision of whether to manually turn the baby to get her head down for delivery. Attended our last birth class.
Week 36
Very looked forward to appointment this week with my doctor to discuss our birth options. Like I said, we had been wrestling with this issue for weeks of whether to have a version procedure done or not and it helped to talk to my doctor and have her tell us that I was not a good candidate for several reasons and that she would recommend a C-section instead. And that coming from a very pro vaginal birth physician. I certainly don't want a C-section but want to do what is best for the baby so I'm glad she helped us feel good about a decision. We were very nervous/uncomfortable with the risks of the version procedure anyway. As Ryan so well phrased it, "it's an unnatural way to a natural birth."
I know lots of people have been asking about nursery pictures. I promise I will post them as soon as I can! I really want to have everything put away and looking perfect before I post them :) Thanks for checking in!