Baby #3, Pregnancy Updates

Baby #3 29 Weeks

Little Nugs,

I’m starting to feel the exhaustion that comes in the 3rd trimester–much earlier than I remember with your siblings. Everything seems to take more work (getting up from the couch, chasing after the kids, going up a flight of stairs). I also did some projects around the house over the weekend and definitely felt it on Monday. I just pushed myself too hard. In continuing to prep the big kids rooms, I removed some stuff from the wall, which required patching drywall, (aka: pain in the butt)  It is putsy, takes forever and super messy. But as long as I had all the stuff out, thought I would patch several other spots too. Additionally, I couldn’t resist not doing some other kind of refresh and decided the half bath was it. I repainted it, bought new hardware, new mirror, shelfs and picture frames. I’m so excited about the change and I think it looks stellar, but that was a lot of work to take on over the weekend for someone that is nearly 30 weeks pregnant. And I felt it the whole week. Work was also pretty busy so that didn’t help things either.

Food is still hit or miss–nothing ever really sounds good, but it isn’t making me sick either. For the most part, still avoiding chocolate, spicy food and red-based sauces to help combat the heartburn.

The biggest challenge really is the breathing. I have a very hard time getting in a position that is comfortable. If I recline too far I can’t breath, if I am too far forward I can’t breath, if I’m flat on my back I can’t breath. While I was at the dentist this morning I was just not positioned right and had to interrupt the hygienist while she was cleaning my teeth and go to the bathroom and put my head between my legs because I was going to pass out. The one position that seems to work well for me is to lay on my side, so sleeping has been pretty good. I need to readjust a couple times in the night, but as long as I have a pillow between my legs, I’m out!

Movement continues to intensify. Your little dance moves can almost be uncomfortable at times as you’re kicking my organs around inside.

Last week at the Dr., things went well. Your heart rate was at 140. I got my Tdap shot to protect you from pertussis and had to get my blood drawn for something else that I don’t remember. I gained a good amount of weight this past month but am still under what is ‘average’ for this point so there weren’t any concerns.

Lexi continues to love on you like no other. She kisses you goodnight each evening and gives you a hug goodbye at school each day. She will be such a big sister to you. She loves watching out for William and have a feeling she will be pretty protective over you.

Reading over William’s post, there are lots of similarities. Was having trouble breathing, with the exact same issues I am this time around. We were also busy prepping for Christmas. With Lexi, I was prepping her nursery, registering for baby showers and enjoying her movement.

Thats all for this week. Keep growing little one! (you’re almost 3 lbs and about 17inches long!)

Love,

Mama

Baby #3, Pregnancy Updates

Baby #3 28 Weeks

Little Sweet Pea,

Another week down, which means we are just one week closer to meeting you, which I am SO excited by. I’m so excited to see how you a similar to your siblings and also how your are different. What kind of baby will you be? Will you be laid back and easy going or will you be a colicy and just a handful in general? Who will you look like? When will you come, how will you come? So many unknowns, which make things a little scary but also exciting at the same time.

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I’m sure I will feel differently after you are born, but I’m just not one of those people that ‘love’ being pregnant and find it so blissful. Its not that I want to wish this time away, but generally speaking, I’m find myself always looking forward to the next stage whether that be, your arrival or learning to sit or walk or whatever. I don’t find myself sad or missing previous stages of life. Maybe that will be different knowing you’re the last but so far, I’m just really looking forward to meeting you!

This past weekend was Easter and it was our turn to spend the day with Mommy’s family. We had a great day celebrating and the big kids loved searching for Easter baskets and eggs. Sweet Lexi has already picked out a basket for you to have next year!

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This isn’t anything new to ‘this week’ but I don’t believe I’ve mentioned yet. Around 16 weeks or so, I finally started to notice my hair wasn’t falling out to the extent it usually does (gobbs in the shower) and is a typical symptom of pregnancy. However, I have noticed my hair is less greasy than it has ever been (pregnant or not pregnant). Previously, I would struggle to even go a day without washing my hair, but since I’ve been preggos, I can easily go 3 days and even a 4th if I put dry shampoo in. I’ve also noticed that my underarm and leg hair grows much slower. Again, I would typically need to shave every day to every other day and now, I can pretty much go a week, which is absolutely insane to me.

Movement has shifted from only feeling the random kicks to feeling you shift positions or stretch out your arms or legs, hiccups and little internal movements where it feels like you’re playing the piano on the inside of my belly.

No other major updates. Daddy is continuing to work on the bunk beds, currently he is sanding them and getting them ready for me to paint. Tomorrow, I have my 28 week checkup and hope things continue to go well. More to come on that next week.

Love,

Mama

Baby #3, Pregnancy Updates

Baby #3 26 Weeks

Dear little babe,

Another uneventful week. You continue to grow and become more active each day. Lots of dancing going on in there. Breathing continues to be an annoyance where I frequently catch myself out of breath just sitting and often have to lean back and arch my back to be comfortable. Heartburn is becoming more frequent and intense. At this point, I’m pretty much avoiding tomato-sauce based foods, citrus and chocolate as it is a guarantee heart-burn inducer.

I also forgot to take a photo this week!

At my last appointment (24 weeks), I had gained 5 lbs in the last 4 weeks for a total weight gain of 8 lbs. Yesterday I made the mistake of weighing myself and had gained 6 lbs in the last 2 weeks which is very alarming! I’m trying not to freak out about it because in total that is 14 lbs which isn’t very much given I’m heading into my 3rd trimester, but it still was a little eye-opening to see that kind of gain in 2 weeks!! I’m trying to have more self-control and not just eat sweets and chips whenever I want.

Sleep could definitely be worse. I need to sleep with a pillow between my legs and usually roll over 4-5 times a night and need to re-position the pillow, but I’m able to fall back asleep right away and am sleeping until my alarm goes off each morning. Knowing what is to come, I have nothing to complain about at this point.

On a non-pregnancy related update, we have a beautiful day this past Saturday and went to the zoo with the big kids and had a great time. It was very busy, but we hadn’t been since last summer and it was so fun to watch William see and react to the animals this year. He totally knows what they all are this year and was in awe of how big they are in real life (opposed to in a book).

Lexi and I were cuddling on the couch the other day and you were dancing away so I had her put her hand on my belly and of course you stopped then. However, as I was putting her to bed, and was sitting in our bedroom waiting for her to fall asleep, she gets out of bed, opens her door and yells to me, ‘Mom if the baby starts kicking again, come get me, cause I want to feel her, OK?’ Also, this evening while we were driving home from school, William was ‘feeding’ his raccoon his water, and asked him if he was going to help give the new baby bottles. Lexi immediately pipped in and said, ‘No, he can’t that is my job. I’m going to give the baby all of her bottles’

Over the past few weeks, I’ve ordered TONs of dresses for your Auntie Sheila’s wedding and am coming up dry. Everything I try isn’t very flattering on my backside, makes my boobs look even bigger than they are (which in my opinion they are already massively out of control) looks like I’m wearing a tent or the color isn’t good. I’m starting to get a little worried about this and hoping I find something soon!

Fairly random updates going on this week. Keep on growing little one!

Love,

Mama

Baby #3, Pregnancy Updates

Baby #3 22 Weeks

To my third baby,
This has been a pretty uneventful week, which is a good thing. Outside of the typical chaos of our house, I spent my time anticipating the warm weather we are on the verge of. I don’t think I’ve ever been more ready for warm weather, and this winter wasn’t even bad. I think I’m just excited to be outside with Lexi and William as they are a year older this year, which means they will be that much more capable of doing more activities. Also, that means we’re that much closer to meeting you!
Size of baby: According to the app, you now weigh about 1 lbs. Your vision, hearing and sense of touch are getting stronger. You can hear my voice, heartbeat and all those nice digestion noises.
The Bump: It feels bigger than it looks. It feels heavy and like I’m 36 weeks along, which is a scary thought because I have a long ways to go until I’m there. I think I’ve had a couple of Braxton Hicks contractions, but still too early to tell.
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Cravings/Aversions: No real cravings, but nothing really sounds good either. Still get pretty full after lunch and don’t eat a whole lot more after that. I usually want a soda most days BUT I’m sustaining some will power on this one, especially because I usually can’t finish it. I typically just want a couple sips and then I’m good.
What I’m loving: I really love knowing your gender. I have my eye on this adorable little dress for you to wear to your auntie Becca’s wedding this summer and just have fun daydreaming about what kind of personality will you have. Will you be more of a tomboy or will you be really girly? Will you love pink or will you really dislike it. Lexi is really into princesses right now, but was never a big baby or dolly kid and William for sure wasn’t, will you?
What I’m anticipating: Warm weather so much! I can’t wait to leave the house regularly without jackets and be able to walk outside in my bare feet and wear shorts and tank tops! Also, Daddy made some good progress on putting together a bedroom plan for the big kids so I’m really looking forward to getting that project started!
Miss anything? Not really.
Worries? not really!
Differences between pregnancies? No post for Lexi this week and with William, we were STILL in Hawaii. At this point, I wasn’t able to sleep on my stomach and starting to feel lots of movement.
How I’m feeling: Pretty good! My patience is paper thin but physically, I’m feeling pretty good.
Sleep: Pretty good. Still able to sleep on my stomach/side and fall asleep pretty quickly and stay sleeping most of the night. However, I am waking up on my own around 5:45 to 6:00 most mornings. I feel like this is my body’s way of saying get your butt out of bed and go work out, but I haven’t acted on that yet.
Movement: Lots! You are the first baby where I’ve woken up in the middle of the night because of your movement. Also Lexi was able to feel your little dancing moves for the first time. Here eyes got wide and then she ran over to daddy and said, ‘Daddy, I just felt me little sister kick. Isn’t that silly?’
Boy or Girl: Sweet baby GIRL!!!!
Milestones: We made the official decision on which preschool Lexi will be going to next year. Feels good to have something set in stone!
Sibling Talk: Lexi is just so excited for you! She loves to tell everyone that she is going to be a big sister and her mommy has a baby in her tummy. She told the Dr. when we were in for well check appointments, she told the man bagging our groceries an the person where we were registering for preschool.
We also talked about how you are ‘swimming’ inside my belly, which sparked lots of questions: Can she float? How does she breath? Does she know how to do scoop and kicks like me?
Love,
Mama
Baby 2, Pregnancy Updates

Baby #2 39 Weeks

Dear little baby,

I’m not sure if it is you or my body, but this past week, has been such a tease. I’ve been having contractions on a regular basis, but nothing consistent. They’ll appear for 30-60 minutes and then disappear for a couple of hours and then decide to show up again and then go away. Mentally it is draining as I think–oh maybe this is it–and then am deflated. I’m trying not to analyze every potential sign, but man it is hard not to.

I’ve also been praying to help relinquish control and just let you do your thing and arrive when you are supposed to–it is easier said than done. Overall, the pelvic pressure has dissipated a bit–which kind of makes me feel like I’m moving in the opposite direction.

Otherwise the week was pretty low key. There were a few flair ups at work but for the most part it was fairly calm. On Friday, my boss officially took me off of all projects and is just having me work on some things for when I return from maternity. Sunday, we made a turkey and Grandma and Grandpa came over but I think that was about it.

I also had my weekly Dr. appointment. I have gained 21 lbs so far–not to bad, and very surprising considering 10 of those lbs were put on in the first trimester. Everything else looks good. Your heart rate was around 155–so a little on the higher side again. I was dilated to a 3+ and the cervix has continued to soften–all good signs. I had my membranes stripped and was given direction to walk, walk and walk so more. So we’ll see what I’m able to do being trapped inside with the cold weather and what I can do at work. We also talked a lot about induction and if we should do it this Friday or wait until my due date next Tuesday. I’m a little torn. I really want to go naturally and have that experience of not being induced, but I’m also anxious to meet you and am fearful of you being a really big baby and needing a C-section to deliver, just because I wanted to experience going into labor naturally. If we schedule Friday and get bumped we’ll have a really good chance of getting in on Tuesday. If we wait until Tuesday and get bumped, we’ll have to wait until Friday, 11 days from now. 11 Days seems unfathomable. I’m sure I would go before then but the idea of waiting another 11 days seems like torture. After talking to Daddy, the plan is to put our name down on the list for Tuesday and then check in on Thursday afternoon to see what the wait list is like for Friday and if the list is really long, I’ll put my name down knowing I won’t get in and should for sure be set for Tuesday. I feel good about this plan and feel more confident that I’ll go into labor on my own before next Tuesday.

Thats all for now–lets meet soon little one.

Love,

Mama

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Baby #2 38.5 Weeks Pregnancy Insomnia

Little babes,

These last couple weeks before your arrival are a silent killer. The anticipation of your arrival is so exciting but so difficult. The notion that you can theoretically come at any point over a 6 week time period is hard. You don’t want to plan anything in case–but you also don’t want to just sit around and wait and drive yourself crazy.

My mobility at this point is pretty difficult. Standing up, walking, sleeping, sitting–there is no good position at this point. Lots of noises are made in any kind of transition.

Then tonight, I’m dealing with one of my first bouts of pregnancy insomnia. Thankfully, I haven’t dealt with this much–but it stinks. I just can’t sleep and what’s worse is knowing how tired I’m going to be at work tomorrow. Anyways, thought I would take advantage of the quietness of the house to capture of the non-stop thoughts about your arrival running through my head.

The constant change in how I’m feeling is so difficult. At one point, I’m so uncomfortable and feel so much pressure that I feel like your arrival could happen at any second. Then a couple hours later or maybe a day–I feel nothing as in I could be pregnant for another 2-3 months.

I also realize that I’m only 38 weeks pregnant and that I’m being inpatient and don’t have a right (on behalf of all overdue pregnant ladies) to feel this way. As of right now, I’m about 90% convinced that you will not arrive on your own and I’ll need to be induced. And if I’m being honest with myself, I’m about 50% OK with that. I had a great experience when I was induced with Lexi and really really want Dr. G to deliver you. The other 50% of me really wants to have that experience of going into labor naturally. In my mind, there is something fairly exhilarating about the adrenal rush that would come with that. Does my water break, timing contractions, determining when to call Grandma, determining when to go to the hospital–the unknown of that just seems a little exciting to me.

At the Dr. appointment earlier this week, I told Dr. G, I want to be induced on my due date (March 3rd) if you haven’t arrived by then. I’m torn on if I want to really do that or not. Part of my just wants to meet you and be done with it, and the other part wants to give you a couple more days to come on your own schedule. If you haven’t arrived by Friday, then I would be OK being induced. Regardless, I think I’m going to be done with work by my due date. I have some vacation that needs to get used and think I just want to be done. I’m going to take next Friday off and go to MOA to walk as it has been disgustingly cold here out (like -15 degrees with wind chills of -30, yuck!!) and have a fun family day by taking Lexi on a ride or two and seeing Lego land.

Come out soon sweet baby. Mama wants to meet you.

Love,

Mama

PS. Your big sister is excited to meet you as well. We were snuggling in bed the other night and she turns to me and declares, ‘Mama, I share girafee with sister’ which is her absolute favorite thing in the world and don’t believe she has gone a night without girafee for over a year and a half. You’re already so loved!

Baby 2, Pregnancy Updates

Baby #2 38 Weeks

Dear Baby,

I’m sorry, but no more photos 😦 I took them, but hadn’t transferred them to the computer yet and you’re sister wiped them off my phone. I’m super bummed!

I’ve officially entered the mind games of pregnancy stage. After hearing I was 50% effaced and dilated to a 2 last week and a particularly challenging day with some contractions–I was convinced I wasn’t going to make it through this week. I felt like I could potentially go into labor at any moment.

However, the following day–I felt great and felt like I wouldn’t go for another couple of weeks. The games your mind plays on you are tricky! The most exciting thing that happened this week was that I made it! Walking out of work on Friday, I was just ecstatic. I felt so relieved to have made it and to know that the next two weeks shouldn’t involve a lot of heavy lifting on my behalf.  Granted there is still a lot of work to do, but I shouldn’t have to work in the evenings and I feel like all but one of my projects can move forward without me and the knowledge has been transferred. Wahoo!!!

Sub-consciously, I am thinking about your arrival constantly. I’m over-analyzing every movement, pain  and feeling running through my body and it is kind of driving me a little crazy. In my head, I feel like there are two situations in which you will arrive.

1. I’m going to be induced. I think this situation is top of mind because that’s what happened with Lexi.

2. You are going to come really really fast. Like my water is going to break and I’m instantly going to be tons of pain and we’re not going to be able to wait for Grandma to get here or drop Lexi off anywhere and we’re just going to have to speed to the hospital.

Realistically, I know that your arrival will be very different than either of these scenarios, but these are the two that rise to the top as I constantly think about your arrival.

I’m also back to feeling more strongly that you are a boy. I’m just dying to find out. I can’t wait to find out how our family is about to change.

I had my weekly Dr appointment today and things look good. I’m dialated to about a 2.5 and about 60% effaced-so little progress but not a ton. Your heart rate was between 130 and 135. Overall, movement has decreased in frequency but is much stronger and you like to stretch out a out. I continue to get random spouts of numbness in my legs–Dr. G. confirmed you are very very low, which would explain those zingers.

I’m ready for you any time little nugs! Come out and meet your family.

Love,

Mama

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Baby #2 37 Weeks

Dear Baby,

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You are officially full term, but I need you to continue to bake at the very least for the rest of the week! I feel like ‘The Belly’ or you got huge this week. I was wearing a sweatshirt and you looked massive under it–even Daddy commented on how the Belly looks bigger now than it ever did with Lexi. After looking at this week’s picture–I feel like I’m starting to get the basketball look and not so much the long round egg look.

I had my weekly Dr. appointment today and things are going really well. Your heart rate was between 130 and 135. I continue to have a ridiculous amount of of Braxton Hicks contractions–some of them are painful, but painful at the bottom of the belly so Dr. G thinks that is from my body preparing to deliver you–not any pre-labor signs. I’m dilated to a comfortable 2 cm and about 50% or more effaced–so the body is making progress.

I still feel good considering your about 7.5 lbs. and can come at any point. I’m sleeping pretty well–only have to get up once during the night to go to the bathroom and can fall back asleep, most of the time. Rolling over has become nearly impossible. I pretty much need to sit up to roll to the other side–and find myself holding onto the blankets to help pull myself up.

Your movements have changed dramatically over the past 2-3 weeks. Instead of kicks and rolls it is more of stretching and adjustments. Usually, I can identify your butt and legs–especially when they are stretching out and pushing on the top of my belly. Pelvic pressure has increased, most noticeably when I’m walking but it is still bearable.

The only food that I really want to eat right now is sweets–and have had more than my fair share. So much so that I gained 3 lbs this week, yikes! Overall, I’ve had very little heartburn throughout the entire pregnancy and even when I have had it, it has been pretty minimal and haven’t needed to take TUMS, definitely thankful on that side of things. I think my feet/legs are starting to swell a little or at least by the end of the day, my socks feel tight around my legs. I also feel like I’ve reached the point where my maternity pants are getting small and my shirts are too short.

Work continues to be insane–but I just need to make it to the end of this week and it should level out as I’ll have some replacements on site.  The end is in sight and I couldn’t be more excited!

Love,

Mama

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Baby #2 36 Weeks

Little Babes,

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We officially have 4 weeks or less until we meet face to face and I couldn’t be more excited. Will you have chunky little cheeks? Hair? A light complexion like mom? Or dark like Dad? Will you be tall like your sister? When will you arrive, how will you arrive? And of course will we be blessed with a son or a daughter? All of these questions are constantly running through my mind, mostly about when and how you will arrive, but the anticipation is exciting! And more than anything, we pray that you are a healthy little nugget!

This morning we had your 36 week check up. It started with an ultrasound to check on your growth and ensure you were in fact head down. As of today, you’re measuring to be right around 7 lbs. with a heart rate between 135 and 145. The blood flow to your heart looks great and everything with your brain appears to be developing well. You are head down and like to keep your arms next to your face, but did cooperate and move them so we could get a little sneak peak of your chunky cheeks–and from the 3D pics, they look chunky! We were also able to see some hair on that head of yours.

Daddy and Lexi both came to the appointment this morning. Daddy was once again amazed at how much we’re able to look at with an ultra-sound and see you squirming around in there. Lexi, was a little less impressed. She knew right away that there was a baby on the screen, but was more interested in what the technician was doing to my belly and wanted to show the technician her belly.

After the ultra-sound we met with Dr. G and she did a quick test for Group B Strep and checked to see how things were progressing. I am dilated to 1 cm, and softening is starting to occur. This surprised me; I’m feeling pretty good and thought I would need to be more uncomfortable like I was with Lexi for any progression to begin. We also talked about how I likely won’t go past my due date if you haven’t arrived by then. Based on your current estimated size and typical growth patters, you would be 9 1/2 lbs! However, Lexi measured a little larger than you did at this same point, and ended up weighing 8 lbs when born so I still think it is all a guessing game at this point, BUT it does feel good to have an official ‘meet’ date in sight.

For whatever reason, this appointment made it feel a little more real for me in the fact that your Daddy and I will be meeting you soon. I still think we have several weeks, but it made me feel the pressure to get some things unloaded off my plate at work in case you do surprise us.

Outside of the Dr. appointment, things are going as expected. In general, I feel so much better than I did with Lexi at this point. I don’t have the itching–which is making sleep much better. I don’t have the pelvic pressure I did with her or the hip pain and feel less anxious for your arrival. There was so much unknown with her and I had never gone through labor or birth and I was constantly thinking about it. This time, I feel like I have a better idea what to expect–but still trying to embrace myself for a completely different experience. I’m also putting less pressure on myself to have everything at home be perfect. I’m not worried about what is in the hospital bag or forgetting something, or even having the car seat in the car. We only live 5 miles from the hospital, which is 1/4 of a mile away from Target–if we forget something, Daddy can easily go get something.

Work continues to be stressful as there is just so much going on and nobody to back me up at this point if you arrive. Additionally, it is just exhausting running from meetings all day and then coming home, making dinner, playing with Lexi, getting her ready for bed and then working for another several hours every night. There is no time to relax at all and just rest.

Until next week…

Love,

Mama

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Baby #2 34 Weeks

Dear Baby,

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The bump continues to get bigger every week. I have a couple of defined stretch marks to the left of my belly button and it looks alike a couple developing on the right side. There are 3-4 lines on each side and make about 2 inches long. My belly button still remains an ‘innie’ although it is starting to appear flatter.

This past week was interesting. On Sunday, Daddy and I went to a movie for one of the first times in over a year. It was such a nice treat to 1.) see a movie and 2.) see it in a theater. Grandma B and Papa watched Lexi and after, Lexi and I sat in the hot tub. Papa was nice enough to turn the temp down so it was safe for me to go in. While I was in there, it felt great, but almost immediately after, I felt more pelvic pressure and a little pain every time I would put pressure onto a foot.

This pain continued throughout the week and had me a little concerned. Did my water break or get a really small leak? What was making me feel so crappy? Then on Tuesday, I had a couple of real, painful contractions, which had me very concerned. There were only a couple so I’ve coupled it up against dehydration and just trying to do too much. Mental note to myself that nothing at work is worth having you arrive early or put onto bed rest. Must take better care of myself.

Overall, work continues to be absolutely insane. Being down two-and-a-half people on our team of 4 is a killer. I’m working ~15 hours a day and working on a project that is pretty complex and brand new to me, so I’m a little worried I may be missing something or with the aggressive timelines may not meet the deadline. Hoping that everything falls into place and things settle down in the next two weeks when our new team members start.

Other updates around you: sleep continues to be pretty good. I wake up around 4 to go to the bathroom. Just not feeling like I’m getting enough sleep. Your movement continues to be aggressive. Lots of stretching, hiccups and kicking of my internal organs verses the outside.

At the doctor’s appointment this morning, your heartbeat was the lowest it has ever been, 133–which has me leaning on the boy side of the gender again. The doctor also thought you were sleeping which may explain the lower heart rate. Everything else seems to be going well. I did have her check me to make sure you hadn’t dropped or any kind of progression had been made and she confirmed that everything looks as it should for 34 weeks. Weight gain is at 17 lbs.

I think that is it for now.

Love, Mama