Lindsay Sledge

a blog about life with Micah, Denver, Everett, and Presley the dog

Month: June 2016

33 Week Survey

Here’s the latest weekly survey. I cannot believe that there are less than two months to go!

  • How far along are you? 33 weeks
  • What size is baby? The 33 week average is 17.2 inches, 4.23 pounds, and the size of a honeydew melon.
  • Gender prediction? We are having a baby boy!
  • Planning a natural or medicated birth? Natural, so please pray that Baby is head down and stays head down until the big day! He moves a lot, and I’m not confident that he’s always in the right position. I’ll ask at my next appointment.
  • How much weight have you gained? 25 pounds. Yikes. I am supposed to gain about a pound a week from here on out, and that is astounding to me. I can definitely feel the extra weight in my back and belly.
  • Food cravings? Watery fruit such as watermelon, strawberries, raspberries, and grapes.
  • Maternity clothes? I am nearly always wearing maternity clothes now. What’s crazy is that some of my maternity clothes are starting to fit snuggly.
  • Exercise routine? Exercise has taken the form of walking around in 100 degree heat and packing for the move to the house. Dear Nashville, cool off please. This heat wave is hard on a pregnant lady.
  • Sleep Habits? Sleep is pretty good at this point. It’s sometimes hard to fall asleep because of heartburn, and I get up a few times a night to use the restroom and adjust pillows. Overall, though, I am thankful for the rest.
  • Best moment of the week? My Dad flew into Nashville to help Micah and me with the move! I loved showing him the new house, and I appreciate his encouragement. He’s helped so much with painting and packing our apartment, and he’s spent the entire weekend in the crawl space helping Micah fix insulation.
  • Biggest discomfort of the week? My back hurts, particularly at work since I sit at a computer all day.
  • Weekly wisdom? Take a break and relax each day. Baby tends to move around when I am still, and his kicks help calm me down when I’m feeling overwhelmed.

Here’s the latest bump pic!

33_weeks

With love,

Lindsay

Nashville Baby Shower

Two incredibly sweet friends from my church small group offered to host a Nashville Baby Shower. Emilie and Lauren, you both are wonderful and kind, and I appreciate your thoughtfulness and generosity. I am also very grateful to all my friends and family who came out to celebrate Baby Sledge! Here are some pics and captions from the shower.

Lauren and Emilie: the sweet hostesses

Baby Shower Hosts

The delicious food: I definitely took some cupcakes to go!

Baby Shower Food

Game pics: I wish we’d have taken a pic of Baby Jeopardy too. That was my favorite game!

Baby Shower Games

Some gift pics: a onesie that says “taco bout how cute I am,” a onesie with a monkey butt, and a Curious George book

Baby Shower gift pics

Daddy’s Diaper Dooties: a hilarious tool belt for my husband which we opened at the party and he reopened after the party

Baby Shower Diaper Duties

Group pic

Baby Shower Group Pic

It’s amazing that Baby Sledge is already so loved. The shower was a wonderful reminder of the friends and family God has gifted me with in Nashville. It’s been nearly 11 years since I moved to Nashville from Virginia Beach. While I miss my family in VA, and the beach of course, I love Nashville and am so glad God moved me here.

With love,

Lindsay

P.S. Shout out to Emilie’s husband, Nick, who helped my husband move furniture from our apartment to a storage garage during the shower.

31 Week Hospital Stay

This weekend has certainly not gone as planned. What I thought would be a weekend of moving preparation and birthing classes has turned into a weekend of monitoring at the hospital and sleeping through birthing classes. Why?

On Friday afternoon, I took Presley on his afternoon walk like I’ve done hundreds of times before. We turned a corner, and Presley saw an animal that I did not see. When I walked left, he bolted right. I didn’t realize what had happened until I was lying on the ground, and he was trying to drag me since my hand was caught around the leash. After yelling for him to stop pulling, I got up and realized that my entire right side hurt (arm, ribs, knee), and I had a weird feeling in my lower belly. I didn’t think it was serious, but I called the doctor, and she advised that I check into the hospital for four hours of monitoring.

On the way to the hospital, Micah asked if I wanted dinner. I told him no, that we’d be out in four hours, and I could eat then. This was a poor decision. We got to the hospital, it took about an hour to get checked in, and then the nurse hooked me up for monitoring. There were two monitors: one for baby’s heartbeat and one for my contractions. Baby looked great on the monitor, and praise God for that. My uterus looked irritable. This basically means I was having some minor contractions and fluctuations that could be signs of 1) a placental abruption or 2) preterm labor. After an hour, the nurse informed me that they’d have to admit me overnight for monitoring. She also said I couldn’t eat and would have to be hooked up to an IV. Ugh. Not the news I was expecting.

It was a long night, and I got very little sleep. Micah got a bit more, but he was out and about until midnight grabbing shower stuff and a change of clothes for the morning. He also took Presley on his last walk and got him set up with our friend, Lauren, who graciously offered to dog sit at the last minute. It was sweet hearing Baby’s heartbeat throughout the night, but he did not like the monitors and kept trying to kick them off. He also kept having hiccups which are cute but difficult for me to sleep through.

When morning arrived, I felt ok and asked to be discharged in time for our 9am labor and delivery class. The doc decided this was ok since I would still be at the hospital for a few more hours in case there were any problems. Getting discharged was such a relief, and I definitely had an adrenaline kick. Sadly, about an hour into the birthing class, the adrenaline wore off, I started to feel very achy from the fall, and I slept on and off through the class. I’m glad Micah was there to take notes.

I am now at home and in bed. I’ve been napping, Micah has been packing, and we’re both a bit stressed. We are so thankful that little man is doing well, and we’re really hoping that he stays healthy and cozy until at least 37 weeks. The bright side of the hospital visit is that I met many of the labor and delivery nurses, all of whom were kind and cheery. While I’m not hoping to visit again until the big day, I am less nervous about the hospital stay than I was previously.

Here’s a pic from when I was originally admitted, before I knew I’d have to stay at the hospital for the entire night.

ER Pic

With love,

Lindsay

 

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