32 Weeks

I met with my OB today. Have I ever told you how much I love her? I do. I love her a lot. I found her through a friend at church, and I know I will always be glad I did. She has this amazing calm about her. She believes that women should listen to their bodies. She believes God knows what he's doing. She performs VBACs (vaginal birth after c-section), and gives women the opportunity to deliver breech babies the old fashioned way. She follows the natural rhythm of labor and decides what to do when that rhythm isn't quite right. She calls Cora and me her girls. She gives her expecting patients her cell phone number. I can text her whenever I need to. Brilliant. Having her in this process makes me a little less anxious about this whole pregnancy/delivery thing. Have I mentioned I'm timid about having a baby? I am. I have a baby, but have no idea what it's like to "give birth." At this very moment, I am looking forward to it.

And not just because I won't be pregnant anymore.

So at today's appointment I discovered I'm rockin' the scales at 6 pounds more than I weighed the day I had Cora. I gained back all the weight I lost in the beginning of this pregnancy with a vengeance. Oh well. I'll have some work to do.

The biggest news: Magnolia's head has made its initial descent into my pelvis. It is the reason for the additional pressure on my nerves, the reason why I have to tinkle every time I stand up, the reason why my tummy looks a little different, and the reason why I can breathe a little better. I think it happened on Sunday. I hope this means she will officially remain head down. She can't just wiggle out of it now, can she?

And finally, I talked with her about stopping my progesterone shots (the weekly shots Jake gives me to help prevent preterm labor) a few weeks early. I want to see what my body will do on its own. I brought up 34 weeks, we made a deal to stop at 35 weeks - if my cervical length hasn't started to make a drastic change (the longer the cervix, the less likely one is to go into labor). I have an ultrasound on Friday, so we can see about all the technical aspects of our deal.


  1. I'm so glad everything is "headed in the right direction!" Baylee was breech until right at 32 weeks she turned adn it was obvious to me, i felt it and my stomach looked different, so I think youwould notice if your baby decided to turn again- hopefully she'll stay though!
    It's great to find a doctor, or midwife in your case who gets you. I'm always sad for a woman who says, "yeah, my doctor is ok..."
    I can't believe you're already 32 weeks- wahoo!!

  2. I'm so excited for you! It sounds like everything is going so well! Magnolia is such a lucky girl to have such a wonderful family. I'll be praying for her to stay in there for the long haul.

    Oh, by the way, I'm so glad Shilo shares her birthday date with such a sweet lady!



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