Happy Bump Day! (35 weeks)

Another two weeks have come and gone and with it comes lots of updates regarding Pumpkin and I.

Glucose test – First the bad news.  I have developed gestational diabetes (GD).  I feel somewhat embarrassed saying it aloud.  I’ve had this preconceived notion that you develop GD if you are unhealthy, overweight, and/or inactive (because that is typically who is affected).   I won’t go into detail about GD in this post (check back tomorrow), but suffice to say I’m bummed.

Running – I was hoping to have better news to share with you here.  I went for a run on Saturday. The first mile was pain-free – I was so happy I was fighting back the tears.  It felt SO good to be out running again, to be sweating again…but then the pain returned.  It wasn’t excruciating – but it was a lot like the last time I had run (when I stupidly pushed through the pain and ended up not being able to walk for weeks), so I stopped.  I continued to feel a bit of pain for 3-4 days afterwards.  I’m at the point now where I’ve all but resigned myself to not running til after Pumpkin is born.  I’m not really okay with it – but there’s not much I can do.  BUT, the good news is that I went to the gym today and biked for 30 minutes – with NO pain!  It was fantastic.  I am still riding the endorphin high from the workout.  So, my new plan is to get into crazy biking shape over the next ~5-6 weeks!  Perfect for the IronMan I plan to do next summer!! 

Belly – Nothing crazy to report – my belly continues to grow.  Pumpkin is already head down and I’m feeling him/her more on my sides these days.  I saw my youngest sister yesterday and her first comment to me was “Wow, you got so big!”. Thanks, Nicole! But, it’s true – I am starting to really expand on the sides now.


Movement – At my 32 week 4D sonogram I learned why I feel Pumpkin SO MUCH more than I did with my son.  I currently have a posterior placenta (most common in pregnancy) which means that Pumpkin is in front of the uterus – it makes it much easier to feel each of Pumpkin’s movements. My son was an anterior placenta pregnancy which means that he was in the back of the uterus and placenta – which blocked a good amount of his movement.

Baby Update – More good news – everything is perfect with Pumpkin!!  At the 33 week appointment, Pumpkin was measured to be 4 lbs  4 oz…which would put him/her around 8 lbs if I deliver at 40 weeks.  My son was almost the same size (4 lb 6 oz) so it’s good to know that the GD is not affecting the baby’s weight.

Braxton-hicks – I’ve been getting the contractions pretty frequently (couple of times a week)…some occurrences are much stronger and last longer than others, but for the most part they aren’t too bad.

Emotions – I’m going to do a whole post on this topic next week, but the idea of us having a second baby has finally hit me…with this realization has come lots of frantic cleaning, organizing, setting up, etc.  All the gender neutral NB and 0-3 mo clothes have been cleaned and folded, the changing table is stocked, and the necessary items are unpacked and in Pumpkin’s room (car seat, rocking chair, bathing supplies). I haven’t packed my hospital bag yet – probably going to do this when we get back from vacation next weekend!

When did you pack your hospital bag?  

When did it finally hit you that you were having a baby??

Hope everyone has a Happy Hump Day!

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    16 thoughts on “Happy Bump Day! (35 weeks)

    1. First, you are ridiculously adorable in your third trimesterness. I’m so happy to hear that you had no pain biking and I think that’s a great idea. I’m sorry about the GD but like Cat said, it happens a lot! Don’t beat yourself up about it. It happens and not necessary because you did or didn’t do X, Y or Z. And, you will be an amazing mom to two little people. It is daunting to think about handling two kids but for me, once I figured out the logistics of it, it wasn’t so bad. You will be great.
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    2. I had to give up running too. I had to stop at 25 weeks and it suuuuuuuuucked. But like you, I kept up biking pretty much until the end and though it wasn’t the same, it was so much better than nothing. Believe me when I say that when you do get to return to running, it will be so amazing. There will be tears :)
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    3. Hey there! You’re doing great!! Sorry that you can’t run – but you are really doing a great job keeping optimistic about it and thinking about the extra training you’re getting on a bike!! :) I packed my bag when I was overdue 3 days this time and had gone for one last run – later that afternoon it started to feel like I might be starting labor (didn’t have him til the next night) so I figured I’d better do it. Before that I kept feeling like I didn’t want to get my hopes up so I didn’t pack :)
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    4. I am so sorry about the GD but definitely DO NOT feel embarrassed. You are the PICTURE Of health and fitness. Truly! Hang in there and enjoy these final weeks of pregnancy. I can’t wait to hear about your new son or daughter. Hugs!
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    5. I’m so sorry to hear about your GD. So strange for someone who is so fit. It’s ok. Totally not your fault. You’ll have a wonderful healthy baby!!!

    6. Hang in there with the GD diagnosis. I had it with my first and was really disappointed with myself even though I knew I have a serious family history of diabetes and GD. Once diagnosed, I continued to be careful with my diet, even more so than normal and continued walking since I was not able to run comfortably. Don’t let it get you down! It can be monitored :) Looking forward to your post tomorrow!
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    7. I packed my bag at 38 weeks {while in labor} with my first and a little before that with my second. I don’t think it truly hits me I am pregnant until they are born! Bummer on the GD :( Glad biking is working for you though. I am almost 29 weeks and running is getting super uncomfortable {baby is really low} and I think I may have to quit soon :(
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    8. Oh, if I only looked as amazing as you do when I was pregnant. I remember that, I am having a second kid moment oh too well. My daughter was amazing when we brought home the baby and I bet your little guy will do just as well. I am doing Lake Placid next summer so I look forward to following along with your training as I do the same.
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    9. I can’t say it enough — you look SO cute and fit…pregnancy totally looks good on you, my dear. I am constantly impressed with your outlook too — especially now that you’ve resigned yourself to NOT running for the duration of your pregnancy. I know that was a hard one for you to come to grips with and I applaud you for accepting it, even if you don’t love the idea, you know? You’re doing right by your body and by baby, and the little pumpkin is growing stronger by the day! xoxo
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    10. Oh my God, you’re an adorable pregnant momma. <3

      I packed my bags around 32 weeks with my first…and then about 4 days before my due date with my second. You see, Hannah (my first) was born ON her due date. Maddie was two weeks late. LOL I've warned everyone…that if I hear anyone talking about the baby (when that happens) coming any day before the due date, I'll smack 'em. It just won't happen with me. lol (Watch, now it will.)

      It hit me that I was pregnant when I felt the very first real kick. I can't wait for that day again…
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    11. I have plenty of healthy, active friends who had GD. Sometimes it just happens.

      With my first, I was planning to pack my bag on the weekend and he was born the Thursday before. Oops.

      My second was born at home (intentionally), but he was two weeks early so I went into a house cleaning panic when my water broke at midnight LOL.
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    12. Love this update:) so glad that you were able to bike pain free! I can totally relate to the nesting you are going through! I’ve been an organizing, cleaning machine lately. And will probably start packing the bags in a week or two. I’ve been having crazy Braxton hicks, strong ones multiple times in a day! Wonder if I’ll be having this guy early?
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    13. ugh sorry about the GD. please don’t blame yourself. congratulations on all the other great news