On Monday we had a baby check up and ultrasound to check on the location of my placenta. I was pretty excited to see our little sweet pea again but also nervous to know if everything was ok with how baby is growing. Baby is doing very well and all the organs look nice and healthy. Baby is VERY much head down and hanging out in my pelvis. I'm pretty sure baby has been hanging out there since the first part of October with the pressure and slight discomfort I've been having in my pelvis. Baby was so far head down that the ultrasound tech ended up having to do a vaginal ultrasound to check on my placenta. She tried a few tricks to get baby to move but he or she seemed very content down there. My ultrasound showed that I know longer have partial placenta previa but that I now have whats called a low lying placenta. If you remember my placenta was covering half of my cervix and now currently has moved out of the way but not all the way. I will have another ultrasound at 37 weeks which will put me at the week after Thanks Giving. The placenta needs to still move a certain amount in order for me to not have a c-section. The good news though is that because the placenta has moved so much already I'm now considered low risk and can have my c-section in Red Wing versus Rochester if I need one. The doctors have very high hopes that the placenta will move out of the way by 37 weeks. I'm measuring right on track at 33 weeks and heart rate for baby was at 160.
Ryan and I had our first labor and delivery class this week as well. It actually was more informative then I thought it would be and even gave me some reassurance that my decision to go with Hypnobirthing is the right choice for our labor and delivery. I was nervous that this class would actually make me more fearful of giving birth but it actually made me more excited about the process. I've been very consistent with practicing the relaxation and hypnobirthing breathing every day and actually look forward to it every night. If we are able to have a vaginal birth Ryan and I will also have a Dula with us during labor and delivery. I try to keep my thoughts positive as it comes to labor and delivery and retrain my brain into thinking that the pain that comes with it is pain with a purpose. Each uterine surge brings me one step closer to meeting our baby. I'm hoping that by doing crossfit it will only benefit me when it comes to the stamina and strength it takes to endure labor and delivery. I also fully trust to that God, Ryan and my support system will be there to help me through this process. When I practice the relaxation I actually envision Jesus by my side and that gives me peace and strength.
One of the things that has been driving me nuts lately is the comments I get on baby's due date. People seem to think that a baby born in December and close to Christmas is an unfortunate time. At first I actually did as well, this baby will get cheated out of having a birthday or birthday presents because of Christmas and I know thats what most people think. As the Christmas season quickly approaches it actually makes me more excited to be having our baby this time of year. The Christmas season is filled with so much love and excitement and brining a baby into the world at that time I think will make it even more exciting. Everything excites me about Christmas from the decorations, goodies, presents, and parties. I know that the true reason we celebrate Christmas is the birth of our Lord and Savior and this year I've been looking at this Christmas season a lot differently. I found myself googling the history of Mary. Sadly there isn't much history on Mary. We know that God took favor in her and that an angel appeared to her and told her that she would conceive and give brith to the Son of God himself. I find myself thinking about Mary and what she went through both emotionally and physically from that day forward. I feel that this pregnancy has brought me closer to God and I feel that motherhood will as well. God has this baby's birthday already picked out and as this child grows up and learns that Christmas isn't about the presents, he or she will love that their birthday falls around Christmas time because of the birth of our Savior. For those still concerned about our kid getting cheated out on their birthday, the people who know me best know how much I love presents, giving and getting! I will make sure that this kid will feel special know matter what on their birthday and you better believe this kid will get to celebrate their special day.
Harvest has been a slow and steady process this year. The weather has not been very cooperative and has delayed us getting into the fields more then once. We are usually finishing up the first week of November and now we most likely won't be done with everything until the week of Thanks Giving. We had our second baby shower with my family and the nursery is slowly getting more organized. Ryan and I also were able to have a maternity photo session with our awesome photographer Mandi Johnson of Mandi Johnson Photography who will also be taking our infant photos. Here are a few sneak peaks that she shared with us, we can't wait to see the rest. Overall I'm still feeling fairly good, some discomfort and some days are harder then others but I still can't complain to much. I'm still doing crossfit five days a week and exercise still feels the best. We will have another update in two weeks when we head back for our next appointment. Its hard to believe that in just a few days we will only have 6 weeks left until our due date. Third trimester is flying by!