I can't believe we only have 2 days left before we finally get to meet Baby #2! I so excited and I'm beyond ready to get this pregnancy over with! So much has happened since my last entry, I even became an Aunt to a gorgeous baby boy!
Where to start? Well, a couple weeks ago we had a check-up with my Gyno and Baby #2 was Transverse...laying sideways. It's back was up under my ribs, explaining my shortness of breath and it was continually stretching out, making my belly look like a giant football. A week later the baby was head down, prepping to join the world and kicking and punching more than ever. Luckily it doesn't matter what position the baby is in since I'm having a C-Section and it can continue to flip and twist all it wants.
As far as everything baby, all is well...it's growing at a healthy, steady pace and doing great...me on the other hand...I've been a bit of a mess. I haven't gained as much weight with this pregnancy, but what I have gained is all going to my belly. Not such a big deal except it's made breathing feel impossible at times and has made me feel more and more claustrophobic as the days pass. It's been so bad that I had to stop sleeping in bed and start sleeping in a chair in our living room. I can't lay flat for more than a few minutes, so sleeping upright in a chair became my only option. It's made a big difference and I've been sleeping better, but my joints are suffering in the meantime. My hips and knees are stiff and achy and I keep waking up with a kink in my neck, but it's better than waking up in a panic because I can't breathe.
Panic attacks have been a huge problem over the last few weeks. I had trouble with them about a week before I had my son, but this time they started in earlier and have been far worse than before. I know it's because I'm so short of breath and I've been able to talk myself out of them when they kick in, but even then, they linger to a point. It's been unnerving never really knowing when they're going to kick in and how long they will last. I was worrying about having to lay flat during my C-Section..no choice but to lay flat...but my doctor reassured me that they can give me something to relax that's safe for the baby and I and all will be well. I only have a couple days left, the baby will be here, the added weight will be gone and my breathing will return to normal. I've dealt with all of this before and I can do it again.