From the side...
26 weeks and 5 days
From the front...
Weather: On Sunday evening, just before we went to bed, two things happened. 1st, hail started pounding our house so loudly and out of no where that it not only scared us to death but also made us fear that our house was going to be damaged in some way. It didn't really let up though.
Throughout the rest of the night we were just slammed with thunder storms that never seem to stop. I remember at one point, just laying in bed and listening. Listening and hoping that our house was going to make it through and that everything would be okay.
I think at some point, I fell back to sleep and then before I knew it, the tornado sirens started going off. That was at 3am. Because this has never happened to us in our house, we didn't want to risk not listening to the warning, so we grabbed a blanket and went to our unfinished basement to hang out. The more challenging part was getting our animals to play along.
As you've read before, from time to time William (our cat) goes to the basement at night because he just can't sleep through the night and keeps everyone awake. So when we were all going to the basement, I'm pretty sure it was confusing to him because that's his basement. Then Toby (our dog) isn't allowed in the basement typically, because that is William's area and where his litter/food is located. For obvious reasons, we keep him out of there. This night, however, we wanted everyone down there.
Eventually, it worked out and our animals were hanging out with us in our basement, on the cold cement floors just waiting for the alarms to let up. Sure enough, after about 20 minutes, they did.
We headed back upstairs, got into bed, almost hit another good bit of sleep and then the sirens were going off again. We all jumped back up out of bed and went back into the basement. Just before we went down, my husband turned on the tv just to see where the storm was and from the radar, it was showing some miles away. Even though we could see that, we still stayed down there until they stopped. Probably another 20 minutes or so.
Once the true morning hours arrived, everything let up. Our sump-pump however, was on overdrive. Our yard was covered in standing water and we were off to start our day after one of the crappiest nights of sleep.
Now, for the other thing that happened before we went to bed...
Right before we heard the hail and right before we got into bed, Mr. Hope got a phone call from his best friend R who was driving his wife to the hospital to hopefully deliver their baby girl! More on this in a little while...
Dr. Appointments: I went for my 26 week appointment and I was measuring right on point. I believe she said that I was 25 1/2 ish weeks, so that's good news. When she put the doppler on my belly, she found the heartbeat right away and it was beating away at 154bmp, so that's good too! Like I've done in the past, I had a list of questions to ask her and she answered everyone of them! It took a little bit of time, but oh well.
My only recent complaint in her office is that some of her office staff just has a complete burr up their butts every time we visit and I'm noticing now that it's the same people over and over again. This one girl, in particular, is just a nasty-netty and she appears/acts that way everytime we're there. So strange.
Good news though... I'm onto going to the doctor every 2 weeks now! Crazy how that snuck up on us!
Weight: I had a not-so-proud moment this week when I was weighed in at my appointment. I had gained 10 lbs since my last visit! What? Yep. True as all get out... the number appeared and before I knew it, I was shouting.... WHAT? In the office. It was just a reaction but geez!
I'd like to blame it on the fact that I was wearing my rain boots that weigh about 1 pound each, but I still have to confirm that, just yet. I've heard where this happens to women and I'm okay with it. I'm aware of what I ate to get me there... I just know now that I need to stop eating those things. Easy enough, right? My doctor isn't worried, so I won't worry myself too much either.
How am I feeling? Over the last week and the week before, I had this pain in my upper abdomen. If you read my post from Thursday, you'll see that I actually had to make a trip to Labor & Delivery to get checked out. After about 12 hours on the meds, I could already feel relief. It was great. I'm still waiting to see if this is how it's going to be for a while now, or if the pain will return. I also have a call into my doctor to say that I feel better, but do I keep taking the meds? I'll wait to get that response and do another update later.
Outside of that, I'm just tired.
A little update from Baby Center, The network of nerves in your baby's ears is better developed and more sensitive than before. He may now be able to hear both your voice and your partner's as you chat with each other. He's inhaling and exhaling small amounts of amniotic fluid, which is essential for the development of his lungs. These so-called breathing movements are also good practice for when he's born and takes that first gulp of air. And he's continuing to put on baby fat.
He now weighs about a pound and two-thirds and measures 14 inches (an English hothouse cucumber) from head to heel. If you're having a boy, his testicles are beginning to descend into his scrotum — a trip that will take two to three days.