Saturday, March 14, 2009

7 Months

For personal record keeping, I want to note how I am doing with this pregnancy. I just passed the 7 month mark last week. It is likely that 2 months from now I will have a newborn. I am anxious to be there. 

I have definitely hit the 3rd trimester in full force. My joints are loosening. I waddle wherever I go.  I have contractions (the harmless Braxton hicks kind) every evening. I am hard pressed to take a deep breath. My asthma and allergies have kicked in to welcome spring. I am currently enjoying the remnants of my head cold.

I am working to maintain my pelvic alignment to avoid the pain of symphysis pubic dysfuntion (go Google that one.) I had that pretty badly with Camille's pregnancy. I was unable to walk for more than a minute or two the last month with Camille. This pregnancy has been better with it. It has come and gone off and on but at least I know what it is this time and can takes steps to make it better.

So all in all, I am feeling 7 months pregnant with my 5th child. I think that is kind of the equivalent of how I felt a week overdue with my 2nd child. 

Noble is feeling great. He is quiet most of the day and very active when sit still at night. He stretches and rolls around all evening making my belly look like a scene from some alien movie. I can feel his back and give him rubs through the thin layer of skin and tissue that divide him from the rest of us. He is growing bigger each week and I can see his growth as my belly gets tighter.

I have settled into thinking of and calling him Noble even more now that our decision is made. Sabrina is happy about the name. Lauren says she is going to call him Peanut Morgan Noble Waite. It will be fun to see what she actually ends up calling him. I love the little names toddlers make up with their cute little voices. 

Annie says it is fine that we are naming him Morgan Noble but she will be calling him Louis (pronounced the French way "Looey"). I actually have French Canadian ancestors named Louis. My grandmother had a brother by that name and I think her grandfather's name who was French was named that. I am quite sure at least one of them is as pleased as punch and getting a good giggle at my little Ann Marie.

March seems to be moving faster than February did so far. I am happy for that and glad to be busy with work, projects, and events. Hopefully the time will pass quickly and I will soon be savoring those first precious moments of life with my little man.


Noorda Notebook said...

yay! we can't wait for little waite man to make his grand appearance. i remember those alien looking movements on my belly with both my boys. how fun.

Anonymous said...

You should try seeing a Cranial Sacral. They did wonders as I too suffered with symphysis pubic dysfuntion , somehow with their gentle hands they managed to move him (did not suffer with Brooke) Mason (10lb at 38 weeks) did the damage and Toby followed on.
Its well worth a try, they managed to move him and i could WALK....
Gillian UKborn and bread but now in Canada xx

Anonymous said...

I had Symphysis pubic dysfuntion as well. I found that a lot of walking during the day helped me to not have as much pain in the long run.

bills said...

When Ann Marie says such things about her brother Looey, do you respond by calling her /ahn ma-hee/
(It's very hard to write phonetically with a keyboard that doesn't speak French or phonetics.)


Anonymous said...

I have followed your blog for a long time and I am happy for the blessings that are being bestowed on your family. I am about 3 weeks behind you pregnant with another boy. I believe you are 8 months pegnant since we have to go through the full 9 months to get to 40 weeks. I just didn't want you to jip yourself especially since you look so great too! Take care and best of luck to you and your family. Noble will be so loved. Jenna

Kathleen said...

I had no idea what SPD was, but I've had it since about 17 weeks! I usually get pain in my pelvis area the last few weeks, but this pregnancy has been horrible. I totally have the symptoms for this and had no idea it had a name....I guess that even though there's not a lot that can be done for it, it's nice to know I'm not making this up. :)

Anonymous said...

Kathleen and anyone else with SPD,

A couple of things that have helped me with this -- pilates seemed to help even though it hurt to do it. Then I ran into a friend who is a Physical Therapist there one day. She is the one who told me what it was that was giving me the pain. She said she could do a treatment to pop it back into place. I told her I would come see her that afternoon.

About an hour later I felt a pop in the front of my pelvis and immediately felt better and could walk. I told my doc about this and she showed me how to pop it back into place. The "exercise" she showed me is similar to some of the pilates moves I do when I go. So I think that is why the pilates helped.

The exercise is easy and worth a try if you want but it will likely hurt if you have SPD, at least until it pops. First you lay down with your legs bent, knees up. Have someone wrap their arm around both of you knees and hold them together then you try to open your knees apart. Do this for a minute then the other person lets go and you spread your knees apart. The other person puts their arm between your knees (elbow at one knee, hand at the other) and holds them apart while you try to push them together. make sense? Pretty easy. Free to try. if it doesn't help, well, I feel for you.

Good luck.

Heather & Greg said...

The more of your posts I read the more I realize how much we have in common. I too am pregnant with my 5th so I can relate to the feeling of being over due! I think I had SPD with my last pregnancy and had no clue, I couldn't walk the last bit of my pregnancy (due to pelvic pain) and didn't know why. I'm super excited for you and wish you all the best of luck!!!!

Rebecca said...

A chiropractor made all the difference for me in my last(7th!) pregnancy. I had had SPD since my third, but this one was the worst. The exercises she had me do were just as Stephanie described, but she also did adjustments at my visits that worked great.

Sarahe said...

Hi there! My name is Sarah and I just came across your site. thank you for the above tesimony! I think as moms sometimes the last person we think to take care of- even spiritually is ourselves! And I had to comment because I too have had SI joint dysfunction in pregnancy and with my last (who is now 2.5) it was debilitating. It gives me hope to know that it could be better with another pregnancy!

Kim said...

Can't wait to see this little guy...two more months...super quick. :) Love the name Morgan is fitting.