|35 weeks! (In the work bathroom..what else?!)|
A somewhat Crohn’s related post! I know, I know – what’s Crohn’s again? First, let’s get to the good stuff (because Crohn’s, any way you slice and dice it, is never the good stuff).
I’ve been measuring three weeks large (now I’m not sure how they can ascertain that with a tape measure of my jelly belly, but alas…) so Matt and I paid the ob/gyn a visit this past Monday for a measurement ultrasound. Matt, who has been downloading audio books purporting to make your baby smarter (and who knows what else) said he wants a child no less than nine pounds (as nine pounds is the optimal weight for a smart baby…obviously). Now, that skinny monkey isn’t birthing anything, so I’m not sure where he gets off. And lord knows I’ve got some bajunk-a-junk hips, but let’s not get excessive. On Monday, slightly before I hit the 35 week mark, the baby was measuring at 5.5 pounds, with an estimated birth weight of upwards of 8.5 pounds. I can handle that.
On another positive note, the nursery is completed! We went as clichéd as one can go when a baby’s gender is a mystery and did the room up in yellow and green. Here are some photos!:
|Matt chose and applied the decals. Half because he should have some say, and half because I'm lazy.|
|And here he is holding a swaddled frog. He loves that frog. First it went with us to the breastfeeding class, and now he practices his swaddling on it. Look how he cradles it.|
|Well...at least he's getting into it and all...|
Now, no Crohn’s post is without the icky, so let’s get started: a couple weeks ago I thought I had finally entered the holy grail of expectant motherhood: I thought I had myself a big ol’ hemorrhoid. The first thing I did was thrust my butt into my beloved’s face for a look-see. This happens more than you know. He diagnosed an “internal hemorrhoid” after some Googling. Two days later the thing started (bear with me here; this is educational!) seeping. Oh lord no. With a maxi pad on my butt I called the doctor who said to come in.
“It’s like…a boil. An abscess.” We obviously immediately dubbed the affliction “Kathryn’s butt boil”. She said it could be nothing; an aftereffect from an ingrown hair (no Brazilian waxes here). So she took a sample, and off I went.
Now, earlier this week I have been feeling a fair amount of discomfort: my jelly belly is now rock hard (the only time in my life I’ll have hard abs), cramps are frequent, insomnia, and my stomach is a mess. Being 35 weeks pregnant I think this is somewhat normal, and I’ve been traveling and eating out (restaurant food and stress) so of course things are a bit off. But on Wednesday the practice called and said the culture was odd in that it showed bacteria that is only found within the GI track. “You need to call your GI; this could be a fistula.” Well, smack my hiney, the Crohn’s is back!
As I write this (Sunday) I’m feeling better and carefully monitoring the butt boil (it’s the same if you cared to know, and of course you cared to know). I have a GI appointment this week so we’ll see; I was a woe-is-me sob fest mid-week but now feel defiant, or at least adopted an eye-rolling, “Well, isn’t this lovely” sort of attitude. This pregnancy was a proverbial piece of cake; minimal fatigue, no morning sickness, little swelling, and I frankly don’t get what all the fuss is about (I’d like to think I’m pretty hardcore, but Matt obnoxiously reminds me because of my size carrying a baby is easier than my petite counterparts, which I feel is absolutely true, but gosh darnit, give me some credit here!). So if my body is going to poop out in the home stretch, so be it: I think I’ve been pretty lucky so far.
Here's to the next month!
Here's to the next month!