I hit 26 weeks on Monday! Things have been a little bit nutso around here lately. I don't even really feel like blogging even though I have the opportunity to...I just want some peaceful alone time and rest.
So I'll be honest: my back is really starting to hurt. As in, I have been on the verge of tears several times and haven't been able to manage the pain without Tylenol for most days in the past couple of weeks. I got a cortisone injection in my spine a little over five years ago (L5-S1 joint) for this same issue and it has really flared up again. I got away without much pain in my first two pregnancies even though I had been pretty worried about it. I've got a few working theories: 1) the cortisone has worn off. It was only expected to last around five years anyway, 2) this is my third pregnancy in four years, and my body has been through a lot. Carrying around two little people daily and another in my belly would be rough on anyone's back, or 3) seeing a chiropractor has aggravated my symptoms. I really hope it's not that last option since I've giving this lady a lot of my money to help me be more comfortable and position my baby better for birth. That said, she's been knocking my spine all over the place and now my spine hurts. Boo.
In good(ish) news, I just got my 11th progesterone injection today! There are 21 total weekly shots so now I'm over halfway done! They haven't been quite as painless as they were with Julee, but the benefits still far outweigh going into preterm labor again so I'm not complaining. The nurse alternates sides every week, and the right has been pretty sensitive so far. I don't really look forward to "right side" weeks. The left is fine. Weird, huh?
We took a little trip up to Maryland to visit friends this past weekend. We did some fun things and saw some people I love very much, but overall it was a challenging trip. A visit to pediatric urgent care, toddler tantrums, poor sleep, a very cranky preggo....it's just kind of a relief to be home. I'll leave the details of the trip for another post in the next day or two.
To keep my promise of being short and sweet, I'll leave you with a couple of specific prayer requests. First, that my back pain would ease up and I'd have some more energy. Second, that I would handle Lily Mae's behavior a little better. She's really been giving me a run for my money lately, and I'm having a hard time keeping my cool. Third, my next midwife appointment, glucose test, and follow-up ultrasound is next Tuesday (the 8th) starting at 9:00am. I'll post sometime that day about how it goes, but I mainly want to ask you all to pray that the low-placenta issue has resolved. I know the midwives aren't concerned and that it only remains a problem for a very small percentage of women, but I'm nervous about it nonetheless.