35 Weeks

This week has been a bit different than the previous weeks.  I’ve been having more Braxton Hicks contractions, and a couple of them have been painful.  I hope this will continue so my body goes into labor naturally.  My blood pressure is still normal/low but it’s climbing up a little more.  My last blood pressure reading at the doctor was 112/80.  At home when I take my blood pressure, it is usually low 90’s/60’s.  Thankfully I still don’t have high blood pressure!  My urine samples have also been normal.  I lost another pound and now weigh 151.  At my last appointment, they measured my belly and it measures at exactly 35 weeks… so no big baby yet.  However, the doctor would like to take an ultrasound at my next appointment just to make sure of her weight.  An ultrasound would give us a better estimate of her size.

Dr Perry is my favorite doctor.  She listens to me much more, and does not rush me at all.  She really takes time to explain what’s going on, compared to all the other doctors.  With gestational diabetes, I have had more questions, and different symptoms that I’ve never experienced before.  When I talk to my other doctors, I’ve heard things like, “Ok, well I have other patients waiting, so …”   and that’s within a few minutes after the doctor entered my room!  I have mentioned to the other doctors about having an ultrasound just so we have a better picture of what to expect upon delivery, and they have said it’s not necessary as long as my belly is measuring normally.  Dr Perry, however, wants to be a bit more thorough which I really appreciate.  She sat with me for a while simply looking over my chart, asking questions about my blood glucose numbers, my previous heart palpations I’ve had in the first-trimester, etc.  She just seems genuinely focused on her patients, instead of just getting through the day.  I hope I will have her when I deliver.

Something Dr Perry told me that the other doctors didn’t is that with gestational diabetes, even though my belly may be measuring right on schedule, the baby could still have broader shoulders or a larger tummy which could still make it difficult to have a natural delivery.  This is why she would like an ultrasound done just to see the baby and make sure everything is ok.  Like I said before, a bigger baby can pose risks to the baby and myself.  The baby could experience trauma during delivery if she gets stuck.  She could break bones or have permanent nerve damage to her arms or neck.  So knowing as much as we can about her size BEFORE delivery is very important.  I’m thankful Dr Perry suggested an ultrasound.

35 weeks belly pic..



What baby looks like at 35 weeks…


Your baby doesn’t have much room to maneuver now that she’s over 18 inches long and tips the scales at 5 1/4 pounds (about the size of a honeydew melon). Because it’s so snug in your womb, she isn’t likely to be doing somersaults anymore, but the number of times she kicks should remain about the same. Her kidneys are fully developed now, and her liver can process some waste products. Most of her basic physical development is now complete — she’ll spend the next few weeks putting on weight.


It was exactly 4 years ago today that I announced what our first-born daughter’s name will be on my blog – What’s in a Name?

After realizing this, I thought now would be the perfect day to announce our second daughter’s name.


It actually took us a long time to come up with a name.  I never rushed it, figuring that God would let us know which names were right for her when the time comes.   We never agreed on any names for a good long time, and when we did agree on some names, we weren’t too crazy about them.   After searching the meaning of Josephine Ruth, we knew it was meant to be.

Josephine is a feminine form of Joseph, which is derived from the Hebrew Yōsēf  which means “God will add, God will increase.”  This is exactly what we prayed God would do for us; add to our family.

The name Ruth is a Hebrew name. In Hebrew the meaning of the name Ruth is: Companion; friend.  This is also why we prayed for another child; so that Faith will have a life-long companion and friend.

I love the story of Ruth in the Bible.  Ruth celebrates the family and the way it continues through many generations. Ruth, a childless widow at the beginning of the story, became the great-grandmother of Israel’s great king, David.  Her devotion to her mother-in-law, and her faith in God was evident in her words, “Do not persuade me to leave you.  For wherever you go, I will go, and wherever you live, I will live.  Your people will be my people, and your God will be my God.” Ruth 1:16

This is what I pray it will be like for Faith and Josephine.  A friendship that will never end, and an unwavering faith in God.

Two are better than one.  If either of them falls down, one can help the other up.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-10

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