34 Weeks

34 weeks and very uncomfortable! We had a doctors appointment this morning and everything looks great, but baby girl is still breech. She did manage to flip over the doctor thinks, but she went the wrong way. Instead of head down, she is sitting right side up, with her head still ramming my ribs! Stubborn little thing. I got all my instructions for my C-section, since we’re obviously still planning on that. Aside from being breech though, everything is great, my weight gain is right on track, (even though I feel like a horse), blood pressure and baby’s heart rate are perfect and I confirmed today with the doctor if she thought I’d be able to work right up until the end and she said she has no reason to suspect that I’m at risk for pre-term labor, so we’re doing great!
Heading off for a vacation in the Adirondacks on Wednesday, 5 days of relaxation should be great, except I’m a little worried about not having my bed or my couch, since I am not comfortable sleeping, sitting or standing anywhere, but it will be nice to get away before the baby comes, our last trip without our third wheel!


How far along? 34.1 weeks (yes every .1 counts at this stage)
Total weight gain/loss:  Gained 32 so far.
Stretch marks?  Nope
Sleep: Just very uncomfortable.
Best moment this week: Getting a little more of the nursery done, we hung curtains and picked up our area rug, also got a call that our glider should be in by the end of the week, so I should have that soon too.

Miss Anything?  Being thin, and feeling like a normal human being. I think 6 months would have been perfect, beyond that is too long!

Movement:  Tons! The doctor said she feels her head up by my ribs (duh, I could have told her that) and her butt is real low, with her feet and legs kinda folded over and kicking behind my belly button, all things I already knew, I just thought her butt was a little more on the left but she said she thinks its down low. A Sono right at the end will confirm all this for us.
Food cravings:  Still doing my cocoa crispies thing every morning, but that’s really it, otherwise I just eat a lot of anything really!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope
Labor Signs: Still getting the braxton hicks but that’s okay. Nothing else yet.
Belly Button in or out? Mostly out, but depends on where baby girl is laying and what she’s kicking on for sure.
Wedding rings on or off?  Off, sad day! They were getting very tight, so I decided to ditch them both before they got stuck, now I’m wearing a fake ring that’s a little bigger just so I don’t have to worry about it.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Pretty happy, except when I can’t get comfortable, then I’m a little whiny! There is just no good way to sit or lay anymore, 5 weeks is still a long time!!
Weekly Wisdom: Hang in there!! This is what I keep telling myself, It will be worth it in the end and I won’t remember all this discomfort pretty soon! (repeat, repeat, repeat)
Looking forward to: Vacation on Wednesday!!!

33.3 Weeks

I had to make sure I did my post today because I am 33.3 weeks and 3 is my favorite number, maybe today is good luck!
I am starting to get really uncomfortable and I am totally over being pregnant! Caryn had her baby boy on Saturday August 17th and I pouted all day to Dan that I wanted mine out too! (Real mature I know!) She’s getting so big, and her movements are so strong that I feel like my whole insides are being twisted and turned, and its really uncomfortable! Plus these braxton hicks that the doctor says I am getting are getting more frequent and they hurt a lot more!
I did get some news last week when the doctor called to notify me that they have established a date for my c-section (I guess they have no faith that my little lady will turn on her own) She has wedged herself comfortably sideways with her head ramming into my ribs! September 30th at 7:15 am, unless she decides she doesn’t want to wait that long and has some other plans, but we won’t be having an October baby after all. (At least I don’t have to go through labor) I have another doctor appointment on Monday the 26th, where they said they would give me some more information, so hopefully we’ll know more after that. I’ll likely be getting another sonogram soon just to confirm her position.
Since that date is a week earlier then my due date, we have a little less time to prepare then we thought, so we are down to less then 6 weeks, and since I feel like babies don’t like to be that predictable in having a solid date on the calendar, I think she’s going to throw us for a loop and come sooner. I don’t want to be too confident in that date, so I’m trying to get everything ready in the next 2-3 weeks.


How far along? 33.3 weeks
Total weight gain/loss:  up 29 lb. at my last appointment
Maternity clothes?  Yes, but ALL my clothes are starting not to fit again (since I refused to buy too much maternity stuff) but I’m so close now I can’t justify buying anything new!
Stretch marks?  None, I keep making Dan check under my belly since I can’t see anymore!
Sleep: Once I’m asleep I’m fine, but any position I lay in is uncomfortable. I have to strategically place pillows to prop myself up!
Best moment this week: Hearing that we have a date to meet our babe! Not that I am ready to undergo major abdominal surgery or anything, but Its really nice to have an end in site, and to know I won’t go past that date!
Miss Anything?  Being comfortable.
Movement:  I don’t even need to answer this, we all know she is a little bit crazy at this point in the game!
Food cravings:  Cocoa Crispies every morning as my first breakfast.
Anything making you queasy or sick: I am very sensitive to smells all of a sudden again, nothing has really bothered me all throughout but now if something stinks, I immediately notice!
Have you started to show yet: I can’t wait until my “showing” starts going the other way now.
Labor Signs: Getting those braxton hicks a little more frequently, sometimes its  worse then others, but I’ve had to start keeping track for the doctor now.
Belly Button in or out? Out, Dan says my turkey timer is done!
Wedding rings on or off?  Wearing my engagement ring, but the wedding band is permanently on my necklace now.
Happy or Moody most of the time: I’m still happy, but I am getting sooo tired of being pregnant that I think I’m a little more whiny then ever before. I complain about everything in the evenings because I’m always hot, or I can’t get comfy, or I’m too hungry, or too full. I don’t handle pain or being uncomfortable very well and Dan will convince me to take a walk or something just to “ambulate” as he says! But it gets us moving and usually puts me to sleep, which is the best!
Looking forward to: September 30th!!!!
And as promised I have a few sneak peak pictures of our nursery. I am still waiting for a lot of our big pieces like our glider and area rug to come in, and we have a lot of little things to finish, but I’m really excited with how its coming along!
The closet was nice and organized before the shower, now its loaded up and I have some re-organizing to do!

 

This is the corner where our glider will be going, I’m also hanging some book shelves on the wall that are yet to be painted and hung up!

 

The dresser and changing area are almost complete, I still feel like it looks a little bare, so working on that! The changing pad cover has arrived since I took this photo though.

 

Our crib… there will be some more shelves on the wall to the left. As well as a rug which will make it more complete.

And that’s all for now, next time I post these pictures it will be complete, all we’ll be missing is our little girl!

32 Weeks and counting….

We had a very busy week and after my shower on Saturday, I think I am almost fully prepared for this little girl!! I cannot thank all our friends and family enough for their generosity and help in getting us ready for baby. I think we received almost everything we need for her, with the exception of a few things, which I am lucky enough to have gift cards for! Now its just me trying to organize everything and finish with all my nursery decor, (which I know I said I would do – a nursery sneak peak). Luckily organizing is one of my favorite things to do, so I’ve had a lot of  “fun” opening everything, washing things and getting everything put away. I made great progress this weekend, and even managed to put together some of the big things all by myself (except the rock n play which my sister helped me assemble!) And its no easy fete to put this stuff together when you can’t bend at the waist or sit on the ground for more then a few minutes without a leg falling asleep, so yes I am tooting my own horn on this!
I am working on all my Thank You cards this week, but in case you are reading this in advance of that, THANK YOU if you sent us a gift, we can’t say it enough and are now more then ever ready to meet our Little Lady!

How far along? 32. 3 days (yes I am actually posting this update on time for once)
Total weight gain/loss:  I actually gained about 5 pounds since my last appointment, which I was a little surprised by, but that puts me up 29 lbs.
Stretch marks?  Nope
Sleep: Sleeping like a baby (haha) Sleeping really well actually, starting to fall asleep early on the couch again, which I haven’t been doing too often, but also sleeping well through the night. I hardly ever get up to pee (which I feel is amazing) tossing and turning sometimes when I can’t get comfortable. But this morning Dan got up really early to go play golf and I didn’t even hear him leave, which is unheard of from me
Best moment this week: Our Shower on Saturday August 10. My sister, Dan’s sister and our mom’s hosted a great shower!! Everything was absolutely beautiful, the colors all coordinated with my nursery colors, the favors were adorable and they had “Advice to the mother-to-be” cards out, which they posted on a great big board that matched our invitations. Everything was awesome, and as I’ve already said we got so much of what we need for this baby and are so thankful that we have so many people in our lives that are willing and able to help us prepare!
Miss Anything?  I’m going back to wine!! Dan and I celebrated our 2nd wedding anniversary this week and went to a nice dinner and of course all I wanted with dinner was a big glass of wine! So close, yet so far away!!
Movement:  Still so much activity, I would think she is running out of room. Her head is starting to ram my ribs on the right side. She is still breech and laying sideways, and if I push down on her head to get her to move down her little legs kick me on the left side. I can’t win this! I like to describe some of her movement as a cat stuck in a bag… my whole stomach moves when she gets going. Dan tried to get video, but she was being a little camera shy whenever he pulled it out she stops and if he puts it down she starts up again.
Food cravings:  Not really, I don’t seem to get full anymore, I can eat and eat. I told Dan I wasn’t a fan of that because when we go out to eat I never have leftovers for lunch anymore, and that makes me a little sad! Nothing better then leftovers!
Anything making you queasy or sick: No
Have you started to show yet: Silly question.
Labor Signs: I had a doctor appointment yesterday and I explained to the doctor that when she (and my stomach) gets really hard sometimes I feel almost paralyzed for a few seconds and it gets hard to breath, she said I was experiencing Braxton Hicks contractions, and nothing to be worried about but I need to start paying attention to how frequently this happens. If I get more then 6 in an hour, its time to call. So far we are getting them about once every hour or so. So I think we’ve got some time! But kinda scary that its getting that close!
Belly Button in or out? Out and so squishy!
Wedding rings on or off?  Ah, I had to ditch the wedding band. The engagement ring still fits fine, but the band was getting a little tight to slide over my knuckle and I didn’t want it to get stuck. So I wear that around my necklace now. Sometimes I still slide it on because it just looks so bare without it! Definitely sleep with  both off though because my hands get so hot at night.
Happy or Moody most of the time: I can actually say I’ve been a little moody this past week. Feeling so happy and so lucky after my shower and everything, but my poor husband is getting a little taste of my hormones I think! Its weird being a little over emotional because that’s not like me at all, but this week I’ve definitely noticed that I am a little over sensitive… didn’t think I would get like that but guys should know we’re doing all the work here and although nothing has changed for them just yet, a lot has for the lady! I think that’s whats driving me more crazy then anything.
Weekly Wisdom: I think, see above should do it. My wisdom is for the hubby’s out there, life has changed a bit, (even though baby isn’t here yet) embrace the change and support it!!
Looking forward to: Completing the nursery! Now that we finally have everything we need, I cannot wait to finish it up and feel as though we are really ready for her whenever she decides to come. I want it all done way ahead of time and then I can sit back and actually relax knowing that I have everything ready.
Photos coming soon!! (I promise – nursery and bump pics)

30 Weeks – Almost there!

We have survived 30 weeks, only 10 more left! (Hopefully a little less if little girl wants to make an early appearance!) I am feeling pretty good and definitely nesting, which is exhausting in itself!  I’m going all out on my To-Do lists of everything that needs to be done, both at home and at work before baby. Shower is this weekend and after that once I get all organized, I think I will be ready! Sorta.

We had a doctors appointment this week and baby girl is still breech, she thinks she may have her head under my liver, she is tucked really far on my right side, which I’ve said all along, but she is measuring fine, and all the tests, heart rates, blood pressure, weight gain, etc…. all that usual stuff is right on track and we are looking good! We’re still gonna wait and see what she decided to do by week 35-36, if she flips on her own we’ll be waiting it out like the rest of the world, if she doesn’t flip we’ll schedule a c-section for the last week in September. So by the first week in September we should know a little more, which will make planning with work so much easier!


How far along? 30 weeks and counting
Total weight gain/loss:  Still up 24 lbs.
Maternity clothes?  Yes, and I’m usually in crisis mode finding something that fits that I haven’t worn 3 times in a week already.
Stretch marks?  Nothing yet.
Sleep: Still sleeping relatively well, tossing and turning a little bit, getting up to pee every now and then in the middle of the night, but can’t complain.
Best moment this week: This was a pretty average week I think, not really anything exciting. I guess I did get a few more things I ordered online for the nursery, and a few shower gifts came in the mail which is always exciting. 
Miss Anything?  Meh, I’ve made it this far, anything I miss is in my near future again at this point.
Movement:  Movement is getting very strong, I can feel almost every move she makes, kicks are definitely like kicks now and not just a weird gas bubble in my tummy. Sometimes I think she is trying to flip and can’t, I’ll feel her head (always on my right) but sometimes really low and sometimes really high.
Food cravings:  Pop! I can’t get enough and I have to really cut myself off because I can’t have that much caffeine, I think I just like the bubbles and the fact that it isn’t water, but that’s all I really want to drink. I also have had a bad thing for Snickers Ice cream bars. YUM!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing.
Gender prediction: Can’t wait to meet my little lady!!
Labor Signs: I’ve had some shooting pains on my sides that feel like running cramps once in awhile, usually simultaneously as she kicks me, but I asked the doctor about it and (of course its not labor pains) but she said its completely normal and the baby may in fact be kicking something.
Belly Button in or out? In when I lay down and out when I stand up…. gravity I guess?
Wedding rings on or off?  On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!! So much to look forward to right now!
Weekly Wisdom: I am doing a lot of reading now, on breastfeeding, preparing for a newborn, what I can do to make transitions and healing time smoother, trying to plan out freezer meals and stocking up for grocery shopping, I figured I have the time now and I won’t in a few weeks when I am trying to figure everything out.
Looking forward to: A busy upcoming week… my mom’s birthday dinner, a girls night out, Dan’s parents are coming into town to visit and the shower this weekend, so I’ll get to see a lot of family and friends this week!
Please excuse my nasty hair and lack of any make-up, it was a lazy Sunday!

The end of week 29!

Once again I am behind, so I’m actually posting while in my 30th week, but you get the idea….the update will be from last week!

Lisa and Dan tied the knot on Friday July 26th, it was absolutely perfect! The weather was beautiful and the bride was even more beautiful! I really cannot believe she is married already, it felt so far away and now its come and gone, which means Baby Mags is going to be here soooo soon too! Below are a few pictures I will share from the wedding, I just can’t help myself, it turned out so perfect!

Me and my husband!

Proud Dad walking the beautiful Bride down the aisle!
How far along? End of week 29
Total weight gain/loss:  Still up 24 lbs. as far as I know
Maternity clothes?  We know my answer to this one
Stretch marks?  None
Sleep: Sleeping ok. Waking up more in the middle of the night, not really to pee, but just because I am uncomfortable. The belly is getting heavy so even sleeping on my side now requires that I tuck a pillow under me, which isn’t the most comfortable, I’m thinking it may be time for one of those body pillows, but I just hate how much room they take up in bed.
Best moment this week: My sister’s wedding!! It was so much fun and everything was so great! She did such a great job planning everything (with my help of course – yes I’ll take a little credit!) It was a very long day, but due to wedding tradition, I tried not to leave the dance floor too much, and I hardly sat down all night, which I paid dearly for on Saturday, but it was worth it! We had a nice recovery day and by Sunday Dan and I were ready to be productive around the house! We got SO much done in the nursery (which is my second best moment this week). The dresser is now fully assembled, and stocked with some clothes that I got (and bought myself) we put the crib together, and I bought a few more decor things, like some art for the walls and a new table lamp. I’m hoping to do a nursery sneak peak picture soon, but I’m waiting until things are a little more finished, getting so close though!

Miss Anything? The usual….wine, my old summer clothes, sitting, standing and walking normal. Feeling like my old self in general. Growing a human is tough work, I’m so glad there is a finish line for this!

Movement:  I don’t think I even need to answer this question!! Of course there is a ton! Dan and I get a kick out of watching my whole stomach move at night when we’re on the couch. I tried to get a video of it, but it just doesn’t do it justice. Its also so weird when I get lopsided. She still seems to be breech as far as I can tell, with her head on my right side. I’m waiting to feel something different in hopes that she’s flipped over.
Food cravings: Not much, I get full so easily. I guess Ice cream is still a hot item, but I think its every pregnant women’s excuse to just eat all the ice cream she wants!
Anything making you queasy or sick: No
Have you started to show yet: Getting pretty big, not really liking it, ready to put my skinny pants on again! (I am excited to start seeing Fall clothes out in stores, it means I can can shop for my normal size soon hopefully)
Labor Signs: I get a shooting pain on my right side sometimes, especially when she give me a good swift kick, but no labor pains yet. Still terrified to answer yes on this one!
Belly Button in or out? Out, you can now see it in almost everything I wear! It does go flat when I lay in bed though, I think Baby Girl just kicks it out during the day!
Wedding rings on or off?  On, they seem to be feeling a little tighter lately but I don’t plan to take them off unless they hurt me.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy! I am so excited to see the nursery take shape, and the closer we get to the shower the more things I am starting to get! Its so fun coming home from work to packages on my door step, gifts for my little girl! Makes everything way more real now that she has a room in the house where there are so many baby things.
Weekly Wisdom: I’m feeling a little run down this week. Got some sort of a bug (sore throat, runny/stuffy nose) I think between the wedding, family in town, and getting so much done around the house I over did it a little bit. I’m trying to take it easy this week, have a big party to go to this upcoming Saturday with friends but I’m only going for the day instead of staying over night. I feel like I may need to just slow down a little and rest, hard to do with so much going on but my weekly wisdom for myself is to just take it easy!

Looking forward to: My Shower in a week and a half, Dan’s dad will be in town for that. Looking forward to seeing a lot of friends and family, that I haven’t seen much this summer!

And here is my photo that I FINALLY remembered to take this week. It is actually a few days into my 30th week, but I don’t think I got that much bigger in a few days! Although at this rate you never know. I feel like a cow!

 

28 Weeks

Yes I know I’m super far behind! I am not so good at taking the pictures which means I keep putting off posting until I have a picture. I’m doing a 28 week update here, but I don’t have a picture. I will do my 29 week update shortly and I promise to have a photo then!

How far along? 28 weeks
Total weight gain/loss:  Up 24 lbs at my last doctor appointment, which was last Thursday the 18th
Maternity clothes?  Still yes and no on this one. I am finding that they do in fact make maternity clothes for a reason, but I still can’t justify spending money on them!
Stretch marks?  Nope holding strong!
Sleep: Still sleeping really good actually. I don’t even get up to pee in the middle of the night too often. I toss and turn a lot since being restricted to my sides isn’t my preferred sleep position, but in general I can’t complain. Baby Girl likes to move around a lot right at bed time and sometimes that prevents me from falling asleep right away, but I’m usually so tired it doesn’t last long.
Best moment this week: We went camping with friends last weekend and had a really great time! They all have two little ones already so it was a good taste of baby fever! I was a little uncomfortable though since camping chairs and air mattresses aren’t pregnant friendly, but its something we’ve done every year for a few years now and a fun tradition we are starting. I will share a photo at the end of this of our “Then and Now” last year when we went the other two with babies were pregnant, this year it was my turn. Things have changed for us!
Miss Anything?  Being comfortable with normal things, like sitting. I am starting to just feel uncomfortable all the time, sitting, standing, laying…. it all only lasts a few minutes before I need to change position. I am looking forward to getting back to my normal self!
Movement:  TONS!! Movements are so strong now and so frequent, I don’t think she ever stops. We asked the doctor if this was normal and her reply was “An active baby is a healthy baby” So it seems like we just have one active little girl! Just like her parents I guess…. Neither Dan or I can sit still very long!
Food cravings:  Not really, the hungry all the time thing has sub-sided some, I just don’t have room to eat a lot now. My sister’s wedding this week has slowed down my ice cream at night, but other then that I pretty much eat what I want!
Anything making you queasy or sick: No, gagged myself this morning a little bit brushing my teeth, still have a kinda sensitive gag reflex.
Have you started to show yet: Yes! Baby girl is growing perfectly, we had a sono and they took all her measurements of head and belly and everything is right on track, My belly was even measuring slightly ahead! (maybe she’ll be here early!!)
Gender prediction: Its still a girl!! (Our sono confirmed this again on Thursday, lol)
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? Its popped out! Not a lot but you can definitely tell!
Wedding rings on or off?  On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy! I am getting tired a lot more easily, and with the heat we’ve had lately its made it hard to breath outside (that and I have a little one squishing my lungs!!) I’ve finally got Dan to start working on the nursery! We’re halfway through putting the dresser together, and we painted. I also got a few shower gifts in the mail, and a whole bunch of clothes were donated to me, so I am little by little working on the nursery! All things to just be excited about! Haven’t gotten to the point of panic over having a baby soon!! I’m sure that will come!
Looking forward to: My Sister’s wedding this week is the BIG one! Also looking froward to my shower that is only 2 weeks away now! I’m horrible at peeking at my registry, but Baby Girl already has some really nice things coming her way, and I can’t wait to start organizing everything in the nursery! She needs so much stuff and I am so grateful and excited for the shower so we can get a little help with all the stuff she is going to need! Man babies are needy!
Below is a creepy picture from our sonogram this week. The tech had a hard time getting a good photo of her, she moves around a lot and she is getting so big that it was hard to capture the whole thing. The picture is of her face (you can kinda see her eyes, nose and mouth even though she’s on her side)…. She is in a Frank Breech position as of now, they are going to keep an eye on her and we’re hoping she flips over on her own by 35 weeks, otherwise we may be looking at a scheduled C-section at 39 weeks.
And to the right is the other picture I promised from our camping trip! This was last years camping trip where the other two ladies were pregnant (Becky and Chris had just spilled the beans to us that weekend) and then our picture from this year, where we’ve added 2 more to our 6 pack and have another on the way!

26 Weeks

Lots of things happening this week!! We started taking our baby classes this week at the hospital. Dan was dreading me dragging him there on a beautiful night, but we actually learned a lot. Covered things like the labor and delivery process, when to go to the hospital, signs of labor etc. We also got to watch a lovely birth video, (made me want a c-section a little more) and also made me a lot more nervous for the whole delivery thing! Yikes! I think I might just cry the whole time. We have two more sessions the next two weeks, but we are all pre-registered at the hospital now and one step closer to meeting Baby Mags!
I also have made some headway on the nursery. Lots of my online orders have been coming in and our trip to Ikea was successful. I got everything I set out for and we even got a rocker for our master bedroom. I put together some of the pieces all by myself, the rest Dan won’t let me do, so I have to be patient and just continue to nag him to do it!
Everything else is going good, the Babe continues to move ALL the time, which is very good, we were supposed to get a sono at my doctors appointment this week, but we’re gonna hold off until 28 weeks. I start going to the doctor every 2 weeks now, but as of Monday I was measuring spot on for 26 weeks and her heart rate was a perfect 150, everything else was great and I must have passed my glucose test because they said they would only call if something was off and I haven’t heard from anyone!
Only 13 more weeks to go! I felt like it was going so slow at first, but all of a sudden now I can’t believe how soon she will be here!!! I would also like summer to slow down a little bit!!

How far along? 26. 4 weeks
Total weight gain/loss:  20 lbs
Maternity clothes?  Some
Stretch marks?  None
Sleep: Sleeping great, really would like to sleep on my stomach again
Best moment this week: Putting together some of the pieces of our nursery, its starting to take shape a little bit! My sister sent out my shower invitations which are adorable and I’m so excited for that! And lastly, our good friend Paul decided to be an awesome friend and purchase us our oh so expensive Breast Pump! Kinda weird coming from him, but I could not be more thankful! It was a good week for “Best moments”!

Miss Anything? I miss being able to do things for myself. There are so many things for the nursery and around the house I want to do, like paint, and I cannot. I am more of the mindset “If you want a job done right, do it yourself”, Its hard to let that one go, even though I know I should be taking advantage of letting people do things for me now.

Movement:  Yes, and even little hiccups, usually 2-4 times a day the movement is very rhythmic… poor thing, I wish I could stop them for her, she starts going crazy in there whenever she gets them.
Food cravings:  Not really any cravings, I feel like my eating is a little more back to normal. I can’t physically eat that much in one sitting, so its lots of small meals. But I’ve been going a little nuts on all the pastas and carbs with all these BBQs and 4th of July parties!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope
Have you started to show yet: Oh yeah
Labor Signs: No and after seeing that video, I don’t ever want to write yes to this!
Belly Button in or out? Depends on the day a little bit, but for the most part its popped out
Wedding rings on or off?  On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy! Starting to feel exhausted a little more easily though.

Looking forward to: Another sonogram (for real this time) in 2 weeks! And my sister’s wedding is just 3 weeks away now too, and I’ve managed to keep the weight gain under control so far, which my goal was to not look like a cow in her wedding, so I’m glad its so close now!!

23 Weeks

23 weeks and counting!! We had another doctors appointment last week and everything with baby girl looks great! I measured spot on for 22 weeks, and her heart rate was perfect at 150. We will be having another unexpected sonogram next month just to check on her growth, only because I am among the 3% of women who have a heart shaped uterus rather then a pear or balloon shaped one, who knew?! I guess it just gives baby girl less room to grow in to, which is something they will monitor carefully. Of course as soon as she told me this bit of information I went into freak out mode, came home and hopped right on the internet, where they tell you all the best possible, and not at all exaggerated, information regarding something like this (They can’t put anything on the internet that isn’t true right?) I came to find out 1, apparently its difficult to conceive with this “condition”, (could have fooled me) and 2 there is a high risk of miscarriage early on. The only thing we have to worry about now, as long as she continues growing right, is they will have me on watch for early delivery (fine by me) and a breech baby, which would lead to c-section. All this information so far has come from my research and not the doctor, so I think we’ll find out a whole lot more at our next appointment July 1st.  At this point, I am just happy to get another sono, which is just another chance to see my little peanut. Also did I mention early delivery? I will get to meet her sooner!?!

How far along? 23 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: 12 lbs. right on track according to the doctor
Maternity clothes?  Yes and No
Stretch marks?  No
Sleep: Sleeping through the night for the most part. Today I woke up at 5am, baby was moving around so much and so strong that there was no going back to sleep. Its now 10am and she has not stopped all morning!
Best moment this week: Feeling her move! Its constant now and Dan can feel any time he tries. She also does this thing where she somehow moves really far forward and we can feel huge hard bumps of her butt and head. Its sometimes very uncomfortable when she moves all my insides around, but it feels like a real baby when she does that.
Miss Anything? Working out!!! I really just want to go for a long run (which I intended to do all through pregnancy and that just was not gonna happen) I just really want to work out and feel like I’m in good shape again, I hate that my heart races just walking up the stairs. I’m committing myself to making sure I walk at least 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week!
Movement: All the time!!!
Food cravings: Getting away from the pop and caffeine now that I found out we’re on watch. Not craving anything, but I eat way more sweets (ice cream) then I ever used to.
Anything making you queasy or sick: No
Have you started to show yet: Yes
Gender prediction: Its a GIRL!
Labor Signs: Nope
Belly Button in or out? Flat.
Wedding rings on or off?  On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!

Looking forward to: Another sonogram again next month

 

22 weeks

21 down 19 to go! At least my countdown number is finally smaller then how far we’ve come! I think I’ve really started to show these last two weeks and I can feel her kicking around so much constantly, Dan says that he loves that she is just an asshole to me all the time! I guess that’s the next 18 years of my life! He’ll get his payback! 🙂

I found this link on Baby Center that shows the baby’s development in a video form, which is really neat to be able to see what’s going on. I wish we could grow her in little fish bowl on our kitchen counter so we could watch her grow, its really amazing how fast it all happens, she looks like a real human now!
http://www.babycenter.com/2_inside-pregnancy-weeks-21-to-27_10312242.bc

How far along? 22 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: I actually weighed myself this morning and I’m up 11 lbs. waaay more then I thought! This terrified me so I looked up how much weight I should have gained and it says 1-5 in the first trimester and 1 lb. a week every week after! Holy cow! One pound a week?? This seems like a lot to me, but puts me right on track. I hope it comes off just as fast as its going on!
Maternity clothes?  Yes and No. I bought a bathing suit today, a tankini, not really my style and I feel like an old mom in it, but it beats the alternative! No way I’m rocking a bikini any more this summer!
Stretch marks?  No
Sleep: Sleep is my favorite!

Best moment this week: Dan and I went and picked out our glider at Buy Buy Baby this week which was fun when they gave us a fake baby to test out holding! Dan was acting like a 5 year old and kept trying to sneak taking pictures of me! He also enjoyed playing with the leap frog We’re so ready for a child of our own!
Have you told family and friends: Yes
Miss Anything? I am going to miss my bikini this summer, our first summer with a pool too!
Movement:Yep, Dan can feel it all the time, my sister was even able to feel her the other night!
Food cravings: Dr. Pepper, or pop in general. I never used to really drink pop and ever since we came back from vacation I can’t say no to it. Such a bad habit that needs to stop!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope
Have you started to show yet: Yes, definitely filling out and looking very pregnant
Gender prediction: Its a GIRL!
Labor Signs: No, I’m gonna freak out when I actually write yes to this one!
Belly Button in or out? In, but flat feel so funny!
Wedding rings on or off?  On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!

Looking forward to: This question is getting hard to answer now, when the only real answer I have is meeting our little girl!

Sorry no photo this week! I wrote this up and then waited to post until I took one and totally forgot. Now its too late and I’m gonna do my 23 week post soon, so you’ll just have to wait!

-S

20 Weeks – Half way There!!!

We’ve made it to the halfway point and things couldn’t be going any better! We are finally almost done with our kitchen renovation, so we are back to eating better and eating at home! That also means our next project can be to start working on the nursery! It was Memorial Day weekend, this past week, so we had an extra day off of work, which just made me more exhausted because we tried to fit more things in. I went out on Saturday and bought my first real round of maternity clothes, other then just leggings and a pair of work pants! Some I’m not quite ready for yet, but most of its stuff I can wear now and I’ll probably even be able to wear after baby girl comes!

She moves around SOOO much! Dan is finally able to feel it pretty frequently, her kicks can be downright violent, I used to have the nickname Crazy Legs, I think I have another Crazy Legs on my hands!! Yesterday I looked down and could see my tummy move from the outside, weird! I love being able to feel her move all the time, and love it even more when Dan can feel it too!

How far along? 20 weeks (again posting later at 21.3 weeks though)
Total weight gain/loss: I think about 5 lbs. I have my next appointment Thursday June 6, we’ll find out then!
Maternity clothes?  Some yes, I’ll still wear my normal pants with a belly band to work sometimes, I just don’t have the money to start a new wardrobe that I’ll only wear for 4 more months! Its crazy!
Stretch marks?  Nope
Sleep: Sleeping fine still, sometimes if I do wake up its only to pee. Or Because my husband randomly decides at 4:30 in the morning that he’s wide awake and can’t sleep, I think mother nature is preparing him as well.
Best moment this week: Buying some new clothes I guess, the belly is finally popping and looking more preggers then fat which is nice because I’m far less self conscious about having a belly now!
Have you told family and friends: Yes
Miss Anything? For some reason I really wanted the clams and shell fish that everyone cooked all weekend at all our Memorial Day Parties, I don’t even like it that much, I think I only wanted it because I can’t have it!
Movement:  All the time! She’s a squirmmer!
Food cravings:  Not really, Happy to be eating at home again, cooking some of my favorites and not eating out every night.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope
Have you started to show yet: Yes finally!
Gender prediction: Its a GIRL!
Labor Signs: No
Belly Button in or out? Still in, kinda flat
Wedding rings on or off?  On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy, been very tired lately though
Looking forward to: Finishing our registry this week and starting the nursery, Shower is in 10 weeks!