Monday, November 17, 2014

Bump Day ~ 37 Weeks

How far along? 37 weeks!  Baby is the size of a winter melon.  Not to be confused with a watermelon, because that's how I read it at first.

Weight gain/loss:  Whatever.  I keep telling myself that I still weigh less now then I did when I started my pregnancy with Jamie and am no where near what I weighed when I delivered him.  So there's that.

Maternity Clothes? Yes.  Our sudden cold snap is proving to be interesting in the coat dept.  I refuse to buy anything at this point though so I'm making do.  I did treat myself to some new {non maternity} PJ's to wear in the hospital in a vein attempt to feel pretty and  I picked up two {non maternity} tops that will work now, but will be good to have post baby.

Sleep: I don't want to jinx it, but sleep is good.  I think I'm just so exhausted by the time my head hits the pillow my body just gives in to sweet, sweet uninterrupted slumber.

Stretch marks:  Still nothing new, dare a say I may make it out of this without any new stripes.

Best moment this week: We have an official end date in sight!!  Unfortunately it comes at the price of two weeks in a row with borderline high blood pressure.  My OB said I'm still in the "grey" area and haven't officially crossed the threshold to being labeled with pregnancy induced hypertension, but I'm close enough she doesn't want me going past my due date.  So as long as my BP doesn't get any worse and baby girl doesn't make any surprise appearances on her own, we are set for a Dec 3rd induction, just a few days shy of my Dec 7 due date.  It's weird, I've only lost 4 days, but all of a sudden it seems so much closer!  I think because it's a guarantee where as before I had pretty much come to terms I was going to be late again.  Only 16 days to go!!

Movement: Definitely slowing down as she runs out of room, but she still manages to get plenty of good dance moves in there,

Food cravings: Nothing in particular, I've been digging the clementines though, which is a nice change of pace from the usual sugar high.

Gender: Sugar and spice!

Labor Signs: I've had a few braxton hicks contractions and she's definitely sitting low these days based on the way I waddle.

What I Miss: Being able to sit on the floor and play with Jamie.  Or heck, just sit on the floor period.

What I'm looking forward to:  Getting through this week, my last FULL work week!!  Next week is short because of Thanksgiving and the following week is short because it's baby time!!

Weekly Wisdom: When your doctor tells you not to worry, don't start googling or you will convince yourself you are dying.

Milestones: We are officially considered {early} full term!  We also finished washing and setting up all the baby stuff.  It's weird having a swing in the house again.  We bought the last few things we needed and the nursery is pretty much done.  If she showed up today we'd be ready!  Oh!  And her Christmas stocking is on the way!

Big Brother:  He seriously may be more excited for his sister to arrive than anyone else.  He talks about her all the time and wants to be a part of everything we've been doing to get ready.  I can't wait to watch him become a big brother, it gets me all pregnancy sappy just thinking about it.


Monday, November 10, 2014

Bump Day ~ 36 Weeks

How far along? 36 weeks!  Baby is the size of a honeydew melon.

Weight gain/loss: Up.  Again.  I've reached the point where it is what it is and as long as I'm not treating everyday like an all you can eat buffet, I've come to terms with it.

Maternity Clothes? With Jamie I remember being so over maternity clothes by this poing and counting down until I could wear "real" pants again.  This time?  Elastic pants for life!

Sleep: I can still sometimes go all night without a bathroom break.  I'm not sure if I should be grateful for this or be concerned I'm not drinking enough water.  Either way sleep is good.  No real complaints here!

Stretch marks:  Nothing new.

Best moment this week: I woke up on Monday and felt human again.  The stomach bug is officially gone and the exhaustion went with it!  Praise the lord!!

Movement: Yes, and sometimes, not gonna lie, it's kind of uncomfortable, baby girl is definitely running out of room in there!

Food cravings: Appetite returned in full force this week!  As did the sweet tooth.

Gender: Sweet baby girl!

Labor Signs: Nope.  Had an internal exam at my OB appt Friday, not surprisingly I was not dilated but we did confirm baby is head down!  I also suspect she dropped some this week because my symptoms have flip flopped, more hip/lower back pain but I feel like I can breath better and I'm having less heartburn.  So let's hope all these things are a sign she's starting to get ready for her BIG debut!

What I Miss: Being able to get out of bed or off the couch without giving myself a pep talk first.

What I'm looking forward to:  The holiday season!  Usually I'm all "Respect the Turkey!" and while I'm not putting up the tree just yet, I'm starting to get the itch for all things Christmas.  This year is going to be extra magical and I'm anxious to get it started!

Weekly Wisdom: Washing a dark pink onesie with the rest of the baby laundry will in fact turn everything a nice shade of pale pink.  Sigh.

Milestones: Had my pre-admissions meeting at the hospital this week!  Also washed all the nursery linens and put the crib in order.  Hung the monogram.  Washed all the newborn clothes.  Installed the infant seat bases in the cars and washed the seat cover.  Nesting and baby prep is in full force!!

Big Brother:  Poor buddy has been battling a cold all week.  I guess better now than later when we have to worry about preschool germs and a newborn!


Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Bump Day ~ 35 weeks

How far along? 35 weeks! Baby is the size of a coconut.

Weight gain/loss: Well according to my scale, thanks to the stomach virus of 2014, I lost 3 pounds, according to my Dr's scale I gained almost 4.  I'm sorry but I call BS on that.  All I did for 5 days was go to the bathroom and eat applesauce.  It will be interesting to see what their stupid scale tells me this week.

Maternity Clothes? Yes.  I don't see this changing anytime soon. Though I still get by with a handful of non maternity tops that I saved from my fat girl days.

Sleep: After this week, if I could sleep 22 hours of the day I would.  Unfortunately work got in the way, but you can bet as soon as I stumbled in the door I hit the bed and didn't leave until my alarm went off.  I am hoping I get a little energy back, I can't handle 5 more weeks of this exhaustion.

Stretch marks:  Nothing new.

Best moment this week: I'm not going to sugar coat it, there was nothing great about this week.  I'm just glad I survived.  A stomach virus is never fun, but being 8 month pregnant AND having a stomach bug?  Downright torture.

Movement: This poor kid gets hiccups all.the.time.  At least twice a day, sometimes more.  She also likes to play punch the bladder, fun times.

Food cravings: Nothing.  I have had zero interest in food and zero appetite.  Even now that the stomach bug has moved on through, most food just sounds unappetizing.  Or it gives me heartburn so I don't want to eat it anyway.

Gender: Team pink!

Labor Signs: Nope.  Not a one.

What I Miss: Feeling like a normal human being.

What I'm looking forward to:  Getting my appetite back, we have "Fakesgiving" this weekend and I want to enjoy my turkey dinner and pie!

Weekly Wisdom: When your husband claims he feels worse than you, resist the urge to punch him in the face, you might need him later to make a late night CVS run.

Milestones: 35/35!  35 weeks down, 35 days to go!

Big Brother:  Is starting to get impatient on when exactly this baby is actually going to be here.  Me too buddy, me too.


Monday, October 27, 2014

Bump Day ~ 34 Weeks

How far along? 34 weeks, baby is the size of a butternut squash!

Weight gain/loss: No clue.  Let's keep it that way.

Maternity Clothes? Had to bust out the ole tank/maxi skirt combo again today.  You know, because it's normal to be 85 degrees at the end of October.  Over it.

Sleep: Lately I've been tossing and turning a lot.  The overnight potty breaks are also becoming more and more.

Stretch marks:  I actually looked the other day, as much as I can that is, and honestly didn't see anything.

Best moment this week: I felt a little less exhausted this week and little more human.  I'll take whatever energy bursts I can!

Movement: Still tons.  And as much as I do like it, I'd be lying if I didn't say some of the big movements are getting a little uncomfortable.  I felt hiccups pretty low yesterday though, so hopefully she's head down now for the long haul!

Food cravings: Macaroni and cheese.  And peas.  Not like all mixed together, but at the same time.  I had it twice in the past week.

Gender: Team pink!

Labor Signs: Had a few cramps here and there, maybe I was over doing it at work.....maybe it's those Braxton Hicks contractions people talk about?

What I Miss: Fall!  Please come back!!  I did not sign up for another third trimester in the sweltering heat!!

What I'm looking forward to: Pulling all the baby gear out of the basement.  Starting to get the nesting itch but feel like it's a bit soon to set up already.  Two more weeks and it's go time!

Weekly Wisdom:  Don't down an entire bottle of water right before bed and then be surprised when you have to get up like 4 times to pee.

Milestones: Started hanging new things in the nursery, can't wait for the monogram to arrive for above the crib!

Big Brother:  So my belly button pops out when I laugh really hard and Jamie got to witness this strange phenomenon first hand.  One night the two of us laid in his bed and laughed for a good 10 minutes watching my belly act like a human turkey timer.


Monday, October 20, 2014

Bump Day ~ 33 Weeks

How far along? 33 weeks, baby is the size of a durian fruit??  Cause that's helpful.  Let's just go with baby is getting huge, because lately, that's how I feel.

Weight gain/loss: Up 1.6 lbs since my last appt 2 week ago.  I guess that's not horrible.
Maternity Clothes? I tried to make a button down shirt work today, I only got two buttons done and the 2nd was a major stretch over the ever expanding boulders on my chest.  I rocked it anyways, with a tank underneath of course.

Sleep: Ok.  Had a bit of insomnia and was up tossing and turning at 4am, of course on one of the days I could have actually slept it.  Figures.

Stretch marks:  No news is good news.

Best moment this week: Hearing my doctor tell me that me and baby are both just perfect.  Like I didn't already know.  ;)  Worst moment: Getting my flu shot.  Last appt I had to get the Tdap vaccine.  The time before that my Rogham shot and all my glucose bloodwork.  I look forward to not being treated like a pin cushion every time I walk through those doors.

Movement: Yes, yes and yes!  I remember thinking Jamie was an active baby, well he's got nothing on his sister.  Girlfriend is like a ninja warrior in there all day, everyday.  She even woke me up once this week with her acrobatics.

Food cravings: Chocolate milk shake.  And it was delicious.

Gender: Baby girl!

Labor Signs: Nope, but she sits so low sometimes I legit feel like I need to cross my legs when I sneeze or cough for fear she may just drop right out.

What I Miss: That cushy desk job I had when I was pregnant with Jamie where I sat around and surfed the internet all day.  Don't get me wrong, I love my job, but man the days are long and it's far more physically demanding than I ever realized before being 100 months pregnant.  Whew.  This week it hit me like a ton of bricks.  I can just feel myself moving slower and by lunch I am ready for a nap.

What I'm looking forward to: Only working 3 days this week!  My poor pregnant body is craving the extra day of rest!
Weekly Wisdom:  Anytime you're taking family pictures and a crazy 4 year old boy is involved, don't expect it to happen without any bribing, or without sprouting any new grey hairs.

Milestones: Officially under 50 days!!  Non pregnancy related?  The Kansas City Royals have made it into the World Series for the first time in 29 years!

Big Brother:  Tonight he hugged my belly and told me how much he loves his baby sister.  I sure hope that sticks around once she arrives.


Monday, October 13, 2014

Bump Day ~ 32 Weeks

How far along? 32 weeks, baby is the size of a squash.

Weight gain/loss: Not sure, but I ate the kitchen every night I came home from work, so I imagine it's not pretty.  I will say I'm starting to reach that point where I get full pretty fast, so hopefully that will help keep the gain at bay.

Maternity Clothes? I still have several non maternity tops that work just fine, but pants are all maternity all the time.

Sleep: I had two labor dreams this week, I don't remember much about the one, but in the other they were scheduling me for a c-section for no reason, just because.  Needless to say I was pissed.  Hopefully it's not some weird premonition, major abdominal surgery scares me far more than pushing a watermelon out of my lady parts.

Stretch marks:  No news here.

Best moment this week: Watching my bump move at night while baby girl does some dance moves in there.  I could seriously watch it for hours.

Movement: Based on the belly show that happens nightly, I'd say yes.  Also felt hiccups several times this week!

Food cravings: I had some really good hot and sour soup from a chinese place that I've been thinking about since.  Also?  A BLT.  From Subway of all places.  Haven't fulfilled that one yet, but it's on my list.

Gender: Sugar, spice and everything nice.

Labor Signs: Nope.

What I Miss: Being able to stand for more than a few minutes without lower back pain and my right leg going numb.  Took a lot longer to show up this time around so I guess I'll be grateful for that.

What I'm looking forward to: December.  I'm starting to really feel pregnant, the waddling, the aches and pains, all the fun of third trimester.  Let's hope these next 8ish weeks go quickly.

Weekly Wisdom:  If the forecast even hints at rain, carry an umbrella with you, otherwise you'll be forced to run/waddle all the way to your car in a torrential downpour and then have to sit in your car soaking wet for your entire 60 minute commute home.

Milestones: Scheduled my pre-admission appointment
and hospital tour for November!

Big Brother:  Between the "joys" of living with a four year old, coupled with the fact that pregnancy has left me with zero patience, I feel like there's a lot of yelling in our house.  Whoever said four would be better than three was a big fat liar.


Sunday, October 12, 2014

Bump Day ~ 31 Weeks

How far along? 31 weeks, baby is the size of a pineapple.

Weight gain/loss: No gain since my last Dr. appt!  Pardon me while I happy dance in the corner.

Maternity Clothes? Yes.  Elastic waist pants for life!

Sleep: Pretty good still, waking up with sore hips sometimes, but otherwise no complaints.

Stretch marks:  Nada.

Best moment this week: I got a little nesting urge this weekend and finally went through the nursery.  Officially took Jamie's name off the wall which was both bittersweet and super exciting all at the same time.  Also ordered some new decor for over the changing table and picked out a monogram decal to put over the crib.  Can't wait to put it all together!

Movement: Yep!  Can't really tell how she's laying in there, I feel kicks and punches all over the place.

Food cravings: Nothing new here.  Still sweets all the time.  I sure hope that goes away once she's here if I ever hope to see my waistline again.

Gender: Pretty pretty princess!

Labor Signs: Nope.

What I Miss: Being able to put my own boots on.  It was quite the sight watching me try though.

What I'm looking forward to:  A quiet weekend at home.  I can't tell you the last time we didn't have somewhere to go or big plans.  I want to sit on the couch and do nothing for 2 days.

Weekly Wisdom:  If you have even the slightest urge to go pee before bed, don't ignore it, just go, otherwise you'll wake up once you've finally fallen asleep in desperate need of a potty stop.

Milestones: First load of baby laundry is down and the diaper prepping has begun!  Also, I go to the doctor every 2 weeks now!

Big Brother:  He's asked a few times lately how the baby gets out of mommy's tummy.  Not quite ready for that talk yet, thankfully he's easily distracted with shiny objects.