Monday, September 30, 2013

Baby Girl - Week 30

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How Far Along:  30 weeks – 10 weeks to go!!!

Maternity Clothes: Of course.

Best Moment This Week: We ordered our crib this week – it just made it a bit more real. Each new thing we do makes it all more real. Once we get the crib and set it up – it will be that much more real!

Gender: Baby Girl!

Movement: She’s moving a lot. I see my belly squirm a lot. I will often lay my arm on my belly as I read a book or look on my phone, and my arm will randomly jump – which makes it a bit hard to read sometimes. :D

Size and Development: Little Girl is the size of a cabbage or cucumber at 15.2-16.7 inches long and 3.5-4 pounds. Her skin is getting smoother, her brain continues to form even more, and she can even grasp things with her tiny fingers.

Food Cravings: Mainly sweets and ice cream. Why couldn’t I crave fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and quinoa? HA. I’m trying to be good, but I usually need something sweet after my meal. 

What I Miss: Sleeping on my stomach – I’m a stomach sleeper, so it’s a bit of a bummer that I can’t sleep on my stomach. It’s a small price to pay, but I do miss it.

Sleep: Sleep is going pretty good. I have to pee 2-3 times a night and I toss and turn often, but for the most part, I’m sleeping well.

What I am looking forward to: Meeting our girl. I can’t wait to meet her and see what she looks like – will she look like me or Chris or a combo of both? What will her personality be like? I just can’t wait to get to know our daughter!

Symptoms: I’ve started getting a little heartburn. It’s been pretty mild, and doesn’t happen often. It typically is only after I eat really greasy foods – so trying to limit that so that I limit the heartburn. 

Monday, September 23, 2013

Baby Girl - Week 29

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How Far Along:  29 weeks

Maternity Clothes: Yup – at this point, this is kind of a stupid question to answer.

Best Moment This Week: Seeing baby girl on an ultrasound! We had a 28 week ultrasound to check and make sure she was growing well and that all was good – and it is! The doctor said the ultrasound is normal and she is growing well. We loved seeing her again. We even got to see her swallow and then lick her lips. It was awesome! I never thought I would say that a baby swallowing was so cool – but it is amazing what she is able to do already!
            We’re also 99% sure we’ve chosen a name. We’re not sharing the name until she’s born, but it definitely feels good to know that we have a name picked out. The 1% is that it’s not official until it’s on a legal document, and we’re giving ourselves permission to change our minds if we want. As of now, though, we have her name.

Gender: GIRL!

Movement: Very regularly. I love getting to feel her off and on throughout the day. It feels like it’s her way of saying, “Hey, Mom, I’m still here.” Love it!

Size and Development: This week, she’s the size of an acorn or butternut squash. She’s about 15.2 to 16.7 inches long, and because of our ultrasound, we know that she’s over 3 pounds already! Side note: this kind of freaks me out because according to one of my pregnancy apps, she should triple in weight before she’s born. Eek! I guess I shouldn’t be too surprised since I was over 9 pounds when I was born. Welp – there’s no turning back now. :D

Food Cravings: I still love ice cream, and with fall beginning, I’ve wanted all things pumpkin. I’ve also wanted to bake, but I’m not sure if that is fall kicking off or an actual craving. Regardless, I made pumpkin cookies tonight, which satisfied multiple cravings.

What I Miss: Being able to go at my normal speed. I miss being able to do more, carry more, walk faster, last longer on my feet, etc. With that said, I’m the type of person that could lay around all day and watch movies if I’d let myself. So having a legitimate reason to slow down is not the end of the world, it just makes things difficult on those days I can’t take a break.

Sleep: Ok. The sleep itself is good, but I have to change positions often. Also, my hips are hurting when I sleep, even though I have a pillow between my legs. I’m going to try a thicker pillow to try to keep my knees separated more.

What I am looking forward to: My showers! My best friend and sister-in-law are throwing me a shower in Sacramento, and I got my invitation in the mail the other day. I also have some great friends throwing me a shower here in San Diego. I feel so blessed by these people to throw these showers for me, and I’m so looking forward to them. Also, it’s a huge relief to have the registry done! It was really stressing me out, but now (with the exception of a few things) it is complete!

Symptoms: Aching hips, fatigue, and sore feet at the end of the day, oh, and my growing belly that moves quite often. :D

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Baby Girl - Week 28

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How Far Along:  28 weeks

Maternity Clothes: Yes.

Best Moment This Week: Registering for baby stuff. It was pretty stressful at times, but Chris and I actually had a great time choosing stuff for our little girl.

Gender: Girl.

Movement: Lots of movement. My belly has moved a lot, and it’s so weird to see my belly move as she moves.

Size and Development: She’s the size of an eggplant – about 14.8in and 2lbs. Her eyes are opening and closing and can sense light. Her lungs are developed enough that she could probably breathe on her own if she was born now – let’s hope she keeps cooking for awhile though.

Food Cravings: Ice cream. It’s still warm here, so I’m often hot – ice cream sounds good all the time.

What I Miss: My old clothes. I like that my belly is growing because it means she’s growing, but I do miss my old clothes that fit. However, I have gotten some very cute maternity clothes.

Sleep: My sleeping is pretty good. I had my first restless night of sleep, but overall, sleep is good.

What I am looking forward to: Our ultrasound tomorrow. We get to see our baby girl again. I’m excited to see how much she’s grown since the last time we saw her.

Symptoms: Growing belly, sore feet, and tiredness.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Baby Girl - Week 27

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How Far Along:  27 weeks

Maternity Clothes: All the time.

Best Moment This Week: Getting to talk to other mom’s about birthing/baby stuff. Life’s been busy, so I haven’t had a lot of chances to get advice from my friend’s that are moms. A few of us were hanging out, and they are giving me advice on birthing classes and techniques and what to register for (and not register for), etc. It was helpful and so good to just chat with other women about kids.
Gender: Girl.

Movement: She’s moving a lot and often. Excited for more obvious kicks to start happening.

Size and Development: This week, our little girl is the size of a rutabaga – and since I don’t recall having ever seen a rutabaga, I have no idea what this means. Apparently, she’s about 13.6-14.8 inches long and 1.5-2.2 pounds. Her brainstem is almost fully developed and her cerebral cortex is growing more and more as well.

Food Cravings: Ice cream. It’s been hot, so ice cream has been my dessert of choice.

What I Miss: Doing some things on my own. I don’t typically mind help, but I also hate to put people out, so when it’s been humbling asking for help or accepting when people offer to help me do things.

Sleep: Still pretty good. I change positions often, but I’m usually ok as long as I have a pillow between my legs.

What I am looking forward to: We have another ultrasound next week (September 18th). I’m excited to get to see her pretty face again!

Symptoms: Fatigue – I’m getting tired more easily especially if I’ve been walking or standing a lot. And my feet have been getting really hot and take a long time to cool down. Ice packs have been delightful for this symptom. 

About a month ago, my mom, sister, and sister-in-law gave me some adorable baby outfits. My mom also made Baby Girl a couple of hats. I mentioned it in a previous blog, but I forgot to post pictures. So here are the two hats that my mom made for her granddaughter, as well as the adorable dress that my mother-in-law gave us when we were visiting Sacramento a couple of weeks ago. 

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Baby Girl - Week 26

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How Far Along:  26 weeks

Maternity Clothes: Yes – and my mother-in-law blessed me with a ton of new maternity clothes!!! I’m so excited to have more clothes that actually fit!

Best Moment This Week: I have two moments again this week. The first one was when Chris’ parents bought Baby Girl her first pair of Toms and another adorable pair of shoes.

The second is that my family got to feel her kick. It was very special to me to have them feel her. Now I just need her to kick when I’m around my in-laws so they can feel her, too!!!

Gender: Girl – hence the pink Toms. :D

Movement: Lots of movement – enough for others to feel her kick!

Size and Development: This week, Baby Girl is the size of a head of lettuce – about 14 inches or so, and weighs right around 2 pounds. Her eyelashes are growing and her immune system is developing by getting antibodies from me. Also, her lungs are developing much more and her skin is getting more of it’s color. Grow, baby, grow!

Food Cravings: Same stuff – nothing crazy.            

What I Miss: My family. Being pregnant makes you think a lot about the future, and although we’re in the same state, I wish my family were closer so they could be just down the street as Baby Girl grows up. Seeing them last week was awesome, and it made me want to be around them even more!

Sleep: Pretty good. Last week, I woke up with pain in my hip. I thought I had just slept on it wrong, so I didn’t think anything of it. The next night, both hips hurt. I put a pillow between my knees while I slept and voila – hip pain went away. Trying to always remember to put that pillow between my knees because it’s no fun to wake up with two sore hips.

What I am looking forward to: Our next ultrasound. We have one scheduled in 2 weeks, and I can’t wait to get to see her little face again!

Symptoms: Hip pain while I sleep – thank goodness for my plush, king sized pillow!

                                        [Her adorable new shoes from Grandma & Grandpa Snider]

Baby Girl - Week 25

[I really need to put some makeup on for these pics]

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How Far Along:  25 weeks

Maternity Clothes: Yup. Still need some dresses and shirts, but wearing what I have all the time.

Best Moment This Week: At youth group, we had the theme of “Dress as your favorite video game character.” I dressed up as my Mii from Wii (so basically, I went as myself). I put a “Hello mii name is Lauren” sticker on my shirt, and I put a sticker on my belly that said “Mini Mii.” It was fun to get to incorporate her into the costume.

But probably the BEST moment this week was when Chris felt her kick. We were lying in bed and she was moving a lot. I kept grabbing his hand and putting on my belly, but then she’d stop moving. Finally, with a little pressure, he felt a little kick. His face was great, and I   loved that he finally got to feel her move.

Gender: Baby GIRL!

Movement: Feeling her move more and more every day. Early on and it was just in the early morning and then at about 9-10pm. Now I’m feeling her more during the day, too. Plus she’s moving enough that Chris got to feel her!

Size and Development: She is the size of a head of cauliflower and is nearly 2 pounds. Her nervous system is developing, and she’s getting a sense of equilibrium so she knows which is up and which is down.

Food Cravings: Just the same old stuff – Mexican food and lots of condiments.

What I Miss: Fitting into my clothes. Even though I have maternity clothes, some of my pants I’m modifying with a belly band to make them fit. I’m constantly pulling them up throughout the day.

Sleep: Still really good. I get uncomfortable in a position faster than before, but my sleep is still good.

What I am looking forward to: Going to Sacramento and having my family feel her kick!

Symptoms: Mainly just the growing belly, and the occasional strained ligament in my abdomen.