Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Baby Girl - Week 38

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How Far Along:  38 weeks – we are down to a matter of DAYS here, people! Yes, it could still be a couple of weeks, but it could just be days. So crazy that we are at this point. At the doctor’s appointment this week, Chris looked at me and said, “Week 38, WOW.” It was a surreal moment to think we are almost at the end of this pregnancy journey.

Maternity Clothes: Yes.

Best Moment This Week: Finishing painting the furniture for the baby’s room. We also borrowed a bassinet from a friend, so it was exciting to bring it home and get it ready for Baby Girl.

Gender: Girl.

Movement: Still lots of movement, and now I’m starting to feel pressure/pain in my pelvis. Although the pain is not awesome, it’s good to know she’s moving in the right direction. :D

Size and Development: She’s the size of a pumpkin this week – mmm-pumpkin pie. She’s about 19.5-20 inches long and probably weighs around 6.5-7 pounds. This week, she’s full term, and her organs are developed, although her lungs may still be developing. She could have an inch of hair on her head. I hope she has hair when she’s born, and I wonder what color it is and if it’ll change.

Food Cravings: Nothing really in particular. Still love junk food/dessert, so I’m trying to eat those veggies that never seem to sound good.

What I Miss: I’m starting to miss my old self/body. I know that I’m gaining weight for a very important reason; however, I’m excited to get my old body back. I’ve lost the weight before, so I know I can do it again, and I’m excited to have my baby and my body. :D

Sleep: It’s still going good and that’s such a blessing. I think that because I’m still working and doing a lot, I’m just so exhausted that I conk out as soon as I hit the pillow. I’ve had a little mild sleep insomnia, but I can eventually get back to sleep and it doesn’t happen every night.

What I am looking forward to: Finishing the nursery. We’ve finished painting the furniture, and now we can put the room together. So ready and excited to have it done!

Symptoms: A little swelling in my feet and legs, some back pain, and fatigue. I’ve also had some trouble breathing, especially while sleeping. I think she’s starting to get lower, though, so the breathing has improved over the last coupld of days. Overall, I feel like I’m doing well, and I just keep moving. However, a nap does sound nice. One other symptom that I’ve had for most of the pregnancy that I forgot to mention before is that I’ve started to lose my filter on my mouth. HA. Maybe I think I can get away with more because I’m pregnant, but I often just say what I’m thinking before I think it through. It’s kind of freeing to speak my mind, but I have to be careful not to get myself in trouble.

You Know You’re Pregnant When: You have to go pee two times in 30 minutes, and you have a foot/hand/butt stuck in your rib cage for the better part of the day.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Baby Girl - Week 37

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How Far Along:  37 weeks – I’m considered early term now (full term is 39 weeks). Baby girl could come at any time, and if she did, she would be strong and developed enough to not have any complications.

Maternity Clothes: Yup. I was packing my hospital bag, and didn’t pack any maternity clothes. I did pack loose clothing and comfy sweats, but it’s weird to think that pretty soon, I won’t be strictly wearing maternity clothes.

Best Moment This Week: Spending time with some close friends this past weekend. Life is about to change - a lot, and so going out with friends (without needing a baby sitter) won’t happen for much longer. With the busyness of life, I’m trying to soak in as much of life as it is now before Baby Girl gets here. I think this means Chris and I should go on one last date night before she comes, too. :D

Gender: Girl.

Movement: Often. She’s been getting the hiccups a lot lately. It’s funny, but feels a bit weird since it’s a consistent pulse.

Size and Development: She’s about the size of a wintermelon (whatever that is), and weighs probably 6-7 pounds and is around 19 inches long. Now that everything is developed, she just continues to gain weight and is practicing skills for the outside world like sucking, gripping, inhaling, and exhaling.

Food Cravings: The usual hot chocolate and sweets. Still love me my condiments.

What I Miss: Being able to lift and move things as well as squat and move like I used to. It’s nice to have people offer to help, but sometimes, I just wish I could get stuff done myself and move around like a non-pregnant woman.

Sleep: Sleep is still going well. My hips often hurt in when I sleep, but I can usually turn over and it will ease the pressure. I wake up often to pee, but when I’m asleep, I’m out.

What I am looking forward to: This is my last week of work at Sylvan and my last full week at the CafĂ©. Things have been crazy with work, events at church, getting ready for Baby Girl and Chris working to get ready for Christmas at church. I’m so excited for things to slow down a little before Baby Girl arrives, and working one less job will help with that!

Symptoms: My foot is still causing me problems, but it’s not hurting quite as bad or often, which is a huge blessing! I also still get heartburn occasionally, mostly after eating greasy foods. And I’m waddling – a lot! :D

You Know You’re Pregnant When: You make a crockpot of soup for dinner, and realize the next day (after eating leftovers) that you forgot to put ANY seasonings in the soup. I thought it tasted a bit bland, but just didn’t realize I didn’t put anything in it. I thought it was even more ridiculous that I didn’t realize it until after I ate leftovers. You also know you’re pregnant when you go through toilet paper like water. I swear we have to buy a 12 pack of TP every 1-2 weeks. Chris reminds to me to “spare a square,” but I just pee a lot!

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Baby Girl - Week 36

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How Far Along:  36 weeks – 4 weeks! 1 month! 30 days! We are literally in the last weeks of the pregnancy – crazy!

Maternity Clothes: I actually have an update on this one! I forgot to write about it last week, but I finally broke down and bought a nursing bra. I was starting to fall out of my normal bra, so I thought it was time to get a bigger one. Since I was buying a new bra, I thought it would be smart to go ahead and get a nursing bra while I was at it.

Best Moment This Week: Yesterday, Chris and I were talking about her name. We were discussing how we want to spell it and what her middle name should be. It was fun to call her by name and pick the perfect spelling for our girl’s name.

Also, today at my OB appointment, my nurse checked my cervix and she said that things are progressing. This made me feel so good that body is doing what it’s supposed to do. It also made me super excited to know that we are getting so close!

Gender: Girl!

Movement: There’s still lots of movement, but it’s sometimes a little uncomfortable.

Size and Development: She’s still about 18 inches long and around 6 pounds – about the size of a honeydew melon. All of her systems and organs should be in full working condition, but her lungs still have a bit of maturing to do.

Food Cravings: Still hot chocolate and sweets – basically any junk food. I’m really trying to get my fruit and vegetable intake, but it’s hard when they don’t sound good. 

What I Miss: This is kind of petty, but I miss eggs cooked over well and cold deli meat. All eggs need to be fully cooked and deli meat needs to be heated up to kill any bacteria. It’s not all bad, but eggs benedict or a cold turkey sandwich sound pretty good.

Sleep: Sleeping is still really good. It takes a minute to get comfortable, but I’m happy that I’m still getting really good sleep.

What I am looking forward to: That moment when I realize I’m going into labor. Maybe my water will break; maybe I’ll just start having contractions – who knows? But I’m excited for that moment – to know I’m getting ready to meet my baby girl.

Symptoms: I still have a really bad pain in my left foot. It’s in the ball of my foot and sends a shooting pain to my 3rd and 4th toes. I thought it might be plantar fasciitis, but I have no heel pain, so I’m really not sure what’s going on. I think it’s due to the extra weight I’m carrying, and I hope it goes away after her delivery.

You Know You’re Pregnant When: You stick a bag of lettuce in the freezer while putting away groceries. When I realized it, I tried to defrost it, but that didn’t go over well. Early on in my pregnancy, I knew I was pregnant when I poured water in my cereal. I definitely got a kick out of that one.  

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Baby Girl - Week 35

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Starting this week, I’m adding one more question/answer at the end: “You Know You’re Pregnant When…” These are things I’ve done this week or throughout my pregnancy that just prove (on top of my protruding bump) that I’m definitely pregnant.

How Far Along: 35 weeks

Maternity Clothes: Really?!

Best Moment This Week: My SD baby shower! My good friends Lacy, Brie, Micah, and Briana threw me a shower here in San Diego. I had some friends and family come in from out of town, too, to celebrate with us. It was a lot of fun, and I feel so blessed to have great friends who treat us like family here in SD.

Gender: Girl!

Movement: Yes. There’s less flipping and flutters and more major pokes and jabs. I think she’s just losing room in there and doesn’t have the space to flip flop around.

Size and Development: Baby girl is now the size of a coconut (which actually seems smaller than a butternut squash from last week, but we’ll say it’s a large coconut). She’s about 18 inches long and about 5 and a half pounds. Her hearing is fully developed and her circulatory and musculoskeletal systems are also developed. She’s pretty much done with development, so now she’s just gaining more weight and her lungs are maturing a bit more.

Food Cravings: Sweets and hot chocolate. In fact, my friend Micah, who helped throw my baby shower, made hot chocolate to serve at the shower. It was so thoughtful of her to provide the drink I’d been craving!

What I Miss: Currently – Eggnog. I really wanted some eggnog, so I poured myself a glass and then realized there is egg yolk in eggnog. Some eggnogs use pasteurized eggs, which would be safe to drink, but the brand I have does not. Sad face, commence.

Sleep: Sleep is pretty good. Still lots of tossing and turning

What I am looking forward to: Working on her room. Chris and I bought the paint needed to paint the dressers, and we have all the plans needed to finish the room. Now it’s just a matter of finding time to get it all done. Chris is converting one of our dressers into a changing table, and he’s building a Murphy bed so we can still use the room as a guest room when needed. Then we just need to paint the furniture and build the crib, and we’re good to go! (Pictures to come!)

Symptoms: Tiredness, sore back, and a new one: a shooting pain in my left foot. It’s as if there is a nerve in the ball of my foot that when I walk on it, it shoots a pain through my 3rd and 4th toes. At first it only happened occasionally – now it’s all the time. BOO! Can’t say for sure it’s a direct symptom, but since it started during the pregnancy, I’m claiming it as a symptom.

You Know You’re Pregnant When: You get a letter returned to you because you tried to mail it without an address written on it (but I did remember the stamp)! You know you’re pregnant when you plan all day on going to a meeting at 7:30pm, then at 8:40pm you realize you forgot to go to said meeting.

Hope you enjoyed my new segment, and I’m sure there will be plenty more to come!