Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Weeks 26, 27, 28, 29

How far along: 29 weeks

Baby Size: A cabbage

Weight gain: 24 pounds

Maternity clothes:  Sure am, and I'm still collecting them.  I can't seem to have too many pairs of black maternity pants, and lately I've been loving the flow sweater tunic tops (non-maternity) in a size larger than I typically wear. What's interesting is that I'm still at the stage where I can just barely manage to disguise my bump so that it doesn't attract attention -- twice in the past week I've alluded to my pregnancy while talking to strangers, and they both looked down and were surprised by my stomach.  I think it has something to do with darker colors and layers of sweaters or scarves -- that's one good thing about being pregnant during the winter!

Sleep: Has gone way downhill in the past couple of weeks. I'm not sure if it's just due to pregnancy hormones, or anxiety about "the big day" or my frequent trips to the bathroom, but I can't seem to get any quality sleep. I did talk to my doctor, and got approval to take Unisom on nights where I really need to get some shut-eye.  Unfortunately, for me, Unisom leaves me groggy the next morning, so it's sort of a catch-22 as to whether I'd be groggy from the pills or just exhausted from lack of sleep.  Hoping to improve somewhat in this area, even though I know sleep will shortly become somewhat of a luxury once Miss Priss arrives. 

Gender: Girl!

Movement: Girlfriend is in there taking salsa lessons, I swear.  She's either fast asleep (during the day, when I'm up and moving around) or dancing up a storm (usually after meals or in the evening when I'm just starting to wind down).  At my 3D ultrasound a couple weeks ago I had a latte and a banana to wake her up before I got to the doctor's office, and then the ultrasound tech gave me some chilled apple juice to drink just before they started the show.  Due to all the caffeine and sugar, this baby was dancing like it was her job! She's definitely inherited her father's inability to stay still when she's awake.  We ended up capturing the funniest little video of her feet doing a tap dance inside the womb!

Best moment this week: Passing my glucose test a few weeks ago was a huge moment of relief! As far as the bigger picture is concerned, each passing week leaves me with a little more anxiety surrounding labor, but a little more peace of mind knowing that Baby Girl is one week closer to being fully capable of surviving outside of my body, should it become necessary. I feel like there just aren't enough parenting or labor books in the world to get me ready for this, but I'm trying to come to terms with the fact that this is something I'm just not going to be able to control. 

Looking forward to: Going back for a follow-up 3D ultrasound on Friday (the tech couldn't get a good picture of her face, due to the umbilical cord being in the way) and hoping to see that Girlfriend has gone ahead and flipped head-down since we saw her on the ultrasound last. 


Food cravings: Still nothing I'd necessarily call a craving, but I do happen to still be going through an ice cream phase at the moment. 

Anything making you queasy or sick: Still with the cheeseburgers. I just want nothing to do with them. 

Labor Signs: I have had short bouts of Braxton Hicks contractions here and there, but nothing too bad. I expect that may change here in the coming weeks, as I'm going to resume drinking Red Raspberry Leaf Tea to help tone and prepare my body for labor. 

What I miss: Sushi, as always. I had a couple sips of red wine on Christmas Eve, and I have to say, I really don't miss it at all.  Which is strange, considering how much I loved my wine before getting pregnant. 

Symptoms: With the arrival of the third trimester, I've noticed a lot of my first trimester symptoms returning -- a little nausea (typically only in the morning, and for short bursts), a whole lot of fatigue, lots of aches and pains (primarily in my shoulder, from sleeping on my side, and in my abdomen for obvious reasons), and just an overall feeling of being uncomfortable. Also toss in the insomnia and the insanely frequent bathroom breaks (sometimes they come at 10 minute intervals) and I have to say this isn't my favorite trimester so far.  But, I'm trying my best to keep my eye on the prize and to remember that this too is just a "season of life". 

Nursery: Making so much progress! All the furniture is in place, and at this point I'm just tackling some of the smaller details.  I just ordered my floating bookshelves this afternoon, and for Christmas my mom gave me a painting I've had my eye on to hang over the crib. Everything is slowly coming together, and I just love sitting in my rocker and gazing around the room before bedtime every night.  We've managed to create such a serene, beautiful feeling in that room, and I can't wait for this little nugget to be able to take up residence in there!

Belly Button in or out? Still in, but definitely not as deep as it used to be. 

Wedding rings on or off? Depends on the day. Technically, they're still on, but they're nearly impossible to get off at this point.  Now that Christmas is over, I'm hoping I can get back to a lower-carb way of eating and can cut down on some of this swelling. 

Mood: Anxious. Excited. All the usual feels. 

Workouts: No. It's been so hectic around here over the holidays, but I really do need to get into a walking routine. 

Hubby: Can no longer sleep next to me due to my incessant snoring, so he's been sleeping in his office at night. I think he's just as ready as I am to meet her, and we're both just sort of biding our time until the next phase arrives!  He got me a baby gate for the top of the stairs for Christmas (even though we'd agreed not to exchange gifts), and that means more to me than he knows.  I love watching this Dad side of his personality slowly come to the surface! I can't wait to see him in action. 

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Weeks 23, 24, 25


How far along: 25 weeks

Baby Size: A head of cauliflower

Weight gain: 15 pounds at my last appointment

Maternity clothes:  For sure. All my pants are maternity, but I’m still able to squeeze into some non-maternity tops. Now that it's gotten colder I'm on the hunt for some great vests and sweaters to incorporate into my rotation. 

Gender: A sweet little girl!

Movement: All the time! She’s especially active in the evenings after dinner, when I’m laying down. One of our dogs sleeps under our bed and has a habit of waking up around 5 AM and scratching her back on the bed’s boxspring, which causes the bed to shake. This seems to always startle the baby awake! And the other day in my office, while the cleaning lady was vacuuming, Kate would not stop wiggling around. Makes me think this child might have more in common with her fur siblings than we initially realized!

Best moment this week: Still loving the compliments I’ve been getting! A few of my coworkers have told me I’m glowing, and my chiropractor tells me he has several pregnant patients, and I seem to be one of the few who has been having such a smooth pregnancy! 

Looking forward to: Reaching the third trimester in a couple weeks!
Sleep: Well, apparently the pregnancy insomnia thing is real. Most nights I sleep just fine, but there have been instances where I find myself awake for hours on end just staring at the ceiling. 


Food cravings: None, surprisingly! This week for some reason I've been dreaming of chocolate pretzels, but I don't find myself necessarily craving them enough to go out and buy them!

Anything making you queasy or sick: I'm still hating burgers (especially the smell of them while they're cooking), and as of this week it feels like the morning nausea has made another appearance! From what I read it’s normal to have nausea come back in the third trimester, but I’m hoping it doesn’t last long.

Labor Signs: Way too early just yet! 

What I miss: I can’t wait for a big glass of red wine!
Symptoms: The back pain has disappeared ever since I started seeing the chiropractor! Aside from the constant need to pee and the small bouts of nausea I’m feeling, everything is fine!

Nursery: The nursery is still a work in progress. We painted it a very light grey color a few weeks ago, and I’m loving how everything is slowly coming together! Most of our bigger pieces -- i.e. the crib, the dressers, the rocker, and the bookshelf are in place and ready to go.  The smaller things, such as the painting we've chosen to hang above the crib and the floating bookshelves I'd like to install next to the rocker, are still works in progress. Nonetheless, I’d say we’re slightly ahead of schedule!

Belly Button in or out? Way in. 

Wedding rings on or off? On

Mood: Stressed to the maximum. But I think that has a lot to do with the holidays coming up, finances being stretched pretty tight (oh hey, car repair and vet surgery bills), and a constant surge of hormones boarding through my body. This too shall pass. 

Workouts: Not really, but I’ve been doing hand weight exercises for my arms and squats for my legs in the evenings. We've made a couple of attempts to start walking around the neighborhood after dinner, but it's been so cold here and we've both had such hectic schedules lately that we haven't managed to get into a solid routine. Maybe once the holidays are done..


Hubby: Has been the best about talking me off the ledge and calming me down through my intense moments. He woke up early this morning to find me asleep on my back, so he quietly rolled me over to my side. He’s going to be an awesome dad!

Monday, November 12, 2018

Baby Shower

My mom threw me the sweetest baby shower for Baby Kate this weekend! It was so humbling to have so many of our friends and family show up to show their love and support for this little one who will be joining us in a few short months! My precious 2-year old niece was a huge help with opening my gifts, and everyone had such a great time joining in on the celebration. My sister-in-law, who helped put this whole thing together, was gracious enough to catch some wonderful shots from the day!


Friday, November 9, 2018

Weeks 21 & 22 Update


How far along: 22 weeks

Baby Size: A canteloupe.

Weight gain: 10 pounds at my last appointment, but I'm sure I've gained since then. Will see at my next appointment next Thursday!

Maternity clothes:  So many maternity clothes.  Still squeezing into a few non-maternity tops, but the bottoms are allll full panel.

Sleep: Lately I've been waking up at 4 a.m. Every morning.  Just to stare at the ceiling.

Gender: All pink!

Movement: Nothing definite.  I think I have an anterior placenta, which may be preventing me from feeling her move up to this point.  I'm going to check in with the doctor next week.

Best moment this week: When my husband told me my stomach looks pregnant, but my face doesnt. I couldn't have asked for a nicer compliment!

Looking forward to: My baby shower is tomorrow! I can't wait to see everyone and to soak in all the love so many people are showing for this sweet baby girl! It's really so humbling to see how many people are already crazy about her!


Food cravings: Trying to vary my whole foods a bit. I read somewhere that at this point, the baby can taste everything I eat, and she'll be more likely to eat things once she's born that she tasted in the womb. So, bring on the veggies! We want that girl to be healthy! I've also been on a bit of a green olive kick lately, so it's not unusual to find me at my desk in my office eating them straight from the jar!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Not really! Still trying to avoid beef, for whatever reason. I'm fine with chicken and pork, but beef seems to make me a little uneasy.

Labor Signs: Way too early just yet! The round ligament pains are definitely there, though, and I ended up calling the OB triage nurse last Friday because I was having really sharp pains in one specific spot in my lower abdomen.  She told me not to worry, that it sounded just like normal ligament pains, and to make sure to keep hydrated, as even the slightest degree to dehydration can exacerbate the pain.

What I miss: I miss the taste of a cold beer, but I don't quite crave it. I also miss being able to pick up things that I really can't these days -- everything from luggage to cases of water to helping my husband move furniture around.  It's annoying and frustrating to not be able to do such menial tasks that you really take for granted.

Symptoms: The back pain is starting to reside, thanks to my recent visits to the chiropractor. I'm going to keep going to see whether it cures the back pain for good.

Nursery: It's half-nursery, half-storage. My husband has embarked on a campaign to keep the small tv in the nursery after the baby is born, but there's no room to spare and I don't want any kind of overstimulation for Baby in her nursery.

Belly Button in or out? Way in.

Wedding rings on or off? On

Mood: Excited!

Workouts: Walking after dinner, sometimes.

Hubby: Is great at talking me down, and seems to be handling all these changes much better than I am. He's been reading the occasional baby articles I'm sending him too, which is a pleasant suprise! :)

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Weeks 19 & 20 Update


How far along: 20 weeks

Baby Size: A mango

Weight gain: 10 pounds at my last appointment

Maternity clothes:  Ugh. Yes. All of them. Last weekend I switched out my summer clothes for my winter clothes, and ended up doing a complete overhaul of my closet. I ended up taking over half of my tops out of the closet that won't be able to fit me any longer (at least until long after girlfriend arrives in March). I knew this was coming, but to couple this with my growing belly, the nursery furniture fiasco (more on that to come in a bit) and a whole lot of over-the-top hormones coursing through my body, I was a weepy mess.

Sleep: Hit or miss. Most nights I sleep pretty well aside from the frequent potty breaks.

Gender: A sweet little girl!

Movement: I can feel what I believe to be Miss K twisting and turning sometimes, but I've yet to really feel any kicks. They say for a first pregnancy it's typical to not be able to truly feel much movement until a bit later.

Best moment this week: Realizing I've made it halfway through this pregnancy! And having more than one person comment on how pregnancy suits me! I couldn't think of a nicer compliment.

Looking forward to: My baby shower in a few weeks!

Food cravings: I've been eating more ice cream than usual, but I wouldn't call it a craving.  I'm just eating it because it happens to be in the freezer.

Anything making you queasy or sick: I'm still just, not currently a fan of burgers without buns.  My husband eats them for every other meal and always offers to make me one, but the thought of it really just makes me queasy.

Labor Signs: Way too early just yet! 

What I miss: Sushi, still.  I have dreams about it.

Symptoms: The back pain still reigns supreme. Headaches that come and go. Lots of delightful little gray hairs have been popping up around my hairline, which I chose to blame pregnancy for.

Nursery: The nursery furniture arrived!! This actually happened to be the best (and worst) moment, because while the furniture is absolutely beautiful and I couldn't be more pleased with how it turned out, I somehow misjudged the space we have available in the nursery. To be fair, I did use an app that measured out the furniture with the available space, but clearly that was a bit off, because we had to jam everything into the nursery.  And at the end of the day we decided that we don't in fact have room for the new twin bed in the nursery. So that bed was relocated to the office, which caused my husband's large dresser to be moved from the office to the master bedroom, which replaced my brand new nightstand that I'd recently bought at an estate sale. That gorgeous nighstand is now a side table in the living room, and the old side table will just have to find a new home.  So yeah. That was our weekend in a nutshell. It was full of measurements and moving parts and lots of tears coming from me.  But my husband handled it like a champ, and here we are on the other side of it.

Belly Button in or out? Way in.

Wedding rings on or off? On

Mood: Way stressed.

Workouts: No. I'm too lazy.

Hubby: Has been a real trooper, especially lately. I don't know how I'd do this without him.



Monday, October 22, 2018

Weeks 17 & 18 Update

How far along: 19 weeks

Baby Size: A grapefruit

Weight gain: 10 pounds

Maternity clothes:  Mostly full-panel maternity pants, and a few non-zip pants that hit just below my stomach.  Still working with the non-maternity tops, but I do have a few very plain long-sleeved shirts with the side ruching that I like to layer under vests or cardigans.

Sleep: Hit or miss. I'm either up all night staring at the ceiling or out like a light. My husband has discovered how much HE loves my pregnancy pillow, so I often wake up to him clinging to the thing like a life raft.

Gender: Girl!

Movement: I do have a lot of aches and pains happening in the stomach region, but I'm not sure I can distinguish the difference between baby's movements and just straight up ligament pain at this point.  The doctor says I should be able to feel her with certainty in the coming weeks.

Best moment this trimester: The 18 week scan! Girlfriend is perfectly healthy and is measuring four days ahead of schedule.  We were able to see close-ups of the heart, the brain, the ambilical cord, etc.  Everything looks good! She seems to be somewhat camera shy, because she kept wiggling her face away from the ultrasound camera.  At one point she even put her hand up in front of her face. The ultrasound tech couldn't quite get a look at her second eye due to her positioning, so for a minute I was convinced I had a one-eyed baby.  Luckily, she allowed the camera to catch a quick glimpse of her full face, and she does in fact have two perfect little eyes! The tech was cracking up the whole time because Baby Girl was moving her mouth so much -- I guess she's practicing her eating/breathing/talking movements.  I have a feeling she's going to be quite the talker.

Looking forward to: My baby shower in three weeks!!

Food cravings: Still none. I love a good sandwich, but that's not unusual for me.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Still hating the strong smells.  Soap, perfume, and cleaning products expecially.

Labor Signs: Nope.

What I miss: Fitting into regular clothes. It's unbelievable how much stuff I've had to pack away already because it just doesn't work with a bump.

Symptoms: Still having the back pain some days. Ligament pain can be pretty intense. I'm finding lots more gray hairs than usual, too!

Nursery: Waiting to get a call that our furniture is being delivered -- a twin bed, dresser and rocker.  Once we receive that call we'll start de-constructing the desk, chair and double bed in the guest room to make room for the new stuff.

Belly Button in or out? Way in.  But I've noticed some scabbing inside my belly button, so I looked it up, and it seems that women with very deep belly buttons (me) tend to experience bleeding during the stretching process.  Very weird, and kind of gross.

Wedding rings on or off? On

Mood: Anxious but excited.

Workouts: Trying to get my walking routine back in place since the weather is starting to cool way down this week.


Hubby: Starting to get a little more interested in this process.  He's been reading books and articles about the pregnancy process and has been really good about being patient with me when my hormones spiral out of control!

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Weeks 15 & 16 Update

How far along: 16 weeks

Baby Size: An avocado

Weight gain: 8 pounds

Maternity clothes:  Having to put away all the regular pants at this point.. it's maternity pants or bust. Still wearing very flowing, long tops that cover the bump.
Sleep: No problem there. I am a little concerned about the fact that I keep going to sleep on my side, but waking up on my back. I guess some habits die hard. A friend of mine tells me that eventually I'll get so big that it will be physically painful to sleep on my back.

Gender: Pink!

Movement: None. The doctor said I should start feeling something in the coming weeks, but that woman during their first pregnancies take longer to recognize the feeling of movement. I told him I've been concentrating hard, and I feel no movement whatsoever just yet.

Best moment this trimester: Listening to the heartbeat again!

Looking forward to: Our 18 week scan!

Food cravings: Still loving sandwiches, but trying to cut back on the carbs. These days it's no breakfast during the week, a protein shake for lunch, a protein bar for an afternoon snack if needed, and just about anything for dinner. Eating mostly salads and cooked veggies at the moment.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Not this week, luckily.

Labor Signs: Nope.

What I miss: Being able to lift heavy things. I feel utterly useless.


Symptoms: Still shooting pains in the abdomen, especially when I sneeze. Back pain that comes and goes. Mild headaches in the early evenings.

Nursery: Just purchased the dresser, twin bed and rocker last weekend! Can't wait for them to be shipped to the house so that the decorating can really begin!

Belly Button in or out? In

Wedding rings on or off? On

Mood: Antsy. I really want to feel her move!

Workouts: Still waiting on the weather to cool off a bit before resuming my evening walks.