Feb 22, 2017

Twenty-Seven Weeks

How far along? Twenty-seven weeks and six days. Third trimester tomorrow!

Baby's size? Baby is the size of a bunch of bananas.   

Baby's nickname? Baby girl and her daddy and I call her by her name. 

Maternity clothes? Yes! I can still wear some non-maternity tops but all maternity pants. 

Exercise? I was not able to get in any activity. I saw a chiropractor this week and he wanted me to lay low. 

Sleep: Sleep was even better this week than last week. All thanks to my chiropractor! 

Best moment this week: Sunday until 5pm. I felt no pain or soreness whatsoever! 

Miss anything? Nothing this week. 

Movement: She moves more and more every week. Saturday night I even felt her kicking on my left side, which was a first. I think that is because my chiropractor is helping me get aligned and she's slowly moving over. 

Food cravings: I craved butter croissants, Premier Protein {for my coffee}, cereal and vanilla froyo with rainbow sprinkles. I'm noticing the cravings are coming on stronger as each week passes. {Photos below.}

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope. 

Gender: GIRL! 

Symptoms: I woke up last Thursday in so much pain. I called off work and went to see a chiropractor for the first time. Even though my OB/GYN told me there was nothing I could do about my rib pain, I took the advice of some friends and made an appointment with a chiropractor. I let him know all my pain was on my right side. When I laid down on his table, he said my right leg was shorter than my left. He said I was all out of alignment. I've been back to see him four times now and I'm feeling so much better. I'm still a little sore and actually itchy on my right rib, where the pain used to be. He thinks I may have a damaged nerve. I also had some nausea on Saturday, which was odd. I haven't felt it since then. 

Wedding rings on or off? I'm wearing my wedding band but I only wore my engagement ring once this week. 

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy because I'm feeling better. 

Looking forward to: My 30th birthday! I love that my birthday falls during my first week of the third trimester. 

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Feb 15, 2017

Twenty-Six Weeks

How far along? Twenty-six weeks and six days. 

Baby's size? Baby is the size of a bowling pin. 

Baby's nickname? Baby girl and her daddy and I call her by her name. 

Maternity clothes? Yes! I can still wear some non-maternity tops but all maternity pants. 

Exercise? It's very difficult to get in exercise when I'm in pain most of the day. But I have been cleaning around the house a lot and I consider that activity. 

Sleep: Sleep has been so much better this week. Ever since we moved the dogs closer to us at night, they sleep better which means we sleep better. 

Best moment this week: Finding out I passed my gestational diabetes test! Also, when my husband put together baby girl's crib. 

Miss anything? I miss being comfortable. I am uncomfortable or in pain for probably 90% of the day now. And I know it's only going to get worse as the baby continues to grow. 

Movement: SO much movement! Most of it can be felt outside the belly now so when her daddy is home, he'll put his hand on my belly to feel her. On Friday my belly was vibrating for a brief moment. It was the weirdest thing. I pulled my phone out to video it and of course, it stopped. 

Food cravings: Iced tea with lemonade. So good and so refreshing. 

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope. 

Gender: GIRL! 

Symptoms: Terrible rib pain on my right side mostly. I wake up feeling fine but by noon, my ribs feel sore. By the time I go to bed I'm in excruciating pain. Makes it very hard to fall asleep comfortably. I've tried using ice. I've tried a heating pad. The heating pad works a bit but doesn't make the pain go away completely. I've been told seeing a chiropractor can help so I'm going to look into that. Also, my acne is getting bad again. I thought maybe I had seen the worst of it but I was wrong. 

Wedding rings on or off? I am wearing my wedding ring all the time but I've actually stopped wearing my engagement ring this week. When I tried taking it off on Saturday evening {because I never sleep with it on}, it was difficult to remove. I've decided to keep it off for now. I'll probably only wear for special occasions. 

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy most of the time. A little moody when I'm in pain but I think I'm handling it pretty well. 

Looking forward to: So many things. My 30th birthday, the baby shower, maternity photos and then she'll be here! Time is going to fly by, I know it. 

Baby bump at twenty six weeks and six days. 

Baby girl will be the perfect combination of these two cuties. 
I love that it looks like we're looking at each other.    

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Feb 8, 2017

Twenty-Five Weeks

How far along? Twenty-five weeks and six days. Twenty-six weeks tomorrow. Two more weeks until I hit the third trimester. 
Oh. M. G. 

Baby's size? Baby girl is the size of a baseball glove. 

Baby's nickname? We call her by her name at home and we refer to her as 'baby girl' with other people. 

Maternity clothes? Yes and I still love them very much! 

Exercise? Lots of cleaning around the house. And working out with my trainer today! 

Sleep: There were some bad nights of sleep this week and there were some really good nights of sleep this week. Jax had his stitches taken out but he still has to wear a cone and a sock on his foot to keep him from licking his wound. He becomes a completely different dog when he has that cone on and he refuses to sleep away from us. So he won't stay in the dining room and he won't go in his crate. We put the dogs in our room one night and they slept well but I didn't. I wake up for every little noise so if they move, I wake up. The last two nights we've had them in the hallway. This way they can see us and they feel close enough but they're far enough away so that I can't hear every move they make. I have a feeling I am not going to sleep at all when baby girl arrives. 

Best moment this week:  There were so many. On Friday night baby girl went crazy when I watched a little bit of Michael Jackson's This Is It. Her daddy was able to feel her kicking during this. And then the next day we went over to my parent's house to talk about the baby shower with my mom and mother-in-law. We had Michael Jackson playing and she was kicking a ton again. I think she likes Michael Jackson already and that makes me so happy. We were able to finish our registry...finally. I found some very cute clothes for her and I've started hanging them in her closet {photo below}. I found a cute canvas for her room and I'll slowly be adding other items for her walls as I see items that I like. I went to the doctor's yesterday {more about that here} and found out that so far, all of my tests and vitals show that the baby is extremely healthy. Her heart beat sounded so much louder now that she is getting bigger. I remember the first couple of times it would take a while for them to locate her heart beat. Now there is no need to search. I hope I'm not forgetting anything but those were a lot of good moments. 

Miss anything? Sleep, I guess. 

Movement: Tons. She moves all the time now. 

Food cravings: I did want a good salad on Friday night so my husband took me to Souplantation. I also just needed to get out of the house after being home nearly two weeks straight with the doggies. It was nice to have a date night with him. 

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope

Gender: GIRL! 

Symptoms: Acne has gotten a lot better but it's still there. Not sure if I'll ever have that beautiful glowing skin you're supposed to get during pregnancy. I still have really bad rib pain from her kicking me. It's the worst at night when I'm laying down to go to sleep, which makes it hard to fall asleep some nights. I've also had some back pain but it's nothing too extreme. 

Wedding rings on or off? Still on

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy 

Looking forward to: I'm so excited to get her room done. We'll be working on that this weekend. After that is done, I'll be extremely excited for her to make her debut! 

I can still see my feet...I guess that means I have plenty of room to grow.

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Feb 7, 2017

Pregnancy Weight Gain

I feel the need to write about my pregnancy weight gain. I went to the doctor's yesterday for a checkup. I actually met with a new OB/GYN because I wasn't loving my original doctor. I really like my midwife and I wish I could just see her but unfortunately, I have to go back and forth. Anyways, I got checked in and found out all of my tests and vitals thus far have been perfect. My blood pressure is right where it needs to be. There are no signs of protein or sugar in my urine. The baby's anatomy scan came back showing everything is normal. And all of my first and second trimester testing came back showing that I have nothing to worry about. My OB measured my belly and said I'm exactly where I should be. At twenty-five weeks I should be measuring twenty-five centimeters and I was exactly that. She said that means the baby is the right size for this point in my pregnancy. She also listened to baby girl's heartbeat and said it sounded great. I'm on cloud nine. All of this is music to my ears. 

Then she brings up my weight.

Let me say real quick that I put my scale in my closet a few weeks ago. I have worried about my weight for as far back as I can remember. I must have been in kindergarten when I became aware of the fact that I was much bigger than everyone else in my class. I was also much taller so that didn't help. And I was never fat. I would never refer to myself as fat. I've just always been thicker and curvier and noticeably bigger. A few weeks ago I told myself to just rest. Don't think about food as an evil thing. Think of it as nourishment for your baby. And don't think about the fact that you're gaining weight because you will obviously gain weight. Instead, think about the fact that you are growing a human being inside of you. For the time being, my body is not my own. 

Back to my doctor's office. "You've gained twenty-three pounds and we only want you to gain twenty-five pounds during your entire pregnancy," my OB said. "Just smile and nod," I said to myself. "Focus on getting twenty minutes of exercise a day and eat three small meals and two snacks each day," she went on. I just continued to smile and say, "Okay." My OB is probably five feet tall and super petite. I'm 5'9" and I have a much larger build than her. I wanted to tell her how I've struggled with my weight for nearly twenty-five years and this is the one time in my life I promised myself I wouldn't stress over it. Added stress is not good for the baby. AND every test is showing that I have a healthy baby inside of me so why should I worry? Instead of saying any of that to her I just smiled and said, "Okay." I don't know her story but I can usually tell when someone has never worried about their weight by the way they talk to me about my weight. My midwife has never said anything to me about my weight and I think that's because she and I have more in common. 

This morning, I pulled my scale out of my closet and weighed myself after I ate breakfast. I probably should have weighed myself right when I woke up but oh well. Then I pulled out my day planner from last year and I looked up my weight around the time I got pregnant. I did the math and I've actually only gained sixteen pounds. Later this afternoon I had a voicemail from my insurance company telling me that I have been registered for their new get fit website. Hmmm. I wonder who registered me. 

I want to practice not worrying about my weight now because I have to set an example for my daughter. I do not want her wasting years of her life stressing over calories and pant sizes. I want her to have a good relationship with food and I want her to be happy in her own skin. I never want her feeling like she needs to change. I'm trying to get myself to that place now at nearly thirty so that I can teach her early on. 

I'm not going to even visit the get fit website I was registered on. I know how to be active. I know how to eat healthy. I know how to lose weight and I will lose all of the weight I've gained and more after the baby is here. But until then, I am going to focus on not being hard of myself, not worrying and setting a good example for my baby girl. 

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Feb 1, 2017

Twenty-Four Weeks

How far along? Twenty-four weeks and six days. I can not believe tomorrow I will be twenty-five weeks! 

Baby's size? Baby girl is the size of a GI Joe. 

Baby's nickname? We call her by her name at home and we refer to her as 'baby girl' with other people. 

Maternity clothes? Yes and I still love them very much! 

Exercise? Lots of cleaning around the house. I count that as exercise. 

Sleep: Sleep was awful six of the seven nights this week. I ordered Jax a soft cone in hopes of him tolerating it. He was totally fine with it until it was time to go to bed. Then he wouldn't stay in his bed and he'd wander around and hit things because, you know, he was wearing a cone. We tried putting him in his crate and then he just whined and whined. Finally just barricaded them off in their beds in the dining room. Lots of hours of sleep were lost. We have a sliding glass door in our master bedroom and my dad came by yesterday to install shutters on that window. We've only ever had blinds. I went to sleep last night at 9:30 {dogs were in the dining room again} and didn't wake up until 6am to use the restroom. This was AMAZING! I haven't slept through the night in MONTHS. I felt so refreshed this morning. 

Best moment this week: Sleeping more than eight hours in a row! I also just saw my stomach move when she kicked. Made me so happy! Oh, and someone told me today that I don't look like I'm having a baby in May. I laughed but that made me feel good. 

Miss anything? I was really missing margaritas this week, especially when I was having trouble sleeping. Tequila used to help me sleep so well. My husband bought me a bottle of margarita mix and I made a virgin one at home. 

Movement: So much movement! She kicks all day long now. Mostly after I've eaten. The other night I pushed on my stomach just to see if she'd kick back and she did. That was fun to feel. 

Food cravings: I ate a lot of protein pancakes this week. I still haven't had any major "I've got to have this now" cravings. I wonder if I'll ever have any of those. 

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope. 

Gender: GIRL! 

Symptoms: My acne has gotten a little better this week, which makes me very happy. Friday night I had terrible round ligament or Braxton Hicks - may have been a mixture of both. I was in so much pain. I had to hunch over when I walked. I've also had really sore ribs. Mostly my right side but a little on the left as well. My friend told me she'd hate the cold so I should try frozen veggies on my ribs. That helped some but not completely. I've heard this just gets worse and worse as time goes on so I'm bracing myself. 

Wedding rings on or off? Still on

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy, especially when Stephen came home with cute little onesies. He came home with baby clothes a few weeks ago too. Not sure I wrote about that in the blog. I haven't bought her any clothes but daddy keeps finding her things. Melts my heart. 

Looking forward to: My doctor's appointment on Monday. And now that it's February, I'm looking forward to my birthday! I also need to finish up our baby registry because my baby shower is next month! So exciting! 

My mom and I had lunch with a former regional manager from the bank. She brought me these beautiful clothes for the baby. One set is 0-3 months and the other set is 3-6 months. I thought that was so thoughtful of her! These are our colors and she had no idea!

Vader totally caught me taking baby bump photos.

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Twenty-Three Weeks

{Here I am, posting late again. I promise I'll get better at this.}

How far along? Twenty-three weeks and six days 

Baby's size? Baby girl is the size of a mango. 

Baby's nickname? We have finalized her name but we're not ready to share yet, most likely until we meet her. 

Maternity clothes? Yes and I still love them very much! 

Exercise? One of our dog's, Jaxon, had to have a toe amputated this week so I have been on house arrest with him. He has to be monitored 24 hours a day to make sure he doesn't run, jump or lick his wound. 

Sleep: Sleep was awful again this week. We've had the dogs in our room so we can make sure Jax isn't licking his wound at night {he HATES wearing a cone}. I used to wake up five times to pee in the middle of the night. Now I wake up five times to pee and another five times to check on him. 

Best moment this week: Probably when I was able to go grocery shopping after my husband got home from work. I love being at home but when you're at home all day every day, even the littlest thing like grocery shopping is amazing!!! 

Miss anything? Same as last week - just a good night's sleep. 

Movement: She is definitely moving more and more each week. Some mornings right when we wake up, I feel her move. I'm wondering if that's because she can hear our voices now. She also moves a lot after I eat. Must love food like mommy. And still at night, I feel her moving all around when I'm laying down to go to sleep. Stephen was able to feel a little movement this week when he put his hand on my belly. And I'm still waking up with sore ribs from her kicking me all night. 

Food cravings: I ate a lot of eggs this week! Banana pudding with Nilla Wafers also sounded good. I couldn't bring myself to buy the Nilla Wafers because they were $5 an the banana pudding ended up tasting like lemon so I didn't really get my fix but oh well. 

Anything making you queasy or sick: No, just still sore in places she's been kicking. 

Gender: GIRL! 

Symptoms: Acne, of course. And just overall feeling sore in my ribs and my back. 

Wedding rings on or off? Still on

Happy or moody most of the time: I've generally been happy. Only moody when I lose sleep. 

Looking forward to: My next doctor's appointment. I was supposed to have one this week but I had to reschedule since I couldn't leave Jax alone. 

Still no stretch marks. Either they're coming or I'll be extremely lucky. I don't think my mom ever had any stretch marks and it's hereditary so maybe I'll just be extremely lucky. I've also been using cocoa butter on my belly since I found out I was pregnant.

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