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Weekly Update: 35 Weeks

25 Feb

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Date: February 19

How far along: 35 Weeks

Baby’s size: Honeydew Melon
Baby girl should be over 18 inches long and tipping the scales at 5 1/4 pounds, according to my baby books.

Symptoms: Noticeably more bursts of energy and exhaustion; some heartburn; very new dull, aching lower back pain; and lower abdomen pain, cramping and tightness. It feel like everything has dropped a bit and my belly feels SO tight. I joked last week that the baby was punching me in the cervix a lot, but the cervical pressure is real. If I lay too flat on my back, I have trouble catching my breath, too.

Sleep: Had been great until this week. I’d been regularly waking early at 4:30 or so from baby girl’s kicks and jabs or from anxiety over all the to do’s and preparations for Baby Girl’s arrival, but lately, the weight of her in my belly as I lay on my side hurts my hip joints SO much that I end up waking every time I need to turn. Brian has been great, helping me roll and always giving me a hand when I can’t quite get out of bed on my own!

Wearing: yoga pants and my pre-pregnancy long sleeve tops (which barely clear the bottom of my belly now!) over long maternity tanks.

Loving: Cheerios with strawberries and bananas

Hating: It is such a challenge to put on socks or winter boots, bend over to pick anything up, sit comfortably upright in a chair instead of slightly angled or reclined back, or stand or walk for any extended period of time. I’m so adapted to these physical limitations at this point that I almost can’t even imagine how my body used to be able to bend and twist!

Missing: Feeling comfortable when I’m not laying down. Walking and sitting for any extended period of time really weighs on my joints. Everything feels like it’s preparing for delivery!

Movement: Baby girl is definitely running out of space. I feel less “kicking/punching” and more whole body rolling and shifting. Hiccups at night are common still, too. Feeling her moving has been especially awesome lately, maybe because I know that it’s coming to an end soon and I’ll really miss her wiggles and squirms. Sometimes I’ll lay down for 10 minutes in the middle of the day just so I can focus on feeling her moving around in there. It’s so fun to gently nudge back when she’s rolling around and hilarious when she nudges back. I play music for her a lot too, especially at night before bed. She’s always very active as soon as I get into bed which is fun for Brian and I, but probably doesn’t bode well for her sleep schedule in the future.

Labor Signs: The aching lower back and lower abdominal cramping I’ve been experiencing this week are all signs that things are progressing as they should according to my doctor.

Health + Wellness: Just taking my vitamins and trying to keep myself moving around as much as possible, if at a slower pace.

What I’m looking forward to:
We are both just so excited. I want the next few weeks to pass as quickly as possible because I can’t wait to finally meet her. I know I’m in the homestretch and am trying to enjoy it, napping or meeting up with friends for brunch when I can, but the excitement is overwhelming. I still need to finish the nursery and get her clothes organized and put away, but it’s all coming along.

Best moments this week:
Our sonogram last Friday was awesome. It was a relief to see baby girl on-screen and hear that she is growing and developing perfectly and that my uterus and placenta all look great. She’s head down, her heartbeat is strong, and she has a ton of hair! In the sonogram pictures we were given, she looks a LOT like Brian when he was a baby! We definitely see a resemblance through the eyes, nose and forehead. We know we’re just going off a sonogram and she has more developing to do, but it was so crazy that it was so pronounced. To my relief, we were told that the two random bleeding episodes I had in late December and late January don’t appear related to any issues with the pregnancy and were likely popped blood vessels outside the cervix — phew. I feel like I can relax a tiny bit finally.

Weekly Update: 27 Weeks

25 Dec

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Date: December 25th

How far along: 27 Weeks (6 mnths, 3 wks)

Baby’s size: A head of cauliflower
She’s about 2 lbs and 14 1/2 inches long

Symptoms: Lower back pain and a lot less energy. My belly feels so tight, too.

Sleep: Is much better since receiving my beloved Snoogle from the best husband ever! But I’m waking anytime I need to roll and find myself waking from the pain of just laying for too long on one hip or the other.

Wearing: All H&M, all the time basically. I just got the cutest belted maternity coat from H&M for Christmas thanks to my mom, but have also been living in a few of their stretchy, long-sleeve t-shirts that I already had. I’m loving them layered under sweaters or a zip-up fleece. My friend Lauren also pointed me to a cute holiday top that I grabbed while Christmas shopping with my sister Skylar (see above). Love it so much, it won’t be retired, post-pregnancy!

Loving: Peach smoothies with greek yogurt and yogurt with Trader Joe’s brand unsalted, dry toasted slivered almonds that Brian recently picked up. I’m obsessed with them. They taste so…smooth and extra crunchy. Can you tell I’m all about these nuts?

Hating: It’s been exhausting to be on my feet for long periods of time which makes holiday baking or wrapping presents on the floor (which is my preferred place so I can spread out and make a gigantic mess) extra challenging. I can’t imagine being farther along like my friend Shawna was this time last year — the belly gets in the way of everything!

Missing: Naturally, since none of these activities are advised while pregnant, I’m dying to go skiing, ice skating and sledding.

Movement: All the time, it’s awesome. Brian feels her move regularly and we’ve been having fun “interacting” with her, poking spots on my belly and getting these forceful kicks or punches back. She’s most active when I lay down to go to bed or just before my alarm but it’s the best way to wake up. I feel movement throughout the day, but the most activity is definitely late and night or very early in the morning. Someone obviously takes after her mama.

Labor Signs: None yet

Health + Wellness: I’ve also been stretching a lot outside of yoga class which has helped tremendously with the overall aches I’ve felt as my belly pops. My weekly chiropractor visits are still my favorite though.

What I’m looking forward to:
Spending time with family and seeing friends over the holiday, working through all the “baby laundry,” and hopefully finally having a moment to upload and share some of the pictures from our annual Christmas Party.

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Best moments this week:
1. Touring the hospital where I’ll deliver was awesome — emphasis on the “awe.” Imagining what will transpire there, God-willing, causes such a sense of of awe in every facet of my being. Maybe this is weird, but I loved the warmth of the wood flooring and tones of the Labor and Delivery room and all the fun birthing props available, like a “birthing peanut” and “labor chair,” not to mention the enormous soaking tubs in all the rooms. Hospitals can feel so sterile, but this room had a very positive vibe. Our tour guide also showed us the wireless fetal heart and contraction monitors which I was thrilled to see, since it means I really won’t be restricted to a bed if I don’t want to be. It was so exciting and emotional, imagining ourselves there in 13 weeks or so.  Brian teared up a bit on the last walk-by of the Labor and Delivery room. We’re both just so excited!!

Then the hospital receptionist made my night as we walked through the lobby to head home. We’d stopped (again) to admire the lobby Christmas tree which had snow-frosted tips and a snowy/frost garland we both agreed we wanted/needed, and were walking by teasing each other and laughing about something silly when the receptionist called us over. All the blood drained from my face and I thought I was in trouble for touching the Christmas tree (ok, and taking a picture of it) but she laughed and said that we were just the cutest couple she had ever seen and that she’d loved how Brian playfully tap my nose with his finger, mock-scolding me as we were laughing. She asked what we were having and when I was due, and we all chatted briefly before heading out. I’ll smile for days.

2. Passing my glucose test.Huzzah! It was NOT as bad as everyone makes it out to be.

3. First visual of major belly movement. It must have been her back protruding as she re-adjusted herself to the left of my belly button, but it was so unexpected as I stood in the dining room, about to put my coat on that I yelled for Brian in the shower, like “What is happening in my belly, OH MY GOD!!!” 

4. Compliments. I really appreciate the positivity because I haven’t been feeling so hot lately. Between the sciatica, lower back, and hip pain, I feel like my body is falling apart and I must have a permanent scowl on my face. To my dear friends and family and the random guy who passed me in Boston and exclaimed, “You look absolutely divine. Very, very cute!” — you guys are the best and I love you for the much-needed morale boost.

Weekly Update: 22 Weeks

20 Nov

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Date: November 20

How far along: 22 Weeks

Baby’s size: Spaghetti Squash

Symptoms: Awful back pain all over but especially lower back. Occasionally, a sharp pain in my lower abdomen or hip.

Sleep: Not bad until the morning when the excruciating back pain kicks in

Wearing: Leggings, yoga pants, and lots of layers. This is the coldest November we’ve had in a while. This past week we finally turned the heat on! Brrr.

Loving: Clementines and red grapes. Can’t get enough of citrus still. Also this week, I’ve been back on the bacon kick, only this time it’s with breakfast sandwiches. I’ve been loading mine up with tomatoes. Mmm.

Hating: The direction my belly button seems to be heading in lately. I read that my uterus has finally extended an inch above my naval which makes perfect sense since I’ve felt an uncomfortable pulling sensation in that area over the past week and a half. It’s looking like my “innie” days are numbered. Sob.

Missing: The fitted shirts, sweaters, and coats I usually wear in the fall. My winter jackets are difficult to button lately!

Movement: Yes!!! Lots of flutters throughout the day but especially during yoga when I’m in pelvic tilt with a block under my sacrum. I think I felt the first hiccups this past week too. It was sort of a rhythmic flutter.

Labor Signs: None yet

Health + Wellness: Going to yoga twice last week really helped ease my back pain. I’m realizing that a lot of the discomfort in my body is tension, so deep breathing and stretching has been great. One of the best moves I learned in yoga involved just placing my palms on a wall and stretching my back. Another that really opened up the back of my neck (and relieves heartburn I was told) is a position where you sit cross-legged, facing a wall, arms outstretched to hug the wall, with neck, throat and chest pressed, looking up to the ceiling. Amazing!

What I’m looking forward to:
Lately, I’ve been imagining more about what our daughter will be like, who she will resemble and what her personality will be. I’m just so excited for her to finally be here.  I feel like I need to busy myself as a distraction while I wait.

 Best moments this week:
1. Catching Brian’s smiling glances at my belly and his exclamations — “that’s our baby girl in there!”
2. Spending time visiting with the Dobbins family and their twins
3. Testing out the back brace Casey lent me. Life changing!
4. Two amazing yoga classes.
5. Feeling stronger, more frequent movement.