Wednesday, April 9, 2014

HDBD: Week 39

How Far Along: 39 weeks.

Size of baby: The size of a watermelon, or a basketball hidden under your tank top at the gym

Total Weight Gain/Loss: 32 pounds give or take, it really depends on the day, what I've eaten and

Maternity Clothes: All the time. Still trying to look "put together" at work. Sweats, shorts, and t-shirts around the house

Stretch marks: Nope.
Movement: Baby has slowed down a lot over the past few days; hopefully conserving her energy for her arrival.

Wedding Rings: on

Symptoms: The same as last week: pelvic pain and restlessness, BH contractions - mine are just a tightening.

Sleep: Still waking up all the time to use the bathroom. I've been having trouble falling asleep after my middle of the night wake-ups.

What I miss: Being comfortable and sleeping well.

Cravings/Aversions/ food in general: snacking throughout the day.

Workouts: walking and lifting

Best Moment This Week: Getting in a few good workouts. I physically and mentally feel better when I work out.

Worst Moment(s): People's annoying wake-up calls, comments and inappropriate questions.
Shopping/Other: I'm all shopped out. I was so worried about baby girl arriving and not being prepared, but since she is taking her sweet time to plump up before arriving, it looks like we did a whole lot of " hurry up and wait". I have been reading positive natural birth stories and trying to relax in general.

Friday, April 4, 2014

5 on Friday

1. Streaming and online shows: Between Netflix, Roku, DVR and a variety of streaming internet sites, "tv show" marathons are becoming more and more common in our household. Shows I've enjoyed over the past few months include: Orange is the New Black, Justified, Breaking Bad, House of Cards, The Americans, and The Following. I love not having to wait a full week between episodes. Any recommendations for shows to watch when I'm undoubtedly awake feeding baby at 3am?

2. Cloth diapers: Baby isn't even here yet and I'm obsessed. Her newborn stockpile is very for her (hopefully very soon) arrival and I found a great deal on some more from another blogger. To round out the current stash, a friend gave us 10 pocket diapers that she doesn't need! This reduces some stress and will let me really do some research before I add any more styles (and patterns) to the collection.

3. Mac n' Cheese Cook Off: I am so excited to attend the inaugural event here in Charleston. One of my Junior League friends has spearheaded this fundraiser for her place of employment, the Childhood Language Center! So obviously as a very pregnant speech-language pathologist, I plan on attending and eating my weight in mac n' cheese! If you are in the Charleston/ Huntington area, the event is taking place this Saturday, April 5, from 11am-3 pm at Capitol Market.

4. Nautical clothing: for me and baby! I have my eye on an anchor print button up blouse from Old Navy for myself and some Carter's crib shoes for baby!

5. Music to my ears: We have plans to see DMB at Blossom, near Cleveland in June, but I'm also working on a plan to see Jimmy Buffett at the Greenbrier Classic over Fourth of July weekend. Anyone want to babysit?

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

HDBD: Week 38

How Far Along: 38 weeks. Baby can arrive at any day, but she could also wait up until  any point just under 4 weeks from now.

Size of baby: Pumpkin sized! 18.9-20.9 inches long and 6.2-9.2 pounds

Total Weight Gain/Loss: I've lost a few pounds over the past 2 weeks, which many moms say is typical in the last few weeks of pregnancy. 

Maternity Clothes: Baby has "dropped" and my clothes are fitting very differently. Low rise pants are pressing against my belly and shirts don't seem to be long enough, which is a huge feat on my short torso

Stretch marks: Nope.

Movement: a lot of poking with a bony little foot or knee. Rolling around alien style too!

Wedding Rings: on

Symptoms: pelvic pain and restlessness, BH contractions.

Sleep: Waking up every two hours to pee. Some nights I sleep well in between and others I don't. I woke up Monday morning feeling very cranky due to lack of sleep. Tuesday was better though.

What I miss: wine and lying on my stomach.... I can almost taste the satisfaction of both though!

Cravings/Aversions/ food in general: I've increased my intake of Raspberry Leaf tea to 32 oz. per day, up from one mug (maybe 12-16 oz?) I've also started taking 1500 mg Evening Primrose Oil orally at night and may start using it the other, uncomfortable to talk about, yet highly recommended way. 

Workouts: walking and lifting

Best Moment This Week: I love getting to hear baby girl's heartbeat at my appointments each week. We also officially decided on her middle name.

Worst Moment(s): On Monday, I woke up grumpy and plain ol' READY for baby to arrive. I was over work, chores, being pregnant, etc.

Shopping/Other: Some very cute headbands from Its All Chevron on Etsy. I bought a Fourth of July headband and a UC one for football season! I also stumbled across a great deal on Jenn's (from Bliss to Bean) Instagram and am anxiously awaiting some cloth diapers!

On my to-do list for the next week:
~Find someone at my insurance company to answer the phone so I can order a breast pump
~Make an accupuncture appointment for after 40 weeks in case baby is still on the inside.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

HDBD: Week 37

How Far Along: 37 weeks.. Holy crap!

Size of baby: A winter melon? 18.9-20.9 inches and 6.2-9.2 pounds (I hope on the smaller to mid range for weight)

Total Weight Gain/Loss: still about +35. 

Maternity Clothes: maternity clothes for the win, as well as XL t-shirts for sleeping. 

Stretch marks: Still none

Movement: a lot of poking with a bony little foot or knee. More movement in the pelvic region, which I'm thinking are her hands? 

Wedding Rings: Still on... I'm shocked, but a little impressed

Symptoms: Braxton Hicks and irregular "real" contractions. No swelling either!

Sleep: Waking up every two hours to pee. 

What I miss: Getting out of bed or off the sofa easily!

Cravings/Aversions/ food in general: I am so thirsty all the time and water is getting boring. 

Workouts: Free weights, yoga, and walking. 

Best Moment This Week: still working out!

Worst Moment(s): I'm disappointed that I won't have a 100% pulled-together nursery by the time she arrives (Thanks a lot Pinterest, The Bump, and  Facebook) There are a few things I really want to add to the room and the furniture still needs to be organized, but I know she won't be staying in the guest/nursery for a while. 

Shopping/Other: The dresser arrived and we put it together. I bought some pack n play sheets, so we can use that in our room until we feel comfortable with her sleeping in her nursery.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

HDBD: Weeks 35 and 36

How Far Along: 36 weeks

Size of baby: 17.2-18.7 inches long and 4.2-5.8 pounds aka the size of a coconut or honeydew (according to the Bump). I'm still not a fan of their measurement comparisons. They don't seem consistent. 

Total Weight Gain/Loss: who knows at this point...upward of 35 pounds, but it goes to show you that you can still have a healthy pregnancy and gain "more than" the average 25-35 pounds. 

Maternity Clothes: Rotating the same clothes! Thank goodness for maternity basics, neutral colors, jeans and accessories. I really don't feel like I have been that limited with my wardrobe. I'm looking forward to the warmer weather so I can bust out my flip flops!

Stretch marks: Still none. I've been doing my best to stay hydrated and to moisturize. My favorite products are Palmer's Cocoa Butter, Cocoa Butter Oil, and Cocoa Butter + Vitamin E gel. I may be a greasy mess, but my skin hasn't been itchy. I'm hoping to avoid stretch marks too, but I know those have more to do with genetics. 

Movement: Baby is kicking, jabbing, sticking her butt out, and burrowing her head down in my pelvis. I haven't had any movement that has actually hurt, but it is surprising when I think about how strong she feels. I can feel some point little body parts that I presume are feet or knees.

Wedding Rings: On. Very minimal, if any, swelling of my hands and feet. 

Symptoms: Pelvic pain since baby has dropped. It has given me some relief with breathing.  

Sleep: Continuing to wake up quite often, but sleeping well in between.

What I miss: Hard workouts and laying on my stomach - yes, still...It's been 20ish weeks, you would think I would get over it.

Cravings/Aversions/ food in general: No cravings or aversions. I haven't been making the best choices due to running around with work, Junior League, and trying to get things done before baby arrives...oh and the whole "being exhausted" thing too. 

Workouts: Free weights, yoga, and walking. Walking outside in the warmer temperatures has been great!

Best Moment This Week: Some awesome deals at a baby consignment sale and my midwives reiterating that everything is going well! Also the fact that I am still feeling so good, which seems to surprise people. 

Worst Moment(s): Nothing that I would call "the worst". I continue to worry about what I put in my body. Is it healthy? Does it have enough vitamins, etc.

Shopping/Other: A few newborn onesies and cute summer outfits. We ended up returning some duplicates and decided to buy the dresser that matches baby's crib. That should be arriving in the next few days! As for anything belly button is so odd looking and I'm starting to get a faint linea nigra below it. The line is off center though, so I'm hoping it doesn't get too dark.