Maternity Clothes: Thankful for my mama who has bought many of my maternity clothes. Most have been things that I wouldn't have necessarily picked out, but then when I put them on I end up liking them. She got me a pair of blue jean shorts, which has been very helpful with this heat. I am so ready for Fall!!!
Stretch Marks? I might be getting some small ones on my inner thighs that are new, so I have started putting lotion on my legs now as well. I also have some little ones on my hips that have always been there.
Sleep: I've had a few nights of insomnia, which is no fun. I still have crazy dreams and am getting up to go to the bathroom at least once on the nights that I sleep well.
Miss anything? Being independent. This pregnancy has taken a toll on my body sooner than I thought it would. I've had to get more help from my sweet husband than I would like. He just started back to school with a full load plus working full-time. The last thing I want is to add more stress to him, even though I know he doesn't mind helping me out. I have also learned to take help at work, which stinks. I really miss doing everything on my own, although I know many women enjoy being pampered during their pregnancies, it is hard for me to accept the help.
Movement: The responsibilities of being a parent, especially a mommy, come as soon as conception (possibly even before). I now keep track of my baby's movements everyday. I had a very busy day at work the other day and when I got in bed that night I didn't feel him kick like I usually do. It got me worried so out came the doppler to listen for a heartbeat and pretty soon I felt his little kicks. I have taken care of babies in the NICU where the mother went to the doctor just because she didn't feel as much movement, so I try to stay very aware of his movement everyday.
Food cravings: Since getting back from vacation, I haven't ate as healthy as I would like. I still like fruit and love anything with tomato sauce in it, but have also been eating way too much comfort food. I am ready to start some clean eating soon and get back on a healthier track!
Symptoms: Heartburn every evening! I need to start keeping tums with me at all times. I might even start chewing them as an appetizer and dessert. I went many days in a row where my nausea had gone away, but the past few days I've gotten it in the evenings again. I could probably do better eating the small meals during the day rather than three big ones... The biggest issue is tailbone pain. My doctor thinks I have broken or fractured it in the past, but I cannot think of ever hurting it. I don't know if it is bruised or just the stretching of the ligaments. The pain is terrible and usually happens on days I work or Sundays at church. It makes my sciatic nerve pain feel like a walk in the park. There is nothing that can be done for this pain except heating pad and trying to find something to support my lower back when sitting. I broke down and took Tylenol for it, but it didn't even touch it. I have bought a back brace/ belly support band that I am waiting to arrive and am also doing some stretches. If it is not better by my next appointment then I am going to request a physical therapist or chiropractor referral. I am desperate for some relief!
What makes you queasy? Certain smells still make me feel sick, especially in the evenings. I still can't handle the smell of coconut. I also cannot hardly stand the thought of a steak or a hamburger, which stinks since Russ wants to go to Margaritaville and get a Cheeseburger in Paradise. (I am really starting to sound like Debbie Downer! haha)
Is there a baby bump? Oh yes! People at work have said that I have bloomed. :)
Labor signs: Nope
Belly button: More shallow and shaped different.
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody: Moody. The past couple of weeks have been very hard. I have been trying to stay positive, though, and am very thankful for our healthy baby.
Looking forward to: I am so ready for Fall! I want cooler weather soon! I also am enjoying planning how to decorate and organize our small home. It is a mess right now, but I can't wait to see the finished result!
I hate that I missed my 23 week bumpdate! It was just so busy and then I started having all my back issues. I'm still not happy with 24 week chalkboard, but I am glad that I am at least getting it up on my little blog. These moments are so special to me, even if they are hard. I want to be able to look back and see all the changes I went through to become a mommy to our baby boy. Hopefully, I will be able to keep doing my updates every week, but I am not going to beat myself up when I can't get to it.
Anyways, we have had another appointment and ultrasound. This ultrasound went much better! Russ was with me and truly seemed to enjoy seeing the baby on the screen (now that he looked more like a real baby). The ultrasound tech was super sweet and explained everything in detail. She checked everything that the last ultrasound didn't really show, since he was too small and being a little stubborn. ;) Praise the Lord everything checked out just fine! I finally felt like I could take a breath and relax. She said he is right where he should be for his growth and that most of that was his head! Baby Swafford is taking after his daddy, who wore an XL helmet when he played football in high school. I hear Russ couldn't even wear baby hats when he was born, so I am thinking a c-sec is a real possibility. Right now he is breech, but I believe that is pretty common this early on. He weighed one pound and three ounces. Russ was also a fairly big baby, so I will be eager to see how our baby grows as the weeks continue.
This past week was so hard! I never thought I would have so many issues in pregnancy and I really don't want to be "that" pregnant lady that can't "handle" pregnancy. I think I really messed my body up when I worked with adults right out of nursing school. The pulling of dead weight and helping patients up and down that were three times my size just was not good for me. I wish I could go back in time and change things because now I am suffering the consequences. It just isn't worth it. The sciatic nerve pain has improved some since we got a massage on our vacation, but still bothers me from time to time. I am also having pain in the bottom of my feet and cannot go without shoes that have arch support or some sort of cushion. The tail bone pain has been as bad as the pain when I had kidney stones. Getting up and sitting down when the pain flares up is almost more than I can handle. It doesn't help that my job requires me to be up and down all day. We sit in rolling office chairs at rolling computers. As soon as I get the pain to ease off then a monitor alarm goes off, a baby starts crying, a coworker needs a witness for medications, etc. We have a few more comfortable rolling chairs at work and I guess I will just have to kindly ask for it when I work making sure that I have a good posture when sitting. I have also found that rolling up blankets and placing them around my back helps with the pain. Even with doing all I can, the pain at the end of a 12 hour shift has caused my legs to go numb accompanied with vomiting and getting sick to my stomach. I need to work for my family and I have a long ways to go in this pregnancy, so it has made me very frustrated that working can cause such intense pain and stress. Its going to force me to be more assertive and say no more than I would like while also asking for help when needed. I suppose this all prepares me for parenthood someday. I feel guilty for complaining, especially knowing how easy it was for me to get pregnant and how healthy our baby has been so far. I take care of sick babies all the time and see first-hand how blessed I am. I am more than positive that all the pain and sickness no matter how long it lasts or how bad it gets is going to be totally worth the result of a healthy baby. Already, I love him more than words can express. I know that I must praise God always and that He is caring for me through all the struggles this pregnancy brings. I am praying for more good days than bad. I am learning to listen to my body and hope I can continue to find ways to make me as healthy and pain-free as possible.
Hopefully the next bumpdate will be much more upbeat, but I think of this blog as my personal scrapbook, so I want to include everything: the good and the bad. I also plan on doing a vacation post soon! I am blessed that we had a wonderful time on that trip with minimal symptoms. I have so much to be thankful for and am so excited for December to get here!
LOTS OF LOVE,