Sunday, November 16, 2014

36 Week Bumpdate

How far along? 36.1 weeks 
Appointments:  13
Ultrasounds:  7
Maternity Clothes:  Well as much as I love the idea of this top in my pic, I have learned that big bold prints do not flatter a pregnant gal.  Lesson learned. I've started to layer my clothing, since it has been pretty cold lately.  Wearing long sleeve tops under my shorter sleeve ones is working out.  I hope to not buy anymore maternity clothes, but we will see. ;)
Stretch Marks?  Still not bad.  4 more weeks!
Sleep:  I got one wonderful night of sleep this week that I just can't complain about the others. Yes, it was that good.  I didn't even get up to go to the bathroom.  That is a first in months!  Most nights I'm up constantly!  However, insomnia hasn't been too much of an issue like I was afraid I would have.
Miss anything? Energy, being independent, and not running to the restroom every two seconds.  I know it is all for my sweet baby, so it is all totally worth it.  None of it is too bad and I'm pretty happy.
Movement:  As low as he is, he still can push out the sides of my stomach with his hands/ feet.  It feels like he is longer as his kicks are up under my ribs now sometimes.  I have really enjoyed his movement.  Some of the kicks can be painful, but I just push him right back.  I wonder if I will miss that after he gets here..
Food cravings:  None, really.  That is a first! 
Symptoms:  Pressure when standing, hot flashes, some blurred vision, dizzy spells. I'm monitoring my blood pressure because as a nurse I know what these symptoms sound like. The weakness/ dizziness could be from my low iron, though. 
What makes you queasy?  Queasiness is much better this week!  I switched to a different iron pill and have felt much better in that aspect.
Is there a baby bump?  Feeling very large now.  
Belly button: Still mostly in. 
Labor signs:  I'm one centimeter dilated.  I haven't had any contractions, only stretching and pressure.
Wedding rings on or off?  On
Happy or Moody:  Happy most of the time!  I get moody when I try to do too much and get tired (I read anemia can cause lots of fatigues and crankiness, so I blame it on that). It is also setting in that I am one month away, which is totally exciting, but also scary!  I know way too much about what could go wrong, but try not to think that way.  It is such a big change, even though it is a very much wanted one.  I am thrilled to be a mommy even as scary as it is.
Looking forward to:  Finishing washing his things, packing my hospital bag, and (hopefully) putting up Christmas decorations. 
Memorable Moments for the week:  Washing all his newborn clothes and blankets, packing his bag for the hospital, and getting his decor up on the wall.  Russ and I also got the rest of the things we needed off of his registry like a carseat.  It took off so much anxiety to at least get all that done.  

Update on mommy:
I'm one centimeter dilated, pretty bad anemic, and my blood pressure was up the first time they took it.  I am worried it is still rising.  I have started taking my iron pill twice a day with orange juice and am really trying to eat iron-rich foods.  I had a fetal echo at work and he measured 5 pounds 14 ounces.  His heart looked great and I got to see those precious, chunky cheeks of his.  Everything is right on track and I am so thankful for a healthy baby.

LOTS OF LOVE,

Christy

Sunday, November 9, 2014

35 Week Bumpdate


How far along? 35 weeks 
Appointments:  12
Ultrasounds:  6
Maternity Clothes:  I thought I was done looking for maternity clothes, but I got a coupon for Motherhood Maternity.  Oh my goodness they had some cute clothes, and I was a little sad that I hadn't bought more clothes from there.  I knew I shouldn't buy much since I only had a few weeks left, but I needed a fancier dress for a banquet with Russ' work.  So with my mama's help I was able to try on a bunch of dresses and settle on one that was on sale. Mom was on her hands and knees helping me get some leggings/ panty hose on haha. I'm sure it was a sight to see!  I still need a few things before Pierce gets here like nursing bras, but I'm trying to hold myself back from buying sweaters like I really want to.
Stretch Marks?  Nope and so thankful for that!  
Sleep:  Nothing like waking up in the early morning hours to that severe cramp going through your leg, right?  The charlie horses had gone away, but they are back in full force.  Physical therapy said make sure you don't point your toes, so I have made sure that in the mornings when my muscles are so tense that when I stretch my toes aren't pointed.  This has been happening in my sleep, though.  I'll wake up enough to know the impending pain coming my way and then it hits.  Besides that the bathroom breaks are coming around every hour, which results in light sleeping and lots of crazy dreams.  Oh, how I can't wait to wake up to my sweet baby boy instead of my bursting bladder or charlie horse cramps!
Miss anything? I wish I had more energy to accomplish everything that needs to get done before he arrives, however, I think the thing I miss the most is being able to wait to go to the bathroom.  Its okay though because in just a few weeks I will have my baby in my arms and it will all be worth it!
Movement:  His head is definitely engaged now, so his movement isn't as sporadic and is the gentle baby movements I love.  It still amazes me that I can feel a little baby heel or hand pushing on my side and the top of my stomach.  I love I'm getting to know his schedule.  I know when he usually moves and usually sleeps.  Of course, he loves moving after I eat.  He gets excited about food like his mommy! ;)
Food cravings:  Comfort food, bread, and non-spicy soups are what I want this week.  They aren't necessarily cravings, but are what my sensitive stomach wants.  
Symptoms:  Wow!  His head feels even lower this week.  I'm getting sharp pains now really low where I assume the ligaments are stretching from the pressure of his head.  The pressure when I stand has gotten worse as well.  Walking has become pretty uncomfortable at times.  Between pressure/ pelvic pain, fatigue, and frequent bathroom breaks, work has become more difficult.  This past week I was on my feet most of the 12 hour shift.  My legs and feet swell after work, and I usually spend the next day recovering.  I've also been getting leg cramps and heart burn.
What makes you queasy?  The iron pill is still making me so sick, but I am trying to be more diligent in taking it every night to avoid a blood transfusion at delivery.  I don't like the smell of left-overs still and today a perfume smell made me nauseous.  
Is there a baby bump?  The baby bump continues to get lower.  I'm having a hard time wearing my scrub pants, since I've gotten bigger lower down now.  
Belly button: Shaped differently and more shallow, but for the most part it is in.  
Labor signs:  No contractions that I am aware of.  I do have that pressure and pelvic pain pretty bad.  Other things are going on that show me that he will be here in the next few weeks.  I look forward to knowing if I am dilated at all, as my appointments start weekly now. 
Wedding rings on or off?  On
Happy or Moody:  So happy and excited to become a mommy!  It is almost surreal that he could be here as early as 3 weeks or that I get to meet him in no more than 5 weeks.  I am so in love with him, and I feel like I used to when I was a kid looking forward to Christmas morning.  This gift from God does come with fear, but lately it has been more excitement than anything.  I don't enjoy a lot of my pregnancy symptoms, but for Russ' sake I hope he comes around his due date.  Russ has finals the same week the baby is due and can take off of work after his finals, so I know it would be best for our family.  However, there is this little selfish part that would like him here earlier.  I know I have so much to do, but the thought of being a mommy and having him here makes me not care.  I just can't wait to cuddle and care for this sweet blessing God has given us.  We are the most blessed couple!
Looking forward to:  Everything!  I can't wait to finish his nursery and pack our bags!  Anything related to anything baby makes me so giddy!  I find myself stalking baby pictures on Facebook or the internet.  I see mommies at work taking their babies home and see myself in them.  I helped a mama do kangaroo care (hold the baby skin to skin) the other day for the first time.  Her baby was due right around when mine is.  She was crying and it made me so happy to see her get to hold him on her chest and bond with him.  I cannot wait for that moment... well I can for a few more weeks, but I am so eager for that!  
Memorable Moments for the week:  Getting some great, quality time with Russ.  I'm sure this should be more about Pierce, but I feel this was important before his arrival.  We have been crazy busy.  It was the first Saturday that we didn't have anything planned in months.  I had forgotten how good it is just to enjoy each other's company for the day.  I cleaned the house and watched some TV.  He worked on homework.  We dressed up and went out for a nice dinner.  We hadn't done that since vacation.  After that we came home and watched a movie together.  It reminded me of how that used to be our typical weekend evening when we were dating.  It is sad when lying around the house together and a romantic dinner becomes a special event.  I will really enjoy staying home more after Pierce comes and look forward to the day when Russ will be done with school to relax with us.  

LOTS OF LOVE,

Christy

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

34 Week Bumpdate


How far along? 34.4 weeks 
Appointments:  12
Ultrasounds:  6
Maternity Clothes:  It has been getting pretty cold and as much as I have looked forward to this weather, I now realize how few winter maternity clothes I have.  As long as it stays cool, I'm okay, but snow in November just doesn't work with my wardrobe!  
Stretch Marks?  Nothing new! Let's keep it going until 12/13/14 please!
Sleep:  Sleep is getting harder to come by.  Pierce's new favorite activity is to push as hard as he can on the side mommy is sleeping on.  I think he is running out of room.  I can actually feel his little foot pushing on my side and while I love it in one way, it can be pretty painful at times.  I'm not supposed to lie on my back, but that is his favorite way for me to sleep.  I try to stay on my back until he gets done doing his nightly activities of stretching, jumping, hiccuping, and punching, then I move to my side and hope he doesn't wake up.  Lately, I have been waking up at 6:30 every morning no matter what (unless its a work day then I try to get up before six).  Even with the time change, I still wake up at 6:30 on the dot to go the bathroom.  Oh and bathroom breaks during that night continue.  I can get up as much as four to five times.  
Miss anything? Walking normal.  I get told that I waddle or have the pregnancy walk down too many times to count.  Sometimes when I stand I feel like he might just fall out!  As hard as I might try have a normal walk, it just isn't happening anymore.  However, I'm happy that he is head down and dropping like he is supposed to.  I'm praying for a good delivery and it will totally make up for my pregnancy swag.
Movement:  All the time!  Kicks to the ribs and my sides are frequent. I can literally feel the heel of his foot pushing out on my side all the time.  He also gets the hiccups quite a bit, usually after I eat.  It is so nice knowing he is okay now and not having to freak out and get the doppler.  He is an active baby and I love it!
Food cravings:  I haven't had too many cravings this week.  A lot of the food I eat makes me feel gross afterwards, so left-overs are a no-go.  I still have a sweet-tooth, but my honey bun craving has passed thank goodness!  All I want to do lately is eat soup, lots of bread, and hibernate... that's pretty much me every Fall/ Winter though.
Symptoms:  Pelvic pain and pressure are the new symptoms this week, and for good reason.  The other day I was sitting on a ottoman pouf in the nursery when I felt pains.  Of course, I assumed the left side position in my bed and started drinking water.  However, the pain and pressure didn't go away.  The next morning my stomach was much less full at the top and I felt like Pierce had dropped.  Sure enough, today the doctor said he had dropped quite a bit and that was normal at this point in my pregnancy.  It is so exciting to think how close I am getting to delivery! And maybe a bit scary...
What makes you queasy?  The smell of foods that have made me feel gross recently.  I cooked a frittata for Russ and it didn't set well with me.  After that I no longer wanted to get near the smell of it.  Lucky for Russ he got lots of leftovers!
Is there a baby bump?  The bump is measuring right on track and now has a different shape to it, since baby boy has dropped.  
Labor signs:  No contractions.  Just pressure and some pelvic pain, which is normal.  I just hope I will know labor signs when they come.  I have a fear that I will shrug it off and be one of those women that wait too long and give birth on the interstate.  
Wedding rings on or off?  On
Happy or Moody:  Happy.  I'm getting so excited to be a mommy!!  I think it has helped that the holidays are here and it's getting so close.  It has really set in that we will be having a baby soon, and I can't wait to have a squishy newborn in our home.  Some days I feel my heart might burst from the anticipation!
Looking forward to:  Completing the nursery.  I want to make it all perfect.  I need to add some decor pieces and get some pictures on the walls.  I'm hoping to start washing his clothes and blankets next week, which right now excites me (we will see how I feel months down the road), and buying anything left we might need.  It is exciting to think about getting to the part where the nursery is done and our bags are packed.  It will be so fun to just wait on his arrival and not have anything left on my to-do list.
Memorable Moments for the week:  I feel like I have bonded with my baby more than ever!  I talk to him, pray for him, and love him to pieces.  I even washed his bedding in Dreft, which made me super excited and feeling like a mommy.  My most memorable moment, though,  is probably when he dropped.  It scared me, but was crazy to see and feel the difference.  I also had a wonderful shower this week, and am amazed at everyone's generosity.  We have had a great variety of gifts allowing us to get most everything we need.  I just have one shower to go next week at my work.  It is bittersweet.  It is so fun to have showers before marriage and before a baby.  There will never be another baby shower for our first child.  I know I have birthday parties to look forward to, but I have loved every baby shower thrown for us.  However, it is also exciting to think that after next week, we can get anything left we might need.  Thinking about getting everything done is so exciting.  I can't wait to put all these gifts to good use after he gets here.  It is so crazy to look at everything and think about how our son will need those items in just a few weeks.



Mama Update
Mama is doing pretty good!  I went to my appointment today and everything looked great.  My blood pressure was good and, unfortunately, my weight gain is good too haha.  I'm measuring like I should, and his heart rate was 120-130's.  I now start my weekly appointments.  Eek!  I just pray that I have a healthy baby.  Even though everything is going great, I can't help but think about delivery.  I just worked around two babies that were fine until the delivery or they found something wrong after delivery.  I have faith that all will be fine, and I try not to think about those negative thoughts.  I told the doctor today that I was nervous that the baby would have a big head, and he said he would be more concerned about the baby's shoulders.  Thanks Dr. Myers!! haha But he said he is sure I will do fine.  Just continue to keep our little family in your prayers in the weeks approaching his due date.  I can't wait to have him in my arms and know that everything is okay.  

LOTS OF LOVE,

Christy