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Twenty Seven Weeks Update

We’ve officially made it down to the double digits! Twenty seven weeks along today and only 91 days to go – can’t believe it. This is also the last week of my second trimester and then the final trimester begins! It seems like so much has happened in the last few weeks that I don’t know where to start! I think a bullet point list would be the easiest way to organize this post.

• A Growing Belly: It’s starting to get a bit difficult to turn from side to side in bed, tie my shoes, sit up from a lying position, hug people, and bend over. My belly button is slowly making it’s way out and I can literally feel my skin stretching somedays. I told Josh the other day I’m at the point now where I feel like I’m actually carrying a baby in there. My belly doesn’t just feel bigger anymore but heavier, too. I can’t even imagine what it will be like when I’m nearing the forty week mark! Our bodies are seriously so amazing and accommodating. I’m constantly in awe of the entire process.

27 weeks maternity picture• A Busy Calendar: Our schedules are starting to fill up quickly with doctor’s appointments, chiropractor and massage appointments, prenatal yoga, and birthing classes. We start our first Confident Birthing class tonight, which is taught by our doula, and we are so looking forward to it. Speaking of our doula, I received my first prenatal massage from her and it was the best massage I’ve ever had! I felt like a million bucks the next day. My muscles were pretty sore for a couple days but I felt so great. I’m still enjoying my prenatal yoga class immensely. There are definitely nights where I whine about having to go but once I get there I’m happy I made myself and once the class is over I’m even happier. I feel great and am very proud of myself for doing something so good for me and our baby. It’s also been an awesome way to connect and chat with other pregnant women a couple times a week. And check out my disappearing toes below!! See what I mean about the growing part?!

prenatal yoga

• A New Symptom: I really don’t like referring to the things I’m experiencing as pregnancy symptoms but I don’t know what else to call them! A new one that just started today is dizziness and it has me a bit worried. I drink at least 3-4 liters of water every day so I don’t think it’s caused by dehydration. If it continues, I plan on calling my dr’s office and seeing what they think. It is definitely not fun, though.

• Wide Awake: I’m still getting veeeeery little sleep at night. My mind isn’t racing and my body feels tired but I just lie there awake for hours, tossing and turning, trying to get comfortable and fall asleep. Also not fun. A friend of mine let me borrow her pregnancy pillow, called a Snoogle, and I liked it for the first night (although I still didn’t fall asleep until 4am that night) but now after using it for a few nights I feel super claustrophobic almost when it’s around me. So, last night I went back to the regular body pillow and slept a little better but still not great. This is still, by far, my most frustrating pregnancy symptom.

• Some New Friends: We found out some exciting news over the last couple of weeks! Josh’s oldest brother and his wife are expecting their first baby due just 3.5 months after us! So Baby O will have a sweet little cousin joining the family soon after her. They live about four hours away from us but it will be so much to see them together during visits and holidays. We also found out that our good friends, who are due just two months or so after us, are having a girl! I’m so excited our little girl with have a little playmate so close to her in age! It’ll be so much fun.

• Date Nights: Josh and I are continuing our date nights and enjoyed dinner downtown with friends and a lot of game/movie nights. I love being married to him – we have so much fun together and are constantly laughing. The laugh attacks, though, are getting a little scary now that I’m this far along and have resulted in me darting into the bathroom a few times!

date night• New Movements: One of my favorite memories from this pregnancy occurred last week. Josh and I watched my stomach for a good half hour while lying in bed in total awe and fascination. Baby was moving around like crazy in there and it was the most we’ve actually been able to see the movements happening. It was like a fireworks show with a lot of OooOOOo’s and Aaaw’s. So beyond awesome to see. I’ve tried multiple times to record my stomach but I can’t seem to catch a good enough stretch of kicks and punches like that. I’ve also started feeling hiccups which is beyond adorable! I actually searched it on Google the first time I felt them because I didn’t know what it was! Those little rhythmic movements are just so cute.

• Preparations: We have our back up doula reserved now which is a big relief! Our doula will be leading a doula training/conference event here in town for a few days, as well as out of town for a few days, right around my due date. So, it’s pretty likely we will be in need of our back up doula. That is one big item we can cross off the to-do list now and I have full trust in who our doula recommended as our back up. I’ve also started doing the cat/cow stretch a couple times every day to try and help baby move into the correct position. Squats are another thing I’ve been practicing every day, especially the low ones I will be doing during labor. Stretching feels sooooo great lately and I look forward to my mini stretching sessions each day.

• Shelves!: We finally put up our Ikea Ribba picture ledges and they seemed to add so much to the room! I need to find some cute accessories for the shelves on the right and I know the baby books will come along soon to fill out the shelves on the left. I also finally designed the art to go in the frames above the dresser and plan on printing them in the next week or so. It’s so exciting to see everything come together!

Nursery Shelves

Overall, I’m feeling pretty great these days minus the sleep thing (and now the dizzy thing). We are down to just 13 weeks (more or less) and I just cannot wait to hold her close, see what she looks like, kiss her little cheeks, and become a family of three. We are very excited to become parents for the first time and experience a whole new world of firsts – together.


Eighteen Weeks and New Format

Wow, I think I might just officially be the most horribly inconsistent blogger ever… let’s hope our little one doesn’t take after me in the consistency department. Sheesh. After discovering this little fact about myself, it’s probably wise to change up the format of this blog and ask less of myself. I think I’ll just do an all-in-one update post every two weeks instead of breaking it down (and failing to keep up)! So, here’s my quick update and I will post the eighteen-week photo this weekend with our big gender reveal!

• Eighteen weeks today – finding out gender tomorrow – revealing gender this weekend (after we tell our families in person over Thanksgiving)!

We seriously cannot wait to be able to say “he” or “she” instead of “it” or “the baby.” We’ve been counting down for weeks and it’s finally here! Tomorrow morning we will know as long as baby cooperates for the ultrasound tech, of course.

• Feeling good minus being ridiculously tired the last few days, headaches off and on, and bad hip pain.

I think I’m coming down with a bug or at least fighting one off. Either that or it’s just part of pregnancy or the fact that I haven’t had an uninterrupted full-night of sleep in over a month. I also experienced the worst migraine of my life a few nights ago to the point that I had to lie down with an ice pack in a pitch black room without any noise and still cried myself to sleep. It was horrible and I’m not sure what the cause was but I woke up migraine-less the next morning. My hip pain has been steady and I’m hoping with regular chiropractic adjustments, massages, and yoga/stretching it will get better or at least not get any worse. Other than those three things, though, I am feeling pretty great!

• Had my first prenatal chiropractic appt. and plan to keep them up once per month.

One of our clients owns a chiropractic office with his wife and after researching information about prenatal adjustments and the benefits to mom and baby, I decided it’s something I definitely want to keep up with at least once a month through the rest of my pregnancy. I’m aiming for a natural birth so anything I can do to help with hip alignment, etc. is worth a shot in my book.

• Scheduled all of our birthing classes and signed up for prenatal yoga starting in January.

We signed up for our Confident Birthing Class and are so excited for it to start next year. We also signed up for various classes at the hospital we will be delivering at for newborn care, couples prenatal yoga, breastfeeding, etc. It’s going to be a busy few months of learning for us but we’re ready!

• I went to Motherhood Maternity last week and splurged a bit on some staples (jeans, sweaters, bras, etc.) and I looooove my new maternity jeans… So much more comfortable.

• Still feeling little flutters very randomly… looking forward to the stronger more consistent movements.

I felt the first movements at 16 weeks after some excited and celebratory yelling and shouting on election night. I must have startled the baby because right after we got done celebrating I stopped, froze, placed my hand where I was feeling the movement, and started tearing up. It was amazing!! The movements are still very random to the point where I won’t feel anything for a day or two and I still have to be very in tune with my body at the time I’m feeling them or they would go unnoticed. So tiny but growing!

• Craving: Orange juice and oranges, milk, pasta, salads, ice cream, and anything and everything sour. Sour skittles anyone?

• Missing: Wine. Especially during this time of year. That aisle at the grocery store is torture. Oh, and melatonin and valerian root… it was so nice to be able to take something natural when I couldn’t sleep before but now I can’t even do that!

• Loving: My belly! I wondered my whole life what I would look like pregnant and I am so proud of my pregnant belly.

• (Not) Loving: The not sleeping well thing is getting pretty old but I figure it’s just life’s way of preparing me for motherhood.

So, there’s the update. I’m going to try to stay more on top of this blog as I’m also using it as my pregnancy journal but life is quickly becoming crazier and crazier with each day that passes. Our love for this little baby is growing each day, too, and we can’t believe we are halfway there to the meeting him/her! Happy Thanksgiving everyone – Enjoy the yummy food and your loved ones!

Ten Weeks | Weekly Progress

It feels so good to be ten weeks along and finally in the double digits! Things are starting to seem very real now, as all of our family and friends now know about the pregnancy. The three things that stand out the most over the last two weeks are my morning sickness slowly getting better, telling our family and friends the news, and seeing our baby for the first time at our first ultrasound, which was one of the most amazing moments of my life!

Here is my weekly progress:

• Nausea comes and goes these days… some days I’m feeling great while others I’m feeling not so great. This weekend was a tough one as I thought I was coming down with a cold but woke up feeling pretty good this morning and am (once again) hoping it lasts!

• I’m still not sleeping well at all and it’s getting a bit frustrating at this point. I tend to wake up at least once but usually twice in the night to use the restroom and it takes me forever to fall back asleep. Even when I’m “sleeping,” it’s not the deep, restful sleep I used to get. God’s way of preparing me for the sleepless first year of motherhood? Probably.

• The food aversions are still going strong and I can’t even think about meat or eggs. Bleh!

• Cravings hit this week in the cliche form of pickles! We bought a huge jar and it was nearly gone in two days! Pasta and Mexican Dishes have sounded awesome to me, too. Chocolate was another new craving. I’ve also been craving tons of fruit (mainly kiwis, oranges, apples, and bananas) and am back to making my green smoothies 3-4 times a week. Yum!

• My sense of smell is ridiculous at this point. I really think the local police department should hire me to sniff out criminals or something. This can be a good thing (coffee smells delicious) or a really really really bad thing (our golden retriever smells horrid to me, along with most foods, lotions/perfumes, and the outdoor air).

• The amount of fatigue that hits me is crazy. I have to literally fight to keep my eyes open at times and have fallen asleep both sitting up and in the bath tub!

• I’m showing for sure now!! Granted, it looks more like I haven’t said “no, thank you” to those chocolate and pasta cravings for ten weeks straight and less like an actually pregnant belly… but still, exciting!

Just three more of these “ten weeks” to go!!

Eight Weeks | Weekly Progress

Oh man. Oh man oh man oh man. Remember my six-week update when I said I was hoping the waves of nausea weren’t the beginning of morning sickness? Ha! So much for hoping! Morning sickness hit like a tornado this week and knocked me off my feet. Literally. I basically moved back and forth between the bed and the couch for the last two weeks. I haven’t thrown up yet but it’s been all day and night (horrible!) nausea. Not fun at all.

Josh has been taking the best care of me and if this is any indication of how he’ll care for our kids then this baby will be the luckiest baby in the world. Here are my weekly stats:

• Like I said before… morning sickness hit hard. We tried everything from Sea Bands to Preggie Pops to Vitamin B6. Nothing seemed to work. The best thing I could do was just lie down and rest or try to sleep through it. It was like having the stomach flu for weeks at a time. I think I might slowly be feeling a little better but I don’t want to jinx it!

• Food aversions also hit me these last two weeks! From meat to eggs to vegetables to dairy… I had a hard time even figuring out what wouldn’t make me sick. Just thinking about a certain food could send me into a bout of extreme nausea. Ugh. I called my doctor to make sure I wasn’t harming the baby and she said absolutely not. She told me to just get through the first trimester on foods that don’t make me sick and I can start to pay attention to nutrition in the second tri when I start feeling better.

• Dizziness has been another symptom I’ve been experiencing. This is most likely due to my blood volume change so my heart is having to work harder and my blood pressure can drop through out the day.

* I bought my first two pairs of maternity pants! My old pants still button but they are super uncomfortable and seem to make the morning sickness worse. I purchased a pair of Old Navy jeans and a pair of Old Navy trousers with the low-waist band. Love them! So much more comfortable!

• Josh and I just met with my typical nurse practitioner. She just did an initial exam as I was due for my annual appointment anyway but we are transferring to another office and doctor in order to deliver at the hospital of our choice. I found a doctor that has amazing reviews and can’t wait to meet with him. We have our very first ultrasound scheduled for next Monday and we are telling our families this weekend! So exciting!

Six Weeks | Weekly Progress

Josh and I were talking yesterday and I mentioned how I couldn’t believe I am already six weeks along! He then said, “Next thing you know, you’ll be six months!” I know he’s right. I know this pregnancy is going to fly by with anticipation and preparation. I am trying to pause everyday and remember the exact moment I’m living. I don’t ever want to forget. Here is my weekly progress:

• Craving orange juice and dairy like mad! I can’t get enough so I’m guessing the babe is needing folate and calcium right now.

• For the first time this pregnancy I started experiencing some major waves of nausea. Josh was sweet enough to head out to the store and buy some staples for nausea… no questions asked. Saltines, ginger ale, graham crackers, soup, and apples. I’m hoping this isn’t the start of morning sickness! My mom never experienced morning sickness with any of us three kids and I was hoping it was hereditary!

• We had a family party to celebrate some missed birthdays and anniversaries last weekend and although I wasn’t feeling well, I think I managed to fake it and we both managed to keep the secret!
• We ordered everything we need to tell our families in some pretty special and fun ways. A couple more weeks to go!