Friday, May 27, 2011

34 Weeks!

So I am at 34 weeks today! Which means at most 7 weeks and 3 days to go till Baby S is here! It is really crazy to think in just a few short weeks I will be holding a new baby that Eric and I created. Its not a baby where I get to hold it for a few moments and then give it back, its one I get to "keep". Its kinda scary too.

How far along: 34 weeks today

Pregnancy at week 34: Baby’s crown to rump length is around 33 cm (13 inches). Your baby weighs about 2350-2550 grams ( 5.2-5.6 pounds). Your baby should be turned head down by now. Her lanugo, very fine hair that keeps your baby insulated, should be disappearing now. Her skin may be covered with vernix, a waxy white colored protective substance that covers newborn babies skin.

Total Weight Gain/Loss: I am +21 pounds as of last Friday.

Maternity Clothes: I have decided I have a longer torso than most women. I have my closet full of maternity clothes but some of them are starting to be too short to wear. The shirts still fit fine around the mid section and I still have room to grow stomach but they are getting just too short for me to wear and feel comfortable in public. So I am slowly boxing up maternity clothes too.

Gender: Baby Girl!

Movement: Her activity level seems to depend on my comfort level. If I am kicked back and relaxed, she will go B-A-N-A-N-A-S. If I am uncomfortable then she goes into hibernation mode. She is not super active late late at night. But she is plenty active in the morning while I sit at my computer working. She tries to stretch herself out a lot too and this leads to her pressing her big head onto my bladder (UGH). She does like to put her butt or foot into my ribs/sternum also.

Sleep: I feel like I am sleeping all the time. If I am not at work I am at home sleeping. I sleep ok. If I am exhausted, I will be out cold. But some nights I toss and turn all night. I get up to pee a few times every night.

What I miss: Having energy to do anything, I miss running too. I learned that I cant run anymore and I dont like that feeling.

Cravings: Ehhh... nothing in particular. I am on a kick where I like fruit flavored things or fruit drinks/juice.

Symptoms: Nausea and occasional vomitting, bloated stomach if I dont pay attention to what I eat and aggrevate my gall stone

Best Moment this week: Seeing our nursery walls post 2nd coat of paint, my cousins did a wonderful job painting the walls and its going to look so good when we finish furnishing/decorating the room.

Next up: Last birthing class on Tuesday, we have an apt in about 2 weeks to meet/greet a possible ped dr. Other than that its just about waiting for the baby to decide she is ready.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Baby Classes

So we are just about finished with all of our baby classes.

Saturday was infant care + CPR class. It was supposed to be me and Eric. Well, he got a call at 5am asking him to come into work (ON HIS VACATION DAY... not a regular day off...A DAY HE HAD REQUESTED WEEKS AGO AS VACATION). He told his boss that he had to be out of there by 8am for baby class. Well that didnt happen... He was there till 12:30pm. He was upset because this was the class he wanted to attend the most. So I had to go alone. It was ok. My morning sickness felt like it was on SUPER HIGH. I learned quite a few things in class and apparently I was the only one who didnt need help with diapering a baby (thank you Sean/Seth!). I was pretty upset post class. I was not mad at Eric but he ended up getting the brunt of my anger. (He also got to spend all afternoon sleeping and then all night out partying with his friends while I spent all day by myself.)

Monday was breastfeeding class. It was full of GREAT information and lots of tips about how to prepare ourselves for breastfeeding and being able to go back to work at 12 weeks old. She talked about pumping and latching. She talked about supply and even how to get dad's involved in the experience. It was just a super long class for hte amount of info she packed in. 3.5 hours (with only 2 potty breaks) and the class really could have been 4-5 hours. She was a little all over the place with respect to the topics but I think it was a useful class.

We have one more week of birthing class (I will talk all about that class after my last class).

Dr Apt Update

I know my appointment was last friday and I am behind on my posts but here is the small update.

Everything looks good. 1 pound of weight gain in the previous 2 weeks (which was good news to them). I am doing my best and most days I am good about not being stressed about weight gain. If I gain too much, I will just have to work that much harder post baby. Heartbeat sounded good. We are measuring right on track.

The dr did mention that I should talk to a general surgon about possibly having my gall bladder removed. I was so confused since last apt they said it was a small gall stone with no gall bladder irritation or inflamation. This time she said its not a now issue but if we want to have more kids its something to consider. I am going to look into it, but I dont want it to interfere with Baby S. I am curious if you can breastfeed post gall bladder removal surgery and how that whole thing works. So I will probably make an appointment with a dr after baby comes but not going to do anything if it will interfere with care of Baby S.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Weekend was AWESOME!

Saturday was so crazy this weekend!

NOCC 5K walk - We did a 5K on saturday morning for Ovarian Cancer awareness. I was so happy with how many of my family/friends donated and/or came out to walk. Last year my team had 10 walkers, this year we had those 17! I gave it my all to run as much as I could. But that was hard on my body. We ended up running about 1/3 of the race and that really was a challange. We finished at about a 16 min mile pace. I have mixed feelings on that. This was supposed to be my benchmark race, the race where I proved I could run the 5K in under 30 mins. I feel sorta upset that my body had limitations. I know I have a baby growing but its still hard to have those limiting realizations. But we did finish the race.

Baby shower - I love my sister, Aunt Beckie, cousins Holly and Mary so much! They were so wonderful and threw me a baby shower. I think I had only been to 2 other baby showers prior to this (and one was more of like a family party than a shower). I had so much fun. I got to see all my friends and just hang out with everyone. I loved seeing all my friends. It really was a wonderful afternoon. We got some much needed baby stuff. There are very few things left we really need now (swing and stroller for car seat). One of the most touching gifts we got was a blanket that Eric's grandma knit. She made this beautiful white knit blanket. We are going to use it to bring baby home in (and have a bunch of her newborn shots taken with). I was almost crying when I saw the blanket.

Friday, May 13, 2011


We are 32 weeks pregnant today. Just thought I would give an update on baby development.

This week your baby weighs almost four pounds and could be up to 19 inches long. And though that's a head-to-toe length, your baby is actually back to a curled-up position (you try standing up in those cramped quarters!). At 32 weeks pregnant, you're likely feeling tapping and squirming instead of your baby's signature rocking and rolling. That's because, while comfy, your baby is a bit tight for exercise space right now. Your baby has also probably settled into the head-down, bottoms-up position in your pelvis in prepartion for birth. That's because the fetus's head fits better at the bottom of your inverted, pear-shaped uterus. It also makes it easier during childbirth if your baby comes out head first. Fewer than five percent of babies prefer the bottom-down (or breech) position by full-term. Don't worry if your baby hasn't assumed the head-down position yet. There's still a good chance he or she will flip head-side-down before birth — even in the tight confines of your uterus.

While your baby is still getting nourishment through the umbilical cord, it won't be long before you'll be bringing on the breast milk or formula (and soon after, the mashed carrots and peas). In anticipation of that momentous transition to mouth feeding, your baby's digestive system is all set and ready to go.

And because your baby is accumulating more fat, his or her skin is finally turning opaque (like yours), which means those see-through days are over. Though weeks away from D-day, your baby's looking more and more like a newborn.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

No post in over a week = SHAME ON ME!

I have been so up and down lately that its been hard to find time to post.

Update: Last monday we got to see Baby Susan and she looked great. Everything still looked healhty and she was measuring like 3-4 days behind schedule. They also did an abdominal ultrasound to look at my stomach and see if the vomitting/nausea was something more than just morning sickness.

Last friday we hit the 31 week mark! I had a check up and it was a good news/bad news visit.
1. It turns out I do have a gall stone. They are just going to monitor it and if I suddenly have extreme pain they will send me to the hospital to talk about our options. Other than that I just get to avoid fatty/greasy foods. So long french fries and pizza... we have been such good friends this pregnancy but no more!
2. Baby Susan is now measuring 32 weeks. So she had a niec growth spurt (which apparently all my friends noticed - all they would say to me all week was how much bigger my stomach looked). She had good heartbeat and is still super active. I was told to keep an eye on her routine. I need to make sure she is still moving/active. It sounded like he wanted me to be kick counting but he told me after every meal. Well... problem with that is Susan isnt active after every meal. She has her routine, so I will just monitor is based on that.
3. I apparently mananged to gain 6 pounds in 1 week. To do that one would have to eat 3500*6 = 21,000 + 2100 a day which me and susan need to survive. Its really not possibly. I noticed this weekend my ankles are slightly more swollen (but its not enough anyone else would proly notice). My ankles are just not as skinny as they usually are. This past week was the first week I ate fresh fruit/drank lots of water. I have gotten in 8-9 cups a day (8 oz in a cup). So its just a water retention issue. But that took me a few days to assess.

This week has been pretty good. Tuesday we had our first lamaze class (and there was no he-he-he-ho's involved). It was a lot of the deep breathing (similar to yoga class). We learned all about the stages of labor, and talked about ways that our partner can help us take our mind off the pain. We were tasked with figuring out what we wanted and what wouldnt help us. And we talked about making sure we start thinking about what we will do if we go into labor at random times of the day. Have we thought of a plan to get home?

Wednesday, my best friend Danine got into town! I am happy to have her visiting. I sold my old bed frame and happy to be rid of it!