Baby Bump2 Update

Now that it’s finally official – I’m growing another human – I’m sure you can’t wait to be inundated with all things baby (again).  Should we let the nonsense and self-indulgence begin?

Main scoop: 38 weeks! Ack! This is really happening.

Excuse the hair but lookie at my lady love!

Here is a better picture of my pants pulled half way up to my boobs. I’m adorable!

The Science: Baby Center recap – 38weeks. I feel him moving around especially when I’m trying to sleep. He’s going to be a night owl, like Amelie was. He stomps/punches/headbutts? so hard on my bladder that it’s very difficult to get any rest. I’m getting up constantly to pee and having a hard time falling back asleep. I have had a few nights of good sleep tossed into the crummy mix and they felt AMAZING. But mostly, the nights are long and the days are longer.

Body morphing: I had my “36 week” checkup by the time I was almost 37 weeks so that’s why my stats and blog/picture are a bit out of sync. I had gained 20-22lbs by my appointment last week, which is similar to my first pregnancy. I’m unsure of my exact starting weight so I included a range.

We discussed my options again and I’m still hoping for a VBAC. The baby is head down and she didn’t seem too concerned with my small size this time around. She didn’t even do an ultrasound, like I was hoping. Alrighty then? I’ll try not to worry either.

As the nurse practitioner bade me farewell, she said “Well, I hope to see you at the next appointment (Dec. 9th) but if you into labor before then, I hope he comes out of your vagina!” With that, the door shut and I replied meakly to no one “Me too.”

It’s what I want but that sounds so…uncomfortable.

Sexy stuff! A hemorrhoid. Really? Yeah, really. YUCK.

Food drama: I eat small meals and often but that’s it. No drama for this mama.

Exercising? I found it secretly hilarious when I was chatting with another expectant mama at her baby shower because we both got out of breath quickly. The babies be crowding our insides, you know. Don’t confuse her breathlessness with being out of shape, that mama is the fittest preggo lady I have ever met. On the other hand, my legs burn when I’m standing waiting for my coffee to percolate in the morning…

Oh this was about ME exercising? Yeah, I haven’t been doing any. I hope one day I’ll remember how to.

To Dos: I did find a dear friend that is willing to be “on call” to watch Amelie while my MIL is away visiting family. It’ll be tricky because Hubs will most likely have to shuttle back and forth, juggling Amelie, being with me and the new baby and taking care of my MIL’s dogs. It’ll be less than optimal but I’m not worried – we’ll all have to do the best we can with whatever this labor has in store for us.

At my last appointment, the doctor recommended scheduling a c-section date IF I don’t go into labor naturally when I’m full term. They cannot induce me because of my previous c-section. It was hard to figure out a date around my MIL’s work schedule as well as avoiding holidays but I’ve picked one…Friday, Dec. 19th. I still need to confirm they can get me in but that’s the plan for now.

Things I’ve gotten done? The Christmas tree is up. My Christmas cards are stamped, addressed, and mailed. My Christmas shopping is done, the gifts are wrapped, and those that needed it have been mailed. Instead of enjoying my forward planning, I have the urge to keep buying things because I’m second guessing every single purchase. I need to stop. Every year I do this – does anyone else?

As I mentioned last time, I want to keep making progress on house/life stuff, even if that only means picking up the house a little more aggressively after Amelie is in bed each night. I’m notorious for my piles of stuff everywhere, especially on the kitchen table, so I’m hoping these last few weeks will encourage me to put stuff away. Although unlikely, I’d love to finish some of the projects I’ve started but stalled on – mostly painting projects. I’m also working on organizing my pantry and master closet, as well as cleaning out the fridge and freezer. At the same time, I’m trying to revel in what we have gotten done – removing the hot tub, getting baby boy’s clothes washed and ready for him, purchasing our new car, and doting on Amelie. My To Do list will always be there and this is a good thing. It’s a blessing, in fact. That’s living Life.

And randomly: Just for comparison sake, I thought it would be fun to include my 38 week pregnancy pic with Amelie:



Baby Bump2 Update

Now that it’s finally official – I’m growing another human – I’m sure you can’t wait to be inundated with all things baby (again).  Should we let the nonsense and self-indulgence begin?

Main scoop: We are getting down to it…the finally stages! This is going to be a short update because there is not much new to report. My sleep is horrible; on several occasions I’ve woken up at 3.30am and couldn’t fall back asleep. I remember doing this with Amelie. I think Baby Boy wakes me initially with kicks and then anxiety sets in and my brain starts racing about everything. Or, I’m up 5-6 times to go to the bathroom. It’s exhausting and makes for a loooonng morning with Amelie.

The pose is cringe worthy but I am showered so I still consider this picture a WIN as far as bump pictures are concerned.

The Science: Baby Center recap – 36weeks. I’m a little nervous because my MIL will be out of town the week before I’m due. I know that it’s impossible to predict when this baby will arrive and she can’t be expected to sit around waiting for us. She’s got other grandbabies in her life to snuggle. We need to think of a good plan B for Amelie if I go into labor while Grandma is away.

Body morphing: I haven’t had a doctor’s appointment since the last update, so I’m unsure of my most recent weight gain. I do feel like I mostly look the same though?

Sexy stuff! Nothing juicy (pardon my word choice) to report.

Food drama: Hubs is the meal planner, grocery shopper and cook in the family. (Obviously I’m the blogger of the family, which is super important). He’s been focusing on healthier meals for all of us since we kinda of got in a rut this summer and fall. He’s been making outrageously awesome stuff – cottage cheese cucumber sandwiches on sprouted wheat bread with tomatoes, avocados and alfalfa sprouts? Yes, please!

Exercising? Huh?

To Dos: Good news, we have narrowed down to a few boy names! We decided on circumcision. I toured the hospital and pre-registered. I’ve started packing my hospital bag. We bought a bigger car! I cleaned out our old car. And I’m killing it on the Christmas front! I’m about 75% done with the gifts I’m in charge of which includes wrapping and packing up since I’ll be shipping most of them. Also, Christmas cards have been ordered -weeeee! I barely believe this but my track kids threw me another baby shower and surprised me with a car seat for Amelie. We are officially set if the new baby comes early!

My To Do list is now in the “would be nice to get done” category. Cleaning, organizing, finishing projects I’ve started, getting my hair cut and highlighted…

And randomly: Just for comparison sake, I thought it would be fun to include my 36 week pregnancy pic with Amelie:


Baby Bump2 Update

Now that it’s finally official – I’m growing another human – I’m sure you can’t wait to be inundated with all things baby (again).  Should we let the nonsense and self-indulgence begin?

Main scoop: Tired as always but hey, I think most people in the world feel this way…especially Mommies.

The Science: Baby Center recap – 32weeks. Baby Boy is crowding me. He’s stretching up under my ribs and sometimes (it feels like) past my pelvis simultaneously!

Body morphing: I had another doctor appointment this week. It was the routine pee-in-a-cup, check your weight and get measured type of day. I’ve gained about 18-20 lbs, which is considerably more weight than I had gained by this point with Amelie. The doctor measured my bump and of course, I was measuring quite small. I was so small that she wanted to do an ultrasound to check the baby’s size and my fluids. Ugh, this is exactly what spurred our nutty/emotional day during my pregnancy with Amelie…you remember this drama that all started with Amelie measuring too small, right?

During the ultrasound, the doctor said my fluids are fine and that the baby is small but I couldn’t tell if she was concerned or not. She didn’t have me schedule anything special. She gave me a picture of him (that I can’t really decipher to be honest) and sent me home. It’s one of those weird things. Most days, I feel like this is how I do pregnancy. He’s going to be a small baby just like Amelie was. But when everyone I run into exclaims how small I am, I start to fret. I know they are mostly surprised and trying to be sweet. A friend even suggested I supplement with protein shakes to try and up my calories during the day, but I already eat when I’m hungry. Am I really doing anything wrong?

I’m trying not to worry because worrying doesn’t change anything. My next appointment isn’t for another month. I wish I could get an ultrasound every week!

Sexy stuff! Of course, there is always the restless sleep. I think I may have jinxed myself in the last update because I woke up to a leg cramp the wee hours of Sunday morning. It ripped both Hubs and I awake. I was howling trying to pull myself to standing but it’s awful hard when your ab muscles have long ago been buried by baby-creating goodies and your leg is stick straight like a mannequin. Hubs didn’t know what to do so he was trying to get me to lay back down and we were in this slow motion zombie fight/dance. My calf finally released and we both collapsed back into bed. It’s super sore today.

Food drama: None still! I eat small frequent meals and have even expanded on my typical applesauce and graham cracker diet now that we are focusing on more rounded meals for Amelie. Hubs is an amazing cook and I’m so thankful for his cooking, grocery shopping and meal planning. I drink coffee though. It’s only a cup but I wish I could cut out caffeine completely. But cinnamon coffee (with creamer of course) is what gets me out of bed in the morning.

Exercising? Pfffttt! Silly exercise!

To Dos: I need to schedule a hospital tour and pre-register. I need to decide on circumcision. I need to re-sterilize my breast pump! We need a car and a car seat. The rest is coming into place, I feel like. The more we clean, organize and shop ahead of time (especially for the upcoming holidays), the better I feel. Oh, and we have yet to pick a name still!

And randomly: My cross country season is winding down and I’m hoping to take advantage of these newly free weekends (and weekday afternoons if Amelie’s naps cooperate) to get ready for the little guy. I’ll miss seeing my high schoolers but I’m thankful for the time off.

Just for comparison sake, I thought it would be fun to include my 32 week pregnancy pic with Amelie:

Baby Bump2 Update

Now that it’s finally official – I’m growing another human – I’m sure you can’t wait to be inundated with all things baby (again).  Should we let the nonsense and self-indulgence begin?

Main scoop: I’m napping infrequently during the week (although I do have to give myself a long pep talk first) and I’m motivated to make any sort of progress on my To Do list. My cross country season is wrapping up, I am excited for the upcoming holidays and I think I’m in nesting mode! Only two more months to go! (Maybe less, ack!)

The Science: Baby Center recap – 30weeks. I need more time but I really don’t enjoy being pregnant. I feel bad for admitting it but from the very beginning, this pregnancy has been hard on me emotionally, physically, and mentally. I am tired of being tired. My back hurts, my legs burn walking or going up stairs, and my belly feels big and awkward now. Doing anything is cumbersome, even talking on the phone since I get out of breath easily.

Body morphing: I think my belly really grew this week! It feels bigger and rounder. He’s been kicking me a lot in the ribs. Thankful for his movement, nonetheless.

Sexy stuff! Of course, there is always the restless sleep but nothing new to report.

Food drama: I get heartburn in the evenings if I eat or drink too much but honestly, no drama on this front. I’m so thankful.

Exercising? I’m back to walking at practice! I’m counting any movement at all as exercise. Vacuuming? Sure. Getting Amelie in and out of the car? Yes! Blogging? Why not?

To Dos: Hubs has been busy. While I’ve been spending a lot of time organizing the guest bathroom linen closet (seriously low priority), he has been getting things done that actually need to be done. He bought a double stroller off of Craigslist. He bought a new swing (since we burned out the motor on Amelie’s old one). He’s researching a new car. Thank goodness he’s my partner!!

And randomly: Both of my SILs were pregnant and due this fall. My Minnesota SIL had her baby girl in September and now my other SIL is about to give birth within the next day or two. That means I’m in the batter’s box! *queue panicking*

Just for comparison sake, I thought it would be fun to include my 30 week pregnancy pic with Amelie:


Baby Bump2 Update

Now that it’s finally official – I’m growing another human – I’m sure you can’t wait to be inundated with all things baby (again).  Should we let the nonsense and self-indulgence begin?

Main scoop: I don’t feel as beat down as last time around but I am still napping often. I try so hard not to but a morning with cranky Amelie wipes me out. I’ve been going back and forth between getting excited for a new baby and then all terrified again. There’s a whole world of Mommies out there that are raising littles under way more stressful circumstances than I am so I’m trying to remind myself that I can do this!

The Science: Baby Center recap – 28weeks. I’m in the third trimester! I feel like I need more time…

He moves and moves and moves (especially late at night when I’m trying to sleeeeeeep). The doctor said my placenta is in the front so she is surprised I can feel as much as I do – he must be a strong squirt.

Glucose results – super low (63). I’m hypoglycemic. My husband and I always suspected hypoglycemia but now I have scientific proof for being Hangry for a majority of my day/life.

Iron: Apparently my iron was awesome; the doctor said my levels were even higher than hers. Who knew I was so stellar?

Body morphing: I had my doctor’s visit this week and I’ve gained 14-16 lbs. She measured my bump and said I am measuring small. I told her that since I had a similar experience with Amelie, maybe I make small babies? Of course I left the appointment worried about his size now… :(

Sexy stuff! Just like my last pregnancy, I’m “sleeping” all night long but it’s very disrupted. I’m going to the bathroom all of the time, the baby is twirling around in there, and sometimes I randomly wake up in the middle of the night and have trouble falling back to sleep.

I just realized that I haven’t had any leg cramps or serious constipation like I had with Amelie. I hope that good luck continues…

Talk of a birth plan: At my 24 week appointment, another doctor (they rotate around) recommended having a scheduled c-section. This doctor is also pregnant (with a previous history of c-section) and that’s her plan because “why cause more trauma somewhere else, when you can keep it localized to your previous trauma?” I’ve given it a lot of thought. I originally thought my c-section experience was normal but after learning a bit more, I don’t think it was. I had a reaction to the anesthesia: my temperature fluctuated from hot to cold/clammy, I had nausea, and severe itching. Sincerely, I wanted to claw my face off! Even the tape from my IVs and monitors caused my skin to freak out. The staff ended up giving me medication to settle everything down (probably Benadryl?) which helped immensely. So, having the baby? Well, the six minutes it took to cut me open and pull Amelie out was a breeze! But the rest was The Yucks. I couldn’t drive for 2 weeks. I could hardly pick up Amelie even though she was a tiny thing. I want to try a VBAC to see if this birth goes smoother. Who knows what will happen but the doctor at my most recent appointment assured me “we are going to have a successful VBAC, girl!” I really hope so! Of course I’m scared of that too. :)

Food drama: Happy to report zero food drama!

Exercising? Even though I swore off of running in the last update, I’ve been doing a little bit of it again. It’s slow and a little painful “down-low” but I keep my heart rate down and I walk quite a bit during my “runs”.

To Dos: The double stroller and new carseat for Amelie is still on our list to buy. I also need to tour the new hospital. We switched insurance last year and so everything is new this time around again. I need to clean up my breast pump, pick up newborn diapers (until he can fit in our cloth ones), pull out my nursing tanks, start getting my hospital bag ready, clean out our car. Oh, and we don’t have a second crib yet either…

We still have yet to pick out a name. Like, not even close to having a name picked out. The ones I like sorta, Hubs is not impressed by and visa versa. Boy names are hard!

Hubs and I are focusing more on getting our life a tiny bit more organized. We are Craiglisting (actually, Hubs is doing all of that thankfully). We cleaned up our garage. We are trying to finish a few big updates on the house (ie: addressing the blue carpeted stairs!) and I really want to clean out my awful linen closets. It’s not baby related necessarily but will help set us up for when he arrives.

And randomly: I hit up a garage sale and picked up a few much needed items – two spare crib sheets (we have five total now), an extra changing pad cover, plus, “new” toys for Amelie. Happy to have scored a great deal!

Just for comparison sake, I thought it would be fun to include my 28 week pregnancy pic with Amelie:

Baby Bump2 Update

Now that it’s finally official – I’m growing another human – I’m sure you can’t wait to be inundated with all things baby (again).  Should we let the nonsense and self-indulgence begin?

Main scoop: Oh my goodness, I’ve been so bad at keeping up with these updates! I guess the main scoop is that I’m tired. I’m always tired. It could be because I’m chasing Amelie all day. Hoisting her in and out of the car and going anywhere takes serious effort. I’m also coaching each afternoon, so that might be it. But mostly I think I’m tired because I go to bed later than I should doing stupid stuff like checking Instagram which I sincerely regret come morning. When will I ever learn? I’m trying to make it through most days without a nap but it’s tough going.

The Science: Baby Center recap – 26weeks. I’m having a hard time remembering what week I’m at since my days blur together. Baby boy is always moving and grooving which comforts me. It forces me to remember him too, which I feel ashamed to admit. Truthfully, I haven’t taken the time like I did with Amelie to daydream about him; what he’ll look like, if he’ll be like Daddy, etc. I think it’s because it’s all very scary right now – the prospect of taking care of two littles with completely different needs, the idea of breastfeeding again, the thought of birth (a yucky c-section vs. a mysterious and undoubtably painful VBAC), the thought of getting no sleep again. I’m sorry Baby Boy, I’m nervous for it all.

Body morphing: I think it’s just the way my body does pregnancy but I’m on the small side again, like I was with Amelie. I forgot to mention my weight gain last time but I had gained about 10lbs by 22 weeks. I haven’t weighed myself recently to note what I’ve gained since then. My belly/boobs feel tight and itchier each week but overall I’m not that uncomfortable. I’m looking forward to cooler weather though…

Sexy stuff! I mentioned sciatica in the last update and that’s still a bother but not inhibiting me. Towards the end of the day, I hobble around more but that’s about it. I did give up running because my pelvic area felt too strained each time (plus I am ridiculously slow). Walking is a way better option!

Food drama: I had one night where I was sick. I’m not convinced if it was because I just stuffed myself stupid with a delicious meal and too much water way too late in the evening and my body revolted or if it was a flu bug going around since Amelie and I both got sick this week. Regardless, I vomited all over the floor beside the bed so that was royally disgusting. Thank goodness for those faux hardwood floors though, they clean up nicely! Other than that, seriously no drama. I do not take the no drama for granted!

Exercising? No more running for me. Carrying my 25 lbs. toddler around is enough. :)

To Dos: I’ve indulged and bought a few more boy clothes in the last few weeks – some consignment, some new. Baby Boy still doesn’t have much of anything but he has very doting Grandmas that I’m sure will come through…wink wink nudge nudge.

And randomly: I picked up two extra maternity tanks during a big Gap sale this summer to beef up my small maternity wardrobe but I’m still rocking the one pair of maternity jeans from last time around. I can fit into yoga pants and tights to give me variety but even so, my wardrobe is pretty limited. I can’t justify buying another pair of pants since I’m well over half way done and I don’t plan to have a third baby. Let’s see if these jeans can take me until December *fingers crossed*!

Also, I got my glucose test done today. This time around was totally different – I didn’t have to fast beforehand, the nurse watched me drink it and I had to sit in the waiting room for an hour before getting my labs. Last time, I got to drink it at home and then go in so this was peculiar. We did it much earlier this time around too. I don’t know what the results are yet but I’m hoping for good news.

Just for comparison sake, I thought it would be fun to include my 26 week pregnancy pic with Amelie. Apparently we were getting our new floors installed! That tree behind me is gone too – a lot has changed…


Baby Bump2 Update

Now that it’s finally official – I’m growing another human – I’m sure you can’t wait to be inundated with all things baby (again).  Should we let the nonsense and self-indulgence begin?

Main scoop: The biggest news since we last chatted is that we found out the gender…and it’s a boy! It took a little while to get used to the idea but I’m excited. Most importantly, the big 20 week ultrasound went super smoothly. I was terribly nervous but the ultrasound tech whizzed through everything and the doctor called us on our way home to say that BabyBoy looked “awesome”. I’m so thankful! Hubs and Amelie joined the fun and although Amelie was very busy during the appointment, it was nice to have us all together.

Here’s a pic and yes, I’m wearing the same pants as I was last time. They do not fit comfortably anymore and will be stashed away for the rest of the year!

 The Science: Baby Center recap – 22weeks. I have been feeling BabyBoy moving for a few weeks now. It’s such a weird/awesome feeling and it never gets old! Never, ever.

Body morphing: My bump really popped this week – I think it’s cute. :)

Sexy stuff! In the last month of so, I’ve been bothered by sciatica. I have this pain only on my right side by my tailbone and it’ll make me yelp or stumble if I catch it just so. It makes taking care of Amelie complicated. In general, I’m having trouble picking her up (especially from her deep crib), playing with her and doing diaper changes on the floor. Yesterday it flared up and I was hobbling around but today it’s better. I didn’t have this with my first pregnancy. I’m also still very tired but it’s nothing like the fatigue from the first trimester. It must be because I’m chasing after a toddler all day and high schoolers all afternoon?

Food drama: None. You guys, NONE. I am so relieved!

Exercising? Actually, I’ve gotten myself a little exercise. I’ve been running 1-2/week and I hope to continue as long as I can. Running feels very heavy “down there” and I’m always sore but it’s good to get out and move. I started coaching cross country this week so that will help/force me to be more active than I have been. I’ve been sleeping so soundly because of the exercise too – yay!

To Dos: Hubs bought a pack and play off of Craigslist today so that’s done! We’ll keep BabyBoy in that initially until we get the rooms figured out. Although it pains me a little, I want to consign Amelie’s outgrown clothes and start picking out boy stuff. Other than getting general house To Dos checked off like finishing all of my half started painting projects, I think our next big item is a new carseat for Amelie so the baby can use her old one. And just because I tend to be neurotic, I’ve picked out a few Christmas gifts already. Go ahead, judge me! I know I’m insane.

And randomly: It was MIL’s idea to make a reveal cake because we had family visiting when I had my 20 week ultrasound. My MIL baked it and I added the colored frosting and assembled it myself to keep everything secret. I must be honest, having them here made me even more fearful of the appointment. If we were to find out something didn’t look right, I didn’t want to come home to a house full of guests awaiting the news of the gender. I would have needed some alone time. Thankfully, there were only reasons to celebrate and having them in town made the day very joyful for me.

You can’t tell from this angle but there is blue frosting in the middle! :)

Just for comparison sake, I thought it would be fun to include my 22 week pregnancy pic with Amelie:

Until next time! Hopefully I can get my act together and post more regularly. I’ve been bad about posting mostly because I don’t want to get my picture taken. I never feel presentable. Rightfully so because I rarely shower.

Baby Bump2 Update

Now that it’s finally official – I’m growing another human – I’m sure you can’t wait to be inundated with all things baby.  Should we let the nonsense and self-indulgence begin?

Main scoop: Where do I even start? Maybe it would be wise to start at the beginning…

We decided to start trying around Amelie’s first birthday. I must admit, I wasn’t ready for another baby but there were a few factors that swayed our decision to try: 1. I’m older; I turned 35 this year. That biological clock is a tricky/scary thing. I felt like I was running out of time and fast. 2. We wanted two kids, eventually, if possible. 3. I suspected it would take us a while to get pregnant, which turned out to be not the case. 4. Lastly, even though I didn’t feel ready for another baby, do you ever feel ready or do you have to just decide?

Since I’ve done more than my fair share of whining about this pregnancy in my non blog life – let me do you a favor by summing up the first 14 weeks as an incredibly miserable experience for me and everyone around me (including Amelie). I was SO TIRED. Like falling asleep in the middle of the day at a track meet in a tent full of high schoolers (one strumming wildly on his guitar) with the starting gun firing every few minutes kind of tired. I was sick, all day, all night, which prevented me from eating and drinking. I was dehydrated. I had an all day headache every day. Worst of all, I was SAD.

How about we take a break from all of the whining and see a bump pic?

The Science: Baby Center recap – 16weeks. I’m now 18 weeks but behind on blogging. Because, of course. I’m so annoyed with myself but I have a hard time even remembering how far along I am! As far as a due date, it’s mid-December. I’d better get my Christmas Everything done way early this year!

Body morphing: Since I’m a little behind, the details are fuzzy. I think I had gained about 6 lbs. at my 16 week appointment. I’ve gained more weight than last time around and I’m certainly showing earlier than I did with Amelie. I’m at that weird stage where maternity pants don’t fit well (all they do is work their way down and bunch up my underwear) but regular jeans feel uncomfortable, especially because I’m always bending over/sitting with Amelie. My boobs took a while to change – which was also unlike my first pregnancy.

Sexy stuff! Before all of the food and drink drama (noted below) came other sexy drama. The first week of my pregnancy, I had terrible cramping. At Amelie’s birthday party, I secretly wished I could lay down while everyone celebrated because I was in pain. I thought it was a nasty impeding period but it was actually implantation. That cramping lasted a few days and was replaced with what I self diagnosed as impacted diarrhea. It’s exactly what you think, diarrhea that can’t come out. It was disgusting and painful. That lasted almost a week! Not cool!

You know what else wasn’t cool? At my first ultrasound (I think I was 9 weeks along), they had a little trouble finding the baby. In fact, they had to bring in a totally different machine and another doctor to find that little sweetie! What they had no trouble finding? A ridiculous amount of poop. I’m always a little confused reading ultrasounds but even I had no trouble identifying all of the poop trapped inside of me on that screen. Finally, scientific validation for literally feeling like crap!

Food drama: You don’t need to care but I had so much food drama. I was sincerely starving all of the time but eating made me so sick and “urpy” that it wasn’t worth it. Drinking anything, but especially water, made me feel even worse. Literally, I had dreams of being hooked up to an IV to get fluids in me. I felt like I was dying of thirst . Not drinking leads to dehydration headaches and more fatigue so it was a blackhole of ugly for a long time. I feel so much better now – just an upset tummy and urpy in the evenings.

Exercising? Is this even worth having in here anymore? I’ve run only a handful of times the entire pregnancy. First, it was due to sickness. But since I’ve felt better? Just LAZY.

To Dos: Our To Dos are fewer as far as prepping for the new baby but I figure I should list them out to help me organize my mind. We borrowed a large amount of baby gear from our neighbor but we had to return it because they needed it back. Bad news is: we have to purchase quite a few things. Good news is: borrowing helped us figure out what we really needed. Every baby is different so we can accumulate as we go along. What we do need: fix the burned out motor of our baby swing and acquire a few more cloth diapers, a second carseat/base, a double stroller, another crib/mattress/sheets…and probably a bigger car.

We are also trying to figure out where to situate the new baby. Do we keep him/her in our bedroom for the early days and then make the two kids share rooms? Do we have a second nursery by moving Hub’s home office downstairs and give up the guest bedroom? Speaking of home related To Dos, there is still so much I’d like to tackle before the baby’s arrival. There is painting, organizing, de-cluttering, decorating. I’m not expecting a miracle boost in energy but I’m hoping for continued progress until December.

And randomly: Even though I’m not nearly as obsessed with being pregnant as I was the first time around, I’m still nervous. The appointments make me fret. I find out the sex in two weeks. I’m excited for that day but scared, just like last time.

Baby Bump Update

Now that it’s finally official – I’m growing a human – I’m sure you can’t wait to be inundated with all things baby.  Should we let the nonsense and self-indulgence begin?

Main scoop: I feel good and although I’m anxious about giving birth, I’m very excited to meet you-know-who. Wonder what this little person that I’ve been carrying all of these months is all about?

The Science: Baby Center recap – 39 weeks. Basically, we are on the home stretch! Ohmergerd.

Body morphing: I’ve noticed a “drop” in her position. She’s always been cozied up a little low inside me, but now I have much more room up by my sternum. No more rib punches or shortness of breath! One of my track kids asked “Seriously Coach, how do you not tip over!?”. I told her that was a good question! I think having disproportionately big feet have helped.

She’s still moving a lot (which is a good sign) and just being generally adorable. I got measured at the doc last week and I’m 33 cm (I think, if I remember correctly), which is bigger than last week so that means my tummy is still growing. YAY! Happy news.

Sexy stuff! To your relief (and mine), nothing new to report! It’s about to get real sexy up in here when she arrives. I can’t wait to overshare that awkwardness.

Food drama: Another reason I think Baby dropped is that I can eat a lot more now…and I’m actually hungry again. This is a big change from a week ago where I’d eat five Cheezits and accidentally ruin my dinner because of it.

Exercising? Silly exercise! I’ve been sleeping more instead.

To Dos: Hubs and I started installing the quarter round in the nursery last weekend. Talk about “cutting” it close (har har). The cuts turned out to be fairly easy (even I learned how to use our new saw!) but nailing the quarter round into the wall? A nightmare. I don’t get why it’s impossible (are our walls made of concrete!?!) but I couldn’t even manage to sink one nail and it took Hubs two days to attempt the rest of them. We’ll be purchasing (renting? borrowing?) a trim gun for the rest of the house because that was a royal pain. And we still have a whole house of quarter round to do, hooray!

Hubs and I have been taking a few minutes after dinner to pick up our piles and put stuff away as if we are going into labor that night. It doesn’t replace the massive amount of deep cleaning that our house desperately needs, but it ensures we don’t come home to complete madness when the time actually comes. It makes me feel a little better anyway.

And randomly: I don’t want to forget this so I figured I’d add it in here. One of Hub’s “duties” is to rub my belly with lotion after a shower (or anytime it feels tight and itchy). He warms it up between his hands, talks to her and massages her so gently. It’s ridiculously sweet. I love these moments. I can’t wait to see him interacting with her on the OUTSIDE. It’ll make me a total goofball, this is certain.

Update: We woke up early on the day of our 39th week and I found that I was bleeding, so we packed our bags and headed to the hospital! More details to come…

Baby Bump Update

Now that it’s finally official – I’m growing a human – I’m sure you can’t wait to be inundated with all things baby.  Should we let the nonsense and self-indulgence begin?

Main scoop: After the drama of last week, I’m happy to announce that this week was wonderful. I’m trying to tuck any residual worries regarding Baby Girl’s size out of my mind and just enjoy these last few days/weeks of being pregnant. Pregnancy is such a beautiful thing and I’m sincerely trying not to take it for granted.

The Science: Baby Center recap – 38 weeks. I hope she was able to pack on chub since the last ultrasound but we won’t know until late next week when I have another one. Being that she is officially full term, she could arrive any day now and I must admit that I feel far from prepared (for birth and for everything after). But who really is ready for this anyway?

I can’t help but wonder what the heck this sweet baby belly of mine is going to look like all deflated, when there is no baby in it anymore. Oh my.

Body morphingWeight gain is ? lbs. I’m done with the scale; it’s causing me too much worry when I see any unexpected fluctuations (like the 2lb weight loss I saw this morning). I’m better off focusing on staying hydrated, happy and healthy then obsessing over a number, when I don’t even know how accurate it is to begin with.

Last week I thought I was having Braxton Hicks at night that were waking me but I’m not feeling those anymore and to be honest, I’m not even sure my suspicions were right in the first place. Of course my mind is cluttered with the anticipation of labor: Has she dropped a little? Do I feel different today than yesterday? Did she move enough? In general, I’ve been lucky and noticed no swelling in my feet or hands and feel very comfortable overall.

Sexy stuff! Ok, so I got my cervix checked again last week at my regular appointment and although it was not pleasant by any means, it did not hurt like it did when I was in the emergency room a few Fridays ago. Apparently, my cervix was very tender/grouchy (it was bleeding after all!) but that seems to have healed up.

I’m still having creepy dreams and cruddy sleep but I know I’ll be wishing for these nights back in a few weeks… :)

Food drama: The only drama I’m faced with is that I ate all of my jelly beans from my Easter basket and I need more. I hope I get some for my birthday…

Exercising? Hubs and I went on two walks Easter Sunday and I spent all day Saturday at the track. I’m moving and counting it!

To Dos: I’m assuming that each day might be the last day I’m able to get anything done for a while so I’m doing my best to get To Dos checked off. I paid bills and hit up the bank. We created a “distribution list” for our birth announcement . I painted my toesies (I know, I know). I did a big drop off at Goodwill (and scored a lamp for the baby’s room for $3.99 while I was there!). Our realtor-turned neighbors-turned new friends lent us an amazing amount of baby gear that filled in pieces we were still missing (like the Boppy! and Baby Bjorn!). Hubs installed our diaper sprayer and he started stocking our freezer with meals. We’re getting our all too friendly squirrels removed. It may not seem like much progress but it feels like it to me.

Still on my list: Thank you cards, insurance crud, paperwork, cleaning (our house is so dirty!), car maintenance, blogging…I keep reminding myself that every time I check something off, another will take it’s place. And that’s a good thing – it means life is moving forward.

And randomly: I snuck in some DIY this week too. It’s just a tiny project for the nursery. If I can get myself together, I’ll show you sometime…maybe a Friday tidbit?

One more thing. April Fools jokes: I’m not a fan, to be frank. I’ve heard the fake pregnancy one far too many times to bear and just recently, one of my track kids claimed his dog died. For a moment, I believed him. NOT COOL. Anyone else with me on this?