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: My pregnancy bliss quickly evaporated this week because there was some drama with this little llama of mine, beginning shortly after this pic was taken. Although I’m trying to keep everything in perspective, I feel beat up and rattled.

I’ll try to keep this brief (not my forte). It all started with my check up appointment last Thursday. The doc checked me over (not dilated yet) but measured Baby Girl frightening small (less 5th%), suggesting that the baby may be better off delivered now. Her alarm had me in tears and sent me packing to a high-risk OBGYN immediately, instead of skipping off to my track meet. Since I had the car (this was just supposed to be a routine visit), Hubs was at home working and getting my emotional and fragmented updates. Hubs got on his bike and came to be with me. In my second appointment, they measured Baby Girl with fancier equipment and said that sure, she was small (14th% at 4lbs 14 oz) but the doc wasn’t overly concerned about her size anymore, especially if she continues to gain in the remaining weeks.

BUT, oh-by-the-way, she may have a serious congenital heart defect: transposition of the great arteries – and that I’ll probably have to deliver in Denver so they can do open heart surgery the week of her birth and that we need drive to Denver TODAY to see a pediatric cardiologist. Say what?

We drove to Denver. In my third ultrasound of the day (!), they checked her little heart. She was tired from all of the probing (and frankly, so was I) and so she gave the ultrasound tech quite the runaround by being shy. But after lots of investigating, good news! Baby Girl’s heart is beautiful (she got that from her Daddy) and JUST FINE. After 7 hours of tears and fret, I was so relieved. So happy. So filled with gratitude.

The next day after practice, I sweet talked Hubs into taking me out for some pho. A snowstorm was brewing and the hot soup was comforting. After dinner, we came home and planned to call our Moms to fill them in on all of the confusion from the day before – I just had to pee first…

And (TMI) there was blood. Quite a bit of it. We found ourselves driving to the emergency room and I was trying to prepare myself for anything, including an emergency c-section. They monitored me for 5 hours (until 1.00am) and we tried to sleep when we could. Although the amount of blood concerned and slightly baffled the docs, Baby Girl was strutting around doing stellar on the monitors and now I’m 1cm dilated. They let us go home, with the snow storm whirling around us, and had me promise to take it easy and get lots of rest.

As of now, my bleeding tapered off and finally stopped. And we are back where we started. We have a little baby on our hands (and some worries) but we think everything is going to be ok. We suspect we have a few more weeks until we get to meet her and everyone says that’s when the real worrying begins! I don’t know if I can take it.

The Science: Baby Center recap – 37 weeks.

Please Baby, get fat.

Love, your Mom.

Body morphingWeight gain is 21.5lbs. My tummy has some tender spots (especially just above my belly button), which I think is due to my skin and muscles stretching. I’m taking it as a good sign. I want to remind her that although there is much more space and lots of kisses waiting for her on the outside, it’s cold out here and my morning breath is horrendous.

Sexy stuff! How come nobody warned me how much it hurts to get your cervix checked?!? OMG, IT HURT SO BAD. I couldn’t handle it. How in the world am I going to survive labor?

Oh and my dreams have been crazy disturbing. Like, filled with violence and anger. I wake up exhausted and emotionally spent. Obviously, I’m very anxious and rest is elusive.

Food drama: I do so much better when I pass on the handful of Easter candy or gulp of water before bedtime. But, it’s so hard to resist.

Exercising? I’m feeling fatigue this week and back to squeezing in a daily nap. I’m counting any housework or errands (or blogging?) as my daily exercise.

To Dos: WE FINALLY FINISHED THE BABY’S DRESSER. You guys. Finished.

Sure, it has loads of imperfections that tick me off. Sure, I’m tempted to keep working on it. But for now, we can put stuff IN IT – and get those things off the floor and out of her crib. #bigsighofrelief

Plus, her car seat is installed and I bought big fatty feminine pads, as well as booby ones, for all of the post partum fun. Think I’m ready?

And randomly: This is super mushy but when Hubs burst through the doors of my second appointment, my hero had arrived. While I was falling apart, he was my calm, my rational, my comfort, everything I needed. Baby Girl and I are two lucky girls. *gets emotional*

We have so much support too. Our Moms called and comforted us. Our friends and family checked in with concern and prayers. Even my track kids sent loving texts from their meet and gave me the biggest hugs at practice. Life is filled with so much good, it amazes me.

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 not overly uncomfortable. I’ve been telling Baby to take her time in there so we can both enjoy this phase for a few more weeks.

I was headed to a doctor’s appointment (at my new hospital) and then a track meet, hence another workout clothes pic…

The Science: Baby Center recap – 36 weeks. You guys, this is fascinating:

She’s shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered her body as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected her skin during her nine-month amniotic bath. Your baby swallows both of these substances, along with other secretions, resulting in a blackish mixture, called meconium, will form the contents of her first bowel movement.

Body morphingWeight gain is 19.5lbs (up 3 from last week). I wake up in the mornings with a tight belly but I can’t tell if it’s a Braxton Hicks contraction or just Baby Girl pushing on everything, including my bladder. Her only job now is to sit back and fatten up so I can smooch her up when she comes. :)

Sexy stuff! So, somebody lost their mucus plug! I noticed it when I got out of the shower and OF COURSE I immediately showed Hubs (he’s traumatized). Save yourself the Google search, it’s exactly what you think it is. It’s an early sign of labor but don’t panic (I’m talking more to me than you), it can happen a few weeks to just before delivery so it’s not something to get overly worked up about. It does indicate that labor is imminent but we were hoping for the eventual arrival of a little baby all along anyway, right?

Food drama:  I’ve been eating smaller more frequent meals and trying to stay hydrated. I’ve also added a psyllium capsule to my morning prenatal vitamin and fish oil to help my  food “move through me easier”, if-you-know-what-I-mean.

Exercising? I’m counting potty breaks as my cardio!  Classy huh?

To Dos: We put in a big order on Amazon to round out baby supplies we were missing and the carseat/stroller combo got delivered! PHEW. Track is still taking up so much of my time in the evenings with dizzying paperwork, but I’m going to keep trying to check off baby/life to dos in between.

And randomly: So, the reason we waited so long to get the carseat is because Hubs was dragging his feet. He kept assuring me that he needed to do a little more research before we could up and buy one. Here’s why…

My track girls threw me a surprise baby shower. Not only did they shower me with the most adorable clothes, these baby Nikes (!!!)
but they ALSO all pitched in and bought the car seat/stroller combo that Hubs had settled on. He was in on it!
I can’t even express my gratitude. I just cry and cry.

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’m happy. I love my belly. I feel empowered by being a woman! Pregnancy blows my mind, honestly. I’m excited to meet Baby some day soon, but I’m reveling in being pregnant for now.

Plus, new workout clothes, hooray!

Last week when my friend gave birth to her baby, it got me a little panicky. It made me realize that my baby isn’t all that far behind and could come any day now. Most likely she’ll take her sweet time since it’s common for first babies to be ‘overdue’, but still. It made things feel real and scary. But, a week of getting stuff done has made all of the difference and I feel like I can handle either scenario now.

Fun fact: I found out in my birthing class that Colorado babies tend to come a little early and are more “purple” when they are born due to the thin air. Isn’t that weird?

The Science: Baby Center recap – 35 weeks. She’s too squished in there to do somersaults but she gets the hiccups often and stretches and pushes in the same two spots (usually at the same time). I think it’s her hands or shoulder that she shoves out left of my belly button and her feet wrap way around my right side. I need to get it on video before I forget how awesome it feels.

Body morphingWeight gain is 16.lbs (down 1/2 lb from last week). I feel like my belly is “rounder” and tighter. I haven’t had any Braxton Hicks contractions yet. I ran a ton of errands this week and may have overdone it one day because by the end, I could barely walk and my pelvis felt so HEAVY that it worried me. After a quick rest before practice, I felt totally fine again.

Sexy stuff! I finished my breastfeeding class last night and it was the best $45 I’ve spent.  The most comforting thing I learned is that the lactation nurses are there to help me and fix anything that isn’t working. They seem wonderful and supportive and I can go in every day to talk to them if I need. I have loads of friends and family that have breastfed successfully but it sure helps to have a professional watch the latch in person and give me tips, since they’ve seen it all.

My sleep has been wackier than usual (normally I get up about 2-3x to pee). One morning I was up by 5am, already working on my inbox and track paperwork. The next night, I was up up from 1.30am-4am, first sifting through baby clothes in the nursery and then fighting to fall back to sleep with little luck. It sounds weird but I’m thankful my body is trying to prepare me for the crazy nights to come. It’d be such a shock to go from sleeping peacefully to crazytown overnight.

Food drama: None, I’m a lucky lady!

Exercising? Besides the yoga, Hubs and I have been going on weekend walks and coaching keeps me on my feet and moving. I probably shouldn’t have but I was out shoveling after our last big snow this weekend. My neighbor got all worked up by the sight of me and came out to help, even though we had never met. What a sweet guy!

To Dos: You guys, I’m finally getting things checked off. I ordered our cloth diapers and a diaper sprayer! I hemmed the curtains in the nursery! I sorted all of Baby Girls clothes (hand-me-downs and new) and have a better grasp of what I have too much of and what I’m missing. I bought two nursing tanks, nooks, two new Nalgene water bottles, and a big old box of wipes from Target. I returned any duplicate gifts I received from my shower. I started packing for the hospital. I cleaned the car! Hubs and I tested out strollers! I got a head start on our Easter baskets! I put a few more coats of paint on the dresser! And, we mailed our taxes! PROGRESS is so comforting!

And randomly: I don’t know why I decided at almost 9 months pregnant to start investing in some workout clothes but Old Navy and Gap were have a nice sale and so I snagged a few pieces. I’m really trying to stay true to my clothing “needs” discussed in this post and I hope these all fit post baby. Cross your fingers! I’d cross my toes too but I can barely see them anymore.

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’m just glad to be home after our travels. Last weekend, Hubs and I had another weekend of getting crap accomplished. I LOVE THESE WEEKENDS – it makes me feel so much better about things. We wrote down a reasonable list and got down to business. I tend to sabotage myself by crafting up an impossibly long list so by the time I’m finished creating it, I can’t even get started on any work because I’m exhausted/overwhelmed! Hubs doesn’t let that happen. How did I get so lucky to snag him?

The Science: Baby Center recap – 34 weeks. She’s packing on the chub and throwing that new found weight around by kicking me in the ribs and pouncing on my bladder. I even yelp out sometimes! I’m tired from my restless nights but not exhausted anymore – which is awesome.  And you know what? I seriously love being pregnant and having this belly. It’s the best.

Body morphingWeight gain is 16.5lbs. The only new body changes I’ve noticed is the extra weight makes ordinary tasks like hurried walking (especially at practice when I’m walking back and forth from the school to the track) feel like I’ve run a marathon. My legs buuurrn. Also, even just chatting can get me out of breath since my lungs feel crunched.

Sexy stuff! Nothing really new to report (thankfully for you?). I had another routine prenatal visit and got my T-DAP shot (which I’m still sore from). Oh and shaving my legs is nearly impossible. I doubt Hubs will do the honor to help a preggo out?

Food drama: None, except usually a nightly Tums to help my dinner or latest drink of water settle. Now that we’re home, we need to start getting casseroles in the freezer to prep for those hard first few weeks (months?/years?).

Exercising? I FINALLY DID PRENATAL YOGA. I’ve been meaning to (my dear friend sent it to me ages ago, *cringes*) but just haven’t made the time for it. Here’s proof, plus a sneak peek of the new rug in the den!

I’m angry at myself for not making exercise a priority ever since I stopped running but it’s never too late to start back up. This DVD kicked my butt and I only did the first 30 minutes! I hope to build my strength up a little more each time. I *still* haven’t gotten my lazy butt out of bed early for a morning walk either, but Hubs and I have been walking and exploring the neighborhoods on the weekends thankfully.

To Dos: I did manage to get all of my thank yous from my baby shower written and sent! But, we still have a long list of To Dos (as does everyone, I realize I’m not special). I’m switching hospitals to one closer to our new house so I have been working to get that all set up (a headache!!). I also need to secure a pediatrician. We have to buy a car seat (STILL) and clean the damn car while we’re at it, because it’s disgusting from hauling 1000 square feet of nasty carpet to the dumpster. The nursery is totally disorganized because I still haven’t finished redoing the dresser. (In my defense, the weather has been way too cold). Although I quit my retail job last Friday, I am still coaching about 25-30 hours a week between practices, meets and paperwork (soo much paperwork!) so I’m finding I still don’t have loads of free time. I figure, I’ll try to stay regimented and on task until the baby comes and whatever doesn’t get done will just have to wait.

And randomly:  Our last birthing class was this week (thank goodness). The annoying couple was late (again) and in extra fine annoying form. I hope we never meet again. I did exchange numbers with one of the other Mommies (she’s due a day after me) so at least I made one friend! We “graduated” and got to tour the hospital, which was really nice to see now that we have officially transferred there.

Although it’s the last week of my birthing class, it was the FIRST week of my breastfeeding class. Hubs came with me (which they recommend) and I’m *so* glad I signed up for this, since I find breastfeeding intimidating and confusing. For me, the birthing class moved much too slow (I could have read a pamphlet in an hour and it would have been just as helpful rather than 12 hours of classroom time) but the breastfeeding class is different. I feel like I can actually do this, especially with the awesome lactation nurses available to help me.

And for those of you that know Emily, she had her baby (a GIRL!) this week! Yeah, Mama!

Baby Bump Update

Still playing catch up, yay!

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: We hustled around visiting family and friends in Minnesota (we even squeezed in a baby shower!) and then drove straight from the airport right into a hectic work week. (After surviving a blizzard that closed down the Denver airport for a few hours.) Although lovely, everything about this week was ridiculously tiring.

Speaking of the shower, we got loads of adorable baby girl clothes (how can you resist?), but my sister-in-law snuck in this awesome outfit just for me. I LOVE IT. I’m telling you, stripes and baby bumps go together like my MIL’s homemade hot chocolate and whip cream.

The Science: Baby Center recap – 33 weeks. She’s way longer than a footlong sub sandwich (can you tell I’m hungry?), clocking in around 17 inches according to Baby Center. Even when she’s twisting up my insides with her Harlem Shake, I still love to feel her move and watch her. She fills me up with so much love and heartburn.

Body morphingWeight gain is back up to 15lbs. I’m really feeling this extra weight in my back and legs, mostly because I’m on my feet all day. My toes have been cramping again in the evenings but haven’t turned into full blown leg cramps thankfully.

Sexy stuff! Of course I battled poo troubles while travelling back to Minnesota. The doc warned to stay extra hydrated but it’s so hard when you are a nervous lady and hustling from car to shuttle to plane to car to a different house each night.

Food drama: I made myself sick one night in Minnesota, eating too much too late and guzzling too much coffee. I had to sleep on my MIL’s couch, propped up with pillows and Tums, after spending time hurling in the bathroom. I realize I should know better but my nerves and poo drama encouraged me to make poor choices.

Exercising? My only exercise this week was hanging out at the baggage claim, finding restrooms and getting nervous for my baby shower.

To Dos: Now that my stint in retail is over, I get to focus only on baby butts and coaching my track kids. I’m so lucky. I’m looking forward to enjoying a slower pace before this little angel squirts out of my uterus and things get rowdy up in here again.

And randomly: We only have one more week of our birthing class. The class is (mostly) helpful and I was hoping to meet a few local mommy friends at the same time. But I’m a snob. Can I vent for a second? You see, Hubs and I managed to make it to class on time, despite our frantic day/week. But not this one couple…

We waited for them. I’m mean, it’s the right thing to do. (Is it?) Plus, it’s no big deal for a pregnant lady like myself whose EFFIN back hurts. A pregnant lady who has an early morning and long day of travel ahead of her the very next day.  A pregnant lady who thinks a class from 6.30 to 9.30pm is already way past her bedtime. A pregnant lady that has been away from home and on her feet for twelve hours already. A pregnant lady who hasn’t been home all week, in fact. A pregnant lady who is constipated.

After 20 minutes, we decided to go ahead and get started by reviewing a few things. I’m thankful for the exercise, I didn’t realize how much I had forgotten. I started to relax and settle in. Then guess who shows up, slurping their pop and chowing down on their McDonalds? Yep. Do you know how good McDonalds smells when you’ve snarfed down a crappy dinner of randomness because you have no decent food in the house, haven’t bothered to grocery shop since you’ll be gone for a week and WERE TRYING TO MAKE IT TO CLASS ON TIME? Do you know how loud rustling for rogue fries is? Do you know how much I love fries? Do you know waiting 25 minutes for almost anything makes me angry?

So, we started the review OVER for their benefit. Guess who pays no attention to the instructor anyway, talking and joking and cuddling with each other? Yeah, these guys. It was INFURIATING. The fact that the dude wears too much cologne and the girl talks in a whiny baby voice to him (which he can barely hear and constantly asks her to repeat) has no real impact but irks the crap out of me anyway.

Speaking of being late (hypocrite much?), this post is a few days overdue (just like a good friend of mine). Let’s hope we both get back on schedule. You can do it, Emily!!!

Baby Bump Update

Breaking blog rules: I know, I know. It’s illegal to post in the past, but I’ve fallen behind (and can hardly get up these days).  I’m large and in charge and so please forgive me.

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: Whoa, this week was crazytown. I worked every morning, then hurried to track each evening. Throw in a snowstorm, a dead car battery, a 2 hour hair appointment, our 3 hour birthing class and frantic packing for our trip to Minnesota to round out this maddening week. I seriously fell into bed each night, some days without brushing my teeth or washing my face. I’m turning into a zombie and I’m not even a new mom yet!

But, we did sneak in a 32 week bump pic! WHOA, eh?

The Science: Baby Center recap – 32 weeks. She’s the size of a jicama. A jicama! I’ve only had jicama once but it was delicious so I imagine when I nom on her sweet baby cheeks they’ll taste just as scrumptious?

Baby Girl is crowding me now but I don’t mind since that means she’s fattening up and practicing her dance moves. You go girl!

Body morphingWeight gain is 12.5lbs (down from last week). But my bump is bumpa-licious so I’m not worrying about any weight fluctuations. I’ll be packing on a pound a week from here on out so this should be interesting…

Sexy stuff! TMI warning. I’ve noticed the tiniest of “crusties”, if you will, around my lady lumps. You know what that means: My milk is coming is starting to come in. OMG, IS THIS REALLY HAPPENING?

Food drama: No complaints! I’ve been taking Tums at night to help me sleep, but I’m great otherwise.

Exercising? Next week, I’ll do some next week!? *sigh*

To Dos: The only To Dos this week were to get my hair done (check!) and prepare for the trip to Minnesota (check!). I really wanted to shop for a cutsie outfit to wear at the baby shower my family was hosting but I couldn’t find the time and wore clothes I already had. Ah well.

We STILL didn’t pick out a carseat yet. Wow, I’m can’t get my act together.

And randomly: Hubs and I did hang curtains in the nursery!

I still need to hem them but I’m in love. I’ll be posting pics sometime soon (maybe?) once I have made more progress.

Until next 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’m happy and relaxed and loving my baby belly. *sigh* Life is good, you know?

 The Science: Baby Center recap – 31 weeks. She’s moving A LOT and she is strong. She pushes and stretches and ninja kicks me. I can feel her squeezing and reaching out to the sides of my belly! It’s the best feeling ever, even at 4.30am. I LOVE THIS TIME WITH HER.

Body morphingWeight gain is 15 lbs. Last time I worked at my retail job, I had to lean over and pick something up off the floor. Instead of bending over, I have to slide one leg out behind me and squat down…and in doing so I tripped one of the other associates! Whoopsies! #bigbellydangers

Sexy stuff!  My back has been hurting if I’m sitting in a chair too long but I’m feeling great otherwise.

Food drama: None, especially when I keep my dinners very small.  It helps BIG TIME to keep any food or water from sloshing back up when I lay down to sleep.

Exercising? What is this nonsense called exercise?

To Dos: I haven’t been DIYing this week because it’s been too chilly to paint outside, but Hubs and I made tons of progress at our house last weekend. We sorted and filed paperwork, put away boxes and cleaned. Before the madness was weighing so heavily on me, but now the house feels like home.

We didn’t pick out a carseat yet…we need to get on that.

And randomly: We had a doctor’s appointment yesterday and got to see Baby on the ultrasound. They said she’s “petite” but still in the healthy range for weight. Hubs and I were both small babies so they told us not to be concerned.

And she has lots of hair!  Cauuuuuuute!

I snatched up a nursing bra on clearance at Target this week. I sure hope it fits in a few months. I plan to pick up a few nursing tanks and loads of lady business pads too on my next trip out. Might as well stock up now when I have the time, right?

On that note, happy Valentine’s Day?

 

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 like a whole new person compared to last week! I’m sleeping a lot, but everything is going smoothly. I’m so thankful! Admittedly, I still get cranky/irritable sporadically, but it’s nothing like the sad feelings I was having a week ago.

(Please pretend I had done something useful with my bedhead hair)

I’m sporting new maternity clothes from my dear friends Tai and Becky. They got me the tank top and leggings (they are soooo cozy), plus two more shirts! and a massage! and a shopping spree to Sephora! How the heck I got so lucky to have them as friends, I’ll never know!

The Science: Baby Center recap – 30 weeks. She’s the size of a cabbage, which reminds me of the 80’s Cabbage Patch dolls. Remember those? Of course I had the copycat generic version, the Pumpkin Patch doll. Pumpkins are way cuter anyhow, so I’m trying not to feel bad.

Body morphingWeight gain is 13.5lbs. People feel comfortable enough now asking when I’m due and commenting on my belly. Because, whoa, it looks like this:

Sexy stuff!  The pooing is back on track, folks! You have no idea how empowering this is.

Food drama: None! Hubs has been crafting up the most amazing meals lately. Fish tacos, Mediterranean salad, fruit dip…man, I love that guy.

Exercising? I went on my first run in weeks with my track kids. We ran super slow for 25 minutes, with a break in the middle to do dynamic stretching drills so it was nice and easy. I loved being back out there! I doubt I’ll be making it a habit though because my pelvis feels too heavy for regular running. My friend Megs sent me prenatal yoga and I’m going to try it this weekend – can’t wait!

To Dos: I’m trying to make progress on the nursery but it’s slow going. We probably should focus more on getting a car seat and other essentials first just in case this little one surprises us by showing up to the Real World early. Maybe Hubs and I will have a date this weekend with Amazon and get those ordered.

And randomly: Look at this massive box of hand-me down baby clothes that my Aunt sent all the way from Texas!

SCORE!!!

Also, a baby shower is in the works to celebrate the Bump and I:

Awwww.

And finally…we are taking our first birthing class tonight. They told me to bring two pillows and blanket. I hope Hubs doesn’t faint and I don’t accidentally fall asleep.

 

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: This past week was partly wonderful and partly really hard. I was extremely emotional, anxious, exhausted and uncomfortable not only in my stretching body but in our new chaotic house. I almost got in a terrible car accident (which would have been my fault), I worked until 3am at my retail job one night, Hubs had only been home a few days after speaking at a conference, my poos were bringing me to tears, there was a trip to the emergency room (more on that later), I was late on taking my glucose test and my inbox was a mess. So with of all that, MamaP’s impending arrival seemed too much to take. It was difficult to prepare for because we had to do all of the normal stuff we do when we have company (plan meals, get groceries, clean sheets, etc) as well as trying to put our kitchen/entire house back together. It made everything feel like really bad timing.

The wonderful stuff: My friends. Although far away in Minnesota, two special people rallied around me – wiped my weepy sad eyes and helped me sort out my messy mind. The emergency room visit. Scary at first but we found out baby and I were very dehydrated. After focusing on getting my fluids back on track, we both feel SO MUCH BETTER. I passed my glucose test with flying colors. MamaP’s visit was a lovely one. We got a batch of nagging To Dos checked off, Hubs made us amazing food and we rested. It was nice.

Should I shut up and get to the weekly pic already?

The Science: Baby Center recap – 29 weeks. She’s the size of a butternut squash (possibly my favorite carb ever?) and she is strong! She’s awake more and more during the day (I feel her at work all of the time), along with her nightly ritual of playfulness from 9.30pm-11.30pm…and just recently she’s been waking me between 5am and 6.30am too. Hubs was resting his head on my belly one night and she pushed up against his face – I think she wanted to snuggle in closer to him. It was so stinkin’ adorable.

Body morphingWeight gain is…14 lbs! So here’s the thing. I was convinced the scale got jostled during the move to the new house because the readings were frightening low the last two weeks. Here I was, growing bigger by the moment, but the scale was telling me I had lost anywhere from 2-5 lbs?! It all makes sense now – considering I was massively dehydrated. Once I started pounding the fluids, my weight gain bounced back to what I expected it would be. My belly feels big and tight. I have a harder time getting in and out of cars and getting up from sitting or laying down.

Sexy stuff!  I didn’t feel Baby Girl move at all last Friday and into Saturday morning – whereas normally she’s been really active. Since I was so emotional, I feared I may be just paranoid. I’m so thankful for Hubs. He took my concerns seriously, Googled around and decided that, although horrible timing since my Mom was in flight to Colorado that very moment and our clinic was closed for the weekend, we should call the doctor and see if someone would be able to check things out. The doctor recommended we go in so that’s how we ended up spending the afternoon in the emergency room.

They wheeled me up to a room (that scared the living daylights out of me) and a super sweet nurse got Baby on the monitor. She was fine, just lethargic. The nurse made me drink a liter of water on the spot and almost instantly Baby started to get her groove back – she even had the hiccups! All three of us breathed a heavy sigh of relief. Happy news! The bummer is it could have been easily prevented and all of the warning signs were there: I slept a lot but still felt absolutely awful, the skin on my face was peeling even though I was loading on the face lotion, my weight had plummeted, my poos were a nightmare, and Baby was sluggish. Oh the guilt, knowing she was inside and didn’t have what she needed – it still makes my heart so ashamed and sad.

Now, I’m drinking water like it’s my job. I’m drinking at least three liters of water a day (which is no easy task, considering how much time I spend in the bathroom) but it’s worth it. Baby girl is back on track and so am I! I feel like a completely different person compared to late last week. My actual retail job still won’t allow me to keep water at the register (even after a trip to the emergency room!!!) so I am trying to figure out a way to follow their policy but not put my baby in jeopardy either. They did remind me I get a 10 minute break, but it’s awfully hard to drink two liters of water in 10 minutes. If it seems to be too difficult to juggle both baby and retail, then I’ll resign. I was originally only temporary holiday help anyway so I’m thankful that they’ve kept me on this long, it sure has helped with home improvement bills and baby goodies.

Food drama: Usually, overeating is my style. But nowadays, Baby is taking up so much more room that everything feels very crowded and I can’t eat near as much as I used to (even a week ago!). Plus, with all of the new water guzzling, I get full fast and my food tends to “sit high”. But, everything is wonderful – especially when Hubs is cooking.

Exercising? HA! I really need to get on that. Maybe next week?

To Dos: We got two more baby care packages! I need to catch up on my thank yous, I sincerely have so much to be thankful for.

And randomly: Here’s a side by side of me at 21 weeks versus 29 weeks, wearing the same outfit. Look at that growing bump!

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: This is our first full week living at our new house. Every day feels better than the last and starting my mornings with the quiet sun beaming through our windows shrouded by shoddy trim makes me very happy. Home feels good. As far as the pregnancy, I’m exhausted but you knew that already.

Isn’t this sweater cute? My MIL picked out three pieces of maternity wear for me and I was SO EXCITED. She bought me this gray sweater (you know how I love me some gray) and a super soft red tunic sweater that will be perfect as my belly grows. Best of all, she got me a pair of black maternity pants! I’m not wearing them in this pic only because I’ve worn them every day since they showed up in the mail and they are finally in the wash. Betsy, you are so wonderful!

Here is an up close shot of the BUMP. *pat pat*

The Science: Baby Center recap – 28 weeks. She’s got eyelashes! Hubs has beautiful lashes so maybe she’ll have those same ones to bat at him with (which I suspect will render him goofy and completely useless when she does).

She’s busy in there and feeling her movement never gets old. I big puffy heart this time with her.

Body morphing: Weight gain is hard to say. I weighed myself this morning and it claims I actually lost two pounds. I was alarmed at first, but ever since moving to our new house, the scale seems just off. I’m not worrying about the number because my bump is clearly changing drastically now that I’m in the third trimester.  My belly button is stretched tiiiight!

Sexy stuff! Just apologizing now and if you’re eating lunch, you might want to swing by at another time. I had a bit of a scare yesterday, in the poop department. Hubs frantically Googled while I gawked in horror. Turns out, it’s somewhat common for…”things to get messy” during pregnancy. Moral of this terribly story: I need to eat more fiber and drink more water.

I had another bought of leg cramps (my worst yet) and three days later, my calves are still tender! Man, those hurt like the dickens!

I also waddle now and it’s simultaneously humiliating and kinda cute.

Food drama: My heartburn has subsided and I think it’s mostly because I’m eating less at a time. That helps a ton. No complaints! Drinking enough water is still an issue, unfortunately.

Exercising? Getting my shoes on is workout these days and I’ve been too lazy for much else.

To Dos: We signed up for a birthing and breastfeeding class through the local hospital! I also have to take the glucose test soon (like yesterday). That’ll be loads of fun.

 And randomly: MamaP comes to Colorado this weekend!