Baby M – 30 Weeks

30 Weeks

Bump Analysis? First time in a while that my hair looks decent.  If you can’t tell, blame my photographer for the blurry picture.  Also do you remember when I was around 20 weeks and I thought I was huge?  I lied.  Now I’m huge.

Month/Trimester? 7 months [28 weeks – 31 weeks] / 3rd Trimester! For some reason in my head, 30 weeks is a milestone.  Maybe it’s because I only have 10 weeks left (give or take)? or maybe it’s because I’m 75% done with my first pregnancy which just blows my mind!

Fruit of the week? This week, Aubrey is the size of a cucumber!  She is approximately 15.2 – 16.7 in long, and weighs between 2.5 – 3.8 lbs!

Development? Her skin is continuing to get smoother, meanwhile her brain is getting more wrinkly for all the necessary brain tissue! She’s also strong enough to grasp a finger… which will just melt my heart the first time she does that to me.

Movement? I THINK she had hiccups this week… I’m waiting for it to happen again to be sure.  It’s absolutely amazing how much stronger she is getting… well stronger and bigger.  Her kicks are getting so much more powerful, and there are times when my entire stomach shakes back and forth while she is doing gymnastics in there.  It’s pretty amazing to watch.

Name? Aubrey Joy 🙂

Testing? Still waiting on the results from my gestational diabetes testing…

Weight Gain?  1 lb this week… Totaling 22 lbs.

Symptoms? 

  • Excessive pee breaks
  • Tailbone Pain
  • Heartburn daily – I eat TUMS like it’s my job.
  • Lots of discomfort when sitting – she really likes being pushed against my rib cage

Cravings? I don’t think I really have any right now…

Aversions? Buffalo Chicken Dip

Sleep? I am exhausted when my head hits the pillow, I wake up a few time to go to the bathroom, but by about noon I’m dragging, and begging for a nap!

Maternity Clothes? I took advantage of the 50% off Old Navy sale this week and I purchased a couple of professional maternity dresses.  I’ll be needing those next month, and who wants to buy full price maternity dresses that I’ll only be able to wear for 2 months… not me.  Call me cheap.  You’d be right 🙂

Exercise? Walking and the gym per the usual.  My legs were SO incredibly sore after the gym though… yikes.

Wedding Rings? ON!

Stretch Marks? No change here… Still using Burts Bees Mama Bee Belly Butter and BioOil.

Labor Signs? Braxton hicks are more apparent when I am active and walking.

What I miss? Cuddling with Paul at night… we still cuddle, but it’s getting harder with a big ol’ pregnancy pillow in the way.  At one point last week, Paul said, “I’m caught in your big pillow!” he had his foot wrapped between the pillow and the sheet and he couldn’t move.  I died laughing.  He also referred to it as my “big banana pillow” this morning when it was bothering him.  My husband REALLY likes the pregnancy pillow… 😉

Looking forward to? Seeing the nursery come together 🙂 We have started hanging things on the walls, and it makes me so excited!  It still has a ways to go, but you can at least see a nursery coming together!!! [this is also a huge sigh of relief for me, because I am starting to get really anxious as we get closer and closer to the due date!  This planner needs to have things in place!]

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So I Punched Her.

So last weekend, Paul had his physical for life insurance.  The wonderful nurse came to our house, and I let her in.  She starts Paul’s exam, and asks if we have children.  He says we have one on the way, and she looks at me and realizes I’m pregnant.  She says congratulations (very typical response).  Later on, she’s making small talk and asks me how far along I am.  I tell her 6 months, to which she responds… “6 Months?! You’re really big for 6 months!” How sweet.  To which I responded by punching her straight in the face… not really.  But in my head I punched her, and felt better about myself.  In reality, I politely smiled and nodded. I already feel like a whale, but thanks for pointing out that I still have 3 more months to continue to grow and gain weight, while I provide a cozy little home for our healthy little girl.

She walked out the door, and I immediately start venting to Paul.  Poor guy, but he handles it like a champ and probably deserves an award for his responses.

Me: Am I too big for 6 months?!

Paul: No honey, you’re pregnant, and our baby is growing.  She doesn’t know what she’s talking about.

Me: Okay…

Good job honey.  I drop it and let it go for about 3 minutes, before I headed to the shower.  So a stranger makes a comment about my body, and then I walk into a bathroom with a mirror to take a shower.  Bad idea. So I start looking at my body in the mirror.  I fling open the door, and bring this topic back up.

Me: I let her in, and she didn’t even notice I was pregnant until you told her! I can’t be THAT big!

Paul: Yah – she’s a jerk.  She’s just upset because she’s bigger than you and she isn’t pregnant.

So he won brownie points.

I am really not sure what it is about pregnancy that makes strangers or other people feel it is completely okay to comment about your body.  You wouldn’t make a comment if I wasn’t pregnant.  “Oh honey, you’re face is getting a little more round” would be totally inappropriate if I wasn’t growing a person, but you stick a little person inside you and the rules and etiquette for body comments are off.   Mix the awesome comments with pregnancy hormones (hormones that may be taking over this particular blog post) and you’ve got a real nice concoction for a melt down.

Do yourself a favor, next time you see a pregnant woman, unless you’re telling her how gorgeous she looks (which she probably doesn’t feel), keep your comments about her size to yourself! Whether you think she is too big, or too small for how far along she is doesn’t matter.  Every woman carries differently, and we really don’t want your opinion on our size.

End rant.

Baby M – 24 Weeks

24 Weeks

Bump Analysis? Paul is in the arctic tundra of Milwaukee this week, so selfie it is! I’ve officially reached the point where strangers are sure I’m pregnant, and feel it is safe to ask me questions.  I’ve had two of those in the last week… luckily no strangers have tried to touch my belly, because I will be swatting their hands away… personal space people.

Month/Trimester? 6 months [22 weeks – 27 weeks] / 2nd Trimester!

Fruit of the week? Our baby is the size of a cantaloupe! 10.5 -11.8 inches long and 12.7 – 20.8 ounces!

Development? Her skin is becoming more opaque, and less see through.  She also has a little pink glow due to the small capillaries that have recently formed.

Movement? I’m definitely seeing her sweet dance moves from the outside of my belly.  It looks so crazy, and I can watch it for hours.  I am also starting to feel body parts.  I’ve felt what I believe is her butt or her head… I just can’t decipher which one it is yet!  She is becoming more active, and I tend to feel her the most right when I wake up, around 3-4pm, and right when I lay down to go to bed at night. 🙂 For a while I was pretty positive she was nocturnal, because I NEVER felt her during the day.

Name? Aubrey Joy 🙂

Testing? Next week we go back to the specialist.  They will be double checking her heart and performing another echo.  If all looks good, we won’t have to go back again.  Praying for a healthy little girl!

Weight Gain? Well this week I jumped up 3 lbs for a total of 14 lbs.  Then I cried and decided to fight my cravings… Kidding.  I didn’t cry.  I know the weight gain is for a good reason, but it is still hard to adjust to seeing those numbers continually going up on the scale.  I did however go grocery shopping, and buy all things for clean eating… except that one pack of Oreos.  Moderation right?

Symptoms? 

  • Back pain
  • Acne
  • My belly button is losing the battle, and halfway to an outie.
  • Excessive pee breaks
  • Faint line (Linea Nigra) forming below my belly button – not cute.
  • Losing hair at my hair line – so much for luxurious pregnancy hair.
  • Tailbone Pain

Cravings? I’ve struggled to drink water this whole pregnancy, during the last week I just want big huge glasses of ice water.  This is a craving I’ll take happily, but now it means even more bathroom breaks than I was taking before!  I’m still just craving lots of sweets…and now I’m trying to ignore them, and find healthy alternatives… Like these healthy cookies made with bananas and oats!  Wish me luck!

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Aversions? Buffalo Chicken Dip

Sleep? Just waking up 2-3 times a night to go to the bathroom.  Other than that, I can’t complain.  I love my snoogle pillow!

Maternity Clothes? I busted out maternity jeans this week… why did I wait so long to do this!? They are heavenly!

Exercise? I made it to the gym 3 times this week.  My cardio consisted of the bike, stair climber, and attempts at the treadmill and elliptical.  I did some weight training as well, because weights make me feel productive.  My goal this week is 4-5 times now that I have less going on.

Wedding Rings? ON!

Stretch Marks? There are two areas I’m keeping an eye on, I’m not sure if they are stretchmarks or not yet.  After my shower I use Burt’s Bees Mama Baby Belly Butter, and before I go to bed at night I use BioOil.

Labor Signs? I am pretty positive I’ve felt Braxton Hicks a few times this week.  I wasn’t sure until I felt them last night on the elliptical and texted my doctor.. AKA my sister.

What I miss? Having my husband home for an entire week.  Thank goodness this week should be the end of his crazy travel schedule for a while!  I’m kind of over it.

Looking forward to? Seeing our little girl on the ultrasound next week!! This is probably the last time we will get to see her before she’s born so I’m going to soak up every minute!