Friday, July 27, 2012

30 Weeks Check Up

Weight Gain: 2 more lbs. (sigh)
Belly Measurement: 30 weeks
Heart rate: 140 bpm (I had Isaiah sitting on my lap instead of the chair and he thought the noise was cool. He said, "baby" and "woooow". I mean, seriously, does it get better?)
Positioning: head down (we're headed in the right direction!) and facing to the right...same as Isaiah around this point! :)

To Do List This Month:
1. Go on vacation
2. Baby showers!
3. Finish nursery
4. Go on dates
5. Hospital tour
6. much as possible!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Hospital Bag

There are so many sites and lists out there about what tp pack for the hospital - some are great and others not so much. Here is a list of what I plan to bring based on what worked last time and things I wish I thought of.

Mommy Items

1. Comfy nursing bras and underwear - no need to look sexy here.
2. Lanolin - the hospital gave me some but just in case, I want it packed!
3. Toiletries - the hospital provided some but I'm happier with my own. I loved buying toiletry sizes so I don't have to pack regular sized bottles last minute.
4. Make up - you don't need the whole kit and caboodle but pictures are taken...a lot of pictures. A little mascara and concealer goes a long way.
5. Hair dryer - I didn't bring this but the post partum room had one. I didn't really care to style my hair but on our last day there I dried it and felt so much better. A little primping (no matter how tiny) can really put some pep back in your step!
6. A new sweat suit to wear home - because you deserve something new and refreshing, even if it is just sweats. I remember seeing someone leave in a skirt and cardigan. She looked cute but it is totally impractical for me!
7. Back massager - for labor. We didn't bring ours and Darren bought one from the gift shop, thankfully.
8. Camera, battery charger, phone chargers - so important!

Baby Items

1. Extra onesies/sleepers - I only brought the going home outfit. The hospital gave me onesies but they were not as cute as the ones from home.
2. Going home outfit, of course.
3. Extra socks/mittens - Isaiah came out with such long nails and scratched himself pretty bad. I wish I brought extra socks for his hands.

Any other ideas?

Sunday, July 22, 2012

30 Weeks!

And I feel pretty darn good. But I am definitely getting squished and a little more tired every day. I have to maneuver my body a little differently now so I don't get the wind knocked out of me or squish Maci. I also think she's positioned how Isaiah was...head down, and facing to my right but thankfully she is not on my tailbone as much. Most of my pregnancy symptoms are the same as before but I am starting to get more BH contractions throughout the day and night.

We're starting to feel really ready to meet this little girl. There are a lot of new babies around (friends' babies and at church...oh my!) and I get so excited. I LOVE the baby stage...just as much as I love the toddler stage. Heck, I just love my kids and I can't wait to meet this one. It amazes me every day that I have NO IDEA what Maci will look like or act like but God has designed her perfectly to fit in our little family. It's going to be so fun!

I got my iron levels back this week and I scored a little lower than with Isaiah. The "standard range" is 36-46 and I scored 36 so I decided to start supplementing with AIM Leaf Greens (along with Barley Life which I've been taking all pregnancy) and just after 3 days of taking that I can tell a difference in my energy levels. Isn't it amazing what a little good nutrition can do for you? I've also been adding spinach and/or kale to everything so that's making a difference as well. I haven't been a huge meat eater this pregnancy. With Isaiah I just wanted steak and cheeseburgers. And while those sound delicious, my taste is more for fruit, salads, eggs, etc. And I'm also getting a little more of a sweet tooth! :)

I have to say overall my nutrition has been better this pregnancy. I'm not saying it was bad with Isaiah and I'm definitely not saying I don't indulge in some chocolate covered almonds now and then (or every day). But I will say I pay more attention to exactly what kinds and how much food I put in my body. I think I owe that to Isaiah. Since he started solids I research nutrition quite a bit more (even though I was pretty into it before). But because his health is SO important to me I'm a little bit of a fanatic and Darren and I are reaping the benefits as well. Cheers to green juice and [mostly] clean eating! ;)

I've also reached that point this week where I need to stop looking at 1st trimester/pre-pregnancy pictures. Ugh. I really was a skinny little thing. I keep telling myself it will go back - I did it before, I can do it again. I will feel good about myself again! (repeat) ;) I know it's worth the weight but I think I'm just one of those people that doesn't feel pretty when pregnant. That's OK, though. I make cute kids. I don't have to be cute anymore.

Here's baby girl's blurb:

Your baby's about 15.7 inches long now, and she weighs almost 3 pounds (like a head of cabbage). A pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds her, but that volume will decrease as she gets bigger and takes up more room in your uterus. Her eyesight continues to develop, though it's not very keen; even after she's born, she'll keep her eyes closed for a good part of the day. When she does open them, she'll respond to changes in light but will have 20/400 vision — which means she can only make out objects a few inches from her face. (Normal adult vision is 20/20.)

Sunday, July 15, 2012

29 Weeks

Pointing to where the baby is. :)

I, tired, large, squished, but, for the most part, good. I'm getting lots of BH contractions and I'm definitely swelling more. This last month has felt so busy to me, especially since Darren has been working a lot. Most nights by the time he got home from work (which had been late) I was so tired there were no words to even talk to him. I will say, though, I keep up pretty well during the day but crash hard at night.

I'm at that point this pregnancy where when I wake up at night (to pee, of course) I end up staying awake for a while before I finally fall asleep. It's frustrating because I feel like it's unnecessary practice. Hehe :)

Maci is moving tons and getting much bigger - she's reached my hips and ribs this week! But not in the painful/can't breath kind of way...yet. Her movements are slower, more defined and stronger now which is always exciting because I can somewhat distinguish how she's positioned. Fun, fun!

I've had several people tell me this week how "tiny" I am for how far along I am. The response in my head is "really?" Because, let's be honest, when you've gained a little over 20 lbs., have trouble finding things to wear (NOTHING fits!), and have reached a constant state of squished, "tiny" isn't a word I'd use to describe how I feel. So I usually just say thank you...but really, what do people expect me to look like? Hmmm...we'll see if they still say that in another couple months! :)(I've also had a few tell me how oh-my-gosh-huge I am...seriously, some people have no filter. I'm pregnant and tired. Be nice, please.)

As for news about Isaiah, he got two more teeth this week (top canines just broke through) and you wouldn't even know it. The kid hardly complains. I can also feel him approaching the 18 month mark because he is acting so much older. He's bossy now! He loves telling the dog no and pushing him around. He's also losing some of his shyness and is brave beyond belief! I might have a heart attack if he doesn't cool it! ;)

He's also started telling me (sometimes) when he's going poop - it's really hard not to laugh because well, it's pretty obvious. He also started to bring me a diaper and wipes after he's done (again, sometimes). This is exciting because it's an early sign of potty training! Yeah! Though I'm in no rush to get him potty trained before Maci arrives (especially since toddlers can regress a little when a younger sibling shows up), I'm excited that he's taking notice about what happens in the diaper...he also loves the book "Everyone Poops" right now. I think we'll be purchasing some potties soon to seen if he gets interested. We will see! Like I said though, we aren't in a rush - he's still my baby. :)

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Maci - 28 Weeks Check Up

Heartbeat: 142 bpm
Belly measurement: 28 weeks
Weight gain: up 4 lbs, 21 lbs total (1 more than with Isaiah)
Symptoms: BH contractions, some swelling at night, colostrum leakage (yes, already!), sleepier than usual
GD Test Results: perfect!
Iron Levels: going back this week because the lab didn't test for that...oops. I'm not worried though since my iron levels were pretty high while pregnant with Isaiah.

We start our two-week appointments crazy is that?! I say it ALL the time and I'm saying it again...this is going SO fast! We're actually almost done with Maci's room and I've started washing the baby gear (car seat, bouncer, etc.). It feels so surreal to me that she's really going to be here soon and I can't help but wonder about everything about her. Isaiah is such a character and nothing like I could have imagined and everything better than I did imagine so it makes Maci feel like such a sweet little mystery. I can't wait to meet her and see her face and kiss her toes! I'm a lucky mama.

Sunday, July 8, 2012

28 Weeks - Busy, Busy!

My view! Grow, baby girl, grow!

Sleep: Pretty good. I wake up to pee about 3 or 4 times which is no surprise since I'm drinking about 4L of water every day. I'm a thirsty girl! I'm waking up feeling a little more tired than usual so I think my energy is running out.

Cravings: Lots of fruit: watermelon, strawberries, oranges. Salads - especially COBB and ceasar. I'm too hot for almost anything else that sounds good. Every once and a while a soda sounds good, which is weird because I don't drink soda, pregnant or not.

Movement: A ton...and she's getting taller so if I sit a certain way I can feel her in my ribs. She also likes to kick the mattress when I'm sleeping to let me know I need to roll over. Isaiah did the same thing.

Physical activity: For the most part I'm pretty capable...jog/walks, push ups (modified), squats, etc. But I'm getting more winded walking upstairs while holding Isaiah. I mean, he is 28 lbs. and I've gained about 20 (I think) so it makes sense.

Swelling: Not too bad but I can definitely tell a difference at night. I'm also retaining a lot of water (like I said, 4L a day).

At a wedding this last week...can't keep this kid out of the dirt! Between the beautiful, warm weather, running after him, and pregnancy hormones...I've opted out of posting pictures of me from that day. My hair went flat, my makeup was cried off, and I'm having issues with how swollen/fat my face is. :) But it was a beautiful day and I was so happy to be witness to one of my oldest friends happiest day.

4th of July at Nena and Papa's - pools, water are my favorite things right now. Gotta keep cool this summer!

Darren and I went on a date...first one in months! I stuffed my face with crab-stuffed prawns wrapped in bacon (YES PLEASE) and cinnamon apple cous cous. It was heavenly. So was my date. ;)

Sunday, July 1, 2012

27 Weeks and Losing My Cool

And I'm not talking about my temper...but my temperATURE! HOLY hot flashes. I also feel so sick after eating so I'm snack-mealing throughout the day. Which is what I should be doing anyway. I also did and passed the glucose test. As it turns out my glucose levels were much lower all around this pregnancy. But it also isn't Halloween. ;) Overall I feel good. some days are spent praying for more energy, but other than that and getting heartburn, feeling restless, and peeing like crazy, I'm doing good. Can you believe Maci is expected to arrive in 3 months? This is going fast. Hello, third trimester. I remember you well.:)

(Excuse the facial expression. I feel kind of silly taking these mirror shots of myself. Yeah, yeah, I know I was once guilty of being a pro at these "myspace" style photos but it's been a while since then, okay?)

This week, your baby weighs almost 2 pounds (like a head of cauliflower) and is about 14 1/2 inches long with her legs extended. She's sleeping and waking at regular intervals, opening and closing her eyes, and perhaps even sucking her fingers. With more brain tissue developing, your baby's brain is very active now. While her lungs are still immature, they would be capable of functioning — with a lot of medical help — if she were to be born now. Chalk up any tiny rhythmic movements you may be feeling to a case of baby hiccups, which may be common from now on. Each episode usually lasts only a few moments, and they don't bother her, so just relax and enjoy the tickle.