34 Weeks

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42 more days. The countdown is ON!

“How are you feeling?”
This is a question I have been asked quite a lot the past few weeks. My usual response to it is “I feel pretty pregnant!” I don’t really think that that is what people are expecting as an answer, though. But it’s true. If you have ever been pregnant, that is how you feel… When I say “I feel pretty pregnant” I think that that is all encompassing, it means: my feet are swollen and sore, my back and hips are killing me, I am front heavy and have no balance, acid reflux and I have gotten to know each other pretty well these past few weeks and I would be dead if it wasn’t for TUMS, and I am detecting a hint of a third chin these days LEAVE ME ALONE or let’s talk about something other than the baby or being pregnant. In a couple of weeks I’m sure all we will be taking about is the baby, so I would appreciate a normal conversation about the weather or the Packers.

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It’s hard to believe that in 6ish weeks I will be holding a baby girl. We have been super busy trying to get things as ready as they can be for her arrival. Washing and rewashing clothes and blankets, building shelves and gliders, and finding homes for all of the goodies we got from our baby showers. Her room is really starting to shape up and look like someone could actually live there! There are a few more things that I would like to get for her room (like a lamp, a clock and a rug) to finish it up! Once everything is set up and in place we will post a nursery reveal (that may be a week or two away yet though).

Over the weekend we had our baby shower that was thrown by Kathleen, My Mom, My Aunt Mary & Cousin Sara. (There will be a blog post soonish, I have to get the photos from my Mummy). Seeing everyone so excited about Little Lady really pumped us up for the last leg of the pregnancy! Hanging out with family & friends eating delicious food and cake, and playing fun games was the topper to an awesome week! Thanks again everyone for coming out to celebrate!!

Then on Tuesday my co-workers threw me a shower at work! We had a salad bar potluck (YUM) and a delicious cake with chocolate frosting!

Today we got to have a look-see at Little Lady! Her heart rate was at 155 and she is beautiful!

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How far along?  34 Weeks or 238 days

Total weight gain/loss:  +26

How big is baby: Baby is measuring in at 17.2-18.7 inches long. That’s about the size of a Butternut Squash. Weighing in at 4.2 to 5.8 pounds. She should be gaining .5lbs a week. Today she weighed 4lbs 11oz.

Maternity clothes? It’s all that fits me. There are a few pre-pregnancy t-shirts I can wear because they are longer but they are still super tight everywhere.

Sleep: Sleep? What is this sleep thing you speak of?

Best moment this week: 2 Baby showers this week! Going home and seeing family was awesome. Seeing little lady again today!!!

Movement:  Her raves have calmed down quite a bit and now the movement is more rolling and stretching.

Food cravings: Food is no longer appealing to me. Not even my beloved French fries and apples.

Gender:  Little Lady

Belly Button in or out? Amazingly I still have an innie, a very very shallow innie.

Symptoms: I am still feeling the anemia, but it is getting better, the dizziness has most definitely calmed down.
I have been very tired – Not sure if it’s from the anemia or we are back on the pregnancy symptom train.
The amount of times I have used the restroom is ridiculous. She needs to stop punching me in the bladder.
My boobs are still leaking… gross/weird but it’s a good thing.
My feet are also swollen… Time to elevate!
I also have a sore back and hips… massage? Ben? Please?

Signs of Labor: The usual Braxton hicks are there.
I have had some minor cramping (Dr. said it was my body getting ready to push this little girl out!)

What I miss: I miss sleeping and sleeping comfortably the most right now.

What I am looking forward to: Hopefully hearing that my anemia is under control or almost under control and I don’t need an infusion! Also, finishing up Little Lady’s room and getting everything ready for her arrival.

Milestones: She can recognize and react to simple songs. (maybe I should start singing to her?)
She is urinating about a pint a day.
Her fat layers – which regulate her body temp – are filling out and making her rounder.
Her central nervous system is maturing and her lungs are continuing to mature as well!

TO DOs:

  • Start the pediatrician search
  • Week of appointments
  • Pick a name
  • Finish baby’s room
  • Finish unpacking the boxes
  • Doctors appointments with other Doctors (Dr. SouthwickDr. Ray, Dr. Laibly, Dr. Schaufelberger) so we can meet them for when our Doctor is out on maternity leave.
  • Call Arts for Kids

33 Weeks, and counting

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Only 49 more days to go if she comes on her due date! Wow! We are less than 50 days away. Where is the time going? It seems to be going fast and slow at the same time.

This past week in review:

On Thursday Ben and I had our Maternity Session with Katie Lynn Photography. We went to High Cliff State Park, one of our favorite places to camp, hike, bike ride, picnic, etc. And it has the most AMAZING Limestone walls!!!!  We all had a blast!!! I can’t wait to see the finished product!

Friday I had an appointment with our family doctor about my anemia. We talked a little bit about my levels and how they have gone up from a 9 to a 9.4 so they are improving, but since I didn’t feel any better we decided to up my supplement to 3 times a day with meals. He said that if I could take the supplement orally we will try that first. If this doesn’t work I will have to go in for an infusion… I need to get this iron up before labor, C-section or natural… and so far so good. I am feeling a little bit better, not as tired, and the dizziness has calmed down a bit. I go in next week to get another blood draw (Lucky #7) and hopefully we see a big increase!!!! *fingers crossed*

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Baby Shower #selfie and #cupcakeselfie!

And Sunday was my Baby Shower – Benesh Style. You can see some photos and read about it here. It was so much fun to have and afternoon with the Benesh women, my mom, & Kathy!!! As always there were a bunch of laughs and love going around!!! The food was so good, and the cupcakes were divine! Julie and Jessica truly outdid themselves.

Not too much is going on this week. I have washed 2 loads of Little Lady’s clothes (newborn and 0-3 months), sheets, and blankets. Dreft is one of the most amazing smells in the world. I could smell it all day. We also set up a nice closet organizer system, now I just need some bins and such!!! I have successfully played with the B.Zany Zoo Wooden Activity Cube (Thanks Amber, Jayne, & Sara)! We even came up with a name that is a contender!!!! OMG so excited.

I have been starting to think about packing hospital bags for Little Lady, Ben and I. What should I pack? Help?! I have seen so many list online and on pinterest and they range from bring basically nothing to everything including the kitchen sink.
Who would have thought this would be so difficult for me?

 

How far along?  33 Weeks or 231 days

Total weight gain/loss:  +24 – No weight gain for this girl!

How big is baby: Baby is measuring in at 17.2-18.7 inches long. That’s about the size of a Durian (The Asian King of Fruits). Weighing in at 4.2 to 5.8 pounds. She should be gaining .5lbs a week and if she is gaining as she should be then she should weigh 4lbs 11oz.

Maternity clothes? Even my maternity shirts are getting short with my big belly. So I will be at Target and my belly could be hanging out. Maybe I should go to walmart instead so I fit in?

Sleep: Sleep? What is this sleep thing you speak of?

Best moment this week: We had our maternity photos done and I had my first baby shower!!!!

Movement:  Her raves have calmed down quite a bit and now the movement is more rolling and stretching.

Food cravings: Food is no longer appealing to me. Not even my beloved French fries and apples. :(

Gender:  Little Lady

Belly Button in or out? Amazingly I still have an innie, a very shallow innie.

Symptoms: I am still feeling the anemia, but it is getting better.
I have been super warm lately. Anytime I walk anywhere I get very short of breath (she must still be crowding my lungs). Pregnancy brain. It is a real thing people. I remember nothing.

Signs of Labor: This week was full of Braxton Hicks contractions, with a few real ones thrown in I think. Normally I can feel my belly tighten for a bit and then it relaxes pretty quickly after, so they aren’t very long. But there was one or two that were painful and lasted a minute or two.

What I miss: I miss my pre-pregnancy body & Sleep

What I am looking forward to: My “Up North Baby Shower” and “Work Baby Shower” and getting her room all set up and ready to go. My week of appointments next week!

Milestones: She is keeping her eyes open while she is awake.
She is also starting to coordinate breathing with sucking and swallowing.
Her bones are getting harder.
She is going through (more) major brain development – She will be one smart baby!

THINGS I’M EXCITED FOR:

  • Baby Shower in Michigan!
  • Work Baby Shower
  • Finishing up the nursery after my showers!

TO DOs:

  • Start the pediatrician search
  • Week of appointments
  • Pick a name
  • Finish baby’s room
  • Maternity Photos
  • Finish unpacking the boxes
  • Doctors appointments with other Doctors (Dr. SouthwickDr. Ray, Dr. Laibly, Dr. Schaufelberger) so we can meet them for when our Doctor is out on maternity leave.
  • Dr. Apt. for my Iron
  • Call Arts for Kids
  • Start washing baby’s clothes

Baby Shower – Benesh Style

*Warning: This will be a very photo heavy post! :)

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This past weekend was my first baby shower, hosted by Ben’s Aunt Julie and Cousin Jessica! They did such a beautiful job from the food to the decorations! It was really nice to be able to celebrate Little Lady with the Benesh’s! Here are some photos from the day! :)

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June to Aug 10 2014 174 The beautiful flowers

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June to Aug 10 2014 193 The delicious spread, and AMAZING cupcakes

June to Aug 10 2014 171 June to Aug 10 2014 224Gifts!

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These were made by Jessica!

June to Aug 10 2014 209 Hats made by Kennedy & Ellyse.

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A sleeper from Molly!

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Activity mat from Jayne, Sara, & Amber.

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June to Aug 10 2014 221  June to Aug 10 2014 223 Land of Nod goodies from Jazz & the Boys

June to Aug 10 2014 227  June to Aug 10 2014 229 Bassinet from Grandma Kathy.

Plus a bunch more that my computer didn’t want to load. After present time it was take photos with the preggo time! :)

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Sara, Jessica, Molly, Addy, & Jayne

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The happy grandmas!

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Aunt Sue & Aunt Mary

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Aunt Sue & Aly

I hope I didn’t miss anyone. I feel so lucky and blessed to have a good chunk of the Benesh family gather around to celebrate Little Lady. It was also great to catch up with everyone, we don’t get together enough!

Thank you all again for making it to my shower and a special shout out to Julie and Jessica for throwing such a beautiful shower – you two are professionals!!!

 

30/31 Weeks Pregnant and a A Week at EAA Airventure 2014

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Every year EAA Airventure takes place in Oshkosh. Two weeks ago Ben and I spent almost the whole week at the EAA grounds in Oshkosh enjoying all of the airplanes and helicopters. There is so much to see and do that a week is hardly long enough. With all of the planes and helicopters to see comes so much walking. Don’t get me wrong, walking during your pregnancy is a great thing, but combined with the heat and all the people that are there it becomes difficult and very tiring. After the second and third day my feet were so swollen and my back was killing me [The things I do for my husband… He is so spoiled] I needed a break. So I took off a couple days to rest my feet, and my back. Plus I am not really that into planes so I was pretty much checked out after the first day.

 I was mainly there looking for hot pilots that would be willing to take me away… no such luck. Just kidding. I went to see the Thunderbirds and all of the airshows. The airshows from the grounds are 10x better than just watching them from anywhere else in town.

I had an okay time. I would have had an even better time if I wasn’t pregnant. I only saw 3 or 4 other women there that were just as pregnant or less pregnant that I am. I was seriously considering renting a scooter to get me from point A to point B. Then on the 4th day of Airventure Ben “discovered” that there were trams that would take you from your car to the grounds. Um… Do you know how much pain that would have saved me???

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Every airshow started with this guy parachuting out of a plane with the American Flag.

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This bad boy is the MV-22 Osprey. This thing made my time at EAA worthwhile.  If you want to see the BAMF plane in action go here!

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Sunday we saw the Thunderbird airshow. 1 word : WOW. Also the pilots and mechanics are super good looking ;)

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Heart… made just for me by the Thunderbirds :)

All in all it wasn’t too bad. Would I do it again. Sure. Would I do it again while pregnant. Hell no, unless I am really early in my pregnancy where I don’t have an extra 20lbs just chilling on me. If you have a chance, go for a day – preferably on a day where there is a night show.

 

 

32 Weeks

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Happy 224th day of pregnancy to me! We are 5 weeks away from being Full Term! Time sure is flying by and the days and weeks are starting to blur together. Thankfully I have this blog that reminds me how far along I am or I would constantly counting in my head.

Nothing much has been going on.  We finished off last week with EAA. I will do a separate blog post about being pregnant and doing EAA (I feel like that its necessary and it’s kind of a big deal.) Plus I have all kinds of photos to share. On Monday I went and pampered myself and got my hair cut. I haven’t had it cut in over 6 months. I got 2 inches taken off and some layers added in. Tuesday I had an appointment with Dr. Ray (not my normal doctor), and yesterday I unpacked some more. What can I say? I’ve become low key in my pregnancy.

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My new ‘do!

Let me put this out there so that it will now be common knowledge. I am anemic, and it’s kind of bad. I found out after my first Glucose test (that I failed) that my iron levels were quite low (a 9 when it should be 12 and above) and they suggested that I start taking an additional iron supplement, and that seemed to do it for a couple of weeks. Then on Monday I spent most of the day dizzy, light headed, nauseous, and VERY warm. [Now, I have had some dizziness throughout this pregnancy and I just chalked it up to hormones, not anemia. Even most of the research I have done tells me that dizziness is common and even normal in pregnancy, so I didn’t really think anything of it.] I figured since I was going to the doctor the next morning I would bring it up to her then and just tried to keep myself hydrated and fed. Tuesday rolls around and I am still feeling dizzy and faint, but It isn’t as bad as Monday. We got to the doctor’s office and I told her my symptoms and she suggested that I do another blood draw to check my levels, but we were also going to check my Ferritin Levels (my iron stores in my bones). And if my Ferritin levels were low enough I would have to come in for an iron infusion (which does not sound fun: a couple hours hooked up to an IV getting fluids enriched with iron…). Blood draw #6 for this girl BooYah! I wonder what the record number of blood draws is for a pregnant woman? Hmmm. Anyways, I got a phone call this morning saying my hemoglobin was staying the same around 9, and that my Ferritin is at a 7 (should be 8 and above) so not too bad, but still something to worry about and get resolved before Little Lady wants to make her arrival. So I will be making an appointment to get this all sorted out. No fun I tell you. NO FUN. Luckily Little Lady takes care of her Iron needs before I get any of it, but this could affect how much Iron she has when she is born and she could have anemia later on in her infancy. I have an increased risk for preterm labor and delivery and she could have a lower birth weight. Anemia is also associated with a higher risk of stillbirth or newborn death. So, you can see why I want this taken care of ASAP!

At my Tuesday appointment I got to meet Dr. Ray. She could be the one delivering Little Lady when the time comes. She was fantastic. Ben and I both enjoyed her personality and she knows her stuff. In 2 weeks we will be re-meeting Dr. Southwick. Then in a month we will see Dr. Bahn-Palma 1 more time before she is due. Then I have 2 more Doctors to meet, and by then I believe that we will be at weekly appointments… yay!

We still haven’t decided on a name… I feel like we are back at square 1. We can’t seem to agree, or even find a name that we like? Did anyone else have this problem? Am I stressing out about this too much?

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I about died when we saw this. I had to have it!

 

How far along?  32 Weeks or 224 days

Total weight gain/loss:  +24 – No weight gain for this girl!

How big is baby: Baby is measuring in at 15.2 to 16.7 inches long. That’s about the size of a Squash. Weighing in at 2.5 to 3.8 pounds. She should be gaining .5lbs a week and if she is gaining as she should be then she should weigh 4lbs 6oz.

Maternity clothes? Wearing them all the time. Although, I am at the point where I don’t want to wear clothes any more…

Sleep: It’s horrible. I can’t get comfortable. Once I do fall asleep I wake up because I have to use the bathroom, or she kicks me hard enough to wake me up.

Best moment this week: Hearing her heartbeat again and learning that she is head down. Getting ready to come out I hope! :) Also, getting a little pampering by getting my hair done on Monday! Plus I learned I shouldn’t need to have iron infusion, my day is made.

Movement:  Her raves have calmed down quite a bit and now the movement is more rolling and stretching.

Food cravings:  I would KILL for a couple glasses of wine… (I’m a horrible person I kow…)

Gender:  Little Lady

Belly Button in or out? Amazingly I still have an innie, a very shallow innie.

Symptoms: This past week I have been very dizzy and light headed. I brought it up to my doctor and she sent me down to get a blood draw to check my iron levels (Hemoglobin and Ferritin). Both are a bit low so this girl’s anemia is getting slightly worse. I have already been taking an iron supplement on top of a prenatal, so I get to get in with a general practitioner and get something a little stronger.
I have also been having some shortness of breath; she is scrunching up my poor lungs.
Leaky breasts… ick

Signs of Labor: Some Braxton Hicks and I think that’s it???

What I miss: I miss my pre-pregnancy body. Also, being able to roll over in bed without waking up.

What I am looking forward to: Baby showers, and our maternity photos!!!! And not being pregnant anymore!!! ;)

Milestones: She is getting ready for her descent – She is in the head-down position.
She is probably feeling more cramped.
Her lungs are still working to get ready.
She also has toenails, fingernails, and hair (peach fuzz)!!!

 

THINGS I’M EXCITED FOR:

  • My first baby shower this weekend on Sunday with the Benesh’s!!!! I can’t wait to see everyone!
  • Maternity session photoshoot tonight!
  • Finishing up the nursery after my showers!

TO DOs:

  • Start the pediatrician search
  • Pick a name
  • Finish baby’s room
  • Maternity Photos
  • Finish unpacking the boxes
  • Doctors appointments with other Doctors (Dr. Southwick, Dr. Ray, Dr. Laibly, Dr. Schaufelberger) so we can meet them for when our Doctor is out on maternity leave.
  • Dr. Apt. for my Iron
  • Call Arts for Kids
  • Start washing baby’s clothes

31 Weeks

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We are down to 63 days until we get to meet this Little Lady! We are soooo excited to meet her. Can she come now?!?!?! No, she needs to stay in there for a couple more weeks at least. And I need those weeks to get ready for her! Then she can come and we will be as ready as we will ever be!

As a few of you noticed last week “finding daycare” had finally been crossed off of the list! Ben and I did decide on Arts for Kids! As of right now we haven’t made it 100% official yet. We are still trying to see if we can make part-time work for us so, we would be able to save a little bit of money. Some of the main reason we chose Arts for Kids were:

  • Price – It was right in the middle of what everyone else was charging.
  • The programs that were offered once she gets a little bit older.
  • The staff all seemed awesome.
  • They came highly recommended by everyone we talked to.

Unless our old neighbor miraculously has an opening at her (in-home) program Arts for Kids will be our daycare! I am really excited that we were finally able to make a decision. I just need to call them and pay our registration fee and we should be good to go!

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Baby Shower Invites

Over the past week or so I have been invited to my own baby showers!!!! The first shower is on the 10th and will be hosted by Ben’s cousin Jessica and Aunt Julie!  The second shower will be on the 17th and is being hosted by my Mummy, Aunt Mary, and Mother-in-Law Kathleen! And I will be having a shower at work the following Tuesday. They both did such an awesome job on the invites I can’t wait to see what they have in store for the showers. Hopefully some yummy food ;)! I am really feeling the love and can’t wait to see everyone.

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Our new stroller/travel system

Over the weekend I had a minor panic attack. It basically went like this:
Me: What if she decides to come NOW?
Ben: You haven’t had any signs of labor? Where did this come from?
Me: BEN! I’m 30 weeks pregnant! She can come anytime and we have no way of bringing her home!!!
Ben: Yes I know.  But I doubt she will be coming any time soon, and if she comes and we don’t have it I can go and get the system!
Me: How do we know?!?!?! We should really get our travel system. We were going to get it anyway. Why not now? Plus I don’t want you leaving me while I’m at the hospital.
Ben: *silence*
Me: *gives Ben pouty panicked look*
Ben: Fine. Let’s go.
We went to Babies ‘r’ Us and left with the Britax B-Agile Travel System. The final decision maker for this stroller was that it is short. No reaching up for me! :)

We were going through our insurance information to try and see what kind of pump we were able to get through them. As it turns out they changed their coverage, so now they will only cover a hospital grade rental, I don’t get a free pump anymore. It kind of irritates me. I was really excited that we didn’t have to purchase a pump and we didn’t have to register for one to ask someone to get it for us. We did go and register for one at Babies ‘r’ Us. If no one gets it for us no worries, we can get a percentage off of it in the end. Either way we will get one and we will make it work. Just so frustrating.

Other things that are going on:
We are going to get our maternity photos taken next Thursday at High Cliff State Park. Katie Lynn Photography will be taking our photos. She did a mini session for us a few years ago, and she did a fantastic job! I’m excited!!!
Since our OBGYN will be on maternity leave when Little Lady comes Ben and I get to meet all of the other doctors at Aurora.
Finally check out my highs and lows of pregnancy post here.

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Oreo Blizzard yummy-ness and Little Ladies pretty glitter shoes!!!

How far along?  31 Weeks or 217 days

Total weight gain/loss:  +24

How big is baby: Baby is measuring in at 15.2 to 16.7 inches long. That’s about the size of Pineapple. Weighing in at 2.5 to 3.8 pounds. She should be gaining .5lbs a week and if she is gaining as she should be then she should weigh 4lbs 1oz.

Maternity clothes? Wearing them all the time. Although, I am at the point where I don’t want to wear clothes any more…

Sleep: Sleep has been off and on all week. Some nights sleep is great, others not so much.

Best moment this week: The amount she is growing is amazing.

Movement:  Her raves have calmed down quite a bit and now the movement is more rolling and stretching.

Food cravings:  Nothing in particular.

Gender:  Little Lady

Belly Button in or out? Amazingly I still have an innie, a very shallow innie.

Symptoms: New category (better late than never right?). I have been getting really winded when it comes to walking… even really short distances. Probably because she is scrunching up my lungs. My boobs also started leaking this week. That really freaked me out, but it turns out they are just getting ready for baby! There is also the usual frequent bathroom breaks, and my lower back has been pretty achy.

Signs of Labor: None this week.

What I miss: Being able to sit in one position for more than 5 minutes.

What I am looking forward to: Baby showers, and our maternity photos next week!!!

Milestones: She is going through MAJOR brain and nerve development.
Her eyes are developing like crazy too. Her irises now react to light!
All of her senses are in working order now!

TO DOs:

•     Start the pediatrician search

•     Finish baby’s room

•     Maternity Photos

•     Finish unpacking the boxes

•     Doctors appointments with other Doctors (Dr. Southwick, Dr. Ray, Dr. Laibly, Dr. Schaufelberger) so we can meet them for when our Doctor is out          on maternity leave.

My Pregnancy Highs and Lows

I have seen this done a couple of times of some of the blogs that I have read. And I decided that I wanted to do one too. I’m sure I forgot somethings, but it’s hard to come up with these things on the spot. I feel like it all evens out. We will start with the dislikes and end with the likes :) 

Pregnancy Lows

The constant urge to pee – Especially when I am at work, or I’m sleeping.
Worrying – Constantly that something bad is going to happen.
Always being tired – The first trimester you are exhausted. The second is amazing and you have almost too much energy. Then the third and you are exhausted once again, and some days it rivals the first trimester tiredness.
Bump judgers – They are always there waiting to pounce and judge you.
Everyone is an ‘expert’ – I swear that some people only ask me how I am feeling just so they can put their two cents in.
Boobs – They are large and in charge, and hurt a lot.
Money – Especially when it comes to maternity clothes.
Food Restrictions – No really yummy sushi for me.
Summer pregnancy – You think you are warm… just wait.
Pain – Especially in the lower back and in the hips.
Mood Swings – One minute I am on cloud 9, and the next I am bawling my eyes out because I dropped something and I can’t bend over to pick it up.
Picking a name – Most people love this one. This is one of the hardest decisions of my life. I mean she is going to have this name for the rest of her life, I need to make it as awesome as she is. SO MUCH PRESSURE!

 

Pregnancy Highs

Naps – People won’t judge you for taking a nap after work.
Registering – I mean have you been in Babies ‘r’ Us lately? Everything is so freaking cute. I want it all.
Back and foot rubs – They are amazing and feel so great!
Getting that extra scoop of ice cream – No Shame there. “You are eating for two.”
The great days – The days where you are “glowing” and you have so much energy you feel like you can accomplish anything.
Feeling Little Lady move around in there – This is one of the most amazing things I have ever felt (except when I accidentally over caffeinate and she goes insane…).
The amazing Doctors and Nurses at Aurora – Any time I have a question I am not afraid to call and ask about what is going on. They are fantastic.
The amount of love and support I get from everyone – I have never felt so much love before. Everyone is so excited to meet Little Lady (but not as much and Ben and I) and everyone that has stepped up and made this pregnancy mostly easy for me has been awesome.
Ultrasounds – There is NOTHING better than getting to see your baby before your due date. It just makes it that much more real!
Maternity Clothes – Even though they are so expensive they are so comfortable. Can I still wear them after Little Lady comes???
Seeing how much Ben has changed the past 7.5 months – I know he is going to be an amazing dad to our little girl. Plus man-nesting is kind of funny :)
I’M HAVING A LITTLE GIRL – What better realization to have? I am going to have a little girl at the end of all of this and she is all ours!

30 Weeks

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70 days to go… Wow. It completely blows my mind at how far we have come since January. I feel like I have been pregnant for forever (well, almost all of 2014 if you think about it), but at the same time it is going by so quickly. Then all of those thoughts of awe and wonder about my pregnancy go away when I realize that in about 10 weeks Ben and I will be bringing home a little person. Right now she has a crib and mattress, a shelf/changing table combo (with no changing pad), new (white) electrical outlets for her room, some random sized baby clothes, some diaper samples, diaper bags, and that is it. I am, in no way, prepared for this Little Lady to join us in the outside world yet. I at least need to get a car seat so I can get her home among other things. Granted in the next few weeks I will be all baby showered out (so hopefully that will take care of some of my stress) and then maybe I will feel a bit more prepared! In conclusion 10 weeks in not enough time, heck “9” months isn’t enough time to get ready. We should have been planning this YEARS ago. (okay that was an over exaggeration but that is how it feels.)

Anyways… Last week I had my 3 hour Glucose Tolerance test (the cheeseburger and fries I ate after never tasted so good) and I am pleased to report that I passed. All of my numbers were within the “normal” range. I’m not too sure what was going on the first time around, but I passed this time so baby and I have a clean bill of health! Go Us!

On Sunday this mamma-to-be treated herself to a prenatal massage! It was amazeballs… until the massage therapist stopped and it was back to normal life as we know it. Prenatal massages are said to have a load of benefits for mom and baby.

Mom: Studies indicated that they can reduce anxiety, decrease symptoms of depression, relieve muscle aches and pains, reduce swelling, and improve labor outcomes. And I must say on Monday morning I had ankles again (haven’t had those in a few weeks), my feet were no longer swollen, and my posture had improved! Best $49 spent in a while.

Baby: Apparently baby will be healthier??? (we will see with that one…)

Today Ben’s office threw him a surprise baby shower! I got a facetime at work today so I got to see it all go down. That was awesome guys! Thank you so much!!!!

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Finally we had our bi-weekly OB appointment yesterday. Everything is going great. We discussed my Braxton Hicks that have randomly shown up in my life. Little Lady’s heart rate is at 150. My belly is measuring right on track. I also got my TDAP shot. (ouch)

Ben and I are asking that anyone who wants to visit the baby after she is born be updated on their Pertussis Vaccinations. We don’t want to take any chances of getting our Little Lady sick with whooping cough. And if you want to visit… I will be asking.

…and that’s all she wrote. Now on to the update.

How far along?  30 Weeks or 210 days or 7.5 months

Total weight gain/loss:  +24 — lost a few pounds last week. I’m not complaining.

How big is baby: Baby is measuring in at 15.2 to 16.7 inches long. That’s about the size of Cucumber. Weighing in at 2.5 to 3.8 pounds.

Maternity clothes? Wearing them all the time.

Sleep: I sleep when I can. Then I wake up to use the bathroom and then lay there for an hour or so trying to fall back asleep.

Best moment this week: Hearing her heart beat… It never gets old.

Movement:  My child is a raver. She is constantly moving and she is showing no signs of slowing down.

Food cravings:  Nothing in particular.

Gender:  Little Lady

Belly Button in or out? Still in. Give it time. UPDATE: George (the freckle) may or may not have a buddy. More to come when I can find a mirror that I can see my belly in! (false alarm no buddy for George)

Signs of Labor: I have had a few random Braxton Hicks contractions.

What I miss: Being able to bend over.

What I am looking forward to: All of the amazing baby showers coming up next month.

Milestones: Her skin is getting smoother.

Her brain is getting wrinklier-to make way for all that essential brain tissue.

She’s now strong enough to grasp a finger.

TO DOs:

•                Start the pediatrician search

•                Find a daycare

•                Paint babys room

•                Build babys furniture

•                Finish baby’s room

•                Find a Medical supply store to order/get my breast pump.

29 Weeks

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Wow, I have been pregnant for 203 days, which means I have 77 days to go (give or take)! Things have been going pretty smoothly this week, which is AWESOME! Sleep has been good, feet swelling has gone down, and Little Lady’s room is coming along (we are making progress)!!! She is definitely getting cramped in there. I can pretty much feel or see her moving ALL THE TIME.
Looking at my weekly photo, can I be the first one to say … Holy Crap my boobs are huge. You can hardly tell that I am wearing a belt with my dress!!!! It is almost time to get some bigger bras to support these things!!! Well, at least my big boobs match my big belly. Although, the belt did come off this afternoon after lunch, it was getting tight.

I noticed that last week I forgot to talk about our Labor, Birthing, & Beyond class that happened 4th of July weekend. It was one of the best $60 I have spent in a while. Why? you ask. Well, as part of the class we talked about and practiced coping positions and as our support system, the husbands got to rub our backs and “comfort” us. So 1 hour of a nice back rub. It was heaven! Other than that we learned some breathing techniques that will help with labor and some fun words like Fundus! We got a tour of the hospital and Labor & Delivery, and then we watched a video of a birth. Am I prepared to have this baby now? Hell no. I think this class scared me more than anything. The whole labor and birthing thing isn’t what scares me it’s what happens after she is born. After she is born I am responsible for her, and it is my job to keep her alive and healthy! That is what scares me most.

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(My phlebotomist was nice and gave me a neon bandaid!)

Last week was the big glucose test … the results are in and … I failed. So on Wednesday I went in and did a 3 hour test. I haven’t heard back yet, and I will admit that I am pretty nervous. I will do whatever I have to do to keep Little Lady happy and healthy! If that means I have to 100% change my diet (again) and poke my finger I will. Even if she needs to come early to prevent any complications, I will do it!
So wish me luck that I didn’t fail. *fingers crossed*

As of last week I will be going in for check-ups every two weeks now! So we will be going in next week already. Time sure is flying by! I am not ready. Sometimes this pregnancy STILL isn’t real for me. Yes, I feel her kicking. Yes, I see her moving. But somehow my brain is still in denial that we are going to have a baby. And I’m pretty sure I have convinced myself that I am going to be pregnant forever and she will never come out. I don’t know how much more proof I need to understand that this is happening… Hopefully it kicks in soon. :)

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(I couldn’t help it. The VW logo almost fit perfectly on the bump!)

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(Proof that I am indeed, pregnant)

Time for the rest of the update!

How far along?  29 Weeks

Total weight gain/loss:  +28

How big is baby: Baby is measuring in at 15.2 to 16.7 inches long. That’s about the size of an Acorn Squash. Weighing in at 2.5 to 3.8 pounds, and her weight will triple by the time she is born.

Maternity clothes? Wearing them all the time.

Sleep: Pretty great! Waking up to roll over or go to the bathroom once or twice.

Best moment this week: Watching Little Lady party hard in there.

Movement:  My child is a raver. She is constantly moving.

Food cravings:  Nothing in particular.

Gender:  Little Lady

Belly Button in or out? Still in. Give it time. UPDATE: George (the freckle) may or may not have a buddy. More to come when I can find a mirror that I can see my belly in!

What I miss: Being able to bend over.

What I am looking forward to: Appointment on Thursday.

Milestones:  She’s getting a little cramped in there, since she’s growing so fast.
She’s growing white fat deposits under her skin, and her energy is surging because of it.
She has been having random bouts of the hiccups.

TO DOs:

  •    Start the pediatrician search
  •    Find a daycare
  •    Daycare tour on Monday
  •    Paint babys room
  •    Build babys furniture
  •    Finish baby’s room
  •    Find a Medical supply store to order/get my breast pump.

27 Weeks

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According to one of my pregnancy apps (BabyBump) I have been pregnant for 189 days, and if I deliver on my due date (10-2) I only have 91 more days to go! I remember when I was really excited that I was 1/3 of the way done and next week I will be officially in the Third Trimester! Time flies doesn’t it?

This past week Ben and I have been superrr busy. Friday we were able to start moving into our new house. You can read about it here. While we were moving things this past weekend I think I over did it a little bit. Don’t worry I didn’t lift anything super heavy, I think it was just the constant bending, twisting, going up and down stairs, and cleaning, because on Monday I sure felt sore (espically in my legs, arms, and sides).

Since we have been moving things into the house we decided that it was time to go and buy paint for the baby’s room!!!! Since my parents are coming to help us move some of the heavier things to the new house I am going to employ them to help paint the room!!!! Be on the look-out for before and after photos and I hope to do a nursery reveal when we are all set up! So exciting!!!

On Monday we toured our first day care, Arts for Kids. We have heard so many good things about that facility. The tour went AWESOME. I really liked it and all the things they had to offer like, art, Spanish, science, and coming soon… Yoga (not that the baby can do all of those things at 6-8 weeks when she will be starting) I love that she will have the option to do so much while she is there. We still have a few tours left. We will also be touring Kyria, KinderCare, and maybe the YMCA. I feel like this is going to be a super hard decision. We were originally thinking we could make part-time daycare work (we would just have to rearrange our schedules a bit) but It just won’t work. I want us to have as much time together after the work day that we possibly can and we can’t do that if Ben works until 7pm… So this just works easiest for us! I know that where ever we choose will be the best fit for us! :)

This coming Saturday Ben and I have our class: Labor, Birthing, and Beyond. Wish us luck! :)

 

How far along?  27 weeks only 91 days left of my pregnancy (if I give birth on my due date)

Total weight gain/loss:  +18

How big is baby: Baby is measuring in at 13.6 – 14.8 inches. That’s about the size of a head of Rutabaga. Weighing in at 1.5 – 2.5lbs.

Maternity clothes? Wearing them all the time.

Sleep: I have had so much trouble sleeping lately. Probably because of the move and sleeping on an air bed. I should have my bed in the house on MONDAY!!!!

Best moment this week: Ben watching my belly move with Little Lady. He told me he “had a moment” :)

Movement:  My child is a raver. She is constantly moving.

Food cravings:  Fruit Loops. I could eat these all day every day.

Gender:  Little Lady

Belly Button in or out? Still in. Give it time. George (my freckle in my belly button) will get to see the light of day soon!

What I miss: I miss summery Mojitos.

What I am looking forward to: Getting settled in the house. Getting the nursery painted, and all the furniture built. ALSO… We have our final ultrasound in Green Bay on Thursday. I can’t wait to see her. This will be the last time we see her until she arrives :)

Milestones:  She is practicing inhaling and exhaling with her rapidly developing lungs.
It’s official: She is showing brain activity! And her brain will keep on getting more complex.

TO DOs:

  •    Start the pediatrician search
  •    Find a daycare
  •    Daycare tour on Monday
  •    Paint babys room
  •    Build babys furniture
  •    Find a Medical supply store to order/get my breast pump.