29 Weeks

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Week 29

(My computer is officially toast, so until I get somewhere to replace it - or figure out how to upload from my phone - you’ll have to keep waiting on pics!)

How far along:
29 weeks!

Best moments so far:
We had a repeat ultrasound this week to check the location of my placenta, and everything checked out great, so I’m happy that is no longer weighing on my mind.

Maternity clothes:
Most. I’ve been thinking about snagging some new maternity/nursing pajamas to get me through until baby arrives and beyond, and spotted these from Kindred Bravely that are currently at the top of my list. I think they may be just the thing for my hospital bag and the hundreds of pictures I’ll probably wind up in. The ‘dress’ has great reviews, and can be worn for both sleeping and during the daytime. Bonus!

Sleep: 
Not wonderful. Our house has been sick this week - both flu AND strep - so we have all been pretty miserable as we try to get feeling better.

Miss Anything:
Good health. We have not left the house in what feels like a month (ok that’s an exaggeration...but still), and I think we would ALL benefit from some fresh air and sunshine!

Baby Movement:
Baby is still active, but has entered the weeks of pregnancy that will be more cramped, and thus not as active. At my ultrasound this past week, we determined that baby is breach (bottom down, head up), so I’m hopeful that before space is completely gone there will be some flipping going on! T says not to worry too much at this point, because chances are that baby will still flip.

Cravings and Aversions:
Chocolate. I made some banana oatmeal bars with mini chocolate chips that everyone seemed to enjoy, but ultimately, there was not enough chocolate for me, so I whipped up a batch of my favorite Hershey’s dark chocolate chip cookies.

Queasy or sick:
Oh so sick. Flu is not fun my friends. C tested positive for both flu AND strep on Saturday, and by Sunday night, both G & I had it too. Mostly, I’m just more tired than usual (is that possible?), and feel like I have a bad cold - headache, fever, body aches, stuffy nose, sore throat, etc. I did decide to take Tamiflu to help lessen the duration of this sickness, but so far, not feeling much improved.

Symptoms: 
Typical 3rd trimester symptoms of not being able to get around very well, and general exhaustion.

Looking forward to:
Feeling better! Typically, it takes about 10 days to get over the flu, so I’m praying that we are on the back end of this bug! I’ve also been feeling like I’m entering nesting mode a bit lately, and was thrilled to donate an entire carload of ‘stuff’ to Goodwill this past week. I think we are all more content with less clutter. We had so many toys the boys weren’t playing with, and clothes that had seen better days, that I think I had about six boxes worth of extra ‘stuff’ to donate. Our home has very little storage space, and the need to make room for some baby stuff gets closer every day! This weekend, T & I are headed to a Minnesota Wild hockey game in the cities, and we are both looking forward to a little adult time away before baby arrives.

28 Weeks

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Week 28

(Ugh...my computer crashed, so you’ll have to wait for this week’s picture!)

How far along:
28 weeks

Best moments so far:
I've decided that baby enjoys music. I got G a few music books for Christmas, and we've been reading singing them non-stop at nap and bedtime lately. Baby seems to be able to pick up on my voice, because I always notice lots of kicking while I'm reading...a.k.a...singing...to the boys. In other exciting news, I officially booked a little getaway to Florida at the end of the month. While it won't be the warmest of weather (likely too cold to swim), it'll still be nice to not need winter gear and be able to get out in the sunshine for some fresh air. I'm looking forward to checking out some trails we've always talked about walking on and maybe making a trip to the zoo, or checking out some other local beaches we don't typically spend time at.

Maternity clothes:
Most, but still able to wear some of my non-maternity flowy tops and sweaters.

Sleep: 
Give me all the sleep! Still so tired all the time. Maybe it's the weather. The boys and I both slept past 8 a.m. yesterday which is practically unheard of around here!

Miss Anything:
Energy. Still pretty exhausted by mid-afternoon or the end of the day. I'd kill for some warm weather too. It seriously takes at least 15 minutes to get myself and the boys ready to leave the house when it is this cold. G likes to run the opposite direction when I call for him to come get his coat and shoes on, and C insists that he needs help to get everything on. This on top of the fact that I have a hard time bending over to get my own shoes on and feel like an over-stuffed sausage when I have my coat, scarf, boots, etc all on. Oh and then let's not forget that G is notorious for needing a diaper change after getting all of the gear finally on...UGH.

Baby Movement:
Yes, lots of movement this week. We are in the baby's most active phase of pregnancy, so I imagine this will last for the next couple weeks until space gets more cramped.

Cravings and Aversions:
Not necessarily a craving, maybe just more of a habit, but I wouldn't be able to get through my morning without coffee. 

Queasy or sick:
Nope.

Symptoms: 
I've had some shortness of breath this week, and just overall more difficulty getting around easily or quickly. After being on my feet all day cooking, cleaning, and playing with the boys, I told T - 'this being pregnant business is no joke!'. My body is so tired, but my brain isn't necessarily always on the same page...probably because I count down the minutes until the boys are firmly established in their respective beds for the night and I finally get some 'me time' at the end of the day.

Looking forward to:
I have a repeat ultrasound this week to check the location of the baby's placenta to see if we are out of the danger zone for placenta previa. Prayers for good news! I'm also looking forward to getting a glimpse of our newest little love. T is working on the day of the ultrasound, so hopefully he can sneak out of the clinic to come have a peak (a.k.a. keep G out of trouble!).

27 Weeks

Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Week 27


How far along:
27 weeks - Third Trimester! Also, does anyone actually know what size a yellow turnip is? I mean, when I've cooked with turnips, they generally range quite a bit in size. These turnips must be prize winners as baby is now 3-4x as long as during week 12! According to the weekly pregnancy updates we have been reading from T's pregnancy book of choice (Mayo Clinic Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy - Highly recommend if you are in the market!), baby has an 85% chance of survival if they were to be born this week, and can start to recognize voices. Neat!

Best moments so far:
C was laying his head on my stomach earlier this week after his rest, and the baby kicked him. He popped right up and looked at me with eyes full of wonder and wanted to know what in the world that was!?! I explained to him that it was the baby in mommy's tummy and that it will be his new brother or sister. He was convinced that the baby wanted to play, but after much conversation, has now resigned himself to waiting until around Easter. In the meantime, to help the baby grow, he decided he better go make it some cookies in his new kitchen that Santa brought! GREAT IDEA C!

In other news, I passed my glucose test! Woot woot! No sitting for three hours in the hospital lab during the height of flu season for me! Baby is looking good and had a heart rate of 140 bpm at this appointment which is slower by 10 bpm than it has been at all of my previous appointments. I have one month until my next appointment, then will go to bi-weekly checkups. Eeeek!

Maternity clothes:
Most. Ironically, nothing in today's picture! I think I woke up and all I wanted was cozy, so a nice pair of knit leggings and oversized sweater did the job today. (Not the cutest from the side view, but cozy nonetheless!) Dressing the bump during the winter is certainly easier than some of the other seasons in terms of being able to wear what is already in my closet!

Sleep: 
Ehhh...Ok...We've been leaving G's door open at night so that his room gets some more heat circulation, but because of this, if C wakes up and needs help using the potty (usually a LOUD ordeal as he continues to fight this during the night or early morning), or the sun comes up and brightens the sky before G typically would get up, he has been getting up a bit earlier than usual - nothing too drastic, but maybe 30 minutes earlier or so. To combat this, I've been trying to get up to shut his door when we get closer to the A.M. hours (I'm usually up at some point anyways to use the restroom)

Miss Anything:
Energy! I am soooooo tired all the time it seems. Do I look as tired in today's picture as I feel? I'm still crashing on the couch pretty early on (for T & I) - usually around 10pm, but have made an effort to try to be heading into bed by 11pm. 

Baby Movement:
Yes. I'm thinking this little babe must being a budding acrobat, because one minute I'm getting kicked in the bladder, and the next minute it's my ribs. G was also very active when I was pregnant with him, and continues to be far more active than his older brother at the same age, so if that is any indication, I'm going to be doing nothing but chasing for the next several years!

Cravings and Aversions:
A bit of a citrus craving this week. The boys have been gobbling up the bag of mandarin oranges I brought home from the store, and I will vouch for their deliciousness. Also enjoyed a couple glasses of orange juice in addition to my typical morning coffee this week.

Queasy or sick:
Nope.

Symptoms: 
Still feeling pretty tired, but learned after my appointment last week that my hemoglobin counts are a little low, making me anemic. This is a relatively common occurrence during pregnancy - especially when kiddos are born close-ish together or you have multiple kiddos. Did you know it takes up to TWO YEARS to replenish lost nutrients from pregnancy in a mother's body? To hopefully get me back on track, my doc recommended adding a twice daily iron supplement (in addition to the prenatal vitamin I already take that has 156% daily value of iron), to help boost red blood cell growth. Hopefully, this will help with my fatigue.

Looking forward to:
Hopefully getting a bit of my energy back once I've been supplementing with extra iron for a while. Unlikely, as we are heading into the third trimester (eek!), but a girl can hope right?! I also convinced T to take some time off to sneak away for a little getaway at the end of the month, so I'm REALLY looking forward to booking some flights and enjoying some quality time together as a family of four before new baby arrives.

26 Weeks

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

Week 26


How far along:
26 weeks

Best moments so far:
Celebrating Christmas. Obviously, new baby isn't here yet, but it was so much fun watching the boys open gifts and spending time with family. I expect our winter travel is soon to get pretty limited in the next month and a half or so, and I'm not sure how many more times we will all be together again before the new baby joins our family, so it was good to make some memories as our last Christmas as a family of four.

Maternity clothes:
Most of my clothes - other than sweaters - at this point are maternity. I have an entire tote of maternity wear in a closet downstairs that I haven't even opened yet, but the majority of what I didn't get out is summertime clothing that won't work this time of year unless I can convince T that we should sneak away for a little warm weather getaway yet this winter before baby comes...hint...hint :)

Sleep: 
Ok. The temperature in our home is so HOT that it makes sleeping hard. When G's bedroom door is shut at night (before T & I call it a night), his room has been dipping down to near 64 degrees BRRRRrrrrrrr! (It is on an outside corner of our house furthest from the furnace and has a drafty window). Meanwhile, T & I's room feels like a sauna as it is the closest bedroom to the furnace. It would be great if we could figure out how to get some more heat transferred to the other side of our house! So far shutting vents hasn't been helping :(

Miss Anything:
Energy. Supposedly, energy is supposed to come back during the second trimester, but I feel like mine has gone the opposite direction lately. Even my Grandma noticed how tired I was at Christmas. That being said, it is no small feat to keep up with our boys, so even if I wasn't pregnant, I'd probably still be exhausted by the end of the day!

Baby Movement:
LOTS of movement this week! I've been feeling baby move more during the day too which has been fun. T tells me that baby is about 1.5-2lbs this week, and baby's muscles are developing more and more every day making the kicks stronger and more noticeable. 

Cravings and Aversions:
Chocolate cake. I've been dreaming of this chocolate peppermint poke cake, but have been holding off until after my next appointment when I have to do a glucose test. If I pass, I think I'll make it for New Year's to celebrate!

Queasy or sick:
Nope. So far our house has avoided any serious sickness this winter. C had the stomach flu over Thanksgiving, but the rest of us have managed to escape without anything but occasional pesky winter colds.

Symptoms: 
Still fighting occasional back pain. I've also been super tired this last couple of weeks. By 9pm I have been struggling to keep my eyes open most nights, and thus find myself with approximately only one hour of the day to enjoy to myself without having to keep my constant attention on the boys or spend my entire time cleaning/doing laundry/picking up toys/etc. I'd be completely crazy without some 'me time' to decompress at the end of the day, so I guess one hour is better than none!

Looking forward to:
Hopefully passing my glucose test this week! It will likely be by some miracle if I do after all of the sugar and sweets from our Christmas celebrations over the last couple of weeks!

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