26 Weeks

How far along ? 6.5 months!!!

How big is baby? According to Baby app, about 1.66 lb and the length of a scallion. (That’s pretty long already)

Symptoms: back pain, little out of breath occasionally,

Total weight gain: i think less than 15 at this point

Maternity clothes: i need to find more pants. I hate the side panel jeans I got from target and need some other work appropriate bottoms and tops.

Sleep: yes still able to get good sleep, sometimes pretty deeply too

Stretch marks: nothing new, still using my shea butter

Food cravings: not really? If there’s ice cream in the freezer I’ll eat some but if there isn’t then that’s fine. I’ve been wanting to eat more fruit but don’t know if that is cravings based or diet based

Best moment: getting some decent progress made on my master closet! I can finally put away some of my clothes and not pull them out of boxes every morning ! 🙂

Movement: cold water seems to do something crazy to baby, and occasionally when I lay with my back kind of reclined. Also the day of baby girls end of the year musical performance, baby was playing a whole soccer game in my belly! But that could have been the 3 cinnamon rolls I stuffed my face with before the show?

Labor signs: no

Belly button in or out: pretty flat

What I miss: being able to move around freely. Trying to unpack and set up the house has been slowed down by the fact I can’t move the way I used to. Also I burned my belly the tiniest bit when I was cooking on the stove because the pan was large and I didn’t realize my belly was so close. Nothing major I jumped back immediately but it was a little scary.

What I look forward to: the baby shower that we finally set a date for!

Milestones: set a baby shower date, put together some stuff for the registry, and started planning what to do for big sister’s birthday

Weekly wisdom: take it slow, there’s so much to do but when I try to do too much my feet and back pay for it

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24 Weeks

How far along ? 24 weeks. Hot dang I’m already 6 months in!

How big is baby? According to my babycenter app, ~ 1.2lb and about the length of an ear of corn

Symptoms: occasional heartburn, tiredness, shortness of breath sometimes

Total weight gain: I think roughly 10-12 pounds

Maternity clothes: this dress is actually from Target, but the regular section! It kind of balloons out at the bottom in a cute way and I think will last me the whole pregnancy! Win!

Sleep: my maternity pillow is my best friend, also been trying to sleep where I can while I can. Naps on the couch on the weekend etc

Stretch marks: yep, i try to keep them moisturized though with some shea butter

Food cravings: meh not so much. Occasionally I’ll want a Dairy Queen blizzard, or some chocolate milk but that’s about it.

Best moment: seeing baby at the last ultrasound

Movement: i notice most movement when I am sitting in a way that I kind of lay back a little more than normal, like my desk chair at work or depending on my position on the couch

Labor signs: no

Belly button in or out: in, but it’s super flat like the back of it is a lot closer to the front now

What I miss: drinking wine!

What I look forward to: planning the baby shower, possibly early July

Milestones:

Weekly wisdom: set manageable to-do lists to help get thru all the daily tasks that need to get done

23 Weeks

So I’m going back to pregnancy updates like I did last go round! These were super fun to do and to look back on!

How far along ? 23 weeks! I’ll be 6 months in a week!

How big is baby? According to my babycenter app, about the size of a large mango. ~11inches long and over a pound

Symptoms: a little fatigue, frequent need to pee because I feel pressure low, increased appetite. Had a lot of headaches during first trimester but I think those are mostly gone.

Total weight gain: at least 10 pounds

Maternity clothes: I’ve basically been in maternity clothes since we found out we were expecting again 😄 I’ve been loving stretchy bodycon dresses with a maternity “spandex” i found on amazon. (I’m wearing Target maternity side panel jeans in this week’s pic but I don’t love them.)

Sleep: so far so good, I use my maternity body pillow and sleep on my left side

Stretch marks: ive been using shea butter but yes I see them

Food cravings: meh not really, although I’ve been eating chicken which I wasn’t doing pre-pregnancy. Also fruit snacks, but who doesn’t love those?

Best moment: putting a bikini on for my nieces birthday this past weekend and feeling so cute!

Movement: yes, I notice most movement during the day like 10am and various times through the day but maybe it’s the way I sit in my desk chair

Labor signs: no

Belly button in or out: in, but it’s super flat like the back of it is a lot closer to the front now

What I miss: being able to bend down freely and lift things. With the move into the new house there’s so many boxes to unpack and sort thru and it’s taking me longer to get it done

What I look forward to: planning the baby shower!

Milestones: ?

Weekly wisdom: ask for help! Having babygirl#1 around who was already super helpful is saving me a lot, when I drop things she is always there to pick it up for me, she’s always ready to help me clean up and wants to be more independent so she asks to help me in the kitchen and wants to mostly get ready by herself. It frees me up a little which is great cause it takes me a little longer to do everything these days

in those jeans

so i previously posted about my post-pregnancy body and i was super happy about losing almost 30 lbs in less than 2 months, actually i think i lost most of the weight in the first month. i love the skin i’m in but i was also still not quite at the stage where all my old clothes fit me again. so much fun going thru your closet and realizing you have nothing to wear because you can’t fit what’s there. [ insert stale face. ]
i never realized how many sheer-ish shirts i had til i had a post-baby belly that i was trying to cover! And when you have jeans upon jeans upon jeans that you can’t get up your thighs well, i knew i still had a little ways to go, or maybe i was just destined for a different wardrobe now that i was a mom, and had the tiger stripes to show for it?
i’ve kept most of my clothes in the event that i might fit some of them again, maybe not the smaller tighter jeans that i once wore, but the ones that i could fit my now “wider mommy-made hips” into…

Well there’s nothing like the feeling of fitting into those once favorite pair of jeans that got too tight to fit, but were too special to let go. i’m talking about that one pair that you always wore because they seemed to fit you JUST RIGHT and go with just about anything you wear, yeah those. well i fit them today !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! cue some music so i can do a happy dance !

and i didn’t need to hop around to get them on, or lay down to button them up, or lunge through the house to get them loose enough for me to breathe. i just decided to try them on to see where im at, and voila! they fit. and they still look gooood too. ❤ successssssssssssss

and i haven’t been able to really get a good workout in either,just small little workouts around the house. couple of lunges a day, some abs/crunch exercises, other leg exercises that you can do while standing in front of the stove cooking dinner. nothing too over the top since i know my body is still in a state of recovery, but also something small to let my body know we aren’t just going to go and get all flabby now that we’ve had a baby.

i’ve also made some changes to my diet (and d’s too lol) including cutting out rice and a lot of pasta. [i didn’t cut them entirely i just can’t remember when was the last time i’ve cooked them] instead its a salad with every dinner and veggies to go with whatever protein is on the menu for the night. speaking of veggies i made these awesome little spinach and feta puff pastries last night, post to come on that later!

Birth story

So this post is super late but I wanted a verbal account of her birth story that I could go back and look at.
We went in to the doctor for our routine visit and he was asking all the normal questions. I told him that I felt her movements had maybe slowed down, I wasn’t feeling the wave of kicks as much but maybe it was because she was bigger and didn’t have as much room. Doc hooked me up to a machine to check her heart rate and my contractions. Her heart rate was fine but I was contracting every minute! He said he was gonna send us to the hospital to get induced that day! I started to cry, it was overwhelming, the thing I was waiting for was finally here and it caught me off guard. All the nurses just smiled, told me it was ok and they were so happy for me.
We left the docs office and when we got to the hospital we had to wait to get a room. By the time we got our room my mom had made it in to town, lol it’s funny because she lives almost four hours away. She got our call told her job she had to go and she hit the road!!
I hadn’t dilated anymore so around 4 they inserted a cook balloon (sp?) which consists of two small balloons that they inflate with water to help you dilate. They can stay in for a max of 12 hours, unless they fall out sooner, and generally you come out having dilated to 4-5 cm. it was super awkward trying to walk around the hospital with it in cause the tube that they used to inflate/deflate them was hanging between my legs and of course under those hospital gowns you aren’t wearing anything. They induced me too, to speed things up. I was fine for a while, working through the contractions by taking deep breaths and Dwight and I were taking trips around the hospital IVs in hand trying to help me dilate and efface more.
They checked me and found they could take the balloons out early which was a relief because it meant I dilated enough that I could take an epidural; the contractions had got to be too much. I took the walking epidural and honestly I was way more scared than I needed to be, it hurt worse when the nurse was putting my IV in. After the epidural kicked in I was pretty much flying high, everyone was so sleepy but I was wide awake and ready to walk and talk and hang out. I walked more since I wasn’t in pain and tried to sleep a little.
The contractions got really bad and I needed the full epidural very early Thursday morning. Before they put the catheter in the midwife came in and checked me and told me I was 10 cm dilated and to get ready cause I would be pushing soon.
About a half hour later our baby girl was born, 9:05 am Thursday 7 lb 20 inches with a head full of hair.

Where have I been?!

Sooo I was ready to post my 39 week update, had it ready and everything it was just saved as a draft til I saw my doc the next day. But while we were at the docs office he hooked me up to a machine to track baby and to track my contractions. He said I was contracting every minute ! I didn’t believe him, but he said they’d been doing this a long time and the machine doesn’t lie lol. I just wasn’t feeling the pain and wasn’t sure I knew how to track them properly anyway.
He told us we could go get induced that day, like leave his office and go to the hospital. Omg we were so excited. It was kind of overwhelming at first to hear that, Dwight was ecstatic and I started crying. Like it was really happening was all I could think about, the moment we were waiting for was finally there. Our bags had been packed but it hadn’t hit me until that moment and I cried a little, happy tears of course. So we rushed home to get a couple things I left and made our way to the hospital.
That was last Wednesday…
Thursday morning we welcomed our baby girl into the world, and it was ahhhhmazing!
Words can’t describe the feeling, maybe ill post her birth story..
But she’s a week old today and changing every day and getting more and more beautiful it just makes me want to cry.

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maternity pics (& update)

soo saw the doc today and im still only 1cm dilated 😦 wahhhh. we took the hospital bags with us in case he told us we needed to go, we really thought i was farther along. i thought all the back pain and hardness of my belly was early labor pain. apparently not. he said she is probably facing out so her throwing her head back is causing all the pain to my back. i’ve been up and down the house all day, trying to do squats to help her. he said i was more effaced than last week but he didn’t give me a %.

but in other news:

we got to see the maternity pics.

and we love them. and they’re beautiful. and i’m glad we took the time to get them done even if i forgot some of the cute poses i wanted us to do.

they really make me want to pick up my camera and take pics like i used to, trying to capture every moment [ i am a scrapbook junkie] but ever since i got an iphone i just don’t use my camera anymore; since i have one on my phone but realistically i don’t even take pics that much. seeing these shots she got inspired me to get back to it. my dress makes me look kinda smaller than i really am but its ok. i can’t wait to get them printed and framed. we really haven’t put up any pics in our new place but i think its also cause we haven’t finished formally unpacking…

just a couple of the pics ❤

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38 weeks

OMG WHAT IS THIS BACK PAIN?!

ive been having some back pain for the past two days now and its making me consider calling my doc and asking for a sooner appointment. i’ve heard labor starts in your back O_O. also been having contractions but i can still talk thru them so we haven’t made any hospital visits just yet.

we finally got to take some maternity pics over the weekend, i was worried i’d have her before we found some time, but after we left i remembered other cute poses i had wanted to take that we didn’t do during the shoot. ahhhh you pregnancy brain! oh well, i will remember for next time. hopefully we will have the pics by tonight cause im anxious to see them.

other than that? both our and baby’s bags are packed and we are just waiting for the moment to hop in the car. lol every time i call anyone they think its time, shoot it really almost is time. a lot of people are thinking she’ll be here in time for fathers day so we’ll see

How Far Along? 38 weeks.

how big is baby: over 6 lbs 13 oz 🙂

Symptoms: swollen feet and ankles and fingers. hunger, occasional nesting, fatigue.

Total Weight Gain/Loss: only up a 1/2 lb from last week so now im at 176. dwight thinks im going to hit 180 soon.

maternity clothes? im fine with my belly poking out from my shirt. whatev im 9 months pregnant no one is gonna bother me lol

Sleep: i am peeing a lot in the night again, getting up 2x, 3x and still having trouble finding a comfortable position to last thru the night but i try to catch a nap in the day when i can

stretch marks? yes D: wahhh

Food Cravings: im still just hungry a lot. ive been wanting lemonade a lot lately, especially the chick -fil-a one <3, but idk if thats a craving? also was really needing panera today so we went for lunch after getting pedis 🙂 dont know when ill be able to do that again so took some me time

Best Moment This Week: realizing that i may be starting early labor?!

Movement: yes, OMG i think shes trying to find her way out sometimes the way she kicks me and moves in my ribs, i want to tell her that if she wants to get out she has to go down not up though lol

Labor Signs: i think so. back pain, contractions,

Gender: a little princess

Belly Button In Or Out? i think its pretty much the littlest outie ever. i dont think its going to pop out like some peoples do

What I Miss: being able to fit into my clothes ! lol

What I Am Looking Forward To: having her here

Milestones: being dilated and effaced

Weekly Wisdom: get some you-time in. get your haircut, do your nails, go shopping for something you’ll feel pretty in, you don’t know when you’re going to have time for yourself after a baby is in the picture

dont mind the dressing room, i was looking for a dress to wear in our pics. in case you were wondering this was not the winner 🙂

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