Monday, April 30, 2012

37 Weeks

Originally written 4/30:

I don't have a whole lot to say today (I know... shocking!).  I actually feel kind of lousy and I can not wait to be done working.  I only have 2 more weeks to go, which I'm sure will fly by!

This past weekend wore me out, I think.  We went to the huge consignment sale on Saturday morning and I picked up a ton of things for Addy but only one outfit (that C picked out) for LO.  I wandered over to the newborn section but just felt completely overwhelmed.  And they didn't even have any good baby gear (we're still looking for a bouncer and a new diaper bag) to buy.  The last few times I've been I've felt like it wasn't as good of a sale but we still have 2 more consignment sales to check out before LO is supposed to make her appearance so maybe we'll get lucky at one of those.

I saw the doctor on Friday and got an internal exam and it HURT.  She seriously jammed her hand in there trying to find LO's head.  She said it's still floating around and nothing is changing, which is pretty much what I expected.  I go every week now for checks until LO decides to come out.

There's still so much to do so I suppose I should be grateful that she's not close.  But I am getting the itch to wrap things up.

How far along?:  37 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: Less than 1lb this past weigh in making my official gain 29lbs. 
The Bump:  Pretty much the same as always.  It feels huge to me but I was told so many times how tiny I am over the weekend.  And I kind of agree.  I know it feels huge, but for only having 3 weeks left it seems like it should be ginormous!
What I’m excited about/looking forward to:  My last day of work and getting some downtime!
Maternity Clothes:  Yes.  I don't know what else to say here.
Symptoms:  Cramping, peeing all the time, tired, heartburn.  Pretty much the usual.
Belly Button in or out?:  In. I don't see this changing.
Food Cravings/Aversions:  I got ice cream a few times this week and what can I say, I love ice cream!  I also bought some milk duds which was a mistake because they're all I want to eat now.
What I miss:  I miss being able to run 3 errands on a Saturday and not needing a nap.
Milestones:  I told C that I wouldn't mind if the doctor wanted to put me on bedrest for a bit (I'm that tired) but then I realized that that would never happen.  I'm 37 weeks, they'll let the baby come!

34 Weeks

Originally written 4/10:

It is absolutely nuts to think that we only have 6 weeks (or so) to go!  We're ready, but there's still so much to do.

We need to:
- Finish decorating the nursery (even though she won't be sleeping there for the first 3 months or so)
- Pack the hospital bag
- Wash the car seat linens (fabrics? cover?  You know.)
- Install the car seat bases
- Wash the other linens (like the 3,000 blankets we have)
- Buy Addy's Big Sister present from the baby
- Pack Addy's overnight bag (I assume she'll be staying with relatives for one night at least)
- Buy a changing table pad
- I want a nightgown for the hospital so I can get out of that hospital gown this time
- Make freezer meals
- Pre-register at the hospital
- Buy NB size diapers (just a pack or 2, I have Size 1 at home already)

And I'm sure there's more.  BUT, the important thing is that whatever happens, we have the bassinet and car seat and clothes so we're ready in those regards.  The rest can be done after, if we absolutely had to, like if we were surprised.

How far along?:  34 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: After the shock last time, I'm pretty sure I'm holding steady at 25lbs.  I tried not to eat too many Easter sweets and have been drinking lots of water to help flush out any salt.  My "cankles" are much better lately too.
The Bump: She is ALL up in my ribs.  Once I'm not working any longer, I won't wear bras anymore.  They are SO uncomfortable.  I wore a nursing bra today, which seems to be better.
What I’m excited about/looking forward to:  Meeting her finally!
Maternity Clothes:  Yes.  I don't know what else to say here.
Symptoms:  Tired, more cramping lately.  I told C that if I didn't know better there are times I would swear I'm about to get my period.
Belly Button in or out?:  In. I don't see this changing.
Food Cravings/Aversions:  I am not really craving anything lately.  I wanted a DQ cone last night but that was more for heartburn than anything else.
What I miss:  I miss simple tasks not being strenuous.  Like rolling over in bed or getting off the couch.
Milestones:  I don't think there's much to say about 34 weeks.  We'll talk at 36 weeks...

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Travels with Two

Note: I haven’t actually traveled with 2 kids yet, but I can spend hours upon hours trying to figure out the best way to do it.  Literally.
So C & I went a bit insane and booked this epic trip this summer after LO is born.  We’re headed to SoCal for a dear friend’s wedding (which I’ve mentioned before) and then since we’re already “on the road” we’re headed to Ohio to visit his parents & some friends.  All-in-all it will be a 9 day trip, with a 3-year old and an approximately 8-week old baby.  Crazy.
We traveled quite a bit with Addy after she was born so we’ve done the different ages in the airport thing and we have a pretty good idea what we’re doing but having a second child kind of complicates things.
For instance: the best way to get 2 car seats across the country.  At first I assumed that we would check Addy’s big car seat with our luggage and use the infant seat/snap in stroller frame for the baby which can both be gate checked.  That’s what we’ve done in the past.  The stroller frame has a big basket so it’s a place to put things like diaper bags and Addy’s backpack that she’ll probably stop wanting to wear.
It’s still a good option, but what happens if Addy doesn’t want to walk in the airport anymore?  We’ll have at least 1 carry on, 1 diaper bag, Addy’s bag, my purse, Addy, LO, stroller & car seat.  Then someone has to carry Addy?  That doesn’t seem good.
So then I thought maybe a better solution would be to check LO’s car seat instead and get the GoGo Babyz rolling attachment for Addy’s car seat because in truth, LO will probably like being in a sling more anyway and either girl will fit in Addy’s car seat.  This means not having a stroller for our entire trip though which kind of sucks but we’d be ok.
BUT, the problem with this is that we still have all the things mentioned above to lug around and now I’m wearing a sling so I can’t really put on a backpack.
Reading over this, it makes much more sense to do the infant seat/stroller frame.  If Addy wants to be carried, C can pass the carry on bag over to me to wear, the DB will be in or under the stroller, my purse will be wherever and he’ll be free to carry Addy.  I can also pack the sling to wear LO if she gets fussy and Addy could potentially ride in the stroller as long as she doesn’t get much heavier.
Another pro to this option is that if LO falls asleep in the car, we'll have the stroller frame available so we won't have to wake her when it's time to get out.
Next time: how to handle 2 kids in one hotel room!

Monday, April 23, 2012

33 Weeks

 Orginally written 04/02:

There are a few events left in this pregnancy (a wedding and some baby sales and C is running a half marathon this weekend) but we had Addy's party on Saturday and I'm glad that we won't be hosting any more of them.  I'm pretty sure she had a really good time and it was great to have everyone over, but I was exhausted after that.

The nursery is back together!  I'm so happy about that!  We just need to hang some things on the walls and I need to paint her letters and we'll be all set!  We should probably pick up some newborn size diapers to have on hand but we're in good shape.  Oh, and I need to take apart the car seat and wash it.

We've still got 7 weeks to go (obviously) so we won't be packing a bag or anything until the beginning of May.  But that's not that far away when you think about it.  So crazy that we're getting so close!

How far along?:  33 weeks
Total weight gain/loss:  Oh my gosh.  Ok, I promised myself I would always be honest, so on Friday I was +7 pounds!  Now, I've been weighing myself since then and I've been consistently 2-3lbs under that so I'm blaming water weight for half of it.  We ate out more than usual last week and I think I had so much salt in me.  Taking off 3 lbs for water, I'm up 22lbs for the whole pregnancy.  I see no reason I won't hit the 30lb mark.
The Bump:  I still feel huge but occasionally I see other pregnant people and remind myself that we still have a ways to go.
What I’m excited about/looking forward to:  I'm excited to officially have the nursery done.  We never did a "nursery" with Addy so it's exciting!
Maternity Clothes:  Yup, I'm in them.  Pretty much all the time except for sweats.
Symptoms: Heartburn, fatigue and now hip/sciatic pain that comes and goes.  Sometimes it's so bad I'm liping.
Belly Button in or out?:  In. I don't see this changing.
Food Cravings/Aversions: Ice cream.  It's one pregnancy sterotype that's absolutely true.
What I miss:  Walking without pain.  Being able to do simple tasks like carry a laundry basket.
Milestones:  Silly ones but the nursery being put back together and pre-registering for the hospital.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Week 32

Originally written 3/26:

Happy Birthday to Addy!!  She is 3 today!  I just can't believe what a big girl she is getting to be.  She talks so well and is getting more and more skilled at things like playing games and decorating cupcakes, which we did yesterday.

I still wonder how the adjustment to 2 kids will be for our little family.  I know Addy loves babies and she's excited about her baby sister, but I think that she doesn't get it yet.  That her baby sister will be with us All. The. Time.  She doesn't go home like Baby E does.

The nursery is painted!  We will put it back together this week, in time for everyone to come to our house on Saturday for Addy's party.  I hope to even have the prints I purchased framed and ready to go by then too.  Her letters won't be done because the spray paint did NOT cooperate and they look horrible.  Plus, I'm still not ready to share the name, even though C & I have been trying to use it more and more.

It's baby sale season so we'll be attending a few of those in the coming months and getting whatever we don't currently have but have decided we need.  Shouldn't be much though!

How far along?:  32 weeks
Total weight gain/loss:  Roughly 20lbs - The scale says I still haven't broken 150, but the doctor's office might see it differently.  I can't weigh myself naked there...
The Bump:  Measuring fine but definitely taking more effort to move around.
What I’m excited about/looking forward to:  Really, the only thing left is actually having her!
Maternity Clothes:  I actually wished that our early spring would cool off so I could wear the few maternity sweaters I purchased and I got my wish!  Shirts vary between true maternity and ones that were just extra loose previously.
Symptoms: Tired and heartburn is back with a vengence.  Dang you heartburn!
Belly Button in or out?:  In. I don't see this changing.
Food Cravings/Aversions: Nothing that I can really pinpoint. 
What I miss:  Sleeping through the night and not getting winded just walking Addy upstairs.
Milestones:  32 weeks is a safe delivery window!  Our chosen hospital can handle 32 weeks + so we are good to go!  Of course, I don't see her moving any time soon, but it's good to know that we'd be ok if she did.

Monday, April 16, 2012

31 Weeks

Originally written 3/19:

The last week has just flown by!  I suppose that 2 job interviews and an ultrasound will make things move quickly!  Anything that breaks from the norm.

The ultrasound went SO well.  The tech was really nice and confirmed that we are definitely team PINK and we're excited about that.  We also got a brief look at our girl in 3-D and sorry, C, but I definitely took over both our girls in the looks department.  If the pictures are any indication, we'll mostly likely have another clone of Addy, meaning another clone of me, meaning another clone of my mom.  I'll take it.

The doctor came in, checked everything out and told us that there is absolutely nothing to worry about.  Measurements are all good, baby is doing so well and she complimented me on my umbilical cord which was odd but cute.  We left feeling great.

C had Spring Break last week and spent a few hours painting the nursery.  Right now it's extremely green but I'm excited to put the room back together and see how everything looks.  I think once we get the furniture in and some artwork that it will be great.

How far along?:  31 weeks
Total weight gain/loss:  If my home scale is to be believed, I still haven't broken the 20lbs mark.
The Bump:  This question gets kind of old after a while.  The bump is there, it's growing.  Not sure what else to say about it.
What I’m excited about/looking forward to:  Putting the nursery back together!
Maternity Clothes:  Pretty much all the time, except for pajamas.  I found a great deal on nursing bras over the weekend and snatched up 3 of them!
Symptoms: Tired, yet sleeping mostly through the night (except when turning over).  I feel fortunate that I haven't reached the "up 6 times a night to pee" stage.
Belly Button in or out?:  In. I don't see this changing.
Food Cravings/Aversions: Sweets: ice cream, chocolate and also sour sweets like Sour Patch Kids.  And fruit to balance it out.  I've been loving green grapes lately and we got some strawberries yesterday that look aewsome!
What I miss:  Having energy.  I spent time outside with Addy over the weekend and was pooped!
Milestones:  We're in the single-digit weeks!  9 weeks to go!

Monday, April 9, 2012

30 Weeks

Originally written 3/12:

Wow, hard to believe that we only have 10 weeks to go from here.  It's so close and still so far away.  We still have a lot to do, least of which is paint her room so C better get on that!

I traveled over the weekend and I am b.e.a.t!  I attended a wedding and it was great to see all my friends and I did a little dancing but this baby bump wasn't made for shaking.  I think the time change combined with the quick weekend trip pretty much wore me out.

We see the perinatoligist this week and get to see our peanut again!  I'm really hoping that they'll take a quick detour down to her nether-regions just to confirm again that she is a she and I'm hoping that we might get a 3-D look at her as well!  I think I've said this before, but I'm really not worried about her heart.  My doctor doesn't seem concerned so I've chosen to take my lead from her.  Besides, the u/s didn't see anything serious (either time) so I'm not sure what could be there that wasn't seen.

My biggest stressor right now is the job thing and how finding a new job will work with maternity leave and all that.  I had a second interview today so we talked about logistics and they would only give me 6 weeks which is going back a lot earlier that I had wanted to.  I wanted more like 10.  We'll see what works out.

Lastly, I do NOT have diabetes (YAY!) and I'm apparently not really anemic (the results were for a non-pregnant woman and completely normal for a pregnant one) so I'm happy about all that.  I've stopped taking my tums (extra calcium) at the same time as my pre-natals to let more iron absorb though and it seems to be helping.

How far along?:  30 weeks
Total weight gain/loss: Last doctor's appt was 18 lbs.  I'm guessing it's 20 after this weekend...
The Bump: OMG, it felt huge all weekend.  And yet, sometimes I forget it's there til I look down.
What I’m excited about/looking forward to:  Seeing her again on the big screen and hearing that everything is ok.
Maternity Clothes:  After a certain point, this question is pointless.  Yes, I'm wearing them.  All. the. time.
Symptoms:  Tired, a wee bit of cramping (probably just my uterus ligaments complaining) after strenuous activities, like dancing.
Belly Button in or out?:  In. I don't see this changing.
Food Cravings/Aversions:  I don't have diabetes so I'm not even watching it anymore.  I love a good sweet!
What I miss:  Well, the truth is that I missed drinking at the wedding.  I had 1/3 of a glass of red wine and it was delicious!
Milestones:  Nothing much, but in 2 weeks we'll be at a really good point should anything go wrong.

Monday, April 2, 2012

29 Weeks!

Originally written 03/05:

Lots happening lately, it seems, but not all of it pregnancy related.  Though, when you're pregnant, isn't everything pregnancy related?

I've been feeling so tired lately and I attributed it to being pregnant (duh) and having an almost 3-year-old to run after.  Not that I've been doing much running, but I'm still trying my best to continue activities with her and around the house (laundry, etc.).  I found out on Saturday that I actually have low iron, called anemia, which is fairly common during your 2nd & 3rd trimesters due to the baby stealing all your iron and your body making more blood.  I'm actually not THAT low (11.4 vs. 12.0) but I suppose it's enough.

What's odd is that my pre-natals give me 150% of the iron I'm supposed to take daily plus I have iron rich foods (red meat, green leafy veggies, tofu, etc.) fairly often.  C crams the tofu and kale into me at least once a week.  So I don't really know what else I can do except take an iron supplement too I guess.  I did read that I am doing some things incorrectly, like drinking caffeine right after I eat my iron-rich morning cereal and taking a calcium supplement (Tums) at the same time as my pre-natals.  Both of those things will actually hinder your body's absorption of iron, it turns out.

I find out today if I failed my 1-hour glucose test and I'm just praying that I didn't.  For some reason, I'm so worried about having gestational diabetes and I don't even know why.  It wouldn't be that big of a deal and it'd only be for 10 more weeks or so. 

How far along?:  29 weeks
Total weight gain/loss:  Up 18 lbs which, according to my weekly e-mail, is actually under where I'm "supposed" to be.  Looks like I'm on track to gain about 25 total, but who knows.
The Bump:  Out front and growing.  The last couple days she's been up in my rib cage which isn't the greatest.
What I’m excited about/looking forward to:  Even though it's not for the best reason, next week we see the neonatalogist and I'll take any chance I can get to see our little girl!
Maternity Clothes:  This is kind of a silly category since I'm 29 weeks.  I mean, what else would I be wearing?
Symptoms: Fatigue, extreme thirst, some heartburn, the usual.
Belly Button in or out?:  In. I don't see this changing.
Food Cravings/Aversions: I don't think that I've ever mentioned how much I LOVE cereal during this pregnancy.  If I need a snack, 4 time out of 5 I'll grab a bowl of cereal.  Mmmmm.
What I miss:  Sleeping through the night, being able to perform regular tasks without issues.
Milestones:  3 more weeks and we hit 32, which will mean after that point we should have a great chance should anything happen.  Really though, I don't see any issues and I see us going all the way.