Thursday, March 31, 2011
Size of baby: Month 7 (29w - 32w)– Baby is the size of Squash - about 15.2 - 16.7 inches long and 2.5 - 3.8 lbs.
30w - A pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds her, but that volume will decrease as she gets bigger and takes up more room in my uterus. Her eyesight continues to develop, though it's not very keen; even after she's born, she'll keep her eyes closed for a good part of the day. When she does open them, she'll respond to changes in light but will have 20/400 vision — which means she can only make out objects a few inches from her face.
Maternity Clothes: I love how comfy they are, but I hate how little choices I have in the mornings now. However I did get a really nice maternity dress from G.ap for my shower. There is still a little room in the belly, but I'm sure in the next 10 days, I'll fill it out.
Weight Gain: 15 lbs.
Belly: I swear I'm getting bigger everyday. I don't mind it though ...
Stretch Marks: Nope, not yet. Just started to get a little itchy, nothing major though.
Sleep: Peyton likes to kick like crazy around 3:30am. So for the last couple of nights, I've been up for a good hour to two. I'm tired!
Best Moment of the Week: Tomorrow will be the best moment!!! 3D ultrasound!!!
Movement: She is moving. I say to C all the time "I wonder what she is doing in there." Some days I swear she is rearranging my insides and others I have to double check that she is still in there.
Symptoms: TMI - Gas! Lots of it.
Food cravings: None really. Maybe pizza - I seem to eat that a lot. But I've always liked pizza, so I don't think it can go under "cravings"
Gender: A Little Lady.
What I Miss: My husband. He is once again away on business. He only has one more month of travel and then I've grounded him thru May and June.
What I'm Looking Forward To: Our 3D ultrasound tomorrow. Saturday - so I can nap in the middle of the day. My baby shower next Sunday. The crib coming in - who knows when that happens. Lots of things to look for forward to.
Weekly Wisdom: Baths are wonderful! I suggest taking one. I take one probably a few times a month and I love it. I just make sure it's not too warm, but it's nice. And funny when the baby kicks, the water ripples.
Milestones: I am 3/4 the way through! WOW!!!
Emotions: I'm doing OK. No major freak outs. I still get weepy at TV shows. I'm sure that will be the same postpartum, but I'm wondering when that eventually goes away. I'm a huge fan of the tears! :)
Thursday, March 24, 2011
Size of baby: I moved onto another month! Month 7 (29w - 32w)– Baby is the size of Squash - about 15.2 - 16.7 inches long and 2.5 - 3.8 lbs. Baby is def head down. The kicks are starting to come awfully close to my ribs. :)
29w - Peyton's muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and her head is growing bigger to make room for her developing brain (taking after her daddy). To meet her increasing nutritional demands, I should have plenty of protein, vitamins C, folic acid, and iron. And because her bones are soaking up lots of calcium, I should be drinking milk - although I don't, so I am taking calcium supplements. This trimester, about 250 milligrams of calcium are deposited in her hardening skeleton.
Maternity Clothes: Yup. I've purchased a few more pants, as 5 pair weren't cutting my full time job. But at least they have really cute stuff now.
Weight Gain: Up 2 lbs - 14 in total. I'm happy with that.
Belly: I'm getting bigger!
Stretch Marks: Nope, not yet.
Sleep: I have to say I'm sleeping better, but am more exhausted during the day.
Best Moment of the Week: Getting my glucose results back. I kind of knew since they hadn't called me that I was in the clear, but when she told me today that my levels were an 85, I was thrilled!!! Bring on the cake!
Movement: Yup. She def moves around a lot more. Plus I see my belly move from the outside. Oh and C got to feel her have the hiccups. So cute.
Symptoms: Stuffy nose and sneezing. Oh and - tmi - my vag is seriously swollen and ... yes Jenny McCarthy was right about it turning blue! I told C - Sorry, shop is closed.
Food cravings: No - some days I'm super hungry, others not so much.
Gender: A Little Lady.
What I Miss: My normal vagina.
What I'm Looking Forward To: Our 3D ultrasound is next Friday. I'm soooo excited to see Peyton. It's been over 10 weeks since I've seen her at all and I'm not going to get another u/s this pregnancy, so this is our last shot!
Weekly Wisdom: Back to my age old advice, drink lots of water! Ahem!
Milestones: I’m in the third trimester! I passed my glucose test! I'm only up 14 lbs! I have less than 11 weeks to go! There are too many to count!
Emotions: I have weather dependent depression. Meaning, I was super happy last week when it was 60-70 degrees. The fact that I drove thru a sleet storm last night and woke up to snow this morning has put me in a tailspin towards moodiness. Enough is enough. I'm ready for light spring jackets and bright colored clothes! Even though I would have been thrilled to have a baby anytime of the year, I have to think someone was looking out for me and timed this pregnancy just right! Me + a winter infant + being stuck in the house = disaster! Thank you God for bringing me this baby in the warmth!
Monday, March 21, 2011
I started where all my friends had ... at P.etunia P.icklebottom. My friends all have these bags and I love them. They are so cute. They come in fun colors/patterns and are super organized. My only apprehension was that I originally wanted a diaper bag that looked like a huge handbag. I briefly looked, but other than spending a fortune on a G.ucci or B.urberry bag, I didn't find much out there. There were a few K.ate Spade or M.arc Jacobs bags, but they were canvas and I wasn't loving the design. As most shopping things have happened in this pregnancy, I was getting frustrated with the search. So I was about to hit "PURCHASE" on my online order for this navy flowered PP bag, but had a second thought. "K, pull back. Relax a little. Search a little more. I have some time."
I spent last Sunday scouring online for "designer diaper bags", "diaper bags that look like hangbags", "fashionable diaper bags" - and then I found it! It was perfect. Black, "faux" leather (although I prefer it to be leather, I understand having a bag that carries around bottles full of liquid and diapers and food probably shouldn't be leather) big, looks like a LARGE handbag. In fact, it includes a little wristlet so you don't have to carry a separate bag for cash/cards, etc. PLUS it was on sale and by my "handbag" standards, pretty cheap. Here is my find:
It's a T.imi & L.eslie bag - Charlie II. In fact there are a ton of REALLY great bags on their site - they all look like handbags, but are in fact diaper bags. This one came in this beautiful mustard color that I was sooo close to getting, but I felt the black is better in the long run. I ordered it online, so I'm waiting for it to come in. I have the slightest fear that it's going to be TOO big, but I already checked out the return policy and I'm in the clear. I'm excited to see it. It comes with all this stuff for inside:
It has stroller straps, a diaper changing pad, a long cross over body strap among other things. And the inside looks super organized:
So we'll see when it comes in the mail ... hopefully this week! If it doesn't work out, then I'm back to square one. :(
Thursday, March 17, 2011
Size of baby: Month 6 (25w - 28w)– Baby is the size of an eggplant, 13.6 - 14.8 inches long and weighs about 1.5 - 2.2lb. (I’ll stick with this, but in WTEWYE I’m in my 7th month)
28 w - Peyton is settling into the proper position for birth, with her head facing downward (toward my body's nearest exit!). My little work in progress is now about 2.5 pounds and almost 16 inches long. She's busy adding new skills such as blinking to an already impressive repertoire of tricks like coughing, sucking, hiccuping, and taking practice breaths. Her sleep now includes the REM (rapid eye movement) phase — and that means she could be dreaming already.
Maternity Clothes: Maternity pants. I’ve been holding out on purchasing maternity tops. I’m hoping that I can hold up until the warmer weather.
Weight Gain: Down 2 lbs … 12 lbs total. When I went to my appt last week, I had only gained 1 lb in the 4 weeks.
Belly: I feel like it looks a little smaller today.
Stretch Marks: Nope, not yet.
Sleep: Sleeping is a little better – I think. I am now starting to get up to pee every night and I know it will only get worse.
Best Moment of the Week: Getting hit on! I went to that bachelorette party this weekend. We drove down to Baltimore and had strip tease class – floor, chair and stripper pole lessons. It was so funny to see everyone do it and I certainly looked ridiculous trying to be all sexy with my belly. Haha. Then we went to this dueling piano bar – it was a lot of fun. We had a boa with all these tasks on it for the bride to be to do. So a lot of guys were coming over to our tables and were helping out with the tasks. I was sitting at the table and this guy comes up to me – and let me say if I wasn’t married and pregnant I would have been thrilled … he was very nice looking - and starts flirting and saying “there’s an attraction between us” (haha – guys are too funny, but that’s another story) and after about talking to him for about 5-10 mins, he looks down at my left hand and sees my wedding rings. He points to them and goes something like, “oh no.” Then I said “So is it the fact that I’m married that bothers you” and then I stand up and say “or is it b/c I’m 6 months pregnant” and I point to my belly. The look on this guy’s face was PRICELESS! Me and my girlfriends got a really good laugh out of that one. LOL. But let me tell you, it soooo made my night! Hell, it made my pregnancy! :)
Oh and I had my glucose test on Friday – it really wasn’t as bad as I thought. I think I passed. They said that if the results are fine, that they would just tell me at my next appt and if they were bad, they would call me to make an appt to do the 3hour one. I haven’t heard from them, so I’m assuming it’s all good.
Movement: Some days she is moving all around, other days, quiet as a mouse. ?
Symptoms: No more swelling – I’m choking that up to working my tail off last week. My lower back is starting to hurt by the end of the night, but that’s about it.
Food cravings: No more consistent cravings. But I am noticing that I'm getting hungrier faster. I still don't eat a lot at each meal, but I am all about the 5-6 meals/snacks a day.
Gender: A Little Lady.
What I Miss: Nothing really.
What I'm Looking Forward To: My baby shower. OK – it’s like over 3 weeks away, but the invitations went out this week so I'm excited for it. Here they are:
I designed them … I know, but I’m a designer and couldn’t bear the thought that someone else would be doing it.
Oh and a week before my shower is our 3D ultrasound. So I’m excited about that too!
Weekly Wisdom: Back to my age old advice, drink lots of water!
Milestones: I’m in the third trimester!
Emotions: I’m feeling pretty good. I think the daylights savings helps. I love that I can still leave work at 6-6:30 and it’s still light out. Tomorrow it’s suppose to be 75 degrees! I can’t wait!!!!
Thursday, March 10, 2011
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
I’ve been working 10+ hr days the last week or so and then going to meetings after work for the nonprofit I work with. I thought on Monday when I took my shoes off that I could see a very small amount of swelling around my ankles, but I couldn’t be sure. And then last night after being in heels for 14 hours, I got home, took my shoes off and there was definite swelling. I immediately started housing water and even though it was 10:30 at night and wanted to go to sleep ASAP, I laid in bed with my legs elevated above my waist. I googled on ways to reduce ankle swelling – drink water, elevate feet, don’t cross legs (guilty), sleep on left side, reduce salt (yikes that’s all I want), and massages (C better be all over this).
I understand that this comes with the territory and that there are going some unfavorable effects from being pregnant, but I think because I’ve had such an easy pregnancy so far, I’ve tricked myself into thinking I’m going to get away scot free. For instance, my weight gain has been really good for the first 20 weeks of the pregnancy so I was thinking, hey this is great! I was hanging around the 8lb mark. Everyone kept saying how amazing that was … well now, a mear 7 weeks later, I’m up 5-6 lbs. I’ve almost doubled my entire weight gain for half a pregnancy in 7 weeks. I know that weight gain is a given with pregnancy, but I’m concerned b/c I was overweight to begin with and nervous that I will eventually just turn into a rolling ball with hands and feet – think Violet from Willy Wonka. Haha.
Now don't get me wrong. I love being pregnant. It's the thing that I have probably worked my hardest at and will definitely be the most rewarding. So if that means I gain 100lbs and look like I have an allergic reaction for the next three months, then so be it. But I need to start documenting all support for the guilt trip I'm going to give Peyton when she's a teenager and raising hell. LOL.