26 & 27 weeks

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How far along?: I am 27 weeks and 4 days today!  We are officially under 100 days until her due date (87 days to be exact)! Next week we will be in the 3rd trimester!

Size of the Baby: At 26 weeks she was as long as a scallion.  This week she is the size of a bunch of bananas, the head of cauliflower, a camping lantern, a Fennec fox, or a cucumber.  Measuring between 14-15 inches and just over 2 pounds, this baby girl is growing!

16664968_10100617041346620_8792936068165654890_oBaby Bump: I feel we had another growth spurt and my back feels it!  This past week I noticed I can actually see her kicks.  It’s the craziest thing to watch my belly jump. We can also tell when she’s favoring one side or the other because it jets out a little more or looks lumpy! I gained a few extra “tiger stripes” this past week too.

  • Belly Button Status: I’m really surprised it hasn’t officially popped out yet.  I give it a maximum of 3 more weeks before it’s out.
  • Feet: Two weeks ago I could see half of my feet when looking straight down, now I can only see my toes.  My ankles have officially disappeared from swelling. See you in a few months, ankles!

Movement: Before last weekend, her kicks were very sporadic.  I would feel her be super active one day and then it was like she wore herself out and would rest for 1-2 days with intermittent kicks, only to return with vengeance.  Starting this last week it’s been all day kicks and punches (and I’ve even noticed a few rounds of hiccups today).  I think she has finally gotten big enough to kick around the placenta and I’m able to notice it more.   I have been anxiously awaiting to have Hubby feel her kick and once we could start physically seeing my tummy jump I would grab his hand and sure enough, that little stinker would stop moving!  Hubby says they’ve worked out a deal and he’s going to be the one to calm her down.  I’m starting to see the truth behind that because not once has he been able to feel her kick even if she’s been flopping around for 10 minutes.  The moment his hand goes on my belly, she immediately stops!

Sleep: Luckily, I’m getting over my cough so that hasn’t been the cause of my random wake-ups in the middle of the night.  Between being hot and some hip and back pain and the occasional trip to the restroom, I’m still waking up 1-3 times a night, if not more.  Luckily, I think I’m just getting used to it.  If I don’t now, I know I will be forced to when she gets here!  The need for naps is also quickly returning.  I’m starting to experience some of that third trimester fatigue they talk about a little early.

Maternity Clothes:  I recently received my dress for my baby shower (and possibly for maternity photos) and a nursing robe I can wear at the hospital and during nightly feedings.  Shameless plug but I absolutely LOVE PinkBlush!

Symptoms: Ooooo goodness where do I start?  Back pain is a routine thing as well as my trips to the bathroom.  The acne has decided to kick back into gear after a few days where I was thinking it was going to subside.  Swelling has become more of a frequent issue regardless of my water intake and compression socks.  The fatigue has returned and my hips and pelvis are sore if I sit/lay in one position for any short period of time.  Other than that, I think things are going well! Haha!

Cravings: Loving sweets still, which will talk about here in a little bit.  My intense craving for milk has gone away and isn’t as frequent.  But man, do I want some Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Ice Cream all the time now!

Aversions: Still avoiding greasy fast food.

Missing Most: Being able to breathe, in general.  In my last blog post, I talked about having trouble breathing while sick and it causing anxiety.  Well, the sickness left but the anxiety didn’t.  As our Little Miss grows more and more and begins to push upward towards my ribs and lungs, the shortness of breath I get has caused an almost full-fledged panic attack on more than one occasion.  I’ve always been slightly claustrophobic and had a fear of not being able to breathe but nothing to bring on an actual anxiety attack.  I notice it more when I’m laying down and she has the opportunity to spread out or if I’m in a stuffy or crowded room.  I feel like my chest is tightening and my airway is closing.  Luckily, through most of them, Hubby is with me and can help talk me down.  The worst is when someone tells me to “just breathe” because the more I think about breathing the more I don’t feel like I can and I’ve learned it’s better to just get my mind off of it.  What is concerning is these “attacks” are becoming more and more frequent where I have moments multiple times a day where I have to slow down and tell myself I’m not dying and I’m going to be okay.  I am terrified of what is going to happen as she continues to grow.  I plan on talking with our new OB at our next appointment about it and see if they would recommend a referral to a therapist or another form of treatment.

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The inspiration from Pinterest for our changing table/dresser!

Nursery: We are almost ready to start setting it up! I sold a few pieces of furniture out of the room to make space.  We also cleaned out K’s room because we want to surprise her with a new arrangement and new furniture for when she comes for Spring Break.  We have a few more things to move into K’s room from what will now be the nursery and a few final things to go to the basement and it will be ready to set up everything!  I finished making the initial for her room with sticks and I’m thinking about adding a border with gold ribbon or something to add some color.  Hubby’s next project will be to paint a dresser we are getting from his parents this week that will be our changing table.  For my next project, I am going to make a bow and headband holder I found on Pinterest.

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The weather has been nice so we enjoyed one afternoon on the deck with a good book!

Best Part of the Week: These past 2 weeks have been really rough, to be honest.  Between hormones raging, being emotional, tests and labs results (more information at the end) and financial stress, I’m ready for this week to be over.  So, I think I’d have to say my favorite part of this week aside from seeing baby girl kick a lot would be that the weekend is on its way here!

Can’t Wait For: March 6th!  This has been declared our next baby day!  With Hubby’s job as Brew Master getting underway and the brewery opening, I tried to make it easy and make all of our next appointments on one day so he doesn’t have to miss much work.  That morning we will go to our new OB’s office since our current office is dissolving.  I’ve heard great things about the doctors and look forward to meeting them!  After that, we have a meeting with a possible Pediatrician.  Then later that afternoon, we are having our 3D/4D ultrasound! Can’t wait to see her little face!!

Labs/Results: A few weeks ago I had an ultrasound done on my gallbladder because I had a really bad bout of pain in the weeks prior.  It was so bad I was doubled over in a parking lot.  The results came back from that and showed gallstones.  As of right now, we are just going to wait since I’m not experiencing constant pain and haven’t had any attacks since then.

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Because at this point if I don’t laugh, I’ll cry.

Now for the big results.  I had my glucose test February 6th and found out later that week I had failed it and not just by a little either.  They scheduled a 3-hour fasting glucose test for last Monday.  Unfortunately, I found out this past week, I failed that as well.   So to add to the list of diagnoses during this pregnancy, I have Gestational Diabetes.  As my family would say, I apparently like to “go all out” for everything I do.  The day we found out was particularly hard and emotional.  Food has always been my thing which is both good and bad but specifically it’s been the best part of pregnancy for me.  I’ve eaten things I don’t normally eat, tried new things and when you have a craving the best part is eating whatever that may be! Now, that was being taken away.  I was mad and frustrated and honestly just needed a day to be pissed about it.  When I woke up the next day, I had a whole new attitude that I was going to do my best to be the healthiest for me and the baby. We are currently awaiting a phone call to be set up with an educator to go over a new diet and how to monitor my blood sugar and all of the requirements and things to avoid.  Until then, I’ve been a Pinterest maniac looking at recipes and have joined an amazing support group on Facebook. Just like I unexpectedly became a voice for infertility and IVF I now will hopefully spread the word about this.  Please pray for us as we begin to go through changes these next few weeks. I am grateful to have a supporting husband who will be motivating me to keep up with a strict diet and helping out! We also ask for prayers for Nora’s and my health for the remaining 12 weeks!

 

Until next time,

J

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23, 24, & 25 Weeks

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How far along?: I am 25 weeks +1 day today!  Time is flying by and mix that in with a horrible case of bronchitis and just being overly busy, I’m trying to catch up!

Size of the Baby: At 23 weeks, Nora was the size of a chinchilla.  At 24 weeks she was the size of an ear of corn.  This week, she is the size of a rutabaga, a prairie dog, a Napa cabbage, a baseball glove, or a head of cauliflower! Measuring over a foot long and close to two pounds, she’s growing quickly!

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  • Belly Button Status: Still an innie but I can see the end nearing…which is saying a lot because I had a cavernous belly button beforehand.
  • Feet: I can still see them! Just about half of them but they are still visible!

Movement: We have definitely graduated to full blown kicks!  I’m pretty sure after each meal she does Zumba and then has a few dance parties in between.  I have noticed she responds more and more to music whether it’s her daddy playing drums or music played loudly on speakers she startles and then kicks until it stops.  I came down with a case of Acute Bronchitis last week and I noticed while I felt my worst, she didn’t move much for about 3 days.  I called my OB’s office and they asked me to go to Labor and Delivery for a Non-Stress test where they monitor her heartbeat for awhile to make sure me being sick wasn’t effecting her in any way.  Of course, within 5 minutes of getting there, she well made up for not moving for 3 days.  We were sent home after 20 minutes. Otherwise, she is still pretty low and the kicks (or punches) seem to be just below or right around my belly button.

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Non-Stress Test at the hospital while I was sick.

Sleep: It’s been rough while I’ve been sick the last week.  Between coughing and congestion, I’m lucky if I can sleep a few hours at a time.  For the last 3 or 4 weeks, I have routinely gotten up at 4:30am for no reason and been wide awake.  Sometimes it can take an hour or so to fall back asleep, just for my alarm to go off right after.  I swear I think she’s already sleep training me for when she gets here!  I had to ditch the pregnancy pillow and use just a regular pillow because I was getting too hot and it was hard to roll over from side to side and switch it.  However, I have to have something between my knees or my pelvis and my back will hurt so badly when I wake up.

Maternity Clothes:  My mom and I had a girls day a couple weeks ago and I got some very cute new maternity shirts and a couple pairs of comfy jeans and leggings.  I have found if I don’t have support for my stomach, such as a belly band, I am almost guaranteed to be sore that evening.

Symptoms: The back pain has settled in and I figured I might as well get used to it for the remainder of my pregnancy.  Thankfully, one of my close friends is a licensed massage therapist and it helps! Heartburn continues to be an issue but easily avoidable with medication.  Since she is so low, (and already in head down, feet up position) I have a lot of pressure in my pelvis and am sore a lot.  She’s putting pressure on my sciatic nerve and if I sit too long or lay on my back for any length of time (which I’m only doing for appointments) it’s hard to stand and walk normal for a while.  I have to admit I also had my first  hormonal, without warning, emotional pregnancy meltdown a week or so ago.  Out of pure frustration I lashed out at Hubby, started sobbing and completely lost it.  I’m kind of surprised it took me 24 weeks to get there but man, I felt bad afterwards.  His response? “Hey, we made it over halfway there before it happened! Not bad!”

Cravings: Still about the same in this area.  Loving the sweet stuff! Hubby and I were talking the other night about how I haven’t had the weird combo cravings a lot of people get (ice cream and pickles, potato chips and ketchup, etc.)  My “weird” cravings have been anything chocolate because I hardly ate anything chocolate before and Chinese food.  Hubby is enjoying my love for Chinese food right now because he would always suggest it for dinner and my pre-pregnant self would turn it down.

Aversions: Nothing new here just overly greasy fast food still sounds awful!  Gave in one night a couple weeks ago and had McDonalds and regretted it, not to mention we think Hubby may have gotten food poisoning from it.

Missing Most: Being able to breathe through my nose!  I get major anxiety when I feel like I can’t breathe and having been so congested and not being able to fully breathe, really gets to me.  I never realized how much it bothered me until I realized I couldn’t take the usual meds I would use to get over something like this.  I was lucky enough to get an inhaler that helps with my cough.  Otherwise, me and my Neti Pot just became best friends!

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The start of the next piece of artwork for her room!

Nursery: Hubby helped me move a lot of stuff out of the nursery and we are making progress!  Realizing there is just over 14 weeks left causes me to panic sometime but we’re kicking our butts into gear! I know we’ve got time but I like to help as much as possible and as time goes on, I’ll only be able to help so much.  I also started another piece of artwork for her room using branches from our own backyard.  However, finding straight branches that fit together is a lot hard than I realized and it quickly turned into a 2-day project.

Best Part of the Week: We had our follow up at maternal fetal medicine to try and get pictures of a few things she decided to hide at her anatomy ultrasound.  One of those being her face!  She was still in the same position but we were able to get a few good ones!   When I saw her face I had the “Holy crap. That’s my kid” realization.  It’s kind of funny after all this time, that’s what it took for it to hit me!  We aren’t just talking about any baby here…that is OUR baby in MY belly!

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She’s got her daddy’s nose!

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She had her legs and feet crossed!

Can’t Wait For:  Monday, is my next OB appointment and also my Glucose test.  I’m more ready to get that out of the way!  Also, I am excited that at the end of this month I’ll be in my third trimester! It’s so crazy it is just a few weeks away!  We also scheduled our 3D/4D ultrasound for the first week in March! I’ve already started the pep talks with Miss Nora about cooperating but we all know how that goes!

Have a great weekend and week!

Until next time,

J