31 week bump update

31 week bump update

How far along?

31 weeks and one day (because I am a day late… again)

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Post-work photo–Same shirt as last week, ooooops!

How big is Bean?

Bean probably weighs about 3.5 pounds and he is 16 inches long!! HUGE, that’s the size of a) a bunch of asparagus, or b) a coconut! mmmm coconut!

Total weight gain/loss?

I gained one pound this week!

Sleep?

SO MANY CRAZY DREAMS. Other than that, and a middle of every night pee break, sleep is good!

Best moment this week?

We had fun visiting with friends this weekend at a surprise party for Sarah Cleaver (CONGRATS to Sarah for competing her RN and landing an awesome job at an ER)!  We also have been getting a lot of good work done getting the house ready for our big move. Lots of packing and organizing–that’s maybe not that fun, but it’s necessary and feels good!

Symptoms?

I am very achy at the end of the day (and sometimes during the day). The area above my belly below my breasts gets so tired and hurty. If I lie back or sit up really straight it seems to help take some of the pressure off (also, taking the torture device that is my bra off also seems to help a lot). I am finding myself often short of breath and the heartburn is present, but not terrible this week. Swelling in my fingers and feet. Lastly, I am definitely suffering pregnancy brain. Today alone, I put sugar in the dogs’ bowl instead of in the bowl I was using to make potsticker sauce for Chad. Tim at the bar ordered a bottle of Miller Light and I brought him a Coors Light. I went back and tried again but brought him a Michelob Ultra. Sigh.

Stretch marks?

Nope!

Food cravings/aversions?

Nothing really! I have been having a little nausea, and constantly eating helps. I have been craving VERY cold water–does that count as a craving?

Labor signs?

Nope!

Belly button in or out?

In!

What I miss?

Nothing much!

What I’m looking forward to?

Our visit from Mark and Kathy and more progress on our house! Painting starts tomorrow 🙂

Milestones?

Not a milestone so much, but Beau has been VERY active! Lots of kicks, some really big, and some right in the ribs.

There are some weird, interesting Beau milestones this week. He pees about 2 cups a day now! Thankful, my body replaces the amniotic fluid completely several times a day. He’s fattening up, which he will need to because he needs to double his body weight in just 9 more weeks. Beau can turn his head side to side. He’s dreaming, too, which I think is amazing and confusing. His hearing is improving so much so that he can be startled sometimes.

Next appointment?

Our regular 32 week appointment is on Friday 🙂

30 week bump update!

30 week bump update!

How far along?

30 weeks! eeeeek!!

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does this belly make me look pregnant?

How big is Bean?

Bean weighs more than 3 pounds… That’s like half his birth weight, which means we still have a lot of growing to go (where is that all going to fit??!!) He is also about 15.5 inches long! On the fruit-o-meter, he is a) the size of a zucchini or b) a butternut squash.

Total weight gain/loss?

I weighed 170 at my appointment and 168 on my scale at home.

Sleep?

Good! Have I mentioned the dreams? I have been having incredibly weird, super realistic dreams almost every night (and nap) for the last several weeks. It’s really weird!

Best moment this week?

This sounds silly, but my best moment this week was swimming yesterday. Somehow I talked Chad into going to the pool with me yesterday (I just got a super cute maternity swimsuit, which–sidebar–when I unpacked the bag it was shipped in from Old Navy, I thought looked more like the size of a beach towel than a bathing suit). We kicked around and did laps a little bit, but the highlight was a “game” we played. There were some plastic beachy kind of balls and we started a hit-the-ball-back-and-forth game. The rule was that we got one touch each. We got up to 58 hits! We played this game for like 45 minutes. It was really fun to do something active and it felt amazing being in the water. I think it was really good for my back and swollen legs. I will try to go swimming again. Also last night, Penn State Men’s Hockey won the B1G 10 championship game in their second night of consecutive double overtime wins! Hockey Valley!!

Symptoms?

I am getting very tired! I also have pretty constant heartburn. And I have been having, as I mentioned above, swelling in my hands and feet/ankles. Oh and shortness of breath–I have been getting winded talking.

Stretch marks?

Still nope, although I am not sure how because although I’m sure it’s impossible, I feel like I have doubled in size since last week.

Food cravings/aversions?

Nothing really! I am not nearly as hungry as I was a few weeks ago. Which is probably good because I don’t have nearly as much room in my tummy as I did before.

Labor signs?

Nope!

Belly button in or out?

In and looking like it plans to stay that way.

What I miss?

Running! I really have been missing just being able to go for a run. I walked on the treadmill one day this week and I really had to slow down my pace because I was having a lot of Braxton contractions. It was kind of a bummer. I am still pretty active with working 3 or 4 nights a week–I walk a lot at work–but it’s just not the same as going on a run. I can’t wait to start back up with running post pregnancy and am looking forward to being able to share that with Beau!

What I’m looking forward to?

Spring! Can we all just agree that it should be Spring now? I am also looking forward to our visit with Nana Kathy and Pop-Pop Mark in mid-April!

Milestones?

This week Beau’s brain is getting wrinkles! And he should be strong enough to grasp a finger. As his body fat is increasing, he is starting to lose his furry hair that covers his whole little body.

I expected that I would feel him kicking less because he is running out of room in there–as I type this, I can see a reflection of my seated self in the window, I haven’t seen how big I look sitting down, but it’s sure hard for me to believe that he has much space to do anything–however; I feel him a lot! It’s really wonderful being able to feel him. I was laying on the sofa yesterday and I could see this giant kicks and rolls and arm swipes through my belly. It’s like there’s an alien in there.

Next appointment?

Our next appointment is 3/31. This will be our 32 week appointment. It won’t be until 36 weeks that I’ll start having more physical (read: pelvic) exams. These appointments are quick checks: urine screen, blood pressure, baby heartbeat, fundal distance, questions. At our appointment on Friday, everything looked great. Beau’s heartbeat was 152 bpm. My blood pressure and stuff was all fine and he measured right on. I had my Tdap shot (this was THE MOST PAINFUL SHOT I HAVE EVER HAD. I can still barely lift my arm without serious pain.) The doctor explained that after 36 weeks we’ll be able to have a better idea of when our little bean will arrive. That may seem obvious, but for uber-planner me, it was a relief to hear we won’t be flying totally blind. We also talked about a birth plan. Talking to our doctor, it sounds like a birth plan won’t really be necessary for us as we don’t really have any special requests and the hospital’s standard practices (skin-to-skin contact, etc.). So Chad and I have decide that we will talk stuff over, but probably won’t write a specific document. That was really all we talked about.

In Mom and Dad (Lydia and Chad) News, we have started to get organized for our move. We figured out what furniture we are moving and what we will sell. We came up with a plan for organizing the house and packing. We also talked about what it would mean for is if the baby came before the new house was done. This was a topic that was REALLY keeping me up at night–or waking me up in the morning. We decided that, especially with help from my parents who are visiting soon!!!, that we will get packed and organized in our current house and get the current house ready as if we were going to temporarily bring Beau home here. If it turns out that he arrives before the house is ready, we will spend a few nights in a hotel during the transition between houses. Having a solid Plan B makes me feel sooooo relieved. I feel a lot less pressure to have the house done right away and a lot better about bringing Beau back home if he’s early knowing the house will be set up for his arrival. It sounds so obvious, but it didn’t occur to me that it would actually be ok if we weren’t able to get into the house before he showed up. While I certainly don’t want him to arrive too much before his due date, I feel a lot less stressed now about the possibility that he might.

29 week bump update

29 week bump update

How far along?

29 weeks, and 1 day… because I am a day late this week!

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29 weeks! I was thinking that I didn’t look very pregnant from the front yet… WRONG–I look like (according to Nana Kathy, and I agree) I swallowed a basketball!

How big is Bean?

This baby is huge and going to get even bigger! He is 2 and 1/2 to 3 pounds this week, and he is 16 – 17 inches long! That’s almost birth length! He is the size of a) a “small” cabbage, or b) an acorn squash. Holy moly belly!

Total weight gain/loss?

My weight seems to finally be stabilizing a little bit. 166 this morning.

Sleep?

Pretty good! Been EXHAUSTED, but only after a certain point. It’s like all of a sudden 8:30 rolls around and I gotta go to bed at that moment.

Best moment this week?

This was a fun week. Lots of good progress at the house. Lots of laziness on my part because it was Spring Break and I couldn’t drag my butt to the Morgan Center. I would say the highlight of the week came yesterday, we drove to Bloomsburg to visit Patty and we  did an Escape Room (a Christmas gift from Patty). It was so fun! For those who don’t know–I didn’t really–an escape room is “An escape room is a physical adventure game in which players are locked in a room and have to use elements of the room to solve a series of puzzles and escape within a set time limit, or having completed a mission. The games are physical versions of ‘escape the room‘ video games. Games are set in a variety of fictional locations, such as prison cells, dungeons and space stations, and are popular as team building exercises.” Our room was the Tornado Room. The set up was that our house had been hit by a tornado and there was a second tornado on its way in an hour. If we didn’t figure out the code to the exit door we’d get hit by a second tornado and all die. The room has a 38% solve rate, and we figured it out! We got out in 46 minutes! Yay. It was really fun solving the puzzles and figuring the room out.

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no womb can hold bean.

Symptoms?

Let’s see. Feeling pretty good. Managing heartburn with Tums. Not starving like I was last week. Have to pee often. Really feeling great (and not suffering from these icky symptoms “The Bump” threatened that I could expect this week: headaches/lightheadedness, itchy belly, sciatica, hemorrhoids…). I should say, the internet is a blessing and a curse, it’s cool to see my labs but it also means that me with my limited medical knowledge can over-interpret. No UTI last week–YAY–I guess that was a false negative/contamination (TMI, I know). But the nurses did recommend switching to a prenatal with iron, which I have! Hopefully that will pull me out of the slight anemia (which is normal in the third trimester–Bean-o is sucking up my resources because he is growing so much now!).

Stretch marks?

Yeeesh, not yet, but I feel like any day now… this belly is getting HUGE.

Food cravings/aversions?

Nope!

Labor signs?

Braxton Hicks still, but again, that’s not labor!

Belly button in or out?

In–I’m guessing it’s not popping!

What I miss?

Nothing! Feeling fantastic!

What I’m looking forward to?

6 – 18 inches of snow tomorrow! NOT! I am not looking forward to that. Actually many places around here are declaring snow emergencies. Schools and business are planning to be closed. I LOVE being snowed in, buuuuut I was also ready to get back to work tomorrow. What am I looking forward to really? Hmmm… More quick progress on the house!

Milestones?

“The buds of your baby’s future permanent teeth begin to form in his gums now. They’ll lie in wait for 5 to 12 years!” I should expect to feel hiccups soon! And Beau’s adrenal glands are producing androgen and estrogen that produce stimulate my milk production… Does that mean I can expect leaking? Pregnancy is fun!

Next appointment?

Friday… should just be a quick check in. And I am going to ask about my Tdap shot. Chad had his.

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basketball belly
28 week bump update

28 week bump update

*I missed a week! Ugh. It was bound to happen. It was one of those situations where I thought: “I’ll do it tomorrow.” Tomorrow turned into tomorrow turned into: “Too close to next week now.”*

How far along?

28 weeks–HELLO THIRD TRIMESTER!!! Whoa!

How big is Bean?

Beau Bean is ENORMOUS. His is the size of A HEAD OF CAULIFLOWER. He weighs 2.5 big huge pounds and is 16 inches long from head-to-foot.

Total weight gain/loss?

Weight gain is steadying out! I weigh about 164 pounds. That’s about 10 pounds total above my pre-pregnancy weight.

Sleep?

Mostly good. A few nights of terrible sleep, but a few nights of awesome sleep too.

Best moment this week?

This was a tough week. I had a scary-ish (but fine) contraction incident on Thursday and found out Saturday that a co-worker–a wonderfully kind man with an also kind son with whom I also work–passed away at work on Friday night. It’s a terrible shock, and a terrible tragedy for his family. Although it has been a tough week in that way, we also had a very nice visit with Seth and Sarah Cleaver, who came to stay for the weekend.

Symptoms?

 

I have been having terrible heartburn and acid reflex, but Tums seem to do the trick! My feet are pretty swollen at the end of the day, and my body has been getting achy. I have been having cramping in my legs and feet at night. I get a tingling aching under my breast, especially at the end of the day, but this just a circulation thing and more of an annoyance than anything else. The shortness of breath is real. Did you know its possible to get out of breath talking? It is. Beau takes up a lot of space in there. The toughest symptom this week was my Braxton Hicks contractions which lead to my incident on Thursday night. I was working at the Hofbrau, it was really busy. I had a bunch of tables. I was really dehydrated. I started having an increase in my contractions, several in a few minutes time. Beau was moving a lot too. I have read that 4 contractions in an hour is about the max that’s ok before calling a doctor. Then I had a contraction that wouldn’t go away. On top of it, I got really freaked out–which probably made it even worse. I called the doctor, but it was after hours and I was in full panic mode before the doctor could call me back. I came home and called Chad and asked him to come home too. The doctor called back and told me that this isn’t uncommon, and is not a problem (or labor) if rest and lots and lots of fluids help the contractions subside. I was instructed to lie on my left side and drink tons of water so that I had to pee every half hour. The contractions slowed down within a few hours and I settled down. Friday was business as usual and my Braxtons returned to normal. I had a doctors visit Friday morning in which the doctor confirmed that incidences like the one I had on Thursday can be expected in physically, emotionally stressed and dehydrated moms. Should it happen again, I am to rest and hydrate.

Stretch marks?

Not yet!

Food cravings/aversions?

Nope, nada. Still hungry, but I am getting full much faster.

Labor signs?

Braxton Hicks, but no real labor!

Belly button in or out?

In! But space is running out.

What I miss?

Cold ham and other pork products.

What I’m looking forward to?

It’s Spring Break! Which just means a light, quiet week at work. I am looking forward to Spring weather.

Milestones?

Bean is dreaming! He has started REM sleep. He is also blinking a lot. And he has started sticking his tongue out.

Next appointment?

We now see the doctor biweekly. My next appointment is on March 17th–Memaw Patty’s birthday.

*More notes: I wanted to write a little bit about my appointment on Friday. I was glad that the doctor we saw confirmed the information from the on-call doctor about my Thursday contractions. I had a blood test and my glucose test. The doctor (Dr. Brunner–who we hadn’t had and who liked) measured my fundus and Beau was measuring right on 27 weeks. Although I haven’t heard the results from my lab tests back from the doctor, I have  gotten them from online, and interpreted them myself. I suspect that I will hear from the doctor tomorrow, I got notification that my labs were in online. I did some internet sleuthing and I have figured out that: a) I don’t have gestational diabetes. In fact, my blood sugar was at the very, very bottom of the acceptable range. b) I have anemia, and c) I have a UTI. I have not been having typical UTI symptoms (that are indistinguishable from pregnancy symptoms anyway), but I have read that that is common in pregnancy. I wonder if the UTI, especially if it were a bladder infection, might have contributed to my contractions episode on Thursday. If I don’t hear from the doctor tomorrow, I will call to follow up on the labs.