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Saturday, March 18, 2017

Weeks 38 - 40 Pregnancy Journal

40 weeks here!

How Far Along? 40 weeks, 1 day - as of today 3/18/2017

Week 38 Began: Friday, March 3

39 weeks in this photo with our dog, Lily

Week 39 Began: Friday, March 10
Week 40 Began: Friday, March 17

Size of Baby (at 40 weeks): the size of a red panda, minus the fluffy tail or a watermelon (average is 20 inches tall and 7.5 lbs)

Gender: A girl, Margaret

Weight Gain: hovering around 188-194 pounds most days

Maternity Clothes: I've finally really popped at 38 weeks, with the baby continuing to drop down I think I'm really showing now at weeks 39 and 40. Shirts can barely cover my stomach!

Nursery: We have been given so many gorgeous gifts the past few weeks - handmade items! A handmade quilt from one of my boarding school professors, two knit hats and a throw blanket from someone who trains in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with M, and the spouse of a coworker of M's sent him home with a stroller blanket and a throw blanket. So girly and sweet!

Quilt from one of my retired boarding school professors - gorgeous and matches the nursery perfectly!

Movement: Margaret is still moving a lot all day long. She has definitely dropped but she has still really active so the Docs have no concern about rushing to induce me before we get to 41 weeks and then we will reassess.

Symptoms: Heartburn, calf stiffness, and now hip stiffness on both sides from when I'm sleeping and moving from side to side overnight. Side-sleeping really has been an adjustment.

Side Effects: We've had some global warming weather shifts that have been really dramatic lately. So we've been running 3 humidifiers in the house but I've had more issues tied to that than this pregnancy - dry nose, dry eyes, sniffles, etc.

Sleep: It's fine... except I'm now getting up due to needing to pee all the time. I mean, ALL the time. Totally wild. But trying to keep up with as much sleep or naps as I can.

Cravings: Just hungry in general quite often!

What I Miss: No heartburn. No muscle aches. Being able to bend over easily to put on socks!

Best Moment This Week: Finding out at 39 weeks 5 days I was finally ONE whole CENTIMETER dilated. haha. But also good progress in that my cervix is anterior. She'll arrive when she is ready!

What I Learned This Week: You can eventually run out of things to do when you aren't working and your baby is due to arrive at any time. Also, I got a manicure and pedicure last week and that was really nice - that pedicure felt AMAZING!

Looking Forward To: Active labor starting at some point.

Friday, March 3, 2017

Week 37 Pregnancy Journal

How Far Along? 37 weeks

Week 37 Began: Friday, February 24

Size of Baby: a bunch of swiss chard (or "winter melon" (19" or more, around 6.33 pounds))

Gender: A girl, Margaret

Weight Gain: hovering around 186-192 pounds most days (apparently I "lost" weight this week and they thought I had caught the local stomach bug going around. Nope... just going #2 a bit more regularly now. haha). But in all honesty they have always weighed me on the heavier end as I usually have OB appt after breakfast, lunch, in mid to late afternoon with lots of clothes on!

Maternity Clothes: maternity yoga pants, Uggs, cardigans, shelf bra tank tops, and dresses if they can stretch around my ever expanding chest (more chest than tummy/uterus for me!).

Nursery: We ended up getting a few more gifts in the mail or from coworkers but we are basically done with all nursery items except for hanging up artwork! Note the sweet handmade throw on our chair in the top of the photo - it's pink and orange with a white border - that same former coworker also made us a little pink cape/shawl for Margaret as well!

Movement: Margaret is still moving a lot all day long. She lets me know if she doesn't like a position I'm hanging out in. Obstetrician today said she was still head down and in the right position but her head was kinda buoyed up a little bit more than she was two weeks ago. But still dropped.

Symptoms: some heartburn. Not as frequent but when it's there it is awful! Insomnia. Biggest symptom this week is from my calves cramping up, kind of a restless legs syndrome feeling more so than a charley horse.

Side Effects: Nesting, eye sensitivity, bladder pressure, feeling more full in the front which makes me a little off on my feet when I try to get out of bed in the morning (I have to roll around and out otherwise my muscles feel pulled around my pelvis).

Sleep: I have to get up more in the middle of the night to go to the loo. She is a bit more insistent in her kicks regardless of my sleeping on my left or right sides. Still trying to get as much as I can, while I still can. A crappy night is like 5 hours and a good night is 9+ hours of sleep.

Cravings: King cake gluten free cupcakes from Pearl's Bake Shoppe in C'ville for Mardi Gras.

What I Miss: No heartburn. No muscle aches. Not getting winded going up our stairs... so weird (but they are steeper than usual stairs)!

Best Moment This Week: M bringing me those King cake cupcakes after work on Mardi Gras!

What I Learned This Week: That even though we haven't had a cervix check in two weeks (last time I was still closed), I learned I was a fingertip dilated on Thurs 03/02... so some progress which is good but surprised it was still less than 1 cm. I also remembered that it was exactly like all of my reading and the classes we took at the Birthing Center told us - it just sets you up for disappointment so don't take it personally or think too hard about the cervix checks. Remember they are optional in my situation so I could refuse one next week and it would be no big deal. So I wasn't bummed out but I was a little surprised... that I was relieved I wasn't more dilated. When you know you know I guess. Also learned more about perineal massage from an actual friend and not just from the birthing center or from my readings... as I continue to look into it/try it out. Super gawky but really neat concept. Got some real talk from honest friends - including one classmate who is pregnant with her 4th child and each labor has been different for her. Always good for perspective. Everyone is different and I keep telling myself that.

Looking Forward To: Continuing to savor every pre-baby moment with M. Which is mostly just in the house watching stuff I recorded on our DVR from 31 Days of Oscar as going anywhere is just exhausting for me. haha. Also when this is over I'm looking forward to sleeping on my stomach again!!

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Week 36 Pregnancy Journal

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How Far Along? 36 weeks

Week 36 Began: Friday, February 17

Size of Baby: a head of romaine lettuce (18.5" or more, almost 6 pounds)

Gender: A girl, Margaret

Weight Gain: hovering around 183-185 most days

Maternity Clothes: Chucks, anything I can bend and move in relatively easy. This week I purchased two nursing bras just to be more comfortable and have them ready to go!

Nursery: The bassinet has been assembled and placed in our master bedroom: Upgraded the basic mattress in this bassinet to a more firm organic one, waterproof mattress pad, and organic fitted sheets. I also finalized getting items together for our hospital bag!

Movement: Margaret is clearly running out of room - she moves ALL day long now and it pretty aggressive

Symptoms: Heartburn isn't terrible now... just occasionally awful. Seems to have alleviated with her dropping this week!

Side Effects: Sleepiness.

Sleep: It was a busy week - relatively speaking. I had a cold but it seems to have finally passed. Sleep has been a little harder with her dropping. Lots more pressure on bladder.

Cravings: Chocolate peanut butter. Chinese food (thank goodness for PF Changs).

What I Miss: HOT steaming baths. A nice rose or white wine with the hot weather we've been having.

Best Moment This Week: No evening obligations as we have finished all of our prenatal classes and the like. Really enjoying just being lazy-ish.

What I Learned This Week: Different baby bottle brands have different periods of time required for sanitizing bottles. From 5 minutes to 10 minutes to 20 minutes... kinda crazy that there is such a range!

Looking Forward To: Enjoying every pre-baby moment with M.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Week 35 Pregnancy Journal

How Far Along? 35 weeks

Week 35 Began: Friday, February 10

Size of Baby: a bunch of carrots or a mini-lop rabbit (18-19", should be at 5-6 pounds)

Gender: A girl, Margaret

Weight Gain: Ballpark of around 14-19 pounds from starting weight. Still yo-yo-ing due to slow digestion...

Maternity Clothes: Anything soft and comfortable. Yoga pants. Broken-in t-shirts that still fit. This comfy long-sleeve tee M bought me while on a work assignment/trip. My black Chucks.

Nursery: We picked up a floor/reading lamp this week to put behind the recliner/glider in the nursery. It really will add a lot of helpful light to Margaret's room (we have several table lamps but no overhead light in room, unfortunately a project we didn't get completed this past year). So now we'll have direct and indirect light. Finishing touches continue to occur as we think of them!

Movement: Margaret is still a night owl... But is good about making her presence known throughout the day as well! Sometimes I think she is break-dancing in there!

Symptoms: M treated us both to a pre-Valentine's Day treat on Saturday of a couples massage. It was JUST what I needed - I hadn't had one since before Thanksgiving and that was far too long for me. It did me a lot of good. I've already scheduled another deep tissue/mom-to-be massage for the 24th, when I will be 37 weeks!

Side Effects: Heart burn not AS bad but still pops up from occasion. Always sleepy.

Sleep: Still loving sleep. Even with her moving around, I can make sleep happen for at least 9 hours. I really have to chalk it up to being able to not worry about anything/turn phone off/no 9-5 job to distract me.

Cravings: Chocolate peanut butter. Celery. Steak. Shrimp. Caesar salad.

What I Miss: Not too much of anything. Just comfort measures like no heartburn or less aches and pains.

Best Moment This Week: M surprising me by taking off Valentine's Day so we could enjoy the day together pre-baby.

What I Learned This Week: Lots of comfort measure tips from our childbirthing class. So grateful M is my partner. He really is a PARTNER and is so enthusiastic and helpful. He's been such an active participant in our classes, it's just... it's been a huge help for me mentally and emotionally!

Looking Forward To: Margaret's arrival being not-too-early but being here soon. Our bassinet arriving so we can put it in our master bedroom. Getting my hair done next Friday!

Friday, February 10, 2017

Week 34 Pregnancy Journal

My amazing cousin and her Momma/my Aunt who hosted my Feb. 4 baby shower!

How Far Along? 34 weeks

Week 34 Began: Friday, February 3

Size of Baby: a cantaloupe (18", should be at 4.75 pounds)

Gender: A girl, Margaret

Weight Gain: Weight is still making itself up everyday. I vary in a 4-5 pound range so lets average it and say I'm up 14-18 pounds from my starting weight.

Maternity Clothes: I had my second baby shower - this one a family-oriented intimate gathering - on Saturday February 4, and I wore a shirt I got this summer VERY early on in my pregnancy. It is a really fun Lilly Pulitzer tunic top (Oasis tunic top in Dragonfruit pink toucan can) and I found it to be super comfortable to wear with just my go-to pregnancy leggings and a pair of black low-rise Chucks. It along with a comfy shelf bra top have been fantastic basics this entire pregnancy.

Nursery: Oh boy! We had a lot of fun things arrive this week and were presented to me at the baby shower on Saturday. Two showers, two weekends in a row, whoof! I don't know what I was thinking, haha. LOTS of laundry that's for sure. I had to do a bunch of cloth diaper liner and cloth diaper shell wash loads this weekend, as well as those baby clothes that were washable. So many fun things to put in dressers and hang up or put away for later use. Nursery continues to come together and be such a sweet oasis. Our recliner-glider no longer has a scent to it and so everything is really just... perfect!

Movement: As I type this post Margaret has stubbornly stuck an elbow, knee, hand or foot straight out on my tummy which is MOST awkward and uncomfortable as it definitely stretches the skin out.... that said I just push back gently and she tucked it away. Maybe she really is fattening up in there! She loves the night hours.

Symptoms: Tailbone pain is sucky but not AS bad as it was previously. The new thing is the abdominal soreness/itching/cramping. No other symptoms with it and it goes away when I sleep so I think things are just continuing to stretch out. I make sure to apply oil or lotion all the time to my abdominal area which seems to help. Gas is still awkwardly present. Insomnia as well.

Side Effects: Back pain, heart burn, needing to pee all the time... only get swelling if I push myself which is quite rare at this stage.

Sleep: Still fighting insomnia. One day this week I didn't get to sleep until 5am. That sucked. So glad I'm not working a normal job anymore! The heartburn and the pelvic/stomach/abdominal pain was bad. Not contractions or spotting, so I think it may have been a digestive problem but not 100% sure to be honest! It hasn't really happened again on that level of pain.

Cravings: Chocolate is still a top contender, especially chocolate and peanut butter together! And a newer one is sandwiches. Paninis, open-faced, toasted, all of the above seem extra delicious to me right now! I love melting cheese with some awesome avocado and roast beef or chicken... drool.

What I Miss: Honestly? Being able to reach to wipe. Being able to reach everything when I shower. Being able to easily put on sneakers or take off boots. Silly stuff like that which will be easy to do again soon-ish.

Best Moment This Week: Writing thank you notes from my baby shower on the 28th and having a wonderful baby shower on the 4th! Going to the Post Office to buy sweet "Love" themed Forever stamps for all of these notes I've been writing!

What I Learned This Week: Everyone's pregnancy is different. Everyone's labor is different. Don't let negative people stress you out with their less-than-pleasant birth stories. That said, don't ignore people who might have really good advice or input!

Looking Forward To: Finding out what the OB says at our ultrasound on Weds the 15th. Also curious as to what OB says at visit on the 10th (later on today).

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Week 33 Pregnancy Journal

How Far Along? 33 weeks

Week 33 Began: Friday, January 27

Size of Baby: a pineapple (17", should be at 4+ pounds)

Gender: A girl, Margaret

Weight Gain: Well, the OB on Friday told me I could safely gain another 12 pounds so I'm still in the middle RANGE for my pregnancy. Which blows my mind but also makes me happy that I had been on such a good Celiac/PCOS protocol pre-pregnancy!

Maternity Clothes: As long as it is clean and fits I like it! For my baby shower on Saturday, I wore a great drapy dress I previously wore the burgundy version of over Thanksgiving and it still fits great! My boots still fit fine, too. Hoping to not need to get anything else, though I may buy another few pairs of lingerie and yoga pants so I don't have only 3 pants in rotation post-baby.

Nursery: Still getting more gifts or donations (like our friends K+T who gave us their old backup crib liners/sheets/changing table sheets/etc.) to wash and organize. Which I'm enjoying - cleaning, finding a place to store items and just the organizing in general has always been a good relaxation method for me. Things are really coming together! Our custom-ordered reclina-glider was delivered on Wednesday afternoon, so now that it is in place and the correct rug was sent to us... we are basically done with the nursery big ticket items! Very exciting.

Movement: Still a super-active girl in there! Margaret really loves the night hours and lets me know it.

Symptoms: back pain, general pain. No Braxton-Hicks or contractions though. I did start getting more aggravated tummy/stretched pain in a specific spot on my belly but not bad, just uncomfortable. The tailbone pain continues to drive me nuts.

Side Effects: The back pain really sucks. I'm taking more baths with salt as my OB said it was okay. Sometimes I do a lavender milk bath instead. Anything to help ease the back/coccyx/tailbone pains (I know, I'm sorry, ugh)!

Sleep: It's okay, but not as deep as it once was - at least I don't think so... I'm thinking I may just unplug all the phones on our top floor but kinda would hate to do that and need it at some point pre-baby... but the random calls always seem to happen while I'm napping or sleeping!

Cravings: nothing really specific. I've not gotten sick of anything either. Chocolate in some form or another has continued this whole pregnancy!

What I Miss: rum and Cokes. Being able to see certain body parts, haha! But I can still see my feet at least!

Best Moment This Week: OB telling us that Margaret has gone SO FAR and BEYOND anything they could have imagined with her IUGR diagnosis. She is now doing much better. She went from 2nd percentile to 12th percentile in waist circumference (which... whoa. They told us she was below a certain range but TWO percent?!? Intense intense intense). Everything else is doing well or more above-average great. But she is tracking on all fronts back in the various Bell curves the OBs use to chart growth. She has gone from not even 3 pounds (2lbs, 13/14 oz) to 4 pounds 8 ounces in just 3 weeks! We are still being monitored for IUGR just not as aggressively as we were the past month. We will still have another ultrasound in a few weeks. We can only hope it will be giving us more good news as we approach being term!

What I Learned This Week: Mommy gut instinct and positivity will take you very far, but that doesn't mean I should stick my head in the sand. I was informed, but just put all the scary stuff on the back burner so I could cope and function as healthily as I could for Margaret's sake. When we got the good news I wept with relief during the ultrasound. I was so glad M was there holding my hand and that I can read the ultrasound machine! All the back burner scary stuff could finally fall away for the time being and maybe we won't have to visit that topic again, I hope she continues to exceed expectations and grow!

Looking Forward To: Margaret making her appearance in healthy, due time. My second baby shower this weekend (family centric one) and thankfully the weather looks to be in our favor! Margaret dropping down more at some point which will help me with my breathing (I've had sternum inflammation issues so lots of current discomfort as she has grown... but I'll take her growing over my discomfort any day)! But I will say she has been head down the whole pregnancy so I don't know how much more DOWN she can get before labor/delivery.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Week 32 Pregnancy Journal

#32weekspregnant #32weeks6days Here I am enjoying this fun little belly and sleeping in since she is still loving the heartburn game from 12am - 3/4am every night. People who text know I'm easiest to reach after 11:30 πŸ˜… I'm mastering the art of lounge wear - today's primo example are my circa 2000 @chatham_hall gym sweatpants and theeeeeee softest shirt M got me from one of his recent range school trips (@therangecomplex). Today's game plan is to start on Thank You notes and continue to wash onesies. But first, a nice long bathtub soak! πŸ›€ Tomorrow we get to have an ultrasound for the first time in the 3 weeks since Margaret's #IUGR diagnosis so we hope for LOTS of growth and only good news. Baths help me RELAX and just let the stress go as best as I can. πŸ’— #WorthyStyle

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How Far Along? 32 weeks

Week 32 Began: Friday, January 20

Size of Baby: a jicama (16.7", should be at 3.75 pounds)

Gender: A girl, Margaret

Weight Gain: I had a crazy spike up on weight this week. I mentioned it during my non stress test and the OB told me to take Colace for regularity. Well, lets just say I lost about 5 pounds after that. haha. I had no idea I could be uhhh so backed up? #RealPregnancyTruths #SorryMom

Maternity Clothes: still just loafing about with the least interesting wardrobe possible. I mean, I even pulled out some sweatpants that were part of our "Winter gym uniform" in boarding school from 2000. So... yeah. Not really trying to impress anyone. I love my Barefoot Dreams cozy chic robe most of all.

Nursery: Since the room was painted we continue to get things settled in here. I started really working on washing the vintage clothes my Mom gave me that were my brother's and mine when we were kids, and washing things I had bought anticipating this someday moment! It's fun to fill drawers and bookshelves with items.

Movement: Margaret continues to be SUPER active which makes me happy.

Symptoms: I wish I had an in-house masseuse. Mike does a great job trying to help but I really do need to see a Pro. He does have us scheduled for a couple's massage in February which I CANNOT wait for.

Side Effects: Insomnia blows. Also I'm always hungry. So now I'm indulging it. Perpetually thirsty but that's because of the weather and how dry our air is, I think. (We have two humidifiers I just run all the time).

Sleep: Once I get to sleep I am reliably out 8-10 hours unless someone rings the doorbell or calls the house line... falling back to sleep once that jolts me awake is the big problem.

Cravings: Sour gummy worms.

What I Miss: Going to the bathroom being a simple thing, and not a game of Twister.

Best Moment This Week: OB telling me to take Colace and also the acetaminophen and Zantac as needed (basically stop being so conservative, Whitney). Margaret doing OK on nonstress test but not as well as we really would like to see.

What I Learned This Week: M and I are both learning more and more that we can about various kinds of deliveries. We want to go the natural route but are trying to be well versed on planned and emergency c-sections and induction methods due to the IUGR diagnosis. This includes reading: Dad's Playbook to Labor & Birth, Ina May's Guide to Childbirth, the later chapters of What to Expect When You're Expecting, What to Expect the First Year, and Mayo Clinic Guide to Your Baby's First Year. We have 4 more books to get through in the next few weeks that involve labor/birth as well!

Looking Forward To: Our ultrasound tomorrow which will be a huge deal as I could be sent straight to the hospital or we could be celebrating a great diagnosis! Fingers crossed.

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Week 31 Pregnancy Journal

31 weeks and 5 days today. The past almost 2 weeks have been tough. Margaret is throwing us some medical curve balls (asymmetrical IUGR - low birth weight risk due to waist/abdominal circumference measuring behind) so we have done a bit of a rush job on getting the nursery together - just in case - but are pleased that things are coming together! We have been so deeply moved by the well wishes, surprise notes/trinkets, love from afar, and just cannot thank everyone enough for the support during this entire journey - including what I've sporadically shared on my blog and on social media over the past 4 years. It's been an infertility rollercoaster! I'm just hoping we can keep this sweet girl in utero to term. I want to celebrate her and RELAX at the adorable showers my family and friends have coming up in a few weeks! Also... no snow. Please. 😬 ❤️ M is my rock. His brother helped us swap room furniture around last weekend, and this past holiday weekend M painted Margaret's bathroom one day and her nursery the next. I don't know what we'd do without him! He's had a lot of late nights to help me get things done and I hate that I haven't been able to help more (and giving up control... I really suck at that... Type A!). 〰〰 Nursery theme isn't anything specific. But I guess you could vaguely point it to something involving the sea or the coast. This color is similar to the one in my childhood bedroom and I just always found it so soothing! It varies through the day which is also nice. All of the furniture but the crib were from Mike and my childhood. 〰〰 🎨 is @benjaminmoore Skydive CSP-700 Crib is @bertinibaby purchased @toysrus @babiesrus @babiesrus_inc Pembrooke Upholstered 3-in-1 Convertible Crib in natural wood 〰〰 #pregnancy #31weekspregnant #IUGR #iugrbaby #IUGRbabies #clomid #ClomidBaby #nurserydecor #nursery #benjaminmoore #homedecor #WorthyStyle #babygirl #baby #infertilityjourney #thirdtrimester #toysrus #toysruskid #babiesrus #Bertini #BertiniBaby #31weeks #PCOS #PCOSbaby #PCOSandpregnant #DIY #MyBRUBaby

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How Far Along? 31 weeks

Week 31 Began: Friday, January 13

Size of Baby: a coconut (16", should be at 3.4 pounds)

Gender: A girl, Margaret

Weight Gain: They told me gaining weight or eating more would not help with Margaret's IUGR diagnosis, but my Momma gut is telling me to at least try. So I'm trying to eat a lot more even though it often makes my Celiac-damaged digestive system feel all sour and stuffed to capacity. I AM up another 2-3 pounds on average, so I'm about 12+ gained at this point.

Maternity Clothes: laying low and just lounging about outside of my doctors appointments means I am sticking to my 'uniform' (see last week's post).

Nursery: Since M's brother helped M get the nursery furniture all in, he started working on painting the room this week. It looks WONDERFUL! We used paint color Benjamin Moore Color Stories Skydive CSP-700. A lazy, poorly-lit tour of the very unfinished nursery is up at the top of the post.

Movement: Kicking is increasingly awkward or closer to tender areas but movement with her IUGR diagnosis is important and she is still WAY active so I'm OK with it!

Symptoms: pelvic girdle pain, tailbone pain, insomnia, heartburn (the usual nowadays)

Side Effects: Insomnia continues to be a bitch. That said, another one of my Momma gut instincts has been to just lay low during this stressful time. So I've taken to just lounging in bed or on one of the couches in the living room, laying or sleeping 75% of the time on my left side to ensure my placenta/circulation/etc. is all at it's biggest advantage point for Margaret in the hopes that somehow it will fatten her up! Also the heartburn gurgles that turn into surprise barf. Not fun.

Sleep: M has given me nightly foot rubs and we do some counter pressure work and that seems to help with getting me to bed and sleeping more deeply (once sleep comes to town). So, I'm averaging over 9 hours a night, sometimes over 10, which is great.

Cravings: chocolate peanut butter smoothies - with chocolate ice cream for good measure. I'm deliberately replacing a high fiber/folic acid cereal instead with a bulky smoothie. Chocolate protein, peanut butter, chocolate ice cream, a banana, vanilla Greek yogurt and lots of ice. Drink it up! Really tastes good.

What I Miss: digestive regularity (I mean, really). Also, infrequent peeing. Breasts that don't touch my expanding uterus. haha.

Best Moment This Week: Margaret and I acing our non stress tests at our OB practice... shows we are here to fight the IUGR diagnosis and we want her to stay in utero as long as possible!

What I Learned This Week: that yes, you can be leaking premilk already. Totally blew my mind when I was doing laundry this week. Childbirth class at the birthing center talked about pain management during labor. That was eye opening to options and reminded me why I ardently want to avoid others. Learned about delivery options for us if we have to deliver Margaret early, where we would go, what an NICU stay would look like in our situation.

Looking Forward To: our one-day, all day childbirth class at UVA this weekend. I hope we will learn new stuff and it won't be a waste of time!

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Week 30 Pregnancy Journal

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How Far Along? 30 weeks

Week 30 Began: Friday, January 6

Size of Baby: size of a head of cabbage (15.7", should be at 3+ pounds)

Gender: A girl, Margaret

Weight Gain: Up about 10-13 pounds, that seems to be the range this week.

Maternity Clothes: My uniform pretty much consists of: comfy wool running socks, the most flattering but comfortable non-Granny underwear ever (Natori Bliss style), a shelf bra camisole, maternity yoga pants, Chucks, a v-neck t-shirt, a sweater, and then if I'm leaving the house a fleece or a vest.

Nursery: M's brother is a saint. In exchange for a delish steak dinner prepared by M and I, on Sunday he assisted M in moving the guest BR queen bed into the home office, set up the crib, moved the twin day bed into the nursery, rearranged the nursery furniture, and also watched some painfully bad football.

Movement: Kicking is occasionally uncomfortable but I kinda like knowing she's in there doing OK.

Symptoms: pelvic girdle pain, continued tailbone pain, insomnia, heartburn

Side Effects: Insomnia is throwing a wrench into my reliable sleep, and I think it is aggravated by my terrible heartburn that I just can't quit until after 3am pretty much every night...

Sleep: Still lucky enough to get more than 8 hours a night even though I am not working in an office setting anymore... which is probably a good thing due to increasing doctors appointments and terrible insomnia

Cravings: chocolate peanut butter gelato from Gelati Celesti

What I Miss: piles of sushi, a good white wine, GFs going out with me for girls night

Best Moment This Week: Talking with the hostesses of my two baby showers over fun details and having events like that even happen! Seeing the crib assembled and ready to go in the nursery. Going to our first childbirth class which is done by a Midwife at a local birthing center in Cville.

What I Learned This Week: That Margaret only weighs 2 pounds 13 ounces (only because while that's only slightly below the goal weight her waist circumference is measuring at 27 weeks which is NOT GOOD)... That she and I are now on the practice's IUGR (intrauterine growth restriction) protocol, which includes twice weekly non-stress tests, more ultrasounds, biophysical profiles, and regular checks on me to confirm everything is functioning as it should. We hope she will catch up on her weight soon. Otherwise I will be induced and/or have a c-section within the next month.

Looking Forward To: our 30+ scheduled doctor's appointments over the next two months that will make sure our baby girl is growing the way she is supposed to. We are very optimistic she will catch up and not have to go to a NICU at birth.

Thursday, January 5, 2017

Week 29 Pregnancy Journal

My #2016bestnine on @instagram πŸ’— Thank you for all the encouragement during what was quite the difficult year for me! So happy for the continued support and love in 2017. It's going to be an incredible one and I'm so hopeful and excited. I look forward to trying to keep up with my blog as a new Mom (due March 17!) and will continue to enjoy sharing my #glutenfree cooking experiences, #beauty product testing and reviewing, #fashion adventures (a stylish breastfeeding Mom... I can't wait to figure that fun challenge out with tops and likely stains 😬!), #lifestyle and #homedecor as we adjust our 3BR home into a family friendly retreat that is resell-friendly, and our #travel adventures with a few highly likely road trips and international getaways on the calendar! I hope everyone had a safe and fun New Years and wishing you all the best. πŸŽ‰ #WorthyStyle #2017 #HappyNewYear

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How Far Along? 29 weeks

Week 29 Began: Friday, December 30

Size of Baby: size of a butternut squash (15", 2.5 pounds)

Gender: A girl, Margaret

Weight Gain: Up about 10 pounds overall.

Maternity Clothes: Still not really doing tons of socializing. We had a legit cold spell and I had to decide between a coat that just felt way heavier than usual or a vest that I couldn't zip up. That was funny! Layers are my BFF.

Nursery: M's brother is coming over soon to help us put together the crib and rearrange the upstairs extra rooms in the house. Then M will paint. Excited!

Movement: Kicking is still not uncomfortable but it certainly is frequent. She loves to dance in there!

Symptoms: Backaches, gas, uhhh slowing digestive tract (yuck), leg cramps, heartburn, insomnia, pelvic girdle pain has finally started!!

Side Effects: Well, lower back pain and pelvic girdle pain are really no joke.

Sleep: Now I'm enjoying the Snoodle and the Boppy wedge. And another 4 pillows on my side of the bed at night. Thankfully it hasn't impacted M so we're in a good routine now as I continue to expand!

Cravings: Sushi. Chocolate peanut butter smoothies.

What I Miss: Sushi. Going to this fun cigar bar here in RVA on Wednesdays to hear jazz music and enjoy cocktails.

Best Moment This Week: Seeing how much together my husband has things, and how supportive he is with this pregnancy compared to some more traditional or less mature Dads-to-be out there. Really, really attractive!!!

What I Learned This Week: We had our Martha Jefferson Hospital tour for Birth & Delivery which was great. I learned a lot from that tour and it was great to see the suites and tubs in person (I hope to use tub for early labor). We also had a breastfeeding class at UVA one night this week, and it was super informative as well. I also had a French bikini wax with my go-to, regular waxer and well... once you can't see where stuff is let me tell you it's great to have someone do tidying up for you. But it DEFINITELY HURTS more than it used to soooo.... I learned about sensitivity. Whoof.

Looking Forward To: Starting our first childbirth class next week - series of 5 classes one evening a week. Also looking forward to our Third Trimester ultrasound which I politely insisted on having. Probably my first diva moment of this pregnancy, but after 3.5 years of infertility treatments I really wanted some positive reinforcement that all was well without any doubts in anyone's mind!