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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.