Second Pregnancy – weeks 36 & 37

(As of today I am 38 weeks pregnant, but I wanted to get this post up before talking about week 38 this week)IMG_6599

 

I’m officially full-term! If this sweet baby was to arrive today, she would most likely be totally fine. This is a relief and at the same time a little crazy to think we will be a family of four in less than two weeks!

She’s (it’s getting difficult not to say her name) been moving around a ton, measuring right on schedule and her heartbeat has been strong at every appointment 💗 At my 37 week appointment earlier this week, I was a tiny bit dilated! This is crazy to me because I never dilated with Ashton. He was in there for the long-haul. But even though I’m dilated, the Dr. said she’s still up high. While interesting, both of these bits of information don’t really mean a whole lot. There have been people who are dilated a month before delivering, and often with pregnancies after your first one, the baby won’t drop until active labor. So basically I have no idea when she will arrive (except if she holds off until my scheduled c-section in (less than) two weeks).

This was my bump pic at 36 weeks:

Week 36

Week 36

Week 36

Week 36

And here’s the bump at 37 weeks:

Week 37

Week 37

How I’m feeling:

I feel like she takes up soooo much space!  I am not very hungry.  I actually lost almost two pounds this past week 😦  The doctor said that can be common at the end when she is taking up so much space (hello smushed stomach).  The doc said to just graze all day (little meals), which is pretty much what I have been doing.  It is pretty crazy that I lost a little weight because the last few weeks I haven’t been as active (darned arctic blast), and I have upped my sun butter/peanut butter intake.

Other foods I am eating right now are veggies and hummus, popsicles, pudding, bananas with sun butter, luna bars… Lots of other things, but those are the things I am eating most often lately.

Sleeping is still illusive… I fall asleep good and that first stretch of sleep is good, but after I wake up the first time to use the bathroom, it’s all over.  I usually lay in bed for a couple hours and maybe fall back asleep for a short stretch before starting the day.  I’m not saying I am looking forward to the newborn sleep schedule, but it will be a little nice to be able to sleep when I have the chance to.

I get out of breath and tired just standing.  If I am moving I don’t feel as bad, but when I am just standing still I get a bit exhausted.  It is a weird feeling, but I feel like I need to sit.  My heart rate goes up more frequently too.  You would think that moving around would cause this more, but it’s exactly the opposite.

I have gotten a couple walks in this last week (finally), and I have slooooooooooowed way down!  The baby feels much heavier and I feel more when I am walking, so I am now moving a turtle’s pace 🙂  But it still feels good to get out and get fresh air.  I have also made it to 2-3 prenatal yoga classes each week.  Love them.  I am trying to squeeze in as many as I can before the baby arrives, and I have felt great doing that.  I am really going to miss the classes and the instructors!

I think I am getting random contractions now and then, but nothing consistent.  My stomach will feel really hard/tight all over and I get lower cramps.  Typically only the part of my stomach where the baby is hanging out is hard, and the rest is softer.  So that is why I think they might be contractions/braxton hicks.  After my appointment where I was a little dilated and anytime I feel something that may or may not be a contraction, I am pretty crazy about making sure I have everything ready to go.  So, I am pretty much ready now.  I still find little things here and there to organize or clean, but for the most part now I am ready.  Just waiting!

 

Friday Favorites And Second Pregnancy – Weeks 34 & 35

 

Has it been a week already?  I totally meant to post earlier this week, but I guess I am back to another Friday Favorite already! Erika, Narci & Andrea are the blogs listed in the picture below, check out their fun blogs… I sure love them!Friday Favorites
After a decent week of sleep during week 34, the insomnia is back for week 35.  Ugh!!!  Ashton has been sleeping really late, so this makes me extra frustrated that I can’t enjoy that.  Wahhhhhh!!!!😭😭😭😭  This morning instead of just laying there in bed, I got up and did some yoga… I’ll get back to you and let you know how that made me feel the rest of the day.  So far, it has helped wake up my muscles and bring a little ease into my breathing.

Week 34

Week 34 Bump

Week 34 I had my weekly NST and also an appointment with the nurse.  The practice I go to rotates every other visit with my actual doctor and a nurse.  I have seen the same nurse a few times, and she is super-nice.  Everything sounded, measured, looked great!  The baby measured a week ahead, but the nurse said a week or two off isn’t out of the ordinary.  I was able to do one prenatal yoga class that week and a couple walks.  Less than I would like, but better than nothing.  I am trying my hardest to stay active during these remaining weeks.  It is really easy to forgo a workout in the cold/dreary weather we have been having.

Week 35

Week 35 Bump

Week 35 (this week) has started with the insomnia monster.  I miss you, endless coffee…

This week I only had my NST, and it was quick & easy since baby girl was having quite the party and hiccups the entire time.  They monitor her for at least 20 minutes and need to see enough movement before letting me go.  Some weeks it takes longer than 20 minutes, but not this week!  Ashton always chose to take naps during the NSTs when I was pregnant with him, so the appointments would draaaaaaagggg on and on.

This week, baby girl is about 19-20 inches long and weighs about 5.5 pounds.  It’s incredible to think there is a human that size in my body right now.  Well it’s hard to believe until evening comes around and I feel every ounce of the weight 🙂  She can really pack a punch (or kick) nowadays!

I am sooooo out of breath all the time.  I feel like I have had a hard workout just by doing little things.  Some days/times are worse than others.  This morning was one where even if I sit a bunch I am still worn out.  I’m sure it has to do with the amount of sleep I get, but even on days when I have gotten decent sleep I can still feel this way from time to time.

My belly button is pretty much non-existent. I have scar tissue from an old umbilical hernia surgery, and that pokes out and looks like I have an outtie through my shirts.  And speaking of outtie, I have “outtie” grown my regular winter coat.  If I am lucky I can wear it with a thin shirt, but with any sort of thicker layer, it’s a no-go.  I am actually surprised it lasted this long.  This brings me to one of my favorites this week:

I looooove my coat I got on sale to wear for my big belly.  It is a regular oversized coat from Gap, just in a bigger size.IMG_6405

Another favorite this week is this “Love” shirt from Target I am wearing in my 35 week bump pic.

Love

Love

It is a comfy, non-maternity shirt (I think in the junior section) that I love now and I know I will still love and be able to wear after the baby arrives.  The colors make me happy, and I may have already worn it more than I should’ve this week!

My appetite seems to be dwindling with the baby taking up more space.  I find it hard to eat first thing in the morning too.  I wouldn’t quite call it nausea, but it’s just a blah feeling.  I eat a lot of the gluten-free Luna bars, my favorite flavor right now being S’mores.IMG_6407

So, pretty much getting bigger and more tired sums up weeks 34 and 35 🙂  Nothing too exciting.  Next week start weekly appointments and cervical checks (oh, fun)!

Happy Friday!!!

Second Pregnancy – 32 & 33 Weeks

Every week I wonder how it is possible I am this far along.  At this point, I am also wondering how my belly is going to grow bigger and bigger for another six or seven weeks!  I feel like I am as big as I was at the end with Ashton, even though I still have weeks to go.

32 Weeks

32 Weeks

33 Weeks

33 Weeks

Everything has been going good: I am gaining the right amount of weight per week, the baby is moving a ton, the NST’s have all looked great.

My view at the NST

My view at the NST

At the 32 week appointment, baby girl was measuring a week ahead of schedule, but that can vary and change week-to-week.  I am really curious to see if she is still measuring ahead of schedule at the 34 week appointment.  She definitely feels bigger, her kicks and rolls are strong!  They can shake me (like when I am in relaxation poses at the end of yoga, haha) and it’s pretty crazy to watch my belly move around.  Depending on her position, my belly can look pretty lopsided at times! 🙂

I am so grateful that she is doing so well!  But along with the good, a few other not so pleasant symptoms have started popping up. The worst?  Pregnancy insomnia… UGHHHHH!!!!!   Seriously, I wake up in the middle of the night after a few good hours of sleep, use the restroom and then lay awake for hours.  I’ll toss and turn (as much as a belly this large will allow) and pray that I fall back asleep for even a little bit before it is time to get up in the morning.  I know it is common at this point in pregnancy, but I really hope it doesn’t last.  I know the sleepless nights that are going to come with a newborn, so I want to get every drop of sleep I can now.  I get so jealous of Ashton’s long, sound sleep he gets every night…

Pregnancy insomnia is no fun!

Pregnancy insomnia is no fun!

Another symptom I have noticed in these last two weeks is heartburn.  It’s not too bad, but sometimes when I am having the insomnia attacks, I get some heartburn.  I remember getting heartburn with Ashton towards the end too.  Maybe it means she will have as much hair as he did/does?!

I also think I can feel contractions now and then.  I never did with Ashton, but it was more because I didn’t know what I was looking for.  After one of my last NST’s, I realized some of the sensations I get are actually contractions, and not just low kicks, etc.  Now I can feel them and know what they are.  They don’t happen often.  I maybe feel them once or twice a day.

I would still be walking if the temperatures weren’t dangerously cold outside.  Grrrr!  I love the cool weather and winter, but I don’t like it when it is so cold that I can’t even go outside for a walk.  I will go walking in temps that are in the 20s and 30s, but not when the wind chill is single digit or less.  I am getting major cabin fever and dying to go for a long walk.  It looks like Sunday or Monday I might actually get out for one.

As far as food goes, the only thing that I really have an aversion to is almond milk.  For some reason it just makes my stomach turn during this pregnancy.  I eat pretty much whatever I want, just not as big of quantities lately.  I get full quicker and quicker as the weeks pass.  Green smoothies are back as a staple again, and I love that Ashton is loving them with me now too 🙂  I have been thirstier than normal lately, but I think it is because my husband and I ate out a few times and I am just not used to all the sodium that restaurants use.

Mmmmm... Smoothie goodness!

Mmmmm… Smoothie goodness!

There isn’t too much new/exciting to report these weeks.  Oh, except that we are 99.9% set on a name… Woohoo!  But that will be a secret until she is born 🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Pregnancy – 31 Weeks

Week 31, whew!  It has been a crazy one, and I’m not just saying that because of the holidays.

Tuesday, I was having my dad come over to watch Ashton so I could go finish my Christmas shopping.  My brother and his girlfriend were coming up later that day, so I had a list, a plan and a mission.  But we all know what happens to the best plans.  They change.

Monday night I wasn’t feeling as much movement from baby girl as normal.  Typically she is a dancing queen at night, but Monday she was not kicking up her heels.  I noticed it, but wasn’t overly concerned.  I know that she is starting to have more patterns of awake/sleep time, so I thought maybe she was just napping.  I get thirsty during the night, so I brought a gatorade to bed with me that night- when I drank it in the middle of the night, the sugar would surely get her moving.

Well, the gatorade did not work.  I didn’t sleep well after this, but figured when I got up and had my (half-caff) coffee, she would start bouncing around like normal.  I think it’s the warmth of the first sip that really gets her going in the morning.  This didn’t work either.  I had felt a few random movements here and there, but not the amount that I am supposed to be looking for.  Ashton wasn’t letting me sit and relax to see if I could count more movements, so that made me get more anxious.  So when my dad arrived to babysit, I left and called my doctor’s office while I was driving.

I explained to the nurse what was going on, and they had me come straight there to do a non-stress-test (NST).  This monitors the baby’s movement, heart rate and contractions (if I am having any).  Starting next week I am supposed to go once a week to have these tests done since I am over 35 years old, so I was getting a jump start on it.  It’s actually a relaxing time if you are there for a routine NST and not because you are worried about your baby.  They put you in a nice cushy recliner, kick up your feet and just let the baby do all the work.IMG_5935

Well her heart rate and everything looked great, just not the movement.  I was hooked up there for 40-60 minutes, and the nurse wasn’t happy with the low movement.  She wanted to be on the safe side to make 100% sure all was ok, so she sent me to the hospital (labor and delivery) for a BPP (an ultrasound scan that measures movements, breathing practice, etc).

I was staying calm and not freaking out, but going to the actual labor and delivery floor was a little unnerving.  I had to go into a triage room and put on a hospital gown.  That’s when I started to get a bit nervous.IMG_5941

These thoughts started going through my head: “What if they keep me here?” – “What if I have to have and emergency c-section now?” – “My hospital bag isn’t packed!” – “The baby’s room isn’t ready!”  –  “The car seat isn’t in the van!” – “She’s not big enough to be born yet!”IMG_5942

They got me cranberry juice and then got the ultrasound all hooked up.  She started moving a lot, and knocked the amount of movements off the check list.  Everything (fluid, movements, measurements, etc) looked good.  We just had to wait on her to practice breathing for the amount of time they needed to wrap it up.  I was on my back this whole time, and now I know why you aren’t supposed to spend a lot of time on your back.  You get light headed and start to feel like you are going to pass out.  Well, it was either the back-laying position or the nerves.  Maybe a combo of the two.  Whatever it was, I was fine after I sat up and sipped chugged the cranberry juice.IMG_5939

Baby girl ended up getting a perfect score, and I was released!  Woohoo!  This took ALL DAY, so I didn’t get any of my shopping done.  But, that is totally fine.  I was happy that the baby and I were healthy. Period.  This has also lit a fire under my rear to GET READY for this baby.  I am going to try and get her room ready and my bag packed in the next two weeks (hopefully in one week).

Here are a few odds and ends about week 31:

  • She is now heads down (a week ago she was heads up).  I think maybe she was tired from the big flip, and that is what caused the day of rest for her 🙂
  • I can feel her body parts (feet, hands, knees, head) through my stomach, and she responds when I push on them.  I don’t know which body part it is when I can feel it, but it is pretty cool.
  • I am getting more and more tired.  Little things wear me out, and sometimes I just get tired for no reason.  A lot of days my good ‘ol half-caff doesn’t even do a thing for me, I still feel like I could take a nap after drinking my coffee.
  • I feel heavier… My belly, my chest, basically my whole mid-section feels like it is growing at lightening speed. This isn’t a shock since the baby is now putting on weight faster than she has the whole pregnancy.  The docs say I am supposed to be gaining around a pound a week now.
  • The baby is about 3.5 pounds.  What is crazy is that when Ashton was born, he was more than six pounds heavier than what this baby is now.  I don’t know how my stomach held him (or how it is going to hold this baby girl for another 2 months)!
  • I get full fast and I get hungry fast.  Some mornings I have a tiny bit of nausea and the last thing I want is food, but eating is what is supposed to help that feeling go away.
  • No new cravings or aversions.  I can pretty much eat anything.
  • I am making an effort to drink more water, and therefore using the restroom a TON.
  • My sleep is getting kind of crappy.  I wake up around 3:30 or 4am to go to the bathroom and drink water (or gatorade, or coconut water) and have the hardest time falling back to sleep.  Like awake for two hours.  Ugh!
  • I’m still walking a lot.  I am looking forward to yoga starting again, it is hard to get myself to do a dvd at home.  It is also hard to find the time to do it since Ashton is a busy bee and won’t let me practice much.

 

 

 

Second Pregnancy – 29 Weeks

I am now 29 weeks and into my third trimester.  Whooooooosh!  I think this time of year with the holidays is making the time go even faster than it already has been going. Lots of changes have been happening!

29 Weeks

29 Weeks

The baby girl is growing fast!  At 29 weeks, she is about 17 inches long and about 3 pounds.  She is moving a ton, and her movements can be felt and seen from the outside.  Sometimes she feels really low (hello, kicks in the bladder) and other times I feel like her foot is way up high near my lungs.  There is also a decent amount of time that it feels like she is transverse, like I can feel her head on the left and her foot or bum on the right side of my belly.  Next week I have an ultrasound, so I will be curious to see what her positioning is then.

28 & 29 Weeks

28 & 29 Weeks

I had a dentist appointment this week, and was reassured that my gums and teeth are in great health.  It is crazy how much more tender and sensitive gums are during pregnancy.  Every time I floss it’s as if it is my first time in months.  I know that dental health is really important, especially during pregnancy, so I floss all the time.  So to still have gums that bleed everyday is frustrating.  Thankfully my awesome dentist put my mind at ease about everything.

The last few weeks I have been getting reeeeeeaaaaallllllllllllyyyyyy good sleep (like 8.5-9.5 hours without waking more than once).  It was awesome.  Key word, “was.” 😦 At 29 weeks I seemed to have hit a sleeping speed bump.  If (more like when) I wake up during the night to go to the bathroom and get a drink, it takes a looooong time to get back to sleep.  A few times I just got up and started my day. Last night was a lot better, so I am hoping that my sleep doesn’t stay horrible for the duration of the pregnancy.

Ahhhhh... Sleep

Ahhhhh… Sleep

I also had been experiencing a lot more ease when breathing, but at the 29 week mark, baby girl seems to be crowding my lungs.  I find it hard to catch a good breath, sometimes to the point of making my eyes water.  I really need to practice my yoga breathing techniques more, because I always get much better breaths during/after yoga practice.

The sleep and the breathing trouble are downers, but really they are the only two.  And for that, I am so thankful.  I am really feeling great!  I am able to walk a lot still and practice prenatal yoga, both of which make me feel great.  I don’t have many aches and pains at all, and my appetite is good.  I get full fast, but then get hungry fast as well.  I am sure it is all because of the baby taking up limited organ space in there.  I don’t really have any food aversions anymore, but I have been eating a lot of popsicles and cold cereal.

My brain is taking a beating… I think it is both due to being pregnant and having a toddler.  I forget what I was going to do/say a lot.  People probably think I am a space-cadet at times.  I also ramble… I will start talking with a point in mind, and then it is gone.  But my mouth keeps on going, haha!  Sort of like this post, it was meant to have some sort of direction, but I ended up just rambling on 🙂

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I have been a little emotional lately, but I learned a fun fact from my yoga instructor last week:  a pregnant woman has more hormones during pregnancy than a never-pregnant woman has her entire life.  Whoa, that is a lot of crazy hormones!  I get sad sometimes thinking how fast the time is going and how much I want to cherish this entire experience.  I am hoping that I am relishing every kick and tumble I am feeling now.  Growing a human is such a miracle. ❤ ❤ ❤

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

26 Weeks (Second Pregnancy)

Finally LIVE!  Real time pregnancy updates before this nugette arrives!

Wow, 26 weeks!  I am almost to the THIRD trimester.  What?!?!  These weeks are absolutely flying by, but they are going really, really well.

 

The Baby:

  • This week she is the length of an English Cucumber (about 14 inches long), and weighs about a pound and two-thirds.
  • I am feeling tons of (strong) kicks/punches all day and night.  She definitely is having major dance parties at night.  I can even see some of them through my shirt.
  • She responds to noises/voices now.  I think she knows Ashton’s voice, because she moves a lot when he is jabbering close by.  A few times when he has been laying his head on my belly, she has kicked and made his head move, haha!

How I am Feeling:

  • I am feeling really good 🙂  I have energy, I sleep pretty good and wake up feeling pretty rested.
  • I walk with Ashton in the stroller about 5 days a week.  I am slower, but we still do about 3-4 miles at a day when we walk.  I have also been doing prenatal yoga which I LOVE!
  • By nighttime I am pretty tired, but that is good because I have been able to go to bed a little bit earlier.  I am really trying to get all the sleep I can right now, knowing how sleepless those first newborn weeks can be.
  • The only sleep issues I have had are a little bit of restless legs at night when I first lay down, and sometimes problems going back to sleep if I wake up to use the bathroom in the middle of the night.  But to be honest, i’ve never been good at falling back to sleep at night when I get up, pregnant or not.
  • I’ve had a little bit of heart burn (nothing severe) pretty regularly.  Maybe this means a headful of hair for the nuggette? I only got heartburn towards the end of my pregnancy with Ashton, and he had a ton of wild hair!
  • My hair is great!  It is growing so fast and getting so thick… I am REALLY dreading the point postpartum when it all starts shedding again.  Booooo!  It’s really strange, with Ashton, my hair didn’t grow much at all and didn’t seem any thicker.  Maybe it is the female hormones from being pregnant with a girl this time.
  • No stretch marks yet, and hoping it stays that way.  I didn’t get any with Ashton either, so hopefully it is hereditary and they stay at bay.
  • No real aversions to food, but no real cravings either.  Everything pretty much sounds good.  I eat a lot of Luna/Clif Bars, overnight oats, veggies, fruit.  Not much meat, not a lot of gluten.  I feel a lot better when I avoid gluten, I have found.

Random Things:

  • This week I have my monthly OBGYN appointment and the glucose test.  A lot of people seem to dread the glucose test, but I really don’t think it is that bad.
  • My belly is getting bigger and bigger, my winter coat is just at the point where it isn’t going to zip in a week (maybe sooner).  I found a great deal on a big coat from The Gap that will work for the rest of the pregnancy, even with layers underneath.  So, I plan on continuing the walks outside as long as possible.
  • I look pregnant enough that people comment on it or ask my due date without fear of being wrong 🙂  That is always fun, but it also catches me off guard sometimes too.
  • Things like doing dishes and putting Ashton in his crib are interesting… I have to turn a bit sideways, because my belly gets in the way to stand normally, ha!
  • Putting on shoes and socks is becoming more of a chore.  Slip-ons are the best, but with the cold weather, there aren’t many options.