Saturday, October 29, 2011

36 Weeks



Week 36- October 21st-October 27th

Due Date: November 18, 2011

How Big is Baby: The baby is the size of a waterfreakinmelon!

Symptoms: I'm just so tired. You really do come full circle at the end! I'm heading up to bed by 9pm each night and it's like I'm reliving March/April/May again. At my doctors appointment I found out that my blood pressure has skyrocketed, so that's something we need to keep an eye on (in the meantime I'm freaking out). Luckily, I do not have protein in my urine, so it is likely gestational hypertension which is not too uncommon at the end. My doctor will have more information about what we'll do next at my next appointment.

Cravings: Halloween candy!

Sleep: I can still sleep! Apparently, I'm one of the lucky ones.

I Can't Live Without: Sleeping, relaxing and putting my feet up.

I Miss: Getting up from the fluffy couch without assistance.

I am Looking Forward to: 37 weeks and full term status!

Milestones: I've survived 9 months of pregnancy with relatively few complaints.

Exercise: Yoga

Diet: Eh, I'm in the last few weeks and I just don't care anymore!

Movement: I'm definitely doing kick counts daily now because he has no room to move. Thankfully, he makes it every time, but sometimes I need to prod him along by putting a glass of ice on his back.

Labor Signs- The cramping and contractions stopped and the baby appears to be quite happy inside.

Gender: It's a boy! Grayson Patrick!

Friday, October 21, 2011

35 Week Update

What a difference 9 weeks make.

When I was 26 weeks I thought that I was HUGE. Seriously. Ha, how naive.

Now, at 35 weeks, I won't even show you my face because I swear to god my lips have gotten bigger. Almost 9 months pregnant is NOT a good look.







Week 35- October 14th-October 20th

Due Date: November 18, 2011


How Big is Baby: The baby is the size of a WATERFUCKINGMELON.


Symptoms: Does being over it all count? I look back fondly on at least 33 weeks of pregnancy, but the end is a BITCH. I'd like the thank the lord for sparing me of morning sickness, heart burn, stretch marks, and general malaise for a long, long time. However, my general cheery attitude has been replaced with achy joints, achy bones, achy muscles, sore back, swollen feet and swollen hands.


Can I tell you that I had to buy shoes in a size 9.5 and they barely fit? I started off as a 7.5. I am just a swelling machine. I'm currently wearing flip flops EVERYWHERE because nothing else fits (because everyone asks, my blood pressure remains 120/70).


I'm still scared about actually having a baby so despite my generally poor attitude towards the 9th month of pregnancy, I'm trying to enjoy how easy it is to care for my son while he is inside me.


Cravings: Not having an achy uterus.



Sleep: Yes! I still sleep through the night and I love it! Getting out of bed to pee has come to a WHOLE NEW LEVEL. I thought it was hard during week 34. Watch out ladies, it gets harder.




I Can't Live Without: flip flops!



I Miss: Walking 10 feet without some part of my body aching.




I am Looking Forward to: November. We're in the home stretch now!





Milestones: I'm carrying a watermelon inside me. Now that is a milestone. Does making it to week 35 without swearing on one of these updates count as a milestone? I think so!




Awkward Moments: Dude. Everything is awkward.





Exercise: I skipped yoga this week due to contractions that lasted 5+ hours on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Monday and Tuesday. I think they were practice ones, but they hurt like hell.



Diet: Well, I can't shove as much food down my throat anymore. Hopefully that will help my diet.


Movement: He has his slow days and he's definitely running out of room, but he likes to punch me from the inside at least a few times a day.





Gender: It's a boy! Grayson Patrick!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Pumping

I'm all for contraptions that will make life easier, but seriously- what is with some of the advertising for these types of contraptions?
 
1. My abs will NOT look like that ever again (sob)
 
2. This chick looks awfully happy to be flashing her boobies without any blinds on her windows.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Happy Anniversary Hubs

I married my main man on October 17, 2009.
 
Life has ruled ever since.
 
I love you, Hubs!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Week 34

Week 34- October 6th-October 13th
 
Due Date: November 18, 2011

How Big is Baby: The baby is the size of a honeydew melon.

Symptoms: Well, it's just harder to move. I will try to ice my swollen ankles and realize that I can no longer reach them. I'm hoarding all of the recycling bins at work, putting them under my desk and putting my feet up.   Putting on pants has become an olympic sport.  Now that I've experienced pregnancy, I'm seriously wondering how overweight people manage everyday life. Is it similar to what we preggos go through on a daily basis?
 
My other gripe.. maternity clothes- I used to think that they were AWESOME.  At 8am, I still think that they are awesome. However, by 1pm I hate them and I want to rip off all of my clothes and go lay down on my couch (not possible at work).  Nothing is comfortable for more than 5 hours (except for sleep shorts, yoga pants, sports bras, and/or nightgowns).
 
On the plus side.. no heartburn and VERY few stretchmarks.  None visible on my sides at all.

Cravings: Candy

Sleep: I just love sleeping and thankfully, I can still put in a good 8 hours (minus potty breaks). If I wasn't the kinda girl that would hate sitting in a wet diaper, I'd totally consider wearing one to bed at this point. 

I Can't Live Without: Icing my feet and ankles. Water. Tons and tons of water. 

I Miss: Being able to walk by another human without inciting some comment about pregnancy. 
 
I am Looking Forward to: November. We're in the home stretch now!

Milestones: Well.. I'm officially sleeping on a sheet that has FOUR doggy pee pads under it.  Yes, I've reached that point. I don't want amniotic fluid ruining our mattress.
 
Some people claim that I've dropped. I just feel bigger altogether. 
 
I've gotten to the point where i'm terrified about how much my life is going to change. I'm excited, but terrified nonetheless.  I'm going to miss him being inside me. Inside me I know he's well taken care of and I don't have to share him.  I think that I'll be one of those crazies that misses the baby being inside of them. It's such a fun experience. 

Awkward Moments: Strangers keep touching my stomach. This is a new and unwelcome development.

Exercise: Yoga but I can only stay in downward dog for like 20 seconds now and I sure as hell am no longer "walking the dog"

Diet: Well, I can't shove as much food down my throat anymore. Hopefully that will help my diet. 

Movement: It has slowed down some and that scares me. However, my doctor assures me that he's simply running out of room to move.  I do still get to feel lots of hiccups and a few jabs every now and again.
 
Gender: It's a boy! Grayson Patrick!

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Week 33

I'm almost 2 weeks behind again.. but my computer is still out of commission and I'm overwhelmed trying to wrap things up for my maternity leave and in my home to prepare for baby! I hope to be able to post more frequently soon!
 
Week 33- September 30th-October 6th
 
Due Date: November 18, 2011

How Big is Baby: The baby is the size of a honeydew melon.

Symptoms: I'm still feeling pretty good physically but I'm starting to get more anxious about leaving work (and four schools with a huge testing/counseling load) for 14ish weeks.  I know that i'll have a sub, but I'm still trying to wrap a lot of things up.  Other than that, my feet are ridiculously swollen (although my doc denies that they are even remotely bad compared to some of the stuff he sees) but they are bad to me!  My shoes DO NOT fit anymore and I'm wearing flip flops on the daily!

Cravings: Halloween candy!

Sleep: Sleep has been a dream this week (aside from the frequent pee breaks). However, despite getting at least 8 hours a night I'm exhausted during the day. I think it has to do with the fact that my sleep is interrupted so frequently.

I Can't Live Without: Putting my feet up and foot massages (thanks hubs)

I Miss: Wearing my cute fall clothing!  I kind of miss alcohol but I'm thrilled about the fact that I get to drink on Thanksgiving AND on Christmas. I have a feeling that I will need it. Ha.

I am Looking Forward to: November. We're in the home stretch now!

Milestones: We're marking things off of our checklists and we're almost ready for baby! We've accomplished SO much in the last few weekends.  Also, although I knew he was head down at 28 weeks, the doctor confirmed that he is still head down and in position in my pelvis. 

Awkward Moments: Nothing this week.. I've heard that I'm adorable and cute like 10 times.  Now THAT is what I like to hear! =)

Exercise: Yoga and moving from the couch to the chair.  I'm going to try to keep doing yoga all the way to the end. 

Diet: Eh, I'm in the last few weeks and I just don't care anymore!

Movement: He doesn't move as much anymore, but when he moves my entire stomach shifts right along with him.

Gender: It's a boy! Grayson Patrick!

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

I am OLD

(If my computer wasn't completely ruined, I would post a picture of my 16 year old self in an afro wig)
 
I am old.
 
I found that out in 2 ways.
 
1. I just realized that the kids that I worked with my first year as a school psychologist are IN HIGH SCHOOL right now.  Granted they were in 4/5th grade and are only now in 9th grade, but they are still IN HIGH SCHOOL. crap. When did that happen?
 
2. Teenagers at the McDonalds drive through annoy me.
 
Last Tuesday after yoga I decided to get a hot fudge sundae from McDonalds (a. I'm pregnant b. those things are good c. I saw a picture of frozen yogurt earlier that day and I'm very impressionable right now).
 
Ahead of me in the drive through was a car full of OBNOXIOUS teenagers.  They were being annoying, talking with accents, confusing the poor McDonalds worker, honking their horns, changing their order and just being hellions. 
 
It was 9:15pm and despite my "zen" state, these kids were annoying.
 
I came home and cried to John- when did I become that old person that finds teenagers annoying? I was that teenager.  I was that annoying teenager. For goodness sakes, we spent most Saturday nights at the McDonalds drive thru ordering a 4 piece chicken nuggets, dousing them in fifty packets of sweet and sour sauce, while wearing afro wigs and while being obnoxious in the eyes of everyone within a 50 foot radius. 
 
I mean seriously, we put pom poms on our head and thought we were cool.  I (and three of my nearest and dearest high schol friends) am the star of at least 15 homemade music videos to the tune of TLC's waterfalls and we spent 99% of the winter doing donuts in the bowling alley parking lot.  It's not cool that I find these kids annoying, when I did that same exact crap. 
 
Seriously, I think/feel that I was just 16.  Then I realize that basically, I was sixteen a little less than HALF MY LIFETIME ago. 
 
So.. while I can't promise that I won't find these kids annoying.  I will promise to smile when I hear them talk with a crappy Shakespearean accent (because you know they were probably reading Macbeth in English class earlier) while ordering chicken nuggets because I was there and I know how cool it is to be a teenager. 

Monday, October 3, 2011

Week 32

(You guys, I STILL HAVE A VIRUS. It's bad, really- really bad. My laptop is at the shop, so lets hope that it is repaired soon. Sorry if the format is whack- I'm blogging via email.. from work and I'm behind with my updates. In real life, I'm almost 34 weeks).
 
Week 32- September 23rd-September 29nd
 
Due Date: November 18, 2011

How Big is Baby: The baby is the size of a honeydew melon.

Symptoms: The usual. Swollen feet, swollen hands, swollen face.  On the plus side of things, no heartburn yet!

Cravings: Candy. Brownies. Cookies.

Sleep: Despite anywhere from 2-8 bathroom breaks per night, I can still get comfortable without any hip/leg/heartburn pain.

I Can't Live Without: Frequent breaks. I'm tiring much more easily.

I Miss: Still turkey sandwiches. I want a turkey sandwich with loads of spicy mustard, cheese, and lettuce on an arnold sandwich thin. Like woah.  

I am Looking Forward to: November. We're in the home stretch now!

Milestones: We're at the 8 month mark!

Awkward Moments: Well the same old annoying comments regarding how massively huge I am (although I'm amazingly called small the other 45% of the time).  Duh people, I'm 8 months pregnant. I'm actually letting it go much easier now-- but I did want to throat punch the school custodian when she looked at me with disgust as I tried to convince her that yes, I'm only having one baby. 

Exercise: Yoga and moving from the couch to the chair.  

Diet: I'm trying to be better, but it's so hard. I am not passionate about cooking right now. 

Movement: His movement has been slowing down. I think he's running out of room to roam freely. Now, I don't necessarily feel the kicks from inside, but I do still feel them when I rest my hands on my belly. 

Gender: It's a boy! Grayson Patrick!