Sunday, February 19, 2012
Before I post the 32 week update, let me tell you about my weekend. I returned a whole bunch of stuff from my baby shower that we had duplicates of to Babies R Us and Target and thus got gift cards or cash back. That money practically went right back to the store when I purchased other things. Plus, when the mother buys off her registry to essentially "close it out" at Babies R Us, she gets a 10% discount on everything from the registry. Plus I had a bunch of coupons for 15% and 20% off, so I was able to utilize those too. Then I had gift cards. So I walked out pretty happy with myself and how many discounts I got and how little we actually spent out of pocket!
Then I came home on Saturday after getting my hair cut and lunch with some girlfriends, to work on putting nursery stuff away. I'd also ordered some vinyl decals for the walls and one of them came in, so I put that up. Now just to wait for the rest of them. Hopefully soon! Then, I tried out a new church and I really liked it. So plan to go back and see it again to see if that's where we should continue to go.
Today, J's parents brought down the long awaited cradle that J's dad had been refinishing for Baby Reese. J slept in this thing when he was born. It is gorgeous! Currently, it's in our bedroom but we haven't figured out where it will be exactly for a while. Will post a picture once it is in it's final place!
That about wraps up our weekend, so here's the 32 week update. Again, my comments are in red.
Week 32 of Pregnancy
Your baby is practicing survival skills like sucking and breathing, while your uterus is practicing some Braxton Hicks contractions.
Your Baby in Week 32 of Pregnancy
What's up with your baby? She's starting to get ready for her big debut, tipping the scales at almost four pounds and topping out at just about 19 inches. In these past few weeks, it's all about practice, practice, practice as she hones the skills she'll need to thrive outside the womb — from swallowing and breathing to kicking and sucking. And speaking of sucking, your little one has been able to suck her thumb for a while now. Something else to note: As more and more fat accumulates under your baby's skin, she's becoming less transparent and more opaque.
Your Body in Week 32 of Pregnancy
This week, your body may start prepping for delivery day by flexing its muscles — literally. If you feel your uterus bunching or hardening periodically, those are practice contractions, otherwise known as Braxton Hicks. These rehearsals (typically experienced earlier and with more intensity in women who've been pregnant before) feel like a tightening sensation that begins at the top of your uterus and then spreads downward, lasting from 15 to 30 seconds (though they can sometimes last two minutes or more). How do you know these contractions aren’t the real thing? They’ll stop if you change position (try getting up if you’re lying down or walking if you’ve been sitting). I haven't had these that I know of, just some cramping that didn't last very long and only happened a couple times over a period of days.
Week 32 Pregnancy Tip: Ultrasound Photos
Ultrasound is a tried-and-true prenatal tool (and a window into the wonderful world of your womb), but lately this procedure has taken a giant leap from the confines of a doctor's office to a storefront at the mall. Is it safe to take a peek inside your tummy on the way to Sears? While the FDA has yet to establish rules on these prenatal photography studios, they do warn against having ultrasounds for fun (as opposed to for medical reasons), since such three-dimensional imaging machines use much higher power than the typical ultrasound machines at your doctor's office. And many medical professionals fear that nervous moms-to-be will come away mistakenly convinced there's something wrong with their babies, or, worse, that the untrained wand wavers will miss real problems that would be detected by a pro. If you do choose elective sonograms, do so wisely (and after you check with your practitioner for the go-ahead). While there's nothing more precious than seeing your baby in three dimensions (except, of course, seeing your baby for real once it's born), limit your visits to one or two, each no more than 15 minutes in length. And bring your wallet! Some studios charge up to $300 for a photo, CD-ROM, and a video of the fetus. Due to our previously crappy insurance and our increased amount of sonograms necessary, we've spent more than our fair share on ultrasounds, so we won't be doing the 3D version or anything that isn't mandated by Dr. OB.
Week 32 Pregnancy Symptoms
Flatulence: To minimize that gassy feeling, aim for eating six small meals a day (versus three large ones) so that you don’t strain your digestive system (which is being taxed enough by your growing belly bearing down on it). I'm very burpy!
Bloating: Your slower metabolism (which has slowed down to give the food you eat more time to enter the bloodstream and nourish your baby) can cause bloating. Stick to your pregnancy diet and drink plenty of water to avoid constipation (see below), which aggravates bloating. Probably a little bit, but hard to tell.
Constipation: Your growing uterus is cramping your bowels, making them sluggish and irregular. Get some regular exercise (anything helps, from brisk walks to prenatal yoga), and drink up! I always drink a lot of water, so I'm good here. And I'm in the bathroom constantly, so I think we're ok.
Occasional faintness or dizziness: Feeling faint or light-headed can be a result of any number of things, including low blood sugar. Don’t forget to carry a protein-and-carb-rich snack in your bag to munch on when you feel dizzy. Granola bars, trail mix, or soy chips are a great choice, and may keep light-headedness at bay. Thankfully, none yet.
Leg cramps: Just as you’re ready to drift off to dreamland you may feel a painful spasm in your calves — though no one is quite sure what causes the pain (or why it’s worse at night). One theory: a lack of calcium and magnesium in your diet. Ask your practitioner if taking an extra calcium supplement is a good idea, and be certain you’re devouring your dose of daily dairy (bring on the cheese and yogurt!). Not very many of these, and thankfully none that are intense. I drink a lot of milk!
Itchy abdomen: That swelling belly is getting itchier and itchier, as the skin stretches and dries out. If slathering on creams and moisturizers doesn’t help, try calamine or some other type of anti-itch lotion that soothe more-stubborn cases. Or add oatmeal to your bath and have a soak in warm (not hot) water. Yes and yes. I do lotion at least twice a day and that seems to help.
Enlarged breasts and colostrum: As your breasts get bigger in the third trimester, they may also leak a yellowish fluid called colostrum, which is the precursor to breast milk. This liquid, packed with protein and antibodies, is the first milk your baby will get. If the leaks are getting uncomfortable, try wearing nursing pads. Again, none yet.
Ok folks, have a wonderful week and talk to you soon!
Friday, February 17, 2012
This week has been crazy busy. Tuesday morning I had a Dr. OB appt. Both Nurse Shari and Dr. OB were happy to see that I was actually down 1 lb. Still need to watch my salt intake, but at least we're not growing so fast anymore especially as we get to month #8. A few questions for Dr. OB, mostly about symptoms which she chalked most up to just being pregnant or sodium intake. I asked about what to look for in a pediatrician, even though I am fully confident about who ours will be and we go see her next week. Advice as far as what to ask folks? Also, we have yet another ultrasound on February 28th to monitor the cyst in Reese's non-thinking part of the brain. Dr. OB said it's nothing to be worried about, they just want to see if it gets bigger or smaller, but when I asked which had happened, they hadn't even measured. So on the 28th, will specifically ask them to measure!
Then, Tuesday night was our 2nd childbirth class. We were down from 5 couples to 3, don't know what that's about. Hopefully everyone is okay. More back-rubs (always nice, especially because Tuesday was Valentine's Day) - side note, this is what I came home to on Monday night...
But I digress....our romantic Valentine's evening consisted of class and Nico's. (Fast food Mexican food...not the healthiest, but I needed something quick!) Class was good...ok, that's where I was...back rubs, breathing again, and positions to get through the labor with. Saw another video more focused on the long labor than the birth itself. I really think these classes help J understand what our next step consists of.
Other than that, nothing super exciting. Wednesday night, we had our first HOA meeting in the new neighborhood. It was nice to get to know some neighbors a bit better and get some contact info. We have one neighbor a few houses down who has a 10 year old, so I picked her brain a bit about childcare and she said she would ask friends of hers with little ones. Hopefully, we'll get this figured out soon! But it was nice to connect with her again and we'll hopefully get to know her better soon. We didn't get home until 9 pm!
One thing I am noticing as I get more round is how nice people are to pregnant ladies. In Vegas, everyone was very concerned about me. "Do you need to sit?" "Do you need water?" When we came back and I was waiting for Mom to come pick me up from the airport (she had gone to get the car), a gentleman popped out of nowhere to put my suitcase in her car so I wouldn't have to pick it up. More and more people open doors for me. Apparently now, I'm very cute! I ate dinner at Sauce (a pizza and salad place - I had a salad!) on Wednesday before the HOA meeting and this woman and her 3 kids sat down next to me and was so excited to ask me about my pregnancy and her kids were intrigued too. I am feeling very loved!
And with that, I'm off to find some dinner! Later Bleeps!
Thursday, February 16, 2012
Last week, I had a business trip to Las Vegas with Mom for 3 days. It was nice to get away for a bit. Mom had developed a cold so whereas we usually split a room, she got her own. Upon getting there, the hotel talked us into a 2 bedroom suite instead so we wouldn't be across the hotel from each other, but also wouldn't be in the same room sharing germs. And in the end, the suite was less than the 2 rooms would have been, plus we had 2 (yes 2!) jacuzzi tubs! So this is how I spent an hour or so one evening...
Next Las Vegas fun. I was talking to J one night and I had him on speaker phone on the cell which was sitting on my belly. Baby Girl Reese must have known it was her papa, because more than a couple times during the conversation she was kicking up a storm. They really can hear you and know you in utero!
And the last thing I got from Vegas...these bad boys....
So that's enough about our trip. We dipped under the double-digit countdown on Sunday. That's right folks, we only have 9 weeks to go. Are we ready? Hell no! I ordered vinyl stickers for the nursery last weekend and am hoping they get here soon so the nursery can be finished. I went through all the baby gifts on Sunday and put it all away, and some will go back because we just have too much and need some pricey items still. But now the nursery doesn't look like Babies R Us exploded all over it! We really are blessed to have so many great people care so much about us. I've even had a couple clients and associate planners bring in presents unannounced. So awesome!
So here's the 31 week update and I'll talk about the doc visit and our 2nd child birth class tomorrow. As always, my comments are in red.
Week 31 of Pregnancy
As your baby's senses increase, his mommy's breathing room decreases.
Your Baby in Week 31 of Pregnancy
Weighing in at three-plus pounds and measuring 18 inches long, your baby is quickly approaching his birth length — though he's got to pack on another three to five pounds before D-day. Also developing at an impressive clip: your baby's brain connections (he's got to make trillions of them!). He's now processing information, tracking light, and perceiving signals from all five senses. He's also putting in longer stretches of sleep, which is why you're probably noticing more defined patterns of wakefulness (and movement) and rest (when he’s pretty still). Baby Reese definitely moves more in the evening, and early morning hours. Seems as if I am sleeping too much, she does somersaults to say, "Get up Mom!"
Your Body in Week 31 of Pregnancy
Chances are your diaphragm is feeling a little cramped these days. Okay, a lot cramped. That's because your uterus is pushing up against it (and all the other organs in there), crowding your lungs and making it more difficult for them to expand fully. The result: Your body is spare on air and will be until your baby drops near the end of pregnancy in preparation for birth. But don’t worry: Your baby is as happy as a clam because he’s getting his oxygen from the placenta. I feel like I am breathing heavy many times, and according to J, night is the worst. Besides being congested, it is just hard to breathe. He told me the other night not to be offended if I woke up one morning and he was sleeping in the guest bedroom!!! At least one of us is sleeping better, but I'll get to that.
Week 31 Pregnancy Tip: How a Baby Responds to Sex
Parental lovemaking and orgasm can have an interesting effect on babies in the womb, as you may have noticed. Some babies are very quiet after their parents have sex (rocked to sleep by the rhythmic movement, perhaps) while others become frisky themselves (hey, where's the party?). Both responses are completely normal and in no way indicate that your baby is aware of the goings-on…just that he is having fun going along for the ride. So keep on enjoying your sex life — and your orgasms — as much as you like. And for as long as you can (which, with your practitioner's approval and a few advanced Twister-type moves, can be right up until delivery day). After all, pretty soon making love with a baby in the house won't be quite so easy or convenient. Seeing as both my parents and my grandmother read this blog, I'm not gonna touch this subject!
Week 31 Pregnancy Symptoms
More frequent urination: Your uterus puts more pressure on your bladder in the third trimester, giving it less room to store urine. Cut down on the bathroom trips by double voiding: Pee, then when you’re done, pee again. That’ll make sure you’ve emptied your bladder completely. I'm considering setting up a computer in our bathroom at home and at the office if that tells you anything! Have literally walked out and walked right back in! Oh well, all worth it right?!
Occasional headaches: If tension is twisting your head up in knots, try spending a few minutes in a dark, quiet room. If you’re at work, close your eyes and put your feet up for 15 minutes. Have had a few of these (sadly) but nothing like the first few months. Let's hope that continues.
Varicose veins: Your growing uterus is also putting pressure on your blood vessels, which along with pregnancy hormones and increased blood volume creates the perfect set-up for varicose veins. Take a walk (or even better, several) during the day, or make sure to get in some other form of low-key, circulation-boosting exercise. Still, thankfully none. Knock-on wood! I try to keep my feet up as much as possible.
Possible nasal congestion: As if a swollen belly, feet, and fingers weren’t enough, now you may be contending with swollen nasal passages, making for one stuffy feeling. You’ll get relief when you deliver, but until then saline sprays or nasal strips can help clear up the stuffiness. (Antihistamines and nasal sprays are usually off-limits, but check in with your practitioner for other recommendations). I mentioned this earlier. You betcha! I have a lot of congestion at night and in fact, one of my staff asked me if I was getting sick the other day because I was sniffling and blowing my nose so much. At least J can go sleep in the guest bedroom, there's nothing I can do to get away from my own nose!
Lower abdominal achiness: Blame that growing belly of yours again for those growing pains around your middle. The best thing to do? Yep, you know the drill: Get off your feet for a while. I have had some cramping lately, but no blood. Doc says it is just how Reese is sitting and putting pressure in me.
Backaches: That burgeoning belly can also do a number on your back as it curves to accommodate the load. If you haven’t already, now is the time to incorporate some prenatal yoga into your exercise routine — the stretches will relax your back (and your mind!). Minor. I do stretch a bit and try to sit up straighter more.
Increasing clumsiness: Your shifting posture (not to mention your increasing girth) and lack of concentration (see below) may make you clumsier these days. Take it easy when you’re climbing into the shower or tub and roll up any area rugs that could trip you up at home. Yes, yes and yes. I haven't fallen, but I am definitely feeling a bit clumsy these days.
Forgetfulness: Welcome to mommy (to-be) brain — a condition that’s a result of shrinking brain-cell volume in the third trimester (don’t worry — your brain cells go back to normal a few months after delivery). Don’t stress out about your foggy memory (stress just makes it worse). Write things down (or program them into your smart phone) and delegate responsibility (if possible). I don't think much more than the past 7 months, but who knows!
Difficulty sleeping: This is another common third-trimester woe, caused by a constellation of other conditions, such as leg cramps, heartburn, frequent urination, and plain old anxiety (with a dash of pregnancy hormones). If tension keeps you tossing and turning all night, talk it out with friends (or other WTE members) or your partner during the day. And here we are again. Yes, this is getting more difficult. I used to be able to turn over in my sleep, but now thanks to all the pillows and this ever-growing belly, it's much harder to do that in my sleep. But I'm making it work.
Alright folks, to be continued tomorrow...
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Last Tuesday, J and I were at the ultrasound place at 8:30 am, in anticipation of our 8:45 am appointment. We were led in very quickly and by now we pretty much know the drill. The technician started looking around and soon enough there was a beautiful little profile of our baby girl. The tech did a lot of poking and prodding. Remember the reason for this ultrasound was to check on the cyst in the non-thinking part of Baby Girl's brain and see how it was progressing or disappearing, etc. Unfortunately it is still there and we need to wait for the doc to see if it has increased in size or shrunk. They measured Reese's arms and legs again, verified she is still a she, looked at her heart again, and deemed her healthy at 3 lbs right now.
Here's a couple of the photos they sent us home with.
Your Body in Week 30 of Pregnancy
These days you may feel as if you've got a flamethrower in your chest. Heartburn is one of the most common (and annoying) pregnancy ailments and here's why: The same pregnancy hormones that cause your body's pelvic muscles to relax so you can deliver your baby also relax the ring of muscle that separates the esophagus from the stomach. The upshot? Food and digestive juices can head upstream from your tummy into your chest and throat — hence, the infernal inferno. Your expanding uterus, now exerting pressure on your stomach, only fuels the fire. Thankfully (knock-on-wood) nothing since the "incident".
Week 30 Pregnancy Tip: Cord Blood Banking
The big day is coming, so here's a big question: What is cord blood, and should you consider banking or donating your baby's? First, a definition: Cord blood is what remains in the umbilical cord and placenta following birth. So why is this blood so important? Because cord blood contains stem cells that can be used to treat certain diseases, such as cancers. This safe and painless procedure is performed just after the baby is born (all it takes is about five minutes). More and more parents are saving their baby's cord blood, either for donation to a public facility so the cells can be used by others in need, or for private storage so it's available should the need arise within their own family. Whichever you choose (and it's okay if you choose not to at all), you should talk to your practitioner about it now so all the necessary prep work can be done.Truly on my mind but banking for us is so expensive! Am still wavering...any advice or thoughts on this subject are welcome.
Week 30 Pregnancy Symptoms
Stronger fetal activity: You can expect to feel your baby moving every day — sometimes with a punch or a kick (your itty-bitty boxer is getting stronger!), other times with a wiggle or a stretch. You can also expect more activity after you’ve had a snack or meal and (sadly!) when you’re lying down. Reese is definitely a mover and a shaker. I feel like she likes to stand on my pelvic bone a lot! Maybe I'm creating a dancer in my belly!
Flatulence: As your uterus expands it puts pressure on your rectum, which can weaken muscle control and lead to uncontrollable passing of gas. Drink plenty of water to avoid constipation (which aggravates the condition).
Bloating: Your expanding uterus (that third-trimester culprit) is pressing into the stomach and intestines, making that bloated feeling worse this week (and for the next several weeks). Eat smaller (and more frequent) meals to avoid overloading your digestive system. Workin' on it.
Constipation: Even if you managed to conquer constipation earlier in your pregnancy, you may have to contend with a return to more-sluggish bowels (thank your ever-expanding uterus, which is putting pressure on your bowels). Remember that fluids and fiber are your friends, as are probiotics (you can find them in yogurts). I am considering setting up a computer in the bathroom with how much I am in there, so currently, this isn't a problem.
Occasional faintness or dizziness: It’s a common pregnancy symptom, but mention it to your practitioner (especially if you do faint). You can stop a dizzy spell by lying down and elevating your feet as soon as you feel light-headed. I have had low blood pressure for years, so have occasionally fainted. However right now this isn't a problem. Let's hope I can say that for the next 10 weeks!
Bleeding gums: Thanks to pregnancy hormones, your gums could be swollen, inflamed, and even bleeding. Although bleeding gums are common (and will probably go away after delivery), take extra-good care of your teeth and gums right now: Brush and floss twice a day. A little here and a little there. At the dentist appointment last week, she said I was super sensitive but I think she was a little pokey with her instruments! Either way, I am being very good to my gums and teeth right now.
Stretch marks: As your skin stretches to accommodate your growing belly and body, you (and 90 percent of the pregnant set) are probably starting to see the pink or red streaks known as stretch marks. There’s no miracle cure for stretch marks, so don’t blow the bucks on expensive creams that promise to make them disappear. (Creams will soothe your itchy belly, though.) So far, so good...no marks. I lotion every morning and night with special stuff...let's hope it stays that way.
Mild swelling of ankles and feet: About 75 percent of pregnant women suffer from puffy ankles and feet. Besides wearing comfy shoes, you can relieve your swollen tootsies by taking breaks and putting your feet up. (You deserve it!) Oh yes this is happening! I wore shoes the other night and when I got home my feet had a lovely red line around where the shoes hit. I keep looking for flats that are cute and comfy but am coming up short. Mama K and MBM's sister have promised me some of their shoes that are stretched.
Fatigue: Your second trimester get-up-and-go may have upped and left now. Your growing baby is putting more demands on your body, and insomnia may be leaving you pooped during the day. Now’s the time to ask for help (a skill that will come in handy after childbirth), especially doing something strenuous.Yup, yup and yup! Sleeping is getting harder by the day.
Well, there you have it folks. We are 7.5 months pregnant if you can believe it...I surely can't! Have a wonderful day!
Monday, February 6, 2012
It was brought to my attention that I forgot a game at the shower that was fun. While I was opening the mountain of gifts, all the attendees had a different bingo card with various gifts I might recieve listed on it. Then, when I would open a present and announce what it was, a few people would get to cross that present off their card. Whoever got 5 in a row diagonally, horizontally, or vertically first won. Actually I think Mama K had presents for first and second place. Busted Kate actually won this game! But even after she won, everyone still played to keep it interesting and be able to yell out "BINGO!"
And Busted Kate also reminded me of something else Mama K and I worked up. As kind of a hint for Baby Girl's name, she had bowls of Reese's Pieces laying out. Nobody said anything, but when Busted Kate commented on yesterday's post, she said, "I just 'pieced' it together this morning, the Reese's pieces you were serving at the shower...duh! So cute!!" She may have been the only one to pick up on it. I wonder if anyone else caught it...
Okay....that's all I needed to correct...I think! Have a lovely day folks.
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Oh sorry...hello Bleeps! Yesterday was my 2nd shower thrown by Mama K and it was spectacular! Truly amazing. Here's a few quick pics...