Saturday, September 13, 2014

Baby #2 - 30 weeks

Pregnancy Highlights
How Far Along: 30 weeks...time is speeding up. She could be here in as little as 5 weeks!

Size of baby: The size of a cucumber (17 inches crown to heel and over 3 pounds and now gaining half a pound a week!).
Total Weight Gain/Loss: Total Gain of 13 pounds (weighing in at 131 lbs). Plus one for the week!!

Maternity Clothes: If the weather cools down a bit, I can change up my wardrobe. I'm getting bored!

Movement: She's bossy. She likes me to sit a certain way and sleep a certain way.

Sleep: To put it positively, I'm training for a newborn! ha. Those bathroom breaks are getting me into the habit of waking up several times through the night.

What I miss:  Running. Being snuggled up in a sweater that doesn't make me look like a snowman.
Cravings: Poblano Peppers. Berries. Peaches. Eggs and Avocado on toast. Pumpkin or Banana Bread. Mango. Salads. Avocado. Asparagus. Potatoes. Paninis.

Deterrents: Still bar-b-que.
Symptoms: Leg Cramps all night. Biology Breaks (ha!). Strong Braxton Hicks. Tired Body and Mind. Urges to nap, sometimes I catch a snooze on my lunch break.

Doctor Update: Next week.
Best Moment this week: I've been fairly calm this week. I am making conscious decisions to think about when, where and how to do things before taking an action and relating it back to how it effects my peace. I'm blessed to be surrounded with positive people and situations and not feeling the "need" to get caught up or surrounded by negativity or stressful situations. Finding new ways to be still bring peace. I am enjoying reading, deep breathing and being in water. My dad always said a warm bath and sleep is the best cure. Who knows...maybe I'll make it full term! :)

Belly Picture: 



Thank you for your prayers and support!

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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Baby #2 - 29.5 weeks.

Mid-week update:

I checked my scale at home over the weekend and weighed in at 130. I moved it and tried again Monday morning and got 130 again. I'm wondering if the scale I used at the doctor office may have been off. I'm going to stick to my weight change on my home scale.

That puts me at a gain of 1 pound for last week and 12 pounds total gain!


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Baby #2 - 29 weeks

Pregnancy Highlights
How Far Along: 29 weeks
Size of baby: The size of a butternut squash (17 inches crown to heel and nearly 3 pounds).
 
Total Weight Gain/Loss: Total Gain of 9 pounds (weighing in at 127 lbs). Loss of 2 pounds. This is according to the doctor's scale. I need to reweigh on my scale which is what I generally use to keep up with it.
Maternity Clothes: Mostly regular tops and maternity pants. Dresses are a mix. Tunics and leggings are my favorite.
Movement: Frequent.
Sleep: Hardly.
What I miss:  Running. Normal clothes.
 
Cravings: Poblano Peppers. Berries. Peaches. Eggs and Avocado on toast. Pumpkin or Banana Bread. Mango. Salads. Avocado. Asparagus. Potatoes. Paninis.
Deterrents: Varies.
 
Symptoms: Leg Cramps. Strong Braxton Hicks. Nausea. Exhausted.

Doctor Update: I saw the Doctor on 9/5. I received some good (no gestational diabetes!) and some bad news but none of the bad was definite so that is the silver lining there. Doctor visits are now every other week and at my next appointment we will have an unscheduled ultrasound, meaning this is not a routine ultrasound, followed by an appointment. Honestly, I'm a little anxious but not letting negative thoughts enter my mind. God gave me immediate peace about it and I have faith in that. For now, I'm focused on getting to see Emma again and how wonderful it will be to see her again.
 
Best Moment this week: Emma kicked Arden in the head while I was singing to her and the look on Arden's face was priceless. Little moments of hilarity...

Belly Picture: I didn't feel like it this week.


Thank you for your prayers and support!

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Baby #2 - 28 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights
How Far Along: 28 weeks
Size of baby: The size of a large eggplant (16 inches crown to heel and 2.5 pounds).
 
Total Weight Gain/Loss: Total Gain of 11 pounds (weighing in at 129 lbs). Gained a pound this week! Might have been that I tried to eat ice cream every night but gaining is gaining.
Maternity Clothes: Mostly regular tops and maternity pants. Dresses are a mix. Regular dresses are turning into tunics, just in time for Fall, y'all!
Gender: It's a girl! Emma Kathryn.
Movement: She moves about 12-15 times an hour, sometimes more. She has to move at least 10.
Sleep: Deeper sleep in short increments. It gets the job done.
What I miss:  The stress relief of working out or a walk.
 
Cravings: Poblano Peppers. Berries. Peaches. Eggs and Avocado on toast. Pumpkin or Banana Bread. Mango. Salads. Avocado. Asparagus. Potatoes. Panini's.
Deterrents: Varies. Right now, I prefer cold foods rather than hot. It's weird but might be the heat?
 
Symptoms: Leg Cramps. Strong Braxton Hicks. Forgetfulness. Faintness in Warm Weather. Nausea after eating. Easily worn out. Sore feet.

Doctor Update: I go back next week.
 
Best Moment this week: Emma poked her fist out and I got a hold on it for a few seconds before she pulled away...it was a strange feeling holding her fist through my belly but kind of amazing at the same time.

Belly Picture: 
28 Weeks
 
Thank you for your prayers and support!

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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Baby #2 - 27 weeks

Pregnancy Highlights


How Far Along: 27 Weeks...and I'm in the third trimester!



Size of baby: The size of a head of cauliflower (14.5 inches crown to heel and 2.25 pounds).



Total Weight Gain/Loss: Total Gain of 10 pounds (weighing in at 128 lbs). Loss of 1 pound this week. I swear I am eating!



Maternity Clothes: Mostly regular tops and maternity pants. Dresses are a mix. Regular dresses are turning into tunics, just in time for Fall, y'all!



Gender: It's a girl! Emma Kathryn.



Movement: Lots of kicks and punches. She is mostly active when I am still.



Sleep: Deeper sleep in short increments. It gets the job done.



What I miss:  Running. I could really use the release of exercise right now.



Cravings: Berries. Peaches. Eggs and Avocado on toast. Pumpkin bread. Mango. Salads. Asparagus. Potatoes. Panini's.



Deterrents: Too much sugar. I can handle one little tiny cookie and that's about it.



Symptoms: Vivid dreaming. Strong Braxton Hicks Forgetfulness. Faintness in Warm Weather. Nausea after eating.





Doctor Update: I didn't hear from the doctor about my gestational diabetes test! So I think I'm clear from that. I go back in less that two weeks for another check up.



Best Moment this week: Finding fleece jammies for Emma and my sweet Arden who is so helpful.





Belly Picture: 






 
Thank you for your prayers and support!




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Monday, August 18, 2014

Baby #2 - 26 Weeks

Pregnancy Highlights
How Far Along: 26 Weeks...and four days. This is the last week of my second trimester, yay!
Size of baby: The size of a Scallion (14 inches crown to heel and 2 pounds).
Total Weight Gain/Loss: Total Gain of 11 pounds (weighing in at 129 lbs). My morning weigh in today showed I've accidently lost the 3+ pounds I gained last week. I should be gaining 1 lb/wk now so I need to watch this and be sure I at least hit 130 this week, if not a little more to make up for my loss.
Maternity Clothes: Mostly regular tops and maternity pants. Dresses are a mix. Regular dresses are turning into tunics, just in time for Fall, y'all!
Gender: It's a girl! Emma Kathryn.
Movement: She mostly moves during the night and at my lunch break. The doctor wants me tracking her movements now since I am high risk for pre-term labor. I have to make sure she moves enough throughout the day and  her active period is long enough. Emma's active period is at 2 AM, so I'm staying awake to be sure she moves at least 20 minutes. Silver lining - I'm getting back in sleeping shape for a newborn.
Sleep: I am completely exhausted, though I started sleeping a little more deeply. Short, deep sleep has been kinder to me than long, light sleep...so this is a blessing to say the least.
What I miss:  Eggs benedict. I'm craving that like you wouldn't believe.
Cravings: Berries. Peaches. Scrambled Eggs. Pumpkin bread. Mango. Salads. Asparagus. Potatoes. Panini's.
Deterrents: Y'all...it's a sad day. Sweets are making me sick to my stomach. I can only handle a small amount. My sugar-holic days are over...for now.
Symptoms: Vivid dreaming. Strong Braxton hicks which I keep an eye on per doctor's orders. Forgetfulness. Faintness in heat, church has been a struggle but the Deacon's wife shared with me it's much cooler in the front rows so I'll be moving up front.

Doctor Update: I had my gestational diabetes test on Friday, no news is good news. I'm hoping I don't hear from them this week. I also ended up with a unscheduled appointment with my doctor. She checked me and I'm not dilating yet, which is wonderful news. She discussed breathing exercises and lots of pointers to help me stay calm and avoid contractions. She isn't shy about being concerned about the pregnancy and the seriousness of this situation but continues to be incredibly supportive. I am thankful for such an incredible OB, I think I'll keep her :) I'm not on bed rest so this is something to be thankful for!
Best Moment this week: God-given strength and confidence.

Belly Picture: 
26 wks + 4 days


 
Thank you for your prayers and support!


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Monday, August 11, 2014

Baby #2 - 25 weeks

Pregnancy Highlights
How Far Along: 25 Weeks. I can see that third trimester coming!
Size of baby: The size of a Rutabaga (13.5 inches crown to heel and 1.5 pounds).
Total Weight Gain/Loss: Gain of 14 pounds. +3 in a week, hahaha. I mean, it was my birthday.
Maternity Clothes: Mostly regular tops and maternity pants. Dresses are a mix. I'm digging the stretchy. Dresses are much more comfortable than pants!
Gender: It's a girl! Emma Kathryn.
Movement: She loves to move at night and she isn't shy about letting me know if she'd like me to roll over.
Sleep: I am exhausted. Bags under my eyes are my hottest fashion statement. I toss and turn all night now that my belly is getting bigger and it's hard to breathe deeply.
What I miss:  Cookie dough and brownie batter.
Cravings: Green smoothies. Raspberries. Bananas. Mango. Salads. Grilled Cheese. Salsa. Homemade warm chocolate chip cookies. Chicken Salad.
Deterrents: bar-b-que. Anything strong smelling.
Symptoms: Tiredness, heartburn, vivid dreaming/night terrors, cravings, hormonal, emotional and a little bit of faintness.

After the follow up with the doctor, she found my cervix is shortening and softening which is what it does to prepare for birth. It's too early for this. I was given very specific instructions to be very careful. I am not to exercise, no strenuous activity, no continuous activity for long periods, no lifting more than ten pounds, no lifting Arden, etc. If things don't improve, I could end up on bed rest. We are hoping that by taking it easy that doesn't happen.

My doctor said she wanted us to make it to 35 weeks (Oct 17) which means Emma would be 2 weeks preterm. That doesn't sound like much but in baby development it is. It's likely we would be in the NICU for a while BUT this is just a possibility right now. We could get lucky and carry to 37 weeks like we did with Arden. We, along with our doctor, are concerned but keeping a positive attitude! So, prayer warriors, we need all the prayers and positive vibes we can get!
Best Moment this week: Enjoying a nice birthday weekend with family.

Belly Picture: I forgot. whoops!



Thank you for your prayers and support!


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