Thursday, October 25, 2012

Audrina Elise

Oh my, where has time gone?  Audrina Elise was born August 27th, 2012 at 11:37AM via c section after 32 hours of labor. More to come on that later.  This is my first week back at work, well Tuesday was, so I'm just trying to catch up. This week is going much better than I anticipated.  I have no cried at work once! After my first day back I got home and  cried for awhile when she was finally in my arms. I had so much anxiety the night before that I slept for maybe 3 hours. 
I will leave you with some pictures of my sweet baby girl. ♥






Friday, August 17, 2012

38 + 39 Weeks

Week 38 just came and went, it was a whirlwind.  My last day at work was a week ago and I’ve been busy at home getting ready for Audrina.  I can’t believe she is going to be here any day now! I had my appointment on Wednesday and was frustrated to hear that I’m still zero cm dilated. I swear this girl doesn’t want to come out.  I’ve been trying to walk around, eat spicy food, drink raspberry tea and none of that seems to be helping. I guess she will come when she’s ready. 

(38 weeks) According to BabyCenter.com, Your baby has really plumped up. She weighs about 6.8 pounds and she's over 19 1/2 inches long (like a leek). She has a firm grasp, which you'll soon be able to test when you hold her hand for the first time! Her organs have matured and are ready for life outside the womb.

Wondering what color your baby's eyes will be? You may not be able to tell right away. If she's born with brown eyes, they'll likely stay brown. If she's born with steel gray or dark blue eyes, they may stay gray or blue or turn green, hazel, or brown by the time she's 9 months old. That's because a child's irises (the colored part of the eye) may gain more pigment in the months after she's born, but they usually won't get "lighter" or more blue. (Green, hazel, and brown eyes have more pigment than gray or blue eyes.)

(39 weeks) According to BabyCenter.com, Your baby's waiting to greet the world! He continues to build a layer of fat to help control his body temperature after birth, but it's likely he already measures about 20 inches and weighs a bit over 7 pounds, a mini watermelon. (Boys tend to be slightly heavier than girls.) The outer layers of his skin are sloughing off as new skin forms underneath.
How far along? 38 + 39 Weeks
Total weight gain: Approx. 37 Pounds
Maternity clothes? Oh yes, all maternity.
Stretch marks? No…knock on wood!
Sleep: We are having a heat wave in Seattle right now and that makes me feel like a big beached whale that can’t move around much. My sleep hasn’t been horrible, I’
Best moment this week: Finishing last minute touches on the nursery and the house.  Everything is clean & dusted, my bags are packed, laundry is done…now let’s go!  

Miss Anything? Just enjoying the last bit of feeling her in my belly and being pregnant, it’s pretty amazing.
Movement: Not as much movement, I think she is running out of room in there.

Food cravings: No real cravings, this heat makes me not want to eat.  I did buy a bag of peanut m&m’s that hit the spot.
Anything making you queasy or sick: meat…will I ever like meat again?
Gender: Girl

Labor Signs: Some false alarms here and there but nothing really.
Symptoms: Still have some heartburn and just feeling HUGE. I Can’t wait to get back in shape. Oh, and my shoes no longer fit.
Belly Button in or out? Still in…
Wedding rings on or off? Off most of the time

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!
Looking forward to: Seeing my sister and family on Sunday and meeting my little princess!

Monday, August 6, 2012

37 weeks...full term baby!

So excited that I made it full-term!! :)
According to BabyCenter.com, Your baby is now considered "full term," even though your due date is three weeks away. If you go into labor now, his lungs will likely be mature enough to fully adjust to life outside the womb. (Some babies need a bit more time, though. So if you're planning to have a repeat c-section, for example, your practitioner will schedule it for no earlier than 39 weeks unless there's a medical reason to intervene earlier.)
Your baby weighs 6 1/3 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches, head to heel (like a stalk of Swiss chard). Many babies have a full head of hair at birth, with locks from 1/2 inch to 1 1/2 inches long. But don't be surprised if your baby's hair isn't the same color as yours. Dark-haired couples are sometimes thrown for a loop when their children come out as blonds or redheads, and fair-haired couples have been surprised by Elvis look-alikes. And then, of course, some babies sport only peach fuzz.

According to BabiesOnline.com, Your baby continues to put on weight by about 1/2 pound each week. It's no wonder the womb is becoming very cramped. Your baby is gaining weight quickly because layers of fat pile on and help in both body temperature regulation and developing his immunity in preparation for life in the outside world. You may find you are carrying your baby much lower now (or soon will be) as the baby drops into the birth canal, readying himself for birth. Your baby is about 19 inches long and weighs from 5.5 to 6.0 pounds. The vast majority of babies born now will live with little need for intensive medical treatment.

How far along? 37 Weeks
Total weight gain: Approx. 35 Pounds
Maternity clothes? Oh yes, all maternity.
Stretch marks? No…knock on wood!
Sleep: No bueno
Best moment this week: Hearing that my sister, brother-in-law and niece will be flying into town from New York on the 18th!

Miss Anything? Being comfortable
Movement:
lots of major movements & rearranging... I'm sure she is pretty darn cramped in there! Lately I can even feel her fingers & toes moving!

Food cravings: Basically sweets and only sweets…real food doesn’t sound that good anymore
Anything making you queasy or sick: meat…although I made these amazing chicken enchiladas last night and actually enjoyed them. http://thepioneerwoman.com/cooking/2009/11/white-chicken-enchiladas/
Gender: Girl

Labor Signs: Nope
Symptoms: Week 37 is when I officially hit a wall. Being uncomfortable has a whole new meaning... I have been tired again like the first trimester & my stomach/ribs are pretty painful. I’m wondering if she’s dropped because my heartburn is a little better.
Belly Button in or out? Still in…
Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!
Looking forward to: baby girl's arrival of course ... can't believe it is almost time!!


Thursday, July 26, 2012

36 Weeks

According to BabyCenter.com, Your baby is still packing on the pounds — at the rate of about an ounce a day. She now weighs almost 6 pounds (like a crenshaw melon) and is more than 18 1/2 inches long. She’s shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered her body as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected her skin during her nine-month amniotic bath. Your baby swallows both of these substances, along with other secretions, resulting in a blackish mixture, called meconium, will form the contents of her first bowel movement.

According to BabiesOnline.com,
Your baby continues to put on weight by about 1/2 pound each week. It’s no wonder the womb is becoming very cramped. Your baby is gaining weight quickly because layers of fat pile on and help in both body temperature regulation and developing his immunity in preparation for life in the outside world. You may find you are carrying your baby much lower now (or soon will be) as the baby drops into the birth canal, readying himself for birth. Your baby is about 19 inches long and weighs from 5.5 to 6.0 pounds. The vast majority of babies born now will live with little need for intensive medical treatment.

How far along? 36 Weeks
Total weight gain: Approx. 35 Pounds
Maternity clothes? Oh yes, all maternity.  
Stretch marks? No…still shocked and amazing at this. Knock on wood!
Sleep: Sleeping is alright still, I wake up every few hours but go right back to sleep
Best moment this week: Getting our stroller and some other items at Babies R US. I feel like we live in that store.

Miss Anything? I miss a lot of things..but this experience has been pretty darn amazing & I'm a little sad that it's almost over.
Movement:
She has been moving like crazy.  Derek has been amazed at the kicks she gives at night.

Food cravings: Donuts…powdered and lemon water…lots of lemon water.
Anything making you queasy or sick: still meat - sure hope this goes away!
Gender: Girl

Labor Signs: Nope
Symptoms: heartburn for the most part and just being overall tired
Belly Button in or out? Still in…
Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time: Had a roller coaster of emotions this week... but so very happy.
Looking forward to: Enjoying the last few weeks with Derek and preparing for our life to change for the better.

Our Britax stroller/car seat :)

Thursday, July 19, 2012

35 Weeks

I’m so happy to be at week 35! This is my last week before I’m in the upper 30s! Whoop! I need to play little mind games like this to help make the last month more bearable!
Right now I officially have 32 days to go. I’m still hoping she comes a tad early, maybe during week 38 would be nice. If that is the case I could only have around 20 days to go! <—Another mind game I like playing to get through these last weeks! As long as she doesn’t come before week 37, I’ll be a happy Mom! Since I plan on breastfeeding I want to make sure she is developed enough to be able to latch. Anyways, before I get too excited about being in my 35th week, here is a recap.
According to TheBump.com (same info for weeks 33-36)
Baby’s senses are continuing to improve — when light peeks in through your (extremely) stretched belly, those tiny eyelids and irises blink and dilate. And, baby can now recognize and react to simple songs… time to start practicing your lullabies! Growth (at least inside your womb) is starting to slow, and you may notice baby descend into your pelvis at the end of this month.

According to BabyCenter.com,
Your baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds (like your average cantaloupe) and is almost 18 inches long. Her fat layers — which will help regulate her body temperature once she’s born — are filling her out, making her rounder. Her skin is also smoother than ever. Her central nervous system is maturing and her lungs are continuing to mature as well. If you’ve been nervous about preterm labor, you’ll be happy to know that babies born between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do fine. They may need a short stay in the neonatal nursery and may have a few short-term health issues, but in the long run, they usually do as well as full-term babies.

According to BabiesOnline.com,
Your baby can – and does – respond just as a newborn would by opening his eyes while awake and closing them while sleeping. Your baby can also grasp firmly and his little fingernails may need to be trimmed shortly after birth. This month also offers more time for your baby to build antibodies and for his skin to continue to thicken. Your baby is approximately 18 inches long and weighs about 4.5 pounds. It’s wonderful to know that if your baby was born now, it has a 95 percent chance of full and normal survival with medical intervention.

How far along? 35 Weeks
Total weight gain: Approx. 34 Pounds
Maternity clothes? Oh yes! Trying my best to not buy anything more but nothing fits! I had a mini breakdown when I was getting ready for work and realized I never dried my clothes that I washed the night before.  It took me a good 20 minutes to find something that I could squeeze into.
Stretch marks? No
Sleep:
Sleeping still but I wake up about every two hours to go potty.
Best moment this week: Picking up the car seat I’ve been wanting since day one..the Britax Chaperone!

Miss Anything?
Breathing, sitting and laying like a normal person.
Movement:
Mostly wiggles these days along with a random karate kick here & there
Food cravings: Donuts…powdered and lemon water…lots of lemon water.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Meat..ick
Gender: Girl

Labor Signs: Nope
Symptoms:
heartburn and immobility like no other
Belly Button in or out? Still in…
Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time:
HAPPY!
Looking forward to: Derek and I are going to a class at the hospital this weekend that’s all about babies…it will be fun to learn new things with him

Carseat
Nursery Progress...yes, her name is Audrina! :)



Friday, July 13, 2012

34 Weeks

According to TheBump.com (same info for weeks 33-36) Baby’s senses are continuing to improve — when light peeks in through your (extremely) stretched belly, those tiny eyelids and irises blink and dilate. And, baby can now recognize and react to simple songs… time to start practicing your lullabies! Growth (at least inside your womb) is starting to slow, and you may notice baby descend into your pelvis at the end of this month.

According to BabyCenter.com,
Your baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds (like your average cantaloupe) and is almost 18 inches long. Her fat layers — which will help regulate her body temperature once she’s born — are filling her out, making her rounder. Her skin is also smoother than ever. Her central nervous system is maturing and her lungs are continuing to mature as well. If you’ve been nervous about preterm labor, you’ll be happy to know that babies born between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do fine. They may need a short stay in the neonatal nursery and may have a few short-term health issues, but in the long run, they usually do as well as full-term babies.

According to BabiesOnline.com,
Your baby can – and does – respond just as a newborn would by opening his eyes while awake and closing them while sleeping. Your baby can also grasp firmly and his little fingernails may need to be trimmed shortly after birth. This month also offers more time for your baby to build antibodies and for his skin to continue to thicken. Your baby is approximately 18 inches long and weighs about 4.5 pounds. It’s wonderful to know that if your baby was born now, it has a 95 percent chance of full and normal survival with medical intervention.

How far along? 34 Weeks
Total weight gain: Approx. 33 Pounds
Maternity clothes? Maternity & comfy clothes...I’m quickly running out of clothes that fit.
Stretch marks? No
Sleep:
Sleep is still good
Best moment this week: Getting a lot done overall and feeling more and more ready for our girl.

Miss Anything?
Feeling comfortable in jeans.
Movement:
Still feeling her all the time.

Food cravings: I’ve gone this entire pregnancy without any intense cravings. Certain foods sound really good but not something I NEED to have.  Fish would have to be my biggest craving.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Still chicken
Gender: Girl

Labor Signs: Nope
Symptoms:
heartburn has to be the worst symptom besides feeling like a whale some days.
Belly Button in or out? Still in…
Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time:
HAPPY!
Looking forward to: Baby's arrival! Seems so surreal at this point, I cannot wait to see her precious face & hold her for the first time. Also looking forward to purchasing the last few items we need like a stroller.

Trying out the moby wrap with my fake baby..aka a teddy bear

Monday, July 9, 2012

33 Weeks

Little late on this post…The 4th of July messed my week up.
I can’t believe that in just 21 days, Baby A will be full term and that in 42 days her due date will be here! Seriously, where is time going? I’m keeping my fingers crossed time continues to fly by until she is here!

How Big is Baby?
According to thebump.com,
Baby’s senses are continuing to improve — when light peeks in through your (extremely) stretched belly, those tiny eyelids and irises blink and dilate. And, baby can now recognize and react to simple songs… time to start practicing your lullabies! Growth (at least inside your womb) is starting to slow, and you may notice baby descend into your pelvis at the end of this month.

According to babycenter.com,
This week your baby weighs a little over 4 pounds (heft a pineapple) and has passed the 17-inch mark. He’s rapidly losing that wrinkled, alien look and his skeleton is hardening. The bones in his skull aren’t fused together, which allows them to move and slightly overlap, thus making it easier for him to fit through the birth canal. (The pressure on the head during birth is so intense that many babies are born with a conehead-like appearance.) These bones don’t entirely fuse until early adulthood, so they can grow as his brain and other tissue expands during infancy and childhood.

According to babiesonline.com,
By now, you have all the amniotic fluid you are going to have and the amount will remain consistent until delivery. Your baby’s brain continues to grow, and increase the size of his head. Your baby continues to develop fat deposits under the skin, which can alter skin color. If you’re having a boy his testicles have moved from their location near the kidneys through the groin to the scrotum. If you are having a girl, her clitoris is relatively prominent. Your baby is approximately 17.5 inches long and weighs a little over four pounds now.


How far along? 33 Weeks
Total weight gain: Approx. 33 Pounds
Maternity clothes?
Maternity & comfy clothes... jeans are officially out of the picture
Stretch marks? No
Sleep:
Sleep is still good but I always wake up exhausted and wishing I was on maternity leave already
Best moment this week: Celebrating Derek’s birthday, I love that man!

Miss Anything?
My old wardrobe
Movement:
She moves all day long, I love it!

Food cravings: Not much I’ve been craving. I’m having the opposite issue and nothing sounds good.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Still chicken
Gender: Girl

Labor Signs:
No ..but holyshit ..so crazy to think this could be any day now?! I wonder if I'll be one of those people who's water breaks while I'm lurking around Target.
Symptoms:
heartburn & lack of mobility - otherwise honestly feeling great
Belly Button in or out? Still in…
Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time: HAPPY!
Looking forward to:
Baby's arrival!! It's all I can think about.. baby brain is no joke. And neither is nesting.. I literally have never cleaned & organized so much in my entire life. Who knew that folding baby socks & clothes could blow a night on the town out of the water?! :)


Nursery Progress!  We still need to buy leafs on the scary looking tree. :)

Friday, June 29, 2012

32 Weeks

According to babycenter.com, By now, your baby weighs 3.75 pounds (pick up a large jicama) and is about 16.7 inches long, taking up a lot of space in your uterus. You’re gaining about a pound a week and roughly half of that goes right to your baby. In fact, she’ll gain a third to half of her birth weight during the next 7 weeks as she fattens up for survival outside the womb. She now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair (or at least respectable peach fuzz). Her skin is becoming soft and smooth as she plumps up in preparation for birth.

According to babiesonline.com,
Your baby sleeps approximately 90 to 95 percent of the day now. Her skin has become thicker and he continues to become more of a pinkish color. Your baby’s movements will peak this week. From now on they will change in quantity and quality. Most of the wrinkles are disappearing from your baby’s face, and there may be a lot of hair on his head. The weight gain has been fairly incredible recently. Your baby is now almost 4 pounds and is 17 inches long.

How far along? 32 Weeks
Total weight gain: 32 Pounds ~ Crazy how many people dare to ask how much weight you’ve gained.  I think I’ve had at least 5 people ask me and it always catches me off guard.
Maternity clothes? Yes. Starting to feel like ten pounds of shit in a five pound bag.
Stretch marks? Nope! I had a Dr. Appointment this week and my Dr. said ‘no marks, nice job’ that was awesome to hear! I had some stretch marks on my hips before I got pregnant so those don't count. ;)
Sleep:
Sleep is still good, but still having intense dreams/nightmares.
Best moment this week: Feeling baby girl hiccup last night for the first time.  Of course Derek wasn’t home to see it.  

Miss Anything?
Breathing normally and being able to curl up in a ball on the couch. oh the things we take for granted!
Movement: Lots and lots of movement, basically all day/night.  Last night every time I poked my belly she kicked back.  I know I will miss this feeling so much!
Food cravings: This week it was fish and meatballs (not together lol)…which I happily fulfilled
Anything making you queasy or sick: Not much, I can’t cook chicken and eat it…so weird. I still cook it for Derek.  
Gender: Girl

Labor Signs: No but I am getting some braxton hicks
Symptoms:
MAJOR Heartburn, swelling in my calves and I got the worst rib pain yesterday.  Thankfully the rib pain went away.
Belly Button in or out? Still in…wonder if it will pop out?
Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time:
HAPPY!
Looking forward to: My baby shower tomorrow!! My best friend is graciously hosting my shower and I can’t wait! I will post pictures next week.
 

Thursday, June 21, 2012

31 Weeks

According to BabyCenter.com,
This week, your baby measures over 16 inches long. She weighs about 3.3 pounds (try carrying four navel oranges) and is heading into a growth spurt. She can turn his head from side to side, and her arms, legs, and body are beginning to plump out as needed fat accumulates underneath her skin. She’s probably moving a lot, too, so you may have trouble sleeping because your baby’s kicks and somersaults keep you up. Take comfort: All this moving is a sign that your baby is active and healthy.

According to BabiesOnline.com,
Your baby will gain weight faster than she’ll increase in length. By now the baby’s lungs and digestive tract are nearly mature. Your baby’s irises can now dilate and contract in response to light. Due to the deposits of white fat underneath the skin your baby’s skin is no longer red, but is now the wonderful newborn pink color. Her fingernails may reach the end of the hands, too. Your baby is now a little over 3 pounds and is 16 inches long.(Picture supplied by 3D Sono Image)

You may worry if you are breathless from walking or sometimes even just sitting that your baby is in danger. This is not true. Your baby is getting plenty of oxygen from your placenta.

How far along? 31 Weeks
Total weight gain: 30-31 pounds yikes
Maternity clothes? All maternity right now, I wouldn’t dare try to squeeze into my normal clothes.
Stretch marks? Nothing new here
Sleep:
Sleep is still good although I’ve been having some pretty intense nightmares. I usually wake up about two times to use the potty.  
Best moment this week: Getting maternity pictures taken with my hubby. I’m so glad I will have these pictures to cherish the rest of my life.

Miss Anything?
Everything - I am officially at the "uncomfortable" stage, out of breath often & I am really missing being able to put on socks/shoes without huffing & puffing. I haven’t felt like a huge whale until this week. I think part of it is that I’ve missed my workouts for the past week.  I plan to try and go back to the gym next week. I’ve still kept up with walks almost every night.
Movement:
More like shifting and kicking.  It’s fun to feel around my belly and actually feel her limbs from the outside.  I poked my belly last night and she poked me right back.  

Food cravings: Still craving sweets... holy sugar cookie binge eating this week!
Anything making you queasy or sick: not much although my appetite has disappeared this week
Gender: Girl

Labor Signs: No but I am getting some braxton hicks
Symptoms:
MAJOR Heartburn, out of breath every now & then,  swelling in my calves after doing lots of walking & still some back pain here and there
Belly Button in or out? Still in…wonder if it will pop out?
Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time:
HAPPY!
Looking forward to: finishing the nursery & organizing all of the adorable clothes... I love looking at all of them!! Need to get a dresser this weekend. Can't believe she will be here so very soon! :)

Thursday, June 14, 2012

30 Weeks

I love that I’m in the 30s! Wahoo! Less than 9 weeks to go before our little peanut arrives! I’m all for having her early too, as long as she isn’t here before week 38! That would mean less than 7 weeks until she could potentially be here.
According the thebump.com,
As baby’s skin smoothes out, her brain just keeps getting more wrinkled. All those grooves and indentations increase surface area, meaning more room for that oh-so-essential brain tissue. She’s also adding some brawn — her grip is now strong enough to grasp a finger.

According to babycenter.com,
Your baby’s about 15.7 inches long now, and she weighs almost 3 pounds (like a head of cabbage). A pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds her, but that volume will decrease as she gets bigger and takes up more room in your uterus. Her eyesight continues to develop, though it’s not very keen; even after she’s born, she’ll keep her eyes closed for a good part of the day. When she does open them, she’ll respond to changes in light but will have 20/400 vision — which means she can only make out objects a few inches from her face. (Normal adult vision is 20/20.)

According to babiesonline.com,
Your baby’s permanent teeth have developed and are waiting in his gums. Your baby is very aware of his surroundings and his eyelids will open and close. He will even look around and turn toward light. We tend to think of the uterus as a dark place but the uterus actually can be light and dark depending on your environment. Your baby weighs almost three pounds now and is approximately 15.5 inches long.
You may be able to distinguish sleeping and waking cycles in your baby. Although it usually seems as if the baby wants to sleep while you are awake, and vice versa, this is not indicative of a sleepless newborn. Your baby can not only hear your voice, but can recognize it. Also, he has a grip so strong it is capable of gripping your finger. At this point, your baby may be practicing nursing as he sucks his thumb. He has lungs that are capable of breathing air, although medical help may be needed. About 9 out of 10 babies born now will survive.

How far along? 30 Weeks
Total weight gain: 30 lbs gained
Maternity clothes? All maternity besides workout and comfy clothes
Stretch marks? Doing well in this department
Sleep:
Still sleeping great
Best moment this week:
The nursery is now fully painted and ready for furniture, not to mention it looks amazing!!
Miss Anything? Working out hardcore, I hate to say it but I think I’m close to being done with the gym.  I thought I was going to die last night in spin class.  I’m going to continue to walk.

Movement: I am positive she was dancing away to the radio the other day. I love how Derek can feel her move every night when we are laying on the couch.
Food cravings: Cereal, honey grams to be specific. Also, I’ve been tempted to buy chocolate covered donuts at the store every time I see them but so far I’ve resisted.
Anything making you queasy or sick:
meat in general ...bleh!
Labor Signs: No
Symptoms:
This week has been great, no big complaints besides feeling a little nauseous last night and this morning.
Belly Button in or out? Still flat
Wedding rings on or off? On this week, my swelling is doing better

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!
Looking forward to: Our maternity pictures this weekend!! I’m still not certain on what to wear but I have a few outfits in mind.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

29 Weeks

Here’s what Baby Amundson is up to this week: “Your baby now weighs about 2 1/2 pounds (like a butternut squash) and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel. His muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and his head is growing bigger to make room for his developing brain.” (Source) Basically, Baby is working on getting big. And I can tell.
 Baby’s energy is surging, thanks to the formation of white fat deposits beneath the skin. (Have those kicks and jabs to the ribs tipped you off yet?) Baby is also settling into sleep and waking cycles, though — as you’ve also probably noticed — they don’t necessarily coincide with your own. Also this month, all five senses are finally functional, and the brain and nervous system are going through major developments.

How far along? 29 Weeks
Total weight gain: 29 lbs gained
Maternity clothes? Basically all maternity now, although I’m still squeezing in my normal workout gear.
Stretch marks? Doing well in this department
Sleep:
Still sleeping great
Best moment this week: Feeling like the nursery is close to being complete, the construction part that is.  We live in an old house and the room we are using for the nursery had a lot of damage from the previous owners.  Luckily, we have a good friend who fixed the room up better than new!

Miss Anything?
Being able to lay on my back and walking upstairs without getting winded.
Movement: Lots of movement still, although I'd imagine she's going to start getting pretty cramped in there

Food cravings:
Fried rice (which I made last night and it did the trick), along with sweets of any kind.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing new, still not eating much meat if any.  I’m getting protein from Greek yogurt and other things.
Gender: Girl
Labor Signs: No
Symptoms:
Heartburn, a little swelling in my calves and hands and non-stop pressure in my ribs. I have to say that I’m lucky my back/pelvic pain has gone away…knock on wood.
Belly Button in or out? Still flat
Wedding rings on or off? Off most the time, which makes me sad.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!
Looking forward to: Putting the crib together, washing all of her clothes and just getting everything prepared.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Talking to a Pregnant Woman

Do:
·         Tell her she is glowing.
·         Ask her about something other than pregnancy and baby.
·         Reassure her that she will be a great mom.
·         Tell her that even though she’ll be tired, every moment with that sweet baby is worth it.
·         Tell her your positive labor and delivery stories.
·         Give advice when asked.
·         Ask before touching her belly.

Don’t:
·         Tell her that her face, arm, legs, etc. look puffy.
·         Scoff or tell her she’s crazy when she says her goal is a natural, unmedicated birth then launch into horrid birth stories and the joys of an epidural.
·         Say, “Oh you’re tired now, just wait.” We know babies wake in the middle of the night. Since we’re up 5 times a night anyway, it’s not going to be a super huge leap to make.
·         Say “Wow, you have X weeks left! I would have thought you were due next week.”
·         Comment on how she should be home resting instead of getting some exercise.
·         Give unsolicited advice or opinions. What’s right for you doesn’t mean its right for everyone.
·         Touch her belly without permission.
·         Say “You’re body will never be the same.”
·         Say “When I was pregnant I only gained 10lbs.” Ok well good for you. My body needs to gain more than that.

Do you have anything else to add to either list?