Wednesday, August 12, 2015

38 Weeks

Baby Updates
Your baby has really plumped up. He weighs about 6.8 pounds and he is over 19 1/2 inches long (about the size of a leek). He has a firm grasp, which you'll soon be able to test when you hold his hand for the first time! His 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 he's born with brown eyes, they'll likely stay brown. If he's born with steel gray or dark blue eyes, they may stay gray or blue or turn green, hazel, or brown by the time he'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 he'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.)

Weight Gained

40 pounds
Symptoms

Heartburn is still my number one complaint, along with swelling. My legs overall hurt, especially if I’m standing for very long.

Food Aversions
Not much that I can think of.

Food Cravings
I’ve been dying to try Chick Fila since they opened in town. I will be making a trip before Brody gets here.

Sleep
Sleep, knock on wood, has been pretty decent. I wake up 3-5 times per night to go pee but thanks to Unisom I’m able to fall back asleep pretty quickly. Audrina has been doing MUCH better in this department as well. When she wakes up it’s usually because she needs to go potty and I can get her back down within 30 mins – 1 hour. Thank god!

Looking Forward To…
Having some time with Audrina before Brody arrives. Her birthday is on the 27th but we’ve decided to have her party this Sunday at the Little Gym. I can’t wait to see how excited she it!

Any Baby/Pregnancy-Related Purchases?
I really wanted a Tula but decided to go with the Mai Tai, it has been amazing reviews. I know it will come in handy.

Belly Button In Or Out?
Flat

Feeling…
I’ve been feeling pretty anxious and guilty lately about Audrina not being the baby anymore. I know this will change and they will be the best of friends but I have so many what ifs running through my head that it’s hard to control my emotions. Also, I’ve never left Audrina overnight and I’m scared that she will wonder where I am or think that we left her. My crazy hormones aren’t helping these feelings. I need to remember that no matter how hard the adjustment is, Audrina and Brody will always have each other as brother and sister and that is pretty amazing!

Any Movement?

Lots of movement, it feels like slow rolling now still. I’ve also been getting quite a few braxton hicks contractions. 



38 Weeks Pregnant with Audrina

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

36 weeks

Baby Updates
Your baby is still packing on the pounds — at the rate of about an ounce a day. He now weighs almost 6 pounds and is more than 18 1/2 inches long (about the size of a head of romaine lettuce). He's shedding most of the downy covering of hair that covered his body as well as the vernix caseosa, the waxy substance that covered and protected his 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.

Weight Gained
I’m going to guess about 35

Symptoms
Heartburn is still brutal, I’ve been feeling extra heavy and still have some swelling in my legs/ankles. I wore heals at work yesterday and I’m not sure what I was thinking, those are going away for the rest of this pregnancy.  

Food Aversions
Chicken is still not my thing, not gag worthy but I never crave it.

Food Cravings
Nothing in particular although I really want pizza tonight. That’s nothing new though.

Sleep
Sleep has been so much better, I’m almost scared to type that since it’s been such a horrible couple of months. I just hope it continues.

Looking Forward To…
I have just a little over a week left at work, I’m looking forward to wrapping all of my work projects up and starting my leave. I’m going to get my hair and nails done next week and get the house ready.

Any Baby/Pregnancy-Related Purchases?
My sweet best friend hosted a baby sprinkle for me last weekend and I got some amazing gifts. Also, my amazing co-workers surprised me with a shower at work and so many sweet presents. I'm overwhelmed with everyone's generosity
I purchased lots of little things that I didn’t want to forget this past week like nursing pads, bottle brushes, milk bags etc.

Few shots from my baby sprinkle... 




Belly Button In Or Out?
Flat

Feeling…
I’m trying to remain calm as possible but I have a million things going on in my head. Between wrapping up at work, to planning Audrina’s 3rd birthday party which happens to be a few days before I have the baby. Also, my sister, brother-in-law and niece are flying in right before I have the baby so we have a lot going on.

Any Movement?
He’s moving all of the time, I love that Derek gets to feel his big movements in the evening when we are relaxing. 



 36 weeks with Audrina

Friday, July 24, 2015

34 Weeks

Baby Updates
Your baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds (about the size of a cantaloupe) and is almost 18 inches long. His fat layers — which will help regulate his body temperature once he's born — are filling her out, making him rounder. His skin is also smoother than ever. His central nervous system is maturing and his 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.

Weight Gained
I’m going to guess about 34

Symptoms
The weather has temporarily cooled down, yay! I’m still dealing with lots of leg/ankle swelling which I’m sure I will deal with until the end now. I have been SUPER tired, but I have an almost three year old to thank for that plus pregnancy insomnia. Oh, and tons of heartburn too, the norm.

Food Aversions
Chicken is still not my thing, not gag worthy but I never crave it.

Food Cravings
Nothing in particular although Taco Time has been my lunch go-to, I could seriously eat a taco salad every day.

Sleep
Two weeks have passed since my last sleep update and Audrina is still waking up every single night. We have her wakeup(s) down to about an hour now which is so much better than three. On top of her wakeups, I can’t seem to get comfortable anymore. I gave in the last two nights and took Unisom which helped tremendously.

Looking Forward To…
Tonight kicks off my husband’s home festival, it lasts all weekend with tons of rides and food. His mom helps put the festival together so we always get special treatment. I’m excited to take Audrina to the parade tonight, we’ve gone every year but I think this year is the first time she will really appreciate it. Also, she LOVES rides now so I’m glad she will get to go on some fun ones.

Any Baby/Pregnancy-Related Purchases?
We purchased a name decal for behind baby boy’s crib. Yes, ‘baby boy’ has a name now, we decided on Brody. We aren’t sure about the middle name yet.


Belly Button In Or Out?
Flat

Feeling…
Still feeling good, I can’t believe I’m less than a month away from meeting my little man. I know as time gets closer I will be way more emotional about Audrina not being my only baby anymore. In the meantime, I’m trying to get as much quality time with her as possible.

Any Movement?

Lots, the movement has changed though to slow rolls instead of crazy kicks. I think he’s running out of room.

34 Weeks Pregnant with Audrina



Thursday, July 9, 2015

32 Weeks

I’m actually closer to 34 weeks now, whoops.

Baby Updates
By now, your baby weighs 3 3/4 pounds (about the size of 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, he'll gain a third to half of her birth weight during the next 7 weeks as he fattens up for survival outside the womb. He now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair (or at least respectable peach fuzz). His skin is becoming soft and smooth as she plumps up in preparation for birth.

Weight Gained
I’m going to guess about 32

Symptoms
The last two weeks have been brutal weather wise, it's been 90+ almost every day which is causing my leg swelling to be pretty uncomfortable. I’m also sweating like a pig when I’m not in AC. I’m thankful I don’t have back pain though.

Food Aversions
Nothing

Food Cravings
No real cravings, I try to eat lots of small meals or I get super full and uncomfortable.

Sleep
Sleep has taken a major turn for the worse these last few weeks. Audrina’s nightmares are worse than ever and she wakes up almost every night for around 3 hours. I think she is trying to prepare up for lack of sleep when the baby arrives. I’m trying do Terra oils to see if that might help.

Looking Forward To…
I took a day off next week to take Audrina to a farm in town that has rides, animals etc. It will be so nice to have some extra time with her.

Any Baby/Pregnancy-Related Purchases?
Not much the last couple of weeks. I found out that my best friend is hosting a sprinkle for us, so sweet!! I will probably wait until after the party to purchase anything.

Belly Button In Or Out?
Flat

Feeling…
I’m feeling good besides being extra tired with Audrina keeping us up. I’m REALLY hoping that we can get her sleep in check before the baby comes.

Any Movement?
All the time! He really likes to kick my ribs too, ouch!


32 Weeks with Audrina


Tuesday, June 23, 2015

30 Weeks

Baby Updates
Your baby's about 15.7 inches long now and weighs almost 3 pounds (about the size of a large cabbage). A pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds him, but that volume will shrink as he gets bigger and takes up more room in your uterus. His eyesight continues to develop, though it's not very keen; even after he's born, he'll keep his eyes closed for a good part of the day. When he does open them, he'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.)

Weight Gained
I’m going to guess about 30 eeekk

Symptoms
With the weather warming up, I’ve been experiencing a lot of swelling in my ankles. My doctor said it was normal and my blood pressure is great so I’m not concerned but it’s certainly not comfortable. Seattle is expecting the next 10+ days to be close to 90 degrees, yikes!

Food Aversions
No real aversions. I do get full very quickly though and have to be careful not to overeat or I feel sick for hours.

Food Cravings
I’ve been craving fish which was fulfilled during date night last weekend.

Sleep
Sleep is still pretty good, I’m not sure I will say the same during my next update with the expected heat wave and no AC. Audrina has been having nightmares and sometimes she wakes up multiple times every night.

Looking Forward To…
We started the nursery, I’m looking forward to putting the crib together and organizing the boxes of clothes I have sitting in his room.


Any Baby/Pregnancy-Related Purchases?
Nothing yet, I’ve been browsing potentially ‘take home’ outfits for the hospital but I can’t make up my mind. I want something cute and comfy, and maybe a little Seahawks beanie.

Belly Button In Or Out?
Flat

Feeling…
I’m feeling pretty good in general. I had an episode of back pain last week that last around 3 days and it was pretty painful. Knock on wood that I’m feeling much better this week.

Any Movement?

Tons of movement, it’s so fun that Derek gets to feel him kick away every night. 





30 weeks pregnant with Audrina



Wednesday, June 10, 2015

28 Weeks

Baby Updates
By this week, your baby weighs 2 1/4 pounds (about the size of a large eggplant) and measures 14.8 inches from the top of his head to his heels. He can blink her eyes, which now sport lashes. With his eyesight developing, he may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. He's also developing billions of neurons in his brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.

Weight Gained
According to the scale at my 28-week prenatal appointment, my weight gain is around 28 pounds. Looks like I’m gaining the same amount of weight as I did with Audrina, on average a pound a week.

Symptoms
I’ve had two random nose bleeds in the past week; this is something totally new to me. I can’t recall the last time I had a nose bleed prior to this past week.
My belly feels heavy/full and I’ve had minor swelling in my ankles.

Food Aversions
Nothing is sounding too horrific to me right now. While there are still foods I choose not to eat, nothing is gag-inducing anymore.
Grilled chicken is still something that I have zero desire to eat.

Food Cravings
  • Watermelon
  • Big Salads
  • Funfetti cookies
  • Sweets in general
Sleep
I fall asleep without an issue, usually around 10 pm. I’m up a lot in the night to go to the bathroom as well. I’m surprised I’m not feeling more exhausted than I am at the end of the day, especially with Audrina randomly waking up 2-3 times a night the past few weeks.

Looking Forward To…
Getting our professional pictures back that we took this past weekend. Audrina was pretty shy and I thought the shoot was an epic fail overall but there has to be at least one good family picture in the mix.

Any Baby/Pregnancy-Related Purchases?
We just finished remodeling our rec room so most of my time has been dedicated to getting that finished. We are about to tackle baby boy’s room this weekend. We have a huge wall decal to put up, need to purchase a crib and a bunch of little things. I did buy the cutest camo moccs from Freshly Picked.  


Belly Button In Or Out?
Flat

Feeling…
Overall I’m feeling really great. I have a feeling the next two months are going to FLY by. I’m trying to stay calm overall and enjoy our little family of three right now. Every night I like to cuddle with Audrina before bed and I have to admit that I’ve gotten emotional several times. We are so excited for our baby boy and for her to be a big sister but this will be a huge adjustment for her and I’m really anxious to see how she will do.

Any Movement?

Yes! Our little one is moving more… mostly on the left side of my belly! I am feeling him dance around constantly and I just love it! 

Taken at 29 weeks


29 Weeks Pregnant with Audrina



Tuesday, May 26, 2015

26 Weeks

The network of nerves in your baby's ears is better developed and more sensitive than before. He may now be able to hear both your voice and your partner's as you chat with each other. He's inhaling and exhaling small amounts of amniotic fluid, which is essential for the development of his lungs. These so-called breathing movements are also good practice for when he's born and takes that first gulp of air.

And he's continuing to put on baby fat. He now weighs about 1 2/3 pounds and measures 14 inches (about the size of a scallion) from head to heel. If you're having a boy, his testicles should soon begin to descend into his scrotum — a trip that will take about two to three months.

Now that I'm finally typing this update I'm actually 27 weeks. This Friday is my gestational diabetes test which makes me nervous of course. I've definitely had my fair share of sweets this pregnancy, way more than the last. 

Size of baby: an eggplant

Total weight gain: I'm assuming around the same, 25 pounds (wishful thinking) ;) 


Movement: I'm feeling kicks much stronger this week

Sleep: Sleeping well still, no complaints 

What I miss: I don't miss much besides the occasional cocktail. 

Cravings: Burgers all the way! I could pretty much eat burgers 24/7.  

Labor Signs: N/A

Maternity clothes: Pretty much all maternity besides my comfy clothes at home.

Best moments this week: Memorial day weekend, 3 days of pure bliss spent with my little family. I'm soaking up every minute with Audrina. That girl amazes me every day, I may kick myself for this later but I think we are past the 'terrible' stages. We went through some ROUGH times with Audrina from what feels like newborn to 2.5. Things really shifted around 2.5 and are SO much easier. Throwing another baby in the mix will change things for sure but I have no doubt that she will be an amazing big sister, she really couldn't be any sweeter (most of the time). 


26 weeks pregnant with Audrina

Thursday, May 7, 2015

24 Weeks

Your baby's growing steadily, having gained about 4 ounces since last week. That puts him at about 1 1/3 pounds. Since he's almost a foot long (about the size of an ear of corn), he cuts a pretty lean figure at this point, but his body is filling out proportionally and he'll soon start to plump up. His brain is also growing quickly now, and his taste buds are continuing to develop. His lungs are developing "branches" of the respiratory "tree" as well as cells that produce surfactant, a substance that will help his air sacs inflate once he hits the outside world. His skin is still thin and translucent, but that will start to change soon.

I just got back from my 24 appointment and everything is starting to feel real now. We scheduled my c-section for August 20th. It feels so weird to know the exact day and time our son will come into the world. My OCD planner self kind of likes this but I also know things can change. 

Size of baby: An ear of corn 

Total weight gain: 25 pounds, yikes!! I just looked back at my 24 week update with Audrina and I gained the same amount of weight at this point (24 weeks). The crazy part is when I was pregnant with Audrina I was working out every day, this time around I'm not working out but I try to get 10K steps to cancel out all of my doughnut eating. 


Movement: Lots of low kicks, I feel them most when I'm at work sitting at my desk. 

Sleep: Sleeping well still, no complaints 

What I miss: Not feeling out of breath walking around, my belly is starting to feel heavier. 

Cravings: Lots of carbs, bagels, bread etc. 

Labor Signs: N/A

Maternity clothes: Pretty much all maternity besides my comfy clothes at home.
Best moments this week: Getting to hear the babes heartbeat this morning and scheduling my c-section. Thanks to my crazy pregnancy hormones, I was almost in tears (happy tears) when I left my appointment. I just can't wait to hold my baby boy in my arms. 



24 Weeks Pregnant with Audrina 

One last picture, too adorable not to share. This was Audrina last night taking care of her baby. She's going to be the best sister.



Friday, April 24, 2015

22 Weeks

At 11 inches and almost 1 pound (about the size of a spaghetti squash), your baby is starting to look like a miniature newborn. His lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are becoming more distinct, and he's even developing tiny tooth buds beneath his gums. His eyes have formed, but his irises (the colored part of the eye) still lack pigment.

If you could see inside your womb, you'd be able to spot the fine hair (lanugo) that covers his body and the deep wrinkles on his skin, which he'll sport until he adds a padding of fat to fill them in. Inside his belly, his pancreas — essential for the production of some important hormones — is developing steadily.

It's hard to believe that I'm 22 weeks pregnant already. I'm starting to think about and work on the nursery more now. I was pretty devastated that the area rug I ordered for his room was the wrong color of blue. After thinking about it for hours I came up with a solution to make it work. This weekend we are going to pick out a crib and hopefully get it setup. Exciting stuff!!

Size of baby: Spaghetti Squash 

Total weight gain: Not sure I want to know :) 


Movement: Yes lots of it, I can see movement from the outside now which is so cool! Derek also felt a kick for the first time over the weekend.

Sleep: Sleeping well but it's so hard to get out of bed in the morning.

What I miss: Not missing much, everything is great right now. 

Cravings: Apple pie!! I saw some on TV the other day and I still can't get it out of my mind. 

Labor Signs: N/A

Maternity clothes: Pretty much all maternity besides my comfy clothes at home. 

Best moments this week: My birthday!! We celebrated over the weekend with a huge group of friends and family. My actual birthday was on Tuesday which was pretty low key. I made myself sick from going out to lunch with co-workers and having treats all day. 


22 Weeks with Audrina