Friday, June 28, 2013

35 Weeks - 35 days!

How far along? 35 weeks - 35 days to go!
Size: Honeydew melon
Maternity clothes? Same as previous weeks - pretty limited these days
Symptoms: Exhaustion, cramping/pain, and some swelling
Sleep: Good! Hips still hurt if I don't flip often enough.
Best moment this week: Doctor's appointment on Monday went well - baby is big and healthy. Cooper had his first play date while Robert and I had a lunch date with some friends. He slept most of the time - sorry Barkley!
Worst moment of the week: Hearing that baby is still breech - bummer.
Movie night - pass the popcorn!
 Miss anything? My wardrobe - I wear the same clothes so often and am getting sick of them.
Movement: Yes, and sometimes it takes my breath away.
Food cravings: Still loving watermelon. Pizza has been a popular meal these days.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Too much food/water at a time.

Have you started to show yet: I don't know how much bigger I can get - check out that bare belly shot. Geez.
Labor signs: Braxton Hicks
Belly Button in or out? Flat
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy! 
Looking forward to: Robert made reservations at a nice restaurant in Palo Alto tonight, so I am looking forward to a fancy date night. We have our childbirth class is tomorrow! It will be a long day, but I am looking forward to it. We also plan to pack the hospital bag and install the car seat base. It will be nice to get some of those big to-do's checked off our list.
Baby A, size of a honeydew melon
What's the baby up to?
  • Your baby is now about 18.5 inches in length and weighs over 5.5 pounds <--pretty sure he is bigger than that.
  • The body of your baby is growing round due to developing fat layers.
  • Your baby's reflexes are coordinated.
  • Lungs are almost fully developed.
Most babies gain about half pound per week in the last month of pregnancy. Fat stores accumulate in the legs and arms. These layers of fat will help them regulate their body temperature. Baby still doesn't have enough fat deposits beneath its skin to keep warm outside your womb.
Lungs are almost fully developed. Your baby's reflexes are coordinated, they turn their head, grasp firmly, and respond to sounds, light and touch. You should still feel movement every day.
Baby may push up against your ribs and make you a little breathless. Soon your baby's position changes to prepare itself for labor and delivery. The baby drops down in your pelvis and you will be able to breathe easily again. 

Friday, June 21, 2013

34 Weeks

How far along? 34 weeks - 42 more days to go
Size: Cantaloupe
Maternity clothes? Same
Symptoms: Just third trimester stuff - tired, uncomfortable, foggy brain, lots of lower abdominal pressure
Sleep: Sleep is great these days and I don't really wake up unless my hips hurt from staying on one side to long.

Best moment this week: Lots of things - prenatal massage, chiropractor adjustments, and lots of yoga. The nursery rocker arrived and we are very happy with it - looks so pretty in there. We also attended an Infant and Toddler CPR class last night which was informative. 
Worst moment of the week: Feeling claustrophobic
Miss anything? Being able to move around comfortably. I hit the 20lb weight gain mark and am feeling it. Heavy legs, heavy belly, sleepy all the time.
Movement: Lots of it - baby boy is really strong these days and doesn't take many breaks from jerking around in there.
Food cravings: Nothing in particular, but everything at once. One minute I feel like a burrito and the next I want a coconut popsicle.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Being full

Have you started to show yet: Huge
Labor signs: Still having regular Braxton Hicks 
Belly Button in or out? Flat
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Pretty moody since I am uncomfortable, but I am most definitely happy overall. 
Looking forward to: Tomorrow morning we are taking Cooper to his first puppy social - I am excited to see him play with other dogs. Then we are going to meet our friends' twin babies. They were born about four weeks ago and I can't wait to meet them.
We have a doctors appointment on Monday look forward to seeing if the doctor can tell whether or not baby has changed positions.
Next weekend we have our childbirth class - ahhh. Getting close.
Baby A, size of a cantaloupe
What's the baby up to?
  • Baby is approximately 18 inches long and weighs about 5.25 pounds.
  • Your child has now an excellent chance of survival outside the womb.
  • Fat accumulations plumps up the arms and legs this week.
  • Eyes opened when awake and closed when sleeping.
  • The fingernails are now completely formed.
Even babies born earlier than this could survive outside the womb with hospital support although the risk of complications would be high. Your baby may have already turned to a head down position in preparation for birth. 
The skull bones are still pretty flexible and not completely joined to help to ease exit out of the narrow birth canal. Fat accumulations plumps up the arms and legs this week. The baby's skin is also becoming less wrinkled. Braxton Hicks contractions may be getting more numerous and stronger (yes).

Friday, June 14, 2013

33 Weeks

How far along? 33 weeks - 7 more to go, yikes!
Size: Size of a pineapple - and as we found out on Monday, he weighs 4.5lbs. 
Maternity clothes? I've hit a belly growth spurt and my maternity tops are barely fitting these days.  
Bath time
Symptoms: Exhaustion - I have slowed down a lot and am pretty tired by the early afternoon. I hope it's just an uncomfortable week and the coming weeks will be better, though I am not getting my hopes up. Sitting all day at work is challenging - with being tired, having tailbone pain, and on/off swelling. The baby feels like he is suffocating me and walking is the only thing that helps.
Sleep: Sleep is good for being eight months pregnant. I only wake up once or twice for added belly support or flipping to my other side. I usually fall right back asleep so it's no big deal. Cooper is crate trained now, so he isn't an issue.

Best moment this week: I've been loving our little family walks in the mornings and evenings together. Cooper continues to be a joy in our house and he forces me to get my pregnant butt up and walk throughout the day, which I love :)
Getting to see Baby A and hear that he is right on track. If he gains a half pound a week until his due date, as estimated, he will be about 8.5lbs at birth. Who knows though, I've heard so many times that those calculations are wrong.
All clean
Worst moment of the week: Hitting a pregnancy wall. This is the first week I've felt like I am ready to just have the baby already (except, I'm not really ready for that!). When the doctor told me the baby was breech it was pretty disappointing. I've been walking around the house on my hands and knees (which Cooper loves) and Robert has been helping me with inversions every night in hopes he will flip around. 
Miss anything? Stomach sleeping. Also, I could use a big margarita.
Movement: All the time. I am still feeling painful pushing on my left side where his feet are, so I think he is sitting comfy in there.
Food cravings: Tegan's cinnamon bun'
Anything making you queasy or sick: Too much food in one sitting.

Have you started to show yet: I am huge. I am also showing in my face, arms, and legs :)
Labor signs: None
Belly Button in or out? Flat-twisty-ish, but sometimes inny. It can't make up its mind.
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Moody. Did I mention I am huge?
Looking forward to: The rocker for the nursery is being delivered tomorrow and I can't wait to see it. I am also looking forward to our Infant & Child CPR class on Thursday at the hospital. It's hard to believe that some of the things I put on our calendar so long ago are already here - so exciting!
Baby A, size of a pineapple

What's the baby up to?
  • Baby is around 17.5 inches in length.
  • The diameter of the head is about 8.5cm.
  • The baby fuzz, lanugo, is disappearing.
  • Your baby drinks about a pint of amniotic fluid a day.
  • You may gain a pound a week for the rest of your pregnancy.
  • Half of your weight gain will go directly to your baby.
The baby is using it's lungs to practice breathing by inhaling amniotic fluid. Your baby is drinking about a pint of amniotic fluid a day now and urinating the same amount. The early baby fuzz, lanugo, is disappearing now and being replaced by actual hair. The nails of your baby are now long enough to reach to the tip of the fingers or beyond and may need trimming as soon as they are born. They may scratch their face even before birth.
You may gain a pound a week for the rest of your pregnancy. Do not stop eating or start skipping meals as your weight increases. Both you and your baby need the calories and nutrition you receive from a healthy diet.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Picnic in SF

Thank you Quincey for hosting a fun picnic in the park!

Last Saturday we loaded Cooper up and headed up to SF for a day in the sun with some friends. It was a gorgeous day (and ended very windy!) with good food, friends, and beautiful views. Unfortunately, I only took a couple of photos so I pulled some view shots from yelp - it's a beautiful park.

Cooper slept the entire time - what a party pooper. 

Monday, June 10, 2013

Ultrasound #5 - 32 Weeks

This morning was our 32 week ultrasound to measure the baby's size and look at his position. He is measuring right on track (on the bigger side) weighing 4.5lbs and the doctor said he has long legs. Looks like we have a mini Robert on our hands! 
We got a photo from the ultrasound but can only see the top half of his face since his hand is covering the lower half. Check out that eyeball staring at the camera!
The only bummer is he is in the breech position right now. Fortunately it's still early enough to flip, but the bigger he gets the harder it will be for him to turn. The doctor ordered another ultrasound at 36 weeks to look at his position, so I am looking forward to that.
In the meantime I will be walking around on my hands and knees in an attempt to spin him around :)

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Baby Shower

Last weekend was my baby shower and it was so fun! 
The theme was mustaches and the decorations couldn't have been cuter. Baby A received a lot of nice items (baseball outfits were definitely a theme!) and we came home with lots of homemade onesies, thanks to a onesie painting station that was set up outside.
Spot for Baby A
Hilarious mustaches on pictures throughout the house
Homemade quilt from Grandma A
High school friends
Thank you Amy, Allison, Kaila, and Quincey for such a nice shower!
Unpacked and ready to organize

Friday, June 7, 2013

Happy Birthday, Avery!

Can't believe you are three - we love you!

32 Weeks

How far along? 32 weeks
Size: Weight of a large jicama (About lbs and 17 inches long)
Maternity clothes? Same stuff, loving my maxi dresses and maternity jeans. My favorite outfit is my target maternity tank (best $30 I've spent), skinny jeans, and a long cardigan. Maxi dresses are comfortable, but aren't really flattering at this point in my pregnancy <-- important when you feel huge!
Lots of Braxton Hicks, tiredness, tailbone pain, and some swelling. 

Sleep: With Cooper sleep wasn't great for a couple nights- but I can definitely blame it on him and not the baby. Tuesday night and Wednesday night were rough, but by Thursday night he slept (and so did we).

Best moment this week: Meeting Cooper! I was a ball of nerves, anxiety, and excitement all day Monday, but once we got him off the plane everything felt better. We love him so much and we are excited he is a part of our family now (Kenya is super excited too since she gets to munch on his dinner while he is distracted).
Worst moment of the week: When Cooper was on the airplane. I know he is just a dog, but I had some major guilt. Lucky for me, he came off the plane with his tail wagging and tongue hanging out - he was just as excited to see us as we were him.
Miss anything? Stomach sleeping and sleeping in general.
Best smile
Movement: Lots of pushing out on my sides and outward pressure. I know there is plenty of room in there for him, but it feels like he has none based on his movements. He is constantly stretching out and pushing. The best way to describe it is that he is doing yoga in there - so cute.
Food cravings: Coconut popsicles, fresh bread dipped in hummus
Anything making you queasy or sick: No

Have you started to show yet: I think the obvious answer at this point is yes. I officially feel like a huge pregnant girl! I don't think I waddle yet though, so that's a good thing.

Labor signs: Just lots of Braxton Hicks
Belly Button in or out? Flat
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody most of the time: Emotional, but happy! I am teary these days 
Looking forward to: 32 week ultrasound on Monday - it's been 12 weeks exactly since we last saw him. Crossing my fingers baby is still a boy, head down, and is measuring on track. I have a feeling he is bigger than these apps are telling me :) Also looking forward to tomorrow's picnic in SF to honor Baby A! We are going to bring Cooper with us so it will be fun for some friends to meet him and for him to see the big city.
Baby A, weight of a large jicama
What's the baby up to?
  • Baby is 17 inches long and weighs 4 pounds.
  • The diameter of the head is almost 4 inches.
  • Under the skin the fat layer is getting thicker.
  • The toenails and fingernails are completely formed.
  • In boys, the testicles will be descending from the groin down into his scrotum.
During this time the baby sleeps most of the day (not sure about that..). The uterus is getting to be a small space for the baby to move about, so you may have noticed a decrease in your baby's movements. The baby is still trying to move frequently but it just does not have enough room. The baby will turn its head from side to side and move its hands.
As space in your uterus becomes more cramped, your baby's kicks and other movements may seem less forceful.
Are you waddling? This is because the ligaments in your pelvis have softened, allowing your hips to spread in preparation for birth.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Welcome Home, Cooper

We love him already.