Jan 27, 2015

Week 32 -- Jan 20-26, 2015












This week was filled with lots of emotions. M&M was head down at 28 weeks and was staying put until the beginning of week 32. I felt him flip, hard, so his little head was pushing into my ribs instead of his toes. I was happy that I didn't have to worry about him being breech and though I know he's got plenty of time to flip, it was not an added stress I need at the moment. He's been rolling around in there all day long instead of just his normal wake times. I'm not sure if he's still head up since I've felt "kicks" and hiccups in both directions all week. I'll just have to wait until my next appointment to find out! I also found out some down right shitty news about my job so that wasn't helping my blood pressure go back to normal. But then those opportunities reminded me that my husband, my family, and my friends are there for me and it will all be alright. I've been craving sweets this week. It's hard since eating very much of them still gives me a belly ache but all the pictures of doughnuts and cupcakes on Instagram have been making me drool. I got everything packed in my hospital bag, the diaper bag, and M's bag that can be packed before hand. I may have gone a little overboard on packing snacks but I don't want either of us to go hungry while we are there and vending machines are spendy! Now if I go into labor and have to send someone to get my stuff, all the hard to find stuff is already packed. 

Another thing to mention was that I dealt with a few rude comments this week. One was from a Walmart worker while I was just walking around. The other was while I was trying on a maternity dress at Target and the dressing room worker made a comment that she could have just kept to herself. (Isn't it your job as a worker to be helpful, not make snarky comments to shoppers?) I'm feeling pretty lucky that I made it into my 8th month before I dealt with any of that but still a little surprised that it happened. I was feeling pretty good both days so I just laughed it off after telling a few people about it. Just remember folks, pregnant ladies are quite hormonal and your "well meaning" comment may come off as quite the opposite. It's better to only say nice things like you're glowing or you look beautiful otherwise you may be on the receiving end of a mood swing haha.

Love,
Mandy

Jan 26, 2015

Week 31 -- Jan 13-19, 2015










He decided to try and squish between my belly and the steering wheel but there is no room there anymore. One of my friends was in the car and caught it on camera :)




From the front and back, I almost don't look pregnant. Gotta love the optical illusion!


Once I turn to the side though, there's no denying it!

M&M is was the size of a pineapple this week and for some reason that just makes him seem huge! I definitely felt stretched and his movements are starting to feel near painful. It's pretty impressive that he can now put an insane amount of pressure on my bladder and my lungs at the same time. I had a midwife appointment this week and found out my blood pressure was a little higher than normal. Not considered high because my blood pressure is usually excellent but high enough that they measured it twice just to be sure. Anxiety could be the cause they said so I just need to relax a little and hopefully it will go back down. I wasn't exactly happy with how this week's chalkboard picture turned out but it is what it is when your tripod goes missing.

Love,
Mandy

Jan 15, 2015

Week 30 -- Jan 6-12, 2015


 







The day I found out (4 weeks + 2 days) to 29 weeks, what a difference one spunky little baby has made!



This week's picture was a little complicated to get. Normally I would just use my tripod and camera to take it but my camera died, I didn't have time to charge it, and I'm still unsure as to the whereabouts of my tripod. So I resorted to using my phone and the self timer. However, there was nothing that was at the right height and angle to set it on. After a few adjustments, I found an arrangement that worked! I declared this the week that my belly button officially became an outie. I'm impressed that I made it 3/4 of the way through with an innie! It still comes out flat some days but for the most part, it sticks out! M&M wanted waffles, smoothies, and fresh fruit this week! We had a little bit of a scare for a few days which involved lots of Braxton Hicks but thankfully things calmed down and he stayed put. The midwife gave me some samples of a new medicine to try and see if I could get off the Zofran that I've still been taking. That damn morning sickness has it's grip on me. While it did keep me from needing to take my Zofran, it has Unisom in it which made me unbearably sleepy. I went to work and could barely keep my eyes open so I decided it just wasn't going to work. I stopped taking the Zofran when I started the new meds and didn't start taking them again once I stopped the second med. I've had a few rough days but so far I've been off everything since the 8th and haven't thrown up so far. Nausea, yes, but that I can handle as long as the vomiting stays away. M took some maternity photos for me so I worked on editing them and I love how they turned out! He's a much better photographer than he gives himself credit for! We also had a pretty major snow storm at the beginning of the week that was combined with some insanely cold days. It's been a super mild winter thus far so I really can't complain too much. Between the 7" of snow we got the first day to the wind picking it up and blowing it around, we had about 4 days where the roads were pretty icky. Hopefully we don't get that much snow again for quite awhile!

Love,
Mandy

Week 29 -- Dec 30-Jan 5, 2015













After passing my GD test, mommy was ready to celebrate the new year arriving! My parents, my brother, and my SIL came over for New Year's Eve. We went grocery shopping (our fridge was still pretty empty from moving and since we were gone so much, I never restocked it) and then settled in to watch a movie and play Cards Against Humanity. Lots of laughs were had and I celebrated with some sparkling grape juice! I got my midnight kiss and then teared up thinking about how the year our first baby is born had finally arrived. I'm so ready to meet him! We headed to bed not long after which was good because I got grumpy once I realized how tired I was. The next morning we went out for breakfast and then hung out with my parents again! I went to work the next day while M spent some more time with my parents. We explored our new town all weekend. We went on one of the last dates that we'll go on until after M&M is born. We checked out a Chinese restaurant and it was delicious! I don't know if I've ever mentioned it before but I used to hate Chinese food (mainly because rice is a staple) up until a few years ago. I hated rice and didn't even want to try it! M finally got me to try it and now I'm obsessed. So happy that there is a great place to indulge in my cravings locally :) We tried out a new church that we'd heard good things about and while I'm still unsure whether I want to attend there regularly, I did feel better after going. It was a fairly small church and a sweet couple cornered us before we even got out of the pew. They introduced themselves and definitely made us feel welcome to come back again! Gage decided that he needed to snuggle with his little brother while we sat in the rocking chair one afternoon. Melts my heart! I craved ice cream and ice water this week. We got the happy news that little man was head down as of the last appointment so hopefully he stays that way! It also helps me know that it's his butt bulging out of my belly, not his head, and that he's kicking me in the ribs while punching my bladder. Much more fun to know how he's laying then to make an uneducated guess!

Love,
Mandy

Jan 14, 2015

Week 28 -- Dec 23-29, 2014














Christmas eve and Christmas day were so relaxing. We enjoyed our last major holiday season! The food was delicious as always but my poor little stomach was already so smushed from baby that I didn't get to eat as much as I wanted to. We spent a day and a half back home before it was back to our apartment for another Christmas gathering down here. Hopefully next year we won't be doing so much back-and-forth in one week! We had a fabulous weekend with family and we got quite spoiled! We got our crib and changing table gifted to us which was a huge relief as well as a diaper bag and a pair of maternity leggings! We immediately set out to get as much of the nursery organized as possible after that. I even got all of M&M's clothes washed and put away (everything that didn't have tags at least) and all his stuff organized in the changing table. I feel so much more relaxed having that done! Then I had my gestational diabetes test and I was nervous about passing. I drank the lemon lime drink on the drive there and I was starving the whole drive. The drink really wasn't that bad, it tasted a lot like lemon lime koolaid. It also wasn't a fasting test but I read that eating within two hours of the test could cause a false positive so I didn't want to chance it. My arms tingled a little but other than that I felt completely fine! I got the news that I passed the next day and also that my iron levels had risen a whole point since the last time they checked. Not there yet but headed in the right direction at least!

Love,
Mandy