So just got back from a Cirque Du Soleil show...so really tired...not to mention that the wedding is in 4 days. But, had to post my progress shot:
(Yes, I think it is safe to say that my face is getting fat...) (Long way from here...)
So, we're honeymooning right now! Leonard and I went to "our" cabin these past few days at Hocking Hills, compliments of our wonderful friends. We had such a good time. The best part of the time was that Leonard actually got to feel the baby kick. (He just recently starting kicking me...) What a special thing to happen while we are celebrating our marriage.
I still feel great, but sleeping is a chore... I can't seem to get comfortable to save my life. Hoping to get new pillows or something this weekend.
Leonard and I went out and bought onesies for Alexander...his first baby clothes. It was pretty cool doing that together... We hope to go out and register tomorrow.
Now that the wedding is over... Let the fun begin!
26 weeks today...
So, I have a confession to make. I really don't like being pregnant. I don't like how tired I am...how I don't have the energy to maintain my active lifestyle...how I am unable to work all hours and get stuff done...how irritated I get by the slightest things...how I look and how much weight I've gained...and how uncomfortable I have become. The worst part about how I feel is that I am having a pretty "easy" pregnancy. I had virtually no morning sickness...nor any adversions to anything, I'm not at high risk and I am not really having any problems. ((knock on wood)) So why am I discontented? It almost makes no sense. I even really get bothered by being kicked all the time... Some times it's cool to feel him kick...especially when I can have others feel...but getting kicked hard in places that make me whince is unbearable. And I'm not even that big yet!!! I'm also really scared (NOT ANXIOUS nor NERVOUS...but SCARED) about delivery.
Now, don't get me wrong... I truly feel blessed to be finally carrying a baby...and that he was made from love. I just really wish I could skip this whole 9 month stuff. I like the fuss everyone is making over Alex. I love the idea of getting baby stuff and decorating the nursery...all of that seems exciting and hopefully will help pas the time. And I actually don't think I will mind nursing, being up at all hours and taking care of him...because I will have him in my arms. 98 days cannot go by fast enough at this point....
27 weeks 4 days...
Alex is still moving ALL of the time...
I have my last 4 week appointment on the 27th and then I start going every 2 weeks. We are looking into childbirth classes and taking a tour of the hospital. Tomorrow we are going to start cleaning out the baby's room and buy some paint. The week after we are going to buy the crib... We finished registering for most things, but still may add a little more.
Everything is coming up so fast... Can't believe we've been married nearly a month now. Life is good.
So here I am 29 weeks...
Everything is actually passing pretty fast. Alex and I are both doing well...just really tired. (Leonard's hanging in there, too...) Other than that, I would like to say I can't complain, but I whine all the time about insignificant stuff. Comparable to MANY, I am having a really easy pregnancy. But, I still don't like the weight I've gained, how my body has changed, my moodiness, and the extreme lack of energy I have. I am still trying to do things the way I used to (mainly work)...and haven't really accepted the fact that it's not as easy nor as good of an idea. I don't like not being able to bend over...and sleeping, although much improved, is still interesting.
The baby moves ALL of the time... He has a serious case of the hiccups...daily and this rolling around and kicking stuff is a little much at times. Kind of cool when others can feel and/or are watching...but on average...not really as cool as everyone says it is. lol
I had my last 4 week appointment on the 27th and then I start going every 2 weeks. It was a really good appointment...much better than the last. I was too upset to post about it, but at my last appointment I was told by the Nurse Practitioner that I was gaining weight too fast (9lbs in a month), my blood pressure was up (122/78 from 100/69,) and I missed taking my glucose test because of miscommunication which meant that I ended up drinking the "sugar drink" before that appointment for nothing... So I was told I was going to have to drink it again before my next. Needles to say, I was VERY unhappy.
Well, at my appointment I found out that I had only gained 3 lbs since the last visit. I'm now 194 lbs... (I attribute this to the fact that I went back to the gym after the month long hiatus that led up to the wedding. I've also been drinking more water, less juice...and have stopped buying packs of cookies at the store. ) That's pretty much on track since I'm supposed to gain a pound per week until I deliver... But, my OB told me that even the weight I gained last time was no big deal. My blood pressure was 112/72 and I was in time for my finger prick for my glucose test and I passed! No gestational diabetes for me!
We ordered the crib, mattress, and dresser/hutch combo on Saturday. We had a painting party for the baby's room on Sunday... It was a lot of fun. We have the walls painted and now we are going to do some drawing and painting of the Disney characters today. I'll post pictures once it's completed... It's all really exciting!
So here I am...just over the 31 week mark. I feel like I'm getting so big. Everyone says that I really don't look 31 weeks. I have been really uncomfortable for about 2 weeks now. I am achy from my hips through to my feet...especially after sitting for a while. It's unreal. It's like I did the elliptical machine for 2 hours or something. Just really sore.
Alex continues to let me know he's there. I had folks tell me he was going to slow down once he started running out of room, but he's moving more than ever. I can't get over how active he is. Leonard is funny...he never can "see" my belly move...but I can look down and see it moving all the time. My sister even caught a "session" one day and said, "How can he not see that?" I have no idea.
Alexander's room is coming along quite nicely. Our friend Julie helped Leonard put the crib together on Sunday and he put the dresser together. We're waiting on bedding to come. The Disney characters came out great.
So here I am 31 wks:
Here is a pic of Alexander's Disney Wall:
33 weeks and 6 days...
I'm doing as well as can be expected. I am uncomfortable and have gained more weight than I probably should have at this point, but for the most part, no complaints. Alexander is an EXTREMELY active fetus! So much so, I am hoping he will make his arrival early. It's unbearable at times...
We took a tour of the maternity ward 2 weeks ago. That made labor and delivery seem more of a reality. We also scheduled our childbirth classes. They start on August 13th...3 hours a night, 1 night a week for 3 weeks. I'm hoping they will be helpful in relieving some of my anxiety about delivery.
We had two baby showers this past week...one for work and one with family and friends. They both were a lot of fun and we got all kinds of cool stuff for the baby...and even for me. I think we just about got all of the big stuff except for the stroller. I will have to post some pictures later when I get them...as everyone else took them but me.
We nearly have the nursery finished. We are still waiting to get the final accessories for the theme (mobile, lamp, etc.) but for the most part it's coming along really nicely. Leonard is still working on painting Alexander's name above his closet and we need to get blinds for the window. I have a few pictures from after we got the border up with the bedding. (below) We have since put the wall hangings up and started organizing his closet and dresser/changing table, but have no pictures of those additions, yet.
Counting down the days...
35 weeks 5 days...
That's insane. 36 weeks on Monday.
Well, the nursery is getting it's final touches. Leonard organized the drawers and we washed all of the bedding. He also finished Alexander's name. It looks so good!
We took our first childbirth class last Monday. It was actually fun and really informative. We went through the stages of labor, breathing techniques and watched a video of a natural birth. We will learn more about pushing positions, etc. and watch 2 more videos over the next 2 classes. It's all becoming so real. Our next class is on Monday.
At this point, I'm REALLY starting to get uncomfortable, as dear Alexander is always on my bladder. It's unbearable at times. Sleeping is so hard... Tossing and turning is the norm... I broke my camera a few weeks ago and had to borrow one, so I will be taking my progress pic tomorrow.
36 weeks and 3 days
We had our 2nd childbirth class on Monday and I took a breastfeeding class on Tuesday...with my sister. They both were really informative. In the childbirth class we reviewed the stages of labor and talked more about medications and did a touch and feel exercise, which was great. Breastfeeding class was good too. Learned a lot about poistioning and the beneifts of breast feeding.
I had my 36 week appt. yesterday. Everything looks good so far. I haven't dilated any, but my cervix is thinning and the baby is at the -2 station. (He has begun to make his decent.) I actually feel like I've dropped some more today, as everything feels heavier down there and it's become harder to do some things.
My sister seems to think I will go by the end of the week... I'm thinking I still have another week and half to go... We'll see.
I have my and Alexander's bags packed, so we're ready whenever.
Believe it or not, Alexander is still pretty active. It's surreal. He's so low that I can't tell what's him moving around or if I'm having mild contractions. All I know is it's painful.
Well, as promised, here's the 36 week pic:
I'm going to try to get some work done as I'm starting to get nervous about not finishing some things before I leave...
37 weeks and 7 days
So still pregnant... I guess my sister's theories are a little off. I really wanted the baby to come while she was still home. I honestly believe/believed that if she were here I could go without and epidural... ((sigh)) I still have 2 more days until she leaves!
37 week appointment went well. Still no dilation, no effacement and still not at station 0. I was negative for the group B strep.
I have hearburn like no one else's business and alternate from sleeping in a recliner and in the bed.
Alexander has actually slowed down a bit, but his movements cause me more uncomfort than they used to...
I have stuff at work under control and feel comfortable leaving as is... I'm going to do my best not to think about it while I'm off.
I really hope he makes his grand entrance soon!!!