Tuesday, November 29, 2016

PREGNANCY UPDATE | 33 Weeks

This isn't an official belly picture, but this is from Thankgiving.


Week: 33! I can't believe it! Only 6.5 weeks to go. 

Weight Gain: I'm up about 31 pounds. I'm ok with it too. Based on my weight gain thus far, I think I'll end up being one of those who gains 40 pounds (or more). My body seems to be holding onto everything I eat, which these days, seems to be carbs and fruit.

What's Happening: The baby is practicing breathing and sucking, his lungs are getting ready for our air, and he's opening and closing his eyes.

It's incredible to me to feel him move. We have a very active baby which I love, despite the fact that his kicks sometimes hurt. I think he'll be a good soccer player like his big brothers if his kicks are any indication of his strength. In fact, at my 30 week appointment, my doctor commented on how strong his kicks were at only 30 weeks as he kicked the doppler!

Feeling: I'm doing ok. I've started slowing down, still have sporadic nausea that has kept me taking Zofran, and have a hard time getting comfortable in bed. I won't complain though. Only 6.5 more weeks! I have said that I am really going to be upset if January 16 is here and he isn't because I have in my mind - even though I know the likelihood of him being born on his due date is extremely slim - that I'll feel better by January 16. 

Sleep: Once I get to sleep, I sleep well. I do have a hard time getting comfortable at night when I get in bed, but once I go to sleep, I sleep ok. I have started getting up about twice a night which is something I didn't experience in early pregnancy.

Wearing: Maternity pants and some tops, like Old Navy's long-sleeve tees. I'm also wearing many of my normal dresses that aren't fitted. Being pregnant in the winter with leggings in style has its perks! I'm also wearing regular non-fitted shirts in a medium.

Exercise: I'm being active without sticking to a strict exercise plan. I've been doing some third trimester pre-natal workouts on YouTube, walking, and doing squats. As much as I wish I had been able to run and workout through pregnancy, my body just wasn't having it. 

Eating: The only meat I really want to eat is pork, although I've been craving barbecue chicken (yes, chicken, that I haven't wanted to see for 33 weeks) for a few days. I haven't gotten brave enough to try it. Most vegetables and fruits work along with starches. I don't want anything that's too flavorful or anything that has garlic in it. I also am picky about the kind of salad dressing I'll eat. I've been craving things I can't eat like deli meat and goat cheese.

Missing: These things have stayed the same: playing with my boys like normal, running, Chickfila, and my normal body.

Thoughts: I can't believe that I'll be full term in about 3.5 weeks. It's crazy to think about. At this point, I'm thinking primarily about delivery. I know I can't control that, but I'm determined to do what I can to prepare for it. Call me crazy as most everyone has done, but I want to try for a natural birth. I'm not set on it to the extent I won't consider an epidural, but in my normal, non-labor state, the thought of an epidural and its side effects is scarier to me than labor pain. That could change. If any of you have any natural birth stories or tips you want to share with me for encouragement, I'd love them!

I can't wait to see him! I am in awe of this process and what our bodies are capable of. This is a miracle. The excitement in our home about this new member of our family is palpable and that makes me happy.




Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Two Months.



Two months. 61 days until our sweet little baby boy is due.

Pregnancy -- these past eight months -- has been the most miraculous time in my life and also the most trying. Pregnancy, I've learned, is not for the faint of heart. I've experienced the highest of highs - those sweet kicks our baby boy does, seeing his smile on a 4D ultrasound, listening to our boys squeal with excitement as they prepare for their new brother - and some deep lows which are all centered around the all-day sickness I've experienced almost daily this entire pregnancy. I am not the normal do everything me and my body is not my own during this time, and I've had to accept that. I think I needed this sickness to slow down and let my body grow this baby. If we're ever blessed with a next time, I promise I'll slow down without sickness!

It is a surreal feeling to think that we'll meet our son in just two short months. I can't wait to see his smile, hold his squishy body, and see those little legs and arms that use me as a punching bag. I can't wait to see my husband become a father again and our boys become big brothers. I can't wait to smell that newborn goodness and hold him so tight.

Sweet little one, you are so loved already.

As we head into the home stretch of this pregnancy, there are so many things I don't want to forget:

-The way Kevin tells the baby goodbye in the morning.
-The way K.C. likes to feel him kick.
-The way Kaden talks to him and tells him that he's his big brother and he has a great family.
-The way K.C. was adamant that no matter what we named him, he was going to be calling him a certain name (which we've all agreed upon).
-The way Kevin and I talk about his arrival and what life will be like.
-The way Kaden asked if he just holds the baby over his crib and drops him since he can't reach the mattress.
-The way K.C. wants a baby monitor in his room so he can watch the baby all the time.
-The way it feels when I wake up in the night and feel him doing flips.
-The way it feels when we get to hear his heartbeat or see him on the screen.

It has been so much fun seeing the excitement the boys have over their baby brother. They are already such good big brothers. They will be great teachers and always great examples, I pray. Being a mother is the greatest gift in this world. I'm so thankful God has given me this gift of three boys to love, nurture, laugh with, and grow with.

As the days fly by, I know our lives are going to change. I want to soak up every minute that we have as a family of four as we prepare to welcome our newest family member. I can tell that I'm moving slower and with that comes the realization that his birth is near. I want to spend these next weeks preparing for our baby - praying for him and for us, finishing up everything that I'd like to do before he arrives, sneaking in some dates with my husband and some one-on-one time with my boys.

The anticipation and expectation of his arrival fills me with an inexpressible joy.

Thanks be to God for His indescribable gift! 2 Corinthians 9:15


Monday, November 14, 2016

PREGNANCY | 31 Week Update



Week: 31! I can't believe it! These last few weeks have flown by and judging by what all we have coming up, the next nine weeks will too.

Weight Gain: I'm up 27 pounds as of my appointment this past Tuesday. 

What's Happening: The baby is growing, growing, growing! We had a 4D ultrasound on Tuesday. He kept his hands in front of his face most of the time, but he has a cute nose! He also smiled and stuck out his tongue. It was cute!

Feeling: Overall, I'm feeling good. I still battle nausea almost daily and have gotten sick sporadically, but otherwise, I'm feeling good. I feel like my stomach has doubled in size over the past few days too! My back has started to hurt some at night, but I know it's from all the extra weight I'm carrying. I'm also getting tired easier. I don't feel as exhausted as I did the first 15 weeks or so, but I am increasingly tired.

Sleep: I'm sleeping ok. Some nights are better than others. I'm thankful for my Leecho. I have a hard time getting comfortable and find that I want to lie on my back, something I don't do in regular life and something I know not to do in pregnancy. 

Wearing: Maternity pants, mostly regular dresses and some tops, and maternity tanks. 

Exercise: I'm trying to stay as active as I can. That said, I haven't exercised the way I thought I would. When your body is consistently nauseous, it's hard to exercise. I'm counting down the days until the baby is born and until I can exercise normally again!

Eating: Whatever works, which these days, seems to be anything starchy, most vegetables, soup (especially vegetable beef) and pork. I don't want anything to do with chicken or peanut butter.

Missing: Running, Chickfila, and my normal body. 

Thoughts: Pregnancy is a blessing. This miracle growing inside me astounds me every day. I'm so thankful for this little boy and can't wait to meet him! God has blessed us!