Thursday, October 27, 2016

PREGNANCY | 28 Weeks

Week: 28 - Hello, Third Trimester!

Weight Gain: I'm officially up 21 pounds. I go back to the doctor on November 8, so we'll see where I am then. The baby is gaining close to half a pound a week at this point which means mama is too!

What's Happening: Our sweet boy is really active! He moves around in a pretty regular pattern. His kicks are getting harder and harder.

Feeling: I'm feeling much better than I have. Pregnancy, up to this point, has been rough for me, but it's all worth it. I also feel really heavy.

Sleep: I've been sleeping well this week. I've cut back on the use of my phone when I'm lying in bed at night and I've been more cognizant of winding down. I think both of those things have helped. I've also noticed that the tired feeling I had for the first trimester and a half seems to have returned.

Wearing: Maternity skinny pants (see my post on maternity wear), regular dresses, and tops that are a size larger or looser fitting. This part has been tricky. There are some mornings when I try on three or four things before I find something that fits.

Exercise: I'm not exercising the way I'd like to, but I am staying active. It's nice. In addition to my countdown for the baby, I have a mental countdown for when I can run again. I'm looking forward to that day.

Eating: Whatever works. I don't have strong cravings, but I have strong aversions. I'm incorporating a salad at least once a day and more and more fruit. I don't want junk food, but I do want bacon. I'm not sure if that's a fair trade.

Missing: I continue to miss running, Chickfila, soft cheeses, and my normal body. I also miss being able to pick up my boys. K.C. thinks that he'll be too heavy for me to lift when the baby is born.

Thoughts: This miracle continues to astound me each day. One of the greatest feelings is when my little boy kicks throughout the day - and night. It's almost as if he's communicating with us.

It's hard to believe that he'll be here in eleven short weeks. I'm so thankful every day for this miracle of life!

Thursday, October 6, 2016

PREGNANCY | 25 Week Update

Week: 25

Weight Gain: I go back to the doctor next week, so I'll see, but I think I'm up about 18 pounds from where I officially started which means this time, I haven't gained 2 pounds each week! That's a win!

What's Happening: The baby is very active! I love feeling him move around. I've been able to discern his movement patterns, too, which is really cool! He's starting to open his eyes, weighs about 1.5 pounds, and is over a foot long!

Feeling: I feel like a person again! I've been feeling better every week for about 3 weeks. I'm excited about all that is to come!

Sleep: Sleep comes and goes. Some nights, I sleep great, but others, I toss and turn for hours.

Wearing: Maternity skinny pants (see my post on maternity wear), regular dresses, and tops that are a size larger or looser fitting.

Exercise: I'm not following an exercise plan per se, but I am being active every day. We're walking a few miles most days and I'm staying active throughout the day. We've also been cleaning out things and getting the nursery ready, which feels like exercise!

Eating: I still don't have definite cravings, but I have fewer aversions than I did have. I don't want chicken in any fashion. I've started eating more fruits and vegetables. I'm also to the point where I've been able to drink juice, something I haven't been able to do since June. Occasionally, I want something sweet, but not too often, which bodes will for the glucose test I have to take next week. I don't want hardly any junk food. While my tastes aren't back to normal, I'm glad to be eating salads, fruit, and healthier meals than the subs and bacon sandwiches I was consuming most days.

Missing: Running, Chickfila, soft cheeses, and my normal body. Pregnancy is a huge miracle - this is I know - but I forget that I can't do everything in my normal way.

Thoughts: K.C. has felt him kick hard before, but Kaden hasn't. A few nights ago, he felt him kick hard for the first time and his face was priceless! I love that the boys are so excited about their baby brother! We've ordered a crib and chair for the nursery and have it painted. At this point, pregnancy is flying by. I'm shocked at how the pace seems to have picked up since I've started feeling better.

My most favorite feeling in the world is feeling the baby kick. It's incredible to me that there is life growing inside of me. I love that he seems to respond to different outside stimuli. I am so thankful for this gift and can't wait to meet him in about 14 weeks!

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

October Goals and September in Review

October is one of my favorite months of the year. That may have something to do with the fact that it's the month Kevin and I were married. Next Thursday, we'll celebrate our fourth anniversary! It seems like forever ago and just yesterday all at once!

Before I dive into my goals for October, here's a look back at how I did in September.

  • Clean out all bedroom closets and drawers upstairs. We did pretty good on this. We haven't completely cleaned out all the bedroom closets upstairs, but we did clean out the drawers. The people at Goodwill know us by name.
  • Finish organizing the boys' older schoolwork and papers that we want to save. I did this! This was a massive job, thus I've put it off for forever! I'm thankful to be done with this. 
  • Journal what I'm reading in the Bible. I didn't do a great job of this in September. I read my Bible, but I didn't journal it like I wanted to.
  • Continue Christmas shopping. This is going well! 
  • Register for the baby! We did not register for the baby, but we'll get it done. 
  • Read three books. 
In September, I read The Island and The Rumor, both by Elin Hilderbrand and The Choice by Nicholas Sparks. I'm also working through The Big Book of Birth and The Baby Whisperer Solves All Your Problems

  • Make a list of fall activities the boys want to do. We didn't make an official list, but we've already started doing things.
  • Work on the boys 6 and 8 books. This didn't happen.

Time is flying by for me at this point in pregnancy. I told my husband a few days ago that I don't remember anything much from the past six months, but the past few weeks as I've started feeling better are zooming. That said, October is a time when we really need to get some things completed. As you can see from the list below, many of these are centered around getting ready for the baby. It's hard to believe there are only 14 weeks until my due date!
  • Purchase furniture for the nursery. The nursery is painted, the rug is in and the bedding was just delivered. We need to get a crib, dresser and chair.
  • Register for the baby. I have a few showers coming up in November, so we really need to register by the middle of the month before the invitations go out. 
  • Continue Christmas shopping. We're doing pretty good with this, but it's time to start focusing on the big items we'd like to get the boys. They keep showing us things, so I need to start clicking "Add to Cart" in Amazon. I love Amazon prime!
  • Finish the guest room/office. This room is also painted, but we need to get it rearranged. I also want to get a new comforter for the bed.
  • Paint the boys' bedroom and bathroom. Two of the four rooms we're painting are done and these two are left. 
  • Read three books. I'm really enjoying spending my lunch hour reading each day. It's nice! I have a few books on my list for this month.
  • Journal what I'm reading in the Bible. I really want to get back to this!
  • Work on the boys' books. If I want to order these in time for Christmas, I need to get started!

What are your goals for October?

Are there any must-haves on your baby registry list?