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Friday Update: Week 32

Photobucket This week baby is just over 16-1/2 inches long (16.7, to be exact). That is approximately the width of my bathroom sink (my bathroom sink is not the one pictured here, however). Washing my hands is going to be a whole new experience this week!

A great experience of this week has been interacting with Kiddo1. I’ve always felt like he’s been a little protective of me, but lately his protectiveness seems to be shining through all the time! It’s so interesting to see the change. He seems to know that I’m a bit more vulnerable right now so he’s watching out for me, especially when we’re hanging out alone while Mr. Handsome is working (which he hasn’t done nearly as many hours of this week and that has been awesome!).

I’ve suffered a few rounds of indigestion on the evenings lately (what’s new, right) and he’s sat with me attentively, often reading his Harry Potter book to me when I just don’t have the strength to read to him. He’ll reach over and touch my hands and ask me if I’m okay. It’s the sweetest thing in the whole world!

Lately I’ve also made some heavy sighs when I sit down because I’m running out of room for not only the contents of my stomach but also my lungs/diaphragm. He always looks over and asks again if I’m okay, usually twice. “Are you sure you’re okay?” Even if I just have a strange look on my face, he’s checking in. He’s always been fairly sensitive and always caring, but I feel like he’s really stepped it up lately!

Even at soccer practice (where only him and I and a father/son duo show up, sad – practice is optional during the spring season in our league) he will put himself between me and the ball so I don’t get hit. He’ll tell me to watch out and he won’t even let me run around with them anymore.

I have a feeling that this protectiveness will quickly shift focus to his little sister when she arrives. It’s a good thing he’ll be off on his own when she starts dating! (He could have kids of his own by then! Ahh! I shouldn’t think of that yet!)

Here are some more cool things about the week:

  • Total weight gain: Wow the scale has fluctuated a lot, but I’m going to say 25 pounds gained. Sometimes it says 23 pounds, sometimes 26. Weirdo scale.
  • Cravings: Smoothies. I want a smoothie so bad all the time! I have to remember, though, that a smoothie is like a meal to me lately. And really, there’s a whole lot of food in that cup: a whole banana, a couple strawberries, a kiwi, some veggie juice. I must pace myself!
  • Coolest symptom: I know kick-talk occupies this space like, all the time. And if that’s annoying to you I’m sorry (too bad!), but to me it’s still super cool. Every time I feel a kick I think, Holy shit! There’s a real live person in there! She’s kicking super high, super low, pushing on my cervix (ouch), I think I may have even felt a foot pushing out my side here and there! Every kick reminds me she’s that much closer to being here in my arms.
  • Lamest symptom: I feel like I am running out of space! I have to sit up really straight all the time because if I slouch at all I compress my breathing space and stomach too much which brings on the indigestion feelings even more. Plus she’s getting really close to kicking my boobs when I slouch. Too close, little lady.
  • Exercise this week (the goal is 210 minutes): Oh man, I was totally lame this week. I only managed one 45-minute yoga session and one 30-minute elliptical session. I didn’t even make it to water aerobics due in part to indigestion and in part to reoccurring leg cramps. Major exercise fail this week but I’m trying not to beat myself up too much. There’s always next week!

Here’s a Baby2 development update, courtesy babycenter.com:

By now, your baby weighs 3.75 pounds (pick up a large jicama) and is about 16.7 inches long, taking up a lot of space in your uterus. You’re gaining about a pound a week and roughly half of that goes right to your baby. In fact, your little one will gain a third to half of his or her birth weight during the next seven weeks as he or she fattens up for survival outside the womb. Your baby now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair (or at least respectable peach fuzz). The skin on your baby’s body is becoming soft and smooth as he or she plumps up in preparation for birth.

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Friday Update: Week 31

PhotobucketThis week baby is about 16 inches long which is about the length of a typical Milton Bradley (now Hasbro) board game box, like Sorry, Clue or Battleship. Kiddo1 has quite the game collection, built up over many years of me asking our families for toys that don’t have batteries.

Indigestion is still quite a battle this week, but only if I struggle to control myself! As long as I eat small meals I’m okay, but that’s so much harder than it sounds! I’m so hungry! And when the food tastes so good (as most foods are) I just want to eat the whole thing! Plus seconds! Also, eating small meals means I need to eat more often which is good and bad. Good because I get to eat (that’s always good!) but bad because I have to have food with me pretty much all the time because I never know when my stomach will cry for more.

On Monday, the hunger struck while I was leaving work which was most unfortunate because I had to pick up my son and then probably run some errands or something, I don’t remember because all I could think about was the hunger! We arrived home and I quickly scarfed down some cottage cheese and carrots but I still ended up having odd indigestion-like feelings and had to lie down on the sofa for awhile. WTF? How can I feel all indigestion-y if I haven’t eaten anything?!

On Wednesday I had it down, though. I ate my lunch in thirds at 11:30, 1:30 and 3:30. That way when I left at 4:15 I could make it to pick up Kiddo1 and get all the way home. Then I had to have a snack when we got home and had to eat an early dinner. And some more snacking. If I have to start getting up in the middle of the night I’m going to freak out!

One bad thing about all this indigestion (or reverse indigestion?) that actually leads to good discoveries is all the Braxton Hicks contractions that the discomfort brings on. I had been lying down on my side and breathing through them, which does help a little. But on Monday I decided to kneel on the living room floor instead, with my head up on the sofa seat. To my surprise that worked a whole lot better! A few minutes of that position and the contractions were pretty much gone. Maybe all that stuff I learned from Active Birth is sinking in. Hmmm…

Anyway, let’s go through the weekly wrap-up, shall we?

  • Total weight gain: There’s got to be something wrong with my bathroom scale. It says that I’ve actually lost a pound this week. That can’t be true right? Normally I’d be all like, yay! but one is supposed to gain during pregnancy right? Well, I’m calling it even at 24 pounds gained rather than take a pound away. Baby2 gained half a pound this week!
  • Cravings: I suppose salads, I’ve had five or six this week. Good ones with spinach and other dark greens. I’ve tried to be really good about my carbs lately but I have had some moments of weakness. I can’t help myself!
  • Coolest symptom: This week I had the first experience of “escapism” kicks for this pregnancy. These are the kicks during which a body part protrudes slightly from my belly. I’m not sure what it was, a butt maybe, but something round was sticking out my right side and it was weird and funny. I love these kinds of kicks. I just gave her a little pat and a rub and gently pushed her back a bit. She moved around like crazy for awhile! I hope she isn’t running out of room already!
  • Lamest symptom: When I sit down, my boobs sit on my belly. I’ve got a little boob shelf going on. Also, it’s interesting that when I pass women who I don’t know, they stare at my belly. When I pass men they stare at my boobs (regardless of whether or not they know me). Yes, I am growing people, but I still have a face!
  • Exercise this week (the goal is 210 minutes): 215 minutes! I’m super proud of myself because I also fought a cold this week. I think the working out (combined with the six or seven cups of lemon tea for a couple days!) helped me get over the cold quickly. Also, I did a much better job at getting an even split between cardio and yoga (110 of cardio with water aerobics, biking and the elliptical; 105 of yoga) but I still need to work on getting in exercise on the weekends and I’ve neglected to do my arm routine all week. You win some, you lose some I guess.

Baby2, what’s new with you? Here’s an update, courtesy babycenter.com:

This week, your baby measures over 16 inches long. He or she weighs about 3.3 pounds (try carrying four navel oranges) and is heading into a growth spurt. Your baby can turn his or her head from side to side, and his or her arms, legs, and body are beginning to plump out as needed fat accumulates underneath the skin. Your little one’s kicks and somersaults may be keeping you up at night. Take comfort: All this moving is a sign that your baby is active and healthy.

Friday Update: Week 29

I don’t know what the hell kind of object is just over 15 inches long. Google sucks at telling me this. I’ve got things that are 14 inches, 14-1/2 inches, 16 inches, but apparently only last week’s 15″ Macbook Pro is 15 inches. So I’m saving myself the heartache and forgoing an object comparison this week. Sigh.

Anyway, at just over 15 inches, Baby2 only gained a bit less than half and inch in the 29th week, but she did gain another quarter pound!

To accompany Baby2’s crazy growth, Mr. Handsome’s and my schedules have been doing some crazy growing of their own. This week has just been a major juggling act. Mr. Handsome is moving to a new restaurant (same owner/company, just better management personnel and structure) so he’s pretty much working double time because he’s awesome and won’t leave the new place without the two (or I think he gave them three?) weeks notice. He’s working every day for 16 or 17 days straight. Great money, and we could use it going into my 10-week maternity leave of which I’m only paid for six weeks. But it wreaks havoc on our schedules.

Plus this week Kiddo1 was sick again (his ear infection from last week cleared up but now he has a bad cold and swelling in the other ear) so Mr. Handsome stayed home with him Monday (he had the day shift off) and I took over at night. I stayed home with him Tuesday and Mr. Handsome took over at night so I could go to my group midwife appointment. Wednesday he got out of his night shift so I could go to water aerobics. Thursday and Friday he worked a double shift and he will work Saturday evening and Sunday brunch. This weekend we also have a soccer game for Kiddo1, I have an event to go to a big consignment sale with my Moms Group and I need to find time to get to all the projects that I’ve been woefully neglecting. Deep breath.

Speaking of scheduling, one of the things on our vast third trimester to do list is to figure out when our parents and families are coming to visit. My parents have surprisingly been very easy. They’re short on vacation time from their jobs so they’re meeting my requirement of visiting after I’ve had a couple days to recover and not staying too long (I’m going for quality not quantity!). Mr. Handsome’s parents have not been so easy because they’re retired and have all the time in the world. I love my parents and in-laws, don’t get me wrong, but I can’t handle people visiting for more than a week. I get this emotional claustrophobia and I start to become unpleasant to be around. I fear my emotions will be all screwy to begin with, what with just having pushed out a human and all. So we’ll see how that all turns out.

Here are some other events of the week:

  • Total weight gain: 24 pounds. I am still averaging a pound a week, even though there were two weeks of a half pound gain (each week) and then this last week of two pounds gained, it all evens out. I shouldn’t be surprised about the two pounds, and I really am okay with it, but I was a little sad when I stepped on the scale on Monday (I weigh myself Monday through Friday, so Monday usually brings the biggest change).
  • Cravings: Honey Nut Cheerios are the best breakfast cereal ever. Except for maybe regular Cheerios.
  • Coolest symptom: At Tuesday’s check-up it was determined that Baby2’s head is down (I think it has been for several weeks, it was down at our ultrasound), her back/bottom is on my right side with her feet on my left. This makes complete sense because I feel the strongest kicks on my left side, light ones on my lower right (those must be little arms) and an odd rotating session very low, like her head or shoulders are slowly rotating. The latter movement is the weirdest one.
  • Lamest symptom: I only have to look at food to get indigestion.
  • Exercise this week (the goal is 210 minutes): 210 exactly, and I feel like I just barely made it. I’m still not doing well at finding time to exercise on the weekends and, as you can read above, the weeks are getting busier so I’m not exercising every night either. My saviors this week were water aerobics (mandatory 60 minutes), soccer practice (another 60 minutes) and my renewed commitment to arm exercises (I did three days, 10 minutes each day). Rounding out the week was 75 minutes of yoga (two sessions of 30 and 45 minutes).

Finally, here’s a baby development update, courtesy babycenter.com:

Your baby now weighs about 2 1/2 pounds (like a butternut squash) and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel. Muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and your baby’s head is growing bigger to make room for that developing brain. To meet your baby’s increasing nutritional demands, you’ll need plenty of protein, vitamin C, folic acid, and iron. And because his or her bones are soaking up lots of calcium, be sure to drink your milk (or find another good source of calcium, such as cheese, yogurt, or enriched orange juice). This trimester, about 250 milligrams of calcium are deposited in your baby’s hardening skeleton each day.

I Love Water Aerobics!

I already love prenatal yoga, but for about three weeks now I’ve also been taking a weekly water aerobics class at the community center down the street. I had some trepidations at first, but this class is actually pretty awesome! Sure, I’m the youngest one there (by far!) and the music they play is atrocious (think The Macarena) but I love it more and more each time I go to a class.

Uploaded from the Photobucket iPhone AppI’m too cheap to buy a maternity swimsuit so I just wear my bikini. Some people look at me kind of funny – are they trying to answer the “fat vs. pregnant” question? I’m not really there to impress people so I’m okay with this.

Some of my favorite things about water aerobics:

  • It’s so low-impact that I don’t feel like I’m doing much. I mean, I push myself, go at my top speed and flex my muscles to make sure I am getting something out of the whole thing, but when I get out of the pool I don’t feel exhausted or sore like I sometimes do when I get off the elliptical. It isn’t until I’m back home on the couch that I start to notice my muscles are a little tired.
  • Water resistance is great – I can “turn up” the resistance by flexing my feet or moving my palms to push the water as I move. Or, I can lessen the resistance my moving my palms to cut straight through the water.
  • It’s great for the core muscles because I have to fight to maintain control of my balance. It’s so easy to let my hips move from center because I can move with the water, but it is such a better workout to fight against the water to keep my core upright.
  • Luckily I’m in the water so I can’t fall over! I can’t really hurt myself either, other than over-straining or something.
  • I’m covered by water up to my neck, so I don’t at all feel self-conscious about my belly hanging out or my big ol’ boobies bouncing around!
  • I like that I can work as hard as I feel like working and no ones knows either way. If I’m feeling pumped (which I have been so far!) I can crank up the intensity without alienating my neighbors. Or, if I’m feeling tired or slow, I can ease into it and once again, no one is the wiser.
  • At first I had some leg cramps but only because I kept pointing my toes. Now I try to flex more at my ankles and I don’t have that problem anymore. But, if I do have a cramp, I can stop for a second and massage it out and no one really notices.
  • Also, I sleep so great after being in the pool for an hour!

Plus, some things I learned about while I was reading about the benefits of water aerobics:

  • Did you know that being in the pool for awhile actually reduces swelling? I heard this from my midwife too. Apparently the water pressure helps to push the excess water out of your body. Yet it somehow hydrates too – I know this because I pee a LOT after water aerobics. Like, once before I change, once after I change and a couple times in the 30 minutes after I return home. I do drink water during the class but not that much water. It’s weird.
  • This NY Times article from 2008 describes a study (though a poorly-executed study, but a study nonetheless) which found that pregnant women who exercise using water aerobics are less likely to take pain medication during labor and delivery – 27% of women who exercise opted for drugs versus 66% in the non-exercising control group.
  • This article from Women Fitness also outlines some great tips and reminders for water exercise.

I’m so glad I’ve finally started to shake up my routine with this class. I highly recommend it!

Friday Update: Week 28

PhotobucketWeek 28! Baby is almost 15 inches long! I struggled to find an object that is just shy of 15 inches this week, but I ultimately settled on the 15-inch Macbook Pro because it kept coming up in the Google search results when I asked dear Google for assistance. I don’t have this laptop to verify whether or not it is just under 15 inches, I’m still rocking a six-year-old 12″ iBook G4 (aw hells yeah). This sleek picture of the Pro makes me want a new laptop though. Must. Resist.

While baby is almost 15 inches long, week 28 is solid third trimester territory. There’s debate about when the third trimester starts, just like there is for the second. I suppose you could say it starts at 26 weeks 4 days, or 27 weeks to make it even, but I wanted to give myself until week 28 for a few reasons. One, to stretch out the “golden time” of the second trimester that much more. Two, to make the third trimester feel like it just flies by. Three, because this way today could be both a trimester milestone AND Mr. Handsome’s and my anniversary (post coming about that tomorrow).

As you may know, the third trimester, when compared to the second, is not all non-alcoholic wine and roses. There are some things the third trimester is notorious for, and I somewhat fear (although fear may be too strong of a word):

  • More indigestion, which coincidentally has been occurring more frequently this week.
  • More farting (I had it BAD in third tri with Kiddo1. Although this time I’ve figured out that chocolate/sugar really triggers my gas, so I’m closer to being able to control it). I am silent but deadly.
  • More exhaustion. I don’t think I was all that tired in the first tri but I do remember taking lunchtime naps with Kiddo1 when I was in the third tri last time – yes I was that tired.
  • More Braxton Hicks, which I don’t remember having very many of at all with Kiddo1 but now I already have them ALL THE TIME.
  • More nighttime potty breaks (why does this have to correlate with the sleepy times of the first and third trimester?!).
  • More biggering. Most people say the last couple months is when their weight gain got out of control. My control has been great so far, if I do say so myself, so hopefully that will continue.

There are good things though, right?

  • Awesome kicks that make it seem like baby is trying to escape. Kiddo1 liked to stick out an elbow or knee sometimes and I would gently push him back. That sort of interaction is pretty cool.
  • Finishing projects! The feeling of everything coming together!
  • Finalizing names. I think we’ve agreed on a middle name already!
  • Everything starting to feel more real. So we’re really having another kid, eh? No turning back now!
  • Viability, just in case someone decides to join us really early (not too early please!).
  • Being that much closer to a precious cold beer baby snuggle. (Who am I kidding, the beer takes a close second sometimes!)

Here are some more pros and cons, but about the past (this week) rather then the future:

  • Total weight gain: The scale has said it’s been a solid 22 pounds for the past couple days. I can’t begin to say how happy I am with the scale. That means I only gained half a pound each week for the last two weeks – baby put on a half pound herself in that same amount of time!
  • Cravings: Honestly, I don’t really have much in the way of cravings. I have something each week that I seem to like a little more than other things, but I don’t particularly crave anything. That seems to be people’s favorite question to ask lately, though, “What weird foods are you eating?!?!?!” Ugh, I don’t eat weird foods. The strangest thing I’ve eaten through this whole pregnancy is a hamburger (I don’t usually eat ground beef). Vent over.
  • Coolest symptom: Overall, I just feel good. Sure there’s indigestion and I’m a bit more tired but growing a person is pretty dang cool. I like being pregnant. Despite what some of my “lame symptom” updates might say! There’s just a special feeling I have when I’m pregnant, I can’t describe it. Like glowing from within or something. I like it. It almost makes me not miss beer!
  • Lamest symptom: How is it possible to feel full and hungry at the same time? I can be completely stuffed but I want to put food in my mouth. What is that all about? And I don’t know if I’ve posted about it before, but sometimes I think I can feel myself getting bigger – my belly expanding, skin stretching. I don’t know if it is in my head or not but the fact is that I AM getting bigger so it wouldn’t be that weird if I could feel it, right?
  • Exercise this week (the goal is 210 minutes): It was a very cardio-filled week! We rode our bikes to one of Kiddo1’s soccer games (yep, still on my bike with a seven-month belly! Kind of weird but awesome!) and I went to water aerobics again and had an extra evening of swimming with Kiddo1 (he and Mr. Handsome couldn’t come with on my usually water aerobics night because he had cavities filled a couple hours before). I did some elliptical and a whole lot of active soccer practice for 235 minutes of total exercise this week! I only fit in 15 minutes of light yoga, which has been a bit more difficult lately. I hope to post a yoga update soon…

Finally, here’s a baby development update, courtesy babycenter.com:

By this week, your baby weighs 2 1/4 pounds (like a Chinese cabbage) and measures 14.8 inches from the top of the head to the heels. Your baby can blink his or her eyes, which now sport lashes. With increasingly developed eyesight, your baby may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. Your baby’s also developing billions of neurons in his or her brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.

Friday Update: Week 27

PhotobucketHappy Friday the 13th! It’s the second of three Friday the 13ths this year, the last one being Baby2’s due date. I feel like we’re quickly getting so much closer to it!

Baby is about 14-1/2 inches long this week – the height of my KitchenAid mixer! I love my mixer, even though I don’t use it often enough. Mine was a gift from Mr. Handsome about three years ago, I think for Christmas! I have made some yummy comfort foods with it, if I do say so myself.

This week my poor family could use some comfort – everyone except me has been sick, and that includes our dog!

Last week, Kiddo1 woke up complaining that he couldn’t hear out of one ear. I kind of assumed he slept on it wrong (is that an odd assumption?) so that he was exaggerating a bit… lately it seems like something is always hurting him. But the loss of hearing persisted so I took the day off last Thursday and took him to the doctor’s office.

Turns out, he had his second-ever case of Swimmer’s Ear (you can get it even if you haven’t been swimming!) so we got hooked up with some drops. He has to have drops in his ear four times a day for five days. We wrapped up the drop routine on Tuesday and he reports hearing and comfort restored. Hopefully everything will check out when we go back to the doctor on Monday afternoon.

Meanwhile, Mr. Handsome has had a bit of a cold with a whole lot of cough. Let’s just say neither one of us slept very well earlier this week! It seems like Mr. Handsome has been fighting back colds for the last couple weeks. I feel bad for him but very lucky for myself since I haven’t picked anything up!

Finally, our pup, Max, has been sick too. Last week he stopped eating; he hardly ate anything at all for a few days. So I took him to the vet on Friday, the day after Kiddo1’s doctor visit. Ah, the vet’s office: Max hates it because they poke at him and I hate it because they take all our money! He was a bit dehydrated but otherwise nothing seemed wrong so they wanted to take X-rays. They were very concerned about him not eating. They also pumped him full of some electrolytes and fluids to get him re-hydrated. $600 later the diagnosis was Gastro-something-or-other and he was on a special diet for a few days.

He’s still not feeling 100% better, but at least his appetite has improved. We go back to the vet on Monday, too, so hopefully they’ll have more to tell us about what they think the problem is.

All through this I’ve felt pretty good, no sickness at least, but I had another round of crazy Braxton Hicks on Monday night. I ate a big dinner – I’m thinking the resulting indigestion probably brought them on. I wouldn’t call them painful, really, but the longer they lasted the more annoying they became, for sure. They started around seven. I started to drift in and out of sleep for awhile around then. I woke up on the couch at one and felt much better, so I guess I just had to wait it out. I drank a lot of water and, ahem, my dinner was digested and purged, so I hope that helped.

As annoying as the Braxton Hicks are, I kind of like the practice they offer me. I am super psyched about going for a drug-free labor and delivery, but there’s always that thought in the back of my mind that I won’t be able to do it. I suppose these contractions help me to practice some breathing and talking myself through. They aren’t all bad… I guess.

Other things about this week weren’t all bad either:

  • Total weight gain: I’m calling it 21-1/2 pounds because I don’t think 21 or 22 pounds is entirely fair. A whopping two pounds of that is all baby!
  • Cravings: Asparagus looks very yummy this week, perhaps because I’ve been seeing it front-and-center at all the food stores. It must be in season! I feel like my diet has been pretty good the last couple weeks. I’ve stayed away from ice cream and have made an effort (albeit a small one) to limit my carb intake.
  • Coolest symptom: Bump compliments are nice. I’ve never received so many “you’re so cute” comments in one week from random people before! Everyone I meet has been so sweet – and this whole time I was worried about unsolicited advice! I have such little faith in people…
  • Lamest symptom: The aforementioned Braxton Hicks were a bit lame. There are pros and cons, as noted.
  • Exercise this week (the goal is 210 minutes): I just barely made it this week – 210 exactly! I’m proud of myself because this week was crazy, what with the sicknesses and KIddo1 started soccer and a dance class this week, so I didn’t have a lot of free weekends. Also, I started water aerobics this week! I hope to write more about it in a few days, or maybe after I’ve had another couple of classes.

Here’s what’s new with Baby2, courtesy babycenter.com:

This week, your baby weighs almost 2 pounds (like a head of cauliflower) and is about 14 1/2 inches long with legs extended. He or she is sleeping and waking at regular intervals, opening and closing those little eyes, and perhaps even sucking on his or her fingers. With more brain tissue developing, your baby’s brain is very active now. The lungs are still immature, but they would be capable of functioning – with a lot of medical help – if your baby were to be born now. Chalk up any tiny rhythmic movements you may be feeling to a case of baby hiccups, which may be common from now on. Each episode usually lasts only a few moments, and they don’t bother your baby, so just relax and enjoy the tickle.