Wednesday, August 31, 2011

36 Weeks

How Far Along? 36 weeks!  9 months pregnant!

Maternity Clothes? That is all I can wear at this point!  Since I am on bed rest and don't get out much, I have been living in my robe!

Weight Gain? I gained 2 pounds . . . .I had a feeling I would, I was SOOO hungry last week!!!!  So all total 18 pounds gained!

Stretch Marks? And now we are in the double digits for stretch marks.  They are only about an inch long, but they are there and I am feeling pretty confident that they will grow as she continues to drop.

Sleep? It hasn't been bad.  I am waking up sore around 3 and have trouble getting back to sleep, but I will manage.  Mostly my back is hurting now, I have had pretty good luck with my hips lately, thank goodness, because I would rather have back pain than that hip pain!  Still no naps, I think this makes a big difference.

Best Moment of the Week?  My showers, I really enjoyed getting out of the house and seeing everyone!!!  Also, it makes me feel better that I now have most everything.  And the things I don't have I have listed out and we are going to get them this weekend.

Weirdest Comment:  Just a lot of surprised looks when I tell people I am not due for another month.  They all seem to think it is any minute now.  I think people just see anyone with a big belly and assume the woman is due any day now.  I think I probably was the same way!

Movement? Yep, still going strong!!!  She is a mover!!!  This is absolutely my favorite part of being pregnant.

Gender? Girl, Avery!

What I miss? Nothing really, I am feeling pretty good!

Symptoms: Constant peeing and soreness.  I am also feeling lots of pressure now that she has dropped.  I am also nesting.  Now this isn't the typical nesting (cleaning, I still can't really do that, too much bending, stretching, etc), but nesting in that I have to get certain tasks accomplished.  Today I did the laundry from the showers and put everything away.  I set up the bottle warmer and bottle drying rack.  I organized our changing table bins and disinfected the toys that have been handed down to us!  I all of the sudden have some decent amount of energy.

What I'm looking forward to? I am looking forward to this weekend and getting the last of what we need.  My goal is to have everyone (or to have ordered everything) by Sunday.  My mom thinks I am going to go into labor over Labor Day weekend, so having it wrapped up would be a huge relief.

Weekly Wisdom:  If you aren't sleeping well at night, maybe don't nap, it has helped me.

Milestones: 9 months, 36 weeks, only 1 week away from full term.  I am so grateful that I was able to go on bed rest to make sure that she comes out when she's ready, rather than too early.

Emotions: Starting to get anxious about her getting here, I would love to have a date.  I am such a planner and this is driving me crazy not to be able to plan it all out.

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Friday, August 26, 2011

Work Baby Shower

I had a wonderful work shower yesterday!!!  It was thrown by four wonderful co-workers and they did such a good job!!!!

I wish someone had gotten a picture of the food, it was so pretty and delicious.  There was chocolate fountain with strawberries, Nutter Butters, marshmallows, pretzels, rice crispies, and wafers.  Sooo good.  And there was cake and Pringles (my new addiction).

Here are some pics . . . . .
 The diaper cake.  It had everything in there . . . .diapers, burp clothes, a fitted sheet, a blanket, pacifiers, a pacifier clip, socks, and a cute teddy bear!
 Another shot with the diaper cake and the gifts.
This was soo cute, it is a tree where people write advice on the leaves and hang them.  The advice was so nice and helpful!  And I am keeping the tree in the nursery as a decoration!!!!  It goes perfect with the decal!

Avery got so many wonderful things . . . . clothes, books, blankets, bibs, CDs, toys, bloomers, bows and headbands!!!  And also gift cards, who doesn't love those!!!!

Thank you everyone for everything, it was wonderful and fun to see everyone!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

35 Week Doctor's Appointment

This is the first of my now weekly appointments.  It seems so weird to be at this point.  I remember wanting to go to the doctor more to hear the heartbeat!

Here are the stats
BP 110/70 (which is high for me, I hope this doesn't continue to climb)
Avery's HR 150
Avery's Weight, Dr. guesses around 5.5 pounds
Avery's Position Head down, butt sticking out to the left and legs and arms punching/kicking to the right!

I am  . . . .
Still 50% effaced
1cm dilated
And baby is in -2 position (in the birth canal, but not very far down)

I also got tested for Group-B Strep and will find out the results at the next appointment.

So still no idea when she will be here.  I am hoping for 37-38 week arrival.  That gives us 2 to 3 more weeks!!! 

I am praying I am not like my mother who was over 41 weeks with both kids and still had long labors!!!
Though, I doubt it will come to that, I think my doctor's office will induce at 39 weeks if it comes to that.

The next appointment is on Wednesday!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

35 Weeks

How Far Along? 35 weeks! 

Maternity Clothes? That is all I can wear at this point!  Since I am on bed rest and don't get out much, I have been living in my robe!

Weight Gain? I am the same as last week.  So all total 16 pounds gained!

Stretch Marks? This past week, I have felt her drop.  And I now have the stretch marks to prove it.  They are on the underside of my belly, so Ray had to take a picture to show me.  They aren't big, but I have a feeling they will grow pretty quickly!

Sleep? This week has been better.  I have found that napping isn't good for my sleeping at night, so I have stopped napping. Things have gotten better.  That and the massage have really helped.

Best Moment of the Week?  My pregnancy massage!!!!!  Amazing, every pregnant person should get one!

Weirdest Comment:  Nothing really. 

Movement? Yep, still going strong!!!  She is a mover!!!  This is absolutely my favorite part of being pregnant.

Gender? Girl, Avery!

What I miss? Nothing really, I am feeling pretty good!

Symptoms: Constant peeing and soreness.  I am also feeling lots of pressure now that she has dropped.

What I'm looking forward to? Seeing what the doctor says about where we are at, in terms of dilation, etc.  And both of my showers are this week, I am looking forward to seeing everyone!

Weekly Wisdom:  If you aren't sleeping well at night, maybe don't nap, it has helped me.

Milestones: Getting to 35 weeks, a few weeks ago we weren't positive we would get here!!!!  Also, watching my stomach change in the last week as she has dropped, it is nice to be able to breather again!!!

Emotions: Getting excited.  In that weird in between where you know a huge change is coming, but for now you have done everything you can to prepare?  It's weird but it will be only a few more weeks!!!

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Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Blogger, I hate you

Ugh, I am so mad at Blogger right now, I cannot comment on anyone's wall.

There are so many peole who are in the middle of big things and I want to comment on their posts but I can't.  I mean big stuff, beta results, just having twins, hitting 40+ weeks. . . . .geez blogger.

Has anyone figured out how to get around Blogger, to comment, I feel like I am being a bad bloggie friend.

34 Weeks

How Far Along? 34 weeks! 

Maternity Clothes? That is all I can wear at this point!

Weight Gain? I am 2 pounds from last week.  So all total 16 pounds gained!

Stretch Marks? I think there are two small ones on the bottom of my belly, I can't see them, but Ray thinks that they are probably stretch marks.  I would believe it, I am starting to drop and there is a lot of pressure on the bottom part of my belly this week.

Sleep? Still bad.  I get up about 4 times a night to pee, but that isn't really bad, it is just the aches and pains.  And if I somehow get on my back in the middle of the night, I wake up and have a hard time breathing, she is getting heavy there.  I don't know how moms of multiples do it!!!

Best Moment of the Week?  Getting daycare nailed out 100%, we are SOOOO fortunate to have two great people taking care of Avery!!!!!  What a relief!

Weirdest Comment:  Nothing really. 

Movement? Yep, still going strong!!!  She is a mover!!!  This is absolutely my favorite part of being pregnant.

Gender? Girl, Avery!

What I miss? Sleeping on my back and waking up feeling like a 28 year old!  Yes, I know I have used this for three weeks now, but it hasn't changed!!!

Symptoms: Sleep and soreness and just being tired are the only major symptoms.  Also, constant peeing!

What I'm looking forward to? Meeting her soon!  We only have a few more weeks!!!!!  And my showers!  And I am getting a pregnancy massage on Saturday!!!

Weekly Wisdom:  Use the heating pad on the lowest setting and not for too long, but it makes such a difference on your sore back and hips!

Milestones: According to my doctor I just need to make it two more weeks and she will be happy.  Who knows, I may even make it longer!!!  When we went to the hospital 4 weeks ago I wasn't sure if we would make it to 34 weeks, thank goodness the bed rest is slowing these contractions down!

Emotions: Getting excited.  In that weird in between where you know a huge change is coming, but for now you have done everything you can to prepare?  It's weird but it will be only a few more weeks!!!

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Packing "The Bag"

Wow, who would have thought packing for for about three days would be so intimidating!!!

I guess it is because you have no idea what to expect.

It did make this whole having a baby thing more real though.  Last night I started packing and Ray came in Avery's room and was like what are you doing in here?  Ray I am packing for three not just you and I.  I guess he just hadn't thought that part through!

I have been reading other's blogs and websites to figure out what I am going to pack, but Calmly Chaotic and E Tells Tales have great lists that I stole a lot from!!!

One thing that I added on my own was to separate the bag with Kroger bags.
-During labor
-Kalyn's stuff after labor
-Ray's stuff
-Baby stuff
-Bre.astfeeding stuff
-Electronic stuff

I think there is nothing worse than digging through an unorganized bag and if I need/want during labor, I can acknowledge that I might not be that patient if it takes some time to find.

I will let you know how the separating goes

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UPDATE
Here are the links!!!



Tuesday, August 9, 2011

33 Weeks

How Far Along? 33 weeks! 

Maternity Clothes? That is all I can wear at this point!

Weight Gain? I lost 1.5 pounds last week.  So we are at a total of 14.  I have lost 2 pounds in the last two weeks, I am thinking it is just me losing muscle due to being on bed rest, but I am going to call my doctor to make sure.

Stretch Marks? No, nothing!  One of the few things I inherited from my mom, thanks Mom!

Sleep? Actually sleep is painful now.  Sleeping on my side is causing me to have sore hips and a sore lower back.  I feel like an old man when I get out of bed in the morning!  Even  my two body pillows don't help. I am thinking about trying to sleep on the recliner.

Best Moment of the Week?  My dad and step mom came over and put up the tree decal!!!  This is the piece that the nursery was built around (in my head) and it is BEAUTIFUL!!!!  I love it!!  Only a few little things now and one more decor and we are done!

Weirdest Comment:  Nothing really.  I had a few friends visit this week and I both said that I was all belly, so that made me happy!  I was so sure my face would get crazy swollen!  It could still happen though!

Movement? She is getting stronger and it must be getting tight in there.  She is a mover, I think we will have a wiggle worm baby!!  Sometimes it feels like my stomach is a volcano bubbling with the way she is moving!!!

Gender? Girl, Avery!

What I miss? Sleeping on my back and waking up feeling like a 28 year old!

Symptoms: Sleep and soreness and just being tired are the only major symptoms.

What I'm looking forward to? Meeting her soon!  We only have a few more weeks!!!!!

Weekly Wisdom:  Slow down as your body slows down. 

Milestones: 8 months

Emotions: Getting excited.  But I have been a little emotional lately.  I have been a bit bipolar with Ray, I am either totally crazy in love with him or I am frustrated/annoyed with him.  Poor guy, he doesn't know what to make of it!!

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Do not judge the Budweiser shirt, it is the only t-shirt I have that fits me without stretching!

Saturday, August 6, 2011

How Ray has handled this pregnancy

This is about Ray and how wonderful he has been through this pregnancy.

In the beginning we celebrated just the two of us, deciding who to tell and how to do it.  We enjoyed the secret and we would laugh when I would come home and tell him about how someone would ask if I was pregnant, or we would plot how to hide that I wasn't drinking.

Then he would take care of everything I needed when I just couldn't stop getting sick.  He would go to the store and get whatever I would actually eat.  He would take care of the pets.  He wouldn't complain that I wouldn't even touch him for weeks at a time, because I was just trying to not get sick.

Then when the hematoma popped and I bled like crazy, he held me while I cried.  I could tell he was upset but he wanted to be strong for me.  He could not have handled that awful situation any better, even though he thought he was losing his baby too.

He was so happy when we found out if was a girl, he always said he just wanted a pro athlete, he didn't care which sex it was, but I really wasn't sure if that would be the case if we found out it was a girl.  But he seemed very excited.

As the weeks have gone one, he has changed towards me and the baby.  He has become very protective of me both physically and emotionally.  He is getting more and more comfortable with rubbing my belly and talking to Avery.  In the middle of the night he will roll over and rub my belly, even while he is asleep. 

And I know this is me just being emotional but the other day I knew for sure that he would be a great daddy to a little girl.  Two years ago we adopted our dog, Sobe.  She is a girl and a pit bull lab mix.  He adores her, but there really isn't a difference between how you treat a dog whether it is a boy or girl.  Anyways Sobe has a big head, but small neck, so we struggled for months to find a girlie collar for her.  We eventually gave up and she has this blah grey collar.  Well the other day Ray came home from grocery shopping and was sooo excited that he had found a pink collar for Sobe.  I had literally forgotten about ever getting her something else, but he was so happy to have gotten her a real girl collar.

Again, that may just be the emotions or the bed rest boredom speaking but it meant a lot to me.

I have the best husband and baby daddy ever!

Friday, August 5, 2011

Dr. Appointment

This was the most nervous I have ever been for an appointment, even more so than the one after my hematoma popped and I was bleeding like crazy (I wasn't nervous about that because honestly I thought I had all ready lost the baby).

Anyways, I had the worst night's sleep in a long time and that is saying a lot!  I was so sore when I woke up from rolling around.  I just laid there and thought about all of the awful things that could happen.

But I have to say that all that worrying for nothing.  It was a good appointment.

Basic Stats
BP- 114/60 which is high for me, but hey I was nervous
Avery's heart rate- in the 140s and steady
Growth- About a week ahead!!!!!

So the Doctor asked if I had any questions and for once I had a ton, but they all related to whether or not I was dilated or any more effaced than last time, so she went ahead and checked my cervix and  . . . . .

not dilated and no more effaced than last time (50%)!!!

She still wants me on modified bed rest (I can sit up, but still nothing strenuous), because it seems any kind of physical activity/standing too long is what is causing my contractions.  She said that is normal and she is glad that bed rest can keep them under control.

I asked if she thought I would go early, and she said it is hard to tel without a history (since this is my first), but that I would probably go a little early.  She said she isn't worried about me going before 34 weeks so that is great!  She also said if we can make it to 26 she will be really happy and obviously won't stop it!

So all in all Avery is healthy and it looks like she is staying put for at least another two weeks!!!!!  I am hoping that we make it to 36-38 weeks!  I want a September baby!!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

32 Weeks

How Far Along? 32 weeks!  Wow 8 months, that is crazy to me!

Maternity Clothes? That is all I can wear at this point!

Weight Gain? I lost .5 pounds last week.  So we are at a total of 15.5. 

Stretch Marks? I may have some new ones, but still none on my belly!

Sleep? Actually sleep is painful now.  Sleeping on my side is causing me to have sore hips and a sore lower back.  I feel like an old man when I get out of bed in the morning!  Even  my two body pillows don't help.  I thought I found a solution, but it only helps sometimes.  The best thing to do is sleep shorter nights and now that I am on bed rest I can take afternoon naps, which are the best sleep I get!!!

Best Moment of the Week?  Having the contractions calm down.  I still get them, but much less frequently.  I still have one or two times a day that I will get 5-10 in an hour, but I take my medicine and they calm down.

Weirdest Comment:  Nothing really.

Movement? Her movement has changed, I guess there is a lot less room in there, because mostly I only feel little jabs and when she rolls or twists around.  Though sometimes she punches me in this one spot and I don't know what organ is there, but whew that actually hurts!!!

Gender? Girl, Avery!

What I miss? Sleeping on my back and waking up feeling like a 28 year old!

Symptoms: The big ones are the sleep stuff.  Skin is still not great.  Otherwise doing pretty good!!!!

What I'm looking forward to? And of course vaca is a no go, but Ray and I are taking Thursday and Friday off together to just relax and spend some time together.
I am also looking forward to the Dr appointment tomorrow, for two reasons . . .
1. I want to ask more questions about what is going on and see that I am not dilated or have gotten more effaced.
2. This will be my first trip out of the house in a week.  Seriously I haven't even gone outside (partially because it is too hot).

Weekly Wisdom:  Naps!!!!!!!!!!

Milestones: 8 months

Emotions: Getting excited.  Nervous to hear how things are going.  I am really hoping that I am not dilated and haven't gotten more effaced.  I want to know where this is headed, am I am going to have a baby really early?  Are things a lot better now?  And relieved that the BH contractions have really slowed down.

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