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Thirty-six Weeks Pregnant

This week’s update is a bit late because, even though most of the week was pretty good, the weekend was a bit rough. I spent the week continuing to get ready for the baby. Technically, the baby could come as early as this Saturday and not be considered premature anymore. So we have most things ready.

Now that I’m officially four weeks from my due date, I’ve been thinking a little more about immediate preparations for childbirth. I mean, I finished my Hypnobabies course a couple weeks ago and have been keeping up with my daily maintenance practice, and I talked last week about packing my hospital bag. But I’ve also decided to start eating lots of dates. I’ll talk about it more later in the week, but supposedly eating dates in the month before childbirth can make things easily. So I’ve been experimenting with some new recipes.

We also had a prenatal meeting with our doula this weekend, which was nice. We went over our birth preferences (pretty minimal, to be honest) and then she went over some materials about birth and postpartum care. It was good to connect and discuss things with her. I had noticed my anxiety about childbirth creeping up again, but it helped to discuss things with the doula.

How I’m Feeling:

Well, as I hinted at, I mostly felt pretty good. The weather meant I was a little less active than I could have been, but I got some stuff done around the house, which was nice. I did take an extra work-from-home day on Wednesday because I had a headache, but it was probably related to the weather and the snow we got on Thursday.

But then, Saturday happened. I’d been having some indigestion and heartburn for a while, and I thought the weather was aggravating my asthma because I’d had a nagging cough.

It turns out, a nagging dry cough can also be a symptom of acid reflux.

Well, Dan and I went for a walk Saturday afternoon and got a late lunch at our favorite fish place. I think the fries and spicy mayo pushed me over the edge and I spent most of the evening in agony, until I finally decided to send Dan to the store for Zantac. Tums just weren’t cutting it.

Well, not only did the Zantac take the edge off my heartburn almost immediately, but my cough cleared up! So now I’m feeling better, but it took most of the weekend to get there.

Current Cravings: chocolate cake, eggs and avocados

Exercise: 2.5 average miles/day walking, yoga once

Fruit/Vegetable Comparison: Papaya

Other posts this week:

On Packing My Hospital Bag

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Thirty-five Weeks Pregnant

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I’m continuing to gear up for my due date. This past week, I worked on getting together all the things I’ll need for my hospital go bag. I also started stocking up on snacks, especially Larabars because next week I’m going to start pushing dates in preparation for giving birth.

Tuesday, I voted! I opted to go before work, even though I know it’s busier then, because I knew that if there happened to be a wait in the evening, I would be feeling rougher. As it was, I waited in line for about 20 minutes, but it wasn’t a problem because I was fresh. The volunteers at the polling place even offered me a chair twice and I turned them down because I honestly had no problem standing!

Thursday, I had my 34-week check in with the doctor. My fundal height is right on track and baby was moving around a lot while the doctor used the Doppler. And the doctor verified that I’d gotten a lot of housekeeping done — preregistering with the hospital, taking a birth class, etc. And I got to make a trip to Trader Joe’s near my doctor’s office for some treats afterwards!

I also ordered my breast pump through insurance. It was a surprisingly simple process, probably made quicker by the fact that my insurance gives me the choice between manual or electric in one brand. Well, I went with electric. It took three minutes to order over the phone and I was told it would come within 14 days. It came two days later. So I feel pretty set on that front.

We got most of our cleaning done in the bedroom and set it up for the baby to share our room with us. We’re not doing a separate nursery, but our nursery corner is pretty much set up, and I’ve cleaned up enough on my side of the bed to put the bassinet next to me.

All in all, it’s been a pretty productive week!

How I Feel:

Well, for most of the week, I’ve had good energy and really felt good. Unfortunately, that took a bit of a turn Friday night, when I started having some tummy troubles, and continued into Saturday with on and off indigestion making me feel slightly ill.

I’ve officially stopped going to barre class, and I did celebrate a little by taking it easy for a few days, but I’ve tried to maintain my yoga practice a little better this week. I did manage to get in two sessions this week, and next week I’ll try to do a little more. I will say that actually doing my yoga has really helped my general aches and cricks feel better. That said, not going to the gym in the morning has made many of my mornings much more relaxed!

Babywise, I can tell baby is running out of room. Movements are much stretchier and I can feel baby moving at opposite ends of my body at the same time. Dan is thrilled with how much baby moves around, though I could do with a little less punching to the ribs and bladder.

Current Cravings: Nothing specific

Exercise: 2.9 average miles/day walking, yoga twice

Fruit/Vegetable Comparison: Pineapple

Posts This Week:

Hypnobabies Self-Study Course: Week Six Recap

Autumn Maternity Wear Update

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Thirty-four Weeks Pregnant

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More milestones this week! This week, we actually made our first purchase for the baby. We bought our travel system (car seat and stroller) and an extra car seat base. Technically, since we have a bassinet and a lot of clothes from friends, this was the only thing that it was absolutely crucial for us to buy before the baby came (they don’t let you take the baby home without a proper car seat). We also made a trip to Ikea to get a little furniture for the baby. We’re not doing a full nursery right away because the baby will be sleeping in our room for the first several months, at least, but we do need something to serve as both storage and a changing surface, and I wanted to get a chair to use for nursing upstairs.

We opted for a nice padded wing chair with an ottoman in a rather loud floral design because it felt nicer to sit on than the sleeker, less expensive chair we initially had thought we’d buy. Luckily, the wing chair is not much larger than the sleeker chair, and it already fits nicely into the corner of our room. Interestingly enough, Ikea even had a staged bedroom with a crib next to a queen-sized bed, so that was a nice way to see how our room might look later on. Even more fortunately, we were able to find a friend to help us move the boxes in from the car, as I realized I couldn’t help Dan get things inside and upstairs.

Thirty-four weeks is making things start to seem a lot more real. I’m finishing up my Hypnobabies self-study course this week and entering “maintenance mode.” We have basically everything we need for the first few weeks of baby. Over the next week, I’m going to order what I want to get for my hospital bag and pack that next weekend. I don’t feel frantic or like “we’re not ready,” at least logistically. But it’s a little intimidating to think about how much our life is going to change in not too long. Technically, the baby could come in three weeks and not be considered that early.

How I Feel:

I’m mostly just getting bigger and dealing with all the repercussions of that. I’m having a little more back pain, and noticing that I need to support myself more consistently when I sleep. I’m definitely sleeping worse again, and part of that is just because it’s getting harder to get and stay comfortable while I sleep. My belly definitively gets in the way now when I’m trying to put on leggings, tights, or shoes. And I’m finding it harder and harder to bend over to reach things on the floor. Even the cat has learned that she needs to come up on the stairs or on a table if she wants pets from me.

This week was also my last week of barre classes. I’m actually still enjoying the classes themselves, but getting out of the house that early to make it to a 7am class has gotten harder. Things just take me longer. And sleeping poorly means that 5:30am feels a bit more difficult every time I need to get up. So I decided to cancel my gym membership for November instead of trying to go through November. But I still want to keep up my fitness as much as I can, so I’ve looked up some prenatal Pilates and barre workouts on YouTube to see if I can do a little something on the days I would normally go to barre. And, of course, I want to get back into the habit of doing my yoga.

Finally, I’ve managed to do something awful to my left shoulder. After suffering from a migraine with aura earlier this week (the doctor was unconcerned and it faded in about 24 hours), I was on high alert for potentially worrying symptoms, so at least I managed to injure my left shoulder, rather than the right, which could be mistaken for a serious issue. I believe it was a delayed soreness from carrying my gym back on Wednesday, so hopefully that will not be a problem again. After one sleepless night unable to get comfortable with my aching shoulder, I hope it’s as on the mend as it seems to be.

Current Cravings: Korean food, chocolate pudding

Exercise: 3.1 average miles/day walking, barre twice, yoga once

Fruit/Vegetable Comparison: Butternut squash

 

This Week’s Posts:

Hypnobabies Self-Study Course: Week Five Recap

Pregnancy Cravings: Tea and Cake

 

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Thirty-three Weeks Pregnant

Celery: Septoria apii (late blight)

Still going, moving through the home stretch. The baby shower is done and we’re moving into the final months of the pregnancy. This week was my second-to-last week of barre classes, as I’ve decided to cancel my gym membership starting in November. I’m still enjoying classes, but I’m finding it harder to get out of the house early enough and the extra 10-15 minutes of walking with a heavy gym bag is getting to be a bit much.

This week was also Dan’s birthday. We had a pretty low-key evening, but I didn’t want the day to go completely unrecognized (especially since right around this time last year wasn’t so great for us). So I made tacos (his favorite dinner) and got him a coffee siphon that he’d been eyeing. He’s excited to try it out, but we had a bit of an eventful weekend and didn’t have time to go out and get fuel for it.

His parents and family friend visited this week because they weren’t able to make it to the shower last weekend. We had a lovely lunch with them at a local restaurant, and then came back to our house for tea and cake. I actually made a delicious Harvest Cake, based on a recipe from Nourished Kitchen, along with decaf Earl Grey and a home-blended spice tea. I’ll probably share my recipes for the spice tea and cake later this week, so stay tuned.

How I Feel:

I’m definitely starting to feel “big.” I’m starting to feel the baby interfering with various organs, particularly my lungs. When I called my mother earlier, she was surprised to hear me huffing and puffing a bit on a relatively easy walk to work. And I had a talk with the doctor at my appointment this week about my asthma, since pregnancy can make that worse. So far, I haven’t even needed to use my regular inhaler, but I’ve definitely started keeping it with me.

My sleeping patterns haven’t really improved, though I’ve tried to be better about getting into bed earlier at least. I still wake up either with hip pain from sleeping on my side, or just from dry sinuses or general hormones. I usually wake up around 4 or 5, which makes it difficult to get back to sleep in time to actually get more sleep before my alarm goes off around 5:30 or 6.

Finally, I’ve continued to be remiss in my yoga practice, mostly because I tend to prioritize my self-hypnosis practice over yoga when I have down time. But I need to get back into the habit of working out on my own for when I stop going to barre next month.

Current Cravings: Chocolate pudding, pizza

Exercise: 2.8 average miles/day walking, barre twice, yoga once

Fruit/Vegetable Comparison: Celery

Posts This Week:

Hypnobabies Self-Study Course: Week Four Recap

Baby Shower Recap!

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Baby Shower Recap!

I had my baby shower this weekend! We was so lucky to have some wonderful hosts and a great group of friends and family to help us celebrate. When I talked to my good friend about a shower, the only things I stipulated were that it needed to be co-ed and include my husband, and that we couldn’t be forced to play typical shower games (no candy in diapers for me, thanks). But since my husband and I are both board game enthusiasts, she and my mother decided to go with a games theme for the party. They had it in a local liquor store, which sounds odd, but the store also has a really lovely little bistro at which we’ve met often for lunches.

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It was really nice to have absolutely nothing to do with planning the party. Dan and I showed up about 15 minutes before the official start time, and brought some gifts that had been sent ahead. Sadly, his parents and sisters couldn’t make it because of scheduling difficulties, so we made sure to bring their gifts (and we’re having his parents over this weekend to celebrate privately!). The room was lovely, with round tables set up. The theme was apparent in the vintage board games used as centerpieces for each table. While they were mostly for decoration, the Scrabble table decided to get into the spirit and play a bit while we were eating, drinking, and socializing.

My mother and friend did a fantastic job of choosing a varied menu for the light buffet of snacks. We had wings, flatbread pizzas, empanadas, and jalapeno-corn poppers, along with crudite, cheese, crackers, and hummus. Even my vegan friend had a big plate of food. And then my friend, who is a fantastic baker, made homemade cupcakes. She made Earl Grey cupcakes (of course!) filled with lemon curd and frosted with an Earl Grey lemon frosting, chocolate cupcakes filled with raspberry and frosted with chocolate frosting, and carrot cakes filled with salted caramel and topped with cream cheese frosting. Plus, she made vegan cupcakes with cookies-and-cream frosting so that the vegans wouldn’t feel left out!

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After enjoying some food and drinks (water for me!), Dan and I settled in to open the mountain of generous gifts our friends gave us. In addition to our registry, the invitation asked that people bring books from their childhoods to pass along to our child. It was such a lovely nostalgic trip to open some of these books, which I remember from my own childhood. Dan and I are both voracious readers, and hopefully this will help us start a library for the new baby to instill that love in them.

It was a thoroughly wonderful afternoon and we were touched by the excitement and support of our friends. Plus, the gifts have helped us feel just a bit more ready for the arrival of our baby in about two months! Once again, it feels like a threshold that we’ve crossed, moving into the final stages of pregnancy and preparing for the transition to parenthood. Of course we’ll make it with a little help from our friends.

Photos courtesy of Kristofer Northrup

Third Trimester, Weeklies

Thirty-two Weeks Pregnant

The First Yellow Squash is Tempting Me

Less than two months until my “due” date and it’s been quite a week. Today is my baby shower, so I’ve spent a fair amount of this week getting emails from Babylist that my guests are doing some last-minute shopping (hey, why do you think I put so much stuff from Amazon on my registry?) and sneaking a peek at what’s being bought. I’m excited for the shower later today, and I’ll definitely share a recap of that in its own post.

We also had an informational session with a pediatrician so we could decide if we wanted to name them as our preferred pediatrician and finally pre-register for our birth at the hospital. I really liked the group session atmosphere rather than having a private appointment because I could take advantage of all the other parents asking questions rather than feeling on the spot to ask them myself.

So I spent the rest of the week taking care of more logistics, registering at the hospital and checking on insurance stuff. Glamorous stuff. But next week should be more fun, since I’m finally going to start shopping for myself once the shower is done!

Oh, and I found a box of Count Chocula when I went to Target for some necessities.

How I’m Feeling:

I continue to get bigger. I continue to feel the baby trying to bust out of my belly directly. I actually thought I had a pulled ab muscle or something because I had this little uncomfortable knot in the center of my belly right above my navel that would come and go. And then I realized it moved. Like, on its own. So I’m pretty sure it’s a foot (it’s about the right size and I know the baby was head-down at my 30-week scan). So that was fun. It also hurts to laugh too hard, which I guess is a good thing to know because it means I’ve laughed a lot this week?

My indigestion continues to get worse day by day, but I’m learning how to deal with it. And I’m working on keeping myself full of small, healthy snacks, and plenty of water.

I also decided that this month would be my last month at the gym. I’m finding it harder and harder to get up for 7am weekday classes and I don’t have the motivation to go downtown on the weekends. The classes themselves still feel great, but I’m noticing a waning of energy as it takes more effort to just carry 30 extra pounds around with me every day. So I’ve cancelled my gym membership and I’m going to try to find some prenatal pilates exercises to supplement my yoga and walking at home.

Basically, I’m starting to feel more of the nagging complaints — soreness in my hips, shortness of breath, heartburn, etc. — that will probably continue to creep up for the rest of my pregnancy, but all in all, I’m doing pretty well. I’ve actually realized that I’m having a pretty easy pregnancy, now that my nausea is pretty much gone.

Current Cravings: chocolate cake/pudding, a bagel with cream cheese

Exercise: 2.9 average miles/day walking, barre once

Fruit/Vegetable Comparison: Summer squash

Other Posts This Week:

Hypnobabies Self-Study Course: Week Three Recap

Learning to Love My Body

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Thirty-one Weeks Pregnant

Random observation this week: The most unexpected people smile at me when I’m on the street now. Not like a creepy, hitting-on-you smile, but a “seeing you made me feel happy” kind of smile. It’s kind of strange, but oddly nice. I don’t get a lot of smiles from strangers, probably because I have a fairly serious resting face, and it’s nice to notice a side effect of pregnancy on my interactions with strangers that isn’t about them disrespecting boundaries.

Well, I started out this week by getting another bad cold. Sunday was a very not-fun day and I was particularly glad I’d gotten the shopping done the day before. Monday, I stayed home, even though I didn’t have a holiday like my husband. Tuesday, I had to go back to normal life. Tuesday, Dan also came down with the same cold, so it feels like we spent most of the week collectively recovering from the cold. And then Thursday, I had my 30-week growth ultrasound. I was a little nervous because this is often the first point at which doctors want to point out that your baby is trending big.

Baby is pretty much right on track, measuring about average in estimated weight, though with a rather large head. And baby has hair! It was the first thing the ultrasound tech said when she started the scan. Also, 3D ultrasound is kind of cool. Oh, and since they’re estimating the weight of the baby, I’ve started thinking about the baby’s size in terms of fractions of our cat’s weight. Baby is currently about 40% of our cat’s weight.

Finally, the big news of the week is that we finally got some autumn weather! After complaining about the persistence of summer on Tea Leaves and Tweed and having a truly dismal day on Thursday, the weather cooled off considerably on Friday and Saturday it was cool enough for a lovely walk around the lake in the gorgeous weather. I’m hoping this makes it easier to do my walking as I move away from going to the gym as much (or at all).

How I’m Feeling:

Well, I was sick Sunday and Monday, and recovering Tuesday. So I didn’t feel great. But other than having a cold, I’ve been feeling okay. My belly continues to grow and I’m noticing still more indigestion/heartburn. I actually had to take a Tums in the middle of the day the other day!

I’m also noticing that my belly is putting stress on my back more when I walk. I bought a support belt and wore it once to walk to work, but I think I’m going to have to make that a more regular occurrence if I’m going to keep walking.

I’ve also had more trouble sleeping this week for some reason. Part of it is that I’m noticing more stress on my hip bones while sleeping on my side, which wakes me up in the middle of the night, but I’m also just finding myself waking up between 4 and 4:30 in the morning and being unable to fall back asleep… until about 6 when I need to get up for work anyway. I actually averaged a whole hour less of sleep per night this week than the night before. Consequently, I’ve developed a subtle twitch in one of my eyes, so I’m striving to mend my sleep habits before I notice too many more adverse effects.

Current Cravings: a bagel with cream cheese (seriously, I stopped at a Dunkin’ Donuts and got a bagel with cream cheese on my way home the other day because I just could not stop thinking about it)

Exercise: 2.1 average miles/day walking, barre once, yoga once

Fruit/Vegetable Comparison: a bunch of asparagus (or nearly half a cat)

Other Posts This Week:

Hypnobabies Self-Study Course: Week Two Recap

Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month