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Pregnancy #3: 9 Months

28 Feb

It’s the home stretch, baby! I’m 36.5 weeks along and ready to DO THIS THING!IMG_7166OB Appointments

I’m going every week now. At my appointment this past Tuesday, my doctor verified that Jellybean is head down (yay!) and swabbed me for Group B Strep. Since my labors with Emma and Annabelle were so similar, I’m pretty much expecting the same thing this time around (though who knows, Jellybean could surprise me!): positive for Group B Strep, water breaks in bed, lack of natural contractions leads to Pitocin, labor happens slow and steady (with Emma, my labor was 12 hours; Annabelle, 8). This time, though, if labor is slow (as in, I have time to get pain meds), I’m planning to get an epidural with just half the meds to start — enough to take the edge off but still let me feel what’s happening. I didn’t get an epidural with Annabelle and was so absolutely exhausted by the time she was born, I felt almost delirious. And then to start taking care of a newborn and 2 other kids? :\

Symptoms

I’m still tired but my daily naps really help. My main complaints at this point are just a general feeling of heaviness/whale-like-ness, acid reflux, and Braxton Hicks. Holy cow, the Braxton Hicks. It’s hard to appreciate them when they do nothing in the way of dilation. But my doctor said that Jellybean’s head is low, so maybe I have Braxton Hicks to thank for that (my doctor with Emma said they helped with that). They’re mostly just uncomfortable, but some of them are actually a little painful, and I get them a lot at night, which sometimes limits my sleep positions.

As for acid reflux, I’ve been taking Zantac morning and night, and that has helped some, but not taken care of it. My doctor said I could take Tums at the same time, and I did notice a difference when taking Zantac before dinner, as opposed to afterward (now I just need to remember to do that).

I’ve gained about 25-30 pounds so far.

Clothes

After seeing their ads pop up on Instagram a bunch, I bought a couple of dresses from Wren & Ivory that work now for maternity, and can be worn after baby comes too. So far, I am very impressed with them! The fabric is super soft, they both fit well, and they wash well too. I bought the Liza Floral Faux Wrap in Mauve and the Floral Maxi with a Twist in RavenIMG_7035I’ve also continued my quest for maternity leggings and ordered these under-the-belly ones from Amazon, and love them. They don’t attract dog hair like magnets, they haven’t pilled at all even after washing, and I can wear them even after baby comes! I’m planning to buy a couple more pairs. I also ordered these maternity leggings but ended up returning them because the top elastic around the belly was a little too thick and tight at this stage of pregnancy, and I’d also rather spend my money on something I can wear even after baby comes.

Food & Cravings

Probably my biggest craving during the last month has been cereal–specifically Honey Bunches of Oats with Strawberries and Honey Nut Cheerios–and glasses of milk (especially when eating PB&J mixed in oatmeal). I’ve also been digging canned mandarin oranges (but I have always loved these), grapes, and blackberries. I just realized during this pregnancy how much I love blackberries. I can polish off a pint on my own in one sitting.

Exercise

I’ve pretty much thrown in the towel at this point. Just picking up the girls’ messes every day is plenty. I’m looking forward to getting back into running outside this spring though, and would love to train for a race, but that depends on how good of a sleeper Jellybean is.

Nesting

As much as I would love to have Jellybean’s nursery perfectly organized and ready for him to make his debut, I know it’s an exercise in futility because of the girls. They get into eve. ry. thing. So we hung a couple things on the wall, bought some diapers that are being stored in the closet, organized baby clothes in the makeshift bookshelf dresser, and are calling it good. #thirdkid

We focused more of our energy on other house projects. We finally finished redoing our master bedroom–only took us 9 months. We bought a bedroom set and painted last July, I replaced our lamps and comforter at Christmastime, and we finally got things hung on the wall and curtains + rod replaced in the past couple of weeks. I’m planning to do a separate post on our bedroom soon.IMG_7173We also made a playhouse for the girls under our stairs. The previous owners left a giant TV behind that was built into the wall. When we got rid of the TV, we had a giant hole to deal with. It stayed like that for oh, about 2 years, until I finally had the idea to just close the hole off with a homemade chalkboard. Easier than sheetrocking (which is our long-term plan, to be done at an unknown time in the future), but better than nothing. We turned the spot they had used for a DVD player and stereo into the kid door (there’s a real door too), added plexiglass to the speaker hole, and added some trim to the outside wall to make it look like a house. We painted the inside bright pink and bright purple (the girls’ choices), added some wall stickers and battery-operated lights from Costco, and three weeks later, voila! A playhouse. IMG_6209IMG_6315IMG_6565IMG_6863IMG_6866IMG_6870IMG_6878And that’s pretty much it for 9 months!

Pregnancy Update: 36 Weeks

11 Mar

20130310_081947Only 4 weeks left until my due date!

Surprisingly, I’m still feeling pretty good. It’s hard to bend over, get up, walk or stand for long but not impossible. Sleep is hit or miss, but has been mostly decent lately. My hips usually end up hurting by the morning (so I can’t sleep in), I get up to pee twice a night, and my inner thigh pain can tend to flare up. But during the day, I feel pretty good. It takes me a couple of hours and a cup of coffee to feel alive in the morning, but by the afternoon and evening, I feel pretty energetic. I even cooked a real dinner most nights last week! That hasn’t happened in quite some time. And now that it’ll be light outside after work, hopefully I’ll get some more exercise in.

The most uncomfortable things at this point are that sometimes my belly feels really heavy so I have to sit down or stop moving around. And I’ve still been having a ton of Braxton Hicks contractions. One night, I even timed them and they were anywhere from 5-20 minutes apart for several hours. I asked my doctor about it this morning and he said that irregular contractions help the baby’s head drop down into the pelvis – and that is exactly what has happened. He said that is making progress! He also said that at this point, they aren’t concerned if the contractions end up being the real thing.

We were able to have my baby shower last Saturday after all. As seems to happen with all Colorado snowstorms, we only got about 40% of what they were actually predicting, and it was so warm that none of the snow even stuck to the main roads. I’ll post about the shower separately, but it was a great time! I have awesome friends.

Travis and I are almost done decorating the nursery and after our Target run yesterday, we only have the stroller and breastfeeding pillow left to buy. I also scheduled our ‘meet the doctor’ appointment with the pediatrician and our carseat inspection, washed baby clothes and blankets, organized the nursery and found out that our health insurance will indeed cover my breast pump 100% (thanks Amy for that tip!). That pretty much takes care of all the “must do before baby comes” items on my to-do list, which is a great feeling! I see some nights on the couch in my future. Gotta bum it up while I can.

One other weird thing – if I burp after drinking coffee, it tastes like tuna. And I haven’t eaten tuna in months. …?

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My workouts last week:

M: 15 min walk

W: 15 min walk

F: 20 min walk

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Symptoms: Braxton Hicks, mild swelling, hip/inner thigh pain at night, heaviness, back pain and feeling out of breath after standing for a while

Cravings: Wendy’s, chocolate

Emotions: Excitement, exhaustion, incredulity, tiny bit of nervousness

Weight Gained: ~30 lbs total (at my appt this morning, they said I had lost 2 lbs, and I forgot to weigh myself at home, so I’m not sure)

Rings on or off: Off

Belly button in or out: Just flat, I don’t think it’s going to ‘pop’

Stretch marks: Just the one right above my belly button, where I had it pierced back in the day

Baby purchases this week: A few more clothes, changing pad, diaper pail refills, baby book, letter E for the nursery

What I Miss: Painting my own toenails, laying on my back, having a bigger wardrobe, being able to wear the cute trends in the stores

Best moment this past week: My baby shower with friends!

Looking forward to: Our ‘babymoon’ next weekend! (Details to come)