Thursday, December 31, 2009

28 weeks! (well more now...)

Here is me in La Push, Washington, at 28 weeks pregnant. It was the day after Christmas and so beautiful, sunny and warm! We got in some exercise and Dave and I were able to get our ocean fix. It's hard moving from someplace right next to the ocean to a city where the biggest body of water is the river.

See, I told you it was warm! No coat!

Anyway, after we got back from our Christmas vacation, I had my 28 week midwife appointment. Baby was difficult again and wouldn't let Nancy get his heartbeat on the fetascope or the doppler! She did get a heart rate from his umbilical cord (which sounds very whooshy on the doppler). She said she likes to establish a baseline for his heart rate so that during labor, she'll know what is normal for him.

I had to get my finger pricked to check my hemoglobin and even though my blood pressure was a little high, she said she can tell that my blood volume has increased from the hemoglobin drop.

From here until 36 weeks, I will be meeting with Nancy every two weeks! I can't even believe we are going to be 30 weeks pregnant at the next appointment!

Well, there is more to write but that will have to wait. We got TONS of stuff for baby recently and I'd like to get some pictures of some of it to go along with the next post. We'll see how I do considering our home computer it being difficult.

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

26 weeks!

I'm 26 weeks and 3 days pregnant! Less than 100 days until my due date. I keep telling myself to not get too stuck on that date... I want this baby to bake as long as he needs to so a specific date will not help me relax if I go past that. But, it's hard when I have a little ticker on my Facebook page telling me how many days I have left!

So, as you can see, the belly is getting bigger! Little boy moves around like crazy- usually when I'm laying down. When I lay down for the night, he starts kicking and poking. If I get up during the night, he'll kick a little bit when I lay back down. And then, in the morning, after Dave wakes me up, he'll start kicking until I get up.
He'll sometimes kick during the day while I'm at my desk. Yesterday, I'd been typing in ads and hadn't been talking much. When I answered the phone, he started kicking. I'm telling myself it's because he liked hearing my voice. :)
It's only 10 days until Christmas! Dave and I will be bringing back tons of baby stuff from my sisters' houses. Tubs of clothes, a swing and a dresser for baby. As well as anything else they decide they want to get rid of!
While finishing up our Christmas shopping this weekend we browsed the baby sections. There were SO many cute outfits that I was tempted to buy. But, I'm telling myself that once we get all the hand me down clothes here, we'll go through them and then figure out what things we are missing- if he needs a coat/ body suit for the first few cold months, socks, long sleeved shirts, pants, etc. And I need to get myself in the mind set of buying second hand. I should go to Goodwill/ Salvation Army/ St. Vincent's first and then the baby consignment stores in town before going to real stores. It will be cheaper and it is eco friendly to reuse instead of buy new!
And, I've decided to get a crib. We are going to copy my younger sister and take one side off and put it at the same level and right up against our bed. We tend to use up all our bed space, so this way he'll have his own space but he'll be right there for breastfeeding, soothing, diaper changes, etc. So, we are going to check out a baby resale store in town that I know has cribs and then just buy a new mattress. If he was going to be in a separate room while sleeping, I would prefer a new crib, but since he'll only be in it while we are in the room, a second hand one doesn't worry me.
I think that's everything for now... I'm reading the book Active Birth right now. Trying to make sure to get yoga and stretching in every day. I would walk as well, but it's hard when it's icy and snowy outside.

Monday, December 7, 2009

25 weeks!

Well, I am 25 weeks and 2 days! Only 103 days until my due date... So crazy!

Dave and I are SO excited about this baby. It seriously is amazing to be experiencing this pregnancy and expecting this little boy. It sometimes feels like that's all we can talk about- our future with this little one, how much he's going to change our lives and how much we are looking forward to it.

He was really quiet in there last week, well, except for at my midwife appointment. He kicked something fierce while she was trying to listen to his heartbeat.

So, here's my most recent belly picture. We were driving back from Spokane and decided to stop and take an outside picture while we still had some light. It was FREEZING and very windy.

This week baby is already kicking more than last week. I feel little pokes all the time it seems. I love it... I sometimes get worried when I don't feel him for a while. Thankfully if I bother him enough, he usually responds with a kick. I just tell him that I'm worrying about him and he should get used to it. I'm sure I'll worry about him for the rest of my life!

Oh, and I guess I'll do that little pregnancy survey that I keep forgetting:

How far along: 25 weeks, 2 days

Total weight gain: Unknown, though when I was weighed before my ultrasound, I weighed less than I thought I would so I guess it's not too bad!

Maternity clothes?: Every day! At least for pants. I can still wear some of my longer shirts over the maternity tank tops I got at Target- which I LOVE and will probably still wear when I'm no longer pregnant. It's so hard to find long tank tops and these are perfect! I have actually outgrown one pair of maternity pants... so, I need to go shopping and get a bigger size apparently.

Sleep: It's not bad. I wake up at least once to pee and a few other times to change positions. Also, I've had some VERY weird dreams- the other night's were the worst horror/ monster filled ones. I would dream about it a little, wake up and think how gross it was, fall back asleep and dream the next scene! SO annoying!

Best moment this week: Hmm... Feeling him move is still the best thing!

Movement: Lots of it the past two days! I was leaning against the counter yesterday and he kicked good and hard. He does not like things pushing into his space apparently!

Food cravings: Sugar, sugar, sugar and doughnuts... but I haven't been eating them because I'm not supposed to. The midwife has me on a modified diet- cutting out refined sugar and white flour is supposed to help prevent yeast infections. So, I've been suffering without... I'm trying to find good substitutes for sweet things, it's not working out too well.

Gender: Boy!

Labor signs: None, though I think I may have experienced Braxton Hicks contractions already.

Belly button in or out: Still in but MUCH shallower now. I also discovered that I have a birth mark inside my belly button that I've never been able to see before now. Weird, huh?

What I miss: Sugar!

What I'm looking forward to: Him being here! I know it's still a long ways away and I know it's best for him to be in there the full 40 weeks, but man, it's hard to wait to meet him!

Weekly wisdom: When you talk about how much you want something you can't have, it makes you want it more!

Milestones: No new ones really. Well, except that we are passed the viability point in pregnancy. That's when, theoretically, with the right medical care, baby could survive outside the womb.

Finally! Another post... It's Christmas time!

So, my husband and I went looking at Christmas trees yesterday. It was about 10 degrees outside and blowing like crazy. SO COLD! The cheapest tree we could find was $35 and still too big for our living room. We decided to wait on it and ran to the store to grab a few things before heading home.

Well, I saw this tiny Italian pine tree there for $4. So, I decided to go with a living Christmas tree this year. Granted, we won't be able to fit many ornaments on it, but then, we don't have many! I'll just hang a string of lights around the sliding glass door behind it and we'll be all set with Christmas decorations. After Christmas I'll plant it in a bigger pot and keep it with the rest of my plants. Hopefully it will survive the year and we'll have a little bit bigger tree for next Christmas!

Sunday, December 6, 2009

A few things I've made for baby

The dragon is something I've been working on for a while and finally finished. He's adorable and now I just need to make a little knight that can fight with him. I ran out of the light colored green yarn so I used a darker color and just did spots of the light green on them. I actually prefer it that way to one color.
The vest I knitted in about three days- over a weekend though, so I had lots of time to work on it. It's adorable and I can't wait to put it on him. I found some white yarn that is SO soft in my stash while I was organizing and I'm making another one for him. I figure he can wear it over his colored long sleeve shirts! I skipped the buttons on the gray one but I think I'll put buttons on the white one.