36 (+5) weeks

How Far Along: 36 weeks and 5 days. 23 days until due date.

How Big is Baby: Baby is now the size of a large cantaloupe. Average size is 19 inches and 6 pounds.

Gender: I still can’t tell you… we are keeping it a secret! From everyone. Except for each other.

Baby’s Milestones This Week: gaining .5 pounds a week, getting fatter,

Total Weight Gain: 23 pounds. Yikes!

Who We’ve Told About the Pregnancy: No one is in the dark

Maternity Clothes: Yes and now skirts, moo-moo’s (kidding)

Stretch Marks: No new marks yet

Sleep: not wonderful

Best Moment of the Week: getting our car seat and stroller in the mail. Woohoo this is real now! We also finished the nursery last weekend. I’ll have to post photos later.

Food Cravings: Not really any specific cravings. I still like chocolate…

Food Aversions: none.

Symptoms: a ton of movement. Baby was head down and laying sideways, then head down spine on my spine, then back to sideways, so who knows what he or she is doing now. I can feel the head which is neat and creepy.

Labor Signs: No, but I would begin to welcome them in a couple weeks. I just don’t know how it is going to fit out…

Belly Button In or Out: In, so I bet it is staying in. It is a bit more tight them before and resembles a star.

Wedding Rings On or Off: Off, which I actually feel sad about. I did not want to have to take it off ever.

Mood: good! I haven’t had any mood swings. M can verify that!

Movement: a ton!

What I’m Looking Forward To: Getting back to work on Monday!

What I Miss: Wine!

My job – Teachers in B.C. have been on strike since mid june, and rotating strike since may. This means I have not had a pay check since early June. We have been out all month picketing and finally, finally today we have a deal that we will be voting on tomorrow. If the vote is a yes then we can get back to work. It better be a yes….. Anyways, some people might think I am crazy but if we go back monday and I work on my due date I can get 3 weeks of work in before I take the year off. In addition M and I have had some discussions about splitting mat leave. I take off October – June or July, and she takes off July – October and I go back to work in September. That way we could have a bit of the summer off together. Honestly, that is what we would do if I hadn’t missed these months of pay. I have no idea how we will make our mortgage and put away a savings to have the summer off together. And pay for a baby. Oh well, it all has to work out! Also, mat leave is currently back logged to 8 weeks before it gets reviewed. Yikes, that is another 2 months with no pay. Should fall right at Christmas…. Lucky.

We went for our 35 week scan to check the heart. All came back clear. We got a very cute photo of baby waving. I will post it below. Cute right? :)

We are getting a bit more excited. It is a very strange thing to have something growing in your belly that you can’t see…

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33 weeks

How Far Along: 33 weeks today. 49 days to go!

How Big is Baby: Baby is now the size of a honeydew

Gender: I still can’t tell you… we are keeping it a secret! From everyone. Except for each other.

Baby’s Milestones This Week: gaining .5 pounds a week.

Total Weight Gain: 20 pounds. Yikes!

Who We’ve Told About the Pregnancy: No one is in the dark

Maternity Clothes: Yes, I feel huge!.

Stretch Marks: No new marks yet

Sleep: not awesome anymore. I pee about 8 times a night and my carpal tunnel has turned into a nightmare. The pain is keeping me up .

Best Moment of the Week: realizing we are under 50 days!

Food Cravings: Not really any cravings. I do like chocolate though. Skor bits are what I have been dreaming about but have yet to have for fear I will eat the whole bag.

Food Aversions: none.

Symptoms: Lots of kicks, feeling a bit umcomfortable, belly growth, feeling a desire to be ready for baby.

Labor Signs: No!

Belly Button In or Out: In but looks funny. It kinda has a veiny ring below the surface around it.

Wedding Rings On or Off: Off, which I actually feel sad about. I did not want to have to take it off ever.

Mood: good! I haven’t had any mood swings. M can verify that!

Movement: this morning baby had hiccups. He/she likes to swim around in my tummy.

What I’m Looking Forward To: Having baby here and being on mat leave. I am really getting stressed about work as now it appears we will be striking all September. I have no idea how we will make our mortgage .

What I Miss: Wine!

Nesting: Yesterday I had a great idea to clean the baseboards. That lasted about 20 minutes before I gave up. I am nervous that we don’t have all the essentials. We have some cloth diapers but no newborn or size 1’s. We have no wipes or soothers or coming home outfits. We don’t have any diaper cream or nipple pads. We don’t have any bottles. But I don’t know if we need them, well we do so m can feed too but what kind do I buy? Ahh

A few weeks ago, actually a few months ago we had our 20 week scan. Everything came back normal except for one view of the heart that was obstructed by baby not allowing a good view. The tech checked all outflow and other angles and all looked normal but she had to put in the report she could not verify that angle. After thinking about it often and wondering why we don’t get to see our baby again I asked my midwife to allow us to go in for a brief ultrasound to check this. She sent off the forms. I feel like I will be disappointed as I know they won’t really let us see the baby,but I also feel,hopeful that if there is anything out of the ordinary we will get a heads up. Did I mention my 5’0 100 pound grandma just told me she birthed 10 pound babies. So I feel like if he or she is unusually large, they will see it. :)

Im on the hunt for an exercise ball to sit on to help out my back.

My carpal tunnel has gotten worse. Please someone tell me you know of a cure? I cannot imagine 7 more weeks.

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Baby living the life!

So this last weekend baby got to go to two massive concerts. Both for free. We lucked out. Someone passed along free tickets to lady gaga as they had won them and couldn’t attend the rescheduled date. It was good. Nothing amazing, nothing terrible. To be honest, the last big concert we went to before was pink and it is just so hard for other artists to compare. I want to go to pink again and again. It was just such an amazing concert. Anyways, back to lady gaga. We were thankful the free tickets were seated as general admission was nuts!

The next night we got passed along wristbands to the Sunday festival in a small town near Vancouver where eminem was headlining. Passes to the concert were 350 each so that was out of the question. Our two friends couldn’t make it so we used their passes. It was really fun to be 35,000 other people. And a mega flashback to high school for me. We really only saw arctic monkeys and eminem as we didn’t want to stand too long. It was fun though. I was amazed at how many people had their babies there with headphones. Who knows, maybe next year we will have to bring ours…

I really want to start posting photos of my belly but need this to be private for work reasons. I might start password protecting some posts soon. I know it makes me feel like I know you all more when I can see photos.

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I hate to complain…

But this pregnancy thing has gone from amazing to kicking my butt! Today we are 32 weeks and hopefully under 8 weeks from meeting out little girl or guy. Some of the new parts of pregnancy introduced this week is tingly fingers that have turned into full on numb/tingly hands. My Midwife said it was carpal tunnel and will likely go away after delivery. You know how annoying it is when you wake up on your arm and you have to wait for it to un tingle? Well this will not go away. I went to the chiro yesterday to fix up my lower back and she did some magic on my neck. Today I had a massage to work on my TMJ and she did some stuff in my armpit and chest to help relieve the pressure in my arms and hands. Tuesday I have acupuncture scheduled, so we will see if any of this helps!

Another new thing that happened just last night was when my top tummy got super rock hard and I felt like I had caught the flu. I ran to the bathroom only to not throw up but to get sweaty and chilly all at once. I decided that it would be best to hop in the shower after about an hour and then I slowly got better. I swear I can notice my stomach is bigger today and I am wondering if it was a growth spurt. Baby moved throughout and after so I did not panic.

One of the notes on my 20 week ultrasound was that they could not get a specific view of the heart. All the other views came back normal so there was no concern. However, I felt a bit uneasy and asked my midwife this week if she thought we should do another one. She said we could and sent off the form. They called today and scheduled us in for September 2nd when we will be 34.5 weeks. Hopefully this lady will let us see the baby a bit more. I hope it is cute! :)

8 weeks to go! or maybe 9 or 10…

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30 weeks (+4)

How Far Along: 30.5 weeks

How Big is Baby: Baby is now the size of a butternut squash

Gender: I still can’t tell you… we are keeping it a secret! From everyone. Except for each other.

Baby’s Milestones This Week: rapidly growing brain pathways

Total Weight Gain: 18 pounds! The weight gain scares me but there is nothing I can do about it

Who We’ve Told About the Pregnancy: No one is in the dark

Maternity Clothes: I have no other option for my top half. I did have some baggy clothes before that fit well not, but pretty much all I can fit into is maternity tops.

Stretch Marks: No new marks yet

Sleep:Pretty good. I have been able to get back to sleep fairly quickly if I wake up. I get up to pee about 5 times a night.

Best Moment of the Week: I have a large family on my mothers side and this weekend we had a family reunion. We had over 120 guests. On the Friday night before the reunion we had a party for my grandparents 60th wedding anniversary. It was great to see all of my family.

Food Cravings: Not really any cravings. I have been thankful my appetite hasn’t increased too much.

Food Aversions: none.

Symptoms: My body is getting sore now. Every morning I wake up with sore feet. In phoenix I got the worst charlie horse of my life and my leg hurt for 4 days!

Labor Signs: No!

Belly Button In or Out: In but looks funny. It kinda has a veiny ring below the surface around it.

Wedding Rings On or Off: Off, which I actually feel sad about. I did not want to have to take it off ever.

Mood: good! I haven’t had any mood swings. I am a tiny bit more emotional at times but not in everyday situations. For example a cat was hit by a car in my town and they posted a tasteful as possible photo on Facebook for the owner to be reached. All these people started posting photos of their fur babies asking if it was there cat. I lost it and couldn’t stop crying for 5 minutes. It was just so sad.

Movement: Baby kicks tons! Our midwife told us what position baby was in so now I know what is kicking where. The head is down and it’s shoulder spine and bum are on my left side and legs and arms reach to my right belly. The midwife took M’s hands and put them just above my pubic bone and she got to cradle the babies head. It’s pretty surreal.

What I’m Looking Forward To: Having baby here and being on mat leave. I am really getting stressed about work as now it appears we will be striking all September. I have no idea how we will make our mortgage .

What I Miss: having a secure job!

Nesting: Baby room is getting closer to being finished. It is painted, has the dresser and crib, we have a swing and bouncer and we decorates the wall above the crib. It has a musical quote “all you need is love” and we surrounded it with home made canvases of our 4 animals in black and white. The wall above the dresser will be little shelves with photos of our family and all the people our baby will get to know. Me and M, our parents, grandparents, aunt and uncle, and cousins.

So we have 9 weeks 3 days to go! Under the double digits. We are happy about that but October 10th still seems so far away. My midwife told me to add 3 weeks onto my due date and then the baby will come early and I won’t be disappointed. I almost told her to F off. Hah! We are happy babies head is down so we are hoping for a smooth non c section delivery. The midwife told us they will not do an episiotomy but will let you tear naturally. They assured me they will freeze before stitching (I’ve never had stitches) but she said she can’t guarantee me the stitching won’t hurt. I am not panicked about labor and delivery yet and I am reassuring myself that it will all be okay. I just need to get M more in board with learning about the stages as labour so she can be a great coach. With the lack of funds we are not able to afford a doula :(.

In other news, we have had the hottest summer I can remember. We normally have a week of brutal heat and the rest is warm but bearable but for about a month we have had hot hot heat. I don’t want to complain but I would belly if it toned down a bit!

Also, 3 of my friends online and in real life have all gotten positives this month after each trying for more then a year. 2014 is a good year!

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26 Weeks!

How Far Along: 26 weeks

How Big is Baby: Baby is now the size of an Eggplant and the length of green onions

Gender: I still can’t tell you… we are keeping it a secret! From everyone. Except for each other.

Baby’s Milestones This Week: Baby can now open and close their eyes.

Total Weight Gain: 14 pounds as of today. Which I guess isn’t that bad since 4 weeks ago it was 10. So 1 pound a week. Hmm. 14 weeks to go.

Who We’ve Told About the Pregnancy: No one is in the dark

Maternity Clothes: I am now in maternity clothes or dresser/skirts. I really do not want to buy too many clothes. In a week we are heading to the U.S. of A. and clothes are much cheaper there so I will probably buy a bit more.

Stretch Marks: No new marks yet

Sleep:Sleep has always sucked for me. Now it sucks even more. I try to sleep on my side and I wake up with sore neck and shoulders. I just can’t quite figure it out yet.

Best Moment of the Week: When I scared the baby with the blender. I make smoothies quite often but had fallen of the wagon for about 4 days. When I turned on the blender yesterday it jumped and started kicking me. M said it was mean – I thought it was hilarious. Another great time is quite often when I haven’t felt the baby kick for a while I will say High 5 and put my hand on my belly. I would say the baby has about a 50% response rate and high 5ing me back. Pretty awesome baby.

Food Cravings: Nothing major except for there was this commercial for KFC that had these fries in them that look like railway tracks. M said they are called waffle fries. In the interior of B.C. they have a restaurant that sells these with cheddar cheese and green onions on top with a yellow sauce for dipping. They are called Pachos. I haven’t had them in many years. I want them so badly. I wish I could have a whole plate full. Problem is that the restaurant is 5 hours away. So I found out something. You cannot recreate them. Also, no grocery store in my town sells those fries. I still want them. Ugh it is so sad.

Food Aversions: none, but I made fish for dinner last week and I swear I can still smell it.

Symptoms: Feeling huge

Labor Signs: No!

Belly Button In or Out: Still in. I No longer wish for it to pop out. I don’t think it is as cute as I fist thought it would be.

Wedding Rings On or Off: On – which is great because today is our 5th wedding anniversary!

Mood: I am always in a pretty good mood. I am now officially off work for the summer. I am watching our good friends child for a few days a week and generally working at M’s work the other days. We are trying to catch up on bills from the missed wages in May and June due to our B.C. teacher strike.

Movement: Lots! This is the biggest change. The little monkey kicks all the time. M can feel it daily. I have been woken up 3 or 4 times and it kicks for about 30 minutes.

What I’m Looking Forward To: Pushing it out. Just kidding! After pushing it out. I don’t know if I am looking forward to this but I really want to know what it’s little face looks like. I find it very weird that I have NO idea what it will look like. M assures me it will be cute, but I jus think it’s so surreal.

What I Miss: Nothing this week.

Nesting: This week we bought our baby dresser and M set it up. Things are starting to come together.

In other news, as I mentioned earlier today is our 5 year wedding anniversary. We are so old now! I waiver between feeling very old at 30 and thinking about how lucky I was to know who I wanted to marry and get married at 25. We have no big plans as the weather has turned a bit rainy. Maybe a nice dinner and movie. We are so Canadian we got married on the 4th of July.

A big concern I have had is obtaining a teaching job (Every year I am temporary) while I am due in early October. I would essentially only be able to work the month of September or less if my Dr. took me off early which seems to happen a lot in elementary school. I went to a few interviews and someone else with more experience got the job. One time I know I was completely equal but they decided on the other candidate. I know my pregnancy and obvious belly played into this. But there is nothing I could do since we are equal. However, last weekend I did get a part time job at my current school. It will be enough to keep my medical for the next year which is what my main goal was. Also, if any other positions come up I can still apply for them and hope for full time. Being a kindergarten teacher and knowing kindergarten parents, unless the family already knows me or likes me, it would be a hard sell starting 8 months pregnant. No one wants their kids first experience in school to be changed for a mat leave.

M and I are heading to Phoenix next Saturday the 12th. Woohoo! I am slightly concerned about the heat but we are going to stay with her parents and they have air conditioning and a pool. We Continue reading

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21 (+2) Weeks!

I stole this idea from Jenn at stillamamawannabe.wordpress.com

 

How Far Along: 21 weeks 2 days

How Big is Baby: Baby is now the size of a banana!

Gender: I can’t tell you… we are keeping it a secret!

Baby’s Milestones This Week: Baby can now taste food that I am eating. Which is interesting because I had my first craving of chocolate tonight.

Total Weight Gain: 10 pounds give or take a pound. I was sitting at a 5 pound weight gain for about 10 weeks then in week 19 BAM it started coming on. Feeling nervous about gaining too much as I am sure I am going to get Huge considering I am only 5’2.

Who We’ve Told About the Pregnancy: Everyone pretty much.  :)

Maternity Clothes: I bought my first maternity clothes last weekend! I went cheap as I have no idea how my body is going to grow. I bought a pair of jean capris from old navy and 2 tank tops. The capris have the waist that goes up to your boobs and holy jeez it is so very comfortable.

Stretch Marks: Not yet. I say this because I am certain I will get many. Even growing up I got many from getting taller. I blame genetics…

Sleep: My lovely wife bought me a snoogle which is amazing! I am not a huge pillow fussy person in real life but I have been having major difficulty not sleeping on my back. I have always slept on my back and even though I am not supposed to I wake up on it. I am hoping that if my body or baby needs to be adjusted I will wake up. The snoogle helps with sleeping on my side a ton. If you don’t know what it is I recommend google. It is amazing! M has already told me once baby comes out she wants it!

Best Moment of the Week: Baby kicked our dog. She sat up high on my belly and it kicked her and she moved to the bottom of my belly and I felt it kick there after. It was really funny. Im not sure the dog felt it.

Food Cravings: First craving tonight!- chocolate

Food Aversions: none

Symptoms: belly growth, a bit more tired, baby kicks and currently suffering from a really annoying cold that seems to be worse because of my lowered immunity.

Labor Signs: No, No thank you!

Belly Button In or Out: Inny but I wish it would pop out because it looks weird to have a big belly with a bellybutton hole.

Wedding Rings On or Off: On – I don’t want to have to take them off. I love my wedding ring!

Mood: I am always in a pretty good mood. My job is on rotating strike (teacher) so that causes a bit of stress. The government has also taken in upon themselves to doc all teachers paycheques by 10% so this is not good timing. Did I mention we are still paying off our dogs surgery on our visa? Yikes!

Movement: Yes, and the feeling is not how I imagined. It is little pokes usually in the exact same area.

What I’m Looking Forward To: Having the baby healthy and at home!

What I Miss: Honestly, I miss beer and caesars. I do not drink that often usually but since I have been pregnant I have been wanting to!

Nesting: Not too much but M painted the baby room last weekend and we have been organizing it. Not in a nesting way but in a how do 2 people have a 3 bedroom + den house and have it completely full of furniture. We are trying to figure out where the stuff in the current baby room will move to. It is a guest room now and we don’t really want to get rid of the bed and the dresser won’t match…. So we have been re organizing.

 

One thing I have been feeling a bit guilty about is that I am not 100% positive all the time. I swore when M and I were having difficulty conceiving that if I ever got pregnant I would not complain about morning sickness but instead be happy it meant there was a baby in there. Well I didn’t enjoy the morning sickness. I am a generally cheery person but I find myself worrying about weight gain. I think I am probably in the norm just didn’t see this happening after our struggles. Oh well!

 

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