Archive | March, 2015

37 Weeks Pregnant

27 Mar

I thought that I would be more excited and freaked out when I wrote “37 Weeks Pregnant,” but I actually feel like I have a long time left to be pregnant.

This week I spent an equal amount of time nesting like a crazy bird and resting like a sloth.  It was a beautiful balance, and I’m not sure if I am really ready to end my spring break and resume normal life for three more weeks.

On my list of accomplishments were making 4 pans of lasagna, installing (and rearranging) the 3 car seats, gathering up materials for work for the month of April & May (now I just have to organize them), pulling out and organizing all newborn stuff, including cloth diapers, changing pad & accessories, swaddlers, clothes, and I packed the baby’s hospital stuff.

I can’t remember how I’ve felt this week.  I have been waking up super early, which has been annoying but not enraging, and I’ve been peeing a lot more. Baby feels extremely heavy when I lay on my right side.  Today I was also getting a constant period-like pain in my belly and felt like I was on my period. I also got a few shooting pains down my thighs, which were similar to the post-labor contractions I had when breast feeding last delivery. It was  excruciatingly painful and the fact that I experienced that same pain today made me feel a little nervous about labor.

I’ve also had a few moments this week where my heart all of a sudden drops to my stomach as I realize I am going to have three children who are 3 years old and younger, or that this baby is coming out through the birth canal. Obviously I know how babies come out, but when the reality hits, it makes my stomach do flip-flops.

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36 Weeks Pregnant!

22 Mar

This shall be declared the week of nesting! But first, the previous week in review.

Last week was a great week. Although I was still on sickness recovery mode (with laundry and such), I felt good. I ordered my Gentle Birth Tincture by Mountain Meadows and started taking a half of a dose each day at 35 and a half weeks along. Tomorrow I will start at 2/3 of the dose and I might possibly start using my Evening Primrose Capsules starting this evening.

I cannot explain how happy that I am that I have been sleeping so well this trimester. I know that I have had many days where I wake up at 4:30am for the day, but I have mostly been sleeping solidly until 6:30am, and it is delicious.  I am absolutely incredulous that I haven’t been waking up to pee every night. I’m pretty sure that has been my standard behavior for first and third trimester, usually right at 3am, in all of my pregnancies.  I think that the fact that I have been not getting up to pee has helped my tendency to have insomnia during 3rd trimester.

Another reason I am sleeping so well is that I am, in general, pretty comfortable while I am sleeping.  I remember during my last pregnancy, I had to set up this ridiculous arrangement of nine pillows in order to sleep comfortablly. Most of my discomfort was due to hip pain. Any time that I wanted to switch which side I was sleeping on, it was a huge pillow-moving ordeal. Surprisingly, my hip pain did not diminish after delivering Emmanuel, until we ordered our new King Size Simmon’s Beauty Rest mattress at 6ish months post partum.  I had almost instant relief from my hip pain! I do think that the hip pain was a result of pregnancy, but our old mattress did nothing to alleviate the pain.

Lastly, my other sleep secret that I discovered this pregnancy is my magnesium supplement.  I know that I have mentioned it several times, but it has been a life-saver.  I am so so so soooooo happy that it was recommended to me!

In spite of sleeping well, last week I began to feel exhausted with any amount of exertion. I feel good, but I am just extremely tired.

Yesterday we officially began our spring break, and we started nesting! I arranged a freezer meal exchange with friends and prepared my first meal yesterday. I decided on homemade chicken noodle soup (with homemade noodles and everything!). I feel like I spent all afternoon and most of the evening getting it done though. However, when I consider that my one chicken noodle soup-making experience yesterday translates in to about 8 meals thanks to the freezer exchange, I’m pretty happy. My cooking plan for this week is to make 2 pans of stuffed french toast, 4 pans of lasagna, and a tripled recipe of stuffed peppers for the freezer meal exchange. This freezer meal prep has taken up so much of my time and energy, that when I arrived home this afternoon after an expensive trip to Costco, I realized that I had NO idea what I am supposed to cook for dinner this week. I’m all set for meals for April and May, but who know what we are eating the last week of March! I guess eating one pan of lasagna would be a good idea, and we have a coupon for a free pizza, and we will go out to eat for Fernando’s birthday one night this week, so I guess most of the week should be covered! But then I realize that I have to keep cooking and shopping and planning meals until baby comes.  Ugh!  I feel like I cannot get ahead!

After I got home from Costco, the car stayed out of the garage and I *slightly* organized the chest freezer. One of the things on my to-do list is to write down a full inventory of the stuff in the freezer. I hate digging around the freezer, especially when the door is closed and it is so dark. I found a hidden gallon of ice cream, three taquitos, and one go-gurt. I want to make sure I avoid losing little things like that! I’m not sure when the official freezer inventory will happen, but it should happen some time this week.

While I was in the garage, I also pulled out some baby stuff! I got the Pack ‘N Play, a small box of newborn baby girl clothes, and pulled out the dehydrator for my placenta. I still have to find the newborn boy clothes and grab the bouncer and cloth diapers. I think that is all I will be grabbing this week. After baby comes we will bring the swing in and wash more clothes according to who this baby is! Right now, the girl clothes are in the washing machine. Unfortunately, all the clothes in the box I grabbed are very summery clothes. I hope I find some gender neutral stuff in the boy bins that are a bit warmer. I think I have at least 2 neutral sleepers in the boy stuff!

This is what my countdown looks like:

  • 28 days till due date
  • 27 days till 39.6 (when I went in to labor previously)
  • 26 days till 39.5 (when I went in to labor previously)
  • 24 days till mom arrives
  • 15 days till Easter
  • 13 days till Good Friday
  • 3 more days till Fernando’s birthday

I know this is a detailed account of things I have done, and although it isn’t very exciting, it is helping me feel less stressed out. There is something about hitting 36 weeks along where I realize I have much to do in very little time! I’m sure more lists and boring logs of things accomplished will ensue. 

 

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35 Weeks Pregnant

15 Mar

I’m feeling fantastic at the moment. I love being pregnant. The last half of last week was a bit of a drag because I had the stomach flu for the SECOND time this pregnancy. Ridiculous! Last time I was sick I wasn’t 100% convinced I could say I had the stomach flu since I just had stomach pain and didn’t throw up.  This time, the exact same thing happened to me; I felt ill but didn’t throw up.  But, my dear daughter got sick at the exact same time as I did and threw up every hour for a whole day. So I was on puke-management while feeling ill myself. I’m happy to say we have both made a full recovery, but it was a good 48 hours of not feeling well.

I’ve also decided that I am done with clothes. I was done with clothes months ago, but I seriously am going to go spend the rest of my pregnancy at a nudist colony. This morning I put on one of my maternity dresses and discovered it had turned in to a shirt. Today was the first day that I rocked my leggings as pants. To be fair, my shirt/dress did cover my derriére.

I also decided that I would like to officially start maternity leave from life tomorrow. If you need me, I will be in my room eating bon bons for the next five weeks, free from adult responsibilities. 

34 Weeks Pregnant

5 Mar

After two weeks or so of waking up for the day before 5am, this past week I had several days where I SLEPT IN until my alarm rang!  On one morning that we didn’t have anywhere to go, I actually slept in until 7:45am. I can’t believe I consider 7:45am to be sleeping in.  But it felt absolutely delicious. Not only have I been sleeping in, but I have been sleeping WELL.  I haven’t felt super uncomfortable at night (for the past few weeks the baby seemed to be burrowing painfully in to the top sides of my uterus while I was sleeping). I feel SO GOOD.  I LOVE 3rd trimester! I’m not sure if I felt quite this good with my last two pregnancies.

In spite of sleeping extremely well this past week, I have still been very tired. I think I took 2 or 3 naps this week, and one of those naps was like an hour and 20 minutes. Oh! How I love to sleep!  And I will feel no guilt for laying around. Plenty of people advise pregnant ladies to “sleep while they can,” right? So I am just taking advantage of that!

In the midst of me feeling so happy with how wonderful I feel, I thought, “Wow, I think my most annoying symptom this pregnancy is the part where I get dizzy/fuzzy feeling when I am inclined on my back.” Then I remembered that I was rather miserable for almost 2 whole trimesters with nausea and digestive pain. So, I suppose the worst symptom of my third trimester is the vena cava issue. Because of that, I just might remember this as my favorite pregnancy!