Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Bump Update - weeks 37, 38 and 39

How Far Along: 39 weeks!
Size of baby: feels massive!  I have a feeling I'll be having a big baby! 
Total Weight Gain:  I'll be facing the music soon enough.  Yikes.
Maternity Clothes:  Yes, I'm huge!  Mostly wearing dresses here at the end. 
Gender: Booooooy!
Movement:  He's outta room in there!
Exercise:  Walks around the neighborhood mostly.  Swimming in the pool.  House work totally counts as exercise for me these days.
Sleep: Mostly good!  Waking up a few times, but usually can get back to sleep after a bit.  Although some days I wake up at 5 am and feel like I have a ton of energy, ready to roll!
What I miss:  My body! Running, riding... but I know I will miss this special time with my boy that's coming to an end.
Cravings:  Margarita!  Fruit.  Cold things.  
Symptoms: I'm puffy.  And huge.  And SO HOT.
Best moment this week: Had my last OB appointment.  Went to a breast feeding class.  Got all the last minute things.  Mom and Dad are here now (thank goodness!!)! 
What I’m looking forward to:  It's time to meet my son! Have to keep this short because I leave for the hospital in the morning!  Feeling nervous about the surgery, but so excited to meet my lil guy.  I'm as ready as I'll ever be.  It's go time!

9 month maternity photos

I got really lucky and found Nicki Smith Photography from just doing a Google search.  I liked her website and decided to do her Belly to Baby Plan where she does 9 month belly pictures and then newborn pictures.  It was so fun to go back to our wedding location and get to capture another major milestone there 5.5 years later! Nicki did a great job capturing this special time for us. I am really happy with how our maternity photos turned out and can't wait to work with her again for the newborn photos! 

Friday, June 14, 2013

Do they know?

Have you ever heard that animals know when you're pregnant?  I've read that dolphins are able to detect the fetal heartbeat and get totally enamored with pregnant ladies.  A friend told me that her horse wrapped it's head/neck around her belly strangely one day and she didn't understand what he was doing.  Then a few days later she discovered she was pregnant.  I've definitely had horses seem very interested in my belly.  Softly nuzzling it and sometimes go so far as not wanting to leave me alone!  It really is like they know. 

My cat, Jade, is another animal that makes me wonder if she knows I'm an expectant mama.  Starting very early off she would come drape herself across my belly.  Jade isn't usually a super lap cat, but my whole pregnancy she has consistently shown interest in my belly and comes and lays on it frequently.  I always wonder how she can be comfortable laying on my lumpy baby-full belly with him squirming and kicking underneath her.  But, she never seems to mind.  In fact it's the opposite, she goes fast to sleep.  Weather she's able to detect the baby or not it sure has been super sweet to sit or lay quietly as I absorb all the kitten love and baby movements. 

I've never been a cat person before.  I probably would have said "I hate cats" and totally never saw myself with one.  But, this cat is special and she's totally stolen my heart.  I found her tiny puffball baby self at the barn in Okinawa and rescued her.  Since my dog passed away last year I really want to get a puppy, but that will have to wait a bit until I get the new baby thing under control.  I would have a whole zoo of adopted animals if Brad didn't constantly tell me no! 

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

33 - 36 weeks - Not much longer now!

Bump update - weeks 33 - 36!
This was a nice night - packed a picnic and ate dinner on the beach as the sun went down. 

I love my backyard pool!  All alone I rock the 2-piece and let the belly out in all it's glory. 
We got our professional pictures done this week, so Bathroom selfie will have to do for now.
36 weeks.  It's gone by incredibly fast.  I love this flattering dress from Target.  It's my hope that black really is slimming because I feel yucky and super huge.  I've read that wearing pants after a c-section is torture, so I plan on living in comfy dresses like this one for a few weeks. 

How Far Along: Currently I'm one day away from being 37 weeks, FULL TERM!  But, this post will be a review of last month's pregnancy adventure. 
Size of baby: a watermelon.  Somewhere around 19-22 in. and 6.5 lbs.  Feels like it too!
Total Weight Gain:  this freaks me out!  I never look at the scale when they weigh me at the doctors office.  I tell them to only talk to me if it's a problem.  I'm watching what I eat, trying to be as healthy as possible and trying to get my exercise in.  These days food shopping feels like exercise!
Maternity Clothes:  Belly is massive. Pretty sure this thing has it's own planetary orbit.  
Gender:  Quick ultrasound last week yet again confirmed it's for sure a boy.
Movement:  His movements are getting far less extreme. I feel his kicks and stretches, but not so much flipping and making big movements like before.  And I'm pretty sure he's sideways. 
Exercise:  It's amazing the things that get me sweating and huffing and puffing these days.  I like to go for walks.  I really miss running and riding and working out like normal.  But, I have to follow doctors orders to take it easy.
Sleep:  Just in the last week or so sleep has become an issue.  The baby will sit super high up on my ribs/organs and I can't get comfortable.  I sleep with the most massive pillow fortress to prop me up and with pillows on either side.  I really miss laying on my back.  I usually have trouble falling asleep and when I finally do get to sleep I wake up often during the night with the need to walk around a bit or to pee.  I guess it's good practice for when he gets here in a few weeks.  I'm feeling pretty fatigued during the day and my energy is pretty low.  I love naps.
What I miss:  I miss a lot of things and I think it's helping me feel more ready for having the baby and not being pregnant anymore.  I've loved being pregnant and sometimes I get super sad to think this special time of my life is almost over.  But, at the same time I can't wait to finally meet my son!  And I can't wait to make a homemade margarita, sip some wine, crack open a beer and drink some bubbly!  (Even if it's only a tiny drink since I plan on breast feeding!) Sleep on my back, get my body back, be able to go run and ride again, lift stuff, and eat a tuna sandwich.  
Cravings:  Coconut, nuts/nut butters, avocado.  I know that at this point the baby is just pretty much putting fat on.  Maybe this is why my body is craving these high fat foods.  
Symptoms:  I'm puffy.  Fluffy.  And hot. 
Best moment this month:  Seeing my big boy on the ultrasound.  Finally getting our master bedroom furniture set so I can finally, finally finish getting the house put together.  We also took maternity pictures where we got married 5.5 years ago.  I can't wait to see them.  I hope I don't look whale-ish in at least one or two! 
What I’m looking forward to: 
I try to be super healthy.  Not just this pregnancy, but always in general.  I eat organic.  I avoid GMO's.  I only eat wild salmon and shrimp on occasion.  I don't eat fast food.  I don't drink soda.  I don't eat beef, pork (or any mammal)  and only eat organic chicken and eggs.  I've done everything I could to make a healthy baby.  And I've had a completly wonderful, easy pregnancy.  But, I still have placenta previa and it's medically necessary for me to have a planned c-section.  (I still can't type that with out getting teary-eyed!)  I've done my research, talked to my doctor and I do feel better about it than I did.  But, it is so far from what I wanted my birth experience to be like and it's so hard for me to embrace this as reality.  But, as my last and final ultrasound confirmed my placenta is in the wrong spot and isn't moving.  So, my baby's birthday is scheduled for June 27 (when I'm 39 weeks)!  I might be dreading the surgery and the recovery process, but I can't wait to look upon my sons face, kiss his cheeks, toes and nose and hold his little self in my arms.  My son.  Completely blows my mind.  I'll be a mommy in only 2 more weeks! I'm so incredibly lucky that my wonderful parents are going to fly in for 3 weeks to help me recover and transition to mommy-hood. And my sister is taking a break from her amazing, crazy, traveling life and coming from Turkey after a trip to Egypt.   And then my parents-in-law will come.  It is such a comfort and relief to know that I will have the love and support of my family around me during this wonderful, exciting time of my life.