Sunday, November 17, 2013

Ticker Change Day: 27 Weeks!

Weekly Survey

  • How far along?: 27 Weeks
  • Total weight gain: ?: starting weight was 126.
  • How big is baby?: Baby is two pounds and 15 inches long.
  • Maternity clothes?: Exclusively and I'm trying to get creative with it. I don't like wearing the same few outfits all the time, so I'm experimenting with accessories and shoes and such.
  • Sleep?: Still pretty good!
  • Best moment this week/Milestones?: THIRD TRIMESTER! OMG! I can't freakin' believe that it's going by so fast. We hit it hard and started moving stuff around to make room for baby stuff in our bedroom. We got all the big stuff moved, but now our space is a disaster of pictures that need to be rehung and displaced junk that needs to be gone through. We made a trip to IKEA to get a better storage system for LM's toys and other random stuff. He also got a new big boy dresser. It all proved to be a little much for me and I had to sit and relax for a little while to stop the braxton hicks contractions. As much as I hate seeing all the clutter and crap laying around, I can't bring myself to get up out of my recliner to do anything about it.
  • Movement?: It's getting crazy. I'm watching LO have a dance party right now :)
  • Food cravings?: Oatmeal Cream Pies. It's a sickness.
  • Belly button in or out?: Same as last week
  • What I miss: I miss alcohol today. It's my mom's birthday and we took her out to dinner. The drink she ordered looked so yummy. Want!
  • What I'm looking forward to: Our appointment is on Thursday! I can't wait to see this little guy again. I am NOT looking forward to the glucose test. Call me paranoid, but I'm also anxious to make sure he's still a boy. The money shot we got at 20 weeks was only ok.
  • Developments: He's sleeping and waking at regular intervals, opening and closing his eyes, and perhaps even sucking his fingers. With more brain tissue developing, your baby's brain is very active now. While his lungs are still immature, they would be capable of functioning — with a lot of medical help — if he were to be born now. Chalk up any tiny rhythmic movements you may be feeling to a case of baby hiccups, which may be common from now on. Each episode usually lasts only a few moments, and they don't bother him, so just relax and enjoy the tickle.
  • Other Stuff: I ended up having to get that root canal on Monday. There was just no getting around it or postponing it. 
    • Wednesday brought an adjustment to my braces that nearly killed me. They had to reposition five of the brackets and taking off the old ones was awful! It felt like they were trying to yank my teeth out of my head... with no anesthesia. I went from being super excited about finally getting them off to being terrified. It's gonna hurt so bad :(
    • Our hospital tour was moved to December 3rd. So much for a baby centered afternoon.
    • I've recently developed an obsession for Origami Owl lockets. I discovered them a couple of weeks ago and have systematically spent all of the money I made from my Etsy shop on charms and dangles for my necklace. I'm tapped out now, but my locket is so pretty! My mom also got one for her birthday :)
    • I got my baby carrier and diaper bag backpack this week too. I think those were really the only things we NEED for this LO.
Belly Pic!


Sunday, November 10, 2013

Ticker Change Day: 26 Weeks

Weekly Survey

  • How far along?: 26 Weeks
  • Total weight gain: ?: starting weight was 126.
  • How big is baby?: Baby is almost two pounds. I celebrated this milestone with a two-pound box of chocolates. You know, in order to really get a good VISUAL. ;)
  • Maternity clothes?: Exclusively.
  • Stretch marks?: *Le sigh* Should I just accept my fate and take this one down?
  • Sleep?: My Snoogle/pillow nest is still working. I don't wake up at all unless LM comes to our bed.
  • Best moment this week/Milestones?: Double Digits! What what!? Freakin' everything was awesome this week. I dunno what it was, but it was pretty wonderful... except that I found out I need to get a prior root canal/crown retreated. So super fun. I'm trying to put it off as long as possible.
  • Movement?: Yeppers. My mom finally copped a feel on Friday night when this little guy got a good wiggle session going. She could see my belly moving, so of course she HAD to feel him! At least one of us was happy...
  • Food cravings?: Sweets!
  • Belly button in or out?: Flattening and almost starting to pop out.
  • What I miss: I dunno right now.
  • What I'm looking forward to: Our next appointment is in 11 days and I'm supposed to get a growth ultrasound (hopefully with 3D) and we're taking our hospital tour then, too. Should be an exciting baby centered afternoon.
  • Developments: The network of nerves in baby's ears is better developed and more sensitive than before. He may now be able to hear both your voice and your partner's as you chat with each other. He's inhaling and exhaling small amounts of amniotic fluid, which is essential for the development of his lungs. These so-called breathing movements are also good practice for when he's born and takes that first gulp of air. And he's continuing to put on baby fat. 
Belly Pic!

I think my dad talked to my mom about grabbing on me all the time. I had mentioned to him that our next door neighbor had touched me without invitation or warning and that it really upset me, (this was a few weeks ago) and she has really toned it down... until Friday. Now if I could just hide my bouncing belly, it would be all good :)

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Double Digits!!!

There are officially less than 100 days to go! I'm half super excited to meet this little guy and half so sad that it seems to be going by so quickly. I have to remind myself to take a minute and just experience whatever is happening at the moment. I have to take that extra beat to cherish the feeling of this baby moving. It's the last time I'll get to do it.

ALSO! We're decided on a name! We've only told our parents and my sister what it is even though it's not a secret or anything. Surprisingly, they're the only people that have asked if we'd chosen one yet. I haven't noticed any wrinkled noses or awkward hesitations about it, so I'm taking it as a good sign :)

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Ticker Change Day: 25 Weeks!

Weekly Survey

  • How far along?: 25 Weeks
  • Total weight gain:140: starting weight was 126.
  • How big is baby?: Baby weighs about 1½ pounds and is 13½ inches long. He's about the size of a rutabaga (where the hell do they come up with these size comparisons???)
  • Maternity clothes?: Exclusively now.
  • Stretch marks?: I'm just gonna go with yes. I doubt I would be able to tell new ones from old ones anyway.
  • Sleep?: I officially can't sleep lying down anymore. I've tried every which way I can think of with my Snoogle, but I always wake up with something sore. I've resorted to my 3rd Tri trick from LM and make a nest with my Snoogle and a bunch of pillows so that I'm sleeping at an angle. It's working well so far :)
  • Best moment this week/Milestones?: We had our monthly appointment on Wednesday and my midwife is very happy with mine and tiny one's progress. His heartbeat was thumping away at 146 beats per minute and I've gained 14 pounds (as opposed to 21 with LM). "Very healthy" she kept saying. Yay.
  • Movement?: Oh yes; and today I am more appreciative of it than ever.
  • Food cravings?: I had to have some animal style fries from In N Out... and I got them :)
  • Belly button in or out?: Flattening and almost starting to pop out.
  • What I miss: I dunno right now.
  • What I'm looking forward to: Almost in double digits! This is going by so fast; it feels like we just found out I was pregnant yesterday.
  • Developments: He's beginning to exchange his long, lean look for some baby fat. As he does, his wrinkled skin will begin to smooth out and he'll start to look more and more like a newborn. He's also growing more hair — and if you could see it, you'd now be able to discern its color and texture.
Belly Pic!

I had a pretty bad fall yesterday thanks to LM thinking it was a hilarious game to squirt the dog with a water bottle. I had no idea the tile floor was wet and slipped in it. I hit hard on my right side before I knew what the hell was happening and started screaming like a possessed person. I had a nightmare about it last night. The screaming. Even though I didn't land on my stomach, I was so terrified that I had just killed my baby. My poor grandma came flying down the stairs (which was a feat in itself because she has had both knees replaced) to find me still on the floor sobbing and screaming. I didn't get up until after I had called my midwife and MyLovf who immediately left work yelling to his co-workers that I had fallen and he was leaving. A normally hour long commute only took him 40 minutes. I don't like to think about how fast he must've been driving. By the time he got home I was lying down, chugging water, and allowing the tiny one to calm me down with frequent kicks. We got to the hospital and after what seemed like forever in Intake, they wheeled me up to L&D triage. I was hooked up to the monitors for about an hour listening to an amplified tiny one rolling, kicking, and thumping away. Sweet music. Thank God that aside from my arm, hip, and side being crazy sore, neither of us was seriously injured.

I spent today parked on the couch with my crochet bag.


Friday, November 1, 2013

AW: Little Man's Halloween Costume


Little Man's costume turned out so.freakin'.AWESOME! I'm just going to go ahead and proclaim myself the winner of Halloween! LOL

This sucker took two weeks to build and is comprised of cardboard boxes, poster board, and two miles of grey and black duck tape. I cut out, drew, and put everything together myself with the exception of the wheel gears. MyLovf did those.

Little Man was a total hit while trick or treating. We were stopped in the street multiple times and at every house. Everyone wanted to see it and a few people even asked to take pictures with him. Talk about inflating my ego :) There was one couple that even proclaimed it good enough to wear at Comic Con. Pardon my big head.

One down side is that it ended up being heavier than I anticipated and LM only wore it for about 40 minutes; now it's just sitting by the door. Comic Con will be coming to Phoenix in June. I'm wondering if I would be able to sell it?