34 weeks appointment

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Today marks 34 weeks, just 6 weeks to go. How is this even possible??

 Baby D is the size of a butternut squash.  He’s approximately 18 inches and 5 lbs.

Symptoms:

Feeling quite tired, and just in last couple days I’ve started experiencing some sciatic nerve pinching on my left side. Thankfully it hasn’t been anything too extreme or painful, but I definitely have times that aren’t overly comfortable.

Exercise:

This has slowed down a bit due to weather, lack of energy, and being busy “nesting” and getting things prepped at home and work.  However, Denise Austin and I have had a couple indoor workout dates recently.  Haha

Cravings/aversions:

All I want is fruit.  I eat grapefruit like oranges, cartons of raspberries get downed in one setting, berries in general earn their own special grocery runs.  I just can’t get enough!!

Sleep:

Still having no problem being comfortable when I sleep.  I’m out when my head hits the pillow and typically have pretty solid nights.  Most nights I get between 8-10 hours of sleep (I go to bed way early!), but still wake up so tired.  I’m beginning to accept the fact that this will be going away no time soon.

Movement:

Little man is still quite active, but I can sure tell he’s running out of room. The other day I was sitting and watching him move, and before I knew it, either his hand or foot stretched out and swiped down my stomach.  It was probably the craziest thing I’ve seen so far.

Appointment recap:

I went in today for my 34 week check up and am measuring 33.5 weeks.  Baby’s heart rate was around 127, and I’ve officially hit the 20 pound weight gain mark. I go back in two weeks, then start going weekly.  So crazy! So close!!

Weekly happenings:

A week and a half ago, I made a trip up to OKC for my first shower with friends and family.  It was such a sweet time catching up with so many college friends as well as seeing my SIL’s and aunt.  They all showered and spoiled our little guy and me with so much love, encouragement, and prayers, as well as a variety of thoughtful gifts.

  
  
   We had a few “snow days” last week, so I filled my days with reading, naps, and knocked some things off my to-do list to start getting things all ready for our little guy’s arrival.

Now that we’re back to school this week, I’ve been kicking things in high gear with sub plans for my maternity leave.  I feel like I’m making good progress, but my goodness, there’s so much to think about and get together.  I’m sure my type-A personality doesn’t help shorten the list, but hopefully it’ll all make things easier for my sub.

30 Weeks recap

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I hit the 31 week mark today..9 weeks left. Where has time gone?? I feel like this pregnancy has flown by. Over the past week, I’ve definitely started feeling more pregnant, and it’s really been hitting that our little guy will be here before we know it. Here’s a recap of the last week of my pregnancy…img_2166Baby D is the size of a cantaloupe. 

Symptoms:

Exhaustion continues to set in, which I’m sure is escalated with the fact that school started back up.  My feet are a tad sore from being on them at the end of the day, and aches result after too long of walks. As my stomach continues to stretch, my belly button continues to flatten/disappear more and more each day. 

Exercise:

I didn’t walk a lot the previous couple of weeks due to busyness at school and then holiday travels and festivities. I started back up the end of last week though, and despite being a little sore if I walk too far, it’s felt so wonderful to be moving again and get some cool, fresh air in my lungs.  

Cravings/aversions:

No aversions. Still loving citrus, particularly grapefruit and grapefruit juice!!

Sleep: 

Still sleeping great. Despite the return of my mid-night bathroom breaks, I have no complaints in the sleep department.  I’ve managed to stay comfortable and am out almost as soon as my head hits the pillow. I have had some crazy dreams lately as well, but I don’t think I’ll be sharing them. 😂

Looking forward to:

I’m now having appointments every other week, which I’m so excited about.  More chances of hearing my little guy’s heartbeat.  I also get one more ultrasound at my appointment next week, so Thomas and I are both thrilled to get one more glance before we meet our little one.  

Movement:

I still have quite the kicker in me. I’m sure his dad doesn’t mind if this is a sign of a soccer player in our future. 😉 He’s so active during the day, but thankfully seems to chill out at night, or at least enough to not interrupt my sleep.  I’m praying this is a sign of good sleep patterns once he arrives.  

Weekly happenings: 

My parents came to visit over New Year’s weekend.img_2152We had a great time playing games, visiting Memphis, and mom and I knocked out quite a few freezer meals. img_2172 I’m happy to have my freezer stocked and know we’ll still be eating good without having to do all the cooking once we become a family of 3!

School’s back in swing after a wonderful 2-week break for the holidays.  This also means that I’m down to just two more months of school, so I’m starting to sort through things to start preparing for my long-term sub.  Things are getting interesting around here!!!

28 Weeks recap

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Baby D is the size of a coconut. 

Symptoms: 

Well I’m one week into my 3rd trimester, and things have gotten a bit interesting. I had a few days where my body and mind apparently thought sleep was for the birds.  I’d wake up in the middle of the night wide awake, so I often used the opportunity to get my grading done before hopping back in bed to catch a nap before my day was supposed to start.  It quickly caught up to me though, and over the weekend exhaustion set in.  Naps were happening and still I was feeling so tired.  Along with my sleep issues, I’m definitely feeling a lot more pressure..and taking more frequent bathroom breaks.. as Little Mister seems to be moving a bit lower. We did some traveling over the weekend which also brought on some tightness and aches in my low back and hips. Oh, and heart burn has started kicking in occasionally, so I finally caved and made friends with the ole Tums.Overall, I’m sure it could be a lot worse, but it’s quite possibly been my least comfortable week so far.  

Exercise:

I managed to fit in a couple of walks, but between a crazy last week of school and traveling over the weekend, exercising wasn’t at the top of my to-do list. 

Cravings/Aversions:

Same ole, same ole. Trying to prioritize proteins, fruits, and veggies as my appetite still has not been high, and I get full quickly.  I know I need the nutrients though.  

Sleep:

As I mentioned earlier, I had a few nights where my sleep was not solid. But in general, I’d have to say I’m still managing to sleep pretty well. 

Looking forward to:

Having these next couple weeks off from school-thank you Christmas Break!! Celebrating Christmas with family, and spending time relaxing together.  And seeing the final product of the baby quilt my mom’s working on when my parents come in for New Years. Movement:

Oh.  My. Word. Not only has this past week brought on some new symptoms, this kid’s movement has also jumped to a whole new level.  He still moves so frequently, but instead of the sweet, fairly subtle taps that I used to feel, my stomach is now being jolted from side to side.  I’m pretty sure he’s done a few complete flips from one side to the other. While it’s far from comfortable, it was rather entertaining to watch.  His movement has been one of the most fascinating things to me during this pregnancy, and I still have no clue how he even finds room to move around so much.  

Weekly happenings:

Quite a bit has happened over the last week or so.  We finally finished up Christmas shopping, and took advantage of close parking excuses.  I’ve always wanted to use this at target and finally got the chance. Haha img_2077We did a lot of work on the nursery (when I really should have been grading).  Here are a few teasers, but we officially have everything done that we plan to do (furniture & decor) before showers. img_2064 We hosted a Bon Voyage for our friends/life group leaders as they’ll be moving in just a few days. They’re going to be greatly missed.  A trip to Little Rock to celebrate our 3 year anniversary included a Trans-Siberian Orchestra concert and our traditional Bed & Breakfast stay at the Rosemont Inn and Cottages.  And to wrap up the weekend, we headed to OKC to see family and help celebrate the marriage of a good friend.  Extra bonus: this wedding brought together a little reunion for some of our Russia crew. {photo cred: Kristin Njimegni} Overall, it was a full and wonderful weekend, but I’m so glad to be back home and in my own bed.  

25 Weeks recap

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imageBaby Boy is the size of a Napa cabbage. 

Symptoms:

Feeling and looking a little bigger each day. I’ve had a lot of tightness in my hips and low back. I’m sure sitting in a car for over 11 hours due to holiday travels was no help.  I also woke up the other night with the absolute worst leg cramps I’ve ever experienced.  Needless to say, I’ve been chugging water ever since.

Exercise:

The usual- walking and stretching. I’m hoping to be a little more diligent in incorporating some light weight workouts in th d Amy’s and weeks to come.

Cravings/Aversions:

None. It helps that I got spoiled by my mom’s delicious cooking over the past week.  I still don’t have much of a sweet tooth, so I only even had a couple bites of pie on Thanksgiving.

Sleep:

More tossing and turning, due to soreness in my hips, but overall still feeling like I’m getting solid sleep and feeling rested when I wake. 

Looking forward to:

Is it too early to start counting down till Christmas break? Ha! 2.5 weeks!! This week I’m looking forward to continuing our tradition of attending the Christmas parade downtown, having a girls weekend, and hopefully seeing lots of lovely Christmas lights. Also, our crib and mattress came in the mail, so I can’t wait to get it set up! 

Movement:

Our little guy is still proving to be quite the active fella.  He doesn’t keep me up at night, thankfully, but almost anytime I sit down and take a break, he starts squirming around.  Evenings are still his most active time, and we love sitting on the couch watching him.  

Appointment update:

I had an appointment the Monday before Thanksgiving and couldn’t be more thankful that I passed my glucose and iron test.  Baby’s heart rate is sounding healthy, and my doctor said I was measuring great! My next appointment isn’t until the end of the month, then I’ll start going every other week. It’s hard to believe I have just a couple more weeks till I enter my third trimester. Woohoo! 

Weekly happenings:

Where do I begin? Week 25 was quite eventful. We spent the week in Kansas at my parents’ farm. The drive was long, but it was so refreshing being home and spending time with family.  We doubled up holidays this year and celebrated both Thanksgiving and Christmas. It ended up icing Thursday night, so it made things feel even more festive as we put up the tree and opened presents.

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taking a yoga break from holiday festivities with my nephew and sister-in-law

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nephews placing the nativity while Pops read the Christmas story

We made the long trip back to our home on Sunday, and were ready to crawl into our own bed before starting the new week.  Yesterday afternoon, we went out to the Christmas Tree Plantation  and picked out our tree for the year. I love this tradition that we started last year, and love all the memories that hang on each branch of our tree.imageimageimageimageimageAnd last but not least, if you couldn’t tell, we got our pictures back from our photoshoot with our sweet friend, Alicia.  We couldn’t be happier with  how they turned out, and are so thankful she was able to capture those moments. It’s so hard to pick a favorite!imageimageimage

23 Weeks recaps

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Baby D is the size of a bunch of grapes. 

Symptoms: 

Hot! I’ve been so warm lately…and my hands especially get hot. It is so uncomfortable.  Typically I’m more on the cold-natured side, especially my hands, but boy how things have changed! My poor kids have to bundle up when they come to my classroom. I can’t imagine being super prego in the heat of summer! 😳🔥 Emotionally I feel all over the place. Not to the point of being super irritable or in tears, but some days I feel great and others completely blah.  My motivation is lacking hard core, and I’m feeling like my to-dos at school keep piling higher.  This could partially be due to the fact that I think we’re all ready for next week’s break, but I’ll go ahead and blame it on pregnancy hormones. 😜

Exercise:

Still the usual walking.  I had my husband pull out the ole elyptical with great intentions of spending some time on it in the mornings, but again, no motivation. 

Cravings/Aversions:

Still not much of a sweet tooth, or an excessive amount of hunger, really. Veggies aren’t my favorite, but fruit-always!!! Still trying to stay pretty balanced inspire of everything. 

Sleep: 

Surprisingly well. Hopefully I don’t jinks myself, but I’ve been sleeping pretty soundly and comfortably. Even my early morning bathroom breaks  have become less frequent.  

Looking forward to:

My next appointment on Monday. I’ll be 24.5 weeks, and doing the ole glucose test.  Not necessarily looking forward to that part of it!  So ready for a week of no school, and a trip home to spend Thanksgiving with my family…and putting up Christmas decorations!!

Movement:

This kid is all over the place.  Over just the past 4 days or so, his movement seems to have picked up a bit. It’s so fun to sit and watch him, and even Thomas has been able to both see and feel him now!!

Fun Stories: 

I FaceTimed with a couple of my nephews the other evening, and they loved seeing my big belly. They’re convinced theirs are still bigger! I guess we’ll compare in person next week. 

Weekly Happenings:

We took some picures over the weekend to use for Christmas cards, put in the yearly album, and of course show off the bump.  It was quick and fun, and I cannot wait to see them!!

21 Weeks recap

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Baby Boy is the size of Baby Bok Choy.

Symptoms:

Hmm..symptoms…this week I’d have to say my stomach is definitely popping.  There’s absolutely no doubt by now that I have a human baby in me, not a food baby.  Energy and mood-wise it was a pretty good week.

Exercise:

Walking, walking, walking :) Enjoying the cooler temps and beautiful colors!

Cravings/Aversions:

Food got interesting this week, or maybe I should say it got extremely mundane. I wouldn’t say I have any specific aversions, in other words, I don’t feel nauseated but any certain food. However, I’ve reached the point that very few things really sounds great. I eat because I know I need to, and I try to keep my meals fairly balanced.  But in reality, I’d be perfectly fine eating pizza, bread, chicken, or crackers every meal..or maybe soup depending on the kind. Basically, bland is better these days.  All of this is kind of annoying to me as I’ve never been a picky eater, and it’s making it very hard to cook meals in the evenings (sorry Thomas).

Sleep:

Hit or miss…I’ve realized that I need to just go to bed way early (thanks to daylight savings, I feel like I can get away with it a little easier, too). No matter what, I wake up early. However, if I go to bed early I’m able to get up easily. If I stay up too late, I still wake up early, but have an extremely hard time getting out of bed and getting ready for the day.

Looking forward to:

Cooler temps and upcoming holidays!! I’m so excited that it’s November. Anyone with me??

Movement:

This has been a fun week feeling AND SEEING our little man move around.  It’s been the most obvious this week and is just about the best feeling in the  world. :) We were sitting on the couch the other night, and he was wiggling all around. I had Thomas stare at my stomach for at least 5 minutes, but he couldn’t see the movement.  I can’t wait for it to be obvious enough for my hubs to see and feel as well!

Fun Stories:

My students at school are full on baby-naming mode. One class in particular comes in each day with new ideas.  They’re currently stuck on “T” names since both Thomas and my names begin with T.  Some of their suggestions include Talahassee, Timmy, Ted, Jeff, and Maddix with an I. Haha.  We do have a name picked out, but I love hearing their daily suggestions.

I’ve enjoyed already getting spoiled by some of my teacher friends (or our little boy is getting spoiled-ha) with sweet little surprises.  It makes me all the more excited for this kiddo to make his appearance..come on March!! 

Weekly Happenings:

As I mentioned, my stomach is getting bigger each week, if not each day- which I suppose is to be expected by now.  This has resulted in me officially outgrowing my jeans.  At the beginning of week 21, I reached the point where I had to turn to the rubberband method.  Let’s be honest, though, it’s just not that comfortable, and I was paranoid that my shirts were not keeping my zipper covered.  All this resulted in the need to break down and buy some maternity clothes.  My dear husband decided to plan a little day-date trip to Memphis for some shopping and to check out the new Bass Pro.  It was a successful day as I was able to snag some great sales/deals (life is much more comfortable nowadays-ha) and a few freebies from Motherhood Maternity, and an overall lovely time getting a little one-on-one time together.  We finished our weekend with a collaborative art project for the nursery.  image

20 Weeks recap

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Baby is the size of a Belgian Endive (??)…and now if someone wants to tell me what on earth that is, ha!

Symptoms:

Things were pretty even keel this week

Exercise:

I’ve basically ruled out running…it’s no longer overly comfortable, so I’m sticking to long walks, stretching, and light weight workouts (occasionally). I’m thinking I may be breaking out the elyptical before long as the weather gets colder and wetter.

Cravings/Aversions:

I’m not sure if this is a true craving since I already love it so much, but PIZZA! I could seriously eat it every day! Overall, basically anything citrusy, sour, or savory…still.

Sleep:

This past week of pregnancy definitely started out rough in the sleep department. I had one night that I woke up around 2:30, wide awake.  I laid in bed for over an hour, tossing and turning, and surely disturbing my husband, before deciding to just get up and be productive.  I did a few household tasks until Thomas woke up to head to work (4:45), told him hi and bye, then crawled back in bed for an hour nap before getting up and ready for the day. The next two nights were a little better, but once 4:oo came around, I was wide awake. I would make myself lay in bed for at least an hour before getting up for the day.  Once the weekend hit, my body allowed me to “sleep in” and catch up on a bit of sleep.

Looking forward to:

Now that we know our little one’s gender, the type A person in me is beyond thrilled to be able to start planning, planning, planning!!! We may or may not have picked out a few items for the nursery after our appointment. 😉

Weekly happenings:

Week 20 was a big week.  I had another appointment which included our anatomy scan/gender reveal.  Despite wiggling the entire time, we managed to see clearly that we’re having a little boy.  It was such a sweet experience seeing his little hands and feet, his beating heart, spine, and handsome.imageIt makes me all the more excited to meet him in the spring. We were able to Skype with my family to let them know they’re getting another grandson/nephew, and loved getting to see their reactions and excitement.  However, our oldest nephew (almost 5) was rooting for a girl, and was a bit disappointed to find out there would be another boy.  He asked, “Why do all my cousins have to be boys?” Haha. Maybe someday one of us will add a girl to the mix.

Monday, my sweet co-workers put together a gender reveal for me after school.  The votes between teachers was pretty even, unlike my students’. imageimageThe cake was equally cute and delicious, and overall it was a fun time sharing the excitement and news with my friends at school. imageimageimageThe students were dying to find out, so yesterday was their big day.  As you can imagine, they were extremely thrilled to learn it’s a boy, and they immediately started throwing out name suggestions.

Aside from pregnancy happenings, we enjoyed the cool, rainy, fall weather and celebrated with a little (unfinished) pumpkin carving and seed roasting.imageimageWe had to show support to our Sporting KC as they enter the MLS Cup playoffs this week!!