36 Weeks

9 months! How in the world did I get here? After 1.5 months of bed rest to keep this baby in until 34 weeks, he has decided he’s quite cozy and likes my belly just fine.

Now that I’m free to move around as much as I want, I’ve been doing yoga daily, working around the new house and making it a home, and even taking Griffin to fun outings like the zoo! The weather is finally starting to change for the better, so we’ve all been able to venture out and not rely quite as much on air conditioning.

36 WeeksPregnancy Stats:

How Far Along – 36 Weeks

Size of Baby – Honeydew, or a head of Romaine Lettuce

Gender – Boy

Total Weight Gain – 9 pounds

What I Miss – Being able to shave my legs easily, clean the house without feeling like I need a nap, and tolerate the heat.

Cravings – I’ve been eating chocolate and dates more, and have planned to eat Italian (lots of gluten free pasta) for my first meal after baby. Mexican sounds good too, as does pizza…pretty much all the foods I’ve given up in order for this baby to get the best nutrition possible!

Symptoms – A few painful contractions, lower back pain (body pillows are now my BFF at night), and discharge that I’ve read is a sign of effacement.

Maternity Clothes – I have a total of about 4 outfits I can wear now. I refuse to purchase any additional maternity clothes, so “sweatpants are all that fit me right now.”

Worst Part of Pregnancy This Week – Thinking I would be having a baby at this point a week ago!

Best Part of Pregnancy This Week – Listening to Griffin talk to the baby and rub my stomach while singing to him.

32 Weeks

I’ve made it to 8 months!

32 WeeksThe rest seems to be helping keep this baby in a bit longer. I’m so glad I can move around more, but I can also say I feel it when I do too much. This week I’ve been on my own with Griffin more than usual, and taking him to the toy store was pretty strenuous on my body. I can’t wait to be able to run around like normal again!

Pregnancy Stats:

How Far Along – 32 Weeks

Size of Baby – Squash or large Jicama

Gender – Boy

Total Weight Gain – 6 Pounds

What I Miss – Walking up the stairs without being exhausted, running errands like a normal person, picking Griffin up

Cravings – I’m still craving more dairy than usual, so there’s been a lot of yogurt and Paleo granola being consumed around here.

Symptoms – Tons of Braxton Hicks contractions. Some of them have been different than the last pregnancy, also. They seem to hurt a bit more, which has been slightly scary at times.

Maternity Clothes – I’m done purchasing maternity clothes if I can help it. There’s just not enough time to wear them without feeling I’ve wasted my money. I am starting to think about postpartum/nursing attire, though.

Worst Part of Pregnancy This Week – The afternoon after the toy store, I reclined in a chair and really worried about the scary contractions I was having. I prayed the entire time – luckily they all passed with no issue.

Best Part of Pregnancy This Week – Going to see the progress on the new house and realizing that we will most likely move in before the baby arrives!

Update – Modified Bed Rest + 28 Weeks

After a week of lying prone, even a tiny bit of freedom feels like I’ve won a prize!

Bed Rest has paid off, it seems. The doctor said that I can get up a little bit more throughout the day, bathe Griffin if I let someone else put him in and take him out of the tub, and go get a pedicure if I want. I can’t go shopping or out to eat at a restaurant, and will not be able to workout until after the baby is born, but I can sit up straight a bit more. At this point she is still holding off on the steroids or progesterone, as well. I’ll take it!

We go back for another checkup next week, to see if the slight increase in activity has a negative effect on the progress I’ve made. I’m continuing to pray!

My days have started to blend into each other, but I have a few things that keep me occupied. I think I’ll save that list for the next post. For now, here’s a 7 month update!

Pregnancy Stats:

How Far Along – 28 weeks

Size of Baby – An eggplant

Total Weight Gain – Last week I had gained a total of 6 pounds (thanks Disney). But at this last appointment I hadn’t gained anything additional, so at least bed rest hasn’t made me balloon out at this point.

What I miss – Walking!

Cravings – Still craving salty foods like chips, as well as random stuff like baked sweet potatoes with tons of butter and sour cream. I’ve also been eating a lot more sushi than I generally ever do.

Symptoms – Well, laying around for the last week hasn’t been the best for my digestion.

Maternity Clothes – A few fold-over pairs of yoga pants that can be worn after pregnancy, and some comfy Gap Fit shirts that are nice and loose. I especially like this roll sleeve tee.

Worst Part of Pregnancy this Week – Restless legs in the middle of the night from lack of activity during the day!

Best Part of Pregnancy this Week – Griffin woke this morning and his first words to Jeremy were, “I’m so excited about my little brother!”

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Bed Rest – Temporarily, I Hope

First, a little back story.

Last Tuesday I worked out to a VERY short bodyweight program while Griffin played. Doing some sumo squats, I noticed I had a “heavy” feeling in my pelvic floor. The next exercise was a plank variation with a leg exercise involved – which produced stabbing pains throughout that area. Realizing I needed to stop that immediately, I finished the rest of the workout and rested. Throughout the remainder of the day however, I had that same heavy feeling, especially when climbing stairs, standing up from sitting, etc.

At first I didn’t think much about it, but at the prodding of both my mother and mother-in-law, I called the doctor. Her nurse said that if a Tylenol and rest didn’t help things, I needed to go immediately to the Women’s ER and see if anything serious might be happening.

Although I probably would have ignored this and just rested until the following day, my husband was concerned enough to suggest we take her up on that offer. Luckily Nashville’s Centennial Women’s Center is amazing and I went immediately into a room with no wait time.

A few tests later and they discovered that my cervix had shortened quite a bit from my last ultrasound. Strict bedrest was prescribed until I could meet with my regular doctor, which I happened to have an appointment with on Thursday morning, anyway.

Hoping that I would only be confined to a reclined position for one day, I made the most of it and read throughout that next 24 hours.

Unfortunately, the doctor didn’t give me a perfect bill of health just yet. Another week’s worth of bed rest was the result, to see if my cervix was simply shortened temporarily by the workout I had done (I swear it was low impact!). Although she had wanted to go ahead and give me a shot of steroids and progesterone in the off-chance the baby would come super early, she was willing – at my pleading – to wait a week and see if things would resolve themselves.

I had argued the point when thinking about having avoided food with antibiotics and steroids this entire time, only to be injected with both of them at the very end, making my child artificially developed before the natural time. Of course, I certainly don’t want him to spend any time in the NICU either, making the entire thing a huge struggle for me.

So here I sit.

I keep praying that somehow everything will be back to normal after Wednesday’s ultrasound. The baby is certainly healthy right now – perfect heartbeat and movement. But the fact that Griffin naturally came at 34.5 weeks with zero complications, combined with this latest development of my cervix, has everyone overly focused on my staying in a prone position and drinking a gallon of water each day.

Spider ManSo much so, that I’m now the proud owner of Jeremy’s childhood Spider Man dinner tray to ensure I rest even at meal times.

To pass the time I’ve been doing an enormous amount of reading, finally watching some Netflix shows that friends have raved about for years, and hanging out with Griffin on either the bed or a recliner. Griffin has definitely been the aspect of bed rest that has depressed me the most. I simply can’t play with him, take care of him, or feed him as normal. Luckily I have an amazing family unit that has come to my rescue!

Father's Day EntertainmentWhen Jeremy isn’t working he is doing everything in his power to ensure my comfort and Griffin’s entertainment and well-being. He literally spent his Father’s Day helping me and going to Home Depot to pick up a mini fridge that could house the meals I’ve had delivered from a Paleo meal delivery service in Nashville – I couldn’t stand the thought of any of us eating unhealthy simply because I couldn’t cook!

My in-laws, who we are staying with, make life super easy by caring for the little man and taking Griffin with them on fun errands. Marcia has even gone to two grocery stores in one day, and is currently at Target with Griffin. My own parents have taken off work to cook and be there for Griffin and myself. My mom spent her days off this weekend having a slumber party with him and cooking.

FriendsThis isn’t including friends who have dropped in with food and playmates.

So I’m going to continue to occupy my time by blogging about the days that stretch ahead of me. Maybe the muse will finally return to me after a long hiatus, and this daily bit of writing will inspire my other projects, as well.

 

Kicking off Summer with a Vacation + 6 Months

It’s becoming a habit for me to begin my blogs by saying something along the lines of, “It’s been too long since I’ve posted anything!” Or maybe it’s just being a mom and trying to not only find time, but also muster up the creativity for another post. That certainly seems to be the trend when I look at other blogs, anyway.

After Jeremy got out of school for the summer, we packed way too many bags and headed down to Florida for some time away. Did I mention that we just sold our house? Well that happened the day before we left for vacation. Describing our life right now as a whirlwind would be a bit of an understatement!

PoolNeedless to say, we were ready for some time away, and got it in the form of Captiva Island with both sets of parents. After 6 days there, we took the rental car and drove to Disney World for a couple of days before returning “home” to Jeremy’s parent’s house, where we will be staying while our new home undergoes a few facelifts over the next couple weeks.

Tea CupsMy last doc visit was almost 3 weeks ago and I failed to give an update. Next week I go in for the dreaded glucose test and to see if I ate a one too many Mickey bars while in the park. I can’t believe this baby is showing himself so much more than at this point in my last pregnancy!

24 WeeksPregnancy Stats:

How Far Along – 24 Weeks in this Photo

Size of Baby – An ear of Corn

Total Weight Gain – As of the doc visit a week before I left for the beach, I had gained 1 pound. Something tells me next week I’ll be told something much different, however!

What I miss – Being able to tolerate the Florida heat. We’ll be heading down again for the 4th and I can’t imagine I’ll be in the sun much at all – at least we have a beach front home so I can take in the view from the air conditioned living room!

Cravings – Being at Disney, I had to have some Erin McKenna’s gluten/soy/nut/refined sugar free Donuts (they’re amazing, I promise), as well as a Dole Whip, and of course those amazing gluten free Mickey Waffles! But I still haven’t been craving too much sugar. Mainly, if I’ve wanted anything it’s been saltier foods.

Symptoms – My energy level has been pretty low, and some issues with incontinence over the last month had me taking Milk of Magnesia per the doctor’s suggestion.

Maternity Clothes – I got a couple of T-shirts from Target before I left for the beach. Right now maxi skirts and tank tops are my best friends, however.

Worst Part of Pregnancy this Week – Major cramps when trying to work out yesterday. I had to wait through the pain and Griffin was asking if I was OK. I hadn’t even been doing anything strenuous!

Best Part of Pregnancy this Week – Griffin putting a hand and ear on my tummy and whispering to the baby – he already loves his little brother!

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Little Brother on the Way!

19 Weeks GriffinSurprise! We were able to find out the gender of the baby a week early due to some scheduling difficulties – I’m so glad it worked out that way!

Griffin knew it was going to be a boy, and kept telling us despite the fact that we hadn’t officially even told him he should be expecting a sibling. He simply kept asking if there was a baby in my tummy, and when I asked what he thought, he would reply, “Yes. It’s a baby brother.”

Children are amazingly perceptive about certain things like that.

Symptom-wise, I had a feeling it could be a boy. This pregnancy has been so similar to the last, from food preferences to weight gain.

We surprised Griffin with a bunch of blue balloons to let him know he was right all along – I have to say he seemed much more interested in the balloons than the news, however!

By the way, the below picture doesn’t do the belly justice at all. I feel like I’m about twice the size as I was at this point in the first pregnancy. But thank goodness for flowy tops!

19 Weeks 2Pregnancy Stats:

How Far Along – 19 Weeks

Size of Baby – A Mango

Total Weight Gain – Down -2 pounds total as of the doctor’s visit today.

What I miss – A good night’s sleep. Between a cough Griffin’s been battling and just overall restlessness, I haven’t had uninterrupted sleep in a few nights.

Cravings – This week I’ve definitely been leaning toward more red meat, and crunchier things like plantain chips. I would also really like some cereal, speaking of crunch. I ordered this Paleo cereal a few days ago and can’t wait until it arrives!

Symptoms – A mild low back ache today, which could have been from lack of sleep and having to lay on that uncomfortable ultrasound recliner.

Maternity Clothes – Baby seems to be riding pretty high, so nothing has been needed so far.

Worst Part of Pregnancy this Week – Realizing that it’s going to be difficult keeping to our normal schedule with a newborn and a toddler in preschool.

Best Part of Pregnancy this Week – Being able to find out the gender a week earlier than we thought!

Happy Easter! + 16 Weeks

He is Risen! A heartfelt Happy Easter from our family to yours – what a beautiful day for a Jesus-centered celebration!

Family EasterUsually Easter comes with lots of cloudy skies and rain, but today was just gorgeous. We had to get outside and take some family photos to commemorate it.

Easter

Easter 2Yesterday we did the same, even if it was slightly colder. Griffin participated in his first Easter egg hunt, and met the Easter bunny, as well.

Easter 9Although we have never really discussed the Easter bunny much, he was excited to see a costumed character, nonetheless – I’ll attribute that to lots of interaction with characters at Disney World!

Easter 8There was also a musical petting zoo, put on by the Country Music Hall of Fame. It was everything I had wanted our own attempt at Griffin’s birthday to be. A banjo, fiddle, mandolin, guitar, dulcimer, autoharp, and many  varieties of drums and bells were all available for small hands to touch and try out. The instructors were wonderful with Griffin and highly encouraged us to start giving him formal lessons soon.

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Easter 6As far as Easter morning went, Griffin awoke and immediately headed downstairs to dig into his Easter basket.

Easter 3We then made our way to church, where we allowed Griffin to be in the sanctuary for worship service. He loved it, as he has in the past, but this time there was also a children’s choir – he made the announcement afterwards that he wanted to sign up.

Easter 10We came home and had the family over for a true Easter feast. We have leftovers to last the week!

As for myself, here’s a belated pregnancy update:

16 WeeksPregnancy Stats:

How Far Along – 16 Weeks

Size of Baby – An Avocado

Total Weight Gain – Still -3 pounds

What I miss – Cocktails at my favorite restaurants

Cravings – I would love just one Cadbury egg, but have sworn them off since they contain nothing my body would recognize as food!

Symptoms – Migraines have gotten worse in the last few weeks. No amount of pregnancy-safe medication seems to relieve them, and they last 2-3 days at a time. Luckily, sipping on some caffeine has actually seemed to help.

Maternity Clothes – No, but I’ve been on a bit of a rampage looking for flowy dresses and skirts for summer.

Worst Part of Pregnancy this Week – Definitely the headaches.

Best Part of Pregnancy this Week – Talking to Griffin about baby brothers and sisters. We haven’t told him yet, but are warming him to the idea!