37 weeks

Baby is the size of a winter melon (or bunch of swiss chard depending on who you ask). He is gaining about 1/2 oz. each day, and is practicing sucking, inhaling, exhaling, gripping and blinking. Also he is now considered full term, so yay! Let’s see a comparison shot, shall we?

Boom. And, he has definitely dropped down lower since last week.

Two days after the 37 week photo was taken, I caught my reflection in the bathroom mirror and and just about fell over.

It looks like I have a torpedo there, holy cats. And, I apologize in advance for this next one, but I felt the need to document a bare belly shot.

I will save you from the front view, it wasn’t pretty. And yes, I have resorted to wearing my husband’s boxer shorts around the house because I do not currently own a single pair of shorts that fits.

I am not really feeling a whole lot different this week. Still tired, etc, etc. I have been having quite a few contractions every day, especially on days when I am very busy and possibly overdo it a little. Last Wednesday at the OB I was 1 cm dilated, which I know does not mean anything, but it seems like some progress at least. Not that I want baby boy to come out yet, but I have to admit I am looking forward to not being pregnant. I really would feel best if he stays in there at least another week and we make it to July. Knowing my luck, he will not come early at all and I probably shouldn’t even allow myself to hope for it, but it now seems like time is slowing down a little and I am so close yet so far away. Three weeks is a long time and no time at all. Either way, I cannot wait to meet our little dude and I am dying to know what he looks like.

Steve and I celebrated our six year wedding anniversary on Saturday, which is crazy. Married for six, together for ten. Seems like yesterday we were on our first “date” at Summerfest.

2004 first date

Aw, look at those cute smiley kids. Since we were at my dad’s house on Saturday for a belated father’s day celebration, Steve and I went out to dinner on Sunday.

Hard to believe this was our last anniversary celebration before we become a family of three.

Quote of the week: While at my dad’s on Saturday, my brother witnessed the baby doing the booty thrust, thus making my belly completely lopsided. He looked at me and said, “wow, you’re looking a little lumpy there.” I pretty much died.

Conversation of the week: Every Friday at the gym after swim practice, I have the following conversation with a lady in the locker room. Said lady is older, overweight, and a little odd.

Lady: You’re still pregnant.

Me: yes.

Lady: Just kidding. When are you due?

Me: July 15th

Lady: (incredulous) You should be a lot bigger!

Me: I already feel pretty big….

This past Friday, she saw me and said well NOW you look pregnant. 

Ha! Thanks lady.

Speaking of swimming, I am still going to masters once a week. That has now become my only workout of the week, and I am fine with it. I know that I should get to the pool more often, but frankly I am over it. I go once a week because I like to see my swimming peeps, and that is the only reason I drag myself to the gym on Friday mornings at 6am.

I only have three shifts left at the clinic I work at. Today, Friday, and next Monday. Hallelujah. My hands will be so happy. I will still be seeing clients at my private practice until I can’t anymore, which means when I go into labor or my hands stop functioning completely because of the swelling. They are by far the worst in the morning, and seem to get better throughout the day. The best thing I have found that helps is running them under ice cold water periodically throughout the day.

In other news, the bathroom and nursery are done! Steve is just finishing up the baseboards in the bathroom and then it will be officially complete. I will do a separate post on the bathroom remodel since it was such a huge project. Steve has worked so hard on it for such a long time, and it turned out fantastic. Now that these rooms are complete and our living room is not full of tools, I am breathing a little easier. I feel like if baby boy came tomorrow, at least the house is pretty much in order. My hospital bag is packed, so when the time comes we should be good to go!

 

 

 

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36 weeks

Baby is the size of a honeydew melon. His liver and kidneys are in working order, circulation is good to go, and he is just about able to breathe on his own.

So for the first time I missed doing a weekly update last week. I was super busy, didn’t get a chance to take a good picture, and was generally exhausted. So this update will have to encompass the last two weeks…here goes.

How I am feeling: tired. So, so tired. I wake up in the morning tired, I feel like I need a nap most days, and I wake up constantly during the night. I would say that now I have to get up and pee during the night about 33% of the time. Mostly I am just incredibly uncomfortable in general, but I can now remind myself that I only have four weeks to go! Give or take of course, but it’s hard to believe that my due date is less than one month away. Crazy.

Baby boy is still very active with huge movements. He loves to thrust his bootie up and out, which makes my belly look completely lopsided. Then he will stretch his legs and I can feel his little feet poking out on my side (usually the right side but sometimes he will completely flip and I will feel them on the left. It never gets old, I still love it. I have been having contractions more frequently lately, but they are random and not painful. One night after I overdid it a little I had some painful ones that were strong enough to wake me up, but by morning they were gone. I realized I just need to me more conscious of taking it easy and getting lots of rest.

Two Wednesdays ago I met with my new OB that I will be seeing from here on out. My original doc had her baby girl and is now on maternity leave. I got to the office and the nurse took me back, took my weight as usual, and then took my BP. Turns out my BP was in the 150’s/80’s (oy!). I have never had high blood pressure in my life. In fact, it is usually in the 100’s or 110’s/60’s. The nurse waited a few minutes before taking it again, and it was down to 134/78. The doc didn’t seem too concerned about it, but wanted me to come back last week to check it again, and to call right away if I started getting headaches, dizziness or blurred vision. In the meantime, I was testing it at home daily with an automatic BP cuff, and the numbers were always fine. I went back last Wednesday with my home machine to compare with the nurse’s reading. Well guess what, the machine read high in the office! I must have a case of white coat syndrome going on. A few minutes later the nurse took it and it was back to normal. We shall see what happens tomorrow at the doc, but I am not really worried about it since my numbers have been fine at home.

In other news, I took advantage of front row parking at the grocery store the other day for the first time.

Score. As far as food goes, my new obsession is strawberries. Watermelon is still getting a lot of love as well, but strawberries are so good. I am still not able to eat too much before I am full, but I have felt a little hungrier in the past few days I think, so I just eat snacks more often throughout the day. Snacks of choice include fruit (obviously), pretzels with cream cheese, greek yogurt with berries, Frosted Mini Wheats, and Cocoa Puffs. Basically I am eating like a toddler. I am still loving lemonade in all flavor variations mixed with seltzer as well.

And another nursery update – it’s pretty much done! All we have to do is install the new ceiling fan and hang a couple of things on the walls.

My cat is obsessed with the rug and likes to roll around on it.

I love the glider & ottoman, and the cute bookshelf was a shower gift. We were able to use Target gift cards to order the rest of the necessary items we needed. The only thing we don’t have yet is a monitor, and I am really sick of researching them (we want a video monitor and the reviews on almost all of them are completely mixed). I think I am going to enlist Steve to just pick one out on Amazon and get it over with so I can stop thinking about it.

 

I know I’ve shown this one already, but I am showing it again because 1) I love it and 2) I need to talk about that ‘K’. There has been quite a bit of speculation and harassment about what his name is, especially amongst my extended family. Over the weekend we were at a family party and the guesses were flying. People were trying to read our body language and gauge our reaction to their guesses, it was pretty funny. I am happy to say that Steve and I held strong and did not provide any clues :-) Everybody will just have to wait until the little dude is here. Not too much longer!

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34 weeks

Baby is the size of a butternut squash, weighs somewhere in the 4-6 lb range, and is urinating up to a pint a day. The above picture cracks me up a little. It looks like I am literally about to tip over forwards. No wonder my back hurts.

How I’m feeling: Meh. Fine I guess. And large. And hot. Hot in a literal sense, not like Oh, I look so hot. In fact, I had to turn on the A/C on Sunday when I was sweating sitting still in the house. If you know me, you know this is not normal. Steve usually calls me the A/C nazi because I hate air conditioning and normally refuse to turn it on until it is at least 88 degrees inside. Not anymore, I tell ya. I have been sitting inside drinking ice water from an insulated cup. My favorite things to eat still include anything with a high water content. Watermelon, celery, cucumbers, all fruit really, popsicles, etc. I discovered a jug of blueberry lemonade at the store the other day and have been enjoying that mixed with seltzer for some fizz over ice. In my insulated cup. Sleep – well, some nights I do and some nights I don’t. I don’t know what it is. Saturday I woke up for the day at 4:26 and Sunday I slept in until 7:05 (glorious!). My hands are still killing me after I work, but it is what it is. I have been sleeping with my right wrist in a brace that I borrowed from my cousin and it has actually been helping my carpal tunnel. My hand is not going numb quite as often, which is always a good thing in my book.

Enough about all of that. Saturday was my baby shower at my aunt’s house and I couldn’t have asked for a more wonderful day. The weather was beautiful so we did everything outside.

My mom made up these posters with all of my weekly photos, which was so cute:

Cousins:

Friends:

Babies!

I was a little bit floored by all of the awesome gifts. So many adorable things! We were given some big ticket items such as a carseat and the mother of all mothers:

Oh yes. I am so freaking excited about this stroller, you guys. It is so smooth and maneuvers like a dream (around the deck that is). I cannot wait to go for walks with it and eventually runs with my little guy. I may take it out for a test walk through the neighborhood before he comes, don’t put it past me.

So yeah. Beyond lucky and grateful for my super-generous family and friends. Right now it looks like a baby store exploded in our living room.

And now, a little nursery update. This should probably be it’s own post eventually, but I am lazy so I will put it here. Last week I decided to tackle the intimidating project of applying the wall decals I ordered from Etsy. I was very nervous about every aspect of the project, including placing the decals in the correct spots, making sure they were level, and then of course actually adhering them to the wall. Steve helped with the first one (the K) since he has done decals on vehicles in the past, and once I saw how it was done I felt a little better. Once I got going, I would say the whole thing probably took 4-5 hours or so, and really wasn’t that hard. I started one night and finished the next morning. I really could not be any happier with how they turned out. Excuse the poor lighting in this photo and try to tell me it is not the cutest thing you have ever seen.

Yes, his name starts with a K and that’s the only clue that will be given ;) Eventually the decal with his whole name will be up there but I am saving it for the end in case we have any curious visitors over the next few weeks. So the first night I did the K and the waves. I drew a pencil line on the wall with a level to make sure the waves would be straight across. I also drew level lines for the K, the hook, and some of the bigger pieces that I thought would look weird If they were crooked. Everything else I just king of placed on where I thought it would look good. I didn’t stray too much from the sample picture on Etsy because I am not that creative and I liked how it looked on there. The kid better love this ocean scene because I am not taking it down probably ever.

Steve also got around to installing the drawer pulls on the dresser, and I am in love with those as well.

Orange boat cleats, also found on Etsy.

I never thought I would have this much fun decorating the nursery, and when it is all done it is sure to be my favorite room in the house. All of baby boy’s clothes, sheets, blankets, towels, and diapers are washed and ready to go, and I am confident that I will finish organizing everything over the next week or so. Only 6 weeks to go!!

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33 weeks

Baby is the size of…wait for it…a durian fruit. In case you are like me and have no clue wtf a durian fruit is, it’s this:

Clears things right up, yes? Little dude is busy keeping his eyes open while awake, and he is starting to coordinate breathing with sucking and swallowing. Also more major brain development is going on for Mr. Smarty Pants.

Can we talk about the glorious 3 day weekend? I could not even tell you the last time I had 3 days off of all types of work in a row. I took off Monday because I thought we might go out of town for the weekend, but we ended up staying home in favor of getting things done at the house. For the first time in WI history, it was a beautiful Memorial Day weekend, and we had a good mix of relaxing, enjoying the weather, and getting stuff done. Saturday and Sunday both involved lots of time outside and cooking out with friends. I have discovered my new favorite summer drink.

Starbucks very berry hibiscus refresher. So good, especially when sipped outside in the shade. Turns out I am now a bit sensitive to the sun/heat. One day last week I was sitting out in the sun, and though it wasn’t even particularly hot out, I suddenly felt overheated and went inside only to discover little heat bumps on my arms. Sad. I am hoping I return to my super-hot sun-loving ways as soon as the little guy is on the outside. I have also been getting short of breath really easily, and I feel like baby boy is definitely crowding my diaphragm at this point. He continues to move around quite a bit, and it’s usually huge strong movement that can be viewed from the outside.

As for me, everything I do feels like it takes massive effort, including rolling over in bed, getting up out of a chair, walking up stairs, and especially putting on shoes. Thank goodness it is flip flop season. Surprisingly, working still feels ok. I am trying to sit more when I massage to conserve energy, but for the most part it’s going ok. My hands are another story and are in rough shape after I work between the swelling and soreness. I haven’t been able to wear my wedding rings in a couple of weeks. I am going to start icing them at night to see if that helps. I am always exhausted after I finish working, but what’s new. I just looked and I only have five weeks left of working at the clinic (through June 30th), and after that I will only be working at my own practice until the baby comes (assuming I still can!).

After my swim on Monday (first swim in over a week, oops!), I decided that I must be productive and assemble the crib while Steve was busy grouting tile in the shower. He helped get the huge box into the nursery and we unpacked everything.

After looking through the directions, I was questioning my decision. The diagrams looked really complicated, and I really didn’t know if I would be able to do it by myself. I decided to just start and take my time, and four hours later:

I only needed Steve’s help twice for parts that required two sets of hands. I am pretty impressed with myself, I have to say. I am going to pretend for now that I didn’t just shove all of the crap to the other side of the nursery and that it is all nice and clean and organized. At least progress is being made, right?

So, it is officially freaking me out how fast time is going by now. Seven weeks seems so short, and I can’t believe we are so close to meeting our son. I really can’t wait to see what he looks like and watch him open his eyes to the world for the first time.

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32 weeks

A whole day late with the update this week, sorry. Better late than never?

Baby is the size of a squash, over 16 inches long. He is supposed to be in the head down position now, but I honestly can’t tell. He is still moving around a lot, but instead of mostly jabs and kicks, it is a lot of long, slow, strong movements like he is trying his best to stretch out in his cramped quarters. Sometimes it feels like he does a big roll over, which is a crazy sensation, and sometimes it feels like he is pinching and squeezing my insides with his hands. Yowza, kid.

We were in Green Bay over the weekend because Steve was running the marathon on Sunday. It was a beautiful weekend, and I had fun cheering on the runners. Of course it made me miss running and racing, but I know I will be back at it soon.

After being on my feet for most of the day on Sunday, I was exhausted, and after driving home my back was killing me. I woke up on Monday with slight soreness in my quads and promptly felt totally pathetic. I have a feeling I may not be able to walk after my first time back running.

I have been so tired lately. Still. I take naps every chance I get, since I am still stalled out on the nursery. The bathroom is coming along nicely, and I think after progress made during the long weekend coming up we should be able to assemble the crib and really get the room together. I can’t wait. Other progress this week included choosing a pediatrician based on the recommendation of two different friends, so now they can stop asking me every single time I go to the doc if I took care of that yet. I procrastinate, what can I say?

The best moment of the week was our running group throwing us a baby shower.

I planted my butt on the couch while everyone ran, and then we all proceeded to eat Mexican food and pie. It doesn’t get much better than that. We got some adorable gifts and a very generous Target gift card from everyone. Seriously, runners are the best people! I can’t wait to take the little guy to our weekly runs in the stroller after he makes his debut as the newest member of the Lake Country Running Group :-)

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31 weeks

Baby is the size of a pineapple, he is going through major brain and nerve development, and all five senses are in working order.

Speaking of pineapple, oh my gosh it is so good. I can’t stop. I am going to turn into either a pineapple or a watermelon one of these days. Those are still my number one foods at the moment, but blue cheese dressing and potato chips (not together but maybe I should try it) are up there too. And frozen custard, but duh.

I really procrastinated on writing this update because I feel like I have very little to report. It seems like I just wrote my 30 week update yesterday. Time is flying which is now kind of freaking me out since I only have nine weeks to go. The bathroom is still under construction, the nursery is not ready, the house is a mess, etc. But, it was a fabulous weekend in WI, with warm temps and lots of time spent with family celebrating birthdays, an old friend’s baby shower and Mother’s Day. I can’t believe that soon I will be a mom, so weird. It’s kind of like when Steve and I were newly married and it sounded so crazy to me that I was a wife.

The little man is still moving around a lot, although there were two days in a row last week that I couldn’t feel him moving much and I was worried. The first day was last Tuesday, and by that night I actually decided to do a kick count, since you are supposed to be able to feel baby move 10 times within two hours. Well, I got to 10 during one episode of Grey’s Anatomy, but I was still glad that I had an appointment with my OB on Wednesday. I told her what was going on, and she assured me that his heart beat sounded great, but to call if I didn’t feel 10 movements or if I was worried. She also said he may be getting a little cramped in there and it will become progressively harder for him to flip flop all over the place. I guess he must have just been tired from all of the growing for a couple days because now he is back to his usual shenanigans in there.

I am still feeling ok, but I am tired for sure. Despite sleeping for 7.5 hours the last two nights (yes, I still wake up a lot), I crashed when I got home from work for a good 90 mins two days in a row. Business is picking up at my massage practice which is great, but I am still working at another clinic at the same time which is getting difficult. I cut my hours back at that job to just 15 hrs/week, but it is still tough to work a shift there and then see 2 more clients at my office in the same day. But I’ve gotta do what I’ve gotta do and building up my own practice is my main goal right now. I am scheduled at the other clinic through June 30th, but we shall see if I make it that long :)

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30 weeks

Baby is the size of a… cucumber? Um, ok. That’s just a weird comparison to me so I did a search for a different produce option and found another site that says large cabbage. Cabbage I can get behind. His skin is getting smoother and he is now strong enough to grasp a finger.

So, 30 weeks! I feel like that should mean I am on the home stretch, but in actuality I still have 10 weeks to go. Seems like such a long and a short time from now.  All I want to eat is fruit. I have eaten almost half of a 15lb watermelon by myself in two days. It’s just so good. I am also loving grapes and mozzarella cheese. And bagels with peanut butter. I don’t know if these cravings are pregnancy related or due to the fact that it is finally warming up outside.

Baby boy is still super active. He is either practicing soccer or trying to claw his way out through my stomach, I’m not sure. I love feeling him move around, and if I notice I haven’t felt him in a while, I will press on my belly and he will usually respond. He is probably so annoyed by his mom already.

I am starting to get really uncomfortable when I sleep at night. I wish I could just sleep on my back sometimes, because my hips have started to get sore from side sleeping with all the extra weight. I do use a pillow between my knees and propped under the belly, but it only helps so much. Also, leg cramps. Sweet Jesus, I will wake up in the middle of the night and move my legs, and sometimes my calves will just cramp to high heaven. Fun times. I know the sleeping thing will only get worse as the weeks pass, so it is what it is. In between wake ups to shift sides I am still sleeping pretty well, so I have to be thankful for that.

Progress in the nursery has stalled because we have now started remodeling our bathroom. By “we” I mean Steve and our brother in law Brandon. I am serving as crew supervisor and support staff, taking care of important things like feeding the guys and keeping them on task :) This bathroom is the last room in the house that needed to be completely redone, and we wanted to make sure it is finished before the boy makes his appearance. This was Saturday:

Don’t worry, it looks much better now. The guys made so much progress over the weekend it was kind of incredible. I am just so glad to be rid of the old nasty tub and shower tile. I will do a whole post on the bathroom at some point, likely when it is done and I can show before and afters. One of the things we decided to do was knock back a wall to open up the entry into the bathroom, and on the other side of said wall is the nursery closet. It was unnecessarily deep for a closet, and now it is a normal size. Because of this project, the nursery is now a disaster zone of stuff from the closet and crap from the bathroom. I really hope this project goes fast because it is already driving me nuts that I can’t complete the nursery. The new crib was delivered today and I am so antsy to get it set up. I also ordered the amazing glider/ottoman I talked about a couple weeks ago, and got a great deal on it to boot.

Exercise wise, I swam three times last week. Once was on Sunday, when I was kind of forced into going to the gym if I wanted to take a shower (see bathtub above). It was a good thing, because I am 100% sure I would not have gone to the pool otherwise. Ditto Monday morning. I do not normally workout on Mondays before work, but I got up super early to go to the gym and shower. I thought it would look weird if I went there JUST to shower, so I figured I would get in a short swim to start the week.

Lastly, I had another crazy weird dream last night. I heard the baby crying from his room, so I went in to get him. I took him out of his crib and put him on the changing table, and at some point he was no longer a human baby but a chimpanzee. Like the kind you see people have as pets, and I didn’t have any diapers that would fit on this full sized animal. WTF? I have now dreamed that he is a puppy and a primate. You are a human, right little guy??

Oy vey. Ten weeks to go, and I hope they keep flying by!

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