The past few weeks in photos:
The past few weeks in photos:
Though “blogging” was never my intent – really I just wanted to document my journey – I will still go on record as saying that I’ve been a terrible blogger.
2nd trimester got a little boring and then when things “picked up again,” I was just out of the habit. Around week 30-31, things started to get increasingly uncomfortable and now I feel like I have a new sensation or symptom every couple of days. Most of it is the cliche stuff, not worth writing home about. Some days are more uncomfortable than others, but I am not quick to complain. After what it took to get here, I am grateful for every ache and pain. In a nutshell:
On August 30, we attended a childbirth class. That night, after MUCH thought over the course of the past few months, I committed to a plan that includes a fully natural childbirth – barring any unforeseen medical circumstances, of course. To that end, my stability ball has been purchased, and I have started to collect some helpful items for my hospital bag.
Rob and his dad continued to paint the nursery tonight. Now all that’s left to paint is the trim. Of course, Macie wanted to get in on the action, too.
As you can see in the pic, we also had a ceiling fan with a light installed. The furniture is being delivered a week from tomorrow, which will be about 4 weeks shy of D Day. Cutting it a bit close, but that’s how we roll over here.
Yesterday afternoon, my sister treated us (insisted on!) a maternity photo shoot. I am so lucky to have a sister who enjoys and is so good at photography. I didn’t think I wanted maternity photos but now I am so glad we have them. It was absolutely GORGEOUS yesterday and we had a lot of fun, too. Here are a few of my faves.
That pretty much brings us up to date.
I will add if I think of something thing else. 😊
Truth: 2nd trimester is slow (read: boring) and there’s not much to “write home about.” Having said that, since I haven’t really updated in a while, there are at least a few things worth mentioning, for the record.
Anatomy Scan & Doctor Visits: The anatomy scan had to be completed in two sessions because Baby was not being cooperative. I did write about the first session in another post. A week ago, I went back for part 2, and they were able to get all of the measurements and pics they needed. The doctor said the heart is “textbook perfect,” and everything looks great. Phew. One more hurdle…
Yesterday I had a quick check up with the regular OBGYN. Fundal measurements and heartbeat are A.O.K. Next up… glucose tolerance test. Yikes!
Weight: total gain +12 and change
Sleep: Getting harder. I sleep well every other night. This is because one night I sleep terribly and the next night I’m so exhausted I could probably sleep through the apocalypse. My mom treated me to a snoogle, at my not-so-subtle request. I like it for napping but not for a full night’s sleep. They need a snoogle for short people; it’s a little unwieldy. The dog, however, LOVES the snoogle at all times of day (see pic below!), I wake up with hip pain from sleeping on my side, and stiff legs, but it’s not too bad. Peeing 1-2x per night. I’m thirstiest at night, which doesn’t help.
Best Stuff: Ordered the nursery furniture, set a date for baby shower, went back to Jazzercise!!! (not teaching yet; doing low impact in back of the room) – boy did I miss it, growing bump
Hard Stuff: Hubs working the summer job leaves me “single” for long stretches at times, I miss summer drinking (and sushi, and tuna in all forms), drinking enough water, waiting to feel more movement, figuring out maternity leave, popping the registry cherry…
Food: sweets, sweets, sweets… juice, fruit, baked goods, small snacks and meals work better than three full meals a day, some days I don’t really have much of an appetite at all (these are the days I end up eating an entire bag of candy corn instead of actual food)
Some recent pics:
my pupster with the snoogle
8th grade graduation day… always a proud day, and always a tear jerker. This year we added preggo hormones to the equation! One of my students from last year wrote and read the speech and I just couldn’t keep it together. I have only been out of the classroom as the district middle school literacy coach for one year and I am already yearning to be back in the trenches with the kids. With baby on the way, I will hold off on that for a bit and see what life has in store, but I definitely see myself back in the classroom at some point.
22 weeks today.
In the past 2 weeks, I have lost my waist line, my boobs have exploded, and I’m getting very nervous to step on a scale again.
People keep telling me how great I look for 21 weeks, which I do appreciate. (Small victory: still wearing heels to work! Woohoo!) However, I think my pregnancy anxieties are coming true: I am not destined to have a cute defined bump; I am destined to fill out and round off all over. I think I will have my postpartum work cut out for me.
Baby is worth it, of course! I didn’t get it when pregnant women complained about losing their bodies and hating how they looked, but ok… I get it now. I’m thrilled to be here and wouldn’t have it any other way, but I do get it.
I couldn’t resist posting a photo first thing this morning, but I will do a little more of an update now.
Honestly, there’s not much to say. Hubs and I are taking a long weekend to Martha’s Vineyard… our first “vacation” in 3 years since our honeymoon. I guess you could call it a ‘babymoon…’ or you could just say he finally felt guilty enough to take a weekend off of work. The weather is going to be iffy, but a weekend away is a weekend away. You won’t hear me complaining!
All in all, I am feeling pretty good. Every three days or so, I am noticing moderately intense cramps on my left side for a few hours in the early evening. They don’t seem to be brought on by anything in particular. If possible, I am getting in to bed when this happens. My anatomy scan is scheduled for Tuesday, so I will mention it to the doctor. Hopefully baby will check out fine and it’s all part of the growing pains process.
Speaking of anatomy scans… I FINALLY GET TO SEE MY DOODLEBUG AGAIN!!! I can not wait. Mom and sister will be joining me and I am so excited to share the experience with them. Of course I am a little anxious because I want everything to look healthy and perfect, but mostly I am just soooo looking forward to catching a glimpse… or 10… of Baby A!!! We will not be finding out the gender. I’m looking forward to hearing it announced in the delivery room.
That’s really about it. I’m still sleeping pretty well. Have a little shortness of breath and the tiniest amount of indigestion here and there (at least I think that’s what it is?!?). Still feeling little flutters and anticipating the first bigger movements.
Can’t believe we are at 20 weeks!
20 weeks – 7 AM
Maternity pants with pre-prego shirt. The look of the bump so largely depends on what I am wearing at this point. Yesterday I didn’t appear to have any bump at all. Waiting for the infamous “pop,” but fearing I may just be one of those people who looks all around puffy and chubby the whole time! Maybe I should stop eating this coffee roll from Dunkin’
(But really as long as baby is healthy, I don’t care what I look like on the outside!!!)