24 week bumpdate

How Far Along: 24 weeks and 4 days

Meds: All taken daily – prenatal vitamin, Omega 3 + DHA, Vitamin D, Ranitidine (2x/day), Magnesium (250g at bedtime as per my chiro’s recommendation), Gaviscon for heartburn as required.

Baby is the size of: an eggplant

Best Moments This Week: 

  • Way more baby kicks! Sometimes, he refuses to go back to sleep for a while after I’ve gotten up to pee early in the morning.
  • Seeing my baby bump actually move due to a kick
  • Buying our crib, room accessories and some clothes

Total Weight Gain: 8 lbs total. Didn’t weigh myself this week. 

Maternity Clothes: Ugh. We are due for a super hot summer. I bought 2 new dresses at Motherhood maternity this weekend (including the one in my photo below). All I want to wear is breathable material – no jeans! I also find if I wear my Bella band, it smooths out the B and gives me a bit of added support.

Symptoms:

  • Heartburn and acid reflux
  • Sore lower back and hips from sitting in the car for 10 hours this weekend
  • Hungry and tired – I’m not sure if it’s the heat or just pregnancy, but I’m so tired again.
  • That rash is coming back again 😦

Sleep: Some nights good, some nights bad. Depends on the # of pees and my acid reflux.

Food Cravings: Blueberry bagels, green grapes, blueberries, ice cream

Anything making you queasy or sick: Same as last week – Brushing my teeth still, eating too much, taking too much in my mouth, meat –  plus bending over as it triggers my acid reflux.

Movement: A LOT MORE! Super exciting. Although, jumping on my bladder is really getting old now.

Stretch Marks: Yes on my lower tummy

Baby Bump: Growing and growing…

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Gender: BOY

Labour Signs: Too early.

Belly Button In or Out?: Innie.

Wedding Rings on or off?: Off due to the heat. I’ve noticed a bit of swelling in my hands, but my feet seem ok.

Happy or Moody?: Happy, yet tired.

Purchases for baby: We bought an Ikea crib and a few accessories to organize the room (will write more about that later!). Also picked up quite a few onesies and sleepers from Carter’s on sale for an extra 20% off the last marked sale price. SCORE!

Purchases for Momma: A maxi dress, a skirt and a short summery dress from Motherhood Maternity

Miss Anything?: Bending over without a struggle, eating full meals

Looking forward to: Putting together the crib this weekend

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Embrace the change

It’s Friday – a lovely, warm, surprisingly humid on the normally dry Prairies day. I’m struggling with motivation today. If I ruled the world, everyone would have every Friday off in the summer.

I woke up this morning at 6:30 am and had trouble falling back asleep because my little man kept kicking me. I think when I’m hungry the little man is also hungry as he tends to be more active then.

This week must have been a growth spurt for me. I’ve been SO HUNGRY and tired. I eat about 5-6 small meals a day and I’m exhausted by 7-8pm every night.

I’ve also been REALLY struggling with eating meat. My one intuitive friend laughed and told me she isn’t surprised as my little man is quite the “hippie”. It will be interesting to see if her prediction is right.

As the days go on, I get more and more excited to welcome our son into the world. My husband said the other night that he’s most excited to see what he looks like and I can’t agree more!

I also has my first showing of the dreaded red stretch marks. Overnight, a few red speckles made an appearance on my stomach proving that the lines are slowly surfacing. I went through the stretch mark phase during puberty and with any significant weight gain, so it’s not a surprise I got them during pregnancy. I’m going to embrace them. They actually make my ectopic scars stand out less which is an interesting concept. Reminders of our 1st baby blend with signs of our 2nd and work together to create a natural piece of art over the sacred space that nourished my babies. I’ve always believed that each mark on our body tells our story. Now, the stories of both of my children are woven together. ❤

Early tomorrow morning, we are off for our baby shopping weekend. I booked us into a hotel that I often stay at for business trips that has an outdoor pool that overlooks the downtown area. I’m so looking forward to laying on my back in the water and looking up at the sky. I’m also looking forward to making a decision on the crib (I honestly don’t know why this has been so difficult for me!) and finally getting started on the nursery once we are home. Can’t wait to fill you in.

For now, embrace your partners, hug your bellies, and kiss your children. After today’s US Supreme Court ruling in favour of gay marriage, we all need to share the love. Even though there will always been challenges and struggles, we are on the way to a more accepting society – a better place for our children.

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Facing fears during pregnancy after loss

Before we took our hypnobirthing classes, I was struggling with a lot of fear – about the upcoming anatomy scan, reaching viability, etc. Hitting 20 weeks was a huge milestone for me. This timing perfectly coincided with a hypnobirthing class on releasing fears. My husband and I both wrote down a list of anything that was bothering us and released each item through a visualization exercise.

On Monday night, we met with our doula to discuss our birth preferences. I prefer the term preferences because we all know that you can’t plan exactly how your labour and delivery will go.

I told her that my biggest outstanding fear is the potential for going overdue and resulting in a stillborn. I thought this fear might impact some of my birth preferences (i.e natural labour onset versus induction), but that I want to dig deeper into it and try to release it before I make a definite choice.

My doula was very reassuring that fears are a normal process of the journey. She reminded me of the statistics around gestational periods and how we can always use more natural ways to induce labour before seeking medical intervention.

My best friend is due to have her baby next week. She visited her OB this morning to discuss the possibility of induction.  She’s having regular monitoring to ensure that everything is ok.

I reminded her that she needs to trust her intuition. If she feels like anything is wrong, then she should go directly to the hospital. Then I realized, I need to listen to my own advice.

I am a highly intuitive Momma.

I believe that everything will be fine.

I believe that I can have the natural birth I desire if it’s my preference to do so.

I am grateful for every kick my little boy gives me as it reassures me that he’s alive in there.

I am excited to welcome him into our world.

So, I’ll continue facing my fears during this pregnancy after loss, trusting in the process and continually growing as the journey moves on.

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What are your biggest fears? How are you dealing with them?