28 week bumpdate

How Far Along: 28 weeks and 5 days

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

Baby is the size of: a coconut or a papaya

Best Moments This Week:

  • Reaching the 3rd trimester
  • Celebrating my 30th birthing with a backyard BBQ

Total Weight Gain: Didn’t weigh myself this week. Last week was up 1.2lbs for a total of 10.2 lbs. With my birthday, I expect I may be up again. MMMM birthday cake!

Maternity Clothes: Still a mix of tops but definitely all maternity bottoms. I’m trying really hard to live with what I’ve bought so far. I would love a few more options, but I keep telling myself it’s not worth it when I work from home.

Symptoms:

  • Definitely went through another growth spurt. I recognize the pattern now. I am so hungry during the day and baby doesn’t move as often as he usually does. At night, my tummy feels extra bloated and sore. At the peak/end of the spurt, I’m exhausted.
  • Minor heartburn and acid reflux – one of my best week’s yet!
  • Sore hips/tummy
  • Started to notice slight watery discharge from my nipples on certain days

Sleep: Haven’t been sleeping great this week. Lots of tossing and turning. One hour naps on my really tired days make a huge difference!

Food Cravings: Black cherry ice cream, plain ruffled potato chips, cucumbers, red grapes,

Anything making you queasy or sick: Smell of pulled pork cooking which we made for our BBQ. I had to stay out of the kitchen for a few hours until my stomach settled.

Movement: Not as much the past few days due to the growth spurt. I kept telling my husband I wanted reassurance from the baby. Two nights ago, I went to bed later than expected, but of course, that’s when the little man decided to dance up a storm. I stayed awake enjoying the fact that he was moving again.

Stretch Marks: Yes, on my lower tummy.

Baby Bump: Growing and growing…

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This shirt has a story behind it. I bought it the month of our 2nd IUI because I thought for sure it would work (we were all naive in the beginning...). I tucked it away in the closet and didn’t get a chance to wear it for over a year and a half. It’s finally starting to fit me properly. My husband’s fav Canadian Football League (CFL) team is obviously the Saskatchewan Roughriders. It’s one of their maternity shirts that says ”Baby Rider Fan”.

Gender: BOY

Labour Signs: Too early.

Belly Button In or Out?: Innie but still lots of stretching and pulling around my belly button.

Wedding Rings on or off?: Off due to the heat.

Happy or Moody?: This week had been a good one. I enjoyed my birthday and felt relaxed overall.

Purchases for baby: A few onesies and a blanket from Carter’s. Toys from a garage sale – they were an amazing deal! A print from Chapters to hang in the baby room.

Purchases for Momma: A light housecoat to wear post-delivery at the hospital

Miss Anything?: Being able to sleep fully reclined.

Looking forward to: Our next OB appointment on August 4. I must have past my initial glucose screening test because I haven’t heard from him.

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Two big milestones in one day

Today, I’ve officially reached the 3rd trimester AND it’s my 30th birthday.

I laid in bed this morning contemplating where I thought my life would be at 30. It didn’t seem odd to be pregnant, but if you had asked me years ago, I would have assumed we would be pregnant with Baby #2. The funny thing is that this is true. Baby #1 just took longer than expected and didn’t get to come home with us.

The past few weeks have been a period of reflection. At the beginning of 2015, I set a goal for peace. I’ve recently realized that any time I don’t feel peaceful, I need to turn to acceptance and gratitude.

For example: Some days, the aches, pains and nasty pregnancy symptoms start to add up and can turn your mood fowl. Instead of dwelling on the “why me’s”, I turn my focus to gratitude. I am so grateful to be pregnant. Each side effect or symptom is proof that my body is working hard to provide nourishment and a safe home for my baby.

Sometimes it’s easier to let our chaotic minds take over, rather than recognizing the advantages to our situation. It’s all a matter of perspective. And that slight change in perspective can ease many worries and anxieties; and bring you peace.

Reaching the 3rd trimester definitely seems surreal. I wasn’t sure how I would feel today, but I am happy to have (potentially) 12 weeks left to prepare for my little boy. I’m looking forward to becoming a mother. I can’t wait to see my husband hold our son for the first time. I’m actually interested in experiencing labour (says the crazy woman- ha!) and all of our baby’s “first time” experiences as well.

I’m not upset about turning 30. I’m actually kinda happy to leave my 20’s behind. They were a period of many challenges, but each experience turned me into the person I am today – a strong 30-year old woman. I have a loving husband, a beautiful home, and a successful career. I am a mother to two children and my fur-babies. I can honestly say that I love myself much more now than I did when I was 20. I am confident in who I am. I’m proud of how far I’ve come and exactly where I am today.

I’m ready to enter my 30’s and hope that they bring many, many blessings. ❤

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^ Since I can’t have the wine today, would you be willing to do that part for me? 😛