36 Week Checkup

I had a doctor's appointment today, which was good because I missed last week's due to the snow.  Everything is looking good.  She said I am 1.5 cm dilated, which is normal.  I asked her if she had any estimates regarding his size and she estimated he was around 5 pounds right now, so he will probably be near 7 or 7.5 pounds at birth - which could be any day now!!  Yikes!  Oh, and I guess I'm now suffering from carpal tunnel syndrome because for the last week, I've been waking up throughout the night with numb hands.

36 Weeks

Officially 4 weeks until my due date!  Because of the snow, I missed my doctor's appointment last week, so nothing new to report there.  Still feeling pretty good.  I switched to some body wash for sensitive skin and my skin has been much better.  Weight gain is at 22 pounds.  Here are some pictures from last night, before we headed out to a friend's engagement party.

34 Weeks

We've hit 34 weeks.  I can't believe how fast my due date is coming up!  I just had a check-up yesterday and everything is great so far.  This weekend will be spent on getting the baby's room put together.  We received the crib and dresser from JCPenney, but something happened with our order and they forgot to deliver the changing table.  So, it will be another couple weeks before we have the entire nursery finished.  We're also getting a new bed delivered on Tuesday, so we kind of have some furniture shuffling going on. I've been feeling pretty good lately.  My skin has been very irritable though.  Cortizone and Benadryl have been my best friends.  I've gained 19 pounds so far, so hopefully if I stay good these next 6 weeks, I'll be right at the recommended 25.  Oh, and I can't go more than a couple hours without peeing.  I think Scott and I are both getting excited and ready to meet our little boy!

Officially Two Months To Go!

I have been so bad about updating!  Anyways, today marks the beginning of 31 weeks, which is also 8 months.  I'm happy to report that I do not have gestational diabetes, but did find out I'm anemic.  I'm very thankful I found out because since I've been taking my iron supplements, I have not been suffering from shortness of breath.  The baby has been moving around constantly and it's crazy to watch my stomach and see him moving.  We had our final birth prep class this evening and got to take a tour of the birth center.  We were pretty impressed.  We still have lots to do regarding the nursery, but the furniture finally shipped, so we should be able to get everything set up within the next few weeks.  Everything else is going great with my pregnancy.  Weight gain is at 18 pounds and I have been feeling good, except that my back will start hurting if I stand for too long.  Here I am!  Hopefully we'll have some nursery pics up soon.

No More Poking...

I had my 28-week appointment on Friday, which included the glucola test.  I have to say, the drink wasn't all that bad.  I thought it tasted a lot like red gatorade.  I won't know the results of the test until Monday, but let's hope I pass!  Pregnancy is hard enough without having to worry about eating too much sugar.  Otherwise, everything else looked great.  The heartbeat was around 135 and the doc measured my stomach and it was measuring right on.  I had to get my blood drawn for the last time (hopefully) and I got my flu shot, so I should be clear of needles for awhile. We also finally got around to ordering the remaining baby items.  The furniture is on backorder until November 6, but we already received most everything else, including the car seat, stroller, pack n play, etc.  We have a ton of boxes sitting downstairs waiting to be opened and stuff to be put together.  Birth classes have been going great.  Last class, we covered actual labor and dealing with pain.  I'm wondering if I will become one of those women who become extremely irritable during labor...

Third Trimester

I have begun Week 27 and the 3rd Trimester (even though some places I've read that the 3rd Trimester begins in week 28.)  Anyways, I'm close enough!  Things have been going great.  Weight gain is at 15 pounds (yikes!).  My main complaints are shortness of breath at random times and mostly when I'm sitting down.  I've been experiencing some back pain, but only if I'm on my feet for long periods of time.  It's also been hard to get a good night's sleep, mostly because I wake up in the middle of the night wide awake.  His movements have definitely been getting a lot stronger, and Scott is now able to feel him moving around.  Let's hope things stay good for the next 3 months.  We started our birth and labor prep classes last week.  Still on the agenda for this weekend is to get the baby furniture ordered and start really putting the nursery together!  Here's some pics.

Here I am at exactly 27 Weeks.

Front View

Shiloh and me cuddling

Shiloh lounging on top of all the extra bedding I need to be comfortable at night

And a pic of my first homemade chicken pot pie.  It actually turned out pretty good!

24 Weeks

Ah, the weeks just keep rolling by.  I can't believe it!  Well, we've reached 24 weeks.  Nothing much new to report.  I've been feeling pretty good, physically.  Weight gain is at 11 pounds.  Still not having any cravings of note, except I guess fruit juice.  I took the last couple weeks off from working out, but plan to get back in the gym this week.  Here I am...finally broke out the maternity clothes.

A couple of weeks ago my mom and dad were in town and I got to get a head start on baby shopping.  We picked out the crib bedding, as well as a few decor items, clothes, and other miscellaneous baby stuff.  The room that will be his nursery is pretty neutral, so I don't think we are going to have to do any painting, which is good since neither Scott nor I have any experience in painting or other home decorating projects.

Here is the nursery, as of now.  We have a lot of work to do!

The bedding we picked out.  The wall decor items will be red stars.

These little socks and shoes are just sooo cute.  So tiny!

He already has quite the wardrobe.  Here's one of his stylin' outfits.

And here is the little cap and pod I had specially made for his newborn pictures.  Cuteness.

We have a pretty good start on getting prepared!  This week I plan on ordering the nursery furniture and also most of the big essentials, like stroller, etc.  Only about 4 months to go!

22 Weeks

5 months of pregnancy are over and I am now beginning month 6!  Nothing much has changed since my last post, which is a good thing.  Still feeling pretty good and my foot has gotten a lot better.  My weight gain at 22 weeks is at 10 pounds.  I've been sleeping great, which is a blessing!  Here I am.

Last night, a bunch of girls from my sorority got together to catch up at my friend Lindsay's house.  I couldn't drink any of the delicious sangria, but made sure I got my share of the appetizers.  It was great catching up with everyone!

Rachae checking out the bump

Me, Vess and Rachae

And what kind of post would this be without the token Shiloh pictures?  We got her groomed last week and gave her a REAL poodle haircut.  I can't believe how different she looks!

Before....

After

It's a boy!

Finally, the day we have been waiting for for the last 4 months arrived!  We went in today for my 20-week checkup and anatomy ultrasound.  We were both pretty anxious to find out that our baby was healthy, first and foremost.   Then we found out, it's a boy!  And everything is looking good at this point.  His heartbeat was 148 BPM and he is 14 oz (55th percentile.)  So, it looks like I am still on track for a December 24th due date.  Other pregnancy highlights since the last time I wrote (boring, but hey, these are my pregnancy memories):

  • Last time I wrote, I mentioned how I walked around the mall a bunch and did errands and then my back was killing me.  Well, this also resulted in plantar fasciitis in my left foot.  My arch was KILLING me for awhile.  I found some really supportive shoes and inserts, so it's getting better now.  I guess my high heels will be taking a hiatus for the rest of the pregnancy.
  • I started developing rib pain, mostly when I'm lying on my sides.  It's not too bad, just annoying.
  • I've now moved on from Cinnamon Toast Crunch to Cap'n Crunch.
  • Weight gain at 20 weeks: 8 pounds.
  • He's been moving a lot more frequently, but we're still waiting for his kicks to get strong enough for Scott to feel.

Now for some pics.  These were all taken today, at 20 weeks and 4 days.  I am amazed because I look much bigger in these pics than I do when I look in the mirror.

His foot...does it look like he has a lot of toes??

The "boy" shot

Okay, this picture is a little freaky, but it's his face and arms.  We've decided he has my pointy chin.

Oh, and a cute pic of Shiloh because she's part of the family too.

Of course, we're both very excited!  Time to start planning a new nursery, since my whole pink princess nursery is no longer going to cut it.