27 weeks and …a brand.USED.car!

As most of you know, a few weeks ago I had a car accident and as a result, my car was deemed a “total loss” which left me a bit sad. (After all, I’d been with that car longer than I’ve been with Asaf!) And although we decided that a brand new car just wasn’t in our immediate future, we knew that this would be a good opportunity to find a car that would fit our family’s needs a little better than my 2 door, manual transmission, “those windows won’t roll themselves up” Honda Civic. So off we went. Can I just say how much I hate car shopping? And car shopping + summer heat + heavy, sweaty baby belly = Mrs. Grumpypants (x100).

I felt a little like Goldilocks. You know, first car was too small (and smelled like cheese). Second car was too old (and didn’t have working A/C). And then finally, even though we thought we were years away from an SUV…we drove this little beauty and we knew it was the one. Check out my new Mommy-mobile!

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AND just in time for OUR THIRD TRIMESTER! Let’s all take a moment to celebrate! Woot woot!

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Baby is about the size of a rutabaga and some experts believe that babies begin to dream by week 27! I wonder what he could be dreaming about? He’s moving around LOTs lately and I’m officially on baby hiccup watch.

My 27 week update:

Total weight gain so far: I gained 2lbs this week! So that puts us at a little over 16 lbs.

Cravings: This week I saw a bag of cherries at the supermarket and I just had to have them. I paid $12 for a 2lb bag and didn’t even bat an eyelash. Cravings are serious business!

What I’m excited about: 7 months down and I’m still feeling pretty good. So far no stretchmarks! No varicose veins! Skin is behaving. Swollen hands and feet at a minimum. Most days I still feel like myself…only bigger 🙂

What I’m nervous about: I haven’t experienced them but I’m nervous about the possibility of Braxton Hicks contractions which may be coming my way soon.

New this week: Baby has been poking my upper rib cage lately. I imagine it’s his head (or possibly his butt) because it feels too large to be a hand or foot. Also, I’ve been having issues with my contact lenses this week. They feel itchy and dry all the time. May need to switch out to glasses sometime soon.

Note to Baby: We made it to 3rd trimester little bun! Hooray! Also, hope you don’t mind all the World Cup updates from Dad. 😉

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Celebrations at 26 weeks

Oh week 26, how quickly you went by!

Sunday Asaf celebrated his very first (kinda-sorta) Father’s Day! Since Asaf generally asks for very little, here’s how we celebrated his impending fatherhood: pancakes (at my insistence), pool, World Cup, NBA playoffs, steak dinner. Although I feel some mild guilt about having not purchased much for Baby yet, I have to say that I do feel pretty dang good about giving him this guy as a Dad.

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In other news, we successfully completed our childbirth classes! They even gave us this nifty little certificate. Despite my initial shock, we enjoyed the classes so much that we decided to signed up for two additional classes next month — Infant CPR and Lactation 101. Of course I’ll be sure to let you know how they go 😉

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Our little lettuce is about 2 pounds and his eyes are starting to open this week. His hearing is now fully developed. Also, he is beginning to develop patterns of sleeping and waking. I think we may have a tiny morning person on our hands! I’ve noticed increased belly movement starting at around 6:00am.

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::yawn:: and now ::yawn:: my 26 week update:

Total weight gain so far: I gained half a pound this week which brings us up to 14.5. Splurged a little (aforementioned pancakes, TWO Haagen Dazs ice cream bars… etc.) but also made it to the gym THREE times this week so maybe it all evened everything out?

Cravings: No major cravings to report this week but I did eat some really delicious pho on Friday. I actually didn’t even realize I wanted pho until Asaf suggested we share a bowl. Before I knew it, I was fighting him for the last spoonful!

What I miss: This is non-baby related but as some of you may know, my car was declared a total loss this week and I decided sign it over to the insurance company for a payout. On the lookout for a Mom-mobile but thankful for my little Honda and the service it provided for 11 long years. 😦

What I’m excited about: I passed my glucose test! Hallelujah! I don’t know how I would have survived the summer without popsicles (current love: Outshine Lime flavor. Tastes similar to a margarita!).

What I’m nervous about: My good friend Elma delivered a beautiful baby girl via c-section after 30 hours of labor. 30 hours! Jeepers creepers!

New this week: The Tiffany’s ring I usually wear on my right middle finger has been moved to my forefinger. It was getting a little too tight and I didn’t want to think about having to possibly cut it off at some point! My wedding rings are still fine.

Note to Baby: We are THIS close to 3rd trimester! You’re doing great but Mama would be eternally grateful if you moved your little noggin southward sometime soon. We get to see you again in a few weeks for our 3rd trimester check up! Can’t wait!

100 day countdown!!!

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Today marks another major milestone for our growing family 🙂 Our due date is officially just 100 days away! In all honesty, I don’t think we’re quite ready for our new arrival just yet, but we’re definitely making major strides in the right direction! I’ll be documenting the next 100 days via Instagram (a play off the popular “100 days of happy” project) with the hashtag #100daystilbaby. Please feel free to follow along!

Childbirth Class Take Two (25 weeks)

I wanted to briefly update you on our second childbirth class because it went so much smoother than our first. We covered a LOT including what to pack in your hospital bag, cord blood banking options and internal fetal monitoring I didn’t even realize existed (one involves a small corkscrew wire in the baby’s HEAD which I found to be more than a bit unnerving…). We also watched the end of the video we started last week which documented four women going through transitional and active labor, birth and then delivery of the placenta (which can come out up to 20 minutes after the kid! That was a gross surprise!). I am happy to report that I did not pass out! Actually, I teared up a little. It just goes to show you, these darn hormones are all OVER the place!

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I should also mention that Asaf did really well when the Dads reviewed how to read the contraction monitor for duration of each/time between. I feel like we are learning a lot of helpful information (MTV’s 16 and Pregnant can’t teach us everything!). Gold stars this week for the both of us and a gold star for you for reading my blog! 😉

Baby is as big as a cauliflower this week and milestones include lung development, nail growth and a newly acquired sense of equilibrium. Things are also progressing nicely here on the outside …

25 week update:

Total weight gain so far: Put on another pound this week. Up a total of 14 now.

Cravings: I’ve been trying to take it easy with the fruit since my glucose test coming up. It’s been difficult though. I’m dreaming about mangos!

What I miss:  My feet! It’s getting increasingly difficult to buckle my sandals and painting my toenails is near impossible.

What I’m excited about: Although many of the baby books/blogs I’ve read say you might have trouble sleeping around week 25, I’ve been sleeping GREAT! (Actually it’s the waking up part that I find to be difficult) Hope to keep that up as long as I can.

What I’m nervous about: Not sure if I mentioned this before but Baby is currently in breech position. Although I know there is still plenty of time for him to get into the right position, I’m a worst case scenario type of person so naturally I’m assuming he won’t flip in time.

New this week: Heartburn and acid reflux. No fun! Also, I won’t be entering any competitive eating contests anytime soon. I’ve officially lost the ability to eat large meals. As Baby grows, the room in my stomach decreases. End result? Getting full much faster.

My new BFF. And a photobomb by Klevster.

TUMS to the rescue!

Note to Baby: I am easily distracted these days by your wiggles and kicks. It feels selfish but I’m enjoying this time we have together. Only three more months til you’re out and I have to share you with the world 🙂

 

Tacos fix everything – 24 weeks

Wednesday night I was rear ended :(. After pulling over and exchanging insurance information I was still a little shaky but my main concern was getting home to check on Baby. Once there, I frantically fumbled with the fetal doppler (say that 5 times fast!) and of course, had trouble locating a heartbeat. This brought on a tsunami wave of tears. Luckily, Asaf arrived just then and was somehow able to find Baby’s heartbeat right away (they’re already plotting against me). Somewhat relieved but not quite satisfied, we called my OB. She asked several questions about the accident and in the end advised us to go to the hospital for fetal monitoring and an ultrasound.

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Two and a half hours (two tacos and a side order of nachos) later we were discharged. I was exhausted and sore but incredibly grateful. The fetal monitoring didn’t pick up any contractions and although the Ultrasound Tech isn’t allowed to say much, she pretty much gave me the thumbs up on her way out.

We followed up with my Doctor on Friday morning and she confirmed that Baby appears to be swimming around safe and sound. Thank goodness! And thanks to everyone for the calls, texts, emails and comments. They are very much appreciated. As for me, I start treatment at the chiropractor this week and I should have a rental soon.

Week 24 wasn’t all bad though. Our boy is now about the size of a cantaloupe! This week his brain’s cortex is developing into layers and his skin is becoming less opaque.

24 week update:

Total weight gain so far: Same as last week. 13 pounds. Maybe 13 is Baby’s lucky number?!

Cravings: This week I’m crazy about breakfast. I wake up soooo hungry and all I can think about is waffles, cereal (current loves: frosted mini wheats and honey nut cheerios) or eggs. Today I even thought it might be a good idea to add half a grapefruit into the mix…and I usually hate grapefruit!

What I’m excited about: I’ve got a pregnancy massage appointment this week. Yay! Also, my diaper bag arrived. I love it!

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What I’m nervous about: Glucose tolerance test coming up soon. Hopefully everything checks out ok.

New this week: My uterus is now the size of a soccer ball and my belly button is looking quite shallow this week! I’m hoping it doesn’t pop out. Truth be told, that kind of gives me the heebie jeebies.

Note to Baby: So many people love you and are happy to know that you’re OK! Keep up the kicks. I can’t get enough of them! Only 15 weeks to go 🙂

 

Childbirth Class 1- Melody 0

You might remember that a few weeks ago (here) I decided to sign us up for Childbirth Preparation classes. We attended the first of four classes last Tuesday. The first three classes cover childbirth and the fourth week is about drugs and knives anesthesia and cesarean sections. 

There were six couples in our class. All first timers. Our instructor, a L&D veteran named Wendy, asked us to go around the room and introduce ourselves and very soon it became obvious that Asaf and I had the farthest due date out. While I was proud of us for being “ahead of the game”, it also occured to me that we might just forget everything we’d learned before the big day arrived. Here’s to hoping that my elephant memory will be good for more than just random trivia.

Anyways, after introductions we watched a short video (from the 80s…seriously, is every health education film pre-1990?) about early labor and how to distinguish Braxton Hicks contractions from actual labor contractions. This was pretty interesting but as the video progressed and they went into the complexity of dilating cervixes, something happened. My palms started to feel really sweaty, the room suddenly felt very small and my heartbeat was now POUNDING in my ears. I seriously thought I might pass out! I mean, I’ve known that this is how (some/most) babies are born since forever (my parents never went into all that stork stuff) but all of a sudden it hit me! This would be happening to me…fairly soon. And there’s no looking back.

We took a break (obviously every pregnant lady in there needed to pee) and Asaf and I went outside for some air. He said, “Are you ok?” and I told him that I was freaking out a little. Being the comforting partner that he is he said, “Yeah I could tell. You were getting all antsy in there.” and I made a face. We talked about how a gagillion women go into labor every day, how even if it’s really bad it won’t last forever and that at the end of it all, at least they send you home with a really nice keepsake for your trouble. Then we made fun of the other couples in class. Once I was breathing again we headed back in. The remainder of the class was focused on breathing exercises. By the end of it all I was feeling much better and I’m almost looking forward to class again next week. Almost.

Note to baby: Sorry your Mom is weak sauce. On the upside, Dad seems to be holding up ok.