March 7, 2014
I've been feeling so amazing the second half of this pregnancy that the cold I've been fighting for over two weeks now has really knocked me down. All of a sudden, I can't walk up the steps without getting short of breath, exhaustion (which never really went away from that first trimester) is even worse than ever, and even the simplest of tasks seems incredibly complicated. The cold seems to be on the way out the door, and I'm hoping that once it's gone, I can go back to (relatively) "normal" and not feel so run down.
How far along? 34 weeks
Symptoms / How I'm feeling: Getting up at night to pee. Exhaustion and shortness of breath. My fingers are starting to swell some overnight - I really need to be drinking more fluids! Starting to feel lots of pressure "down there." Hot flashes off and on.
Doctor's news this week: Blood pressure was 117/78 and Baby Kate's heart beat was 140. No belly measurements this week.
Total weight gain: No exercise for over two weeks equals 3lb weight gain since my last appointment! That puts me at 19lbs. total gain, which I'm extremely happy with.
How big is baby? The size of a butternut squash, or an average of 17.2 to 18.7 inches and 4.2 to 5.8lbs. WOAH!
Maternity clothes? Yep. Just for fun, I tried on my pre-pregnancy jeans this morning. I got them all the way up and about halfway zipped. Not bad!
Sleep: Sometimes I have a hard time getting back to sleep after I wake up to pee, but most nights, I'm still sleeping really well. I had insomnia while pregnant with Faith and Noah, so I'm very thankful I'm able to get some rest...for now.
Movements? Baby has moved waaaaay down low and as such, some of the movements are starting to get really painful. Also, hiccups several times a day. I wonder if they are as annoying to Baby as they are to us?
Cravings / Aversions? Been craving pizza but I dare not even tempt myself due to the heartburn I get when eating tomatoes.
Missing? Being able to comfortably put my own socks on. Thank goodness for slip-on shoes!
Best moment lately: Finishing up this semester of grad school. Looking forward to a little break from school now!
Looking forward to: Our little baby shower!
Randoms: I've surprised myself by keeping up with my pregnancy book each week. I wanted to use it to not only document my pregnancy, but also to give me some practice making a photo book. In addition to making a baby book for Kate and completing our personalized alphabet book (which I'm planning to start once Kate is born), I've also starting working on a "yearbook" that highlight the happenings of our lives (which I'd like to do every year from here on out). I figured this year was as good as any to start, since our family will finally be complete and I guess you could say, the rest of our lives is just beginning! If I've learned anything, it's that you have to keep up with this type of thing as you go along (rather than attempting to sort through months and months, or even years, of stuff at one time), so it's nice that I'm already in the habit of dedicating a little time to this.
March 6, 2014
March 5, 2014
Last year, David and I decided that instead of returning to work immediately after completing my Bachelor's degree, I would instead continue to stay at home and focus on expanding our family. Though I knew it wouldn't be easy, it was important to me that I continue working towards my Master's degree during the upcoming pregnancy and after.
Though we hadn't told the world yet, we already knew we were pregnant when grad school started and I talked about the tentative plan for completing my degree. I dropped back to part-time and planned to take both of my classes in a single term (one half of a semester) in order to have a few months off each semester. Though we never dreamed we would get pregnant so quickly, the timing could not have been more perfect: my Spring classes would finish six weeks before my due date.
I struggled through that first semester, battling hyperemesis in addition to typical first trimester symptoms while I attacked lengthy research papers and immersed myself in the world of higher level Criminal Justice and Human Services material. Despite that struggle - including a visit to the hospital for fluids because the sickness got so bad - I aced both of my classes.
After three months off to enjoy all the end-of-year holidays, New Year's, and my birthday - I was looking forward to getting back in the game for Spring semester. I can't pretend that I wasn't a bit nervous that school might add too much stress to my last trimester of pregnancy (when my blood pressure tends to soar anyway), but considering that I was feeling much better and had already survived 6 credits under horrid circumstances, I was confident it would be okay. I signed up for the easiest classes of my degree in order to keep the workload as light as possible.
I appreciated being back in the academic environment, back to learning and gaining knowledge in areas that will help me in the future. I found the material interesting and even enjoyable. And to my surprise, I was able to get ahead on schoolwork, and found myself with time leftover for other things, like preparing for our daughter and even focusing on hobbies now and then.
I'm relieved to say that I have now turned in my last assignment and school is over for awhile. Having finished dozen of tests, numerous writing assignments, pages and pages of textbooks, and two major papers - I can breath easier now. School has been a great distraction from end-of-pregnancy anticipation, and I'm proud to say I've added 12 credits towards my degree during this pregnancy - bringing me that much closer to having that degree in hand, bringing me that much closer to reaching my career aspirations. But as we're drawing closer and closer to the end of this pregnancy, I'm grateful for the extra time I'll now have to finish up the baby preparations, for the down time I'll have to relax, and for the reflection time I'll have to prepare myself to once again care for a tiny little newborn.
I'll be out of school for awhile now - taking some time off to focus on spoiling my new baby; taking time to heal, rest, and relax, and once my body is ready, get back in shape; taking time to transition to a family of five; taking time to establish new routines; and so on. I'm looking forward to not only this little break from school, but also the great adventure that awaits us!
March 3, 2014
Who can believe it's March already?! And will this disbelief continue each and every month until...forever? Time is just flying by and I wonder if it will ever slow down. We ushered in March with some gorgeous weather, ripping and running the roads with the windows down and a nice, warm breeze running through our hair; watching seagulls; enjoying a few meals out on the town; getting a little shopping done; and as always, simply enjoying life. Incidentally, it's raining and the temperatures are expecting to continue to drop all day, ushering in a few more inches of snow today. Anyone else ready for Spring?
Even though our worlds are going to be totally rocked in April, when our sweet little lady arrives, March is going to be a BIG month for us. We're having a baby shower and I'm really looking forward to it because it will be the first time that mine and David's families will officially get together for the first time. I'm so excited that we will all be able to celebrate this precious little baby together - not even born yet and she already has the power to unite so many people in shared happiness.
In addition, Faith turns the big 1-0 this month! I'm so proud of the amazing young lady she has grown into - independent, intelligent, beautiful, and so full of her own hopes, dreams, and aspirations. It's been amazing watching her grow all these years, but even more so lately, now that she is really coming into her own, maturing into this actually young person, one who is absolutely brilliant. And to think that I get to experience this joy and pride and absolute amazement three times!
At the end of the month, we will hit the next big pregnancy milestone - 37 weeks and full-term. Though I've approached the baby preparations with a laid back attitude thus far, taking things nice and slow but steady, I've come to the realization that we are getting close and there are a few things I need to get done - hospital bags, stocking the freezer, and just taking time to mentally prepare myself for post-partum life. I may write a bit more on this subject after I've taken a little time to collect my thoughts - there are so many things I want to do differently this time around!
Lots of other little excitement going on this month: finishing up this semester of grad school, my mom's birthday, another family get-together (planning these for every month and loving the bonding time), paying the deposit on the beach house (really looking forward to this year's vacation!), revealing our daughter's nursery and our living room makeover, and even more to come. Could this life get any better - seriously?
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