Friday, January 16, 2015

Baby T#2 35 Weeks


Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along: 35 Weeks (less than a month to go now!!)

Size of baby: Baby Graham weighs about 5 lbs and is over 18 inches (according to Baby Center).  I call BS on that for sure!  He is way more than 5 lbs I'm pretty certain!!  We have our last big ultrasound on Tuesday so we'll get an idea then.  With Hannah she was estimated around 7lbs at 36 weeks and I'd bet money they say the same for little brother.  

Total Weight Gain: 20 lbs.  

Maternity Clothes: All maternity clothes now

Gender: It's a BOY!!!  

Movement: Graham is still a mover, big time!  He's definitely running out of room and staying in the same position (head down on the left and bottom up on the right) but that doesn't stop him from trying to move as much as he can.  He moves his arms A LOT!  It feels crazy.  He also still enjoys kicking my hip bone.  Sorry buddy, I can't move that for you!

Sleep: Sleep is so-so.  Some nights I only wake up once to go to the bathroom and I fall right back asleep and other nights I wake up several times and can't fall asleep for a few hours.  So basically, it could be better but it was the same way with Hannah.  I remember I got better sleep having a newborn than I did at the end of my pregnancy with her!  

What I miss: Sleeping well.  Not being in pain.  

Cravings: I think I can officially say Starbucks hot chocolate is a craving now.  I don't have to have it every day or even several times a week but when I think about it, I NEED it!  Ha!  It's just so good!  

Symptoms: Heartburn is still a constant but now that I'm taking Zantac about twice a week it's so much better.  I still take Tums daily as well.  BH contractions are just out of control, I have them at least a few times in every hour of every day, all day.  My OB said on Monday that she wanted to put me on medicine to stop the contractions but since those would elevate my heart rate she can't so I just deal with them.  Some hurt and some are just uncomfortable.  Sometimes I have a hard time breathing through them because my stomach is just SO tight!  She said that Graham isn't bothered one bit by them so I'm OK with having them so often.  I'm supposed to go to L&D if I have six in an hour but I don't count them so I just pretend that rule doesn't exist.  ;)  If I thought I was in actual labor that would be a different story.  I think the biggest symptom lately has been the ligament pain.  OMG, it is INTENSE!!!  I did NOT have it nearly as bad with Hannah but Graham is apparently bigger/stronger and likes to stretch my ligaments to the max!  The pain has woken me up several times and sometimes it lasts for a few hours.  It hurts pretty bad and I can't walk when I have it so I just try to lay down and take some Tylenol and deal with it and hope I get a break for a few days from the pain.  

Best Moment this week: Getting a good report from my OB on Monday!  Graham's heartbeat was 143 bpm and he's just hanging out happy in there.  I'm really excited for our ultrasound on Tuesday, I can't wait to see the little guy!  His bedding is done and after we hang some shelves this weekend we'll be done with his room!  I have my pajamas for the hospital, his coming home outfit and big sister/little brother outfits are in so it's countdown time now!  

I've also reached the point where people at work (most of whom I don't know) make unsolicited comments about my pregnancy to me as they walk by.  I've gotten the "you're STILL here?!  When is that baby coming out??" and "you look so much bigger than last time I saw you!".  Well....thanks.  Yes, the belly does tend to grow when you're pregnant but thanks for pointing out my hugeness to me!  And yes, clearly since you are talking to me I am STILL here!  But not much longer!  My Dr and I have reached an agreement about my stop work date, I'm trying to stretch it out as long as I can but she's not buying what I'm selling so my days of working are numbered.

Hannah came into the bathroom this morning with a tiara on and handed me one to wear (as I was drying my hair).  I took it off to finish getting ready and when she came back she said "Mommy, why aren't you wearing your tiara?" so I put it back on.  When your sweet daughter asks you to wear a tiara with her, you do it. :)



Friday, January 2, 2015

Baby T#2 33 Weeks

33 Weeks with Graham


33 Weeks with Hannah (I'm way lower with Graham!)


Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along: 33 Weeks (6 more to go!!!) 

Size of baby: Baby Graham weighs as much as a pineapple.  He is about 4 lbs and over 17 inches long (according to Baby Center).  I know he's bigger than that though.  We'll find out in two weeks at our last big ultrasound.  

Total Weight Gain: 17 lbs.  

Maternity Clothes: All maternity clothes now

Gender: It's a BOY!!!  

Movement: Graham MOVES!!  A LOT!!!  His movements are definitely getting bigger so I can tell he's running out of room in there. He loves to kick my hip bones and make big movements across my belly that take my breath away.  His movements hurt a lot now and sometimes I say OUCH without meaning to.  He's a strong boy!  Austin can see his movements from across the room now.

Sleep: I WAS sleeping great.  No complaints whatsoever!  Until now.  I've entered the waking up in the middle of the night for absolutely no reason and staying awake for two hours phase of the pregnancy.  It's fun.  Gives me time to think.  Haha.  No, it's not fun and it makes me exhausted but luckily since I'm only working part time now I can come home and nap.  I haven't been at work the last two weeks so some days I would wake up around 7am and by 9am I was back in bed napping.  You do what you have to do.  ;)

What I miss: Sleeping well.  Not being in pain.  Having energy.  That's about it.

Cravings: No cravings, just my usual sweet tooth.  

Symptoms: Heartburn!  WOW, it is SO much worse than it was with Hannah!!  This came out of nowhere too!  It was just the occasional heartburn until last week and then it was just like swallowing FIRE.  I took a Zantac the other day and it's been SO much better since then so I'll keep that up as needed.  Other than that, I'm popping about 8-10 TUMS a day.  I don't know what happened between 31-32 weeks but it's like this pregnancy went from "a little uncomfortable" to "miserable" VERY quickly.  I think it was just because of the holidays and going nonstop for almost two weeks.  I tried to rest a lot but I think even then it wasn't good rest and my body just gave up.  I don't want to sound like I'm complaining, I'm just stating my recent symptoms here.  I had some SERIOUS ligament pains this past week.  The first was on Christmas Eve day when I was trying to make food, I couldn't stand straight because of the pain on my left side.  Then that night the pains woke me up and hurt pretty bad and reminded me that I should have registered at the hospital by now just in case.  They didn't bother me again until Monday morning when I was about to leave for my OB appt and I had such bad stabbing pains on my right side this time that I couldn't even walk.  I managed to get Hannah and myself into the car and called Austin crying on the way to the Dr so he met us up there and luckily by the time got to my appt the stabbing pains were gone, it was just hurting from it in general.  I have a pretty high threshold for pain, this was no joke!  I explained it to my Dr and she said yes, sometimes they can be excruciating and told me how to try to minimize the pain.  Um...yeah they can!  But at least I know it's somewhat normal and Graham and I are just fine.  Now I just have to rest even more than before.  I'm definitely more worn out than ever before and have to take it really really easy which is not easy for me at all, I've always got something I'd rather be doing than laying around!  Sometimes laying around is fun, until you're told you HAVE to of course, then you just want to go go go.  But the holidays were my warning so I'm listening now and I will be resting for the next month!  Still have BH contractions several times a day but no big deal, I'm used to those.  

Best Moment this week: Getting to hear Graham's strong heartbeat (144 bpm), he's doing great in there other than running out of room!  My Dr said IF I make it to 39 weeks he'll come then, otherwise he's coming early because he's going to run out of room and want out.  I totally see that happening.  I feel like he already wants out!
We also went shopping yesterday for all the stuff we still needed and he's set in that department.  His clothes are all washed and ready for him to wear!  All that is left is his bedding which is being made by my friends mom and his room will be done.  :)

 Sweet girl already loves her baby brother so much!




Friday, December 19, 2014

Baby T#2 31 Weeks

31 Weeks with Graham

31 Weeks with Hannah


Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along: 31 Weeks 

Size of baby: Baby Graham is the size of a coconut.  He is about 3.5 lbs and over 16 inches long (according to Baby Center).  I feel like he's bigger.  I'm almost positive of that.     

Total Weight Gain: 16 lbs.  

Maternity Clothes: All maternity clothes now

Gender: It's a BOY!!!  

Movement: Graham MOVES!!  A LOT!!!  His movements are definitely getting bigger so I can tell he's running out of room in there. He loves to kick my hip bones and make big movements across my belly that take my breath away.  Luckily so far I'm usually alone when they happen so no one sees me wince in pain.  Boy is active!  

Sleep: I usually sleep great.  I pass out super quick most nights and usually only wake up once a night still to go to the bathroom.  A few times I've woken up and couldn't go back to sleep but it's few and far between so far so I'll take it!  I'm still having super random dreams often.  I laugh that I've taken more naps the last few months than I have since I was a toddler.  I'm SO tired!

What I miss: Being able to move like a normal person.  You should see me trying to get off the couch, it's pretty funny I'd imagine.

Cravings: No cravings, just my usual sweet tooth.  

Symptoms: Heartburn!  Ugh.  I hate heartburn.  I'm taking TUMS several times a day now and that seems to help for the most part.  I'm starting to feel super pregnant now and I can't believe I still have 8 weeks to go!  Luckily the swelling has been very minimal in my feet and hands so far which wasn't the case with Hannah AT ALL!  I think part of it has to do with being pregnant during the winter this time vs the summer with her.  I'm getting a lot of BH contractions daily too.  They hurt but luckily they are usually far enough apart that I don't get too bothered by them.  

Best Moment this week: At my appointment last week I got to see the little guy!  He's a big one!  He already has some hair and is super happy in there.  Everything looked just like it should!  My Dr mentioned she didn't know if I'll make it to his scheduled delivery date so we'll see once we get closer.  She's predicting he will be bigger than Hannah was even coming two weeks earlier.  

Kisses for Baby Graham.  Hannah is going to be such a good big sister!  I love this first picture of her because just look at how excited she is looking at him!  She said "Mommy, you swallowed Baby Graham"  Haha!  


Giving her baby brother hugs.


Friday, December 5, 2014

Baby T#2 29 Weeks


Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along: 29 Weeks (10 weeks to go!!)

Size of baby: Baby Graham is the size of a butternut squash.  He is about 2.5 lbs and 15 inches long (according to Baby Center).  I feel like he's bigger.     

Total Weight Gain: 15 lbs.  I'm consistently gaining about a pound a week now.  I can tell.

Maternity Clothes: All maternity clothes now

Gender: It's a BOY!!!  

Movement: Graham likes to party all the time!  He actually does sleep some during the day it seems but he's pretty active the majority of the day.  He's a little wiggle worm.  Sometimes I swear he is kicking my hip bones, boy is all over the place!

Sleep: I usually sleep great.  I pass out super quick most nights and usually only wake up once a night still to go to the bathroom.  When I wake up I almost always am able to fall back asleep quickly but sometimes I'm up for an hour or so which is annoying.

What I miss: Uninterrupted sleep.  I can say goodbye to that for quite a while!  I also miss having energy, it's really hard now to get a lot done, I'm pretty limited.  

Cravings: No cravings, just my usual sweet tooth.  

Symptoms: Heartburn has entered my life again.  Boo!!!!  It's not too bad yet thankfully, I usually just get it in the evenings and take some Tums and it goes away.  Austin got me some chewy ones which are way better than the chalky ones.  I remember the old tale of heartburn meaning your baby has hair and we know that wasn't the case with Hannah!  Haha.  If Graham comes out with a head of hair we would be shocked.  Other than the heartburn it's all just the regular stuff, moving slowly, low energy, etc.  Nothing too bad!  I'm definitely starting to feel VERY pregnant now!  I can't believe I only have 10 weeks left and at the same time I can't believe I still have 10 weeks left!  

Best Moment this week: Graham went to his first concert!  The lucky little guy got to experience the 20/20 Experience with Justin Timberlake and now he has a lifetime to try to find another concert better!  Haha.  I was worried a few times that I was hurting his poor tiny ears with how loud it was but he was dancing up a storm in there so I'm guessing he liked it.  :)  We also have our baby shower tomorrow which is exciting!  We're so lucky to have such great family and friends who want to celebrate this special little guy with us.  He's already so loved.

Kisses for Baby Graham.  Hannah is going to be such a good big sister!  She is so excited for her baby brother to get here!  I've never once told her to give him kisses either, she just does it on her own.  Such a sweetie. :)


Friday, November 21, 2014

Baby T#2 27 Weeks


Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along: 27 Weeks 

Size of baby: Baby Graham is the size of a head of cauliflower.  He is about 2 lbs and 14.5 inches long (according to Baby Center).   

Total Weight Gain: 13 lbs

Maternity Clothes: Maternity pants and some regular tops/mostly maternity tops

Gender: It's a BOY!!!  Everyone always says what a difference there is between boys and girls right from the start and I already agree.  This little guy is ACTIVE!!  A LOT!  He kicks, punches, flips, tries to break out, etc ALL. THE. TIME.  I'm not sure how much he's sleeping actually.  It makes me a little concerned how active he will be and how much he will sleep once he's here with us.   

Movement: See above.  Graham is a little party animal!  Did anyone else who had both boys and girls experience more activity with their boys??  He will punch and kick at the same time on opposite sides of my belly which is just super awesome.  ;)  He loves kicking my bladder but so did his big sister.  One thing I don't remember with Hannah is her trying to extend her arms/legs out and it be very sore for me to touch that spot on my belly when it happens.  He does that a lot.  It doesn't feel good.  

Sleep: I usually sleep great.  I pass out super quick most nights and usually only wake up once a night still to go to the bathroom.  

What I miss: Nothing really.

Cravings: No cravings

Symptoms: Just the regular pregnancy stuff.  I move much slower these days!  I'm waddling a little which people at work like to comment on so that's super nice.  ;)  Getting off the couch is more of a challenge and when I get out of bed I purposely do it much slower so I don't get dizzy or lose my balance.  I have the same weird red dots on my upper chest/lower neck that I had with Hannah too.  They went away after I had her so I'm assuming they will this time as well.  I have a few red dots on my face and small darker spots.  It's weird, I have no idea why and they aren't that noticeable but I see them.  My feet are starting to swell just slightly so far, I can tell my shoes are a little tighter the last few days.  Luckily it's boot season so I can hide them once they get super swollen!  Work has been wearing me out lately, it's hard to sit in the chair for long.  My cardiologist and OB  have put me on a restricted work schedule for the remainder of my pregnancy so for now I'm working 5 hours a day/5 days a week.  I have yet to actually only stay at work for 5 hours but once I come back from Thanksgiving I'm going to do that daily.  I can already tell a difference at night just by resting a few hours in the afternoons so I'm really hoping that helps in the long run and keeps me off bed rest this time around.  I'm starting to feel super pregnant now!

Best Moment this week: Hannah just LOVES her baby brother!  She will come running up to me and say I need to kiss/hug my brother.  She does and then she runs off to do whatever it was she was doing.  It's just so sweet.  

Kisses for Baby Graham.  Hannah had crazy hair this morning too!  One more week until the 3rd trimester!!  Crazy!



Monday, November 10, 2014

Baby T #2 25 Weeks


Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along: 25 Weeks 

Size of baby: Baby T is the size of a rutabaga and is about 13.5" long and weighs about 1.5 lbs (according to Baby Center).  My guess is he is a little bigger than this.  

Total Weight Gain: 11 lbs

Maternity Clothes: Maternity pants and some regular tops/mostly maternity tops

Gender: It's a BOY!!!  With a name!  His name is Graham Allan Townsend.  Picking a boy name was HARD!!  Hannah was SO super easy!  We literally had one conversation about it and it was done, we knew that was her name.  We talked about Allan before we even knew we were having a boy because Austin has always wanted to name his son Allan after his Grandad's middle name and my Uncle Jeff's middle name was Alan so we knew the middle name right away.  We just had to find a name to go with it.  Not so easy.  One day a few months ago I mentioned Graham and Austin liked it.  It also was my Grandpa's name who passed away the year before Austin and I met.  We tossed around a few other names but Graham stuck so Graham it is!

Movement: He is a mover but he's very shy and selective about who gets to feel his movements.  I've decided he doesn't like light because if I lift my shirt to see him moving around he usually stops so I guess he likes partying it up in the dark.  But his kicks/punches/whatever he's doing in there are STRONG!  He will kick and punch at the same time way down on the lower left side and way high up on the top right side at the same time.  He's taking full advantage of his space in there.  Sometimes it hurts a little but usually it's just crazy feeling.  He had a big time party around 3 am this morning that lasted about an hour.  

Sleep: I love sleep. :)  I've been sleeping pretty good every night, except last night.  I woke up around 2:15 and never went back to sleep.  Between his shenanigans in there and who knows what else I just couldn't go back to sleep.  Usually I'm out like a light super quick though.

What I miss: Nothing really.

Cravings: No cravings really but I still drink chocolate milk every week day morning.  It's just good.  

Symptoms: Just the regular pregnancy stuff.  I'm moving much slower now, getting out of chairs and the bed is a little more difficult.  My tail bone hurts now if I sit for too long, anyone else have that happen?  I get worn out VERY quickly but I think that has more to do with the SVT.  Yesterday we had a crazy busy day and were gone for almost 12 hours and today I feel like I ran a 5K.  My entire body is hurting.  I have a pretty big appetite usually and can eat most everything on my plate at a restaurant which I could never do before.  Food is good, what can I say?? ;)  I feel like I eat a lot actually but so far so good, no one has told me to stop yet.  Haha.  I have the glucose test on Wednesday morning which I'm not super excited about but it will be quick and then be over with.  I remember with Hannah I felt pretty bad after it so hopefully I'm ok this time.    

Best Moment this week: Hannah lately has been giving my belly hugs and kisses every time she gives me a hug.  It is SO sweet!  She just does it all on her own.  She wants to give Baby Graham some loving.  She's going to be such a good big sister.  On another note, we took our family pics/maternity pics yesterday and as usual, she was SUCH a ham!  I really hope the little guy loves getting his picture taken as much as she does because she's probably one of the easiest 3 year olds to photograph I think.  It's so funny, she will be goofing off and as soon as we say look at the camera she is just ON!  So funny.  

We have finally made progress on his room!  We have all the furniture now and after a long day of fabric shopping on Friday, we have his bedding picked out!  Austin bought the paint for his walls over the weekend so we're making some progress.  

Friday, October 24, 2014

Baby T#2 23 Weeks


Note to self: stop taking bump pictures at 6am, you look tired. 

Pregnancy Highlights:

How Far Along: 23 Weeks (I keep forgetting how many weeks along I am....is that bad???  Haha.)

Size of baby: Baby T weighs as much as a large mango, around 11 inches long and more than a pound in weight.  He's getting big!

Total Weight Gain: 10 lbs

Maternity Clothes: Maternity pants and some regular tops/some maternity tops

Gender: It's a BOY!!!  Baby T I think has a name, I'm almost certain of it, but we haven't "officially" decided it.  

Movement: He is a mover!  He moves a lot in the mornings and at night.  When I'm laying in bed it's party time for the little guy!  He's a little ninja in there, I swear.  He kicks hard and now we can see his movements from the outside.  I can now definitely feel when he kicks my bladder.  That's nice.  Sometimes his movements can hurt so I'm not sure if he's just doing flips in there or what but I can definitely tell he's moving a ton!      

Sleep: I love sleep. :)  I've been sleeping pretty good every night, just not long enough during the weekdays. My dreams are just ridiculous.  And random.  And so so weird.

What I miss: Nothing right now.

Cravings: I eat some kind of candy every afternoon after lunch which I normally never do.  It's yummy.  :)  

Symptoms: Just the regular pregnancy stuff.  Tired, can't move too quickly, etc.  I get really worn out very quickly because of the SVT so I have to watch that pretty closely.  It's frustrating not being able to do a lot but I deal.  We went to the Dr last week and got the report from our 18 week ultrasound and he's a big boy!  His arms and legs are measuring in the 70% so he's most likely going to be tall like his Daddy.  My belly is also measuring TWO weeks ahead!  WHAT?!  I asked why since he's 50% in weight and 70% in length right now and she said my belly is just probably preparing for him to get big soon.  Considering some people still don't realize I'm pregnant when they see me (???) that just surprises me that my belly is that far ahead of schedule.  I also think I'm developing the pregnancy waddle.  Awesome.

Best Moment this week: Seeing and feeling our little guy moving around!  He's strong!!

I was reading my 23 week post from Hannah and it makes me laugh because at this point we already had her bedding and furniture in!  Ummm.....I guess I should get working on that....  Haha!  Yeah, I'm a tad bit behind I guess.  Or I was just way ahead of it with her.