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!