Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Keeping up with Baby

Man, oh man.  When I first turned this blog into an "update-on-baby" blog, I really thought I would stick to weekly updates even if they were short.. but I've definitely been slacking lately, going from two weeks to a whole month with no updates. My baddddd.
The good thing is I did update since my last major doctor appt, since I sent all the pictures and DVD overseas to LAW and wouldn't be able to share anything otherwise. haha
I'm now in my third and final trimester. How cool is that?!

Baby is doing great.  I went in for a check-up on Valentine's Day.  Fitting, since I got to hear his heartbeat and he was my Valentine this year! He had a healthy 150 BPM and sounded great.  Doc measured my baby bump and it measured perfectly at 25"  I told him about my concern with all these people who keep making me think I'm too little and his response was, "Well, my numbers don't lie, they were probably just too big."  This is why I love Dr. P.

On that note... vent of the day:  Dear people who feel like they need to offer their opinions on things they have not been asked to offer an opinion on.. STOP.  I cannot believe how rude some women are, especially in relation to the size of my belly.  I find myself in constant situations where I get snarly remarks about how I'm not really as far along as I say I am because there's just no way.  Or questions if I'm healthy. And then there's the negativity, too.  If I'm happy/excited about a certain part of pregnancy, someone immediately jumps in to say "well, wait until this happens, then you won't like it so much" or if I'm complaining about something it's, "well you'll miss it when this other thing comes along"  Or people who are not even related to me who think they have any say whatsoever in the naming or delivery method of my child.  Really?!?! hahahaha! Thank you, Know-it-all, for all your assistance. I'll be sure to NOT ask your opinion since you're going to give it to me anyway. /endrant

I finally had some cleaning ladies come in last week and help me straighten out the place.  I can breathe again.  There's still some little piles around pretty much every room that I need to go through and discard or find a home for the stuff, but it makes such a difference to finally have everything off the floor and clean.  Huge shout out to Pam for recommending them to me.  Next up is picking a shade of grey for the Nursery and finally having someone come in and paint that room back to normal.  Have I mentioned what a crapshow that room is right now?  It's like the Easter bunny threw up in there with all those pastels that the previous owners mixed in.  There's pink and green and yellow all around the walls, ceiling, closet doors, and panelling.  omgggg.
I can't wait to turn that room into my perfect nursery!

Now that baby has gotten a little bigger, his movements aren't just punches and kicks, and holy cow that feels strange.. I feel like I can literally tell when his entire body is shifting, and that is some strange feeling!  Elevated muscle spasms. That's the best way I can describe it.  It's super neat, and I feel incredibly blessed to be able to experience this for myself.  I live with this constant reminder of what I was told couldn't or shouldn't be, and seeing it happen is a constant miracle to me.

I'm excited about the countdown to LAW finally being in the "I can see the light at the end of the tunnel" portion of this deployment.  It will be a really busy time with things coming up in AZ and TN and then settling back into real life here once our mini-vacation ends.  Post-deployments always need some adjustment periods.  It's hard to be away from each other and as much as you miss each other, all of a sudden be under the same roof and adapt to each other's habits again. Especially when they'll be drastically changed in just a few more months.  For the better, obviously. Or something like that. haha :)

I'm so grateful for a handful of people who have continuously checked up on me/my pregnancy/life without LAW these last six months, especially my FIL who calls continuously just to let me know they're thinking of me.  I think it's the support of those few who have really made a difference in helping me get through the loneliness of living in a new town with zero family and only a few good friends.  Thank goodness for my furbabies!

I hope everyone is enjoying this Lent season and I can't wait to see a lot of you this coming month. xox

One last sidenote:  HUGE congrats to two of my favorite people, one in Arizona (Janelle) and one in Mexico (Montse) for their beautiful baby boys born earlier this month!  I can't wait to meet them both!!! xox

this was 24 weeks

26 weeks

there he is!

Here's a video I had uploaded for LAW.  It's the first time I was able to catch Baby moving around the belly, though it's a bit hard to tell!

Due Date: last week of May 2013

How far along? 26w 1d

Symptoms: dang heartburn finally caught up to me. Never experienced it until now!  Movements, ligament stretches, kicks towards the ribcage, etc

This week, Baby is the size of: a lettuce! haha

Total weight gain: +10

Gender: 'ello, Boy!

Food cravings: veggies.

Anything making you queasy or sick: everything is making me get heartburn as of late

Maternity clothes? omg yes.  anyone who refuses to wear maternity clothes is crazy. Most comfy pants and tanks I've ever worn!

Sleep: insomnia kicks my butt most nights, other nights it's just hard to get comfy so I wake up about ten times a night to adjust my position

Movement: He very well could be the youngest UFC fighter in the history of UFC.

Stretch marks? not yet, I know they're coming though.

Wedding rings on or off? on

Swelling? Nope

Belly Button in or out? in

Labor Signs: definitely not.

Happy or Moody most of the time: normal :)

Best moment this week: I'm always amused when he kicks or punches where ever I rest my hand. I think he loves me :)

What I miss: LAW

Looking forward to: March. It will be such a good time to see so many family members and friends.