Thursday, September 24, 2009

Sophia the SQUASH!

No excuses, just no motivation. To do anything. I can't believe my work life is still intact and I'm still managing to get things done at home. But e-mails, phone calls, blogging...taking a back seat. So if I owe you a phone call or e-mail, or a thank you note (!)...sorry, I'll work on getting things straight again.

The truth is, I have things to say on here everyday, it just unforunately seems like too much effort...but Facebook requires NO effort (how does that work)??

Now back to what people really want to know. Sophia is doing just fine, and continues to move and groove most all of the time now. Her kicks (or punches) are getting stronger and my belly is moving on a regular basis. If a co-worker happens to walk by my open door, they may seriously see me just staring at my belly, in awe of the movement, and in anticipation of meeting the little one that is causing all this commotion. I love every minute of it:)

30 weeks today and almost EIGHT months pregnant. Never thought I'd get this far.

She is a squash this week (and last week).

As baby's skin smoothes out, her brain just keeps getting more wrinkled. All those grooves and indentations increase surface area, meaning more room for that oh-so-essential brain tissue. She's also adding some brawn -- her grip is now strong enough to grasp a finger.
Here's the picture from last week at 29 weeks, up about 17 pounds. It seems like the weight is coming on more quickly.

For several weeks I was back to pretty much everything sounding good to eat, but for the last few days, I'm back in the 1st trimester issue of NOTHING sounds good. However, brownies and french fries continue to be my go-to when nothing sounds appealing. I have been drinking alot more milk lately (and that has nothing to do with the brownies)!

Acid reflux continues to kick my butt, and Zantac continues to be my best friend. I'm also having some sciatica issues. I don't remember if I've mentioned it before, but I had a serious problem with it about 10 years ago. So I know what it is, that sudden, all encompassing streak of fire down my leg that will totally take me by suprise b/c it typically happens when I'm not doing much of anything. Then boom. I literally can't move for about 30 seconds. It's starting to occur more and more, as are the night time charlie horses in the calves. Now those are ALOT of fun:(

Overall though, things are going great. Our nursery furniture was delivered and I ADORE the rocker/glider. I'm so glad we splurged and got it. I'll post pics once the nursery is more in order. And Sierra has now taken a liking to the nursery. SHe never hung out in there before, and now on our days off, we'll find her just chilling in the floor. She either senses what's coming and is
1) happy and content or 2) trying to stake her claim before it is too late (although it's obviously too late:)

Monday, September 7, 2009

This must be nesting.

Three day weekend for me, and I could not relax. At 9:30 on Saturday night I was scrubbing kitchen walls/floors. I TRIED to take it easy and read a few chapters of new book, but I felt LAZY just lying there thinking of all that needs to be done. I won't go into details of all I accomplished, but I dare say it's more than I've done since being pregnant. I just can't seem to walk past anything that needs something and not do it. Light bulbs are out? Must change. Picture needs to be hung? Must hang. Something in the floor I would normally just walk right by (much to Dan's dismay), I must pick up. It's ridiculous in a good way. We've had a to-do list (in my head at least) a mile long for much longer than I've actually been pregnant, and I'm finally starting to knock things off the list. And nothing done this weekend actually involved the nursery!

Most importantly, I finally got started on one of Amy's quilts. She had asked if I would make a t-shirt/memory quilt of some of Matt's clothes. It took her a while to get to me, and I finally started on that Friday night. I'm rolling right along and almost finished the top of the first one (for Mattie). I think I kept putting it off b/c I didn't want to mess up. Isn't that a sign of perfectionism?? Anyhoo...I did ALOT this morning and it's coming together nicely. I finally just had to STOP everything about 5 pm today. I hit my wall.

Here's my 27 week picture, taken last Thursday. You would have thought Dan might have mentioned my shirt was bunched up in the back, huh? I have horrible luck with batteries, and everytime I tried to upload the pic, of course my camera died. Better late than never!

Friday, September 4, 2009

Eggplants, Schmegplants....7 months!!

The people that play this little fruit/veggie game are on my last nerve. Sophie is an eggplant AGAIN!

Baby's lungs are going through some major developments these days, which (combined with the opening of previously plugged nostrils) means he's now able to practice inhaling and exhaling. The lack of air in your womb means every "breath" is filled with amniotic fluid, but hey -- it's progress.

I passed the gestational diabetes test!!! I was most definately worried, since I've been craving sweets like there is no tomorrow. I do, however, have low iron, so Dr. S has put me on a iron supplment. No biggie. I'll take that over a diet anyday.

Hard to believe that yesterday was officially 7 months pregnant. Truly doesn't seem possibly. I *think* next week=third tri...which is EXTREMELY hard to believe.

All is going well...nothing particularly neurotic to mention today. I am debating the H1N1 vaccine. That's my new research obsession. I'm not one to do something just b/c my dr says. I need to research a bit and form my own opinion. I did ask Dr. S on Monday what her opinion was of the vaccine and she quickly said "the CDC is recommending it" and then changed the subject. If she has an opinion, she obviously didn't want to share. Dan had a dr appt on Wed. I asked his opinion as well. He gave me a bit more insight and we talked about the fact that they are conducting clinical trials on pregnant women now, although the results may or may not be ready by the time the vaccine is released. He did say that his wife (OB maybe), had a pregnant patient with H1N1 whose baby was delivered early and then didn't make it. That made my ears perk up, although I have no idea how far along she was when she gave birth. He did reiterate what I've heard, which is that pregnant women who contract the virus have a much harder time fighting it off. Food for thought...

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Eggplant (again)

Sorry for the slacking again!
Miss Sophia is once again an eggplant this week. Same veggie, but at least she has a different piece of info...

Baby's soaking up your antibodies, getting her immune system ready for life outside the womb. Eyes are forming, and she'll soon be practicing the blink...perfect for batting those freshly grown lashes.

She's been moving quite a bit too...love that:) I have a horrible habit of playing with her that freaks Dan out. I usually just poke at my belly where I feel her move, but I am also a belly shaker (this is what freaks him out). It's a nice way to get her moving if she's been quite for a bit (oh, and french fries work well for that too LOL). She LOVES the fries...I've already tainted this poor child.

I had an OB appt yesterday at 26w4d. I am anxiously awaiting the results of my gestational diabetes test. They should be calling anytime. I'm up 14 pounds which Dr. S said was "perfect." Measuring 28 weeks, so about 10 days ahead of where I *should* be. She isn't concerned but did say it's something to pay attention to. I just do not understand how I am measuring ahead. People at work are still coming up to may with "I had no idea you were pregnant. You have no belly." I have noticed an increase in belly size over the past few days though--crazy how it just happens.

Dr. S did raise her eyebrows at the fact that I've had two contractions, but didn't seem horribly concerned. Just told me to drink lots of water should it happen again.

I also scheduled the rest of my appts for the remainder (yikes!) of pregnancy. Next appt is Oct 2, and then I start going every 2 weeks and then every week. And then...that's it! She did say I will most likely get another u/s sometime b/t 32 and 36 weeks.

In getting ready for Sophia news...curtains are done and hanging (although I think I need to add a valance), countdown is on for furniture arrival, and I am a cleaning freak. If you KNOW me, you'll know that "cleaning freak" is not in my nature. Everything I look at seems to need a good cleaning. I cleaned my bathroom (no, Dan and I do NOT share a bathroom, ick) last night at 9:30. THis was also after watching the hoarding show, which may have something to do with it. But really. That is not like me at all. I also have several other cleaning projects in my head for this upcoming weekend. What is HAPPENING to me?!?!

Here's the 26 week pic from last THursday.