Thoughts on Pregnancy: Week 26 and 27


I’ve been totally slacking on my pregnancy updates. I was 26 weeks on 2/18 and I am now 27 weeks and 2 days! On Monday I had my one hour glucose screening and I got a call the next day to let me know that I passed with flying colors – Hooray! I’m measuring right as I should be and plugging right along. I can’t believe I’m about to be in my third trimester! Daily life is definitely starting to become more challenging. Bending over, putting on socks, climbing the stairs – it all wears me out! I’ve been feeling a lot more tired and achy all over. My back hurts 24/7 and sleep is challenging to say the least. My motivation has felt really off this past week due to feeling tired and cranky overall. I have accepted the fact that I will be uncomfortable from now until the end of May. That isn’t too far off – I got this! ;]

I’ve resorted to using a rolling laptop bag for work. Carrying my giant laptop to and from work everyday through a huge parking lot and up and down a flight of stairs was getting to be too much. So now I’m the pregnant nerd who looks like she’s going to the airport everyday! I’ve also stopped taking my fitness classes at this time. I’ve replaced them with prenatal yoga at home in the mornings before work and so far I’m really enjoying that. I really need to be doing that twice a day though. It feels really odd to go from being extremely active down to almost nothing. That’s not what I had in mind at all. The snow and ice has made it impossible for me to get outside and walk which is frustrating since that is what I really need to be doing at this point. I’m hoping and praying we will get some Springtime weather here soon!

Baby Boy is moving tons lately and I love it. His movements are definitely getting stronger every day and it is so much fun to feel and see!

I’ve made the decision to do the natural childbirth thing. Never in all of my life did I think I would go that route but after doing a lot of research and thinking about what I feel is best for baby and I, that is definitely what I want. I’m well aware that ‘birth plans’ are just that – plans. And sometimes our plans do not work out in reality! But it will not be for lack of being prepared. I’m so thankful to be able to attend natural child birth classes and to have midwives that fully support me!

How Far Along Are You: 27 weeks and 2 days.
How Big Is The Baby?: My app says he is around 2.5lbs!
How Much Weight Have You Gained?: About 20 lbs.
Maternity Clothes: Yep, yep – all the maternity clothes!
Stretch Marks: Still no sign of them yet. Still lathering on the Save My Skin body oil and Body Silk lotion!
Sleep: I am not sleeping well at all. I had to start sleeping with a pillow between my knees this week. Up until now I’ve only had one under my back. There is truly no comfortable position to sleep in at this point.
Best Moment This Week: Passing that glucose test! I was super nervous about it. And my Mom got to be at the appointment with me. =) Another best: finding out there is a spot for Nate and I in the Natural Childbirth class I was on a waitlist for!
Movement: Lots and lots! I’ve just started to experience some rib pain on the right side. I think he’s wedging himself up into my ribs now!
Food Cravings: Strawberry nutrigrain bars and green smoothies. I’ve been drinking at least two green smoothies a day made with spinach, frozen fruit, and either orange juice or almond milk. Addicted!
Food Aversions: None. Give me all of the food.
Labor Signs: Nothing!
Belly Button In or Out: Sort of flat, sort of poking out a little. Nate and I have a bet going on as to whether or not my pregnancy barbell is going to actually work in my piercing. He thinks I’m going to have to take it out eventually. Nooo.
What I Miss: Sleep. Feeling comfortable.
What I’m Looking Forward To: Spring weather. Baby showers! Getting the nursery decorated!

Adore Me

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I love promoting companies that I adore and Adore Me (appropriately named) happens to be one of those now! Being pregnant is wonderful and exciting. Even the body changes I’ve experienced (up to THIS point) feel beautiful to me most days. But if I’m being totally honest – there was a trip to the mall recently that had me in tears in the dressing room. At that point I had tried on at least 10 bras in 5 different sizes and none of them fit right or comfortably. It all started when I purchased a cheap bra from H&M a week before. I didn’t try it on because I just new it would fit – wrong. When I went to take it back to exchange it (with tags on it/with receipt) they refused and said that “all lingerie is final sale no matter what”. I would have appreciated a warning about this policy when I bought it, but sure – okay – I see the tiny print on the back of my receipt now that says this but also says that bathing suit tops are returnable? I always try things on/never have to return anything so this was really upsetting to me. Then on top of that, I couldn’t even find a bra in the entire mall (maternity stores included) that fit me right. Queue the hormonal crying in the dressing room. I was so exhausted from taking 800 winter layers of clothing on and off at that point and I was just done.

A few days later I received an email from Influenster letting me know that I would be receiving their XO VoxBox. Aside from the VoxBox that will be sent to me, they also offered a code to me for a free set of lingerie from Adore Me. So I signed up for their VIP membership and got my first set free! I decided to go with something pretty and functional for daily wear. It’s easy to gravitate toward the practical “nude” bra, am I right? So I wanted something pretty that would make me feel good about myself in this time of change. I still desperately needed a new bra and with the free returns/exchanges policy I knew it would be no big deal if I did get the size wrong on my first try. Well, I received my set in the mail yesterday and it fits like a dream. No trying on 10 different bras in the mall, no peeling off clothes in the dressing room and putting them all back on over and over, no crying, and no one telling me I can’t return something that doesn’t fit. WIN.

If you are interested in trying out Adore Me for yourself you can click this link to get your first set for $25! I will also earn $15 towards a set if you do!

Bright and Quiet

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It’s pouring the snow this morning. I’m sitting in my pajamas at our dining room table with only the light of the day from the backdoor window lighting the room. I’m watching the giant flakes fall down around a tree that I helped plant on a much warmer day. I’ve never seen this much snow in my life. I’m mostly tired of it like everyone else at this point but it’s hard to find it anything but beautiful from this cozy spot at my table looking out from behind the glow of my laptop screen, sipping coffee. Nate is asleep on the couch. The TV has gone quiet – the dish is out from the ice. I like the quiet first thing in the morning anyway.

The baby is kicking periodically as I type this. His activity patterns change every few days now. For the past few days he’s been really active in the morning. I never get tired of watching my stomach. He seems to respond to my voice a bit. If I talk to him right after he kicks/moves he’ll move again in a quicker motion. If I don’t say anything it will usually just be those one or two kicks with some time in between the next. It feels like a little conversation. It makes me anxious for him to get here – to hold him, see him, know him. Other mothers keep telling me that I’ll miss the feeling of having him with me and all of his little movements. I know I will. It already feels so strange wanting him HERE right now but also wanting to keep him all to myself. I’m trying to take it all in right now and I’ve been enjoying it so much. I really have enjoyed being pregnant so far and I feel blessed to be able to say that.

This weekend will be for hanging out inside, cleaning, laundry, working on baby registries and shower guest lists, working on Pure Romance, cuddling, Netflix, bubble baths, hot chocolate, hanging out at my Parent’s house and overall relaxation. I’m going to savor every second of it.

Thoughts on Pregnancy: Week 25

365 Project 2015: Day 27
365 Project 2015: Day 27

Let’s see!! I’m not sure there are a ton of updates since last week. I’ve just been trucking right along, doing my daily thing, growing a human – you know! I’ve been pretty busy with work and Pure Romance – which is great. For the most part I really love staying super busy. Every now and then I have a “WOW. I’m SO exhausted.” moment but when you’re doing what you love to do, it all weighs out on the good side of the scale in the end! I promise there will be posts that aren’t just pregnancy updates in the near future! I keep thinking that *this* is the week I’m going to really focus on starting a YouTube channel and incorporating that into my blog. I think it would be so much fun to do video reviews on products and even just plain old daily life vlogs! I’m just very particular about editing the videos – so finding the time to sit down and edit the footage into what I want it to be is a tough one! I did get Final Cut Pro in December though… so .. I really have no excuses!

How Far Along Are You: 25 weeks.
How Big Is The Baby?: My app says he is 13.6 – 14.8 inches and around 2lbs!
How Much Weight Have You Gained?: I think around 20lbs!! Eeeep!
Maternity Clothes: Last weekend I finally had to break down and buy a pair of “maternity” yoga pants. They are actually $10 yoga pants from Forever 21 in a size large with a giant fold over waistband – so I folded it up and TA DA – maternity pants. I really need to do a blog/video on how I’ve managed to do maternity clothing cheaply. I’ve probably not even spent $100.
Stretch Marks: So I keep seeing this little purplish line on one boob and I side-eye it every day when I get out of the shower because I can’t tell if it’s the start of a stretch mark or not. I’ve basically been taking a bath in Save My Skin Body Oil and Body Silk Body Lotion (both by Pure Romance) every single day. I could not possibly be a more moisturized human being.
Sleep: I’ve forgotten what it’s like to sleep well at this point but I’m pretty used to it.
Best Moment This Week: Nate was able to feel baby boy move for an extended period of time and the movements were super strong! The look on his face was priceless!
Movement: Pretty continuous! If I sit still long enough he usually starts to move around quite a bit! I’ve read that my movements rock him to sleep, so I try to sit real still whenever I want to feel him. =) Usually, if I talk to him he’ll kick a lot harder. It’s pretty dang cute.
Food Cravings: I generally just want to be eating everything all day, every day.
Food Aversions: I’d probably eat just about anything at this point.
Labor Signs: I’ve had what I think were a few Braxton Hicks contractions. I woke up around 3AM for about an hour and a half on Monday morning and just felt really uncomfortable. They weren’t painful and I couldn’t really tell where one began/one ended but my stomach definitely felt tight. I experienced something similar at the grocery store the following evening. Nothing since, but I expect them to return.
Belly Button In or Out: Flat.
What I Miss: I’ve been experiencing a lot of lower back pain, so I really miss not feeling achy 24/7.
What I’m Looking Forward To: Getting my glucose test over with this coming week! And I’m trying not to jump too far ahead here but just, holding my baby. I want to hold my baby. RIGHT NOW. ;]

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