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~ Week 27 ~

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This week marks the end of my second trimester and baby is, in the fruit n’ veg world, the size of a turnip! {Mmm turnip!}

Baby officially has brain activity, sleeping at regular intervals and even opening  and closing his/her eyes. Hiccups  are now a regular thing too, which I’ve realised are those rhythmic movements close together. Super cute to imagin  –  night time is still the prime time for kicks and wiggles but I do feel those movements during the day too and I even see my bump move at times. Baby is definately getting stronger every week! We might have a future Riverdancer on our hands ^_^  Next week I will start to make note of babies movements and how often it happens which is recommened up until birth.

All that round ligament pain from last week has eased drastically and I could walk about and up and down those hills like normal again. Yeah! Though I am more aware now of feeling stretched and sore , so I am taking it easier and not pushing myself too hard.

The the new thing with me now is stretching my entire body during the night in my sleep which makes my right leg cramp up, which in turn wakes me up – FAIL!   All my reading sources say leg cramps are pretty common around this time due to the extra weight I am carrying so that probably explains it, but it’s funny that I seem to be triggering them for myself.  I think I will have to start stretching before bedtime and see it that helps.  Oh and nose bleeds. I never get nose bleeds but again that’s another pregnancy trigger.

All in all week 27 has been a good one and without too much discomfort which in pregnancy is always a good thing!

~ Week 20 ~

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20 Weeks down only 20 more to go! This week marked the halfway point of pregnancy! I am starting to feel like time is really flying by now and there is just so much to do. The nesting mode has well and truly kicked in. It may seem confusing moving from the comparison of last weeks mango  to this weeks banana but after reading a bit more on babys growth progress it makes sense. Starting this week we begin to measure from head to toe and not head to rump anymore

This week we ordered our crib (yay!) and we will be putting that together over the weekend – very exciting. I knew as soon as I researched nurserys  which one I wanted and hopefully next week I will have a picture update on what it looks like ^_^  I ordered the matching changing table  but it ended up being unavailable from the site I used (Diapers.com) so I must source it from somewhere else. Hopefully that won’t be too hard!

Slowly I think we are getting all the important stuff though and many have been really good thrifty purchases, which is a good thing in light of how much one has to buy for such a teensy wee being!  I have started looking at baby clothes this week also (who could resist!?)  but mostly only white stuff as it has to be gender neutral afterall.

Most websites on pregnancy, say baby is now the size of a cantaloupe this week so that’s the fruit I am sticking with for our ‘size visual’. Health wise I am still feeling groovy. The textbook symptoms are heartburn/indigestion and I have felt that a couple of times but nothing too bad  and no surprise leg cramps during the night either – phew! Prenatal yoga is going well I really hope to stick with it after the birth as I love the place (Yoga Tree SF) and the teachers are really amazing. Many are trained doulas so they really know how to get you stretching and breathing in ways that will help with labour and birth come the time. I hope that I can remember it once the sheer agony kicks in *smile*

This week also,  I nearly bought myself and pregnancy pillow to help with sleeping on my side all the time now, and spent a few hours one evening online researching them like mighty, I read  positive review after  positive review etc, but I just could not justify spending nearly $60 on a pillow, so I dug out one of our spares and that seems to be doing the trick for the hip discomfort and bump support.

All in all it’s been a quiet week.  I printed off all my bump shots thus far to send to my Mum so she could  see how I am progressing which she loved. It’s very emotional for both of us, as I probably won’t be home during my pregnancy and she won’t actually get to see me pregnant which is very strange to think but I try not to dwell on it too much or I’ll be sad.  I just look forward to being able to go home with baby and showing him/her off to all our family and friends  ^_^  AND I try not to think about the flying part for that one (!)

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~ Week 19 ~

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This week was our Ultrasound week!! We had it yesterday and we didn’t get the 4D one done as I had hoped, mainly due to baby being camera shy covering it’s face with those little hands and lying in a position that just wouldn’t give a good view. I thought I would be more disappointed, but we were there ages as a trainee OB had a practise doing the scan after our ‘real one’ was finished, and just seeing our baby on the screen for nearly an hour was enough! We even got a little finger wave and saw an arm move ^_^

 

Everything is right on track with babys growth and he/she has all the right number of fingers, toes and thumbs! It’s a good feeling to hear everything is okay. I am gaining weight at approx 1lb per week and my uterus is now at my belly button – all good things I’m reassured!  And we didn’t find out what we are having -yay!  I’m really very happy that it is going to be a surprise and I think it will motivate me more during labour. Here’s hoping!

I am seriously enjoying being pregnant. I have no complaints and I hope it continues – I did get my first leg cramp at 5.30am on Wednesday which woke me up thus waking Lucky and Sox up for an early breakfast! =^..^=   bu that’s the only downer so far. I still have no cravings or an increase in appetite either but I have to have my daily dose of strawberries, blueberries and blackberries with greek yoghurt or I don’t feel right. I am drinking a lot more milk too for the extra protein (v. important being a veggie!) and calcium.

During the Ultrasound I found out I have anterior placenta which explains why I haven’t been able to feel too much movement just yet! I find doing the deep breathing exercises from yoga lets me feel the odd jab but nothing major just yet. Everyone says once you start to feel those kicks it never stops so I may aswell enjoy the ‘quiet time’

That’s the face right there of our little skeletor! 🙂

 

 

 

two little feet!!

 

 

 

& Bump progress!

 

~ Week 18 ~

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I must say this past week  has been a good one.  My energy levels are up and I am getting more active again.

I started Prenatal Yoga this week with a fellow pregnant friend and it was a really positive experience for both of us.  In doing it, I realised I am not at all flexible and my joints have stiffened up a lot since being pregnant so as a result I felt a bit restricted with some- okay most of the moves but I shall not let that put me off.  One woman who was directly across from me in the class , and about 38 or 39 weeks preggers (yup literally ready to pop) was bending and stretching without any bother – except for the odd move where her  belly got in the way a bit, but our instructor soon sorted that out by manouvering her leg  for her and bam she was back (!) It gave me hope ( and envy).  I know I won’t achieve that kind of body in just a few weeks or months even,  but it encouraged me to think of all the positive things that prenatal yoga will have on my body in preparation for birth and hopefully afterwards too. I think I may have felt my first ”real” movement from baby too whilst doing the deep breathing excercises during meditation! I only happened the once but it was definately different from anything else I have felt before and also definately not wind! ^_^ yay!

But just the experience of being with other pregnant women too is a really positive one and not the first one I had this week either, as I attented a Meetup for expecting Mothers in SF Bay area. That was a less strenuous one, that involved tea and dessert and an hour or two of just chatting about all things pregnancy and babies and that too was very rewarding as it’s nice to share your experiences with other women who are experiencing it too, right now in time! It’s like we are all part of this super cool and elite club 🙂

A week from today is our Ultrasound – the big one! I am so excited. I really can’t wait to see our baby again on the monitor, hear the heartbeat and hopefully get a 4D scan. I had one weird dream relating to that, where the nurse person let slip what the babys gender is and I was really upset. Like really really upset. I hope that doesn’t happen.

It’s always a boy in my dreams too. Not that, that means anything other than the fact that I am still having crazy pregnancy dreams! Oh and I still want it to be a surprise, so no changes there either!

Apart from all the exercise, with walking and yoga (did I mention I walked 4 & 1/2 miles today around Lake Merced?) the week went by pretty quickly.  I’m continuing to be super healthy (no cravings or major hunger pangs just yet!) and I can definately see the difference in my bump too between last weeks bump shot to this weeks – Can you?!

It’s the whole point of doing these selfie shots eh!

 

 

 

 

 

~ Week 16 ~

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This week I am really feeling pregnant I must say! Baby is now the size of an avocado, this means in length as all these fruit/veg references are definately more of a head to rump size comparison. I was weighed last week at my monthly OB appointment and am 3lbs heavier than my last visit, which doc said was good and right on track, but my am I feeling it now! I am so much slower at moving and walking up hills especially, and the breathlessness that comes with being pregnant sure doesn’t help.

The bones in babys ears are now forming and he/she will start to hear us speak or sing! I really want to get some ‘Belly Buds’ or a ‘Lullaband’ to wear and play music through my tummy.I have read great reviews but  Robins not convinced yet. He thinks it isn’t fair and torturous to force our taste in music on the little ‘un in case they end up being born hating The Beatles or The Shins or something awful like that.  (!)

Eyebrows. lashes and hair are also starting to fill in. I had a dream this week (Oh yes the crazy dreams and restless nights continue) that it was a boy and had a full head of hair which made me really happy! It’s not that I hold a great importance on hair but I  do love babies born with mops of hair. My own great-nephew Eli, had a mop of curls at birth and I was looking at old pictures of him (he’s three now)  so that probably influenced my graphic ”hairy” dream!

The decision of names is well underway too. I have a few favourites and turn to various sites online for inspiration but Robin has found a ‘cool’ app called Munchkin Names with 1000s of names to choose from which he is loving because you can add some to faves and share them. (!)  Under his encouragement I installed it too but it only annoys me, as a lot of the names are very American (sorry!) and by that I mean, completely made up and often nouns. Then going by culture categories, like when they  say Irish or Scottish for example, It really is just an everyday word plucked from the air and made into a name. Or a surname. With the spelling changed here and there.  I have to stop. It annoys me so much *deep breaths*  🙂 Anyway, I shall continue with my lists which are much better than any phone app if you ask me!

I am still not sure if I have felt baby move yet. I had a few nights when I was lying down in bed that I though I had that ‘quickening feeling’ but it may have just been wind. I won’t really be sure I think until it becomes more kick-like!

So all is well so far this trimester. Aches an pains are still there and now I can add my back to that list but I truly am enjoying being pregnant. I didn’t have any migraine this week -wahey! But hey,  I won’t speak too soon. Especially as now I have the ‘Munchkin App’ to ‘enjoy’ at my leisure.

~ Week 15 ~

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This week baby is the grand size of another citrus fruit – an orange! I do feel slightly bigger than last week and my waistline is slowly disappearing and maternity clothes are all I wear mostly now. Comfort comes first!

I had my first experience of someone giving up their seat for me on BART so now I most certainly feel pregnant along with all the obvious symptoms. ^_^

All the books and sites I read regularily, tell me that I should maybe begin to feel baby move in the next couple of weeks which is exciting. I like to imagine a teeny orange sized baby doing somersaults in my tummy which is weird but cute weird. Apparantly it’s like a ‘goldfish’ to quote my doc! Or butterflies as my ‘What to Expect when you’re expecting’ book tells me.

This week was almost migraine free too, apart for one day. Yay! I had my second trimester blood screening done and heard the heartbeat again. It was a first for Robin which was cool. And it is only two weeks away to my next Ultrasound which is very exciting as we might be able to get a 4D scan done aswell as find out the sex of the baby. I am still on the ‘I don’t want to know ’till it’s born’ shelf but Robin would like to know…so we shall see.

The doctor suggested the hospital put the result in an envelope that we take away with us and open together over a special dinner for example. (Make sure it’s not outside on a windy day! )  This also maybe  gives Robin a chance to maybe find out if it’s a boy or a girl  but I don’t think that’s gonna work.  Honestly I am pretty sure he would give it away , unintentionally of course,  and as I don’t want to know, I would be royally pissed off.

But hey, I have two weeks to come to a final decision. I do have my moments where I am bursting to know but then there’s that part of me that really still wants the traditional surprise and to hang on / stand my ground!

And I know everyone says it, but I really don’t mind if it’s a boy or a girl. I have gone through wishing for both at different times. Now I just want a healthy baby. That’s not too ugly either ,because lets be honest.  Not all babies are beautiful.  *smile*

~ Week 14 ~

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At week 14 all the pregnancy sites liken babys size to that of a large lemon, and at the rate I am expanding I think I agree.

I have now entered my second trimester. This week I have been experiencing aches and pains in my lower abdomen which I learned is  ’round ligament’ pain due to muscles and ligaments stretching to accomodate babys growth. I felt anxious at first not knowing what these were but I just took it easy when I felt achey or had a nice Epson Salt bath which for me is a solution to all problems *smile*

I am still needing the loo, like all the time so that side of things hasn’t eased up just yet. But then again I am drinking at least 6-7 pints of water a day! The thirst during pregnancy is seriously unquenchable it seems! My love of tea has picked up again but I am now used to functioning with less caffeine so I make tea just twice , maybe three times a day. And I don’t deny myself the odd Coca-Cola either!

The only negative thing I am still experiencing is migraines. I hope that as my second trimester progresses they ease up a bit! And a positive thing is my energy levels are increasing now so I am not needing a nap as often!

I finally started my weekly selfie bump shots too! Yay!