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~ Week 37 ~

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week 37 watermelon

Woohoo!! Baby reached full term this past week and is now the grand size of a wintermelon! This means he/she is fully developed but is in a ‘refining’ stage and getting healthier, stronger and gaining about 1/2 an ounce per day and I should probably more freaked out by the melon comparison!!

At this stage I’m pretty much waddling my way through each day, and biding my time. I can’t move about as much as I’d like to, mainly from the pressure of babys head in my pelvic area – this discomfort can come and go when I move and even be so sharp that it stops me in my tracks. My lovely swollen ‘cabbage patch’ legs and feet are still on the increase too, so now I have one choice of footwear  and this week it actually rained! It hardly ever rains here so it was a bit tricky getting out and about esp to my OB appointment which I have on a weekly basis now until December 15th. All looks well with baby and I gained 3 more lbs in the past fortnight and the size of bumpo increased by 2 cm but baby hasn’t ‘dropped’ yet and honestly I don’t want to think about how much more pressure I will feel once that does happen which I expect can be any day soon now  O_O

And now that I am ”big” – I don’t think my bump is that big personally – AKA  9 months pregnant!  The boy / girl guesses seem to be leaning more towards a boy with many old wives tales and cultures helping people in their guessing.  [ a Fillipino lady in Walgreens who physically looked about 10 years old herself told me I was ” very big so it had to be a boy” – the cheek! }

I guess it’s part of the fun of it though!  I have no idea and no ‘feeling’ and I love the surprise and excitement of not knowing… we will all know soon enough though!  ^_^

~Week 37 ~

Bump Progress!

Week 37 the size of a watermelon

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~ Week 36 ~

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Week 36 has flown by and without too many changes from the last, with the exception that now baby has officially reached full term and me the 9th month of pregnancy.  These last weeks are not really about me anymore but all about getting those last vital bits n’ pieces together for babys arrival!  I am trying to take everyones advise and rest as much as possible, but I find it hard to stop some days and do just that when there is still so much to do.. Now that the nursery is finally coming together I think I might be able to relax a bit more about it all. *sigh*

Physically I am doing well, apart from Oedema  which has been my only major pregnancy complaint (My Mum tells me, she had this too in all her pregnancies)  and also pelvic pressure which is really a good sign for baby, but an absolute b**ch to deal with daily for me.  But I will keep waddling on for the next 21 days! Emotionally we are so excited now and I am trying not to dwell on labour and pain too much.

Bring on the pain relief is all I can say!

 

 

Bump Progress from Week 36!

 

 

 

 

 

~ Week 33 ~

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Week 33 baby reached the size of a Durian fruit. I know what the hell is a Durian?! http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Durian

Okay so that’s that sorted.  During week 33 babys bones were hardening more ( except the skull) and he/she was undergoing major brain development. I am so aware of how cramped it has gotten in there too some days the position can be very uncomfortable for me for a good few hours with my ribs being squashed and kicked! I can see my entire bump moving as well as feeling it now too, It’s not so obvious that Robin finally got to enjoy that one too! Very ‘Alien-like’  indeed.

Overall I still feel good, but now my feet are so swollen that nearly all my shoes except my flip flops and Jesus sandals, don’t fit me right now. It’s annoying and uncomfortable and kinda gross. I miss my ankles but I know it’s not a permanent thing so I shouldn’t moan too much. From reading up on Edema (swelling during pregnancy) I shouldn’t stand when I can sit or sit if I can lie down.. I need to follow this advice more..and have more  Espsom Salt soaks!

The crazy pregnancy dreams are back again but this could be down to having a lot on my mind with my never ending list of things to get for baby. We aren’t doing too bad but I would like to have all the basic necessities stocked up on soon just for my peace of mind. Though it’s not just an over active brain that’s disrupting my sleep but bump too. As much as I love being pregnant I am thoroughly looking forward to sleeping on my stomach and back again…comfortably ^_^

Bump Progress (Another crappy pic as Canon is off being repaired!)

~ Week 28 ~

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This week marked the beginning of my third trimester!! I have now entered the ‘home stretch’ of pregnancy YAY! I really feel like the countdown has begun and the next 12 weeks are going to fly by..

All my reading sources say baby is just getting bigger and smarter from now until birth, aswell as developing more fat to smooth out that wrinkly skin and now sleep includes REM which means he/she could be dreaming already. Whatever about is hard to imagine!

This week I felt pretty good again apart from feeling tired and needing the odd power nap, I was able to do all my regular activities without any niggling pains or twinges which was a relief. I had my monthly OB checkup and everything checked out okay. Baby seems to be average in size (judging by my tummies measurement!) and my weight gain is steadly on the up and up. This month I gained 4lbs, most of which I think happened in those two weeks where I wasn’t as active as normal due to round ligament pain.  It definately was a growth spurt time and doc tells me I should just expect it to come and go.

Project Nursery is still a work in progress. I think hitting the third trimester milestone has made me think about it again.  At the moment we are on the lookout for a bassinet that will fit in our bedroom for those first few weeks / months and which buggy (or stroller as they call them here in the US) system to choose.

I am very blessed to have received lots of super cute baby hand-me-downs this week too ( babygrows, toys and blankets etc) from my sister. It’s so exciting once the baby clothes  start to make their way into the house. I am exerting self control on spending in that area mind, as babies gender is  a surprise  I don’t want to end up with a ton of neutral colours! My Mum has knit us a mini Aran cardigain too (the first one!)  which I am thrilled about. Being an Aran Islander herself she is very very good at them and making them in such a tiny size is really something! I have watched her over the years make them for my nieces and nephews and great-nephew even when each of them were born so to be on the receiving end feels very special.  Once she sends it to me I will post pics! ^_^

Next month Robin and I have our Childbirth Preparation Class which should be  interesting. We decided on a one day ”intensive” class rather than to spread it out over a few evenings and weeks. I wonder how ”intensive” and  should they show us any labour and birthing videos hopefully  it won’t be anything too gory…for his sake ! ^_^

the arty bump shot

Bump Progress Week 28!

~ Week 26 ~

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Week 26 and baby is the size of a head of lettuce! In terms of development a few significant things have taken place. His/her  previously sealed eyelids are beginning to open and start to blink, eyelashes are now grown too. The eye colour is becoming more apparant and retinas are forming aswell! Though that eye colour baby is born with won’t be permanent until approx 6 months old.

Babys spine is getting stronger as he/ she grows and is now the span of an adults hand and those little lungs are really starting to develop as baby takes in amniotic fluid in small breaths! And little one can not only hear sounds but respond to them in movements or increase in pulse rate as brain-wave activity is really kicking in.

This past week hasn’t been the brightest for me compared to previous ones and I have experienced a lot of round ligament pain and pelvic pain but hey that’s pregnancy and it can’t be all plain sailing.  As I am used to walking a lot (not being a driver ) getting these sharp stretching pains has been kind of restricting especially  walking uphill or at a brisk pace but when your body tells you to take it easy you have to listen and have a lot of Epsom Salt baths, a hot water bottle and plenty of tea   ^_^  On the good side,  babys movements are getting stronger and Robin has been able to feel a few good kicks now too which I think makes it all more real for him.

 

Here’s hoping the next week will be less stretchy!

 

{ I asked Robin did I look fat in this picture and he said lovingly ‘No hun, you look like a ‘fat fairy princess’  ^_^ Good job I haven’t lost my sense of humour eh! }

 

 

~ Week 21 ~

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This week according to my reading sources baby is starting to gulp down amniotic fluid which is not only hydration and nutrition but practise for swallowing and digesting.  They say (those scientist folk I presume) that after birth babies are more interested in tastes they have already experienced in the womb! I take this to be a good sign as I do eat a lot of fruit,veggies and dairy but it sure does make you think that what you eat can influence your child already! Which reminds me that I still don’t have any cravings yet. But I do miss Brie cheese, and I really look forward to having that again…nomnom!! Maybe Santa will bring me a big chunk of it ^_^

Project nursery is now underway and our crib/cot is assembled and looks beautiful! I adore the Jenny Lind . It really is a timeless crib and the spindle bars are so old fashioned which I love. We were very lucky to find it online with Diapers.com not just for the best price out there but in the Honey Oak colour too. Robin had it put together in half an hour! It was very straight forward and it’s also on wheels and light to move around the room if necessary – more bonus points for the Jenny Lind!  I will do a little shoot of it  this week to post on here.

This week I have most definately started to feel movement  (yay!)  It’s still mostly if I wake during the night  or during certain stretches and deep breathing in yoga! Soxy walked across me in bed one night, and that woke me and baby up as I couldn’t go back to sleep straight away with all the ‘wiggling’ sensations inside.

I can’t wait for it to get stronger now, so Robin can feel it too.  He keeps saying ‘are you sure it’s not wind?’   Nice eh!  In a word…NO!

Bump Progress!

~ 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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Bump && Chuck !