Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Pregnancy: Week 28

BABY HURST AND I ARE IN THE THIRD TRIMESTER! Whoo hoo! This week has been extra special making it into this leg of my pregnancy. The last week of my internship was so much fun and very rewarding, and I was pretty sad to say "goodbye forever" to the staff. Josh came back from Texas, and I couldn't have been a happier pregnant lady after over a week being apart from him. I will be officially finished with my summer rotation after I finish my 3-day elective course over endoscopy/stroboscopy (getting a video image of a person's vocal folds) tomorrow.

Little baby Hurst now weighs 2 1/4 pounds and is the size of a large eggplant. He or she is approximately 14.8 inches long from head to heels. The baby is now sporting eye lashes when he or she blinks his/her eyes. Baby Hurst may be able to see light that filters through my womb with his or her more developed eye sight. The third trimester (and towards the end of the next 12 weeks) is when baby Hurst is most developing billions of neurons in his or her brain. In addition, my peanut is getting chubbier to get ready for the outside world! I smile just thinking about my little chunk snuggling into my arms!

******Vote for which gender you think baby Hurst is on the poll to the left of the screen!******

*** Photo Credit: My wonderful husby got up at the crack of dawn to take these pictures for me. Love him.***

How far along? 28 weeks
Baby is the size of a: Large eggplant
Total weight gain: Baby Hurst has been plumping me these past few weeks. I've mainly been weighing in at 25 pounds gained, but once I weighed in with an additional 27 pounds.
Maternity clothes? I'm all about the maternity clothes now. I have been most unfortunate enough to out grow all of my regular bras besides the one my mom bought me 2 months ago, which was larger than the ones I already owned. I went to buy some more bras today, and I have reached a freakin' D size! HOW DOES THAT EVEN HAPPEN??!! (I am sorry for those who find my vulnerability offensive!) I really do not know whether to be pumped up or in full depression!
Stretch marks? Well I have a total of 3 small stretch marks, but none are on my belly.
Sleep: I've slept fine this past week besides the one night I experienced horrible heart burn and reflux.
Best moment this week: Finishing up my internship/summer rotation at the pediatric clinic was very rewarding. It was an INCREDIBLE rotation and very difficult and exhausting at the same time. I felt very accomplished my last day knowing I completed the 9-week internship working 12 hour days 3 days a week and 8 hour days twice a week 20+ weeks pregnant.
Movement: The movement has really changed this week. I feel like the continuous movement has become purposeful movement. If I press on my belly in a certain spot, the baby either kicks or readjusts. If I take a bath, the baby floats the top of my belly to get away from the warm water. If I lean forward sort of squishing my belly, the baby goes crazy. I am starting to be able to tell the difference between the head and the butt, but I haven't been able to tell if it is a foot. I was told if a hard round surface is pressing again my belly, it is the head, but if the surface is soft, then it is the butt.
Food cravings: I have been craving freeze pops like crazy. I've eaten several a day and almost feel like I need them! I cannot tell you how many times this week when I have had food on my plate or in front of me and I have just decided I don't want it or can't eat it. Josh has been so great about this annoying pickiness and he has eat everything I have decided wasn't satisfying enough.
Miss Anything? I miss drinking more than 1 cup of caffeine a day! Sometimes I like to have a cup of coffee AND a glass of sweet tea AND maybe even a bottle of Kentucky's soda Ale 8.
Gender: We still do not know the gender, but continue to vote if you think the baby is a girl or boy on the gender poll! Josh told me he wanted a girl after seeing the 3 cute daughters off of the movie Despicable Me 2.
Symptoms: Okay... this week has been full of symptoms. I experienced major heartburn, indigestion, and reflux the week. It is completely my fault though! I ate my favorite type of pizza, (don't judge me) pepperoni with jalepeƱos. That'll do it though. I was up all night even with extra pillows propping me up to decrease the relux. I think I've learned my lesson. I had morning sickness only once this week, but it was still pretty awful. Another symptom that has come up is linea nigra. I have a tiny line as thick as a hair that goes from my pelvic bone all the way up to my sternum. This "linea nigra" literally means dark line and is said to disappear within a few months after giving birth. We'll see if this little line gets any bigger.
Belly Button in or out? It is out, but you still can't see it protruding through my shirt.
Wedding rings on or off? On
Mood? I am a little embarrassed to admit I have had bi-polar-like emotions this week. I have been extremely happy and the next moment I could burst into tears. I have wanted to be around people, but as soon as I am in a crowd, I want to go home and be by myself. It is bizarre. Say a prayer for Josh! Poor guy...
Looking forward to: Finishing up my elective course and relaxing for the next couple of months!

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Pregnancy: Week 27

This past week (July 15-21) I have been 27 weeks pregnant! I've decided to add a poll to see who all thinks the baby will be a girl or boy. To the left of the screen, there is a simple boy or girl poll! I know a bunch of you read these posts, thanks to Google Analytics, so take a second and click either boy or girl!  It is also completely anonymous, so no need to feel pressure! In honor of the poll I have posted, I decided to take some wives tales comparing symptoms/signs during pregnancy to decide the gender of the baby and let you know how my body has reacted to these.

The old wives tales are as follows:
  1. If you are carrying high, the baby will be a girl. If you are carrying low, the baby will be a boy. 
    • I'm carrying pretty high.
  2. If you are experiencing acne, the baby will be a girl. If your face is clear and glowing, the baby will be a boy.
    • I've had both acne and bacne (back acne.. gross huh?)
  3. If you are craving sweets, the baby will be a girl. If you are craving salty and sour foods, the baby will be a boy. 
    • I have craved more spicy foods, actually, but I would say I've craved salty/sour foods over sweets. 
  4. The Chinese gender calendar uses the mom's birthday and the month & year of conception to determine if the baby is a girl or boy.
    • My birthday is March 16, 1990 & we conceived in January 2013. The Chinese gender calendar from 3 different websites said I am having a girl.
  5. If you have dry hands during pregnancy, the baby will be a boy. If you have soft hands during pregnancy, the baby will be a girl. 
    • Sometimes my dry hands wake me up in the middle of night and I have to go put lotion on to go back to bed. 
  6. If your age and year of conception are both odd or even, the baby will be a girl, but if one is even and one is odd, the baby will be a boy. 
    • I was 22 and of course the year is 2013.
  7. If you are having an increase in headaches, the baby will be a boy. If you aren't experiencing any headaches, the baby will be a girl.
    • I am not experiencing any headaches; although, I had headaches for a week at the beginning of my 2nd trimester. 
  8. If your nose size has increased, the baby will be a boy. If there has been no increase or your nose has gotten smaller, the baby will be a girl.
    • My nose really hasn't changed. It's my cheeks that have gained the weight!
  9. If you are having continuous nausea & morning sickness, the baby will be a girl. If you have had little to no nausea or morning sickness, the baby will be a boy.
    • I was nauseous and had morning sickness for only 3 weeks in my first trimester, but it was pretty severe for the entire 3 weeks!
  10. Lastly, if you have excessive leg hair, the baby will be a boy. If you have the same amount of less leg hair, the baby will be a girl.
    • I'm pretty sure I have not grown any extra hair on my legs since being pregnant. 
So 6 out of 10 of the myths say I am having a girl and 4 say I am having a boy. We'll just have to see. Baby Hurst, may they be a girl or boy, weighs almost 2 pounds, which is the same as a head of a cauliflower. The baby is 14 1/2 inches long with legs extended. Now Baby Hurst is practicing full sleep & wake cycles - may that only be short intervals at a time. Baby Hurst may even be sucking on his or her fingers developing the muscles in the mouth used for sucking. 

***Photo Credit: Jenny Mostad, my dear friend who is also pregnant, documented my photos for me this week!***

How far along? 27 weeks
Baby weighs as much as a: Head of cauliflower
Total weight gain: I've gained up to 23-25 pounds, and I'm pretty sure the extra few pounds have all been in my face! So I guess pregnant women lose their "baby fat" too after giving birth.
Maternity clothes? At work I've been wearing normal cotton t-shirts, but they are almost to the point of not cutting it. They are barely long enough to cup the bottom of my belly. I'm having to wear undershirts to "lengthen" my shirts! Don't worry, I have several summer maternity shirts and way long enough! They will just have to wait until after my internship is over.
Stretch marks? Not any more or new ones.
Sleep: I will sleep better when Josh gets back from Texas!
Best moment this week: Coming home to Kentucky and being greeted by two of my best friends, Jeff & Anne Corey, was a pretty great moment. Anne Corey's granny cooked home made Kentucky fried chicken, farmer's market green beans, mashed potatoes, gravy, fancy salad with fresh veggies and fruit, rolls, and Paula Deen's banana pudding! Then we played "Kemps," a card game, for almost 2 hours! It was a night full of laughter (especially because of Granny's comments throughout the game)!
Movement: The baby has moved non-stop the past 5 days! Sometimes it is a big movement, but most of the time it feels like continuous small movements. I still haven't actually seen the movement and it all occurs 2-3 inches below my belly button. I'm excited to feel the baby's movements on the top of my belly one of these days.
Food cravings: My cravings have been almost non-existent. I haven't had much of an appetite until food is in front of my face. I'm thankful for Jeff & Anne Corey this week. Other than Sunday's dinner, they have cooked for me 3 days in a row!
Miss Anything? I'm just missing my husby as he is in Texas still (how many times can I mention how much I miss him in one post?), but that really has nothing to do with pregnancy. (;
Gender: The baby's gender is a surprise. At this point I'm hoping we have a boy, because we do not have any girl names picked out!
Symptoms: I've had morning sickness twice this week, but my shallow breathing has gotten way better.
Belly Button in or out? Same as last week - The belly button is out, but it is still not visible through the shirt.
Wedding rings on or off? On
Mood? I have probably been a little irritable, but it is no fun living all alone!
Looking forward to: I think everyone can conclude I cannot wait for my babe to fly back home this upcoming Tuesday!

Monday, July 15, 2013

Pregnancy: Week 26

I am 26 weeks (and 6 days) pregnant. This past week (July 9-15) went by really quickly with the fast trip to Texas. We drove 22 hours to Texas starting last Wednesday and arriving Thursday night. I was able to squeeze into a cute bridesmaid dress for Chase and Jiminey's wedding, and I am not ashamed to say I might have invented a few dance moves involving my baby bump during the reception.  The wedding was a gorgeous 10am ceremony with my father-in-law officiating and a good friend, Greg Jeffreys, playing his guitar and singing throughout the service. After the wedding Josh and I sped to Midland to enjoy a quick family visit for my cousin's 8 year birthday party. I flew back the next morning on Sunday and I felt as if the trip was just long enough for me to get a few hugs in and say good bye to friends and family!

Baby Hurst is as long as an English hothouse cucumber, which is around 14 inches long. He or she weighs around 1 2/3 pounds and is continuing to put on fat. The baby's inner ear has been developing continuously the past few weeks and this week the baby may even be able to distinguish mine and Josh's voice as we talk to each other. Baby Hurst is inhaling and exhaling small amounts of amniotic fluid. These breathing movements help develop the lungs more fully before they actually inhale oxygen and exhale carbon dioxide.

So I haven't really shared on here names of what Josh and I are considering. We have a list for both girl and boy names, but our top 3 boy names (in no order) are Zeke (short of Ezekiel), Tobin, and Shep (short for Shepard). Let us know what you think of our top 3 names!

***Kat took my pictures while I was in Texas, and sadly the pictures will have to wait until later to be posted! At least we've documented every week with photos regardless if they're on the blog just yet- we'll have them up soon. Keep checking back!***

How far along? 26 weeks
Baby is as long as an: English hothouse cucumber (it's an extra long cucumber) 
Total weight gain: I haven't gotten to weigh myself this week, but the day before I turned 26 weeks (last Monday, the 8th) I was measuring 21 pounds gained at my prenatal vitamins.
Maternity clothes? Maternity pants have been my best friend and will continue to be for the next 2 weeks until I finish my internship. I've been required to wear pants with closed toed shoes. I cannot wait to wear dresses and sandals for the rest of the summer!
Stretch marks? Okay people.... This is the ugly part of pregnancy that no one likes to talk about - I noticed a few stretch marks on my back side. Yep, my booty is getting large and in charge, and apparently my skin couldn't handle all the junk in the trunk. The more I've researched and asked around  the more I've found out getting stretch marks on your rear is way more common than you would think. Thankfully, most women I've talked to, their stretch marks disappeared after birth. I'm hanging on to that tid bit of hope!
Sleep: I have actually had a really hard time the past 4-5 days sleeping, but not because of the position I'm sleeping in. I'm having a hard time, because I'll wake up short of breath or a feeling of fleeting pain right above my sternum in my air way. I've also been sick since Wednesday, the 10th, and I have a history of sick-induced asthma. I'm probably going to go in on Monday to the doctor if it persists - so don't worry (mom).
Best moment this week: Standing by some of my best friends as they got married in a gorgeous morning ceremony. Congrats Mr. and Mrs. Fallin!
Movement: Movement has been similar to previous weeks. The baby moves when there is pressure put on him or her, and he/she will let me know by giving me a big kick. My two cousins and mom finally got to feel the baby kick for the first time, and I thought for a second that Deidra was going to pee her pants out of excitement. I would have loved that!
Food cravings: I have been traveling quite a bit from the 22 hour car ride from Kentucky to Texas and then the 4 hour car ride from Lubbock to Midland and back - so my cravings have been for absolute junk. I ate my fill of hot Cheetos and sour patch kids. (Remember - this blog is a no judgement zone!)
Miss Anything? I miss comfortably sleeping on car trips for hours on in!
Gender: The baby's gender is still a surprise
Symptoms: I have actually had a lot more symptoms this week, but I believe they are in conjunction with my little cold I have going on. I've been nauseous several times and I've had shortness of breath. I finally figured it out yesterday, the 14th, I was essentially having an asthma attack and had to take a breathing treatment. I'm not too fond of having these type of meds while being pregnant, but everything I've read says treating asthma is way less of a risk than untreated asthma with the baby not getting enough oxygen.
Belly Button in or out? The little belly button is out, but I'm kind of ready for it to stick out a little more. You can't tell through my shirt yet.
Wedding rings on or off? My wedding ring and class ring are still on. I was fortunate enough not to have my feet or hands swell during the 22 hour drive.
Mood? Pretty optimistic I'd say... I've been sick, but I have had a lot of fun this past week.
Looking forward to: I am looking forward for to having a lot of free time at night. Josh is still in Texas, so all of my nights are free for crafty nights.

Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Pregnancy: Week 25

I was 25 weeks this past week (July 2-8). It has gone by so fast with the holiday in the middle of the week instead of on the weekend. I was thankful for a little break from my usual 13 hour day at my internship. On Thursdays I normally wake up at 5:45am and leave by 6:30pm, and then I do not get home until around 7:30pm on average. I think those hours are hard on a non-pregnant person and to add the extra factor can be crippling some days. Although, I do feel like I have become accustomed to the hours after 6 weeks with more energy to carry out the therapy and drive home each day .

Baby Hurst is the size of an acorn squash weighing 1 1/2 pounds and measuring 13 1/2 inches from head to tiny toes. He or she is starting to look more squishy and chubby instead of lean with loose skin. Hair is starting to really grow and if we could see inside the womb with the naked eye, we could discern the color of his/her hair!

***Photo Credit: Kat Marcum Photography***

How far along? 25 weeks
Baby is the size of a(n): acorn squash
Total weight gain: I'm still in the 20 pound range.
Maternity clothes? Basically all the time. I salute the person who invented stretchy waist bands.
Stretch marks? I'm still stretch mark free, but I rue the day they show up.
Sleep: I've been getting plenty of sleep. I usually get home from my internship at 7:30pm and I fall asleep by 8:30pm.
Best moment this week: Getting the day off for the 4th of July was amazing even though it did rain all day long canceling most of the Wilmore festivities like the parade and festival. We did, however, see a firework show thanks to RJ Corman.
Movement: Like I've said in the previous weeks, I have felt the baby move all the time. I can't wait until the movement is apparent above my belly button. Right now its all below my belly button, and I can't distinguish what body parts are bumping and moving. I always think it's a shoulder or a foot for some reason.
Food cravings: I had a pretty darn strong craving for hot chocolate the other night. Thank goodness for Keldy Spainhour, who immediately found and made me a glorious cup of hot chocolate!
Miss Anything? I haven't been buying fresh coffee, because I haven't been drinking it throughout my pregnancy. I know that it's allowable to have 1 cup of coffee a day, but I like to keep my options open in case someone offers me a cup of sweet tea or another caffeinated drink. It has rained almost non stop for 4 days, and I would love to snuggle up with a warm cup of french pressed Kifu Coffee.   Check Kifu Coffee Roasters out for amazing quality roasted coffee!
Gender: The gender is still a mystery, but I found out this weekend that my entire immediate and extended family thinks I am having a boy except for my brother and grandpa. They insist I am having a baby girl!
Symptoms: I need of list of possible symptoms, because as far as I know I am having a really easy pregnancy compared to many of my pregnant friends and sister-in-law.
Belly Button in or out? I think I can definitely classify my belly button as out.
Wedding rings on or off? On. I don't think my fingers have swollen at all................yet.
Mood? I've been in a really good mood this week with a lot more energy throughout the day.
Looking forward to: I am looking forward to my next prenatal check up scheduled for next Monday and going to Texas for our friend's, Jiminey and Chase, wedding!

Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Pregnancy: Week 24

This past week (June 25 - July 1), I was 24 weeks pregnant, and I feel like I just grew 2-3 weeks just in this past week. I had growing pains last thursday (the 27th), and I knew that baby Hurst was making something happen in my belly! The next few days I felt bigger, and then my belly button decided to turn inside out yesterday! So now, yes people, my belly button is an outie! When I noticed it in the afternoon, I screamed down stairs for Josh to come upstairs, but maybe I should have mentioned to him that it was just so that he could look at my body changes. He was almost panicked thinking I hurt myself or something, but when he figured out I just wanted to show him my belly button, he was almost excited as I was. To us, it means baby Hurst is getting bigger, which in turn means that he/she is that much closer to meeting us in person.

It's hard for me to believe each week that I will get even bigger than I already am, but each month I am tremendously bigger than the previous month and so is baby Hurst. He/she is just longer than an ear of corn, which is 1 foot. He is working on getting plump and filling out his skin! Baby Hurst has gained about 4 ounces since last week, putting him or her just over a pound. Now a lot of the brain is starting to develop including the size and neural connections! The taste buds are developing, and I can only assume that he/she can now taste whatever amniotic fluid tastes like (kind of gross and cool at the same time). (:

***Photo Credit: Kat Marcum Photography***

How far along? 24 weeks
Baby is as long as: an ear of corn
Total weight gain: 20ish pounds
Maternity clothes? yes, and some of my pants without the stretchy band that covers my whole belly almost don't fit anymore. The elastic just folds right under my belly.
Stretch marks? Still no sign of them, but I have been keeping the vitamin E lotion on all the time.
Sleep: I've been going to sleep early, but I keep waking up 2-3 times in the night to either use the restroom or roll over. Rolling over has now become a cognitive task.
Best moment this week: Experiencing our first birthing class! We are taking a Bradley Method class that lasts 10 weeks, and the first meeting exceeded my expectations. I'm excited to go back
Movement:The movements just keep getting bigger and longer in duration. I've already told baby Hurst to lay down a couple of times, but he/she likes to dance instead of sleep.
Food cravings: Nothing in particular, but I still have been extra picky when deciding what I will and won't eat. This has never been an issue before I was pregnant, so Josh is definitely not used to me being so particular!
Miss Anything? I miss laying on my stomach to read. You don't realize the smallest positions along with food and other activities that you can't have or do until you are actually pregnant.
Gender: We are still letting it be a surprise, but I'm still thinking the baby will be a boy.
Symptoms: Same as last week - just getting bigger.
Belly Button in or out? OUT!
Wedding rings on or off? on
Mood? Tired! I get home around 7:30pm from work and I fall asleep usually 2-3 hours after getting home.
Looking forward to: The 4th of July celebrations!