Friday, September 27, 2013

Pregnancy: Week 37

Week 37 of my pregnancy has been uneventful. I have just loved being invested in the community at Asbury Seminary, so I've hosted a baby shower and a get together for women fellowship at my house this past week. Many people say being a pastor's wife is difficult and it is a choice to be hospitable and intentional, but I genuinely enjoy making friendships with other people - women specifically.

On a completely other note, I had my 37 week prenatal appointment and I am exactly where I was last week - 1 cm dilated and 50% effaced. So no exciting news to share other than I am ready for labor whether baby Hurst is or not!

***Josh took these in Cincinnati at Shannon Woods Park.*** How far along? 37 weeks
Baby is the size of a: Medium sized pumpkin (6 1/3 pounds and the baby is about 19 in long)
Total weight gain:  32 pounds
Maternity clothes? I wear maternity clothes exclusively, but I've been wearing summer maternity wear  and I am so excited Fall is finally here!
Stretch marks? I actually think that tiny one on my belly wasn't a stretch mark after all, because it's gone! So, I guess I have none on my belly! yay!
Sleep: Well, I keep getting up several times a night due to either the need to use the restroom or very real dreams that my water breaks or I am in labor. I immediately wake up to find them not true, but they could be a reality basically at any given moment.
Best moment this week: Our maternity shoot with Kat Marcum Photography was definitely a highlight of my week! We woke up and got ready before the sunrise. Kat picked us up before just before the sun was up, and we drove through a thick blanket of fog out to Shaker Village. We thought the fog would subside once the sun was up, but it didn't in time (although we did get some very mystical pictures with the fog). So we headed back into Wilmore and Kat found INCREDIBLE light in a nearby park. Then we finished out the maternity shoot in our bedroom. I think I am absolutely in love with these pictures, and I cannot wait to share them with you all!
Movement: I actually feel like the movement has slowed down a bit. I still fill tiny bits of stretches here and there, but I think baby Hurst is getting nestled in to "the position."
Food cravings: This week I only ate jalepeños every other day! They haven't been as strong of a craving this week.
Miss Anything? I miss wearing my cute dresses from last fall with a skinny belt around my waist instead of on top of my belly. My friend keeps encouraging me saying if I have a 10 pound baby, that's ten pounds that you lose at the time of birth! Hopefully baby Hurst isn't that big, but I do hope I lose this baby weight quickly!
Symptoms: I was sick once this week unfortunately. I went to bed sick and woke up 4 hours later with a migraine and vomiting, but I've been fine since that night. I have occasionally felt a little discomfort walking with the baby continually dropping in my pelvis, but I still haven't had any Braxton Hicks or any pre-labor symptoms.
Belly Button in or out? Out.
Wedding rings on or off? On
Mood? I've been just plain excited. Josh and I teared up reviewing our birthing class material. We are just prepared to go through this journey together!
Looking forward to: I really just want to say, "baby Hurst getting here!" But who knows, he or she may not come for a couples weeks. I am just looking forward to finishing the quilt I made if baby Hurst is a girl. I actually finished the boy quilt today - binding and all!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Pregnancy: Week 36

I am actually posting this relatively close to my week 36 marker! Yay! This week has been full of planning for a baby shower I am hosting with two other girls at my house for a dear friend who is 3 and 1/2ish weeks behind me in her pregnancy. I have made tassel garland out of tissue, a diaper cake, a "it's a girl" banner," and successfully pushed all my furniture (well I didn't actually move it) against the walls for mingle space! It is this afternoon and I am so glad we rescheduled it for this weekend instead of next weekend. I am getting to the point where it is slightly painful - as in not unbearable - to walk and move around. The baby has dropped into my pelvis making it impossible for me to even think about crossing my legs!

Baby Hurst is just preparing himself or herself to come on into this world. I posted more about the position of the baby, my dilation measurements, and effacement percentage down in "best moment this week." Baby Hurst is pretty keen on what space is his/hers and does not like it invaded. Josh was talking to the baby this morning and was laying his head on the side of my belly, and baby Hurst kicked Josh around 8 times. He or she only kicked when Josh's face was against my belly adding pressure. I can already tell baby Hurst likes space!

***These pictures were taken impromptu by Josh right before we went on a little boat trip down the Dix River. As you can tell by the pictures, my hair is dwindling, my makeup is almost non-existent from when I put it on that morning, and we don't have the Swiss Chard this week. BUT we did capture this week's baby bump, so mission accomplished!*** 

How far along? 36 weeks
Baby is as long as a: Swiss Chard Stalk (18 1/2 inches)
Total weight gain: 33 pounds (the baby should weigh around 6 pounds now)
Maternity clothes? Is it bad when your yoga pants are a smidge too tight? I'm just glad Josh like the extra junk in the trunk, because I didn't just gain weight in my belly.
Stretch marks? No new ones! Yay!
Sleep: Sleep has been similar to the previous weeks, but my hips have started hurting from sleeping on my sides with the increased weight.
Best moment this week: The conversation I had with Melissa Courtney, my midwife, was definitely a great moment for me. I was red in the face with embarrassment as I was getting my first vaginal exam and GBS test. I know she does this ALL THE TIME, but there is something about those that still get me a tad uncomfortable (the first time at least). My fundal height measured at 34 cm, which is 2 cm short of average for me being 36 weeks pregnant, but I am still within normal limits. Melissa asked if I wanted to have a vaginal exam and I did, it's my curious self coming out after containing it for so long with the baby's gender. She said I was 1cm dilated and 50% effaced! Before I (or you) get too excited, that doesn't necessarily mean I am having the baby in a week. It could still be several weeks from now. Melissa said the baby is already low into my pelvis head down. She said she could tell I do squats and kegel exercises, which was a huge compliment to me! She said the baby's back is resting more on my left side, because there is more room there due to the placement of my liver being on the right side. She told me to get on all fours and move the baby into the right position and then do squats or exercise on my birthing ball. This will help move the baby into the best position for birth. She also said I would labor well. This just put me at so much ease, especially because I was a little nervous going into the appointment without Josh in the first place. I really can't brag enough about her! She is incredible.
Movement: Movement has really just been baby Hurst stretching out and then curling back up on my left side. Occasionally I'll move him or her to the center of my belly and he or she will plop right back over. Stubborn little baby!
Food cravings: Jalepeños and tomatoes.
Miss Anything? VOLLEYBALL! I wanted to cry the other night when Josh was playing with his intramural team and I just had to watch from the stands. BOO! Maybe after the baby is born I could catch a few games... maybe?
Symptoms: No symptoms this week except sheer excitement for the next weeks to hurry up!
Belly Button in or out? Just plain out.
Wedding rings on or off? On
Mood? Great and more outgoing then normal!
Looking forward to: All of my appointments next week! I am getting glasses, because I am pretty sure I am not going to want to wear my contacts all the time during and after birth. I am also getting my teeth cleaned, which I LOVE (I don't understand why people don't enjoy it... it's like taking a good scrub-down bath, but for your teeth. Come on people, it's not that painful!). I will also be having weekly prenatal check ups now. Okay.. so maybe I just like checking to-do's off my list, but eye and dentist appointments have been on my list FOREVER. Here's to a productive week next week!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Pregnancy: Week 35

This week 35 of my pregnancy has been full of relaxation mainly. Last weekend we went to Herrington Lake on a leadership retreat in order to grow closer to the other leaders and youth pastor at our church and prepare for the upcoming school year for the youth. We rented a pontoon, ate a ton of really good food, and drank a lot of cappuccinos - well really I just poured a lot of cappuccinos to make latte art, but I stuck to my 1 drink a day!

Baby Hurst is about the same size of a honeydew weighing 5 1/4 pound! Yes, that means baby Hurst gained 1/2 of a pound in one week! He or she should measure around 18 inches long. There really isn't much room in my womb, so the baby is unlikely to do somersaults, which is okay with me since the baby is fully locked and loaded in the anterior position, where the baby is head down and his or her back is facing away from my spine. This position is ideal for birth.

***Josh took these again this week! All the pictures are pretty golden because we took them as the sun was setting.***

How far along? 35 weeks
Baby weighs as much as a: Honeydew
Total weight gain: 31-32 pounds
Maternity clothes? Yes... I am now very limited, because most of my shirts aren't long enough!
Stretch marks? The ones on my sides close to my buttocks have darker.... bleh... I hate even admitting I even have them! I'd like to just lie and say, "No I have none, and I haven't gained weight at all in my face!" But the reality is - every woman's body changes when you carry and grow another human being, and the changes are better excepted than rejected.
Sleep: Sleep has been similar to the previous weeks, but my hips have started hurting from sleeping on my sides with the increased weight.
Best moment this week: Baby Hurst had hiccups twice this week, and it was the cutest moment ever! I was prepared for someday that baby Hurst would get them, but to experience it is so special. It is like I was able to comfort baby Hurst for the first time as his or her mom while the hiccups subsided.
Movement: Movement has been large and in charge. The baby has also moved down, which has given me some symptoms that I'll explain on the "symptoms" question.
Food cravings: Just jalepeños again. Nothing new...
Miss Anything? At this point I just missing rolling out of bed, walking, or breathing without feeling so much pressure in my abdomen.
Symptoms: I did experience sickness when we were driving down a windy Kentuckian shoulder-less road, but that was to be expected after I ate blueberry oatmeal bake, chips and salsa, and a cup of coffee for breakfast. Last Sunday I took a walk with Josh and had to literally carry my belly in order to avoid discomfort through our walk. I was a tinge of pain, but not necessarily Braxton Hicks contractions, because the pressure was relieved as soon as I lifted. Josh cut our walk short to a mile.
Belly Button in or out? Out. Unless baby Hurst moves in a certain position and then it just sits flesh with the rest of my belly.
Wedding rings on or off? On
Mood? Great every other day, but today was pretty emotional. That is thanks to the incredible chapel service today.
Looking forward to: My 36 week up check up! Although I am kind of nervous, because it will be my very first appointment without Josh.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Pregnancy: Week 34

Again, I waited a little long to publish the post of week 34 of my pregnancy, especially since I am now 35 weeks!

 I want to dedicate this post to the upcoming Mesothelioma Awareness Day, which is on September 26th. Heather Von St. James, who I have gotten to speak with via email, is an incredibly fearless woman who survived malignant mesothelioma cancer. The prognosis of those diagnosed with mesothelioma is very dim with people not normally living past 15 months. Not only was this a crippling diagnosis to receive alone, but Heather had a 3 1/2 month old newborn! I am enamored by her drive and positive attitude through all of this!  Her journey is one to hear and share as there is still little awareness of mesothelioma. Please watch the video of Heather's story and click here to learn more about mesothelioma and Heather.

Malignant mesothelioma is a rare type of cancer that occurs in the thin layer of cells lining the body's internal organs, known as the mesothelium. 

Baby Hurst is up to no good... or everything good this week! Half of the time I am pushing a tiny foot or elbow back into my belly, because baby Hurst likes to stretch out and, thus, take my breath away. The other half of the time I am intrigued by the movements and cannot look away knowing my sweet pea is just getting comfortable in such a tight space. Baby Hurst weighs around 4 3/4 pounds, about the size of a cantaloupe. He or she is almost 18 inches long from tip to toe.

***Josh took these when I was 34 weeks and 6 days***

How far along? 34 weeks
Baby is the size of a: Cantelope
Total weight gain: Still at 30 pounds gained
Maternity clothes? My maternity shirts are starting to get a little snug. These are the clothes that were so long they were practically touching my knees! How does this even happen?
Stretch marks? A tiny one about 1 1/2 inches long on my belly, but somehow it has already faded a lot. I can barely see it. It is the same spot where baby Hurst LOVES to either kick or dig his or her elbow into. It's on the left of my belly button.
Sleep: I haven't gotten a lot of sleep recently due to so many events happening this week! Two of my good friends had their babies this week! One of them, Lauren Furlong's, I was actually present for in her home when she delivered her sweet baby boy, Edmond Isaac on September 10th. I was holding her daughter of 18 months in the moment of delivery and the entire experience couldn't have been more euphoric. Then my friend, Jenny Mostad, had her sweet baby girl, Delia Mae on the 12th. In addition to the baby-ness of my week, I've been quilting my heart out to finish baby Hurst's baby quilts. I made two different ones depending on the gender of the baby. Plus, I've been working on gathering information for my case studies in my oral comps exam that I'll present in January. I want to get all of that out of the way before baby Hurst comes! So... I would say I've gotten less sleep than normal. I have way too much on my mind.
Best moment this week: Witnessing a water birth was probably the coolest thing I have ever seen. It was definitely the best moment. Holding each of the new borns this week was also high on my list.
Movement: Movement has been outrageous and all over the place! I still haven't captured it well on video, but I will!
Food cravings: Jalepeños still.
Miss Anything? All of the intramurals are starting up and I didn't sign up. It was quite sad! I miss playing volleyball!
Symptoms: No symptoms this week! I've been extra tired, but I think that's due to my busy week.
Belly Button in or out? Full out there.
Wedding rings on or off? On! I think my fingers were kind of swollen a little bit last week, but they are back to normal.
Mood? I have to admit I have been pretty grumpy, but the only one who has known this is Josh. We had to sit down and take turns saying positive things about each other, because all I could think of were negative things. My first "positive" comment was, "I like that you eat so much." Josh just laughed and said that isn't necessarily positive, but it is better than saying something negative.
Looking forward to: Our leadership retreat for the youth group! It is this weekend and should be a time of revitalizing and regrouping to further lead the youth of our church. I'm excited to be a part of it all (somewhat) this year.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Pregnancy: Week 33

I am 33 weeks and one day! I should start posting these closer to the week mark since I'm getting closer and closer to being full term! This week was amazing. I wasn't sure how my body was going to respond sleeping on an air mattress all week, but I was fine! I stayed up way too late every night laughing and playing cards and games with our friends, the Pittmans, who stayed with us this week. I also took a long nap everyday, which helped with late nights!

Baby Hurst is the size of a pineapple weighing a little over 4 pounds and measuring just over 17 inches.  His or her skeleton is getting harder, but the bones aren't fully fused together to help with the birthing process getting through the birth canal.

***Josh took these when I was 33 weeks and 3 days***

How far along? 33 weeks
Baby is the size of a: Pineapple
Total weight gain: About 30 pounds total.
Maternity clothes? Yep!
Stretch marks? No news ones still.
Sleep: Sleep has been normal.
Best moment this week: Playing endless hours of canasta, a card game, with our friends Becca and Zack. It was the most fun I have had just relaxing in my own home!
Movement: Movement has again just gotten bigger and bigger! I know when baby Hurst is asleep or awake. I'm pretty sure our little one is going to be feisty and all over the place. Aren't those natural traits of a red head anyway? (;
Food cravings: Ton of jalepeños this week. I only craved chicken broth once this week, which was quickly taken care of by some amazing chicken tortilla soup.
Miss Anything? I miss my balance! Josh and I went hiking with a group of our friends and he literally had to hold the back of my shirt as we walking down the mountain in case I slipped. Given, the rocks were slippery from the previous days of rain, but my balance just hasn't been the same! I could also say my endurance on this same hike. When we walked up the mountain, Josh basically pushed me up it. He  locked his arm and pushed me up the trail using his leg power. Needless to say, his legs were very tired at the top!
Symptoms: Normally I have a story to tell, but I had ZERO symptoms this week! Yay! Just a healthy boring pregnancy here!
Belly Button in or out? Outty
Wedding rings on or off? On - although it is getting tight for the first time throughout my pregnancy.
Mood? I have been so happy spending the entire week with the Pittmans visiting! It was sad to see them go..
Looking forward to: Picking out our pediatrician this week! We have appointments to get to know two of them. Both of our pediatricians are highly recommended from tons our friends plus their practices align with our parenting style.