Tuesday, May 30, 2017

3rd Pregnancy: Week 23

How far along? 23 weeks
Baby weighs the same as: 5 small peaches
Total weight gain: 17 pounds
Waist Measurement: 37 inches
Maternity clothes? This week I've really just worn t-shirts and athletic shorts!
Stretch marks? None yet.
Sleep: Sleep has been decent. With Josh back in the bed (his congestion has finally cleared up and so his snoring has mostly resided), I wake up and just roll him over. 
Best moment this week: Getting to witness a natural birth of a bunch of red heads! Seriously I LOVED that the mama and dad both had read hair along with their sweet baby boy. I would love to have a red head, but my little gingers keep turning in to blondies!
Movement: Movement is regular! Josh feels the baby all the time. I do exercises regularly to get the baby off of my bladder, but he or she just keeps moving on down there. 
Food cravings: Just not healthy food
Gender: Still a surprise. My inklings still tell me baby is a boy!

Symptoms: I haven't had ANY symptoms this week with the exception of junky cravings. 
Belly Button in or out? Out but it is still in line with most of my belly. So hard to explain it!
Wedding rings on or off? On
Mood?: Really good considering this has been a normal week and I finally got to shoot another birth after a month!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

3rd Pregnancy: Week 22

How far along? 22 weeks
Baby is the length of a: Papaya
Total weight gain: 14 lbs still
Waist Measurement: 36 1/4 inches
Maternity clothes? Basically nothing on the bottom half of my body is comfortable except granny panties and I could burn all the bras, because they too are extremely uncomfortable. 
Stretch marks? None so far, but I definitely feel my belly stretching.
Sleep: I sleep well, but I've been so tired I can barely make it to 9:30pm, but as soon as I get in bed I can't fall asleep until 11. So frustrating!
Best moment this week: We bought a house! So we've been moving in and trying to get settled. We had some of our chinese neighbors and a few of our friends from our small group come help paint the entire house! It is all coming together, but the house still feels barren. We last minute decided to rip up the carpet in the living room, and we'll be putting in some faux wood floors! 
Movement: Movement has been way more regular than the past weeks. I feel him or her all the time. 
Food cravings: It is more of aversions lately. Josh cooked some grilled chicken and it made the entire house smell like booty. I had to hang out outside until the smell went away. Josh ended up eating it all, and I snacked on the boys' quesadillas. 
Miss Anything? I wished I could have helped move and paint. I felt super helpless this week and very dependent on everyone else. 
Gender: Nobody knowwwwss!
Symptoms: I've gotten sick only one time this week!
Belly Button in or out?Its in the inbetween stage still.
Wedding rings on or off? On
Mood?: Just incredibly tired, but that could be that I haven't taken any iron since the move. 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

3rd Pregnancy: Week 21

How far along? 21 weeks
Baby is the length of a: Carrot
Total weight gain: 14 lbs still
Waist Measurement: 36 inches
Maternity clothes? Some shorts and pants
Stretch marks? None.
Sleep: Pretty good. I have been beyond my normal exhaustion lately on a day to day basis, but my midwife figured out that I could use some iron and that really helps my energy when I remember to take it.
Best moment this week: Getting to spend some time with Salem, my midwife, after my prenatal. I always feel full when I see her and her fam. 
Food cravings: Nothing in particular.
Miss Anything? Just feeling normal. This is the most out of shape I've been and I'm just ready to eventually feel some muscle tone again.  
Gender: Still a surprise!
Symptoms: I've only vomited once this week. I'll take it!
Belly Button in or out? Still kind of in.
Wedding rings on or off? On
Mood?: More moody than normal, but I have also been more tired than normal, which could explain it. 

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

3rd Pregnancy: Week 20

How far along? 20 weeks
Baby is the length of a: Banana
Total weight gain: 13 lbs
Waist Measurement: 36 inches - given this is after dinner and my before-bed-snack
Maternity clothes? mainly yoga pants and t-shirts lately! 
Stretch marks? None.
Sleep: Fairly good, but I'm ready for Josh to get over his sinus issues. When he is sick he snores SO BAD, so he has been sleeping on the couch to give me some relief while we sleep. I definitely sleep better when he is snoring on the couch, but I sleep even better when he is not snoring in my bed!
Best moment this week: We did our 20 week ultra sound and it was a true blessing seeing this tiny human kicking with no abnormalities or anything to be worried of. After doing some bereavement work and watching my friends walk through loss of their littles, I see pregnancy so differently now and understand the vulnerability of the development of a person. His or her heart beat was 155bpm and had their hands in front of their face the whole time.
Movement: Yes, but just every once in a while.
Food cravings: I just prefer my food be spicy, so I'll add red pepper flakes or hot sauce to almost anything.
Miss Anything? Not right now. 
Gender: We still don't know, but I'm calling it - boy.
Symptoms: Morning sickness about every other day.
Belly Button in or out? In between, Id say.
Wedding rings on or off? On
Mood?: So good! 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

3rd Pregnancy: Week 19

This week was the hardest yet. Josh went out of town for most of the week to attend a conference in Orlando, Florida. I have never felt more tired fully wearing the hat of both mommy and daddy. The one thing I missed more than anything was the 45 minutres to an hour Josh uses right after he gets off work to take the boys for a walk, to the tennis courts, or to the pong while I cook or rest. 

I had no idea how much I cherished and needed this time to myself. Despite getting as much rest as I could squeeze in at night and when the boys napped, I felt like I just "got through" the days instead of truly enjoying and experiencing them. I've never been more thankful for Josh to get home and cook his homemade pancakes that I love but haven't been able to eat since becoming pregnant with this little one. Apparently, he isn't a huge fan of daddy's cooking skills, but I'm sure he'll love them in a few years like the other boys do.

Yes, I have referred to this baby as a boy since day 1. If he is a little boy, then I will have known from the beginning, and if this little on is a girl I will be utterly shocked! Either way, I'm excited to add to our crazy crew. 

In the NICU documenting a family graduating and going home

How far along? 19 weeks
Baby is the size of a: Mango
Total weight gain: 
Waist Measurement: 
Maternity clothes? Yes, but STILL cannot find my box of pregnancy clothes.
Sleep: Better mainly because my boys have been sleeping until 7am, which NEVER happens... in their whole lives it has never consistently happened! Blessing straight from God.
Best moment this week: Having my husband and son return home!!! Oh and watching Shep on our new video monitor. I was pretty against having one......until we got one. He is HILARIOUS to watch as he basically wrestles himself to sleep.
Movement: Lots and lots this week.
Food cravings: None this week. 
Miss Anything? Nothing. I am pretty happy Josh is back in town and my boys are sleeping! 
Gender: I still think this baby is a boy, but everyone else swears its a girl.
Symptoms: Morning sickness is about every other day. 
Belly Button in or out? I still consider it "in" knowing how "out" it gets.
Wedding rings on or off? On
Mood?: Still tired and sluggish, but I've been more motivated with my new vacuum! Such a mom thing to say...