Wednesday, January 21, 2015

36 weeks!

taken at 35 weeks, but basically the same!

how far along: 36 weeks

baby size: I had an ultrasound last week after fetal monitoring and little pea is officially 5 lbs 7 ounces and 18 inches long. 

baby's progress: She's still chunking up right now and finishing up development of her lungs and whatnot for when she's born. 

weight gain: Still right around 35 lbs. I'm still eating fruits, veggies, and grilled meats. We keep to the organic and non-processed really well, so the doctor said he's not worried about the weight. And you know what? This is a season of life. My job is to grow little pea chunky and strong, so I'll lose the weight after when my priority isn't to nourish her. 

stretch marks: Still using Burt's Bees Mama Bee belly butter twice a day and zero stretch marks. I'm starting to feel a little more itchy so am hoping to keep avoiding stretch marks! I just lather up when I feel a little itch. 

sleep: It got better once I went back to work after winter vacation, because I'm exhausted at the end of the day. I wake up a few times in the middle of the night, but haven't struggled too much to fall back asleep. Lavender and Young Living Peace & Calming essential oils helps with my sleep, too.  

movement: All. The. Time. She hiccups a lot (my perinatalogist nurse said that's good! she's practicing breathing.) and stretches mostly. When she has days where she decides to roundhouse kick me, I could about double over though. Austen's excited for her to start karate lessons... 

best moment this week: Feeling more in control of the work paperwork and things happening at home! I decided to go into work on Monday to get papers run for February and March so that my copying is done and I can stop worrying about it. 

looking forward to: Only a couple of weeks left at school! After 8 hours on my feet, squatting and bending down with my second graders, I'm exhausted. My doctor wrote a note for me to have a modified work schedule for my last two weeks of pregnancy so that I can rest, get some nesting done, and to ease up on those symptoms that are just made worse by the end of a long workday (aka: Braxton Hicks, swollen feet, swollen fingers, moodiness, exhaustion...)

food cravings: Still pineapple and chicken tacos.  

weirdest food I ate this week: Austen made brown rice to go with salmon and a sweet potato for dinner, but the rice wasn't done in time. When it was done, I made rice with some salt, pepper, garlic, and soy sauce. Turns out, it was very delicious! Even Austen agreed. 

anything making you queasy or sick: No, thank goodness.

labor signs: I'm getting Braxton my lower back. I had a feeling I was going to be a back labor woman, because if it says, "Chances are slim..." then it's going to happen to me. They suck. It's like strong period cramps and it makes my waddling even more pronounced when they're happening. Once I started getting them it completely confirmed my decision to get an epidural. I do not handle pain well. 

what I miss: Sleep. I didn't sleep well one night this week and woke up wanting a nap.

symptoms: Emotional. Braxton Hicks in my back. Puffy feet and fingers. Lack of sleep. Heartburn. Lots of baby movement. Peeing a lot. Waddling even more. 

things that suck: I feel like I've lost so much patience lately. It takes a good week or two to get back into a routine in the classroom after winter break, for all of us. My kids got a little testy upon coming back to school and I just don't have the patience for it. I don't like that about myself right now, and am hoping they snap out of it this week!

things that don't suck: Things are feeling real. My hospital bag is halfway packed, the nursery is organized, and her newborn clothes and blankets are washed. My work paperwork is coming right along, and I'm feeling pretty solid about where I stand with stuff for my sub. She needs to hang tight at least until February, because I do need these last few weeks to finish prepping, but I'm feeling like I should have everything done (especially work related) in the next week or so. Whoo!

Monday, January 19, 2015

essential oil update

So I wanted to share how essential oils are going, especially being pregnant! Last time, I shared my video post about using Thieves and RC to help with the sinus junk we had for a couple of weeks and how we could breathe again within a couple of days. Since then, my starter kit had come in that included the everyday essential oil kit with 10 oils. I haven't used them all yet, but here's a few I have used and what I love them for.

disclaimer: please note, essential oils are not FDA certified and not proven to cure anything, and this is simply my experience with them. 

Lavender: My momma said there are two oils everyone should have: Thieves and lavender. They are both so versatile, and it's so true! Sleep is inconsistent for me, especially this far along (somewhere between 2-4 weeks until it's baby time, ya'll!) and I get really anxious about what we still need to do. Lavender on the bottoms of my feet, my neck (like where your lymph nodes are or where you'd put perfume) and the back of my neck helps me relax and sleep better. I also had a patch of itchy, irritated skin on my leg the other night. After my shower, I put lotion on but that didn't help, so I rubbed just a drop of lavender on it and almost instantly, it felt fine.

Pan Away: I've started getting Braxton Hicks in my back and lord they hurt. I've read testimonials that peppermint can turn breeched babies so while I had friends recommend peppermint for aches and pains of pregnancy, I didn't want to risk moving her because the doctors like how she's positioned. I had Austen rub Pan Away the first time for me on my back after having Braxton Hicks on and off all day, and then used it again a few days later right when one started. It feels like icy hot when your muscles are really tender (but not if it was something mild). I started to carry it around with me, especially to work. This is good stuff!

Purification: This is a strong one and a little on the fruity side. My momma isn't a huge fan of the scent of it, but I like to diffuse it in our living area. It has a lot of cleansing properties, including cleansing the air if it's diffused. I use 10 drops for our living area (since it's open and huge) but only 8 in our bedroom at night (we sleep with the door shut).

Christmas Spirit: This is simply to diffuse, and I love it. Thankfully, it's not seasonal so I can buy it year round! It's such a great homey scent and fills the room without being overwhelming.

A few I'm excited to try are peppermint for heartburn (a drop on the outside of the throat and chest), melaleuca for my hair (I'm thinking diluting some drops in a water bottle and just spritzing for a healthy scalp and lice repellent), fennel during labor (on the insides of the ankles) and for breast milk production (applied topically around the breast but avoiding the nipple), and peace & calming for anxiety. I ordered fennel and peace & calming so those should be arriving soon!

Monday, January 12, 2015

our las vegas baby shower

The church I grew up in had this saying: "where friends become family". I didn't understand it when I was little, but now being a 25 year old who has lived 18 hours away from family for the past 4 years, I get it. We have been so blessed with such an incredible support network of friends these past few years and were happy to be able to celebrate our little Sophia with them this past weekend.

The first person I met coming out to Vegas was Jessica. Friendship was sort of forced upon us since our husbands both graduated from tech school together (and then we lived together in temporary lodging for something like 5 days together...) and we hit it off right away. She is one of the few people who can come over to my house and I don't worry about putting on any makeup or fixing my hair. Praise the Lord for those kinds of friends! ;)

Jessica was the sweetest and offered to host our baby shower here in Vegas for us. She decorated with purple and gold (same theme as the nursery) with bits of twine here and there, and it was precious! We had a fantastic time.

We were spoiled by our sweet friends here, and are beyond thankful! I had been telling Austen that I wasn't sure we had enough baby clothes since her closet was looking pretty bare for a while there. Now, little pea will be the stylish baby around! My sweet quilting buddies, Maureen & Linda, also made Sophia the sweetest baby quilt. Is it not just precious?! We will absolutely keep and treasure that gift forever.

And if you're in Vegas, Nothing Bundt Cakes is to die for. Seriously. We all just "mmm-ed" the whole time we ate the cake.

I am seriously so blessed by these friends that have become family. I cannot wait to have them all come see baby Sophia once she's here! Speaking of that, only about 5 weeks to go now!!

Friday, January 9, 2015

only six weeks to go

how far along: 34 weeks... Home stretch, baby!

baby size: From the emails I've gotten about how far along I am, they say somewhere around 4 1/2 lbs and about the size of a pineapple (which is pretty much all I crave these days). She should also be gaining a 1/2 lb a week for the next month, and that I should be gaining about a lb a week now. Not gonna lie, that completely has me freaked out. 

baby's progress: It feels like she hasn't moved positions in a while, which is head down and back on my left side, so her kicks and punches are all on my right side. Her little hands are right against my bladder, so that's still a joy... ;)

weight gain: I didn't even want to talk about my weight gain at 27 weeks. Ya know what? Let's keep it real. I used to eat like a bird (a super smoothie for breakfast, small lunch, and dinner before 5:00pm to keep up my metabolism), but obviously can't now that I'm pregnant. I've put on weight. I'm talking 35 lbs already. Has it all gone to my belly? Nope. I'm pretty sure 10+ lbs has gone to my boobs and butt (no joke). And I would be completely lying if I said I have not majorly struggled with seeing the scale go up. I've had to put away my favorite pre-pregnancy clothes and can only hope come summertime, I can fit back into them again. At the end of the day though, it's okay. I've realized that so many women don't share how much weight they've gained, and only gaining 25-30 lbs is not as common as I thought it was. Some of the ladies I totally admire for their post-baby bods gained 50-60 lbs. I never would have guessed, and keep telling myself that after the baby, it'll come off. I know my body really well, and ordered a Belly Bandit in hopes of speeding along the tummy tightening process. ;)

stretch marks: Praise the Lord... NOPE. I'm also using my Burt's Bees Mama Bee belly butter twice a day now. I slacked during my first and second trimester about using it religiously, but am now. Being in the home stretch, realizing how much I miss my old clothes has me realizing that I really don't want stretch marks. 

sleep: It's nonexistent now. I toss and turn all night long and cannot ever get comfortable, I just sort of hope one position will be the lesser of two evils and that I'll drift off. Still peeing a lot in the middle of the night. I finally told Austen that when I get up, I'm not actually awake. So if I wake him up, to please not try to talk to me because I'm really sleep walking/peeing. 

movement: Still mostly in the evenings. I like drinking orange juice with my prenatal and DHA vitamins at night because it's like a dance party in my belly when I lay down afterwards. It's all fun and games until she punches my bladder.

best moment this week: Realizing that the rhythmic movements I was feeling at night is her hiccuping! 

looking forward to: Having this baby. Her baby shower here in town is also coming up, so I'm excited to see some sweet friends to celebrate her there!

food cravings: Nothing new, still pineapple and chicken tacos.  

weirdest food I ate this week: Nothing really. 

anything making you queasy or sick: Not really, thank goodness.

labor signs: Nothing. I'm starting to hope I'll get Braxton Hicks so I'll at least be semi prepared for labor! The nurse who does my fetal monitoring told me that since I'm smaller, I'll definitely know when I get a Braxton Hicks. She said I'll be able to see my stomach ball up and will definitely know what's happening. So since nothing new has happened, I'm gonna say no, there have been no signs of labor. 

what I miss: Skiing! We took a short trip out to Colorado so that Austen could ski with his sister and her boyfriend at Monarch Mountain and Breckenridge. I hung out at the little condo we stayed in. I miss skiing so much!! 

symptoms: Lots of movement. The constant need to pee. Exhaustion. Mood swings. My feet and fingers are starting to swell (mostly at the end of a long day or if I'm too hot). And just general discomfort. 

things that suck: Shaving my legs is pretty much uncomfortable and completely awkward now. When I texted my family about how shaving is such a hassle, my momma wrote back saying I just need my momma, that she'd shave my legs for me! Baby #2 is gonna be so much easier when we're near family again... ;) (Oh, and I asked Austen. He said he draws the line at shaving me. But he rubbed my feet right after that, so ya know, it's all good.) 

Also, on December 23rd, I went into V-tach with a heart rate of 280bpm for 42 seconds. My pacemaker tried to burst pace (where it paces my heart really hard) me out of the irregular rhythm twice, and when my heart didn't respond, the defibrillator delivered my first shock. No one in our family has ever had a defib shock before, and I was conscious for it. I'm okay, baby is okay, but it was a super scary event. I spent a couple of hours in the ER following it to make sure that my heart stayed out of an irregular rhythm and to find out exactly what had happened. Come to find out, the increase in hormones and extra blood actually puts me at a higher risk for a heart episode. I'm just hoping for nothing else exciting like that the rest of this pregnancy!

things that don't suck: Having two weeks off was such a joy. I was able to knock out a lot of long term lesson planning and feel comfortable with the rest I need to do before my maternity leave. Since she's running out of room in there, her kicks are becoming more like wiggles and stretching, which I sort of prefer to the sudden karate chops. Her nursery is also done, and I'm working on finishing the last of the necessary organization. I'm definitely in nesting mode, and have loved being able to this break! 
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