Posted by: expectingamiracle | July 23, 2011

35 weeks

How far along?  35 weeks

Baby is the size of a:  honeydew melon

Total weight gain/loss:  Gained 4.5 pounds from last time!  So the 2 I lost, plus an extra 2.5.  Total gain 23 lb.  I’m happy because before I got weighed she said she’d like to see me get to at least 25.  So I think that is certainly do-able and hopefully I can get up to more around 30.

Maternity clothes?  yes, I actually bought a couple new things too.  A dress for maternity pics coming up and a ruched shirt that I must say I look awesome in.  I get the best compliments while preggo!  All my mom friends are telling me I look great and I’m all belly.  And I took Matthew to McD’s the other day for dinner and playtime and had a woman tell her friend “I never looked that cute when I was pregnant”  It helps me ego!  :o)

Sleep:  still trouble falling asleep at night, I think it’s something to do with my legs, like they feel kinda restless I think?  I am getting up to pee super often now too.  If I don’t get a nap each day then I am not a happy woman.

Best moment this week:   Baby shower yesterday!  My mom’s group had one for me and it was a combo pool party for the kids and shower for me.  They had some decorations set up like sailboats since that is my nursery theme.  Little snack holders that looked like boats that said Skippyjon (baby’s nickname) and rice krispy treat sailboats instead of a cake.  Matthew had fun in the pool and even got a little more comfortable in the water wearing his life jacket and floating around and jumping off a small ledge towards me.  I got several baby outfits and then was surprised that I got a Visa gift card for $180!  They all chipped in so we could buy something big that we needed like a double stroller.  Not sure yet what we’ll use it for but we do have several things on our “to buy” list that we still have to get.

Movement:  Still pretty active, every now and then the way he moves will hurt!

Food cravings/aversions:   I really want a fancy cupcake because people on facebook keep talking about them.

Belly Button in or out? Out

What I miss:  Umm, apparently I was a little deluded and have come to my senses after seeing a friend with a toddler and 8 week old.  I was thinking it will be so nice after baby gets here and I don’t have to worry about Matthew jumping on my belly and hurting baby accidentally.  But actually I think it’s going to be MUCH harder once baby is here in person!  I do want to hold baby quite a bit of the time but now I am wondering how that is going to work with Matthew always wanting to climb/crawl all over me!  My friend had the baby’s bouncer up on her kitchen table…which I’m sure was to keep her daughter from messing with him!

What I am looking forward to:   Next week I have maternity pictures and my 36 week midwife visit.

Weekly Wisdom:   Being silly with your toddler really does help make them cooperate!  (Recently I brush his teeth while making up songs to the tune of Elmo’s world and today when he didn’t want to go in his room for a nap I made choo choo sounds and pretended we were a train going in there.  Proud of myself for doing this stuff because it does take more effort than just saying “you have to do XYZ”)

Milestones:  Less than a month till my due date.

Symptoms:   I had a couple super emotional days.  Ugh.  Still wanting to next and worrying about “stuff” getting done.  And I have been getting more of those pains in my upper legs/groin area when baby moves a certain way.

The rest of the details on the midwife visit:  BP 112/62, baby’s heartrate from 132 to 180 bpm, he got super excited moving around in there!  I asked her about giving up dairy and she said to cut back on actual milk but she still wants me to eat yogurt/cheese, etc, because it’s good protein.  Then if baby has issues I will give it up after he arrives.  I asked her several other questions but I don’t really remember right now everything we talked about.  I have a crapload of pills to start taking as I get close to the end and before my next visit we have stuff to fill out on our birth plan.  (Which I guess means I NEED a birth plan!)


Posted by: expectingamiracle | July 6, 2011

34 weeks

How far along?  34 weeks

Baby is the size of a:  honeydew melon

Total weight gain/loss:  no new weight, will have an update in a couple days

Maternity clothes?  yes

Sleep:  insomnia, trouble falling asleep at night, and even if I do hypnobabies.  It isn’t putting me to sleep the way it used to or else I wake up once the track ends and can’t get back to sleep.

Best moment this week:   Just getting some stuff done in general while my mom was here.  Nesting central! 

Movement:  He is running out of room, maybe a touch less active, but still plenty for me!  He pushes around everywhere.  He likes to swing his butt up on my right side a lot.  And I keep feeling something way down low on my left side jabbing me.  Maybe a hand or elbow?

Food cravings/aversions:   I can’t stop eating the funfetti flag cake that I made for 4th of July.  So sad it’s almost gone.

Belly Button in or out? Out

What I miss:  Feeling like I have time left!  It feels like I am so close to being done and it’s kinda freaking me out!  This baby really needs a name and David is so laid back about it and I feel like we aren’t getting as much time to talk about name choices like we did with Matthew.  Always so busy with either work or Matthew or things around the house.

What I am looking forward to:   Midwife visit coming up in a couple days.  I *think* I should be getting a baby shower and I’m having maternity pictures done.  🙂

Weekly Wisdom:  ?

Milestones:  ?

Symptoms:   A little crazy emotional, worried about getting everything done, nesting.  I’ve also gotten some sharp shooting pains on my upper right leg up into my groin.  I think it’s baby pressing on a nerve.

Posted by: expectingamiracle | July 6, 2011

2 Years Old

Found this older post that I need to publish.  🙂  Most of this is from about a month ago at least.


Matthew has said lots of funny things lately.

-A few weeks ago he was naked and pointed to his penis and said “big”.  I was thinking WHAT?  Haha.

-He also patted one of my boobs after nursing one morning and then said “big”.  Thanks buddy.

– My tummy however is another story.  In Matthew speak “B big” means “too big”.  The other morning I he touched my belly and said “B big”.  Guess he is noticing it.

-My husband asked the other day if “that baby was still nursing”.  Um, yes!  He finished the other morning, smiled at me and said “Good” with a huge grin.

-He will go off in a corner or into a closet or the pantry to go poop.  If you ask him to go to the potty instead, he flings his hands at me in a “go away” motion and says “Noooo”.

-He still loves a good game of “git choo” where I chase him and tell him “I’m gonna get you!”

-When he wants to do something himself, like turn book pages or hold something, he will insist “Mattoo!”

-He seems to know all his colors for the most part.  Most of them are pronounced a little differently – geen, boo, wohwoh

-He just recently started saying “bagel” instead of “beagle” and it makes me sad.

-Strawberries are known as “aw-bees”

-He counts to 10 but skips the number 7.  David thinks it is because that’s the only 2 syllable number.

-He asks all the time for “moo-gik”, which means he wants me to turn a music CD on.

-If the 3 of us are out walking together, he has to hold both our hands.  He will hold one hand out and say “Dada han” and then the other “Mama han”, so so so sweet.

-He has had a recent obsession with the attic since he saw his Nana go up there.  He keeps talking about the “aggic” and will say “Nana aggic.  Up stairs”.  One evening he was saying “teetee aggic” (kitty attic) so I asked him if he wanted kitty to go up in the attic and he grinned huge and said “Yes!”   Poor kitty, haha.

Posted by: expectingamiracle | July 6, 2011

33 weeks

How far along?  33 weeks

Baby is the size of a:  honeydew melon

Total weight gain/loss:  the weeklong stomach virus caused me to lose weight.  😦  I lost two pounds so now my total gain is 18.5 lb

Maternity clothes?  yes

Sleep:  I am falling asleep much easier now that I am doing my Hypnobabies tracks before bed at night.  I figured I might as well do it even if it’s late because it takes me forever to fall asleep anyway, another 30-40 minutes listening to a track is no biggie and half the time I go totally to sleep while listening to it.

Best moment this week:  June 25 (yesterday) was the first time Matthew spontaneously said “I yuv you”.

Movement:  Flexing around with a few kicks/jabs here and there.  Sometimes it is actually a little bit painful!

Food cravings/aversions:   Dairy

Belly Button in or out? Out

What I miss:  Letting Matthew climb all over me or cuddle or do whatever and not having to be careful that he doesn’t hurt my belly by accident.

What I am looking forward to:   My mom is coming to visit again later this week.  🙂  And July 4th weekend, hopefully David will have a 3 day weekend.  He worked part of the weekend this past one and it sucks!

Weekly Wisdom:  ?

Milestones:  ?

Symptoms:   Tired more easily.

I had my midwife visit this past week.  As I already mentioned, I did lose 2 lb which my midwife was not that surprised about it.  I’m hoping to make up for it and then some here in these last few weeks!  Everything else was great.   BP was 100/60 and baby’s heart rate ranged between 132 and 161.  (He got excited there for a little while.)  She checked to see where he was and was pretty sure he was head down but not positive as his head was a little softer than she expected.  Since she hasn’t had much practice with the ultrasound machine, we got a little peek in at Skippyjon to make sure he was head down.  Matthew and David only stayed for a minute and then went out of the room because David thought it was freaking Matthew out to see me laying down on the exam table.   I got just a little glimpse at his face and got to see some big looking hands, ribs, heart.  I tried to check and see if he still had his little boy parts but it was too hard to make out what was what (and again, my midwife was not experienced at doing u/s).  I *thought* I saw testicles at one point but who knows.  For whatever reason, I have been nervous of the ultrasound being wrong this time around, though I’m still about 98% sure that he’s a boy!  I had her talk to David some about waterbirth because apparently he was watching “The Office” where they were talking about how the placenta floats to the top and then he started thinking about what if the baby started breathing under the water.  I think it probably freaked him out when my midwife started talking about how they use a little net to scoop out any fecal matter that comes out while pushing, LOL.  I was thinking, don’t give him any more to worry about!  I was surprised that she said about 30-50% of women do a water birth (I thought it would be more).  She said virtually everyone labors in the tub, but for various reasons, not everyone wants to actually be in the tub for the pushing part.   I guess we’ll see how it goes.  She talked about starting perineal massage soon and later David was like “yeah I don’t know about that….”  Hah!   Can’t remember what else we discussed…it’s a little harder to talk about things when Matthew is there because even with toys we have to keep redirecting him from opening cabinets, playing with the stirups on the exam table, etc.  I only have one more evening appointment that David will be at (36 weeks) which is when we go over my birth plan so maybe I can get someone to watch Matthew while David and I go to that.

Posted by: expectingamiracle | July 6, 2011

32 weeks

How far along?  32 weeks.  I missed week 31, but we can sum up that week just by saying I had a stomach virus on and off and it was miserable.  I didn’t throw up, but I had bad diarrhea, stomach cramps and generally felt awful.  The stomach cramps were worrisome because I had to make sure it wasn’t contractions.  I may have had just a few and now I think I am noticing Braxton Hicks here and there (including now that I am well) which is different because I didn’t notice them at all while pregnant with Matthew

Baby is the size of a:  squash

Total weight gain/loss:  no new weight

Maternity clothes?  yup

Sleep:  Bad insomnia at night, it takes me forever to fall asleep!  Plus I’ve been havings lots more trouble getting comfy.  I’ve been using an assortment of regular and body pillows but I just broke down and bought a pregnancy pillow.  So far the verdict is still out on how much it is helping.

Best moment this week:  Starting to feel better and being able to eat again!

Movement:  Lots of flexing around in there.  I think I see his butt around the middle of my tummy sometimes so I think maybe he is anterior.  I have also gotten a few sharp kicks to my ribs lately, takes my breath away for a second each time!

Food cravings/aversions:   Nothing in particular, I’m just happy to be able to eat real food again!

Belly Button in or out? Out

What I miss:  Being sick really sapped me of my energy but I think it’s coming back somewhat, or at least to “normal” for pregnancy.

What I am looking forward to:   Midwife visit tomorrow! 

Weekly Wisdom:  ?

Milestones:  Only 8 weeks till my due date.

Symptoms:   Had some bad heartburn/reflux a couple nights ago.  Same stuff other than that, back pain in the evening, getting tired more easily.

31 weeks:


Posted by: expectingamiracle | June 21, 2011

30 weeks

How far along?  30 weeks (oops!  missed 29 weeks)

Baby is the size of a:  squash

Total weight gain/loss:  up another 7 lb from my last appointment.  Total gain of 20.5 lb

Maternity clothes?  yup

Sleep:  Decent lately, I have gotten to sleep in more mornings too since my mom has been in town so that helps.

Best moment this week:  Midwife appointment went well!  It was nice having David, Matthew and my mom all there.  Matthew got a little too energetic towards the end since the appointment is an hour long but luckily I had other there to keep him from destroying the prenatal room!  Mom got to tour the birth center.  We talked a little about how labor *could* go much faster, like 4-6 hours and that freaked David out.  I also think maybe I won’t have to worry as much about David tempting me constantly wanting to buy ice cream and cookies (the man is on a sugar binge lately!) because my midwife was saying too many sweets and ice cream late in pregnancy can cause a big baby.

Movement:  Movements have gotten more and more like flexing around rather than kicks (most of the time anyway).  I can see my belly blob around through my shirt when he moves.  He’s most active in late evening and I swear he has some kind of midnight/ 1:00 a.m. dance party thing going on!

Food cravings/aversions:   Not really

Belly Button in or out? Out

What I miss:  More energy/being more able to bend down and move around freely

What I am looking forward to:   Getting more nesting done.  We have been working on clearing out some rooms and doing various home projects the past few days since David took a few days off work.

Weekly Wisdom:  ?

Milestones:  3/4 done!  (or more if I go early)

Symptoms:   Same as before, a little back pain the evenings and pain under my boobs from belly pushing up so high.


29 weeks in the baby pool



Giving baby a kiss

Posted by: expectingamiracle | June 21, 2011

28 Weeks

How far along?  28 weeks

Baby is the size of a:  eggplant still

Total weight gain/loss:  no new weight

Maternity clothes?  yep.  Finally have some shorts that are more comfortable and enough shirts I think.  I wore my maternity swimsuit for the first time to a pool party recently.

Sleep:  Hard to go to sleep at night, I stay awake forever because I feel so HOT.  Tonight I’ve been running the AC a lot hoping to cool the bedroom down so that when it’s time for bed I can sleep.  Naptime still sucks because Matthew is snoring!

Best moment this week:  Hmm, nothing much stands out.  Matthew is getting more terrible 2 like with not minding and throwing tantrums.  However he is also started to speak more sentences, which is fun to hear.  Today he asked David to come in his play tent and when Daddy said no (we are really too big to fit!) he came and put his hand on my belly and said “baby tent”.  He wanted baby to come in the tent with him.  :o)

Movement:  He is stretching like crazy at night, I think he is running a little more short of room and he really pushes around.

Food cravings/aversions:   Last few days I’ve been really like blueberries and strawberries, yum.

Belly Button in or out? Out

What I miss:  Not feeling panicked about how little time is left!

What I am looking forward to:   Still a bit over a week till my next midwife visit but it will be a fun one since David and Matthew are both coming with me.  Blueberry farm trip this Saturday!

Weekly Wisdom:  If your kid pees on the carpet, clean it up and move on with your life.

Milestones:  3rd trimester!!!

Symptoms:  Occasional back pain, lazy feeling like I don’t want to run around and do too much but at the same time there’s a crap ton of things to do.



Posted by: expectingamiracle | June 21, 2011

27 weeks

How far along?  27 weeks

Baby is the size of a:  eggplant still

Total weight gain/loss:  I gained another 4.5 lb, up 13.5 lb from pre-pregnancy

Maternity clothes?  yes and a few of the shirts I have been wearing are now too short, only the longer ones will do.  I splurged and bought some new clothes just the other day.  Last time I got away with wearing scrubs to work a lot of days that were long enough to cover my belly, so this time I need more “real” clothes.

Sleep:  I wish Matthew would get over his cold!  His snoring during our naptime is interferring with MY naptime.  Oh well.  I also don’t seem to be sleepy till too late, but then of course I’m tired the next morning.

Best moment this week:  I had a good midwife visit last week!  Baby’s heartrate was great, we are pretty sure he is head down.  Right now she thinks he is posterior because she felt a lot of limbs along the front.  But he’s still got lots of wiggle room.  He moved from my right side over to my left side to get away from the doppler.  I had trace protein in my urine, which she said was okay and also leukocytes in my urine (had that last time too).  She wasn’t concerned since I have no other symptoms of a UTI.  I had my GTT done (got to drink a sugary grape juice rather than that nasty orange drink) and she let me know later I passed with flying colors!  I am not exactly sure on the numbers but I think it had to be less than 130 and mine was 79.  Hemoglobin was 12, which is good.  We talked a little about postpartum issues, and I did tell her I had baby blues for sure with Matthew, plus throw in the reflux and it was tough.  She said for the first two weeks I am to do NO housework or childcare tasks, only take care of the baby and she thinks plenty of help will help me feel better emotionally.  She also said no lifting Matthew for 2-3 weeks.  I hope this will help convince David to take off more than a week for baby’s birth.  I know my mom will come help out too but I’d still like him to take off more time, then have my mom come later.

Movement:  Feeling lots of movement, he is active right around my bedtime.  I do feel a little hand maybe? around my belly button sometimes and pretty sure I feel his feet up top now and then.

Food cravings/aversions:   Cheese and sweets.

Belly Button in or out? Out

What I miss:  I miss feeling like I can just run around and do stuff as much as I want, I am already feeling like I have to “slow down”.

What I am looking forward to:   Pool party with friends on Friday!  I may be crazy but I am actually looking forward to showing off my baby belly in my maternity swimsuit.  I’m glad my body seems to do well with pregnancy, it helps me not have body issues and I really feel like for the most part I embrace the changes and how I look and overall think I’m a cute pregnant woman.  :o)

Weekly Wisdom:  ?

Milestones:  Almost to 28 weeks!  Isn’t that 3rd trimester?!

Symptoms:  My belly feels overly big and pushing up at nighttime.  My back is starting to hurt a little if I do too much.  My midwife has mentioned several times if I have too many problems to go to a chiropractor (they have a couple they recommend).  I’m sure David will freak about that, haha.  He is not a fan of chiropractors and to be fair, I have heard my share of horror stories.  But apparently there are some really good ones out there.

Posted by: expectingamiracle | June 21, 2011

26 weeks

How far along?  26 weeks

Baby is the size of a:  eggplant still

Total weight gain/loss:  no new weight till tomorrow’s midwife visit

Maternity clothes?  yes and now the one pair of maternity shorts I have are feeling too tight, ugh.  I have to find an Old Navy with a maternity section to look for something because it is getting hot.

Sleep:  I think letting Matthew sleep in my bed for naps is one of the best decisions ever.  With some exceptions, lately he has been taking 3 hour naps!  He also has a little cold so maybe that’s why.  I put blackout curtains in my room so that’s helping me sleep in more in the mornings.  Napping is wonderful but it is causing me to stay up a little later and I have trouble going to sleep at night.

Best moment this week:  I had a great Mother’s Day yesterday!  I got to sleep in until 8:45 when I chose to wake up, David got me cards, one from him and one from Matthew, plus flowers.  I also got to open my first gift from Matthew that he made at Mother’s Day Out.  David made brisket, potatoes and green beans for dinner and bought a cake for dessert.  It was a great day and left me feeling so blessed that I get to be a mommy.  I remember a very sad Mother’s Day wondering if I would ever get to be a mom and now here I am with one sweet boy and another on the way.

Movement:  Still plenty of movement and Matthew has felt baby move a couple times but I don’t know if he really “gets it” or not.  He will say “kick kick” because that’s what they say in his book about a new baby that I’ve read him (where the mom is pregnant).

Food cravings/aversions:   Junk food, haha.  Pizza, mac and cheese, sweets.

Belly Button in or out? Out

What I miss:  I am starting to get uncomfortable if I sit in one spot for too long (like this computer chair right now) but it seems so early for that!  I still have another 3 months of growing to do so that worries me a bit!

What I am looking forward to:   Midwife visit tomorrow

Weekly Wisdom:  ?

Milestones:  Tomorrow is my GD test.

Symptoms:  Feeling like my belly is getting big already and causing some discomfort.  Also my bra feels kinda tight.  My boobs are looking nice these days!  They were kinda deflated looking as Matthew was nursing less but pregnancy has plumped them back up.

Posted by: expectingamiracle | June 21, 2011

25 Weeks

How far along?  25 weeks

Baby is the size of a:  eggplant

Total weight gain/loss:  no new weight

Maternity clothes?  yup

Sleep:  I have been having big time insomnia the past few nights.  It sucks, takes forever to get to sleep and then I’m tired the next morning.  I’m still napping, I lay down with Matthew and don’t rest very well due to his flip flopping/noise making/waking up but I do lay down for a couple hours each day even if I’m not asleep so maybe that is messing up my sleep cycle?  I know I should get out my Hypnobabies…I don’t even remember when I’m supposed to start it!  Maybe that might help.

Best moment this week:  Matthew’s 2nd birthday party!

Movement:  Plenty and I have started feeling something in my left side that feels small but poky, like either fingers or toes maybe?  It happens when I lay down on my left side at night.

Food cravings/aversions:   I want juice again.

Belly Button in or out? Out

What I miss:  Having shorts that fit.  I only have one pair of decent maternity shorts and those are starting to feel too tight.  😦  Need to go shopping.

What I am looking forward to:   Midwife visit next week

Weekly Wisdom:  ?

Milestones:  If baby comes a bit early, then I could potentially only have 3 months left.  Yikes!

Symptoms:  Insomnia at night?

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