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26 weeks!

Today is Baby W’s 26 week birthday! Time is moving very quickly, and I am feeling great :). I have been focusing on eating a healthy diet and getting my walking in. I walked over 20 miles last week, and have clocked 15 miles so far this week. I can feel a big difference in my energy level and am sleeping much better. Since I am walking 3-6 miles a day, I am making sure to eat a little more and drink significantly more water everyday. I have also been stretching more, which has reduced my hip pains, and has helped me get more comfortable sleep. Thank goodness!

26 Weeks (14 to go)

Baby W is the size of a head of lettuce!

My major complaint still tends to be heartburn! It really does suck, and sneaks up when I least expect it. I have tried eating smaller meals, eliminating spicy food, and eating dinner at least 2 hours before bedtime, but very little works. The worst is when I wake up at 3am with awful heartburn. Thankfully, generic tums are still working to fend off the pain, but I would prefer to use something more natural to combat it. The midwife we met with during our last appointment suggested papaya, but I keep forgetting to pick it up at the store.

I also have plenty of great news to share. First, we chose our birth doula! I am very excited to work with her, and can’t wait for our first meeting to develop our birth plan. I know the birth plan is more of a guide and is tentative, since every labor is different, but having a plan will help me to feel more in control, and better about the whole thing. I have also started to research what I need to pack in my hospital bag. I am planning to get it together at the beginning of my third trimester in a few weeks – yay! I also love the idea of bringing the maternity nurses little gift bags, so I am going to begin brainstorming what can go in their little gift bags. At this point, I know they will include a copy of my birth plan, treats, and some baked goods.

Second, Baby W is kicking up a storm. He’s been kicking for a while now, but he’s picked up the pace considerably over the last few weeks. He really enjoys kicking early in the morning, around 5am or so. I guess it’s his way of preparing me for middle-of-the-night feedings :). I have to say feeling him kick is one of the most amazing things I have ever experienced.

Third, I am getting so excited for my baby shower! YAY! I am truly blessed to have amazing friends and family, and I can’t wait to spend time with everyone! Our families have been very generous — my parents are buying all of our cloth diapers, so we are set until Baby W is potty-trained! And, my in-laws just ordered our crib and crib mattress — yay!! So exciting :). I am so grateful for the love and generosity — thank you, thank you, thank you!

Finally, I am beginning our search for a nanny for when I return to work. As you may know, I am fortunate enough to work from home, so we are planning to keep Baby W home with me, and hire a nanny PT to help out while I am working.  There is still a lot of work to do on this front, but at least it’s started.

Hope you’re all having a great week!
Baby Dust!

 

 

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Growing up so fast!

We had our 6 month check-up on Monday, and Baby W is doing great! His heartbeat was a little over 140 — it sounded beautiful! He was also measuring perfectly, so we are all good to go. I am also feeling Baby W move a lot more. He has some very active kicking episodes during the day! It’s amazing to see my belly move and actually feel him kick my hand on my stomach. We go back in 3 weeks (on 11/5) for our 7 month check-up, which includes a check for gestational diabetes. I have to drink a glucose-filled red drink 15-20 minutes before I get to the office, and upon arrival will have my blood drawn to check my sugar levels. The goal of the test is to see how well my body processes the sugary drink — if my blood sugar is too high, then I will have to undergo more tests to see if I actually have gestational diabetes. I am feeling good, eating healthy, and walking regularly, so I don’t think I’ll have any issues, but who knows?!?!

Speaking of walking, I got a new treadmill, and I love it! Hubby set it up downstairs, and I have made a little desk so I am able to work and walk. My goal is to walk 4-6 miles a day (1.5 to 3 or so hours). When I hit my goal, I have a lot more energy, and I know that I am doing what’s best for Baby W. Plus, it’s pretty easy to incorporate walking into my daily routine when I can easily work and walk, and later in the evening, I can also watch a little TV while exercising! I plan to keep up this routine when Baby W gets here. As he gets older, I can put him into the carrier and walk!  🙂

We also signed up for our birthing classes. It’s a 4-week class that starts on 11/27 and ends about a month before my due date. I can’t wait to learn more about the birthing process. I also need to sign up for the breastfeeding class and the infant basics class. I love going to classes, and am really looking forward to learning as much as possible before Baby W gets here. I am sure nothing will prepare us fully for his arrival, every little bit helps!

It’s hard to believe that we are already 1/2 through October! Time just keeps flying by. We have a very crazy couple of months ahead — I think every weekend is planned through Christmas! Maybe that’s why time is moving so quickly :). Also, on another exciting note, my amazing sister-in-law — N — and my best friends are planning my baby shower for November 10th. I am thrilled! I don’t know all the details, but I know a few — it’s going to be sports’ themed, and the invites were designed by a friend (who is a graphic designed) to look like a baseball ticket! I am lucky to have so many loving and caring friends — yay!

So many happy things to look forward to in the coming weeks! I am so fortunate 🙂

Hugs!

24 WEEKs — 6 months!!!

Hi All! We are in our 6th month :). Just typing that makes me so VERY happy! I feel great, and Baby W is growing quickly (well, at least my belly is, so I assume it’s because he is :)). One of the best parts of being 24 weeks pregnant is the pretty constant kicking that I can feel — so exciting! His kicks can now also be felt from the outside, which is just remarkable! I still suffer from annoying heartburn, but tums and ice cream do the trick! Besides that, I also have some hip pain — apparently so they can loosed allowing them to grow to accommodate Baby W’s growth.
We’ve had an exciting couple of weeks! First, my brother got married! YAY! We had such a wonderful time celebrating his marriage — it was great! He married one of the most wonderful women I know, so I am beyond thrilled for both of them. It was a tiring trip, but so worth it. We also got to visit with a lot of family, friends, and loved ones, which was a very  nice treat.

22 weeks, 4 days

Getting ready for the fun!

Next, my brother-in-law and sister-in-law are in town for a quick visit. We are having so much fun! They brought us such cute gifts for Baby W, including an adorable book (his very first one)! I am so exciting to read it to him for the first time. Yesterday, we went apple and pumpkin picking; I loved every second of the adventure! We picked just over 11 pounds of apple, and have since made homemade apple cider and a delicious apple pie. We also turned the pumpkin into a beautiful pumpkin pie with a scrumptious graham cracker crust. Yummy!

Yum!

We also have a lot going on in the baby planning world. We have been interviewing doulas, and hope to have our choice narrowed down soon. I know that I want a very natural birth, and want to put myself in the best place possible to avoid pain medication and medical interventions. I know this is not everyone’s choice, but I have always wanted this. We are also beginning to dip our toes into figuring out daycare options. Since I work from home, I am leaning towards a nanny who works PT. I would prefer to have Baby W home with me for a bit, and then eventually go the more traditional day care route.

So much to do!

Hope you’re all well 🙂

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