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30 Weeks — Baby Shower, Heartburn, and Doula Fun (Oh My!)

Hi All! I am almost 30 weeks pregnant — YAY! I can’t believe that we are moving into single-digit countdown territory — oh my goodness. The time is moving so quickly — it feels like the weeks are just flying by and that January will be here before I know it. YAY!

It has been an exciting and wonderful 2 weeks full of a lot of baby fun. First, my sister-in-law hosted an amazing baby shower for me. Every detail was perfect from the amazing baseball-themed invitations to the delicious food and the fabulous decor. She really outdid herself planning everything. I know she had a lot of help from my mom, her mom, and my best friends, and I am so grateful to all of them for their continued love and support. Baby W received SO many presents — he has a complete wardrobe for the next 9-12 months, and his nursery will be fully stocked with his crib and other baby goodies like his bouncer, swing, pack and play, and high chair. We also received a lot of books — I can’t wait to read to him! We have a lot of work to do to get his nursery ready, but can’t get started on it until the end of December. We rent out 2 rooms in our house, and one of the rooms is going to be our nursery. We have the basic nursery stuff planned out and are going to pick out colors this weekend, but it will be a mad dash to get everything done before he arrives. Thankfully, we will have a lot of help from my brother, best-friend, and other close friends :). I just can’t wait to see it all done and organize everything in his room!

Second, my heartburn is awful. I hate heartburn — I suffered from it at times before pregnancy, but now it’s just terrible. It basically flares up every time I eat or drink anything, even water. I take tums often, which provide quick, but not continuous relief. It’s definitely worse at night — I can literally feel it burning a hole through me — which often prevents me from sleeping. I wake up every two to three hours to pee and to take some tums. Lately, I have been struggling to fall back to sleep around 4 or 5 in the morning. I am not sure if it’s related to heartburn, but it’s annoying to be so tired and not be able to sleep. Most  mornings, I just get up around 5:45 and start my day instead of laying in bed getting frustrated. On the bright side, if I’m able to find time for a nap then I typically wake up feeling great :).

Finally, we had our first appointment with our Doula, and I am really glad that we chose her! She is knowledgeable, funny, and friendly  as well as supportive. She is actually a nurse by day who works with newborns, but as a doula, she will only be providing emotional and physical support; she won’t actually do any nurse-like activity. Our first appointment lasted a little more than 2 hours. We reviewed our birth plan and discussed the stages of labor. We also practiced a few different pain-relieving techniques. We also asked a ton of questions about everything from what’s normal in labor to breastfeeding support. We have our next meeting with her scheduled for early January… I can’t wait!
I hope everyone had a fabulous Thanksgiving! I’ll write more about my fun family-filled holiday soon.

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Happy Thanksgiving!!

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone! I am so grateful to be 30 weeks pregnant with our beautiful little boy 🙂

Baby dust to all!

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27 1/2 Weeks!

I am 27 weeks and 4 days pregnant today! I am still feeling pretty good, although my hip pain is getting more annoying and I am definitely not sleeping as well as I would like. Oh well, if these are the most annoying pregnancy issues, then I am pretty lucky :).

Last week was crazy. As most of you know, we had an awful hurricane hit the northeastern part of the US. Thankfully, we were spared from damage and miraculously didn’t even lose power! Many of our NJ friends lost power, but almost everyone has regained it, and no one had any major damage to their houses. It was definitely a crazy storm, and the devastation just north of where we live is quite remarkable. It saddens me to know that so many people lost their homes (or much worse) and still don’t have power. Sadly, another big storm is heading our way and temperatures are beginning to dip into the high 20s/low 30s at night. I want to help, but I always feel like there is so little that I can do. Other than donating money, food, and clothes, I feel like there is very little that I can do — ugh. Praying for a speedy recovery, and hoping that this next storm takes it easy on this region.

On the bright side, I had a great birthday weekend! My hubby made it special like he always does! We went out to a nice dinner on Friday night, and he made me breakfast on Saturday morning. We then went shopping and he bought me a cute maternity outfit for my shower on Saturday! I really like it, and can’t wait to wear it and feel fashionable again :). Saturday night, we met two of our best friends out for dinner at my favorite restaurant! The food was great, and the company was even better! I am very fortunate to have such a loving and supportive life partner, and so many amazing friends! Lucky me… On Sunday, we watched football and spent some quality time with good friends we haven’t seen in a while. They have the cutest 2-year old little girl, so we spent the afternoon playing with her and catching up on life. It was a nice break from our very busy lives.

This morning, I had my 28 week appointment and my glucose-tolerance test. I woke up pretty early, ate a healthy breakfast, and walked for a bit on the treadmill before drinking the red sugary drink (yuck). When I got to the doctor, I had my blood drawn for a variety of fun tests including a test to check how my body reacted to the gobs of sugar I had to drink an hour earlier. Hopefully the results will be good – I should know by the end of the week. I also had my regular check-up — Baby W’s heartbeat sounds good and I am measuring perfectly! Yay! I met with a different doctor this time, and I really didn’t like her. She wasn’t very friendly, and gave me a really hard time about my weight gain to this point. I told her that I have been eating healthy, working out, and doing my best to gain slowly, but she was very cranky with me. I have intentionally not been tracking my weight — I don’t want to become obsessive about it — but she didn’t seem to care. She also told me that I might be anemic, which is the first I have ever heard that, although apparently my blood work from weeks ago show that I was borderline… Blah… Anyway, I really hope that she isn’t the doctor on call when I go into labor; I was not impressed by her bedside manner, and really disliked her nonchalant attitude about test results. I go back to the doctor in 2 weeks for my 30 week appointment — YAY!!! It’s amazing how quickly time is flying :).

Even happier news, I have my baby shower this weekend!! I am so excited to see friends and family, and, of course, to spend time celebrating our little boy! I will definitely post pictures and have a full update next week!
Until then, take care everyone!

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