Sunday, March 20, 2011

27 weeks

I will start my 27th week of pregnancy tomorrow. That means the start of my third trimester. How crazy is that? I only have 13 weeks left. Not a whole lot has changed pregnancy wise since my last post. I did have my glucose test on Thursday which was definitely not fun but was not nearly as bad as I had expected. The nurse warned me that she tried to drink one of the nasty syrup-like orange drinks the other day because she gave up soda for lent and was not making it very well without the sugar and in her opinion it was "scusting" (I think she meant disgusting). I drank the drink and then was sent out for an hour to kill time until I could have the blood work done. I walked target for 40 minutes or so and then I started to feel a little woozy so I decided to go sit in my car and relax until I could go back to the lab. I am glad I actually got to go walk around instead of sitting still in the awkward waiting room of the lab office. I don't have the results yet which makes me thing they must not have been bad. I have another prenatal appointment on Wednesday afternoon and hopefully I will find out the actual results of the glucose test then. I am pretty sure this weeks appointment is my last appointment before they change to every two weeks instead of every four. The only new thing I have noticed with this past week of pregnancy is more round ligament pain. If I didn't know better I would think I did 100 sit ups this afternoon.

Tim and I leave for VA on Thursday morning. Tim has a very big test for graduation on Friday afternoon so that is the main reason we are heading south. We will be going to my parents Thursday night to drop the dogs off so they can keep them during Tim's test then heading back to Lynchburg for Tims test Friday. After his test we will make the journey two and a half hours or so back to my parents house. Saturday we will be going to a family friends house for a baby shower with some friends and family back home and then we will probably go to revival service at the church I grew up in. Sunday we will go to church again and then as soon as church is over we will drive the eight hours back to PA. I am hoping the long car rides won't be too hard on me seeing that I have had some issues with cramping up if I don't change positions often. Though the weekend is pretty well booked I am very excited to go home and see my family and friends.

The weather here in PA has been starting to change just a slight bit. The past few days we have been fluctuating between 40s to the 60s. I know thats a wide range but this bipolar state cannot decide what it wants to be; winter or spring.  As a matter of fact there is supposed to be snow Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. I am glad we will be leaving for VA if it does snow. Today was particularly nice so Tim and I decided to go out and take some pictures. Tim had fun playing photographer and taking some pictures to document my current belly. Though the pictures look like it, I really do not have an outie belly button. It has changed shapes but is not popping out completely. Hopefully as the weather gets warmer we can get out more often and take more pictures!

Friday, March 11, 2011

bye-bye feet.

The past week has been pretty uneventful as far as baby goes. She is definitely growing and moving around quite a bit more than she had been. Tim has been able to feel her movements or watch them now several times. He always says, "I want to feel them when she starts kicking REALLY hard". I can't really imagine her kicking harder at times. Sometimes it feels like shes about to push right through my stomach so if she kicks/pushes much harder I may not like it very much.

I noticed a few days ago that I no longer have feet... I only have toes. I am afraid it won't be long and they will disappear as well. My "pregnancy allergy" has been kind of strange lately. The rash comes and goes and still remains on my legs alone. It has yet to cause much discomfort so I will live with it for now. Honestly, I am more concerned about the upcoming capri and short season and having this nasty looking rash on my legs... but then again; here in Butler, PA where it is still snowing on the 11th of March, I may not have to worry at all about showing off my lovely red rash. My current symptoms are frequent heartburn, slight lower back aches, leg and stomach cramping. I have had to learned that drinking lots of water and eating raw broccoli and other potassium sources helps alleviate the cramping some. If I sit or stand for too long my back aches so thats not a hard fix. Changing positions often makes it so I am a little more comfortable. As far as the heartburn, I honestly don't think there is much I can do. I lay on my left side, avoid acidic or other foods that are supposed to be heartburn triggers, eat foods to help calm heartburn, and even take antacids but sometimes none of the remedies work. To be honest, it is becoming something I am used to, therefore I just push through the discomfort and stop worrying about the things I can't change. In just a few months the heartburn, backaches, and cramping and hopefully rash will end. I think I can handle this.

I have to go for my glucose test next week. I am totally not looking forward to it but I just keep reminding myself one nasty drink and I will be done. I have my next prenatal appointment on March 23rd. I am pretty sure my appointments after that will be two weeks apart instead of four. That kind of scares me... I am realizing how close we are getting to having a brand new baby. I will start my 3rd trimester in just over a week. AHH! Tim and I start parenting basics classes on Monday. I know we can handle this and I am ready but a little extra preparation won't hurt right?

Tim and I will be leaving for VA on the 24th so that he can go to school to take his test for graduation. I am trying so hard to be supportive and helpful to him but I just don't know what I can do. He is stressed beyond belief but I have great faith in him and know he will do just fine. If you think of it say a prayer for him between now and the 25th (the day of his test). I am sure he would appreciate it. While we are in VA, we are going to make a quick pit stop to my parents house for the weekend. My mom and Mrs. Kim (close family friend) are planning a small baby shower for while we are there. I am super excited to not only see my friends and family but to start getting some more baby stuff.

I uploaded 25 week pictures the other day and yes I know, apparently I am huge, a beached whale, a hippopotamus, etc but at least it looks like pregnancy and not just chub. But... if we want to classify it as chub so I can have an excuse again to desire for the street sign down at Sandbridge that read "chub lane" we can do that.