Friday, June 27, 2014

35 Weeks

How far along: 35 Weeks - Only 35 days to go! (But who's counting?!)
Maternity clothes: All day, everyday
Stretch marks: No
Sleep: Sleep is hit or miss, usually pretty rough. Having some pretty intense hip pain throughout the night and of course frequent trips to the bathroom
Best moment of the week: Getting a pedicure one day and then an hour and a half prenatal massage the next!
Worst moment of the week: The heat as really been getting to me - it's so damn hot here in Central Florida. I really should be living in our pool the days I'm not working
Running/Workouts: Ran a total of 14 miles this week (over 4 days). I recently accepted the fact that my pregnant running days were over, now just taking it day by day, run by run. It's a challenge every single run, but in the end, it feels great being able to stay so active this far into my pregnancy
Missing anything: Running, or walking for that matter, without the feeling of my uterus dropping right out! The pressure in my pelvis and on my bladder is like nothing I could have been prepared for
Movement: Loving every single movement, painful or not. It's almost like a secret little game only she and I can play - I can't help but smile every time I feel her wiggle. She also seems more predictable in her movements - when I drink ice water or eat I can almost guarantee she'll start moving
Cravings: Nothing new
Things that make me queasy: Just when I thought I was getting to the end of this pregnancy without much more nausea or vomiting......I thought too soon. Got really sick after dinner a few nights ago and it felt like everything since lunch had forcefully come back out. Not fun
Energy level: Nonexistant
Labor signs: Constant pressure, usual Braxton Hicks contractions, nothing new
Belly button in or out: In
Wedding ring on or off: On
Mood: Happy, exhausted
Looking forward to: Still hoping to spend some time in the pool this week - also getting Harper's nursery all put together. Her last piece of furniture was finally delivered this week! It's getting real!
Something surprising about being pregnant: Call me naive, but I truly never thought the day would come where I would be "over it"..... well I've reached that point where I'm ready for this pregnancy to be over - honestly it's not the little discomforts or aches and pains though. I am just so ready to meet this little person inside me. I'm dying to hold her in my arms and memorize her face and tell her how much she is loved. I feel like she's already got such a little personality in there, and I can't wait to see how she'll be once she arrives. It's exciting and nerve-racking and just so surreal that sometime within the next +/-35 days she will actually be here...!

Friday, June 20, 2014

34 Weeks

How far along: 34 Weeks
Maternity clothes: All day, everyday
Stretch marks: No
Sleep: Sleep has been rough this week - one night I kept waking up short of breath. I have a slight cold and allergies which haven't helped either. Caved in and took half a Benadryl (12.5mg) which made such a difference!
Best moment of the week: Getting the news the I have been accepted into the University of Florida's Nurse Midwifery program! Being a DIE HARD Florida State fan (and alumni) it's been hard to accept the fact that I am now a student at UF. However, I know the education will be excellent! While I'm terrified to be having a baby in 6 weeks and starting school roughly 3 weeks after that (the program is online), I know I have the greatest support system anyone could ask for!
Worst moment of the week: I hate to sound repetitive, but work continues to kick my butt. Within this last week, my back pain went from almost nonexistent to hardcore aches and pain that brings me to tears.
Running/Workouts: Distance and pace have slowed down significantly. I've found a happy place in running 3 miles in 30 minutes at 10 min/mile pace. No more sprints every five minutes and I don't really like to run longer than 30 minutes. Overall, I'm still getting an hour of cardio 4 times a week, and occasionally throwing in some light weight lifting.
Missing anything: No
Movement: She is an active little one (kicking me right now as I type this). Watching my belly move around and having people feel her never gets old
Cravings: Same old - I did get my Olive Garden salad fix thanks to dinner out with my Mom and Phil this week
Things that make me queasy: I haven't thrown up in a couple weeks now, but still will have occasional gagging fits
Energy level: Pretty tired all the time
Labor signs: None, just my usual contractions
Belly button in or out: In
Wedding ring on or off: On
Mood: Tired, whiney (sorry to those around me when I'm at my most whiney state)
Looking forward to: Spending some time in the pool this week if the rain decides to stay away
Something surprising about being pregnant: I've never really experienced back pain in my entire life. WOW is all I have to say. Most of my back pain has been in my upper back, but throughout the day my lower back hurts as well. It's unreal. It's definitely worse when I'm working (big shocker there). If I could get a prenatal massage everyday, I would (I think insurance companies should routinely cover that). Once it kicks in, it's hard to find relief. I know it's not permanent, and I know it's such a small sacrifice to make - but any tips or tricks you have to alleviate some of the pain, I'd love to hear them!

Friday, June 13, 2014

33 Weeks

How far along: 33 Weeks - Less than 50 days to go!
Maternity clothes: Yes - will be sad to see them go
Stretch marks: No...hoping I can make it 7 more weeks without them!
Sleep: Pretty much the same, tend to fall asleep easily then toss and turn
Best moment of the week: The baby shower! It was more than I could have asked for! So many wonderful gifts for Harper, and it was just so nice to hang out with our friends and family and celebrate this little baby
Worst moment of the week: Work by far! Man I hate to be the complainer, but 12 hour shifts on a unit as busy as ours is beyond exhausting for anyone. Throw in being pregnant and it's torture.  I really don't know how I'm gonna be able to do it for the rest of the pregnancy
Running/Workouts: Nothing has changed, good and bad days but proud to say I'm still running! Funny that running (after I get started and into it) seems easier than walking around does these days
Missing anything: Still really miss sleeping on my back
Movement: Continues to get stronger and stronger each day. Nowadays she literally takes my breathe away when she kicks
Cravings: Ashamed and embarrassed to admit this but McDonalds Egg McMuffin. Haven't been to a fast food drive through in years - but oh man are those little breakfast sandwiches good
Things that make me queasy: Still gagging, but not throwing up as much
Energy level: What's a word to describe the level past exhausted?
Labor signs: Regular Braxton Hicks contractions, especially at work and when my bladder is full
Belly button in or out: In
Wedding ring on or off: On
Mood: Happy
Looking forward to: 5 days off from work!
Something surprising about being pregnant:  I've learned this week that I don't think anyone can prepare you for the following:
- The amount of pressure you feel on your bladder constantly. It's unreal. And the times where I have to hold it and barely make it to the bathroom, I'm shocked to only pee a small amount.
- The amount of discomfort you'll feel in your hips (specifically lower pelvis) as well as back, both lower andy upper. I felt as though I was getting by most of the pregnancy without these discomforts bothering me. However, this week they have been the worst ever. Walking is already pretty miserable and I've still got 7 weeks left - oh my....
- There's so much more that no one can begin to prepare you for - however, it's amazing to be given the chance to learn it and experience it all first hand

Some pictures from the Baby Shower:

Friday, June 6, 2014

32 Weeks

How far along: 32 Weeks
Maternity clothes: Yes - This week I bought my labor and delivery hospital gown, too! Yep, I'm gonna be "that" patient!
Stretch marks: No
Sleep: It's getting a little bit harder and harder each night to get comfortable
Best moment of the week: Hanging out with my Mom and best friend Jennifer this weekend getting the final touches and details done for the baby shower
Worst moment of the week: None
Running/Workouts: Running is the hardest it's ever been, but I'm still averaging 15-20 miles a week in addition to spinning and lifting weights. I think continuing to be so active and working out has helped the aches and pains as well as allowing me to fall asleep pretty easily at night
Missing anything: Sleeping on my back
Movement: Phil was able to see and feel so much of her movement one night and it blew his mind! I feel her so much throughout the day and it always makes me giggle a little bit
Cravings: Still craving (and sadly eating) a bunch of chips and dip.....the chips are baked though!
Things that make me queasy: The daily gagging fits over it
Energy level: Exhausted
Labor signs: No
Belly button in or out: In
Wedding ring on or off: On
Mood: Happy
Looking forward to: Showering baby Harper with lots of love tomorrow! And celebrating her with all my friends and family
Something surprising about being pregnant: These past 32 weeks have been the longest 32 weeks of my life that have gone by so quickly (if that makes any sense at all). The thought that we have only roughly 56 days left until we met this little baby is both terrifying and exhilarating! Always trying to soak in each day and moment up until then