Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Baby Shelley: 30-31 Weeks

30-31 Weeks

Weight gain: 15 lbs. (This is a misleading number, because in the beginning I lost weight. This number is how much I'm up from my pre-pregnancy weight!)

Maternity clothes: Things are starting to get tight. I hit up a certain underclothing store's semi-annual sale if ya know what I mean.

Sleep: Random insomnia, heart burn, and aching back and ribs contribute to weird sleep. But I can't complain. I just hate that I wake Jordan up with my tossing and turning. :(

Medication: Still on one Zofran a day. Zantac for heartburn as needed (almost daily). Supplementing my prenatal vitamin with a magnesium pill daily now.

Gender: BOY!

Food cravings: Pizza, specifically Little Caesar's deep dish. Milk and cookies. Frostys. McDonald's sweet tea. You know, lots of healthy stuff. :)

Food aversions: Totally depends on the day. But it seems like I just don't want food in general like I used to. And it definitely doesn't fit in my stomach like it used to! I get full so easily and quickly. So basically my appetite in general is just weird.

Mood: Well, people keep asking me if I'm nervous or excited and honestly most of the time I'm kinda...nothing. Because it's just extremely surreal. For instance: I had my first baby shower (which was awesome) and while I was sitting there with my friends eating delicious snacks and talking/laughing like normal, my mom came over to take my plate & situate me where I needed to be to open gifts. I had this weird moment of surprise and felt startled because I had legitimately forgotten that this event was for me & MY baby. A baby that will be born to me. And my husband. A boy. Who currently resides in my tummy. But will somehow exit and (Lord willing) exist in my life. These amazing people were there to give us gifts. Because this baby will live with me & I will take care of it. WHAT. It seemed so, so crazy. I am so inadequate and feel not cut out for this at all, but at the same time I'm not normally dwelling on that or nervous about it. It's a mixture of having the Lord's peace that passes understanding & me being naive and not knowing what to expect. It's hard to put into words, obviously, because I know I'm doing a poor job of it. And it's not that I don't have feelings toward my baby, it's just all very strange. Separate post to come on this weirdness.

Movement: The movements keep getting bigger and bigger. My midwife was laughing at how much he was moving around when we were listening to the heartbeat. It makes me wonder if he's playing, if he's uncomfortable, if he's trying to escape, if he's going to be crazy active once he gets out, etc.

Milestones: PASSED my 3 hour glucose test after I failed the first screening. So that was a relief & answer to prayer. Especially because I'm a horribly queasy person prone to fainting and was dreading having my blood drawn 4 times in a few hours without having eaten anything. But I made it through! Had my first baby shower which was such a joy. Our family and friends are the best.

Best moments of the week: Definitely the baby shower with some of my best friends and their moms. It was so fun and we got some amazing stuff! We've also been spending lots of time with friends -- having them over, playing games, going out to eat. Really trying to soak up the fun and fancy free time we have before the baby comes. Not that we won't still do that stuff, it'll just be different. :) My brother stayed with me while Jordan was out of town and I loved getting to spend time with him, especially because he moved to Charlotte this past weekend! Love that kid. We ate ice cream and played video games like the good ol' days.

Quotes: One of my best friends Britney had her second baby boy recently. (Woooooo!) My mom and her mom are very close so my mom was getting text updates about the whole process. I wasn't there, but my mom and brother were sitting in my parents' living room when my mom looked at her phone and excitedly exclaimed, "The baby is coming!" referring to Britney. She scared the mess out of my brother and he was like "WHATTTTT!!!" thinking she was talking about me. I so wish I could've witnessed this scene.

Jordan quotes: We've been trying out names and I think we have it narrowed down but aren't going to officially commit until the birth. So Jordan has been practicing. We'll be riding in the car and he'll randomly act like he's talking to our son who's in an imaginary car seat in the back. Or we'll be sitting on the couch and he'll start rocking a make believe rock-n-play telling him to "shhhh". 

Verses I've been dwelling on: 1 Peter. Because that's the book I'm memorizing this year. So packed full of truth and conviction and goodness that it just NEEDS to be in my head. Read it!


Friday, January 9, 2015

Baby Shelley: 24-29 Weeks

24-29 Weeks

Weight gain: 10 lbs. (This is a misleading number, because in the beginning I lost weight. This number is how much I'm up from my pre-pregnancy weight!)

Maternity clothes: I got some maternity tights from Target that are fabulous, and some amazing cardigans for Christmas. Lots of cozy layers these days!

Sleep: Oh, sleep. I never know what a night will hold. As you can see, I've grown a lot so the back pain is real. It's not too difficult to get comfy with my Bump Nest pillow, but then I wake up a lot in weird positions that hurt. Also, HEARTBURN. But when I get a great night's sleep it makes SUCH a difference in my day! Yoga has helped with the back pain, too.

Medication: One Zofran a day unless I'm having a bad one. Week 28 was pretty bad with nausea and vomiting. I took a Phenergan to supplement and the next day I could barely move my body. It was crazy. At first we thought I was coming down with the flu or something but I think it was the combo of throwing up again, lack of nutrients, and lots of meds. It was all I could do to get downstairs to the couch, and then there was a time where I spent 40 minutes laying there just thinking about reaching my phone laying on the coffee table but not actually doing it. I kid you not. I was in such a mental fog and my body parts wouldn't move! So thankful for my mom who came to help and for Jordan coming home early from work. :)

Gender: BOY!

Food cravings: Still steak and Frostys. And I destroyed the amazing egg nog my sister in law Danielle made during Christmas. I don't like the store versions of egg nog but hers is outstanding.

Food aversions: Depends on what kind of day I'm having of course, but chicken still gets to me sometimes. Mainly when I'm trying to prepare it, not if it's already cooked. I can eat apples and Goldfish again which is great!

Mood: Lots. Haha. So thankful, excited, happy, overwhelmed, scared, sad about things changing, pumped about things changing, weirded out about things changing. I've been really clingy and obsessed with Jordan lately. I mean I'm usually smitten with him, but recently it's been kind of overboard. Probably a combo of hormones, trying to cherish this time as just us, and the fact that he's been sooooo sweet. I sure do love that guy.

Movement: This kid is so active. I don't really understand when he sleeps because he moves sooo much. Now I can see body parts shifting around and sticking out which is awesome and weird. He gets the hiccups at least every other day!

Milestones: Set up the nursery furniture right after Thanksgiving, switched over to the Baby + Co. birthing center and midwives, could tell the baby had the hiccups for the first time in week 27, baby got his first Christmas presents, finished registering.

Best moments of the week: Wow, lots of moments to cover in these weeks! Had an AMAZING holiday season with lots of parties and family time. Jordan found out he passed his Professional Engineering exam which was a HUGE relief. So proud of him and thankful! Went to IKEA and got the crib, crib mattress, dresser/changing table, side table, lamp, hamper, toys, baskets, and shelves. Then set it all up and I can't stop admiring all of it! Jordan had the whole week of Christmas off and we had both sides of our family over. It could not have been better. We have been overflowing with love and happiness as we share this time together which sounds so cheesy but it's true. Even through the hard things, I just feel like we've grown so much closer.  

Quotes: I get mixed reviews from people. One weekend I had three different encounters where people scoffed at the fact that I'm not due until March and about how large I am. Then I have people who talk about how "small and cute" I am. So it's interesting to hear all of the opinions. :)  

We got to spend a lot of time with our nephew Harvey who is 3 1/2 and he provided some hilarious quotes. Our cousin was asking him about where they live in Memphis and he went on this long diatribe about how it's going to be cold there soon and snow and he's going to go sledding and his new boy cousin can come and go sledding with him. 

When Harvey came to our house he came upstairs to see the nursery with everyone. My mother in law had already put Harvey's 9 month old sister Verity in the crib (which was adorable) and when Harvey walked in he saw that there was a baby in the crib and that his room looks pretty complete and abruptly started running around and yelling, "THE BABY CAME OUT THE BABY CAME OUT!" and was quite confused. We had to explain and show him the baby still clearly in my tummy. 

Jordan quotes: I texted Jordan the first time I could tell the baby had the hiccups, and he replied, "That's so cool! He's a person!" Haha. 

We were setting out some of his little socks and shoes in the nursery and I was saying how cute he's gonna be. Jordan said, "Well....don't get your hopes up." Hahaha. I know we'll think he's cute because he's our baby but we both think newborns are initially pretty strange looking.

Jordan has been so so kind and complimentary, telling me lots how good he thinks I look, or telling me I'm beautiful, or saying I don't even look pregnant. Whether or not it's true, it makes me feel amazing. I can tell HE thinks it's true and is genuine but he's a little biased. :) I LOVE HIM. Have I mentioned that??

Verses I've been dwelling on: Romans 5-8. Go read those chapters today. Do it. Maybe even every day. They get me so pumped.



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