Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Baby Waterman: Week 38



How Far Along? 38 weeks

Size of the Baby: Winter Melon (19.6 inches, 6.61 pounds according to The Bump app)

Gender: BOY!!

Weight Gain: +30 pounds

Maternity Clothes: Yes!
Nursery: I think that his nursery is almost done!  While Mark was here, he hung the curtains which was one of the last things that I needed to check off of our to-do list.  I cannot believe that he will be living in that room so soon!

Movement: Lots and lots of giant movements!  While the contractions have made it difficult at times to pinpoint what are his movements and what are contractions, when I lay down at night there is no mistaking him moving all around.  (Especially when his daddy wants to kiss all over my belly--that makes him go crazy!)

Symptoms: Still having contractions on and off, LOTS of indigestion--I feel like I am surviving off of Tums and Zantac.

Sleep: No sleep for me--luckily, I have been able to grab a few naps during the day with Elli that has made me stay somewhat sane!

Cravings/Aversions: The only thing that I have been craving is an ice-cold Coke.  The carbonation makes me feel a little better with my indigestion and it just tastes good!  I have a feeling that I am going to have a hard time giving up sodas again after this pregnancy.

What I Miss: Nothing!

Best Moment of the Week: This week has just been overall surreal for us.  Everyday I think, this is the last Thursday, Friday, etc. without him being here with us and it just takes me aback every time I think that.  We have tried to enjoy our time together and with just Elli.  On Saturday, Tom and I went to see Beauty and the Beast (so good, by the way!) and we both were stunned thinking that that was our last date without having a baby!  I have loved getting to spend my days while Tom is at work loving on Elli and giving her lots of attention.  I am trying not to think that she is going to get less attention when he is here or that she may resent us for bringing a baby home.  I really want her to still feel loved and cared for and most importantly that she is not being replaced.  She has been our priority for 8 wonderful years and she is most definitely still an important member of our family!

Looking Forward To: Seeing what our baby looks like when he arrives!!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Baby Waterman: Week 37



How Far Along? 37 weeks

Size of the Baby: Romaine Lettuce (18.9 inches, 6.17 pounds according to The Bump app)

Gender: BOY!!

Weight Gain: +30 pounds

Maternity Clothes: Yes!
Nursery: After my trip to Labor and Delivery last week, I went a little crazy ordering things off of our registry to feel like I was making progress on his nursery.  Once Tom was home from his trip, he really helped me get everything done in his room!  Lots of loads of laundry, getting equipment set up, and just overall organizing and I think we are almost ready for him!

Movement: Lots and lots of movements and they are all extremely painful since he is running out of room!

Symptoms: Haha, where do I start with this one?!  Mark came up to stay with us starting on Wednesday, March 8 (the day I flipped to 37 weeks).  That night, I started having pretty consistent contractions.  I kept track of them by using the stopwatch on my phone.  They still hadn't let up in the morning, so I kept track of them in the notes section on my phone.  They consistently stayed about 4 minutes apart and when I called my doctor, they told me to head over to Labor and Delivery.  We were there for several hours.  They checked me when I first got there (2.5 cm dilated, -1 station, and 70% effaced according to the nurse who checked me) and then monitored me for a little bit to see how intense my contractions were.  After awhile, they had me walk around the wing for 2 hours to see if it would kickstart a more intense labor.  Unfortunately, when they checked me after the 2 hours, nothing had progressed, despite still having contractions every 2 minutes.  They sent me home with instructions to come back if my water broke or if the contractions became so intense that I couldn't walk or talk through them.

My mom and sister headed up from North Carolina that night, just in case I wasn't going to make it through the weekend without going into labor.  We went on lots of walks, tried all sorts of labor inducing tactics, and just had lots of waiting and watching.  The contractions continued and actually go intense enough on Saturday for Tom and I to make a return trip to Labor and Delivery.  Unfortunately upon being checked there, I hadn't progressed at all and my contractions were extremely inconsistent.  So we got sent home again.

Sleep: No sleep for me this week with all of the contractions--I have actually been trying to take a Benedryl to help with my crazy congestion and it actually is helping me to fall asleep for at least a little bit at night before I get woken up from the contractions.

Cravings/Aversions: No real cravings this week...honestly I'm not that hungry and have to really make it a point to eat dinner each night.

What I Miss: Nothing!

Best Moment of the Week: Having family in town just in case baby boy decided to make his appearance.  Even though I felt bad that they made a wasted trip since he wasn't ready to come out yet, it was nice getting to spend some time with everyone.  Plus we had some good food!

Our 37 week appointment was also a giant highlight--the doctor measured my progress at almost 3 cm dilated, 0 station, and about 80% effaced.  I was still having consistent contractions and since we had already made three trips to Labor and Delivery for preterm labor, she went ahead and had us schedule an induction for the day I turn 39 weeks.  At our hospital, they cannot offer "help" for mom's in labor until they are 39 weeks along or if they show signs of progress.  Well since little man wants to come out as evidenced by his determination to drop so early and start the dilation progress, but just doesn't want to advance any further, she said that the next step was to schedule an induction.  We are definitely a little shocked that he will be here either Wednesday or Thursday, but I am definitely relieved to see an end in sight.  I have loved every minute of being pregnant, but having to deal with contractions for going on two weeks is a lot!

Looking Forward To: Getting to meet our little guy!

Baby Waterman: Week 36



How Far Along? 36 weeks

Size of the Baby: Papaya (18.7 inches, 5.73 pounds according to The Bump app)

Gender: BOY!!

Weight Gain: +30 pounds

Maternity Clothes: Yes!
Nursery: My plan was to spend the weekend working on the baby's nursery while Tom was away on a work trip, but baby had other ideas!  I was on a self-imposed bed rest (well imposed by my mother-in-law over at their house), but more on that below.

Movement: Lots and lots of movement, coupled with some contractions.

Symptoms: Well, where do I start?  Wednesday (March 1) I was afraid that my water had broken while I was at work.  I called the on-call nurse at my OB's office and she advised to watch my symptoms for two hours and call back to report what I was seeing.  I left work early so that I could be home to monitor the situation and then I called back.  They advised me to head on over to Labor and Delivery so they could test to see if my water had actually broken, especially since my labs had come back positive for Strep B, so if I was in labor, they needed to start the antibiotics quickly.  I called my mother-in-law to see if she would take me to the hospital, since Tom was out of town.  We spent a few hours in the hospital, where it was determined that my water had not broken, but I was having contractions about every ten minutes.  We got discharged and my mother-in-law told me that I was going to spend the rest of the week and the weekend with them to make sure that I wasn't going to go into labor (and she knew if I was home alone, I would have kept going to work and doing too much around the house).

I continued having contractions the rest of the week/weekend, but they slowly started to dissipate.  Needless to say, my last day at work was me running out the door afraid that I had gone into labor.  It was definitely not how I wanted my last day to be, but they knew that I needed to take care of myself and baby.

Sleep: Sleep has not been happening.  Naps in the afternoon are about the only way I am not a walking zombie!

Cravings/Aversions: No real cravings this week...honestly I'm not that hungry and have to really make it a point to eat dinner each night.

What I Miss: Nothing!

Best Moment of the Week: After the excitement of going to Labor and Delivery without Tom, the best moment of the week was finding out that he was not going to have to travel for work the following week to Pittsburgh.  That was a major weight off of my shoulders!

Our 36 week appointment was also a wonderful highlight of the week--the ultrasound showed that he was already up to 6 lbs. 7 oz.  I had also progressed a little further--around 70% effaced, between 2-3 cm dilated, and 0 station.  We had definitely made a lot of progress!

Looking Forward To: Our 37 week appointment (if we make it to it!)

Baby Waterman: Week 35



How Far Along? 35 weeks

Size of the Baby: Pineapple (18.1 inches, 5.07 pounds according to The Bump app)

Gender: BOY!!

Weight Gain: +30 pounds

Maternity Clothes: Yes!
Nursery: We spent more time working on his nursery.  I feel like it is slowly coming together, but I really want to just blink and it would be finished and ready for his arrival.

Movement: He is still moving up a storm!  The movements are becoming pretty painful and I felt pretty confident on Sunday that he had started moving down further (he has been head down for a few weeks).

Symptoms: Still just tired, sore hips, and indigestion at night when I'm trying to sleep.
  
Sleep: Sleep this week has been pretty hit or miss.  Some days I can sleep through the night and others I am wide awake.

Cravings/Aversions: No real cravings this week...honestly I'm not that hungry and have to really make it a point to eat dinner each night.

What I Miss: Nothing!

Best Moment of the Week: My baby shower at work--I cannot believe all of the love I felt at my shower.  It makes me so sad to think that I will not be coming back to work after baby is here, but luckily we are taking him to the practice so I will still be seeing lots of them!

Our 35 week appointment--the doctor confirmed that I have already started making progress.  I was 2 cm dilated, -1 station.  Baby boy's heartbeat was 162 bpm.  The doctor told us that there was no way I was going to make it to my due date, she predicted 2 more weeks maximum!  She went ahead and had us schedule an ultrasound before our next appointment to check on his growth.

Looking Forward To: Our next doctor's appointment and getting his room completely set up!

Baby Waterman: Week 34



How Far Along? 34 weeks

Size of the Baby: Butternut Squash (17.7 inches, 4.63 pounds according to The Bump app)

Gender: BOY!!

Weight Gain: +29 pounds

Maternity Clothes: Yes!
Nursery: We spent a lot of time over the weekend continuing to sort through things and took a few loads to Goodwill.  It feels so good to get rid of stuff that we don't need/haven't used in forever!

Movement: He is constantly on the move...some movements are getting painful because they are so intense.

Symptoms: This week it was just my usual pregnancy symptoms--mild congestion, sore hips, and being very tired.

Sleep: Sleep has been pretty awful--I am constantly either having to get up to go to the bathroom, struggling to rollover, or dealing with indigestion.  It is all worth it!

Cravings/Aversions: No real cravings this week...honestly I'm not that hungry and have to really make it a point to eat dinner each night.

What I Miss: Nothing!

Best Moment of the Week: Our doctor's appointment on Monday (February 20).  We got to have another ultrasound and he looked really good--they estimated his weight at 5 lbs. 7 oz., the ultrasound tech could see hair, and his head was measuring about a week and a half ahead of schedule!  Baby boy's heartbeat was strong at 146 BPM and he is definitely still a boy!

Looking Forward To: Our 35 week appointment on Monday and my baby shower at work on Friday.  I cannot believe we are at the point where we are going to the doctor every week!

Baby Waterman: Week 33



How Far Along? 33 weeks

Size of the Baby: Celery (17.2 inches, 4.19 pounds according to The Bump app)

Gender: BOY!!

Weight Gain: +27 pounds

Maternity Clothes: Yes!
Nursery: We worked a little more on the nursery this weekend.  We are still trying to clean out a lot of stuff that has been stored in that room for the past three and a half years, while trying to get his stuff set up.  We did finally unbox his Mamaroo this weekend and that was so neat to see set up!

Movement: He is constantly on the move...some movements are getting painful because they are so intense.

Symptoms: This week it was just my usual pregnancy symptoms--mild congestion, sore hips, and being very tired.

Sleep: Sleep has actually been slightly better...except for Saturday morning where I was wide awake at 5:30 AM (on a day I could have slept in a little).

Cravings/Aversions: No real cravings this week...honestly I'm not that hungry and have to really make it a point to eat dinner each night.

What I Miss: Nothing!

Best Moment of the Week: The weather over the weekend here was absolutely beautiful and Tom, Elli, and I went on three very long walks.  I sure miss running, but walking outside with my family in the sunshine was good for this pregnant lady!

Looking Forward To: Our 34 week appointment on Monday and getting to see little man again!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Baby Waterman: Week 32





How Far Along? 32 weeks

Size of the Baby: Squash (16.6 inches, 3.75 pounds according to The Bump app)

Gender: BOY!!

Weight Gain: +27 pounds

Maternity Clothes: Yes!
Nursery: Tom and I spent a great deal of time in his nursery over the weekend.  We completely emptied out the closet and sorted through what needed to be re-homed elsewhere or taken to Goodwill.  I washed most of his clothes (baby laundry is so stinkin’ cute!) and hung them up.  I also worked a little bit on his dresser, but I’m not quite sure what I want to put in the drawers.  To be completely honest, his room is still a huge mess and it’s making me super anxious.  I just have to keep telling myself that it will all come together.

Movement: Lots and lots of movement and at times it is constant.  I just love feeling him move and kick!

Symptoms: I had a few days where the congestion subsided but it is back in full force!  We had a beautiful day on Monday and Tom, Elli, and I went for a long walk—I think that I might have overdone it because I was super sore that night.  It felt so good to be outside in the sunshine though!

Sleep: Tom has had a head cold this week, so between him snoring/mouth breathing and me having to constantly get up to go to the bathroom, sleep has not happened!

Cravings/Aversions: My craving for Mexican food has come back around—Tom took me to our favorite Mexican restaurant on Friday night and I made homemade salsa over the weekend, which I used on Monday to make crockpot Salsa Chicken (so good and so easy!).  I also had it in my head that I really really wanted doughnuts, but fought that craving.  We ended up just going and getting a big breakfast on Sunday morning which hit the spot!

What I Miss: Nothing!

Best Moment of the Week: The best moment of the week was our 32 week appointment.  I just love every time we go to the doctor and hear our baby’s heartbeat and make sure that we are right on track.

Looking Forward To: Continuing to work on his nursery and counting down the our 34 week appointment!

Baby Waterman: Week 31



How Far Along? 31 weeks

Size of the Baby: Asparagus (16.1 inches, 3.31 pounds according to The Bump app)

Gender: BOY!!

Weight Gain: +24 pounds

Maternity Clothes: Yes!
Nursery: We ended up having to move a lot of the baby stuff into the middle of the nursery and closing the door this week.  We were dog sitting for Tom's parents' dog and we didn't want him to get too curious around the expensive items!

Movement: Lots and lots of movement and they are becoming so much more pronounced!  One morning it felt like he was literally jumping from one side to the other--it is such a weird but wonderful feeling!

Symptoms: Still with the congestion and swollen feet.

Sleep: I slept slightly better this week, but honestly I think I was just exhausted!

Cravings/Aversions: No true cravings this week.  I really think that overall, I haven't had any true cravings...just lots of aversions!

What I Miss: Nothing!

Best Moment of the Week: I wouldn't call it the best moment of the week, but it is something worth documenting.  On Monday, I told my job that after he is born, I won't be coming back.  It was a hard decision that Tom and I truly had to wrestle with, but ultimately my desire to stay home and the outrageous prices of daycare were the deciding factor.  As scary as this decision was to make, I am so happy that everyone knows at this point and we can move forward with training my replacement and leaving on a good note!

Looking Forward To: Our 32 week appointment!  Even though it is just a normal quick visit, we still get to hear his heartbeat and that is one of my favorite sounds!  Plus it means that our next appointment after that is our last ultrasound—I can’t wait to see what he looks like now (and to calm Tom’s nerves that he is still indeed a “he”!)

Baby Waterman: Week 30



How Far Along? 30 weeks

Size of the Baby: Zucchini (15.7 inches, 2.89 pounds according to The Bump app)

Gender: BOY!!

Weight Gain: +24 pounds

Maternity Clothes: I am so happy to have elastic waist bands and big tops as this belly continues to grow and grow!
Nursery: We kept Tom's parents' dog this week and we had to put all of our big items for baby in the nursery...so at the moment it looks a lot worse!!

Movement: He is doing somersaults in my belly on a daily basis—especially when I lay down at night!

Symptoms: I still have super congested and my feet have been swelling.  Nothing that I am overly concerned with though.

Sleep: Sleep is still pretty hit or miss for me at this point.

Cravings/Aversions: Still no real cravings, just still my aversion to all red meat!

What I Miss: Nothing!

Best Moment of the Week: Turning 30 weeks--it's kind of scary to think about how close we are to meeting the little guy.  Scary yet so, so exciting!

Looking Forward To: Getting the house cleaned, de-cluttering, and getting Baby Boy's room together!

Baby Waterman: Week 29



How Far Along? 29 weeks

Size of the Baby: Acorn Squash (15.2 inches, 2.54 pounds according to The Bump app)

Gender: BOY!!

Weight Gain: +24 pounds total

Maternity Clothes: Yes!! This belly is getting gigantic (remind me I think this when I approach 40 weeks!)
Nursery: Not much has changed in his room--we have lots of plans we just need to put them into action!

Movement: Lots and lots of movement

Symptoms: Still dealing with the congestion, but I’m afraid that that is here to stay until the end of the pregnancy.  My feet have also continued to swell when I sit at my desk all day long.  I’ve tried to prop them up on a little stool, but it’s not helping too much.

Sleep: I am still not sleeping that well and constantly getting up to go to the bathroom.

Cravings/Aversions: Mexican food, Chick-fil-a Grilled Chicken Sandwiches, and the occasional Big Mac (hangs head in shame)

What I Miss: Nothing!

Best Moment of the Week: I wouldn't say it was the best moment of the week, but going back to the doctor's office to get my Tdap and Rhogam shots.  Shots aren't something I typically look forward to, but I'm so glad to have received them because it means we are getting closer to meeting this little fellow!  We also went to The Cheesecake Factory over the weekend to celebrate my mother-in-law's birthday--I finally got to satisfy my craving for their Avocado Eggrolls (but let's be real, I love them pregnant or not!).

Looking Forward To: Turning 30 weeks and our next doctor's appointment!

Baby Waterman: Week 28





How Far Along? 28 weeks

Size of the Baby: Eggplant (14.8 inches, 2.20 pounds according to The Bump app)

Gender: BOY!!

Weight Gain: +24 pounds for the pregnancy {oof}

Maternity Clothes: Without a doubt, I am wearing all maternity clothes at this point.  While I was back home, we went to the outlets and I bought a few more sweaters that will carry me through this pregnancy and into nursing.  I really don't want to buy many more purely maternity pieces at this point, although I do think I will pick up one more pair of maternity leggings because they are so comfortable I live in them when I am not at work.

Nursery: Nothing has changed this week--we were planning on spending the weekend unboxing and sorting his things we got over Christmas, but we ended up getting a blizzard that sent us over to Tom's parents' house for the weekend.  We decided to head over to their house because they have a fireplace/generator if we were to lose power and they have a fenced in yard making it easy for Elli to go outside.  Plus, Tom is super paranoid that I am going to slip and fall.

Movement: Since going back to work, I didn't notice much movement during the days {which makes me really sad}.  However, in the mornings and at night, I felt him move up a storm!

Symptoms: Feet swelling, nasal congestion, and lower breast bone pain are here to stay, I think.  I have been quite congested since before Christmas and my feet started to resemble Fred Flinstone's feet after sitting at my desk all day.  I had my 28 week appointment today and was re-assured that it is perfectly normal at this stage in pregnancy.  She said that the breast bone pain is just from stretching and, again, quite normal.  Honestly, this pregnancy has been {knock on wood} really nice so if I have to deal with some aches and pains here in the last trimester, I am a-okay!

Sleep: Sleep has still been quite illusive--some nights I sleep fine and some nights I am wide awake.

Cravings/Aversions: I am still loving the Chick-Fil-A Grilled Chicken Club Sandwich.  I really need to start limiting myself on how often I eat them because I know fast food is not good for me or the baby, but they taste so good!

What I Miss: Nothing!

Best Moment of the Week: Experiencing a big snow storm!  Elli is in her element when she is out in the snow and it was so much fun to see her and Baloo {Tom's parents' dog} romping around and wrestling in the snow.

We also had our 28 week appointment today {Monday, January 9}.  Everything is right on check, my blood pressure was excellent, weight gain is good, and baby's heartrate was 150 bpm.  The only thing I couldn't take care of today was getting my Rhogam shot {since I'm Rh-] and Tdap vaccine.  They said that due to the blizzard, their shipment had been delayed and I have to call back later this week to come in to get them taken care of.

Looking Forward To: Working more on the nursery and getting our house organized, overall.  I feel like since we moved into our house several years ago, we have always been on the go, go, go and we haven't actually gone through anything.  Maybe it's nesting taking over?!

Monday, January 9, 2017

Baby Waterman: Week 27



How Far Along? 27 weeks

Size of the Baby: Lettuce (14.4 inches, 1.93 pounds according to The Bump app)

Gender: BOY!!

Weight Gain: +13 pounds for the pregnancy

Maternity Clothes: Yes!! This belly is getting big and there is no way even my looser non-maternity shirts would cover it!

Nursery: Not much change this week--we got a bunch of baby things for Christmas that we need to go through and assemble.

Movement: I don't know if it was that I was really relaxed this week due to not having to work or if it was because I was home with family, but he was moving up a storm.  One morning, I went back up to our room while Tom did some work and fell asleep on my side.  When I rolled over, my stomach was completed lopsided and looked like someone had crushed in the side of a coke can.  Well then, he moved and it just popped back out.  It was the craziest thing for us to see!

Symptoms: No crazy symptoms this week--I have had some congestion since before Christmas, but I'm trying to just use saline rinses and sprays and lots of tissues to get through it!

Sleep: Oh man, sleep has not been my friend this week!  Don't get me wrong, I am very tired but I just cannot seem to fall asleep and stay asleep.  There were two nights while I was home that I was wide awake from 3:30 AM to 6:30 AM when I just finally got up for the day.

Cravings/Aversions: I am not craving milk this week due to all of the congestion.  I was able to go to a local sushi place while I was home and had them make me a non-raw version of one of my favorite rolls--sooo good!

What I Miss: Nothing!

Best Moment of the Week: I loved getting to spend so much time with family this week.  Between spending Christmas with Tom's family and after Christmas/New Years with mine, it was such a nice week.  It was also pretty surreal to think it could be my last time traveling back home before baby boy is here!

Looking Forward To: I am looking forward to getting back to a "normal" routine and start meal planning again.  I feel like everyone around me is setting their resolutions to get in shape and lose weight and I'm over here like "have a baby!" but I definitely miss being in the gym/running and being on a healthy eating regime.  So, my goal is to start meal planning again and incorporating more healthy meals into our rotation--along with some splurges because once the baby comes it's going to be back to eating extremely healthy with only a few cheats!

Baby Waterman: Week 26



How Far Along? 26 weeks

Size of the Baby: Kale (14.0 inches, 1.68 pounds according to The Bump app)

Gender: BOY!!

Weight Gain: +13 pounds for the pregnancy

Maternity Clothes: Yes!! Stretchy waistbands are essential!

Nursery: In preparation for Tom's family come over for Christmas Eve, I worked double time on the nursery so that I could show it off!  It is far from being ready {what with the piles of stuff all over the floor}, but we have the crib completely set up with sheets and a dust ruffle, the glider, and the bed.  Tom even picked out a little bookcase from Homegoods on Christmas Eve that he declared he had to buy for Charlie's room {melt my heart!}.

Movement: Tons and tons of movement!  I feel like he is doing constant somersaults in my tummy and even some big punches and kicks!

Symptoms: I feel like I am taking everything in stride--I am still very tired a lot of the time especially after a full week of work.

Sleep: Ah, sleep, what is that again?!  I find myself dozing off right after dinner but then wide awake around 3:00 AM.  I guess that my body is getting ready for a newborn?!

Cravings/Aversions: I am still craving milk like a crazy person.  I also have loved the Grilled Chicken Club Sandwich from Chick-fil-A, which is only complete with a chocolate milkshake!  I still am not able to eat red meat and most meats are not sounding really appetizing to me.

What I Miss: Nothing!

Best Moment of the Week: Getting ready for Christmas!  I cannot believe that this is our last Christmas just Tom, Elli, and me!

Looking Forward To: Traveling down to see family the week after Christmas!  And a week off of work!

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