Showing posts with label Belly Pictures. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Belly Pictures. Show all posts

The Belly Has Dropped - 34 Weeks (Baby #5)



We've entered into the phase of pregnancy where I am an emotional mess.

The last couple weeks I have been sensitive and irritable and overwhelmed and crying about stupid things.  I can't decide if it's related to being tired, or hormones, but it's probably some combination of both.  I feel bad for my poor family, and I'm trying really hard to lower my expectations so that I don't get so easily overwhelmed - this would be a good thing now, while my hormones are a mess, and after baby, when my hormones will still be a mess!

I have crossed a couple more things off my baby to-do list, which is satisfying.  I've also added a couple things (like beating out our living room rug before winter).  I was hoping to get my hospital bag packed before my appointment this week, just in case, and I'm about halfway there...I have a bunch of stuff in a pile waiting to be packed.  That counts for something, right?



As far as baby goes, she is still moving like crazy, and she lets me rub her little feet through my skin now without trying to kick my fingers away.  She hiccups all the time, which makes me happy because it means her lungs are maturing.

Also, in major news - BABY GIRL HAS DROPPED!  This is always exciting to me, because it means my ribs hurt a little less, and it means baby is less likely to flip.  You probably can't tell very well in these pictures, but trust me, the belly is definitely lower.



My body seems to be getting ready for labor a little more - I have definitely had more Braxton-Hicks contractions in the last couple of days, and there were a few days last week where my hips hurt so badly from loosening up to get ready for delivery.  Thankfully the hip pain has subsided a bit, and I am generally feeling pretty comfortable.



Tomorrow is my 34 week appointment, and probably the last appointment I will bring my kids since they'll start checking my cervix at the next appointment (37 weeks).  I want to enjoy their little reactions for this last time they'll get to hear the baby's heartbeat.  They always are so interested to hear what she's up to in there, and every one of them seems happy and excited about the baby.  It's making me more excited to have her here, and to have our whole family together on the outside!

(I've been trying to get a picture with each of the kids during these little bi-weekly photo shoots.  This week was Clyde's turn!)




My Pre-Baby To Do List


Note: I received the top in these photos for free in collaboration with PinkBlush!  All opinions are my own.

Every pregnancy the last couple months are full of to-do's, and I tend to get a little...tense.  I always feel bad for my poor family, because the nesting takes over a little and I occasionally (way too frequently) break down in tears because something is not getting done when I thought it would (thanks, hormones).  This time around is no different, though I have gotten a head start on the to-do list so it feels more manageable that it has in the past!

I thought I'd share a few of the things that I've had on my to-do list for the last few weeks (so I've already crossed a couple off - hooray!).  My goal is to get all of these (except the last one) done by 37 weeks so I don't have to stress too much at the end of this pregnancy.  That gives me 3.5 weeks - I think that's doable!

Get maternity photos taken.  Check!  Last weekend we ventured out into the rain (yes, rain) with my dear friend and photographer Danae.  She thought we could still get some good pictures in between rain showers, and I was praying we wouldn't get soaked.  I think the Lord held off the rain just for us! I'm pretty excited to see the end results!

Get some new maternity wardrobe basics. Check!  Up until this fall I have been mostly wearing things I already have, non-maternity clothes with a few new maternity pieces mixed in... but I have reached the point where I definitely need maternity clothes now.  There isn't much left in my non-maternity wardrobe that looks right.





My maternity basics were especially looking a little ratty after being put through so many pregnancies over the last seven years, so I decided it was time for some new ones.  To me, maternity wardrobe basics are: a good pair of jeans, a black shirt, and a white shirt.  I can do a lot with those items by adding different accessories, layers, etc!

PinkBlush has been my go-to for cute maternity clothes this pregnancy, and the last basic item I checked off my list was this white long-sleeve dolman shirt from PinkBlush. I'll be getting a lot of use out of it for the next two months until baby arrives!  The material of this shirt is perfect, it's lightweight without being see-through (I didn't even have to wear a layering tank underneath).  I'll be able to incorporate it into a bunch of outfits with different scarves and accessories, and I love how the dolman sleeves give it a little extra style beyond just being another white shirt!




On to the rest of my list!  These are the things that I still need to accomplish.

Clean out kitchen cupboards.  Half-check.  I haven't done a thorough purge of the kitchen cupboards for at least two years...maybe even three and a half (I don't know how I'm going to stay motivated to do these types of chores when I no longer have a nesting urge every couple years to push me through it). I should add a kitchen deep clean to the rotation more often, because it's sad to see the food items we waste because they were pushed into the corner of a kitchen cupboard until we forgot about them and they expired.  I'm halfway through cleaning out the kitchen as I type this.

Deep clean the bathrooms.  To clarify, I do clean my bathrooms frequently, lest you get the wrong idea - but by deep-clean, I mean take everything out of the cabinets, wipe everything down, get rid of the half-empty toiletries we don't use, and scrub every nook and cranny.

Write labels for Christmas cards/birth announcements.  Sending out Christmas cards is very important to me, so I didn't want to let it slide just because I am having a baby right before the Christmas season.  I want to at least get the addresses written out on mailing labels, so I can just stick them to the envelope when we actually get our Christmas cards...and I'm thinking about trying to tackle creating an address spreadsheet so I don't have to keep writing out addresses every year.  We'll see what I have time for.

Finish Christmas shopping.  Half-check.  I do not want to do Christmas shopping with a new baby - the Christmas season can get stressful enough for me as it is, so I am trying to take some pressure off myself by getting ahead of the game with shopping.  We mostly got this done with our Christmas-shopping date a couple weeks ago (which you may have seen on Instagram)!  I just need to buy things for Derek and pick up a few things for our extended family.  I was hoping to have all presents bought and wrapped by now, but I can't find any Christmas wrapping paper anywhere!  Sheesh, it's almost October, people.

Pack my hospital bag.  I keep alternating between thinking that I have plenty of time to get a bag packed, and having extremely uncomfortable days when I am sure the baby is going to come early.  I should probably just get a bag going so I don't have to worry about it anymore.  I need to buy a couple more items for our hospital stay (post coming on what things I think are worth buying for a hospital bag), and then I can check this one off the list.

Finish 72 days of homeschool.  To be completely realistic, I am not sure this is going to happen.  I need to stay pregnant almost to 40 weeks without any off days to get this many days checked off before baby comes, so if it doesn't happen I'm not going to be stressed about it.  But if we can hit 72 days, we'll only have 100 days of school to do in the second half of the year, which seems like a reasonable, not-too-stressful amount to accomplish with a new baby!



There is a little part of me that likes having the due date deadline for to-do's.  I wish I was internally motivated to accomplish things, but I'm just not - I do so much better with a deadline!  Tell me I'm not the only one?

All The Vital Signs - 32 Weeks (Baby #5)



I had an appointment last week, so there are some semi-interesting things (to me) to report!  We've been spacing my appointments out a bit this pregnancy (because it's hard to bring all four kids down and keep them relatively quiet in a doctor's office), so prenatal appointments are particularly exciting to me this time.

Updates From My Doctor's Visit

I especially wanted to ask my doc about a couple things at my appointment - first, I wanted to confirm that baby is head down now!  I mentioned before that I felt her flip around a couple times.  I thought she had turned back to a head down position, but I wanted to check to be sure.

The second thing I wanted to ask about was my blood pressure.  The last couple appointments my blood pressure has been pretty high for me, and I was starting to get concerned.  I had pre-eclampsia with Wyatt, so I'm always looking out for signs that I might have it again.  I think my last appointment my blood pressure was 140/80, which is pretty darn close to an official "high blood pressure" diagnosis.

Thankfully though, my blood pressure this time was 110/66, which is right about where it normally is...so whatever was causing it to be high has seemed to resolve itself for the time being! Baby's heart rate was 148 bpm.  



Then my doctor pulled out this little portable ultrasound machine to check the baby's position, and she was sweet enough to let each of the kids hold the wand and see Baby! (Minus Clarice, who gets anxious at the doctor's and will not leave my side.)  The kids thought it was pretty fun, especially squirting the gel on my belly.  Gwen saw Baby's head when she held the wand, Wyatt saw the heart, and Clyde saw the legs.  Baby is officially head down, and also confirmed as a girl!  It was fun to see her briefly again.



They also checked my iron levels at this appointment, and it was at an 11.5.  Normal is 11-15, so it's on the low side (remember when I thought I was anemic earlier in this pregnancy and the nurse brushed me off?). They gave me a sheet with suggestions of high-iron foods, which let's be honest, I probably will not reference.  At this point I eat whatever is in my cupboards that looks appetizing.

The iron thing does explain my recent craving for ice though.  I can't get enough ice!  So I probably should try to eat some fortified cereals or something.

Getting To Know Baby Girl

I'm starting to think about this girl's personality, and I'm wondering if she'll be a little independent like Gwen.  She really doesn't like being poked at, and she'll kick my hand when I try to feel her little limbs through my skin!  It's kind of funny.  She's so active in there too.  I haven't really had to worry about whether she's okay in there at all because she's constantly moving.



We also officially have it narrowed down to two name possibilities!  Derek and I went on a Christmas-shopping day date (trying to get all Christmas shopping done before delivery), and we took the opportunity to discuss names.  We have one that we really like and will most likely be using as long as we feel it fits her when she's born!

How I'm Feeling

As far as symptoms, I'm having a lot of heartburn, some rib pain still (though it's been better), and my hips are killing me, so I think there is some joint loosening happening.  I don't think she's dropped yet, but I wouldn't be surprised if she did soon if the hip pain is any indication.

 (I know I said I wasn't a leggings girl, but it's leggings all the way this pregnancy!)

I'm also feeling a little excessively emotional and overwhelmed by ordinary things lately.  I hate this stage, where my emotions start to get all wacky.  I think I need to take it easy and lower my expectations of how the house should look, etc, but it's hard because I really care about having things neat right now.

Now that we've reached 32 weeks, I'm starting to think ahead to the delivery.  I've ordered a baby book, a coming home outfit, new pajamas for the hospital (I haven't bothered to buy new ones in months, and it's time), and backup mascara, facial cleanser, etc.  

In the next few weeks I'm hoping to get my bag packed!  I usually like to have it packed by 37 weeks, and I think it's a good idea to stick with that this time.  I am measuring about two weeks ahead, and my doctor thinks this little one might be a little bigger than the others.  That doesn't necessarily mean anything, but a part of me is hoping that my body can only handle 7-pound-something-ounce babies, and maybe she'll come a week or so before my due date! But I'm trying not to get my hopes up, because Clarice was 3 days late, and I know what an emotional roller coaster it can be when you go late and didn't expect to.



We shall see!  We officially have less than two months left!

A Nursery Reveal Of Sorts (And 30 Weeks - Baby #5)



These last couple weeks of pregnancy have been some of the more uncomfortable weeks so far.  But there have definitely been some fun things too!  Let's start with discomforts first.

Uncomfortable Symptoms

The heartburn that I mentioned a couple weeks ago has persisted and possibly even gotten worse.  I still wake up sometimes in the middle of the night because of it - and I ran through all my packs of Rolaids, so I think it's time to take a trip to the store for some Tums.  I am convinced that this means Baby Girl will be totally bald, because the inverse of the heartburn/hair myth seems to be true for my babies so far.  More heartburn = less hair. If she's going to be bald, I'm glad she's a girl, because I can still dress up her cute little peach fuzz with bows!



I've also had some very pesky rib pain show up in the last couple weeks, and I haven't really known what to do about it.  Every evening the last rib on my left side aches horribly, and no position seems to help it except stretching out as much as possible on my bed or the couch.  I finally looked up some stretches for rib pain last night, and a couple of those also seem to provide some relief.  I'm sure I look like I'm in the early stages of labor though, crossing my arms over my head and leaning against a wall.  Hopefully I won't ever have to resort to doing my stretches in public.



I've also felt some pelvic pressure, which you would think would mean that baby is low and there would be less rib pain - but it's not working out that way so far!  I think my body is just trying to get ready for the big event.



Fun Stuff

On to some fun things!  First, Baby Girl has been moving like crazy lately!  I am just sure one of these days some random person in the grocery store is going to comment on my belly jumping around.  I tried to get a video of it the other day, but it's like she can sense when I hit the "record" button, and she stops.  She also doesn't seem to like it when I poke at her (I can almost always find little hard spots through my skin - limbs or her bum, I'm sure).  She moves away and then kicks at my fingers.




Labor Day weekend I was in a nesting mood, and I sorted through all our baby girl clothes and our hand-me-downs, washed everything, and organized the things we can use in the nursery.  I also finished the baby's quilt, we moved Clarice up to Gwen's room, and I set up the nursery.  So we're pretty much ready to go now, except for a few items that I need to purchase (a spare crib sheet, bottles, muslin swaddle blankets, baby book, and a going-home outfit for baby).

I felt so sad to move Clarice out of her room.  She did not do great the first night in a toddler bed, in a new room no less.  She cried off and on for a couple hours, but I knew from previous experience that we just needed to hang tough, because as soon as she had time to adjust to the change we'd have no problems at all.  I was right!  She finally seemed to realize that Gwen was in the room with her, and that this whole sharing a room thing could be fun!  The next night she actually cried when she thought Derek was going to put her back in her old room, and she's been doing great ever since.

I always have intentions of taking fancy room pictures and sharing an official "nursery reveal" post, but let's face it, that hasn't happened with the last two kids.  Taking room pictures honestly stresses me out.  It's so hard to get good light, to get a good feel for the whole room, and to get satisfactory pictures of the details...and then that's a lot of pictures to sort through and edit and compile into a pinterest-worthy post.  So I'm going with the "done is better than perfect" motto, so you all get some mediocre phone photos!  At least people can see what the room looks like this time.









 


I'm pretty satisfied with the way it turned out (even though it's not completely done - still need to hang that chalkboard above the crib).  Here are the details (a couple affiliate links below):

-Baby Quilt and crib skirt - I made it, and it was one of the easiest quilts I've done since I went with big blocks of fabric!

-Mobile - Amazon

-Chalkboard - I get paranoid about the weight and cutting capability of things I put above the crib, in the event that it would fall - I pretty much rule out anything heavy and any frames with glass, which limits my options quite a bit.  So this "chalkboard" is actually posterboard that I painted with chalkboard paint (or rather, Derek painted it). I'm going to glue some hardware on the back to hang it, and use my chalk markers to write something on it eventually.

-Various vases and toucan pillow - Joann's

-Poppy muslin blanket - Spearmint Love

-Letterboard - Amazon


Now I just need to figure out what to put on that letter board! 

I have another doctor's appointment next week, so the next update should have more items of interest...stay tuned!



Goodbye Summer, Hello Third Trimester! 28 Weeks (Baby #5)




We took a little family trip to the zoo last weekend - kind of a farewell to summer, and (for me) hello to the third trimester!

Baby should be around 2 lbs. now, and over a foot tall! Baby Girl should be blinking, sucking, coughing, and hiccuping (I can confirm the hiccuping - it's so cute).  There is also research to suggest babies may start to dream around this age, which is really interesting to think about!



We are officially 2/3 of the way through this pregnancy, and I have to say, I'm feeling it.  I've been much more uncomfortable this past week.  There have been a couple nights where heartburn actually woke me up - I had to prop myself up on pillows so gravity would be on my side.  



Another big reason why I have felt uncomfortable is that this little girl has decided that now is a good time to practice gymnastics.  She actually flipped around last week and was in a transverse position in my stomach!  I was impressed that I could actually tell she had changed position (she's getting bigger), but it was so uncomfortable.  Finally later in the evening I felt comfortable again, and I'm pretty sure she settled back in the correct way because her kicks were up high.  

However, she ended up turning transverse again later in the week, and now I'm a little unsure if she stayed in a head-down position.  I'm going to ask my doctor to pull out the portable ultrasound at my next visit and check.  



Moving on to fun stuff though, I have been feeling little feet and knees and arms moving around inside my belly, and I love it so much!  She is definitely growing because I feel like I can distinguish body parts better now.  I can tell the difference between limbs and her little bum (or head...hopefully bum).  She doesn't seem to like it too much when I poke at her, but sometimes she'll give me a gentle nudge and I feel like we're bonding.

This week of pregnancy has long been my favorite stage - I think because the belly is just the right size.  And since it's my favorite week of pregnancy, it seemed like a good time to compare the baby bellies.



I think I definitely carry the girls a little different than the boys, and you can tell most this week - a little higher and bigger, I think.

I started on her baby quilt, and I'm hoping to get Clarice moved up to Gwen's room in the next week so I can start organizing the nursery...wish me luck on that!

 (I don't know what I was doing here, but you all would probably laugh at me if you saw how awkward I really am while taking these photos...)

I'm also trying to take pictures with each of the kids with these pregnancy update photos, so here is the biggest brother.  I am so excited to see him with this baby!


Tickling Baby Feet - 26 Weeks (Baby #5)





This is the last pregnancy update in the second trimester!

Baby Girl is nearing 2 lbs. in weight, is starting to hear other people's voices from inside the womb (aside from mine), and should be practicing breathing!  

I am feeling pretty good still!  That burst of nesting energy that I had a couple weeks ago has slowed down...at least until after our trip to New Orleans, because then I'll probably get back into full-blown closet-cleaning mode.  But I am happy to report that our school cabinet and Gwen's closet are looking much cleaner and more organized after all my efforts.



I've mentioned several times that my belly has been consistently bigger this pregnancy, but looking at these pictures, I would say this is about what I looked like at 28 weeks pregnant with the other kiddos.  Which means we are only looking about 2 weeks ahead now, instead of a full 4-5 weeks!  I think the rapid belly-growth is starting to even out.  I am enjoying the size of my belly right now - right around 28 weeks has always been the sweet-spot in pregnancy for me, and with my belly a little bigger this time I think we're just hitting the sweet spot a little early.

These last couple weeks mark the first bit of sciatic nerve pain (which I've had with all my pregnancies), and the first rib pain from my belly growing into my ribs.  The sciatic nerve pain held off for a really long time, so I'm pretty happy about that!  The rib pain seems earlier than my other pregnancies.  I am not complaining, however, because this pregnancy has been one of the easiest on my body overall!



My favorite development is that we have finally reached the phase where this little girl's limbs are strong enough to jut a foot or hand out the side of my belly - and I love it!  I love running my fingers over my belly when she does that and feeling the little foot-lump under my skin.  It makes me feel more bonded to my baby when this happens, like she knows I'll tickle her little foot and that's why she kicked so hard in the first place.  



She seems to be a pretty active baby during the day, but not as much at night.  This may change as she gets bigger and her movements are strong enough to wake me up, but for now let's just hope this sleeping-at-night pattern holds!

Since Baby's hearing is developing more now, I think the goal for the next couple weeks will be to sing her some lullabies.  I always think that surely babies can form an attachment to certain songs if they've been hearing them from the womb.  There will be some favorite hymns in the rotation.



I'm also planning on printing out some social security top 1000 name lists so I can start sorting through them on the plane to New Orleans - it will be a good, long stretch of alone time, so I can really think it through and see which names jump out.  Wish me luck, because we still don't really have any front-runners in the name department!


I thought I'd throw in a picture of the newest big sister too.  I think she's starting to really understand that there is a baby in there!

Third trimester, here we come!





Nesting Early? 24 Weeks (Baby #5)




I don't know why, but with every baby I feel the need to change up the nursery.  Up to this point it's been necessary since we've been alternating boys and girls, but this time I just wanted to make sure this baby still had a unique look to her room.  I put together Clarice's nursery specifically for her, and I want to put something together specifically for this baby too.  This week I picked up the last thing I was wanting for the Baby's nursery, and it's making me just that much more excited to meet this little girl!  Baby prep is in full swing, even though we've still got 3+ months to go.



This is still technically "viability week" I guess, even though babies have survived when born as early as 22 weeks!  It's always a little comforting to get past that point where you know all hospitals would try to do something if Baby was born early though.  I feel like she is getting stronger too - up to this point her little kicks have been so delicate, but this week she got in some pretty good jabs!  I am excited about it because I love the big kicks later in pregnancy, and I kind of forgot when in pregnancy they start to feel stronger.  With the other kids it got to the point where I could feel a little arm or foot under my hand, and I can't wait for that again.  It's the coolest feeling, and in my mind it makes for good bonding with Baby, because surely she can feel my hand too.



I'm feeling great overall - Baby Girl has been so easy on me this pregnancy.  I haven't really had any back pain, the round ligament pain has calmed down, I am tired but not excessively so.  I do have heartburn some days, but other than that I feel pretty comfortable!  It's probably good that I'm nesting early because who knows how long this will last, but I am just thankful that this pregnancy has been one of my easier ones so far.



The kids are still excited, but I think they've accepted that it's going to be a while before the baby arrives.  Wyatt keeps talking about wanting it to be fall, and I think the motivation is half because he's excited about the baby, and half because fall means it's closer to Christmas!  Gwen tells anyone who will listen that we are going to have "three little princesses" in our house.  Clyde asks to see the baby's pictures every time he spots an ultrasound.  And Clarice seems to be understanding more too - she pointed to my belly the other day and said "bebe tum-mee", which was adorable!



Back to the baby prep - I do think the nesting is kicking in early this time.  Or maybe it's partially pre-school-year cleaning too, but I feel like I need to organize every area of this house before this little one arrives.  Every time some difficulty comes up in keeping the house in order, I get the idea that this could be solved with better organization.  And maybe it can, but I hope I can keep things in perspective and not drive myself and everyone around me nuts with the to-do's!   


I'm going to try to get back to my old-fashioned blogging routine this week (it's just kind of falling by the wayside with summer!), so I'll save all the nesting details for then.  Stay tuned!

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