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

Uncomfortable - 38 Weeks (Baby #5)



Well, this baby is throwing me for a loop!

Remember how I said in my last update that I was mostly comfortable?  That changed pretty quickly over the last couple weeks.  Permit me a brief list of my aches and pains:

-My hips have been killing me.  There is so much pressure down there when I am on my feet for too long, plus I've had days where I feel like my hip is actually going to pop out of joint.  Ouch!

-The round ligament pain has picked up quite a bit, and a couple times I thought I tore something, it hurt so badly.

-I actually pulled a muscle in my stomach.  I now cannot bend down to pick something up off the floor without a muscle pain on the upper left part of my belly.   I was actually kind of worried that I gave myself a hernia there somehow, but I'm thinking it's probably just a pulled abdominal muscle.  I'm going to ask my doctor this week.

-The Braxton Hicks contractions are getting more uncomfortable the bigger I get.

-I can't recline anymore because it's too uncomfortable.  When I lean back on the couch or in bed in a reclining position, it feels like her head is pushing against my tailbone.  This makes me think she is facing the wrong direction (toward my front instead of facing my back), and I hope she turns around the right way before labor starts!  I've had back labor before, and it's not fun.

-I actually had a day, right after I posted my last update, where I had some false labor - I was cramping at intervals for a couple hours.  I could tell they weren't actual contractions and my body was just practicing, but they still were so uncomfortable.

(Please don't laugh at how many times I wrote "uncomfortable" just now.)



Despite all those aches and pains in my belly and pelvis, Baby Girl is actually not yet engaged.  There have been times when there was so much pressure on my cervix area that I was sure I must have some dilating happening, but at my appointment last week I was barely dilated to 1 cm, and not effaced at all.  I am anticipating at this point that we will definitely make it to 40 weeks, but I also said two weeks ago that I was feeling really comfortable, and now look at me.  We'll see what happens!

Are We Ready?

I have a few little last minute things that I'd like to get accomplished before she arrives...but I've been mostly putting them off.  All the big things are done, and we are mostly ready to go, so my motivation to complete the final details is a little lacking at the moment.  My focus has been mainly on making sure the house is as spotless as possible, especially before we leave the house for the day, just in case she decides to come when I'm not expecting.  



Derek has really been my hero on this front lately too.  He has put up with all my silly requests for help because he knows how uncomfortable I am, but he has also gone above and beyond the call of duty.  Last week he scrubbed the bathroom and kitchen floors with a toothbrush - a toothbrush! - and I didn't even ask him to do it!  I had resigned myself to the fact that the floors were not going to be spotless because I was definitely not going to crawl around on all fours in my current state, but he surprised me by doing it himself, and I have to say, it's so much nicer to walk around barefoot now!  I have a sweet husband.

The kids still ask me occasionally when the baby will come.  The other day Clyde asked "Is the baby coming today?" in his cute little toddler voice.  When I said no, he said "Oh, she's coming tomorrow?"  They are excited, but I think they are also starting to think she's taking forever and I hear the hint of exasperation when they ask "How many more days now?"  Especially when I have to say I don't know!



About Baby

She still moves quite a lot, and I love feeling her tiny legs and feet through my belly!  She seems to be liking to interact with my hand a little bit more, instead of just trying to kick my fingers away. But I can also tell she has slowed down a bit over the last couple weeks - I'm hoping this means she is developing some good sleeping patterns.  The one good thing about going to 40 weeks, if we do, is that I do believe that later babies are better sleepers - at least it's been true in our experience so far.   

At this point I am starting to really look forward to having her here, and seeing what she looks like.  I'm also so curious to see her personality!  I have a feeling all my girls are going to be on the spunky side.  I can't wait to see her little face.

I'm keeping myself busy with a few hobby projects, which I'll probably write about soon, and also trying to sneak in as many days of homeschooling as I can before she arrives so we can take a nice long break.  As slowly as the days seem to drag by sometimes, it's still crazy to think that in a matter of days, most likely down into the teens and soon single digits, we'll have a baby!




Mostly Comfortable - 36 Weeks (Baby #5)



I am happy to report that the hospital bag is packed!

Mostly.  There are a few things, like my hair straightener, that will have to be thrown into the bag whenever I happen to go into labor, but other than that, it's packed.

It was kind of weird packing the hospital bag this time around, because I still am kind of in denial that I have less than a month until this baby gets here.  How did this pregnancy go by so fast?  I still think it's a bit surreal that we are having a fifth baby.  I'm a mom of five babies.  I will have five children trailing after me in the grocery store for the next decade.  It's kind of cool!



How We're Doing

As far as symptoms go, I am feeling pretty good in general.  I did have pretty bad sciatic nerve pain the other night, and I had to lay on the floor and have Derek help me rotate my knees from side to side so I could actually put weight on my left leg.  I really need to get to the chiropractor this week.  

I also have had insane heartburn, and I may have taken more than the recommended amount of Tums a couple days in a row last week.  When I realized what I did and told Derek, he may have threatened to take my Tums away.  Surely "overdosing" on Tums can't cause much damage, right?


She seems to be fine in there anyway - she still moves constantly.  With all my other babies I remember at least once worrying that they were not okay in there because I hadn't felt them move in a while - this baby girl has not given me the opportunity to worry about her at all, at least not yet.  Sometimes I'll just be standing in line or at the kitchen counter, and I won't really feel her kicking, but I'll look down at my belly and I can see her rolling around in there.  This girl is rarely still.

Despite having sciatic nerve pain and the worst heartburn I've ever had, this pregnancy is such a breeze compared to the last one that I am feeling really optimistic right now.  Clarice was breech or transverse most of my pregnancy, and her placenta was anterior, and I'm convinced those things made her pregnancy a lot harder on me.  I just remember being D.O.N.E. at this point last pregnancy, but I am feeling really good this time, like I could go late again and be okay as long as I kept myself busy.



I feel pretty comfortable most of the time, and I actually feel pretty small for 36 weeks, despite my standard answer to "How are you feeling?" being "Big."  Baby has dropped, and the stomach is mostly out front and not pressing on my ribs anymore, so in comparison to other pregnancies I feel pretty cute still, and I can still move around pretty easily.  

Early?  Late?

I am really trying not to think she is coming early, because that is part of what made going late last time so tortuous...but I can't help it, there is still a small part of me that is hoping she'll come a little before her due date.  

To combat this, I have set up a couple "rewards" for myself for the last couple weeks of pregnancy.  If I make it to 38.5 weeks, I'll buy the fall ankle booties I've been eyeing.  And if I make it to a day before my due date, I'm hoping to be able to go see "Murder On The Orient Express" when it comes out on November 10th (if you have not read that book, you have to - it's a classic).  I don't have any rewards for if I go past my due date, but I'll set one up later if I think I'll need it to keep my waiting attitude positive.  I wouldn't say I'm impatient quite yet, but I am getting pretty excited to have her here!



What's Next?

I have a doctor's appointment next week, the first one where they will check my cervix.  I'll probably put an update on Instagram after my appointment, so follow me there!  If I'm only at 1 cm or less, I'm anticipating I'll make it to 40 weeks.  If I'm dilated more than that, there is a possibility she may come a bit sooner.

Derek will be hunting next week though, so let's just all pray that I don't go into labor while he's out traipsing through the woods, shall we?  I do think we'll be okay though.  I don't think she'll come before November.

(Me and the biggest sister!)


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!


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