- I'm feeling the extra weight on my body. More specifically, I'm feeling HER weight and the weight of my uterus on my abs and back.
- My heart rate goes higher with much less effort during exercise. I have less lung capacity but my heart and lungs are well-trained and efficient. Also, lifting my knees is getting harder because, well, my belly is in the way!
- Trips to the bathroom are RIDICULOUS. I often loath being out of the house simply for the inconvenience of being away from a bathroom which is the most annoying thing ever.
- Prolactin levels are increasing which may cause leakage of colostrum (the nutrient-rich substance that comes in before milk) from the breasts. I haven't had any leakage but a bit of dry crustiness- kind of like boogers. Sexy.
- Also from the prolactin, I'm feeling more sleepy throughout the day again.
- I'm having some crazy dreams that I'm remembering more. In particular this week dreaming of Ray and I not being together anymore, he actually being with another woman who is having fertility treatments done (!!); another night I had some weird dreams about my mom. My subconscious is feeling insecure?!
- The past two nights as well, I've been a bit uncomfortable laying on my left side which is the preferred side for circulation. This is odd, I'm going to call my doctor's office about that and report back.
31 August 2010
Monday's lunch was a treat because I had leftover vegetable torte grinning at me from the fridge. Mom gave me two extra pieces after the party and I knew I'd be so happy if they were still there come Monday. I paired both small pieces with a salad of lettuce, tomatoes from my garden, steamed broccoli, and a hard-boiled egg dressed with olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
30 August 2010
Deviled eggs, gazpacho, smoked salmon, cheeses, breads, and fruit.
There's a little family joke about the nose aspirator, (the nose sucky thing).
On the way home I had yet another surprise- we bought the mommy car! We'd been planning to replace my car around this time for a while, and we found the right car at a great price at a dealer in Sunnyvale. We didn't get home until after 6pm so I was starving and exhausted, but very happy after such a full day.
28 August 2010
25 August 2010
Baby is about the size of an eggplant, and the lungs are developed enough that were she to be born now, she would survive (with a little help). Fat is continuing to accumulate, gaining more weight now than size. Braxton-Hicks contractions ("practice," harmless contractions) may start to show up around now. Real estate in the uterus, which has risen about 4 inches above the belly button, is getting a little cramped.
Our little Chickpea:
The kicks and punches are much stronger now and still a little irregular but occur throughout the day and night. She measures at exactly 28 weeks today which is pretty perfect. She also has a funny way of playing hide-and-seek when Ray tries to feel her movements. She'll be rolling all around until he puts his hand on my belly. Then she goes silent. Sly little thing.
How's this week? Hot. The past three day have had high, nearly record temperatures and I am having a hard time staying comfortable. I'm trying to get most activity done in the mornings and I sit close by the air conditioner in the afternoon. Nighttime is tough because it takes me a lot longer to get to cool enough to be comfortable and sleep. Tomorrow is supposed to cool down and this weekend even more so.
Saw the doctor this morning, weight gain is good at 3.5 pounds, blood pressure normal, and I PASSED the glucose test! I don't have gestational diabetes, which I've heard is one of the biggest discomforts of pregnancy.
I also received the rhogam shot, given for my RH negative status, just in case the baby is RH positive. Nice big shot in my bottom which is supposed to be sore tomorrow.
24 August 2010
It was delivered this morning at 8:30am while I was eating breakfast. As you can see it's also our changing table; the topper came separately and the men were nice enough to install it for me.
I can't wait to fill the lower drawers with her little clothes and stock the top ones with diapers, wipes, and lotion. First I want to put in some nice liners, and I'm thinking about switching out the knobs for some pretty lavender or yellow ones from Anthropologie. These are fine but they're huge and plain.
Originally I wanted the dresser on the other side of the room, but after much haggling this weekend Ray convinced me that it has to go here due to space issues with the other elements- the glider and ottoman will take up more room than I had thought, and we'll have a bookshelf too. I didn't love the idea of it just inside the door because of the view in the room- also potential stinkiness from the changing table right there :P. That's probably a fruitless concern, and the pale yellow glider will look pretty in the far corner. Really cannot wait until those items are here too!
23 August 2010
22 August 2010
Guacamole is something I like but don't usually eat too often. I've been craving it more the past few months; I've been eating it more often than usual.
So I stopped at Chipotle and got a burrito bowl/salad with lettuce, a bit of rice, salsa, fajita veggies, a little corn salsa, and lots of guac. At home I tossed the lettuce and rice in some chipotle-apple dressing that was packaged on the side (yum!) and piled on the rest of the ingredients with some pinto bean-salsa puree I made a few days ago.
Delish. Ate the whole thing.
19 August 2010
The glucose screen is given to discover whether or not you have developed gestational diabetes in later pregnancy.
Between 2 and 7 percent of expectant mothers develop this condition, making it one of the most common health problems of pregnancy.
When you eat, your digestive system breaks most of your food down into a type of sugar called glucose. The glucose enters your bloodstream and then — with the help of insulin, a hormone made by your pancreas — provides fuel for the cells of your body. Like the type 1 and type 2 diabetes you can get when you're not pregnant, gestational diabetes causes the glucose to stay in your blood instead of moving into your cells and getting converted to energy.
Why does this sometimes happen when you're pregnant? During pregnancy, your hormones make it tougher for your body to use insulin, so your pancreas needs to produce more of it. For most moms-to be, this isn't a problem: As your need for insulin increases, your pancreas dutifully secretes more of it. But when a woman's pancreas can't keep up with the insulin demand and her blood glucose levels get too high, the result is gestational diabetes.
So that's the deal. It's one of the biggest potential inconveniences during pregnancy; diagnosis means dietary restrictions and more close monitoring. According to my Mom, this test wasn't standard when she was pregnant with us kids. It was only given if higher risk was detected by your doctor. Today it's more of a standard practice, probably because of more cases of regular diabetes, and the consequences for you and baby can be severe if steps aren't taken to manage it. To check, a glucose screen is performed between 24 and 28 weeks. Per my doctor you get a better reading later on, so I've waited until 27.1 to do it.
For the test I went to the blood lab, checked in, and was given this lovely little chilled bottle to drink. It contains 50 grams of glucose and tasted exactly like flat orange soda. I'm very glad it was cold; warm flat soda = yuck. You have to drink all of it within five minutes. Some women find it makes them queasy but I was lucky and was able to chug it about a minute and a half.
Next, you wait. For an hour. Forgetting a book or something to do would be a big mistake. I brought mine and the time went by pretty fast. Finally, blood is drawn to check my blood sugar level and see how my body processes sugar and turns it into energy.
My doctor gets the results in a few days. If the reading is normal I can breathe easy- no gestational diabetes. If the reading high, I have to go back for the second test which requires fasting and 3 hours. Keeping my fingers crossed! Kinda wishing I had gone at the beginning of the week so I could find out by the weekend, but I'll probably hear on Monday or Tuesday.
18 August 2010
The line up and down my stomach is pretty dark now and runs all the way from the bottom of my chest to my girl parts. At least it's vertical, a slimming line right? I notice people looking at me often now, checking out the bump.
I've been really tired this week; not quite what it was like during the first trimester but nearly. I'm sleeping a half hour later naturally so I'm trying to just let it happen. I also keep straining something in my neck, alternating between the same place on both sides. I'm not sure what's causing it, whether it's the sleep position I have to be in or stress or simple fatigue. It doesn't develop after exercise so I don't think that's it. I'll be mentioning this to Doctor R. next week.
Had dinner last night with four of my dearest friends; we were all together for the first time since Christmas! (someone's always missing from our get-togethers). It will be Thanksgiving or Christmas again before we are all together, but we always pick up where we left off. Ann is heading back to Ithaca for her last year of grad school, but before that her sister is giving birth today! Her second child, a girl, by scheduled C-section. She's in my thoughts today.
13 August 2010
- Add "remember stuff" to the list of things I used to do.
Cause I don't do that anymore :-P
I'm very happy it's Friday, because Ray is home on the weekends and we usually do at least one fun outing, big or small. Tomorrow morning we are going to Lullaby Lane in San Bruno one more time, to make the final decision on the stroller and car seat we want. We chose one before without research- dumb idea on these two things. We need to be serious and pick the best combination for us.
Food is also usually more interesting on weekends. Mmmm food.
How long do I have till afternoon snack time?
12 August 2010
- Sleep mostly on my back and stomach
- Drink wine on Fridays and weekends
- Sleep all the way through the night
- visit Napa, Livermore, and Santa Cruz wine countries on a regular basis
- wear size 0 jeans and a 34B bra
- use 15 pound weights for legs and back
- eat and adore raw salmon and tuna sushi
- occasionally skip dinner in favor of dessert
- Never snack between meals
- stress over the calories I consumed at a meal, or turn down delicious things because I was over my daily mental limit
- one by one items in my wardrobe don't fit
- workouts are longer and lower impact
- I stick to 3, 5, and 8 lb weights, occasionally using 10 lbs. Still combo the 8s in one hand for back
- I drop things, super annoying because to bend I have to spread my knees to fit the belly in between them. I'm sure it's really attractive.
- I'm beginning to waddle. A little bit.
- Scrubbing the bathtub is getting difficult because the belly is in the way
- I eat some meat to meet the protein requirements (though burgers and steak aren't interesting because they have to be well-done. gross)
- I have some form of dessert every day- fruit or no sugar added cocoa on weekdays, and something more fun on weekends- and I don't stress over it . . . as much :)
- Sense of balance- no dangers of falling or tripping, still pretty sure on my feet
- Sleep schedule is the same- I've always been early to bed early to rise.
- Muscle tone- I feel so lucky having the green light to exercise!
- I was obsessed with food before, still am now
- Love of clothes shopping- I've found some pretty heinous maternity clothes but I've found some super cute ones too. And (as I suspected prior to pregnancy), looking/shopping for baby clothes is even more fun than shopping for me!
- Love of sushi- while I can't indulge in my very favorites, cooked and vegetable sushi is still fair game. That includes unagi (eel), shrimp tempura, and california rolls.
11 August 2010
On today's agenda I need to do some house cleaning, and a DirecTV guy is coming to reroute the cable from the baby's room to the study.
I've had good morning workouts this week, including today. But I haven't been to my evening prenatal fitness class in a week and a half because Ray was out of town and I didn't feel great on Monday. Now I don't want to go simply because I missed three classes, but I need to haul myself there. . .
*but do I have to?! whine.*
I have a limited time left to whine, so I'm going to use it.
06 August 2010
05 August 2010
In other news, I think I have my first ever yeast infection or UTI. Hurray. The past two days it's been, uh, uncomfortable down there. Apparently it's very common to get these infections while pregnant, and I have a doctor's appointment this afternoon to confirm either one and hopefully get some medicine for relief and to cure it.
**UPDATE** So I have my first yeast infection. Three days of injectable over the counter vag medication. Hey, I'm just glad when the diagnosis is this easy, and easily fixed.
04 August 2010
Lately I've felt more low about my expanding body; I have this unrealistic desire to have my belly grow and grow and have everything else stay the same- skinny arms, face, thighs, and butt with a huge belly. More than the little changes, it's the fear of what I will look like by 38, 39, 40 weeks.
I've never done this before, but I've taped some motivational pictures to the fridge. All Bethenny, because she does inspire me right now. She's a beautiful woman, and her body really changed during pregnancy. She dealt with it outwardly with grace and humor.
On the left: pre-pregnancy Bethenny. Toned, thin, and beautiful. Next to that, two shots from her honeymoon at 7 1/2 months. Bikini-clad and very pregnant, but comfortable in her skin and looking great.
Then the slightly scary shot when she became quite swollen. Yes it happens. Here I also think of something my What to Expect iPhone app said this week- "Repeat after me: I am not fat, I am growing a baby. I am not fat, I am growing a baby."
Finally, on the right, the most inspirational picture of all: what it's all for. A beautiful picture of Bethenny and her newborn daughter Bryn. Bethenny looks back to normal, maybe even better than the first picture. Softer, maternal, and happy. But more than that, Bryn is there. Healthy and beautiful.
03 August 2010
We've chosen a pretty lilac for the walls, and the furniture is white. There will be other accent colors, but these are the two we are working around. Visuals help a lot when planning any room. A baby's room is no different. I've searched around for rooms in white and light purple, and these are a few that I came up with:
This is a very elegant nursery in darker shades (same room above and below). The ceiling has been covered in a satiny fabric and the chandelier is beautiful. It's a little too chi chi for a baby's room in my opinion, but I appreciate the design. The modern chair is a nice contrast to the wrought iron crib, and the wall hangings are minimal and simple.
Yellow is the dominant color in this room, with lavender in accents. I love yellow, it's such a cheerful color. Natural light can really change the way a room looks too. Light is inviting, darkness isn't. This room has hardwood floors like we do, but the carpet is smaller than I had been anticpating.