29w1d

Monday, April 18, 2011

Eleven weeks to go [I just said "Wow." softly under my breath] vs 29w with Isaac.
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And clothed.
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Target cardi [old], AE top [fav from pregnancy with Isaac], H&M belt and ON mat jeans.

From my weekly email: Your baby is growing rapidly now. This week he weighs about 2 1/2 pounds (like a butternut squash) and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel. His muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and his head is getting bigger to accommodate his growing brain – which is busy developing billions of neurons. Every day, about 200 milligrams of calcium is deposited in your baby's skeleton, which is now hardening. With this rapid growth, it's no surprise that your baby's nutritional needs reach their peak during this trimester.

How far along?: 29w1d
How big is baby?: The size of a butternut squash, 15 1/2 inches with legs extended, and 2 1/2 lbs.
Weight gain/loss?: 19.4 lbs.
Stretch marks?: None, thankfully.
Maternity clothes?: Yes please.
Sleep?: I seemed to have forgotten that everything in 3rd tri changes . . . and sleep has been awful for me lately!
Food cravings?: Avocado. Turkey burgers. Thai.
Gender?: We're having another son!
Movement?: Pretty sure I was feeling hiccups over the weekend.
Belly button?: See above picture. It's basically flat.
What are you looking forward to this week?: Not too terribly much.

Notables: So, last Friday I had my glucose test. With Isaac, at another practice, I got to choose the lemon-lime flavor, this time I wasn't as fortunate. I really don't care for orange pop and sure enough, the most common flavor was my only option. Blech. It definitely isn't the worse thing that I've ever consumed, by a long shot, but ultimately I just hate how it makes me feel afterwards. I didn't fast for my test with Isaac and my MW only asked that I refrained from carbs or sugar, so I had one of my egg muffins [basically scrambled eggs that are baked in muffin tins so that they're portable], but it didn't help the sugar high I felt after the appointment.

No news is good news and I'm not anxious enough to call to find out any earlier. I really don't anticipate having to take the 3 hour, but more surprising things have happened! My MW is just such a dear, some days I think she's going to give me a complex! Upon entering the room the first thing I heard was how beautiful I was followed by a glowing report for my blood pressure [110/60] and weight gain [19.4], and finally hearing "You're just built to give birth." But the real cherry on top was getting a good listen to Baby Love's heartbeat, which came in at 148 bpm.

Since I was alone at the appointment, normally Tony comes with and sometimes Isaac, and no toddler wrangling was necessary, I took the opportunity to ask my MW a theoretical question. See, I've been really struggling with the concept of "giving in" to the epidural. This is by no means a slight to any mothers choice and is just my opinion regarding my births, but while I did manage to have a med-free birth with Isaac . . . it wasn't for lack of asking for drugs. I did request the epidural. My Stepdad has a picture of the cart outside my room. The only reason I didn't receive it was because of my amazing nurse and the speed at which my labor progressed. I've been really concerned how my mental strength will hold up to another L&D knowing the pain and my MW walked me through the what-ifs and basically what it would take to actually receive an epidural. All in all, she answered as perfectly as she could!

18 comments:

Andrea said...

God bless you for having a natural child birth!! You're my hero as there is no way I could accomplish that and come out alive ;) I'll be rooting for you. You did it once, you'll do it again :)

I totally love your AE maternity top. I had no idea they made maternity wear...guess I'll be doning some online browsing soon :)

Jill said...

Hurray for natural births! I love that you have a midwife. I love my OB, but there's just something about a midwife or doula that I wish I would've made that plunge this time around. Now it's just going to have to be something that I wait to do the next time around.

Bummer.

You look fabulous!

Erin said...

Love your outfit today :) Way to bring the spring even if it isn't really here yet!

There has been a discussion in the comments of my most recent post about hating the newborn stage and feeling some dread for experiencing it again with #2 - have you experienced that at all? I don't recall you really not liking the newborn stage, but I don't know if I was really paying attention to the nitty gritty details yet since I wasn't at that place in my life. Curious if you've felt that at all, or if you have any thoughts on how the newborn time with #2 might be different than it was with Isaac.

Erin said...

Just commenting again so I can get the comments emailed to me b/c I forgot the check the box the first time :)

Newlywed Next Door said...

Love your outfit! So cute and stylish with the belt! :)

Ashlet said...

I have faith in your ability to birth Baby Love without interventions if this is what you want. You're a powerful woman of strong faith, and to reference one of my favorite birthing quotes, "Birth is like making pancakes. The subsequent attempts always come out easier than the first."

This birth will go smoothly and if LOs is any indication, quickly. You can definitely do it.

Meredith said...

I'm probably not the best person to give encouragement about natural childbirth because I just simply haven't ever felt convicted about it. But I have heard from a number of my friends that asking the nurses not to offer an epidural helped tremendously. Also, I think it's probably key to just keep in mind why that natural birth is so important to you!

Molly said...

You look more adorable each time you post one of these belly photos! Ooooh, I miss it so much already.

Your birth will be great because it sounds like you have an amazing team supporting the choices that are important to YOU.

Megan said...

I also cannot offer any advice for a med-free birth, I asked for that epidural the second it started really hurting... haha!

YOU LOOK BEAUTIFUL! <3

Kristal said...

First of all, your belly button is not flat. It's sticking out. Look closer at the picture, dear. :)

Second, natural childbirth. I guess the big question is, do you WANT a natural birth? Is is really important to you? If not, no worries if you end up with an epi. But if so, try concentrating on the positives. Think of how quickly you were able to get up and around after Isaac's birth, how well breastfeeding was initiated, how you were able to immediately hold him and how alert he was, the natural high after birth - those can all be attributed to your natural birth! Also, pump yourself up!! You are a strong, capable women. Your body is wonderfully made, specifically designed for the beautiful process of labor and birth.

I'm confident you can do it. :)

Amy said...

You are the cutest pregnant Woman I've ever seen! Seriously. I always love your outfits, your hair and your makeup. I wish I could copy your style.

I'm glad you had an enjoyable chat with your MW. I can't believe you have 11 wks to go either! :)

MelissaOklahoma said...

You look so pretty! Your outfits are always so great. :)

arsenalfamily said...

So funny that you posted this. We did natural (except for the part where I passed out). ANYWAY, I've been watching one born every minute or something and the epidural births were SO DIFFERENT than my experience. I see pros and cons to both. It was amazing that these women didn't feel the need to push and those TERRIBLE contractions. I want to know when to push but oh and epi sounds LOVELY!

admin said...

I really wanted a med-free birth with my son and used the "hypnobabies" course to try to get myself ready for it. I ended up laboring at home and going to the hospital when my contractions were 2-3 minutes apart. When we arrived and they checked me I was dilated to 8 and decided to go for the epi :( I just wasn't sure if I could make it at that point. After the epidural I was pretty numb and couldn't feel my legs, which really upset me. However I did get to rest/nap for about an hour and the baby moved down during that time. I knew when it was time to push and was able to push effectively when the time came. If I have another baby I definitely want to try for a med-free birth, but will be okay with it if I do have another epidural.

You look great--I love your outfits!

SarahKL said...

I LOVE your outfit today! I bought a skinny belt from F21 and I haven't worn it since I got pregnant! WHY?!?! It's so cute on you, I will be trying that look very soon. :)

jen @ homeinthecountry said...

Love that blue sweater!

I am hoping to have a natural birth, but it's so hard when I have no idea what to expect. Although, after reading this... I think it might actually be harder to commit to if I knew what to expect in advance! :) It's so awesome that your caregivers were so supportive of you the first time around, hopefully you'll be surrounded by supportive caregivers again as baby love makes his appearance!

Katie said...

You look so beautiful! So little, just a perfect bump!

Julie S. said...

You look great! And I love that she said you are just built to give birth- how sweet! And kudos to you for doing natural child birth. I always knew that wasn't in the cards for me, but I really admire women who do it! I think it's great!

 

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