January 4, 2013

thirty-three weeks


written January 3rd

First, let's take a moment to ponder this.  It is now January.  I'm having a baby in February.  Cue the panic!

This week has not been the best one.  (TMI coming, FYI)  Chris has worked a lot (he was gone for 38 hours straight over New Years).  I'm feeling a little overwhelmed.  And to top it off, on Saturday night after some extra curricular activities with the hubs I started having some pretty serious contractions.  Not braxton hicks, like full on, kind of had to breathe through them a bit contractions.  They were roughly five minutes apart (maybe less) for over an hour.  Thankfully chugging about 30 ounces of water and taking half a Benadryl to help me relax worked, and by Sunday I was having maybe one every couple of hours?  And I was barely noticing them.  

Monday morning all was well, and Ryann and I headed off to the gym.  I walked 3.25 miles on the treadmill, and as soon as I got off something wasn't right.  I wasn't having contractions, but I was having some sort of coming and going pain in my nether regions.  I couldn't exactly tell where or what it was, but it was uncomfortable.  Like little miss was trying to stick her fingers through my cervix or something.  I tried to take it easy the rest of the day and it seemed like everything was getting better.  But I woke up in the middle of the night with the same pain.  I'd been chugging water like crazy to keep contractions and such at bay, but then I started wondering if I had a UTI because I felt like I had to pee a lot (but I suppose 120 ounces of water in one day will do that to you).  Of course by that point it was New Year's Day and there wasn't much I could do about it unless I went to the ER.

Thankfully by Tuesday afternoon I was feeling quite a bit better, and by Wednesday morning there was no more pain and everything felt fine.  So who knows what the heck is going on with my body.  Pregnancy I guess.  Christopher more or less banned me from working out for at least a week.  Of course neither of us want a preemie baby, so I'm listening to his advice.  But with the holidays, MDO and gymnastics have been closed, and now my other outlet for sanity (the gym) has been taken away and Chris is working a lot so I'm just going a bit nuts.  Hopefully this next week will be a better one.  
how far along:  33 weeks (compare to 33 weeks with Ryann)

size of babyaccording to the bump a durian fruit (what the heck is that?), between 17.2-18.7 inches long (Ryann was only 18.5 when she was born, I'm still hoping this one is following suit and staying small) and weighing somewhere between 4.2-5.8 pounds.  Her bones are hardening, her eyes are open when she is awake and she is starting to coordinate breathing with sucking and swallowing.

weight gain:  18 pounds.  Lost a pound over the last week.  Hoping the weight gain only averages maybe a half a pound, a pound at most a week from here on out.  That would be lovely!

maternity clothes:  Of course.

symptoms:  Mostly insomnia and restless legs, and now we can throw some contractions in the mix.  Yay.  Oy.

exercise:  Four walking workouts again this week before the hubs cut me off.  Total was 11.05 miles.  I'm going to have to find some really light stuff he will give into because I'm going to go insane.  I feel like a big ol' blob.  Oh, actually, I guess one of the walks did include a bit of jogging, but it was definitely my last attempt at jogging this pregnancy :o(.  After .2 miles when I slowed to walk again, my shins were so incredibly tight that I literally had to turn the treadmill down to 2mph because I couldn't use my muscles to pick up my feet and make them move.  Chris said it might have something to do with extra fluid.  Who knows.  Oh pregnancy.

cravings/aversions:  Sweets of course.  Also soup, salad and sandwiches.  But I'm doing a terrible job at satisfying those cravings.  I NEED the perfect salad recipe!  And someone to bring me a panini every other day.

movement:  Definitely more rolly than it used to be.  She is nuts at night though.  I'm having a hard time getting comfortable and I think she is too.

sleep:  Well, Benadryl helps.  It is the only way I can sleep.  And sometimes even it can't keep me from waking up for an hour or more in the middle of the night.  My hips hurt so bad at night, and then I'll wake up on my back and I can't breathe.

gender:  Girl.

looking forward to:  Getting the dresser for the nursery painted.

worries:  Just worrying about how our future is going to pan out.  Christopher is changing his plans about what he wants to do, which is going to add an extra year to his learning, and means where I thought we were going to live probably isn't what is going to happen.  I know it will all work out, and everything will be fine.  I'm just getting tired of uncertainty and not knowing what life will be like.  BUT, I'm trying to remember my resolution to just be happy.  I have everything I need and more in my life.  It will all work out.

what's different this time: I don't really have any noticeable swelling yet this time around.  That's good.

milestones:  6 weeks or less to go seems like a pretty big deal.

best moment this week:  Umm, the hubs and I got to go on a date.  That was nice and much needed.  The glider for the nursery was also delivered AND I managed to sell our old one in a day, so I'll take it.  Oh, and I picked up a cute Valentine's sleeper at Carters, just in case we should need it :o).  Why are itty bitty girls clothes so irresistible?


christa said...

Take care of yourself. I love how your updates this time include face where the pics with Ryann just show your belly.

Meredith said...

So, I *hated* having to take things easy with Becca's pregnancy, especially towards the end. BUT, in retrospect, it was a good thing. Truly. Because Justin only took a few days off of work, we spent a LOT of time the first few weeks laying around watching TV, and I think that would've been a much harder transition for Lizzy had we been go-go-going all the way up to the birth.

So my best advice is to listen to your body and slow down for a bit!

Crazycurls said...

Durian is a very Very smelly fruit. My uncle who lives in Malaysia loves it, he says it's great if you can gt past the smell but I couldn't. My favorite salad is lettuce or spinach with lite cesaer dressing, sunflower seeds (you can get them without the shell at the grocery store) and craisins. I love the craisins because they add a little sweetness to counter the salty seeds.

Meaghan said...

I am glad to hear you are feeling better-- no fun! Take it easy for 6 weeks, it will fly by! We can do all sorts of working out when that babe is here in the spring. Let me know if you need help painting, or on anything for that matter. As far as life planning (you know me) I get how that can be completely overwhelming. It WILL all work out, and I'll still come to visit if you're far away. :) Now you've got me all curious. Love ya!