Week 32 & 33 Update [Trav-L-Park Day Trip]

Eep! 33 Weeks!

I had my 32 week check up last week. My blood pressure measured great, my weight was good (I gained 3 pounds since my last appointment), Lil Bean’s heart-rate was nice and strong, and I’m actually measuring at 33 weeks. Lil Bean seems to be positioned right where he needs to be (for now) which means that what Robb and I have been feeling is likely to have been his butt or thigh. We had been thinking it was his head.

Everything has been going well. There has been some stiffness/aching around my pubic bone but that doesn’t seem to be out of the ordinary. It’s only when I do certain things – stand after sitting in one spot too long, step out of the shower, put on pants, etc. It’s not all the time thankfully. Apparently it’s due to a hormone (called relaxin) causing my  pubic bone to loosen to make birth easier.

I thought that I might have been catching a cold – especially with the weather in North Carolina finally turning more fall-like last week – but after my appointment, I seemed to have perked up and feel so much better. Maybe it was just the blahs.

I did have an incident last week where something didn’t sit well with my stomach and I threw up (first time since my first trimester) but I wonder if that had more to do with the mixture of ingredients I ingested (stir-fry and a Yoohoo) and less with my actual pregnancy. I’m starting to master the art of sleeping while sitting up. Sometimes my heartburn is so bad that nothing will help it so I’ve started building myself a little nest of pillows on the couch. It allows me to still remain upright but to lean to my left enough that the back of the couch supports me and I can sleep. It’s pretty comfortable actually.

I spent this past weekend up at the Trav-L-Park Campground in Virginia Beach. My family goes up there on a regular basis but October is really a BIG month up there. My uncle goes all out decorating his campsite. It’s actually pretty neat because the campground has a lot of activities that goes on – such as hayrides, trick-or-treating, etc. I’m excited about taking Lil Bean next year, even if I don’t spend the night because of the dogs.

One of the biggest perks about going to the campground is the food! My mom fixes an amazing clam chowder, so I ate several bowls of it. Lil Bean seemed to enjoy it as well!

I also made it a point to go sit down with our Human Resources department this week to discuss my options for maternity leave. Even though I know that it is very, VERY likely that our plan will change (we based it on Lil Bean arriving right on schedule), it was nice to be able to have at least somewhat of an idea of how my time will work out and when I should plan on returning back to work. I want to make the most of my time with Lil Bean that I can and am planning on taking the full 12 weeks of leave that the FMLA allows (even though about half would be unpaid as I will quickly go through any time I have accumulated).

33 Weeks and 4 days!

Week 30 Update

Oops. I forgot to post my 30 week update last week. That’s okay. This will be a short post!

My mom’s dog, Cody, stayed with us recently so we took the dogs down to the pond to enjoy the gorgeous fall day. It was great exercise for all of us. I’ve been trying to make it a habit to walk more, even if it’s just a little bit, because I have heard that it will make the rest of my pregnancy (and hopefully labor) go by a bit easier.

Fingers crossed.

Robb and I took a short trip down to Edenton last Saturday. I wanted to stop to the farmer’s market to say hello to some of my fellow sellers and to show off my baby bump since I haven’t seen them at all this market season. I decided early on in my pregnancy to cut down on any vendor events and shows this year to give my body the opportunity to rest on the weekends.

I also wanted to snag a couple of pictures of myself at the waterfront. 🙂

30 Weeks | And I STILL can get up and down by myself!

I also had my 30 week doctor’s appointment last week. Everything went well. Lil Bean’s heart-rate had slowed but that seems to be normal for the third trimester. I hadn’t gained any weight since my previous appointment – two week’s prior – but that didn’t seem to alarm my doctor as I told her that I have made some diet changes. My glucose test was a little on the high side so I’ve cut out a lot of the sugary items that I usually consume. It made grocery shopping yesterday take forever as I took the time to read the labels on any processed items I purchased to see how much sugar the items contained.

Lil Bean has still been nice and active though and he is measuring right where he needs to be. My blood pressure checked out great and I am so thankful that I have been having a moderately healthy pregnancy.

28 & 29 Week Update [Glucose Test + Childbirth Class]

I can’t believe that I am already in my third trimester and that in less than 3 months, we’ll be able to meet our Lil Bean in person! According to The Bump, at 29 weeks – Lil Bean is about the size of an acorn squash. Over the next couple of months, he’ll double/triple his weight!

29 Weeks | Taken this morning

My doctor’s office recently offered a two-session childbirth class at our local hospital that went over sort of what to expect during the labor process. Robb was unfortunately out of town during the first class and had to miss it but I was glad to have him home and able to attend last week. As last week’s class dove more into actual labor/what to expect after giving birth, it seemed more important. Robb had lots of questions so it was nice to have an environment where those could be asked. We also had the opportunity to visit the maternity ward upstairs to see where I would actually be giving birth. The delivery rooms were nice (and big) while the recovery room was surprisingly on the small side!

I also had my glucose screening test last week. The glucose screening test checks a woman’s blood glucose (i.e. sugar) level to see how the body processes sugar and is a preliminary test to check to see if I might have gestational diabetes (high blood sugar that starts or is found during pregnancy). If my blood glucose is too high and I test positive, then I’ll have to go back for an additional test. A lot of women, especially ones who are wanting a natural birth, are starting to forgo this test. My mom had gestational diabetes when she was pregnant with me so if I’m susceptible, I want to have an idea now so I can make the appropriate changes.

At my 24 week appointment, they gave me this sugary drink that I needed to drink about 45 minutes before my glucose test. I kept it in the fridge so it was nice and chilled. I was offered either Orange or Fruit Punch and I went with the fruit punch. The flavor wasn’t so bad during the first few sips (it tasted like a thick HI-C Fruit Punch) but as I kept drinking, I could feel it turning into acid in my stomach. That being said, some of the side effects of drinking the beverage included nausea, diarrhea, lightheartedness, etc. but thankfully I had none of those.

My appointment went well and since my mom was off work, she was able to come with me. My weight was good, my blood pressure was great, my belly measured right on par, and most importantly, Lil Bean’s heart-rate was nice and strong. The phlebotomy technician who drew my blood for the glucose test was just as gentle as can be. This was only the second time that I’ve EVER had blood drawn and she makes it so I don’t feel it at all. So now we wait for the results of the glucose test.

This past Sunday, Robb and I went up to Morris Farm Market to pick up some pumpkins for decoration (and to enjoy the abundant free samples that they offer). It was also their annual Fun on the Farm event which featured lots of activities for kids, hay rides, a petting zoo, live music and more. We had a great time and it made the perfect “date day” for us. I think that we are both excited at the thought of being able to take Lil Bean to events like this one day!

I love the variety of pumpkins/squash offered at Morris Farm Market – Black Futsu, Cinderella, Fairy-tale – I can find varieties here that I might not normally find anywhere else.

Look at all of those gorgeous pumpkins!

We’re so adorable!

Even after purchasing a ton a pumpkins, I wanted a few just “regular” ones, so we stopped to a small patch down the road and pick up a couple of pumpkins that would be great to carve.

Our fall display is almost done but I still need to pick up a few mums to complete the look and will hopefully do that in the next day or so. This is what our front porch looked like last year:

24 Week Update

I had my 24 week check-up last week. Things went very well – my weight was good, Lil Bean’s heart rate was nice and strong, my belly was measuring on par. Even better, my mom was able to accompany me on this visit. It was great having her there to snap a few photos and to record the sound of the heartbeat, even if she did get a little teary-eyed (more than once). I followed that appointment up with an eye doctor appointment (my eye’s were good), a car inspection (my car was good), and lunch with my mom (lunch was good).

It’s weird to look at pictures of my stomach and see how much it is poking out. Especially when it seems like I am mostly belly so far. I just hope that our Lil Bean has plenty of room in there! Some days it really feels like he is flopping around trying to get comfortable.

My lower bank had been hurting earlier in the week but I’m blaming that one being mostly sedentary at work. I’ve been making more of an effort to get up from my chair and take a longer walk when I go and get water. I think that’s really been helping. I also switched out my chair at work to something a little firmer.

My next appointment (in 4 weeks) will be for the Glucose Test. My mom had gestational diabetes when she was pregnant with me, but even taking that into consideration, I believe that she had a pretty easy pregnancy and delivery when compared to others. I’m not looking forward to drinking the liquid beforehand but plan on getting it nice and cold.

My next appointment will also be quite the milestone because I’ll be entering my third trimester! I cannot believe how quickly this pregnancy has been flying by. I’ve been blessed so far at how things have gone and our Lil Bean will be here before we know it.

And simply because I haven’t posted a picture of my girls since changing up the blog – here are the ladies! It stormed pretty bad this past Wednesday so I decided to let them run around outside of the coop (3 chickens pictured, we have 4). They enjoyed their freedom even if they had to battle against the wind. Yes – the chicken on the right is wearing a Superman cape. She’s been bullied and is missing some back feathers so we got her a saddle cover to hopefully help the feathers grow back.

In the past few months that she has been wearing her cover, she has had only one feather grow back. I think we just might have a chicken with a bald patch. Oh well – she’s still laying at least!

Surprise!

Why hello first post! First posts can sometimes be a little intimidating but this time around, it isn’t. This seems more like catching up with old friends that I have unfortunately neglected for a little while.

I have a surprise to share that I have been keeping on the down low for quite a few months now. A surprise that has led my blog into a new direction, hence the revitalization of it. I had been wanting to start fresh with my blog for a while and this seemed like the best time to do so. If you want to check out past posts from The Southern Belle Blogs, head over to the other WordPress.

So anyway. That surprise.

Yup! Robb and I are expecting a sweet little BOY in early December! We’ve been holding this secret in for quite a few months now but only found out the gender last Thursday. As soon as the ultrasound technician turned on the machine, she asked us if we wanted to know the sex. Our little bean apparently was showing off everything that he had to her. I was 95% sure before going into that appointment that it was a boy (I had even dreamed it was a boy) and had been telling our bean for weeks that he needed to make sure we got a look at the goods.

At my appointment, I was at 20 weeks, 6 days but our little bean was measuring at 21 weeks, 4 days (14 ounces). His heart rate was 145 and my weight was at 141 pounds – a relief to me because since becoming pregnant, my weight had gone from 141 to 136 pounds. It appears out bean is growing nicely though and I attribute my weight loss to a lack of appetite, changes in diet, and of course, some bleh.

The rest of our appointment went well until the technician commented, “It looks like you are going to have your hands full with this one.” As soon as she woke him, he was tossing and turning and had no interest in getting his picture taken. Just like his dad.

We are ecstatic about our new journey in life and seeing where it takes us. We both wanted kids but were starting to think that it wouldn’t happen for us. Except for some midday nausea the first couple of months and some face-in-the-toilet action (which I was fortunate, as soon as I threw up, I was good to go) I have had a pretty easy pregnancy so far. I have been exhausted with no appetite, but that could also be from working our summer schedule of 10 hour days as well. My heartburn has increased and I feel bloated some but have been making even more changes to my diet to help with that.