Last week on Tuesday May 2 I had another appointment FOR MY 26 WEEKS-28 WEEKS. Based off my due date at that time, I was measuring 27 weeks and 6 days pregnant.
I have been experiencing some very minor Braxton Hicks the last couple weeks. For those of you who aren't sure what these are they are "a bit like a dress rehearsal: Your uterine muscles are flexing in preparation for the big job they'll have to do in the near future. Keep in mind that while they can be hard to distinguish from real labor, they're not efficient enough to push your baby out just yet." They have not been intense but more of a tightening if I walk a far distance, stand for too long (sometimes), and am dehydrated which is more difficult to gauge.
I was advised to monitor my Braxton Hicks (again, this is normal) and also was advised/reminded to find a pediatrician who who has privileges at our hospital so he can come and check in on us after we have Baby B and possibly do the circumcision, which we are still discussing of the timing we want this done. Also, I drank the glucose drink and gave blood. This is standard testing for gestational diabetes. I didn't ask any questions about it. Other than that, I'm supposed to come back in two weeks. We're on the fast track now baby!
CURRENT WEIGHT: 147 LBS
STARTING WEIGHT/8 WEEKS 5 DAYS PREGNANT: 124.6 LBS
BABY #2 PREGNANCY WEIGHT GAIN (THUS FAR): 23 LBS
28 WEEKS STRONG
Sleep...I can sleep when I'm dead.
I would absolutely love to get a FULL night sleep, as in sleep all the way thru without waking up in the middle of the night 1-2 times to pee. HOWEVER, this is NOT the case. LOL. But I do use a Bamboo body pillow, which my husband is jealous of (Father's Day gift perhaps?), and it is AMAZING! It helps my hips stay level so I don't get aches and pains. The recent mornings I've also felt super groggy. It seems like my REM or deepest sleep is in the morning. I'm usually OUT LIKE A LIGHT!
Take a seat...
This past week was the first time I experienced a pretty significant shortness of breath when I was standing at a worship service on the National Day of Prayer. I actually had to take my seat and then walk out and get a drink of water. I've been so thirsty lately! I'm making a conscious effort to drink loads of water and stay hydrated as well as eat my iron rich foods.
Foot, arm. err... some body part in my ribs
I'm just now starting to feel those jabs or kicks under my ribs. It doesn't hurt but it definitely makes me adjust my position!
"UNDER PRESSURE...pushing down on me..."
Yup. The pressure is on as of this past week! I have felt quite a lot of uncomfortable pressure in the nether region. I must say, it's not the most comfortable feeling I've ever experienced! Some of those movements were borderline painful. I've got a force inside me. Oh boy! THAT IS FOR DANG SURE! This babe moves like crazy, and the word "strength" keeps coming to me. I am choosing to believe that Baby B's strength will be a force of good and not of difficulty. haha! We shall see. : )
Baby B had hiccups!
This is the first time I've felt him have the hiccups. It was adorable! It's happened about three times and is totally normal! I had Duke put his hand on my tummy so he could feel and his face lit up. : ) I have just LOVED seeing my husband connect more and more as we get closer and closer. I know it's not real to him yet, but it's slowly sinking in. : )
Despite the added pressure and physical changes, I have a lot of energy and am maintaining my cardio boxing and kickboxing classes 3-4 per week plus factoring in extra time for stretching and small workouts at home occasionally. I'm also incorporating some pilates from Knocked Up Fitness. Check it out HERE FOR HER AMAZING PRENATAL SCULPT WORKOUTS- it's life changing!
I am looking forward to staying strong for the remainder of this pregnancy and having a quick delivery. Woo hoo!
I thought of some questions to ask Duke and here are his answers:
QUESTION #1: What is your biggest fear at this point in my pregnancy?
DUKE: "Losing the both of you during the birth"
ME: Thinking to myself...That won't happen...but that's really sweet! : )
QUESTION #2: What are the first two words that come to mind when you feel the baby move inside my tummy?
DUKE: "Holy crap"
QUESTION #3: What are you most excited about?
DUKE: "For you to not be pregnant"
ME: "Thanks, babe! That's horrible! hahahahha"
QUESTION #4: What has been the most challenging thing throughout this pregnancy?
ME: Not too sure how I feel about this. (LOL) Touche...touche.
QUESTION #5: How do you feel when you talk to the baby out loud (while he's still in the womb)?
DUKE: Like I'm not talking to anything... Like I'm talking to your stomach.
ME: Dads, this is PROOF (for most) that YOU'RE NOT THE ONLY ONE! : )
QUESTION #6: Since this is the first time you're going thru pregnancy with me and having your own son, besides meeting Kai when he was 2.5-years-old and raising him, what most excites you about being a dad?
DUKE: "To meet a mini me. I'm excited to see the little nugget."
I hope you all got a kick out of these responses. I sure did! This is REAL LIFE and it's not all rainbows and ice cream. Clearly, there is some fear, uncertainty, and humor in all of this! We are taking this in strides and I'm doing my best to support him, as he supports me. Being that this is Duke's first rodeo with walking through the journey of pregnancy and having and raising an infant, there are a lot of questions arising. Well, at least there are in his head. Like, how are we going to support another child, how am I going to function off little sleep, and what if something happens to the baby, etc. All I know is God is protecting our little one inside my womb and has good and pleasing plans for him and for us. Amen!
We just started going thru a book together called "The Expectant Father- The Ultimate Guide For Dads-To-Be". I HIGHLY recommend this in the start of your pregnancy journey. It has some good info in it! I'm sure there are all kinds of other books on the market; however, this was given to him by his best friend and has been sitting on our book shelf until NOW!
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