Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Week 32

Week 32!

How Far Along: 32 weeks (51 days to go!!)

By now, your baby weighs 3.75 pounds (pick up a large jicama) and is about 16.7 inches long, taking up a lot of space in your uterus. You're gaining about a pound a week and roughly half of that goes right to your baby. In fact, she'll gain a third to half of her birth weight during the next 7 weeks as she fattens up for survival outside the womb. She now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair (or at least respectable peach fuzz). Her skin is becoming soft and smooth as she plumps up in preparation for birth.

Here’s the basics on Duff and some exciting highlights from the past week!

How Far Along: 32 Weeks

Total Weight Gain/Loss: +23 pounds… for some reason they just won’t let me step on the scale backwards at the clinic

Maternity Clothes: 100% Maternity !

Movement: Tons! We have a live one in there.. I think he’s going to be a kickboxer or something!! Still loves his sweets (especially hot fudge), his root beer, and loud music.

Gender: Still a Sweet Little Boy ♥ It’s been confirmed ! Though the clinic wouldn’t print a picture of his Who-Who-Dilly for us, we did get to see it :o)

Belly Button: still in… maybe it won’t pop after all??

Stretch Marks: Still none.. still faithfully alternating my two belly butters and crossing my fingers that they continue to work.

What I miss: Walking like a normal person. There is a billboard up by my house that I swear is for me… Ok it’s for the Minnesota Zoo.. but you could easily put my picture up there with those little penguins!

Again I have to add feeling “normal” to the what I miss section .. as my life is a roller coaster ride these days. From one day to the next, you never know which version of Kim you're gonna get. Heck, I don't even know. I have been incredibly emotional this week and have spent about 1/3 of each day crying, sad or freaking out about something (the house not selling, where is Duff going to sleep, Should we just do a nursery here and give up moving, will I be able to handle labor and it goes on and on). It is to the point where I am annoying myself. I can only imagine what poor Jeff has to see when he looks at me… ugh!

Sleeping still sucks.. and I am so thankful that I am not working right now as I would be a zombie for sure!

New symptom this past week has been.. NAUSEA! Yap the nausea fairy has returned.. though they sent in the second string this time because so far it’s not nearly as bad as it was during the first trimester.. just annoying.

I also continue to look like I ate something I’m allergic to.. and the swelling has now spread to my fingers causing me to have to take off my wedding ring :o( Not liking that all!! I think Jeff and I will have to go buy a band of some kind this weekend because I really get annoyed by the funny looks I get from people who look from my belly to my fingers and kind of shake their head… (mostly old women, but still annoying). I need a shirt that says.. “No I’m not single and knocked up, I’m just pregnant and too swollen for my rings .. don’t push it” hmmmph!

Highlights of the week:

First of all: As I said above, we had another ultrasound this past week to check the movement of the placenta to see whether or not Duff was coming down the chute or if he was entering the world through C-section. It was an interesting appt (unfortunately it was an internal ultrasound.. I sooo thought we were done with those) as Duff’s head is down and apparently was in the way of seeing the placenta, so the tech begins to try and push on my pelvis to get his head to move up and to get some fluid between the placenta and his head… sorry, no go! After about 5 minutes of her using my pelvis and his head as a gel stress ball, she says “hmmm guess he’s not going to cooperate” and hits a button on the bed, and as I grab for the edges so as to not slide off as it rotates almost upside down, she says “we’ll see how he likes gravity then”… wow.. a little warning would have been nice lady.. sheesh. Turns out even he can’t fight gravity and the tech gets her pictures….my placenta has moved and Duff has been cleared for a normal entry. Woo Hoo! Though as my sister-in-law said, C-section babies are pretty cute.. no squished heads. Lol We’ll take him s quished head and all !!

I could see his little head bob as she squeezed and pushed.. not cool!

My Shower: Last weekend my aunt Kathy threw me the most amazing baby shower! It was a perfect day out, and Duff received so many wonderful gifts and so much love. A big thank you to my aunt Kathy for hosting an amazing party for me ! Here are a couple of pictures from the day… It was a fabulous day with the people I love! Thank you to everyone for coming !

adorable diaper cake Kathy made ! The bear is wearing the necklace from the gender cake party :o)

My new favorite sweet.. cake balls.. YUM

My mom and I .. notice the pregnant face.. ugh

Julie and I going through all the presents after the shower...WOW!

Jeff with Duff's little socks from Julie that look like golf shoes.. so cute!

What I am looking forward to: Our baby classes this weekend! I admit I know NOTHING and I am truly scared out of my mind to go to these classes this weekend. We’ve opted for two full days instead of 6 weeknight classes.. and I’m worried that my pregnant brain will not absorb enough information. Can you fail baby classes? I swear this week I feel like if that’s a possibility it will happen.

Hoping Duff comes with one of these?!? ha ha

Finally Here are a couple of 32 week belly pics…I can't believe it's going to get BIGGER still ?!?

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

31 weeks OK, who is that puffy lady ?

How Far Along: 31 weeks (only 58 days to go ). Not much to report this week really.
Four Navel Oranges? Really? Hmmmm You would think they could come up with something better for this week.

Here’s what one website from a “man’s point of view” had to compare our baby boy’s size too… The front tire of the wheels on the original Big Wheels (only a man would come up with that).

Either way, I don’t know how it’s not a watermelon yet because that’s about how big I feel. OK so I am not blue.. but this is how I feel like I look when I am waddling around town. 
I feel like I have said goodbye to my feet.. which is kind of a good thing because they aren’t looking too pretty these days… just a couple of hours of sitting or standing in one position too long and they swell up and look like giant marshmallows that have been stuck in a microwave and are ready to explode.. and the really adorable thing is that the right side seems to swell more then the left so they aren’t even matching marshmallows. Ugh! Helloooo Doooown there…poor poor feet.
I find it pretty amusing now when people tell me that “You don’t look like you have gained 20 lbs.” They are trying to be sooo nice to the pregnant lady. But, I think of all the changes in my body…I miss my old face the most. So far I had been chugging along through this pregnancy not really thinking that I was getting that big elsewhere.. until I saw recent pictures from my family party that took place last weekend.. holy crap, did I get stung by a bee or did someone sneak some shellfish into my food.. I look like I’m having an allergic reaction….oh, nope, I guess I just have “pregnant face” now. Oh well, now I have just started making sure that I put some makeup on each day and put on something besides PJ’s so I can continue to feel like a human being.

So as I mentioned, last weekend was the annual family party… and for those of you who aren’t familiar with what that entails I have included a couple pics from this years party (and for those of you who are.. here’s your laugh for the day)… the theme this year was Polish, which means that everybody wears a shirt with a saying on it in Polish, usually some funny hat that represents the theme (this year the women had a headband with polish colored ribbons and flowers), the menu is polish, and there are some really crazy goofy relay type games that go along with the theme. This year was Polish volleyball (otherwise referred to as CHAOS), Polish croquet, and a relay game that involved people running up to a post that had an empty beer bottle in front of it, taking a sponge dipping it in a bucket of water and then holding the sponge above a certain line on the post and squeezing the water out of the sponge hopefully filling the bottle. ..yap it was as stupid looking as it sounds.

Pregnant face.. ugh

My parents and my brother and his family

The whole family ...yes we do this EVERY year....

Jeff and Hannah

Other than the party last weekend I don’t really have much to report this week. Which is good because I guess it means that I haven’t flooded the bathroom, left the dog somewhere, or forgotten how to get somewhere and gotten lost.. in other words I’ve managed my pregnancy brain this week ok. But….I will say that the “hormone fairy” has been visiting quite often though, and I feel like I am losing my mind some days from how crabby or emotional I am over nothing. I feel like I need to wear a warning these days… because the mellow calm Kim is now gone and in her place is now a bloated, swollen, hungry, brainless pregnant woman that can snap at a moment’s notice. I think it would only be safe if I walked around with a shirt that said one of these things… then people would be warned and it would be their own fault if they decided to open their mouths and say something stupid…

Recent examples : Pregnancy looks good on you .. you are positively glowing (ugh) No I am NOT glowing I am sweating like a pig even though I have TWO types of deodorant on and have multiple applications of each…

Wow, when are you due? You look like you could be ready any day now huh? NO I still technically have 58 days to go.. but thanks for pointing out that I look ready to explode.

OK, Enough about turning into Mrs. Crabby Pants..Here’s the basics on Duff!

Gender: Still a Sweet Little Boy ♥ We have an ultrasound this Friday to determine whether or not my placenta has moved enough to be able to try giving birth without a c-section. I am hopeful! Also just excited to see him again, and hopefully get some good pictures of the who-who-dilly too.

Belly Button: still in… maybe it won’t pop after all??

Stretch Marks: Still none.. still faithfully alternating my two belly butters and crossing my fingers that they continue to work.

What I am looking forward to: My baby shower this weekend!!

So even though I am having the typical third trimester woes, I do have to admit that I am going to miss feeling Duff dance in my belly, and the amazing feeling of waking up each morning to his rocking and rolling as a way to say “hey mom”. It is such an exciting time, that the physical problems pale in comparison with the overwhelming change that is about to happen at our house. I don’t feel like I am in the home stretch yet, but I can nearly see it. Even when every stranger that talks to me gets all excited and exclaims “ANY DAY NOW!!!!” Um. No. And I’m not quite ready to give up being pregnant and share Duff with the world. SO bring it on third trimester... I will handle anything you throw at me..

Finally here are some week 31 belly pics

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Week 30

Week 30 Pregnancy Highlights and Adventures for the Week

How Far Along: 30 weeks (only 66 days to go !!! Wowsa!) I can’t believe how quickly the days are flying by now….

A head of cabbage - 15.7 inches long head to toe and weighs almost 3 pounds

OK, First let me say a HUGE thank you to Jeff for getting something up on the blog last week so we didn’t miss a veggie/fruit update. It’s been a crazy week or so and I’m up to my eyes in finals for classes so I love him to death for taking the time to get a posting done. Now, let’s get the basics out of the way first… then I’ll share some of the adventures from the past week.

Gender: Still a Sweet Little Boy ♥ At our appt last week the doc said that he has flipped over and is now head down..measuring exactly 29 weeks and heartbeat was strong. He has also picked up the love of kicking me up under my ribs now...some times it takes my breath away, but I still love any and all movement from him. We have another ultrasound coming up on the 19th and Jeff and I have decided we are going to ask for a picture of the “who-who-dilly” for a couple of reasons, first, just because we’ve never seen it and there was no picture of it included in our little envelope for the gender cake party, second we are about to give all of the buckets of girl clothing back to my sister-in-law, third I have had a dream that we had a girl recently (and so has my friend Annie) and finally.. I want one for his baby book..I mean what fun will that be to show his future girlfriends/wife-to-be he he !

Belly Button: still in, but I think we’ve almost hit the bottom and we have quite a bit of time left to go.. ewww

Symptoms: Sleep… oh sleep how I miss you !! I have once again dug out the “BEAST” because there just aren’t enough pillows on the bed to support every growing part of me that needs support, and flipping over has become a noisy and long production that is about the equivalent of an hippo stuffed in a tu-tu trying to tip-toe across a balance beam while holding watermelons and huffing and puffing as it continuously attempts to restuff it’s body parts that fall out it’s outfit back in (can you say sexy) while being out of breath and moaning about it. (sorry honey).

Heart burn still, which leads me to my new not-so-little friends that are hanging out on my backside these days thanks to taking too many Rolaids (they cause constipation, which is a golden invitation for the “cauliflower fairy” to visit one’s behind…if you know what I mean) Soooo Tucks, and two kinds of preparation H are now my best friends once again ..ugh! The doctor reassured me that I am only getting a taste of it early as it’s almost inevitable that I will have them after giving birth.. niiice. Isn’t that a cheery I guess I’m ahead of the game at least. Hmmph

Pregnancy brain- It’s such bad timing for this too, since I have my oral ethics exam on thurs and right now here’s what I envision is going on in my poor brain “ We see the hamsters that are running my brain appear to be smoking pot or something.. which leads to me sounding a lot like Ross from Friends when trying to complete sentences…. Ummm I feel that (long pause while hamster in brain wakes up and slowly scampers off to find information) marriage and family therapists are ethically responsible for …(another long pause as hamster dumps it’s coffee on information it’s supposed to be retrieving and telling me) .. ugh.. not only do I not sound professional, my sentences come out sounding stoned. I tried to claim “pregnant brain” as a reason to not have to take my orals but that didn’t work.

Sigh. Wish me luck.

BACKACHE-When did I turn into a 70 something year old woman? There are some days when I feel like Duff has said enough of this cramped living I’m expanding my space and has begun to dig through my back muscles trying to build a condo with a swimming pool in there. It’s crazy how sore my back is already, and since I still can’t do yoga or anything like that because of the bleeding and the restrictions I’m still on, there isn’t much of relief.

The last fun experience that I had this last weekend was watching my ankles disappear into oblivion.. yap from my knees down my legs looked like tree trunks.. wow is that NOT attractive. My ankles looking like there were softballs growing in them and my toes turned into fat little sausages about ready to explode from their casings. On the plus side, Jeff is getting better at painting my toenails so at least all the people who rudely stared at my tree trunk legs while we were out saw some pretty pink toenails. He he. Now if only I could get him to shave my legs too… hmmmm

Food Cravings: Well after the freaky stressful week of carb- loading and not knowing what the heck I could eat before my 4 hour glucose exam from hell, I am soooo excited to be able to eat my watermelon again, corn on the cob, and diet root beer. Though all that carb-loading lead to me gaining 4 lbs in two weeks, to which the doc was like.. hmmm looks like you gained 4 lbs since the last time I saw you?!?! I replied, it was your test that made me have to eat like a pig for the last’s not my fault. She said we would need to watch that. Hmmmph Total weight gain so far is 21 lbs, which on my little frame makes me look like a pregnant water buffalo. Oh well, as long as Duff is growing and is healthy that’s all that matters. I have been eating really well except for that week and a half after the results of the test blew up my world.

What I am looking forward to: My aunt is throwing me a baby shower on the 20th and I am so excited for it, though I am also so completely bummed that we have to have it in August as it turned out to be the busiest month of the summer and almost all of my girlfriends (except one I think) is busy that weekend and won’t be able to make it :o( I understand how busy summer is but I admit that I cried and was really depressed about it since I have been to sooo many baby showers of others and have dreamed of having my own for years. One of the evils of infertility is attending and watching all of your friends have these wonderful showers that you can only dream of having some day. That being said, I can’t wait for it and send out a big “Thank you and love you” to my aunt Kathy for putting it together for me. Sooo excited!

OK, on to the adventures of the brainless pregnant woman cont…

So as you all know we are still in the process of trying to sell our house and have to jump at a moment’s notice when we have showing request. Well last Monday I had class until 12:30, and we received a request for a showing at 2. That would give me exactly 50 minutes to clean the house, throw some groceries into my tummy for Duff, load the dog into the car and head to the park…. Ok.. not ideal as I move about as fast as a disabled tortoise using a walker these days, but I figured we really can’t afford to say no to ANY showings right now, so we agreed. Monday morning sitting in class I am watching out the window as it is raining cats and dogs, blowing like crazy, lightning and thundering, and thinking..uh oh, that’s going to mean pee in the kitchen to clean up when I get home, since the dog is scared to death of storms. I unfortunately was in no way prepared for what I came home to find.. Ellie shaking, sitting in the corner of the kitchen which is covered in diarrhea and pee, including her bed, and all over her ears and feet as it appears she decided it was a good idea to walk through it.. yikes! So clad in canary yellow gloves to my elbows I got down on my hands and knees and proceeded to clean and scrub the floors, all the while my pregnant nose is revolting and arguing with my stomach which has me gagging and throwing up in my mouth (practice for baby diapers…hmmm), and Duff was learning some choice four letter words that I hope he won’t remember when he comes to meet us. I ended up having to throw out Ellie’s bed and used up three cans of air freshener in the house and garage trying to cover up the reek that permeated the entire house, I also put carpet powder on the carpets and didn’t vac it up trying to do anything to keep the people who were going to see the house from detecting war zone that had occurred here. After that process was complete and I used a package of wet wipes to clean the diarrhea enough off the dog to huff and puff & lift her hefty booty into my car, I thought ok… we deserve to at least get an offer after this fiasco. Nadda. It turned out that the people that saw the house were older and thought there were too many stairs in the house… WHAT?!? Did you or your realtor NOT see the listing online or look at any of the pictures? UGH!

Anyway, we have done just about everything we can to sell it, including burying the St. Joseph statue that my sister-in-law gave us at easter upside down by the realtor sign (thanks Becky), and recently even trying some feng shui around the house by getting a windchime and placing it in the entry way, placing and lighting a gray candle in our kitchen (the helpful people area), writing our wishes for selling the house, and a copy of flyer with the words sold written across it in an envelope and putting it under the welcome mat on the porch (also the helpful people area) and have even considered writing and reading a letter to the house saying thank you etc…(yes we are that crazy) We are running out of time and are coming to the realization that if the house doesn’t sell soon we are going to have to get ready for Duff to come home here, which isn’t ideal as it is so far away from all the “help” that I know I will need. Luckily Jeff will have a couple weeks off to stay home with us when we first get home from the hospital and after that I’ll just have to glue the phone to my ear with my mom, sister-in-law and friends on speed dial. Trying not to stress about it too much, because regardless of what happens with the house we are thankful we at least have a nice home to bring Duff home to.

Finally Here are a couple of 30 week belly pics…

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Week 29

Week 29 is almost at an end and since we have been too busy trying to solve the national debt ceiling crisis and tracking NFL free agent signings, I guess we almost missed a Duff produce update.

“He is now the size of a butternut squash. Baby now weighs about 2 1/2 pounds and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel. His muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and his head is growing bigger to make room for her developing brain. This trimester, about 250 milligrams of calcium are deposited in baby's hardening skeleton each day.”

We spent last Saturday morning in the hospital (wait, relax….) lobby in between blood draws for Kim’s glucose tolerance test. We spent the week since her near miss on the quick screen finding all the material we could to figure out exactly how to manage life with gestational diabetes. We grabbed every book from every library in town, scoured the internet, and maybe even made a spreadsheet or two. Kim was preparing herself mentally for a 3rd trimester without watermelon….corn….mashed potatoes…ice cream?!? We were definitely ready for whatever the result, knowing that it wouldn’t be the end of the world to deal with all the necessary dietary considerations because a) we’d do anything for Duff, and b) dammit, we’re good at obsessing over those types of things. Not to say that we weren’t relieved and thrilled when the results came back NEGATIVE, and Kim was able to celebrate National Watermelon Day in style this week. (Seriously, I’m not making that up….go to the Google if you don’t believe me).

Enough for now....on to the belly pix.

Not sure what the black lines are from that are seen on my tummy... but happy to report still no stretchmarks !