Whew- what a week! Lots happened in pregnancy and in life! So many good things and one stressful household situation. Here are all the details!
This week baby is the size of an eggplant. Thanks to my ultrasound today (more on this later), I now know that my baby is approximately 2 pounds & 9 ounces, which is on the bigger side of the range for this point in pregnancy! His eyesight is developing, and he is now able to see light and blink. He is also continuing to gain fat each week as he gets ready to enter the world. I know that the seventh and eighth months are the most important for brain development, so it is extra important to remember eat well and take care of myself to help those brain cells grow!
I felt pretty great this week! I am noticeable less bloated and puffy-looking now that we’re back from vacation and getting back on track with our normal routines and eating at home again. I didn’t gain any weight this week, so I think last week’s 2 pound weight gain was partly water or something due to the way we ate. I’m definitely feeling more like myself now!
One thing that has really helped me feel better was making sure to get decent sleep. I slept so well this week once I was back in my own bed with my Snoogle pillow. It also helped that I had some snow days which allowed me to sleep a little later in the morning too. I am going to soak up every minute of good sleep that I can get from now until baby comes in May!
This week I had another appointment with my midwives, who I grow to love more and more with each of my visits! My appointment started with my glucose test. Of course they only had the orange drink, and I can’t stand anything orange-flavored. Yuck! But I chugged it down anyway. After that I got to spend a lot of time talking with one of the midwives about everything pregnancy-related. I love how they listen to everything I have to say, patiently answer my questions and don’t make me feel rushed at all. Such a different experience than my last pregnancy. They measured my belly which was perfect at exactly 28 centimeters, and listened to baby’s heart rate, which was 140 bpm. At the end of my appointment it had been an hour so they drew my blood to test my glucose levels. While I was there I also scheduled the rest of my appointments from now until 41 weeks. That is crazy to me!
A few days later I received the results of my tests and found out that my glucose test came back great. They want the levels for the 1 hour test to be below 180 and mine was 87. I also found out that my iron levels are low, which was a little surprising since they were fine with my first pregnancy. I’m going to try to bump up my intake of iron-rich foods but also start taking a supplement to help with this.
This week I had some situations that really tested my emotions! In a way it was a very relaxing week because I had off on Monday for President’s Day, then snow days on Tuesday and Wednesday, a 2 hour delay Thursday, and a snow day on Friday. It was great to have some extra time at home with my boy, especially on Tuesday when all 3 of us were home together. The rest of the week was spent doing fun things like playing with snow inside when it was way too cold to go out (sub-zero wind chills!), hanging out at the library, and baking muffins. 🙂
The extra time at home also helped us get some much needed stuff done! I was able to secure a birth assistant and a birth photographer this week, which I am SO excited about! My midwives require each person to hire a birth assistant, who performs certain duties like a nurse would in the hospital but also acts as an extra form of support for mom and dad. I also have been thinking a lot about birth photography and decided it was something I really wanted. I met with a woman tonight who is also a doula and has 4 kids. She’s due in a few days with her 5th, and has had home births before. I am so excited for her to be there for the birth, and I can’t wait to be surrounded by such a positive, encouraging birth team!
In other exciting news, we transitioned Kevin to a big boy bed this past weekend! Since he has officially figured out how to climb out of his crib and Kyler will need it soon, we upgraded to a full size bed (mattress on the floor to start). He’s so excited about his big boy bed and has done an amazing job with it so far. Tonight is his third night sleeping there, and he napped in it over the weekend as well. We have been laying down with him until he gets sleepy and then we leave. The funniest part is that when he wakes up, he just lays there and sings songs. I was convinced he would come to our room in the middle of the night but I don’t think he realizes he can get out of bed. Eventually I showed him that if he wakes up, he can get a book from his bookshelf until mommy or daddy comes in, so he’s started to do that. I’m so proud of my big boy!
And after all of that positive news we had a little scare last night. We were cooking dinner and noticed a very strong smell of gas coming from the kitchen. We called the gas company and they told us not to touch any light switches, to get off the phone and leave the house because it sounded like a gas leak. Talk about scary! They sent a guy out to check the house and he found a leak coming from our oven. He turned the gas off to the oven and did readings all over our house, and they all came back clear. I was so paranoid about going back in but he insisted all was safe. There is a problem with our oven which was causing the gas to leak out, so now we need to get a new one. We went ahead and bought it but it doesn’t come until next Monday, so we’re without an oven and stove until then! We use them a ton so we’ll have to be creative with dinners this week. I’m just so thankful we caught the leak quickly and it didn’t turn into a MUCH bigger problem, but it definitely gave this pregnant chick quite the anxiety attack.
After the drama of last night I really needed a pick-me-up today, and I got it! I got to see our sweet baby at my ultrasound! The ultrasound was to check on my placenta and if it moved up and away from my cervix. At my 20 week appointment it was only 2 centimeters away, which is considered risky. Thankfully today it was 8 centimeters away, so we are in the clear to have our home birth! Yay! The ultrasound tech was super nice and took some extra time to show me the baby, and even switched it over to 3D so I could see his sweet face. He had his hands up by his head the whole time, but I was able to see a little bit of his mouth and eyes. So cute!
Just like every other ultrasound so far, he was measuring a little big, and his head measured 29 weeks 2 days! Whoa!! I know that those measurements aren’t really accurate though, and I really hope that one isn’t!
This week we got back on track for the most part after our indulgent weekend away, which felt great! I could not wait to get back to our normal eating routine and cooking at home. My digestion was better and I had a lot more energy. Unfortunately with our stove situation we won’t be able to make all the meals we have to figure out how to make that work.
Due to our crazy weather I was stuck inside most of the week, which is really tough for me. After coming home from Myrtle Beach on Monday I did all of my runs on the treadmill, because there was just too much snow/ice/cold temperatures to risk going outside. By Sunday I was going crazy, and I purposefully waited to do my long run until almost 2:00 p.m. when I knew that temperatures were going to rise up to the 50s. I was hoping some of the snow would melt and it did! I ran 7 blissful miles outside and LOVED it! The only thing I didn’t love was that I forgot to put Body Glide between my legs, which is becoming more and more necessary lately. I got some pretty bad chafing between my thighs as a result. Boo! Live and learn!
- Monday – 2 miles @ 9:39 pace
- Tuesday – 3 miles @ 10:34 pace
- Wednesday – Rest Day
- Thursday – Body Pump + 2 miles @ 10:32 pace
- Friday – 4 miles @ 10:12 pace
- Saturday – Body Pump + 2 miles @ 9:54 pace
- Sunday – 7 miles @ 10:44 pace
- Run – 20 miles
- Strength – 2x
Week 28 Summary
- Weight gained this week: + 0.0 lbs.
- Total weight gained: +18.6 lbs.
- Linea negra status: I feel like something is definitely starting to emerge!
- Stretch mark status: nope, but motioning up every day because I’m only getting bigger and bigger.
- Belly button status: still getting shallower!
- Favorite part of the week: my snow day with both of my boys at home
- Looking forward to: going to see my family and friends in Pennsylvania this weekend. We haven’t been to my hometown since Thanksgiving!