37 Weeks, 3 Days & My OB Check

How far along: 37 Weeks, 3 Days! Holy crap. I’m about 2.5 weeks from my due date. How is that even possible? I know I say this every SINGLE week, but time is seriously flying.

Taken on 4/29/16

Total weight gain: Weight gain is 3 lbs since my last appointment (2 weeks ago). Being that I had just eaten my delicious egg burrito breakfast, I’m okay with that. Total is 32lbs. Can I stay below 40?? Time will tell 🙂

Hopefully at minimum, I can stay below the 55+ I gained with Charlotte.

Maternity clothes: I’m rocking nothing but… but super excited to switch to my normal clothes! And thankful I’ve really only needed one season of clothing (cold weather).

Stretch marks: Way to go, skin! Still no stretchies!

Sleep: Sleep isn’t my strongest skill these days. My hips and my back and my shoulder get so damn sore. But it’s not terrible. With some solid tossing and turning, I still manage to sleep until about 615/630 every morning.

Best moment of this week: Be grateful that I waited until today to write this update. I was a bit cranky this week. BUT, now I’m back to happy so I can answer this question.

Highlights include more progress on the nursery…

 

Another Charlie poop on the potty! And also 4 farts! Yes, we had to strip down 4 individual times so the tiny gf could fart. She was proud.

More family time with the cousins!

And oy! Charlie’s first baseball game. It was SO much fun. She was just so incredibly happy. Nothing makes me happier.

Miss anything: Don’t judge, but yesterday morning, I woke up thinking about white sangria… at 630 am. How tasty does that sound?

Movement: The tiny man is such a mover and a shaker. I can’t even believe he’s going to be here soon. I haven’t spent a lot of time envisioning his tiny face, but I’m starting to. I see a mini Mark in my head.

Oy! I just want to squeeze him and smother him with kisses.

Food cravings: I ate so much at the game yesterday. I’m in “eat it while you’re still giant and getting more giant” mode. I had a hot dog, cheese curds and a giant soft pretzel. Whatever.

My point is that there isn’t much to crave when you’re eating everything.

Anything making you queasy or sick: My chiropractor actually helped a lot with my acid reflux. It’s definitely much more manageable since I went. But my back and hips. Oofta. They are having a hard time supporting the GIANT belly I’m rocking.

Have you started to show yet: Yesterday at the game, I was walking back to my seat and as I slipped into our row, my belly knocked the dude’s head in front of me… while I was carrying a giant soft pretzel dripping in butter.

I just shrugged.

Gender: Mister man.

Labor signs: I feel like my BHs contractions have slowed down. Speed up, contractions! Time to get ready for the show!

Belly button in or out: I laugh every time I see my belly button in the mirror.

Wedding rings on or off: Still on! Last night they were really tight, but back to being okay today.

Happy or moody most of the time: I am not going to lie… I’ve cried probably 5-6 times this past week and have found myself in an enraged state at least 4-5 times. So, I guess moody would be the overwhelming mood. BUT, today I feel happy and positive and good.

Looking forward to: I’ve got a lot of little things I’m looking forward to…

  1. Making more progress in the nursery! I just want everything hung up already.
  2. Checking more household tasks off the list and packing my damn hospital bag.
  3. We’re meeting with our doula tonight, which I’m excited about.
  4. Nice weather that’s in the forecast.
  5. We’re having dinner with friends (and their kiddies) on Friday!
  6. Mother’s Day is THIS Sunday! We are hosting brunch for the fam, which I’m excited about. I’m thinking of doing waffles again. Who doesn’t love a waffle bar?

OB CHECK UPDATE

Weight Gain: 3 lbs from last visit, 32 total

Heart Rate: 88 bpm (high, but way better than the 96 I was sitting at)

BP: 110/66

Baby’s Heart Rate: BOO! I forgot to ask, but she said it sounded perfect.

Baby Bump: Measuring between 37 and 38 cm, which she said likely means baby hasn’t dropped yet. However, she said that’s very common for second pregnancies. Many women don’t drop until they’re actually in labor or even right before they’re about to push. So no worries.

Other: I had my Strep B test today. Hopefully we’ll get some good news there (with a negative result). Also, I stayed strong and didn’t do the cervical check, which I feel good about. It really is such an insignificant test that literally makes you feel like shit or gets your hopes up without any validity.

On my way to the doc, I called my doula to keep me focused. Of course, I’m human and I want to read into something, so I started second guessing whether I should skip the cervical check or not. After speaking with her, I was really set in my decision. It helped me remember leaving the doctor’s office in tears last pregnancy when my cervix hadn’t changed. At this point, there is no need to read into anything. I just have to keep on going and just trust my body and see what happens!

Getting My Nest On

My to do list seems to keep growing. In my little pregnancy app, my weekly activity a few weeks back was packing my hospital bag. So, last week, I decided it was time to start.

Toiletries seemed like a good place to start… BUT, upon beginning, I discovered that all of the drawers and cabinets in our master bath were a mess! Clearly the only reasonable thing to do was purge (severely) and clean out every single drawer and cabinet… To the point of emptying and cleaning the drawer itself.

Three hours later, my bathroom drawers and cabinets look great… I have yet to pack my bag.

Last night I decided to keep it going. It was time to tackle our “Charlie Cabinet” in the kitchen. This is a tiny cabinet that’s just packed with plastic cups, bottles, etc. 

Without going into crazy detail, let’s just say that I spent a good 4-5 hours cleaning out all of my kitchen cabinets, doing major purges and switching around the organization. And yes, this included the entire pantry. 

Needless to say, this morning is a stop for coffee morning because this crazy momma was up until after midnight. 

But dang that kitchen looks good. 

Next tasks?

Linen closet and the guest bedroom!

33 Weeks, 3 Days Update & Ob Check

 

Like that im wearing the same shirt/blazer as last week?


 How far along: 33 Weeks, 3 Days – Another week has flown on by and I can officially say that I’m having my little babes NEXT MONTH! Can’t wait to meet you, little man.

Total weight gain: Over the past 2 weeks, I gained 4 lbs… this puts me at a total weight gain of 27.8 lbs. Not too shabby… especially after the foodie weekend I had!

Maternity clothes: I think I’m done with maternity clothes. I mean, clearly not done wearing them because every non-maternity shirt I sport rocks a little midriff, but I’m done getting new stuff. I’m just going to tough it out with what I’ve got and move on!

Can you tell that I feel like I’m in the home stretch? Hopefully I’m not too premature in feeling this way. I mean, 6.5 weeks is a long time, but not.

Stretch marks: Nada! What I do have is a VERY splotchy belly. There is just so much pressure on the skin that my blood vessels are out in full force.

Sleep: This weekend I took TWO 2-hour naps. Heck yes. But seriously, I’m exhausted. Definitely don’t have that second trimester spring in my step these days. It’s third tri sluggishness all the way.

Best moment of this week: This weekend I took Marky out for his birthday, which was a blast. Really, any amount of time that I get alone with this man is wonderful. We ate a delicious dinner and met his boys out for drinks. It was a lot of fun! 

 Miss anything: I could go for a cocktail… and I would just LOVE to put my socks on without thinking… or struggling.

Movement: The little bugger continues to move all over the place. Doc thinks he’s head down, which is great. I absolutely love feeling him. Even more than the kicks, I just love when he butts a little foot or knee or limb up against the front of my belly. I take the opportunity to give him a nice little massage. 

So sweet, my little guy.

Food cravings: I feel like I’ve been indulging a decent amount lately… Not really feeling the NEED for anything lately.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Remember last week when I said I recovered from my cold? Well, the damn thing came back! I’ve had tightness in my lungs and just yuck. And I’m exhausted and foggy. Dang it! I’m ready for it to pass.

Also, tonight we had fish for dinner. COD to be exact. It was good, but simultaneously made me a little queasy.

Oh! And last week I ate a jimmy johns sandwich with extra hot peppers. I’m literally still regretting it. Ever since, I’ve had terrible pain in my esophagus. The first couple days it literally felt like I swallowed a jolly rancher. Now it’s just a little sore. Stupid hot peppers.

Have you started to show yet: a little.

Gender: Mister, mister.

Labor signs: Still having a decent amount of Braxton Hicks contractions. I’m hoping that they’re helping my body to prepare and not the cause of dehydration or something like that. Come on body, we can do this!

Speaking of, I went to an ICAN meeting this weekend. ICAN is a c-section support group. I went hoping to hear positive vbac stories or meet other women who are trying for a vbac.

There were three other women there and honestly, it wasn’t totally my thing. Not sure I’ll go to the next meeting.

Belly button in or out: The belly button just keeps getting weirder. Now it’s a weird little line that protrudes a bit. It’s slowly disappearing. 

Wedding rings on or off: Still on!

Happy or moody most of the time: Last week I had some crabby moments. I’m definitely feeling much happier, but I definitely wasn’t myself last week.

Looking forward to: This weekend we’re headed to Chicago to go to the aquarium with my brother and his new gf! I can’t wait to show C all the fishies and to meet the new gf. 

Should be a blast!

33.5 Week Check Up

Bp: 100/60

Heart Rate: 96 bpm (high again)

Weight: up 4 lbs

Baby’s heart rate: 145 bpm

The fun stuff: I asked my doc if she could please be at my labor and she assured me that she’s going to do everything she can to be there. She said she really thinks I’ll do a lot better with her and that her partners will likely appreciate her being there… Aka: her partners might not appreciate an extremely stubborn vbac patient.

I left feeling really happy about that. In fact, I should bring my doc a dessert treat next appointment.

Oh! I also asked her if I’d get checked next appointment (at 35.5 weeks or if we’d wait until 37.5 weeks – typically cervical checks begin at 36 weeks)… She said that I could get checked next appointment if I’d like, but that we can look at our schedules at my next appointment and schedule an additional appointment for 36.5 weeks. I think waiting until 36.5 weeks is probably a good thing for me mentally. 

Those appointments have the potential to be so frustrating.

28 Weeks Bumpdate

 

Taken 2/27/16

 How far along: 28 Weeks, 3 Days – THIRD TRIMESTER

Total weight gain: So I finally decided to break down and ask my doctor how my weight gain this pregnancy compares with last pregnancy. AND, the consensus? The same! However, I am currently about 4 lbs heavier than last pregnancy, which is where I started out (AKA: my pre-pregnancy weight for this pregnancy was 4 lbs above last pregnancy).

I was actually really relieved to hear that. I don’t know why exactly, but it felt good.

And honestly, I’ve been doing really quite well with my workout routine over the past 2-3 months. I’ve been going strong at around 3 workouts per week (there were a few weeks I skipped because I was sick, etc) and actually increased to 4 times starting last week. We’ll see if I can keep it up.

It’s crazy how much better I feel when I’m working out. I feel more energized and flexible and just all around less achy and less like a giant monster hobbling around.

Maternity clothes: I still haven’t made any progress here. I should get another pair of workout pants and a sports bra and could also use a new top or two… but I haven’t decided what I’ll do with that.

Stretch marks: Still going strong with no stretchies.

Sleep: I’ve been sleeping pretty well lately. Although last night I was up with poor Charlie. She had a nightmare and woke up SCREAMING… and I mean SCREAMING at the top of her lungs… last night. Daddy went in first, but within 15 minutes of him getting back to bed, she was screaming again. It was Mommy’s turn.

Despite it being 3:30 in the morning, it was actually really sweet time with my girl. She was such a cuddle bug and just so warm and innocent.

Anyway, I digress. My sleep has been just fine.

Best moment of this week: My sweet Katiekins was back in town this weekend for her shower! I was able to see her Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The only way for it to be.

Her shower was a lot of fun! Great food and even better company!

  
    
   
 

Then Sunday, we all got together for brunch with the babies. Yes, more baby brunching! It’s so fun to have all the kiddies together.  
The other fun little snipit is that we’re continuing to make progress in Charlotte’s new room. The big girl room and bed transition is coming quickly!

Miss anything: I could go for a nice little happy hour date.

Movement: I’ll keep saying it, but this little mister is a mover and a shaker. He’s busy busy in there.

Food cravings: I haven’t been to “crave-y” this week. I mean, I love sweets, but whatever. OH! Wait… the other night I ate… hmm. What did I eat? An orange, a bag of cheddar skinny pop and a bowl of cherrios. Mark claimed it was my first little pregnancy random food binge. It was tasty.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nada.

Have you started to show yet: Today some very sweet women told me that they didn’t even notice that I was pregnant! Yahoo! Go me.

Gender: little man!

Labor signs: The Braxton Hicks have slowed down a bit, which is nice. Doc said it’s no biggy.

Belly button in or out: My belly button is a weird little stretched bump now.

Wedding rings on or off: On, but sometimes I wish off.

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy unless people are being mean. I have a very low tolerance for mean. 

Looking forward to: We should be pretty darn close to done with C’s room by the end of this weekend. I literally cannot wait. We are going to start doing nighttime routine in there (reading her books in her new bed, etc) and playing in there and just sleeping in her crib at night. Then, a week or two after that, we’ll make the big transition.

And then we get to decorate the nursery! Big things.

There is still a TON to finish, which is quite overwhelming. And I just feel like there are so many things I want to get done. And of course, whenever you feel like that, you get hit with a ton of other random stupid things that try to derail you. One being my broken windshield. Definitely going to be a very unwanted expense and time-suck to get that stupid thing fixed.

Universe, please just let me spend this final trimester nesting in peace.

23 Weeks, 4 Days

I took this photo on the 23 week mark (aka last Friday), but didn’t post it because my face looked especially bloated and was hoping to do a retake but have ultimately given up. With that said, ignore my puffy face.

 

1/22/16 – Got my little love bug with me 🙂

How far along: 23 Weeks, 4 Days

Total weight gain: I meant to check and then I forgot. Truly. I’m not even just saying that but really avoiding the scale. I’ll try to remember.

Maternity clothes: Maternity leggings are my best friend. I swear, my body just aint what it used to be. My boobs feel like at any given moment they’re literally going to explode. Ugh.

Stretch marks: Still none… so there’s that! Go me!

Sleep: Sleeping is okay. A bit uncomfortable with the side sleeping. My arm and shoulder tend to go numb depending on which side I’m laying on. I have found a comfortable position though… I have to be pretty well propped up and maybe a hint angled to one side and then I’m able to sleep on my back without feeling winded.

Best moment of this week: This past week (and through the weekend), we moved our office to another building. This was not the best moment of my week; however, being all moved in and done with the madness feels pretty good. Let’s just say that moving your work office… with your parents… well, it’s not that fun. Thankfully, we managed to have only one screaming argument (this week) and it was quickly resolved. To add to the joys of moving, our furnace at home died, we found out our shower was leaking into the basement (in the unfinished and finished portion) and we’re all sick… AGAIN. Somehow, we’re managing to stay in good spirits.

Miss anything: Cold meds. I would love a little nyquil or sudafed right about now.

Movement: The bugger must be getting big. The movements are definitely getting stronger! I absoltely love it. It’s just my favorite. I think he’s going to be a little food lover just like his parents because every time I put a tiny bit of food in my belly, he jumps for joy. Or at least that’s what I tell myself. I’m looking forward to having Charlotte feel him move. We got close the other day, but then Miss Bossy realized I was holding onto her hand and the game ended.

Food cravings: Cake. Cake. Cake. Donuts. Cake. Ice Cream. It’s terrible. Thankfully I haven’t indulged, but I feel myself caving. I need a sweet treat ASAP. Last night I was so desperate for a treat that I made homemade chocolate milk. It was actually very easy and pretty tasty (just milk, unsweetened cocoa powder, vanilla, and sugar). I drank about half of my glass and then gave it to Mark. Tasty, but no wedding cake.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope!

Have you started to show yet: The question is, “are there any angles where you’re managing not to show?” Answer: None that I can see.

Gender: A little newsie.

Labor signs: No, but I have been thinking about labor a lot. At first, I felt 100% convinced that I was going to end up having a c-section and now, for whatever reason, I feel more worried (if I’m being honest) that this baby is going to come naturally. I really do want a natural birth experience, but with my experience with Charlotte looming in my mind, I can’t help but feel a little nervous about the whole thing. I don’t feel as mentally strong as I felt last time. I’m a wounded soldier.

Belly button in or out: I would die of shock if my belly button popped out.

Wedding rings on or off: Ugh, my fingers are already swelling…

Happy or moody most of the time: With the move this past week, I tried VERY hard to focus my energies on not being cranky. To just be relaxed and go-with-the-flowish… a quality that isn’t really in my wheelhouse. Regardless, I think it worked. Although that might be what’s left me feeling desperate for cake. Eat your feelings, anyone?

Looking forward to: Tonight we get C’s newly painted big girl bed. The girl who’s refinishing the furniture for us sent us a sneak peek and it’s looking great! So I’m excited to see it. Hmmm. What else? That might be it…

 

How gorgeous is this bed??

 

Left: Before in all its green glory, Right: After!!

 

The dresser that I absolutely adore.

 

Look how well she cleaned up the original hardware…

 

11 Weeks Pregnant

10/29/15

  How far along: 11 Weeks

Total weight gain: No additional weight this week, still 1 lb total.

Maternity clothes: I bought a pair of H&M Mama jeans last week and a few new shirts… I’m pretty happy with the new purchases!

Stretch marks: Not if I can help it!

Sleep: More insomnia this week, but I did finish two entertaining chick lit books: Life & Other Near Death Experiences and Eight Hundred Grapes – As a side, I can’t tell you the last time I read a book in two days… pretty much never. But you’d be surprised what 4 hours in the middle of the night will do for ya!

Best moment of this week: Charlie’s swim class was a blast this week! It was so sweet seeing her splash around. Also, I finally told my cousin, Aunt, Uncle and friends that I’m pregnant! I don’t know why I waited so long!

Miss anything: I’ve had the worst headache for the past two days. So maybe a healthy head? Also, my severe heartburn restricts any and all coffee intake (even decaf)… I miss my morning coffee.

Movement: None!

Food cravings: I could go for an ice cream sundae.

Anything making you queasy or sick: My headache.

Have you started to show yet: Giant bump.

Gender: Ugh who knows! haha Maybe a girl? Or is it a boy???

Labor signs: No, no.

Belly button in or out: Very deeply in.

Wedding rings on or off: On!

Happy or moody most of the time: I think I’ve been generally happy this week… except for today. Ugh. My parents (mainly my father) was an ass today. Imagine screaming argument level. So fun.

Looking forward to: My cousin is coming tomorrow!! We have such a fun weekend planned and I just love her to pieces. I’m really happy to see her. Plus C has her 15 month check up tomorrow. I’m looking forward to seeing her growth progress.

10 Weeks Pregnant

10/22/15

  How far along: 10 Weeks

Total weight gain: 1 lb… I definitely blame this 1″ baby… not the excessive carbs I’ve been downing. That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!

Maternity clothes: H&M Mama leggings have my heart.

Stretch marks: I’ve been lotioning!

Sleep: UGH! PREGNANCY INSOMNIA, I HATE YOU! Seriously, the struggle is real. Every few days, I wake up at 12, 1, 2 am and am awake for literally 3-4 hours. It’s horrible. I’m so tired anyway and then add that… ugh. Plus side, I’ve been reading a lot.

Best moment of this week: Our first doc visit!!!!!! YAY!! Baby is healthy and heart is beating! First relief milestone hit!

Miss anything: Sleep! I feel like I dread going to sleep.

Movement: I don’t think so. But I swear, sometimes these gas bubbles really throw me.

Food cravings: I really love cake.

Anything making you queasy or sick: I switched prenatals and that’s REALLY been helping!

Have you started to show yet: Ummm YES. It’s hard to hide this beast of a bump!

Gender: I’m back to thinking girl!

Labor signs: No, no.

Belly button in or out: Very deeply in.

Wedding rings on or off: On!

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy??? Mark?

Looking forward to: My cousin is coming next week!!

6 Weeks Along

9/24/15

I haven’t decided if I’m going to take bump pictures this time around, but I definitely want to try to track my symptoms. I feel like it’s so easy to forget EVERYTHING. With that said, I’m going to (try) to fill out these questions every week or at least every couple of weeks.

How far along: 6 weeks, 2 days

Total weight gain: 0

Maternity clothes: Not yet, BUT, I tried. I wore my maternity pants because I’ve been getting SO bloated at night and we were driving to Chicago (1.5 hours) for a family dinner… the idea of feeling my body passionately fight its way out of my pants all night did not sound appealing. I was comfortable, EXCEPT, every time I stood up, my pants slipped down. I have been rocking my leggings and baggy sweaters more often.

Stretch marks: Nope (please, please, please stay that way!)

Sleep: Probably since the night we conceived, I’ve been waking up 1-2 times a night to pee, which I NEVER do when I’m not pregs. Okay, I’m exaggerating. But the night wakings to pee started rright away. That was the first symptom that made me think I might be with child again.

Best moment of this week: Yesterday, a college friend of mine came to pick up the first of three pieces of bedroom furniture (really cool old stuff from Mark’s Grandparents) to be refinished for Charlie’s big girl room!! I’m super excited about it. I’m sure there were other great things this week, but my memory sucks and I was pretty crabby this week… so who knows!

Miss anything: Nahh… maybe feeling alert! I’ve been so tired lately.

Movement: Do gas bubbles count? No, no movement.

Food cravings: Ugh I love food. I’ve been having some serious cravings for crispy crust pizza. The craving has lasted for days and days and I haven’t given in… today might be the day! Also, iced chai latte. Mmm.

Anything making you queasy or sick: When I get hungry, I tend to get uneasy. Also, cooked mushrooms. I haven’t felt as nauseous this time around.

Have you started to show yet: Nope!

Gender: No idea!

Labor signs: Thank goodness, no!

Belly button in or out: Very deeply in.

Wedding rings on or off: On!

Happy or moody most of the time: This week, a bit crabby during the day.

Looking forward to: I’m taking Charlie to the zoo on Saturday and we’re going apple picking on Sunday! Great weekend ahead.

Another Busy Weekend… This Time at 9.5 Months Pregnant

As with most of our weekends, it was another busy one! Lots of running from one activity to the next. So, here’s our weekend through a series of photos.

On Friday, Mark went to our friends' house to watch the World Cup and play with this tiny cutie...

On Friday, Mark went to our friends’ house to watch the World Cup and play with this tiny cutie…

While I went to my Milly's (MIL's) for dinner and to meet her sweet little addition to the family.

While I went to my Milly’s (MIL’s) for dinner and to meet her sweet little addition to the family.

The yet-to-be-named precious little sweetie pie.

The yet-to-be-named precious little sweetie pie.

I mean, puppies are seriously the best.

I mean, puppies are seriously the best.

This is my favorite series of puppy pics from the evening...

This is my favorite series of puppy pics from the evening…

Pre-Yawn...

Pre-Yawn…

Getting into it...

Getting into it…

And the full-on yawn!

And the full-on yawn!

Pooped little puppy. I left Milly's around 10 to go meet Jessica, my house guest, at my place!

Pooped little puppy. I left Milly’s around 10 to go meet Jessica, my house guest, at my place!

The next morning, I went for a mani with my mom, sister and niece. I chose baby pink in honor of our little babe on the way! These could be my labor nails! Although I'm guessing I'll get one more mani in before she decides to show her face. After mani's, I ran a couple errands and met my grandparents for a father's day lunch.

The next morning, I went for a mani with my mom, sister and niece. I chose baby pink in honor of our little babe on the way! These could be my labor nails! Although I’m guessing I’ll get one more mani in before she decides to show her face. After mani’s, I ran a couple errands and met my grandparents for a father’s day lunch.

Then it was time to celebrate the marriage of one of my adorable college friends.

Then it was time to celebrate the marriage of one of my adorable college friends.

Cutie Petutie Flower Girl.

Cutie Petutie Flower Girl.

Gorg bride and her pops.

Gorg bride and her pops.

Saying "I do!"

Saying “I do!”

How adorable is this guest book??

How adorable is this guest book??

Jessica (the house guest) and I posing on the bridge. I must mention, the weather was perfect for an outdoor wedding.

Jessica (the house guest) and I posing on the bridge. I must mention, the weather was perfect for an outdoor wedding.

My attractive hubs and I on the bridge.

My attractive hubs and I on the bridge. Yes, I jammed my fat feet in heels one last time (I hope).

Fun catching up with old friends!

Fun catching up with old friends!

I love this girl... such a hoot!

I love this girl… such a hoot!

With my college gals.

With my college gals.

After the wedding, we stopped by Milly's to see this mini pupster!

After the wedding, we stopped by Milly’s to see this mini pupster!

Sunday it was early rising to celebrate this guy...

Sunday it was early rising to celebrate this guy…

And this guy!

And this guy!

Dad and I comparing bellies... he looks like a skinny mini compared to me, huh?

Dad and I comparing bellies… he looks like a skinny mini compared to me, huh?

Love this guy.

Love this guy.

Chocolate fountain + this dude = disgusting enjoyment.

Chocolate fountain + this dude = disgusting enjoyment.

That's one happy little man.

That’s one happy little man.

After brunch, we went home to shower dad with some presies.

After brunch, we went home to shower dad with some presies.

Toby's card for dad.

Toby’s card for dad.

Baby's gift for dad.

Baby’s gift for dad.

But before he opened it, we watched a little World Cup action.

But before he opened it, we watched a little World Cup action.

Reading his card..

Reading his card..

And a little something special for my guy. Some memories from Milly & his sister from when he was a wee little one. Top memory, Marky loved his teenage mutant ninja turtles PJs and squeezed into them for 5 years!

And a little something special for my guy. Some memories from Milly & his sister from when he was a wee little one. Top memory, Marky loved his teenage mutant ninja turtles PJs and squeezed into them for 5 years!

So obviously, our girl needed some turtle wear... which I "dressed up" by sewing on some bows. A little feminine touch :)

So obviously, our girl needed some turtle wear… which I “dressed up” by sewing on some bows. A little feminine touch 🙂

And this one!

And this one!

And this book - a recommendation from a friend! It's really cool... broken up by baby's age and very silly/helpful!

And this book – a recommendation from a friend! It’s really cool… broken up by baby’s age and very silly/helpful!

Then it was soccer time...

Then it was soccer time…

And snooze time, before we headed to Mark's dad's house for dinner!

And snooze time, before we headed to Mark’s dad’s house for dinner!

When we got home, I was torturing myself by looking at pictures from our honeymoon. I couldn't believe how tiny I was and how tiny my feet were. Look at all the room in those sandals... and those veins.

When we got home, I was torturing myself by looking at pictures from our honeymoon. I couldn’t believe how tiny I was and how tiny my feet were. Look at all the room in those sandals… and those veins.

Not quite the same foot...

Not quite the same foot…

While this looks like a joke, this is literally how my weekend ended. Both hands in my carpal tunnel splints and a little extra special bonus, ice packs strapped to my feet to help with the pain and swelling in those giant paddles. Yikes.

While this looks like a joke, this is literally how my weekend ended. Both hands in my carpal tunnel splints and a little extra special bonus, ice packs strapped to my feet to help with the pain and swelling in those giant paddles. Yikes.

Carpal Tunnel Glory

I’m sure after my last post of the attack of the killer ankles, you’re all sick of hearing me bitch about swelling… but I’m not quite done 🙂 Sorry! Prior to my swollen bliss, I thought of swelling as just an annoyance. It makes fitting into shoes totally impossible, it looks nasty and makes you feel even more like an umpa loompa (as my friend called it) than you already do, and it makes you feel stiff. BUT, now I know there is a lot more to it. It’s actually quite painful.

For my feet, I am currently only leaving the house in two pairs of shoes. These sexy beasts are my daily go-to’s… go great with every outfit. Wait… no they don’t. They make me look like a pregnant frump in every outfit. I knew it was something…

My sexy sneaks.

My sexy sneaks.

The other pair are my tennies and I only wear those for my workouts and walks with the hubs. Thankfully, I’ve still been managing to work out and have been taking lots of walks with Marky & the puppito. That seems to help, even if it’s just mentally. There is something so uplifting and empowering about breaking a sweat and kicking some ass at nearly 9.5 months pregnant.

Anyway, I’ve found that random things will make these feet just go nuts. Usually heat or I don’t know… a misalignment in the stars. But then, all of a sudden, they get SO hot and huge… like the pictures in my last blog. Woof. The only thing to do at that point is lie down. So, that’s my recent foot joy. While I’m complaining a lot, I will say, I think the biggest bother is that I can’t wear cute shoes. So, hopefully that puts it in perspective. Manageable in terms of pain, frustrating in terms of my vanity.

My hands… that issue is a little bigger because it’s not the swelling that’s an issues, it’s the Carpal Tunnel I’ve developed due to the swelling. I literally sleep with one of these beasts on each hand… every night… making me feel like a damn seal. I have flippers for goodness sake.

Seal flippers.

Seal flippers.

Then, when I wake up, my hands are so stiff/numb/in pain/etc. that it takes a good hour for me to actually be able to make a fist without excruciating pain. That makes brushing my teeth very interesting. And while things improve greatly after that first hour, I still have total numbness in three of my fingertips on my right hand (all day, every day), tingling up and down both hands to my elbows, and an inability to put too much pressure on my wrists. It’s so special. Now, again, this WOULD be manageable; however, it makes me pretty nervous about childbirth. I’m hoping and praying that the pain will subside before that point, otherwise I feel I will be at a disadvantage. Alternative birthing positions rely on supporting yourself with your hands/wrists/arms.

Mark has been trying to give me acupressure on my hands/wrists/arms, I have two chiropractor appointments this week and am thinking of trying out acupuncture. Hopefully this blend of activity will help relieve a little pressure on my sausage fingers.