Thursday, February 26, 2009

30 weeks (well....almost)


In two days I will have hit the 30 week mark, meaning that I only have 10 weeks to go.

According to the average, the baby is about 3 lbs...considering the size of my belly, I am thinking the baby is a LITTLE bigger! Movements have gone from being a kick or a punch here and there, to what feels like a somersault or the baby repositioning itself...so sometimes an elbow or a knee gets stuck in one spot - feels and looks strange....oh yeah, did I mention? You can physically see my belly move when the baby moves (as opposed to just feeling a small vibration with your hand)

Also, the baby got its first case of the hiccups. How do you know it was the hiccups? Well, most movements are random, but the hiccups are small vibrations whose timing is evenly spaced. I also discovered that hiccups are a good thing - a sign that the baby's central nervous system is functioning properly. Yeah!

My gestational diabetes test came back negative too (whew!) - me and baby are still healthy and strong.

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Not Fabio!!



Jason and I religiously watch Top Chef every week. I am aware that Stefan is probably going to win, however, I was really pulling for Fabio.... sadly, he was booted off the show tonight. Fabio had consistently amused me each week with his Italian accent and sense of humor, he also loves to talk about his mother and grandmother's cooking, which is absolutely endearing. Needless to say, I am disappointed and frankly outraged to see him go.

You will be missed.

Next Wednesday is the finale in New Orleans....which reminds me of the trip that Jason and I took to the French Quarter in 2004. This was one of the best vacations we ever took and watching will surely bring back memories of the best food I've ever eaten.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Do you want some cheese with that WHINE?


Since I found out I was pregnant I have managed to avoid the variety of illnesses that have plagued my colleagues...mind you, I work in a school so the flu and common colds are rampant. However, this weekend I contracted some sinus-y thing. I am trying to "take it easy" and let myself heal, but this illness is more annoying than debilitating, so I feel more lazy than sick.

I have been so blessed to have such a healthy, happy pregnancy. I fully realize that so many women cannot become pregnant and others must be on bed rest or have morning sickness for months.....so I try my best not to complain, or when I do, I throw in a few jokes so I can laugh about it. However, since I am sick and feeling fat, I am cranky and therefore, this is going to be a complaining post:

The baby is moving like crazy....while it's reassuring, it also keeps me up late or wakes me up in the morning....or just tap dances on my bladder...but also, it makes me crazy that I have to wait 3 MORE MONTHS to meet this baby that is performing acrobats in my belly!!!

My stretch marks are in full-effect...one day there were none, now there are a bunch. In spite of the lathering up of pre-natal lotions, nothing worked....and upon investigation, there is no evidence that ANY lotions can permeate the skin deep enough to prevent the muscles stretching to accommodate the baby. A valiant effort, but no dice.

The Linea Nigrea is a line from belly button to the pubic bone underneath the skin that darkens in the 2nd trimester - yeah, although I can't look down and see it, a quick glance in the mirror indicated that mine is approximately 1 cm. wide and VERY dark. It's supposed to go away afterwards, so we'll just cross our fingers until then.

There are a few other things I'd like to vent about, but I won't gross anyone out with the details.

I don't want anyone thinking that I had a symptom-free pregnancy, but I also censor my complaints so as not to seem ungrateful....ya know??

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Can I touch your belly? (27 weeks edition)

Before I became pregnant I always thought it was rude of people to touch, rub or even comment on "the belly". Personally, I am not nearly as sensitive now that I'm pregnant. In fact, I welcome the vast majority of attention my belly receives and here's why: My belly and the baby inside makes other people happy. No one walks up to the belly with a scowl - in fact its the complete opposite! My family, friends and co-workers instantly get a smile on their face when they see me and my belly toddling their way.

The may comment on how big my belly is (which, let's be honest, its HUGE for only 27 weeks) but they usually tell me that I look good (it's always a good idea to tell a pregnant woman she looks good, even if she looks chubby or like she hasn't slept in a week) and then they smile and/or giggle and ask me how I am feeling. The fact that my unborn child brightens some one's day even for a moment makes me feel important and makes the aches and pains a little easier to bear.

Having said that, I have not had the opportunity to be approached by any strangers seeking to fondle my stomach....I will probably not be receptive to that. People are welcome to ask when I'm due, if its my first, guess the sex and congratulate me. But keep your hands off the merchandise.

Here are a few new photos...I figure the closer I get to my due date (May 7th) the faster I'll grow, so I'll try to post new photos every two weeks. These are in the empty baby's room. Thanks to Jason, who has been great at moving furniture and organizing space to make room for the baby and its accouterments!





P.S. Whether you can tell from the photos or not, I appear larger than 27 weeks to most observers....I have decided I might buy a shirt and have it screen printed with the answer "Yes, there is only ONE baby in here".