Wednesday, February 12, 2014

33 Weeks...when Carter found my sciatic nerve

How Far AlongWe are 33 weeks, 3 days as of today. 
 
Size of Baby:  As of 33 weeks he is the size of a pineapple...holy smokes!  He weighs a little over 4 lbs and is around 17 inches long!  WHOA.

Maternity Clothes:   I actually had to go and purchase a new pair of pants this week at work because the ones I were wearing were so TIGHT!  I only like maternity pants that cover my entire belly.  For those of you that aren't aware there are different types (and no this is not me in any of these pictures):
These are the type I prefer
 
these do NOT work for me
I had on a pair of the lower cute ones and the band kept rolling down and getting tighter.  I could no longer take it!  So I went to Old Navy and picked up a pair of yoga pants.  OMG so comfy!!!  I was in heaven the rest of the day....

Gender:  Boy!!!  Baby Carter.

Movement:  Yes and I LOVE it
 
Sleep:  Doing OK...I'm starting to wake up more during the night and am having a hard time falling back asleep after 3am.  Well I do fall back asleep but it is usually around 6am and the alarm goes off at 6:30.  Makes for sleepy mornings until I get my Dt. Mt Dew!  Also my hips are beginning to hurt again.

What I miss:  My energy.  I want to spend a lot of time with Garrett and Josh, but just get so sleepy.  My energy comes and goes.  Some days are awesome and others I can't take it.  My weeks are pretty busy these days.  I have to workout 3 days a week and then Garrett has gymnastics twice a week.  Josh and I split the time and he takes him one night and I do the other, but that puts me not getting home until late 4 out of 5 nights a week.  Kindof sucks.  It won't get any better because I have the workouts until Carter comes...and they are worth it, just exhausting.

What I'm looking forward to:  Spring!  I know that means Carter will be here, but we are on our 3rd snow in 6 weeks.  I did not sign up for this in Greenville, NC!  More post to come later on that.

Cravings/Food Aversions:  I finally can eat pretty much what I want.  This is great, but probably not what I need.  I'm thirsty a lot...I drink tons of water. 

Symptoms:  I have been having strange symptoms.  Last Friday after working out I came home and it felt like I had pulled a muscle in my right butt cheek (sorry if TMI).  Well I couldn't sit, it hurt so bad!  I couldn't figure out what had happened.  It felt better when I laid down.  After doing a little research I found out Carter had found my sciatic nerve.  Well it got better after the weekend and I haven't had any other issues until the past few days.  My legs have started getting tingly feelings going up and down them and my arms a little too.  Apparently Carter is on a nerve that is causing this.  It's very strange and I don't like it.  They gave me some exercises to try to get him off.  We will see how it goes.

Workouts:  Workouts are hit and miss with this snow!  I was supposed to go last night, but canceled and  am supposed to go tomorrow, but that isn't happening either!  Hopefully next week we will be back on schedule and NO MORE SNOW!!
 
Best moment this past weekBeing showered by some sweet friends!  Spending time with family.  that is the benefit to the snow is that we have been able to spend time together!!!
 
33 week picture:
And the board does say 33 Weeks (with an "s", I was standing in front of the "s")
Again, I don't feel like my belly is that big.  Blows my mind every time I see a picture!

Sunday, February 2, 2014

31 Weeks!

How Far AlongWe are 31 weeks (well actually 32 weeks tomorrow).  How in the world did we get here so fast?  We are now in the single digit countdown until Carter is here!  8 weeks left as of tomorrow.  WOW!

Size of Baby:  As of 32 weeks Carter should weigh around 3 and 3/4 pounds and is around 16.7 inches long.  I think it's funny that they say he is about 16.7...strange number.

Maternity Clothes:   Yes of course...

Gender:  Boy!!!  Baby Carter.

Movement:  Yes and I think he is starting to run out of room and getting a little snug in there.  I'm getting the feet in the side and under the ribs.  Sometimes it can be a little painful.  Garrett was with me during one of Carter's big movements that hurt and he pointed to my belly and said "Don't do that Carter!!!".
 
Sleep:  Doing pretty good.  Trying to take advantage while I can before I get to the very uncomfortable stage of pregnancy and it is even hard to sleep.  I still wake a few times, but seem to be able to fall back pretty easily.  I am most exhausted though first thing in the morning and then the late afternoon.  We wake up around 6:30 (thanks to Garrett...shew) and I could take a nap around 8:30am.  Ha!  I have had a few nights where I fall asleep on the sofa around 7pm and get a little catnap. 

What I miss:  My legs.  I feel like they have gotten HUGE.  I also am just ready for my body to be back to "normal".  Don't get me wrong, I love the belly.  I love the movement.  this is more than likely our last pregnancy so I am trying to soak it all in.

What I'm looking forward to:  We have pretty much put the nursery together.  The crib is up and bedding is in it, the room is painted.  The clothes have been washed and put away.  Josh did the majority of all this and I have joked with a friend that he is nesting.  Ha.  For those of y'all that don't know Josh very well he is OCD when it comes to cleanliness and I am NOT!  He did not know what he was getting into when he married me.  I've gotten a lot better, but still he is always cleaning.

Cravings/Food Aversions:  I really am not having any problems now which is great!  I am really trying to eat healthier starting this week.  We have had Holiday's, followed by tons of company lunches, followed by SNOW.  I am sooo weak and have avoided the talk with my midwife about weight gain.  I feel like the talk is coming though.  We will see.  We went shopping this weekend and I have lots of fruits and veges and healthy options.  Now I just need to stick to it!

Symptoms:  I am starting to waddle a little bit.  Still out of breath if I get going too fast.  I have a feeling that tying my shoes are going to start becoming difficult.  I can still wear my wedding bands and my Meredith class ring.  I am so excited about that.  There were some days pre pregnancy that I would not be able to wear my Meredith ring and I honestly didn't think I would be able to wear it this long.  I don't think I will be able to wear it the entire time, but my wedding bands I think I should be able to wear.
I am also sore by the end of the day if it is a busy day.  All over sore.

Workouts:  Workouts are pretty good.  I've mainly stuck to the stationary bike.  Going to attempt the elliptical this week and see how it goes.  This past week we had a lot of snow and so I wasn't able to go and workout at the gym.  We did however go for a LONG walk and played in the snow for about 2 hours and holy cow I was exhausted!  that was NO JOKE.   
 
Best moment this past weekIt was seeing Garrett practice being a big brother with a fake baby at the hospital.  Bless him he is honestly the most excited person I have ever seen about a baby coming.  I pray that this excitement continues!  I will post some pictures from the hospital. 
 
Here is our 31 week photo.  Excuse again the scary faces.  Garrett is not ready for us to erase them yet.  Lovely.  I hadn't looked at these pictures yet and GOOD GRACIOUS look at that belly!  Whoa.  My goodness it is growing like crazy.  Garrett even looked at me one day and said "Carter is really getting big mommy".  ha!
 
 
Here are pictures from the hospital class on being a big brother.  He had so much fun but talked through the entire class.  Gracious he is just like me and talks all the time.  Ha! 
 
Um is this what Carter is going to look like? 
 
I think I have this!  (mommy is secretly thinking "don't forget to hold his head!!")
 
Learning to wrap up like a burrito or as Garrett said "I'm wrapping him up like a moo moo".
That's how you know you have gone to Moe's one too many times for a kids meal!  ha
 
He had a BLAST! 
 
video
This is a video from the class.