The 7th Month


Well it's been FOUR weeks since I did an official blog bumpdate.
Hunter is already hitting that second child action before he's even out of the womb, poor kid. lol.

Let's recap weeks 29-32 shall we?

He's gone from being the size of a small head of cabbage to a a pretty large squash because we all know produce size is a constant. If that confuses you, like it confuses me - let's just stick to basics and we'll say he's rapidly approaching four pounds and probably about 17 inches long by average standards. However, I don't seem to be carrying an average sized boy as he sent me to the hospital last week with wince worthy pelvic pains. After my own OB was incredibly confused and stumped over the amount of pain that sent me there, she handed me to the ER OBGYN floor so I could be monitored for a few hours. Pre-term labor was on the table of options but was quickly dismissed as I only had one contraction in the span of 2.5 hours. Wild boy Hunter also had a case of pretty severe hiccups while I was under observation, which made my incredibly sweet and peppy nurse burst in laughing when the fetal monitor started freaking out. After being examined, not once, but twice and being monitored and fed saltines for about three hours, I was released with the diagnosis of having a very large headed kid. The exact wording is that I, at just under 31 weeks, already have a boy with a head the size of a full term baby and no signs of early labor occurring, so he's just going to keep growing. That, paired with the fact that I was told about a month ago that this boy's feet were nearing full term size is making me think that the big and tall genes on both sides of our family decided to come together in designing this huge baby I am now carrying. The ER docs also suspect that my intense pelvic pain is due to my body releasing a little too much of the hormone 'relaxin', causing my pelvic bone to literally separate a hair... which would explain the big POP that happened when I rolled over in bed the night before driving myself to the hospital and the fact that walking is occasionally painful. Unfortunately there is really nothing that can be done and I was told that I will probably experience this pain the rest of pregnancy. So I get to wear a spanking hot 'maternity belt' that makes me feel a bit like a creature with a saddle strapped around their belly.

The joys of motherhood, am I right?

That is the most dramatic tale of the seventh month of pregnancy. Otherwise, Hunter and I are both "perfectly healthy" according to the doc. I'm ever increasing in girth, can't sleep a wink due to frequent bathroom trips and kicking, moving a wee bit slower and can only fit a small amount of food in my belly at a time before Hunter starts making his presence VERY known and I have trouble breathing. So small meals it is. Haha.

Around these weeks he's growing out his hair, supposed to be positioning himself for birth and has both a rapidly growing brain and is putting on more body fat (help). I'm equal parts excited to see if he has a head full of hair like his big sister as much as I am terrified to see juuuuust how much body fat he's putting on. Like my belly already feels like it's being stretched to the max and he's supposed to just about double his size before his due date. Heaven help me.

This week Hunter attended his first big party thrown in his honor by a bunch of my dearest friends. With the fact that this spring has consisted of selling our home, downsizing and living in a temporary space with my in-laws while we search for our next home there has been ZERO nesting going on. Last week, my type A, ducks in a row nature started freaking out that we don't have a single diaper or place to sleep ready for him and at this point I'm pretty sure I had Belle's nursery set up. Again with the second kid syndrome. But after being spoiled and loved on last night, I feel SO much more prepared to usher this wild boy into the world and the realities that I'm bringing a BOY home with me in just a few short weeks is becoming pretty real with the swarm of blue things that just made an appearance!

I'd be lying if I said I wasn't a little nervous about making the switch from one to two kids and going from a girl to having a boy at that. For whatever reason I haven't been able to even imagine what it will be like - maybe because my mind has been so preoccupied with all the craziness that our family is currently dealing with, but still. Like what in the world will it be like to be momming a little boy? If this pregnancy is any indication... definitely not boring ;)

Until next time... BumpOUT!

27/28 Weeks

Ya'll what a crazy ride the past two weeks have been! 
We moved out of our house, into our new space, only to then move into a hotel for a week and will be back into our new digs come Sunday. It's been a lot and there has been little sleep and Hunter has been getting bigger and heavier this entire time... making the moving process rather interesting and difficult. But here we are. 

We had our 3rd trimester check up this week where we got to experience the glucose test, extra ultrasound for checking the location of my placenta as well as my Rhogam shot and another thyroid check. Holy poop it was quite the appointment, incredibly thankful for friends who took Belle for the morning so I could sit and wait it all out without dealing with a toddler on top of it all. 

The long and short is both Hunter and I are healthy as can be! My placenta has moved and I no longer have to look at the likelihood of a c-section. Both my gestational diabetes test and thyroid levels came back PERFECT and the doc said that I'm taking fantastic care of myself. SCORE. 

The best and also most amusing part of the whole appointment was during the ultrasound when the tech questioned my due date, not once, but three different times. Apparently Hunter is a big boy - which I could've told her just based on the fact that it feels like I'm already carrying a bowling ball and his kicks and jabs are becoming increasingly uncomfortable in ways I didn't experience until the last month of pregnancy with Belle. Most babies are weighing in around 2.2 lbs at this point and my tech said he's measuring in at nearly 3 already. Considering he has a full three months left to be in there, Lord have mercy. She said the size of this wild man's head is up in the 90th percentile and his feet are already a couple inches long. THREE MORE MONTHS PEOPLE. He's about to start gaining his body fat rapidly and I'm a bit nervous for what that means when it comes to getting him out of me after hearing my tech talk about how big he is over and over again. Sheesh.

In other news, carrying a boy is so very different. I have aches and pains that I don't remember experiencing with Belle. Maybe it's his size or just where he is lounging around in there, but he consistently keeps me uncomfortable from the belly button down. I can't bend over without making a full squat or else I feel like I'm going to fall over. My workouts have changed drastically just over the past three weeks because of how much oxygen I'm having to share with him as well as the fact that there are moves I just can't do with a big ol belly in my way. Don't get me wrong, I still feel good and healthy but I am definitely carrying a big boy and my body lets me know it - I honestly feel nauseous a little more nowadays then I ever did in the first trimester with this wild man just from his powerful kicks and jabs! I mean has a baby ever kicked their way out? I need answers. Lol.

Anyway, I'm super excited to get settled soon so I can start thinking more about his arrival and getting things set up for him! Lately I'm finding myself focused more on what I about to lose (time with Belle, time with people and doing things in general), instead of what I'm gaining and I want to turn that around because I'm insanely grateful for this second little miracle and want my excitement to start matching my thankfulness! 

Mamas who have had both a boy and girl - was the third trimester really different for you?

25/26 Weeks

Whew buddy! These past couple weeks have been CRAZY. Hence the two week update instead of accomplishing my desire to update ya'll every week! Learning that flexibility is still something I need a lot of growth in, in all areas of life. This season of selling our home, moving into a temporary situation at my in-laws house, not being able to "nest", running a growing business, momming a now THREE year old (oh ya, definitely dropped the ball in her yearly update), all while living and enjoying my life is a constant lesson in the need to just give my crazy to God and trust that if I'm doing my best, He's got the rest!

But enough about my crazy and onto this growing baby bump!
Real talk, I think this picture is from 24 weeks after a large lunch which makes it an accurate depiction of my 26 week bump. Although I am sporting basically the same outfit today.

Week 25 I actually put some strain on my lower back / baby area by swinging Belle over my body in a not so smart way. I immediately felt that I did something I shouldn't have and had to take it easy for about a week due to some cramping and pain. So I actually had to rest from workouts, but with all the moving and packing and cleaning was still staying pretty active. This week I've been able to do some lower impact workouts again without pain and will probably jump back into my normal routine after another week of working back up to it. It's crazy how just a week off can set your body back a few paces... especially while pregnant and sharing oxygen. Hot dang. Let's just discuss how I can workout for 30 minutes without getting too winded but have me going up and down a few flights of stairs and I'm gasping for air. How does that work exactly? Because I'd like to know. I'm also beginning to feel the typical lower back and body aches from the weight of the belly and my uterus which is now like the size of a very large cauliflower at this point if I remember correctly.

Hunter has been kicking me full force these days. Pretty sure he's been taking his cues from my MMA workouts and giving me some pretty mean roudhouse kicks whenever he pleases. He's definitely still his most active when I'm trying to chill which makes sitting or laying down pretty uncomfy, but getting to watch and feel his little kicks and spins is still one of the coolest things about pregnancy to me, so I'm not complaining.

He has started to grow nails and wiggle his individual fingers and toes at this point. Weighing in at just under 2lbs (though my lower body feels like a 10lb weight is resting on it at all times) and roughly the size of a larger acorn squash. His immune system is developing at top speed now which is keeping me thinking about how I treat my body in this stage all the more. His eyes are starting to open a bit and he's practicing breathing.

Next week I have a 2-3 hour long appointment to cover several things, one of which is finally getting that extra ultrasound to check my placenta and see if it has moved to where I don't have to worry about the possibilities of dealing with placenta previa and all that entails. Due to the amount of movement I feel, I'm hopeful the placenta has shifted to where it needs to be, but we'll see. As long as Hunter is healthy I really couldn't care less - though not having to deal with the precautions and a scheduled c-section are obviously a hope. I also get to do the dreaded gestational diabetes test and get my little shot of rhogam! The only part of the appointment I'm looking forward to is seeing him on the ultrasound screen!

Curious - has anyone done the alternate screening for gestational diabetes that involves taking a buttload of honey as opposed to that disgusting sugar drink?
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