Saturday, July 26, 2014

baby alex: 34 weeks

i kind of like the photo this week. it looks like i merely put a basketball under my dress. obviously you can't see my legs... and i'm quite wide these days too, lol.


how far along: 34 weeks

how big is baby: the size of a canteloupe (18 inches long and weighs 4 3/4 pounds). that's a pound in two weeks, wow.

weight gain / loss: i started at 142.4 lbs and was 162 lbs two weeks ago. i'm now 163.4 lbs, having gained almost 1.5 pounds in two weeks. i'm now slightly nervous that i'm not gaining enough weight or not fast enough for baby's weight gain, so my goal is to start incorporating better fats and proteins into my diet. i just don't like protein much to begin with.

symptoms: the braxton-hicks contractions like to keep me up at least once a week now. also i can't even stand up without having to go pee. when i have to print stuff at work, i'm tempted to let papers pile up for two hours because if i get up every 10 minutes, i will inevitably go pee every 10 minutes.

cravings / aversions: craving fruit again, as usual. seriously not interested in turkey meat. i love deli sandwiches and turkey is grossing me out.

movement: occasionally i think alex's movements are the onset of contractions because my stomach gets crazy hard. but then he moves his butt in another direction and i realize that's all it was in the first place.

gender: boy

belly button: officially an outie.

sleep: i've started falling asleep earlier each night, around 9:30pm but am not ready to get up at 6:30am the next morning. it's not enough sleep. leila's been getting to school a little late this week!

what i'm looking forward to: the arrival of the crap ton of etsy orders i placed this weekend. i bought a wall decal with alex's name and some whales, a print to frame, and some contoured burp cloths. once these things arrive, the nursery should officially be done. yessss.

what i miss: flexibility and lower weight. i sat at my desk at work and tried to reach for a pen on the other side. it involved an awful grunt, painful stretch, and attempt to roll my chair over. rolling the chair was not very successful either. apparently it takes a little more effort to push my body on wheels. le sigh.

highlights this past week: my doctor gave us a timeline for alex's arrival! she said that if my thrombocytopenia starts acting up, they won't induce before august 11. they will try other courses of treatment before allowing me to go into labor before that date. i asked if i could induce closer to my due date if all was well and she said that if my cervix is favorable, they can induce no sooner than 39 weeks. i don't really want to induce until august 28 or 29, so i have a feeling those dates will be options. basically this little boy should be here between august 11 and 29! yay!

baby alex: 32 weeks

i sort of forgot this was sitting in my draft folder waiting for a photo. whoops!


how far along: 32 weeks

how big is baby: the size of a large jicama (16.7 inches long and weighs 3 3/4 pounds)

weight gain / loss: i started at 142.4 lbs and was 160.5 lbs two weeks ago. i'm almost to the twenty pound weight gain mark, weighing in at 162 lbs now. i've gained 1.5 pounds in two weeks which is great.

symptoms: i'm getting full really easily now. is that a symptom?

cravings / aversions: i'm sort of over water some nights and need something with a sweet flavor like orange juice or root beer.

movement: plenty of movement, but not quite somersaults. more like random bulges in my stomach.

gender: boy

belly button: we've moved past half in / half out and are at about 3/4 out. might as well call it an outie now.

sleep: sleeping pretty well, but if i do wake up i can't fall back asleep without using the bathroom first. that's getting annoying.

what i'm looking forward to: figuring out when this kid will arrive. i have an appointment coming up where we should start talking about the timeline for alex's arrival.

what i miss: my wardrobe. i feel very limited now, down to about 5 dresses and 10 tops for work. i realize that means i can wear different things to work for 3 weeks straight, but that doesn't mean i like the lack of options.

highlights this past week: when i asked leila who was in my belly, she FINALLY said "baby alex." for the longest time the response has varied from belly button to food to princess cinderella. i'm considering this a step forward in her understanding that a baby is on the way.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

healthy weight

a 32 week post is coming in the next few days. i got a cute new work dress this weekend that i need to wear tomorrow, so i'm sort of waiting to take a picture then. :-)

i'm in the mood to blog though, so i figured i'd talk about how i've been doing weight-wise this pregnancy. it is probably the topic that i put the most effort into with each survey. when i was pregnant with leila, i gained 32 pounds. that was in the healthy 25-35 pound range and i was very pleased. i didn't have stretch marks and could wear my rings, so all in all it was a victory.

with this pregnancy, i've been striving to say in that range once again. i actually didn't pay much attention to my weight gain at first, especially because i was on modified bed rest for a month. it wasn't until i started checking in on the baby center weight gain tracker that i paid better attention.

around 23 weeks i realized i was eating like crap and decided it was time to monitor the food i was eating. i started doing weight watchers, set up to gain something like 0.5-1 pounds each week. i mostly just used weight watchers because it's the easiest for me to wrap my head around, having done weight watchers a few times in the past.

when i started tracking what i ate, i noticed that i was seriously high on carbs and ridiculously low on fruits and veggies. since then, i've started to make sure i have fresh fruit in the house and at my office every week. i miss the occasional trip to the grocery store and always see my weight spike up when i've skipped a day or two of fruit/veggie snacks. i think it was actually last saturday when i weighed in at 163 lbs and had been eating cereal and chips as snacks in the few days leading up to that. a week and stocked fruit bowl later, i'm 162 lbs. it's crazy how much better snacking options can change things! although, i guess i will often throw in fruit or a salad as the side for a meal too when we have the food around.

since i'm an engineer, i live my life in excel. so what kind of engineer would i be if i hadn't been tracking my weight gain this whole time!? using the aforementioned weight gain tracker (starting weight 142 lbs and height 5'8"), i've been keeping track of if i'm in the healthy range. here is the chart so far:


every milestone of this pregnancy is evident in that graph. trucking along nice and healthy until at 8 weeks, i was diagnosed with a subchorionic hematoma and put on modified bed rest. for a month i was adhering to limited physical activity and around week 12 was cleared. then i did great. and then not because i promptly fell into "zomg, ramen noodles NOW" mode. i turned that ship around at 23 weeks and have been on a nice, healthy path ever since!

leila just woke up from a late nap so we're going to go snack on some watermelon and carrots. happy sunday, all!