Bumpdate: 35 Weeks

What day is it?  I’m always turned around for the first half of the day after a 3-day weekend.  We had a very productive and enjoyable long weekend.  I hope you did, too!  The weather wasn’t great, but we didn’t let that rain on our parade.

On Saturday Ryan and I picked up the crib and changing table.  Ryan put everything together {thankful to have married a handy man!}, while Charlie and I read the directions aka rolled around on the floor.  Unfortunately, the changing table had crack in the wood and a piece was missing so we had to go back to the store.  It makes me so happy that the nursery is coming together…  All we’re missing is the rocker and bookcase which are at my momma’s house and were in my nursery when I was a baby!

Sunday morning Ryan and I drove out to Skyline Drive to see the fall foliage.  We visited last year and it was breathtakingly beautiful.  It’s not a quick trip, we’re in the car for 5ish hours, but it’s easily one of my new favorite fall activities.  There is nothing quite like being on top of the mountains and feeling like you’re floating among the clouds.  After we got back I had a pre-natal massage which was ahhh-mazing.

Yesterday was a busy and productive day, although I didn’t do nearly half of what I had hoped to do.  I had a chiropractor appointment, a stress test and ultrasound, tutored two kiddos, and my momma came over to see our new place.  She set up the bassinet that she gifted us, I made a Mexican fiesta, and we enjoyed the carrot cake that Ryan bought for my birthday {freezing cakes is an awesome tip if you don’t wanna waste it!}.

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the bassinet & bedding my momma gifted us, except ours is white

My momma also brought over the shirt that the hospital gave me when I was born, my receiving blankets, a bonnet and blanket that my birth mother’s mom knitted, my old bibs, and a pillow that was in my crib.  It was such a sweet, special moment!

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Due Date:  Thursday, November 13th

Gender:  Girl!

Name:  Chosen, but we’re keeping it a secret until she arrives.

Size:  Coconut {17.2 – 18.7 in.}

Symptoms:  Groin pain.  This is the one pain {in the butt} symptoms I’ve experienced my whole pregnancy and considering it just stared within the past two weeks, I can’t complain.  The sharp pain starts from my groin and shoots down my left leg.  It comes on sporadically and lasts for no longer than a minute, but it’s painful enough to stop me dead in my footsteps.  Based on Baby Szed’s positioning, it makes sense – her head is wayyy down {behind my bladder} and her legs are nestled under my rib cage.  Also why I have to pee every 10 minutes!  My chiropractor yesterday adjusted my back and neck, but he also pushed {HARD} on a spot near my hip bone/pelvis and I haven’t felt any shooting pain yet.  I hope I didn’t just jinx myself…

Movement:  I feel her moving at least 10 times a day – the nurse who did my stress test yesterday asked if I could feel her at least 10 times daily – but the movements are not as noticeable as they once were.  When I first began to feel her move, it felt like she was jabbing/kicking me, but now it feels like she’s just readjusting.  Although, it still looks like I have an alien in my belly when she moves.

Weight Gain:  I’ve maintained the same weight for the past month or so.  In total, I’ve gained about 20 pounds.

Cravings:  Still no real “I gotta have it now!” cravings.  I’m kinda hoping to have at least one before my due date because it’s one of the most cliché pregnancy symptoms, but if I don’t, oh well.  I’m still enjoying saltier foods more than sweets, ground beef {which I don’t typically care for}, lots of fruit, breakfast meats {turkey bacon/sausage}, and cheese.  I’ve been spoiled the past few weeks between a wedding, my baby shower, and my birthday…  I’ve eaten a lot of delicious cake.  I’ll take all of the frosting and leave all of the cake for someone else.  Ryan thinks I’m crazy.

Aversions:  Nothing that I can think of off the top of my head.

Fitness:  Last week was a good week in terms of workouts.  I either went to the gym and did 45+ minutes on a cardio machine or took Charlie for a long every day except once.  I love walking {and miss running} in the fall.

Sleep:  Same as last week.  I’m asleep by 8:30 or 9PM and up around 4AM.  Except Monday morning, I was awake at 1:30AM.  Blah.

Read past bumpdates…

Bumpdate: 24 Weeks

Bumpdate: 25 Weeks

Bumpdate: 26 Weeks

Bumpdate: 27 Weeks

Bumpdate: 28 Weeks

Bumpdate: 29 Weeks

Bumpdate: 30 & 31 Weeks

Bumpdate: 32 – 34 Weeks

Question:  Cake or icing?  Or both?  Icing!  Ryan prefers a 1:1 ratio of cake to icing.

Question:  Do you prefer frosting to be more sugary or more buttery?  Sugary, like the kind on cheap grocery store sheet cakes or in a tub.  I’m not a huge fan of buttercream because it’s so rich and I tend to get a stomach ache later.  Cream cheese frosting is okay, too.

— Allison

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Bumpdate: 32 – 34 Weeks

Good morning, y’all!  I haven’t shared a bumpdate for a few weeks because despite a growing belly, I haven’t experienced any changes or new symptoms.  It’s hard for me to notice how much I’ve grown since I see myself daily, but the pictures below over a span of three weeks makes me realize how much I’ve “rounded” out!

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Due Date:  Thursday, November 13th

Gender:  Girl!

Name:  Chosen, but we’re keeping it a secret until she arrives.  My students asked last week if they can call her “Sweet Girl” :)

Size:  Butternut Squash {17.2 – 18.7 in.}

Symptoms:  During my first trimester I was exhausted by 4PM and that feeling is back.  I can’t wait for the school bell to ring, drive home, and lay down on the couch.  I still haven’t experienced any swelling in my ankles/feet which is good, considering I’m on my feet for the most of the day.  I’ve definitely reached the “uncomfortable” stage.  Earlier in the week I felt some contractions and pelvic pain which made it impossible to get comfortable.  Standing up, sitting, slouching, laying down – nothing felt good.  I also felt some pain in my groin.

At our 34 week check-up the doctor reassured us that everything I’m feeling is normal.  The pain is most likely a combination of contractions and my ligaments/muscles stretching or being strained.  She suggested I purchase a support belt to help relieve the pain and to support my changing center of gravity.  We’re going to look for one this weekend.

Movement:  She never stops moving!  I still notice her movements the most when I’m laying down {my belly looks like a waterbed}, but I’ve also started to feel her move when I’m standing up.

 

Weight Gain:  I’ve maintained the same weight over the past few weeks.  In total, I’ve gained almost 20 pounds.

Cravings:  Since eating cake at the baby shower last weekend, I’ve had a huge hankering for sweets.  A mix of healthy and a few less healthy choices…  Raisins, dried apples, donuts, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, fruit, Luna Bars, and leftover baby shower cake.  Everything in moderation!  Additionally, I’m still loving salty foods, protein {beans, cheese, chicken, lean ground beef, yogurt}, and happy that “all things pumpkin” season has returned.

Aversions:  Salad.  I’d rather eat cooked veggies than raw or a whole bowl of broccoli or salted tomatoes than lettuce.  Fresh fish.  The thought of slimy fish makes me squirm, although canned tuna sounds delicious.  And bologna.  When I shared the Applegate lunch kits with my students a few weeks ago, I divided everything up evenly and I can’t get over the look/smell of the bologna.

P.S. The winner still hasn’t claimed her prize! Check to see if you’re the winner.

Fitness:  Getting to the gym during the week has been difficult due to long days at school, tutoring, touring daycares, and doctor appointments, but I’m still staying active.  I’ve been doing a mix of going to the gym and taking Charlie on long walks – the fall scenery is too pretty not to enjoy!  On average, I workout 3 days in a row and then take a day off.

Sleep:  Although I feel exhausted by the end of the day and fall asleep between 8 – 9PM, I can’t seem to sleep much past 3AM.  My routine is to get up, go downstairs, look around Pinterest or review curriculum, make breakfast, and sometimes fall back asleep for a bit before work {but then I have a hard time waking up}.

Read past bumpdates…

Bumpdate: 24 Weeks

Bumpdate: 25 Weeks

Bumpdate: 26 Weeks

Bumpdate: 27 Weeks

Bumpdate: 28 Weeks

Bumpdate: 29 Weeks

Bumpdate: 30 & 31 Weeks

Question:  Isn’t watching Baby Szed crazy cool {and creepy}?  Also, I had to create a YouTube channel to upload the video of her kicking into this post.  I can’t promise that I’ll be posting a lot of videos, but I’m proud of myself for figuring out how to convert the video, etc.

Question:  What’s your favorite sweet?

— Allison

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Bumpdate: 29 Weeks

Just as I imagined, the first week of school was exhausting.  And I didn’t even have any students!  Between coordinating my student’s schedules, talking with their former teachers, planning with their teachers for this year, trying to figure out my schedule, and decorating my classroom…  I’m exhausted.  Last night my momma felt bad that I was still at school close to 8PM so she came over to help.  Until the custodian kicked us out.

Despite the long days, I’m so excited for the school year to start!  My new coworkers are fun, the administration is supportive, and the building maintenance team couldn’t be more helpful.  Now, the only people who I need to meet are my students.

The PTA hosted an ice cream social Thursday afternoon, but none of my students came.  I was bummed, but it probably was for the better since my room was in shambles and I was sweating like a hog because the AC didn’t turn on until just before the students/parents arrived.

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Due Date:  Thursday, November 13th

Gender:  Girl!

Name:  Chosen, but we’re keeping it a secret until she arrives.

Size:  Acorn Squash {15.2 – 16.7 in.}

Symptoms:  I had some pain in my lower abdomen sporadically throughout the week.  Nothing seriously painful, but it felt similar to what I imagine bad period cramps feel like {thankfully, I don’t have bad period cramps regularly}.  It felt like my uterus was literally being stretched from side-to-side.  Laying/siting down helped.  I’ve noticed that I get fuller quicker – it feels like I ate a big Thanksgiving dinner and need to unbutton my pants…  Except I can’t unbutton my belly.  Even though I sometimes feel like I could eat a cow, I should start eating smaller, more frequent meals.

Movement:  This week was the first week when I could really notice Baby Szed’s movement through my shirt.  During one meeting she was wiggling for a good 10 minutes and one of my coworkers noticed it.  We couldn’t help but laugh!  Last week the ultrasound tech said that she was positioned with her head on my left side and her limbs on my right side…  Which makes sense because I feel the most movement on the right.

Weight Gain:  I haven’t weighed myself since last week at the doctor’s office.

Cravings:  No “I gotta have it!” cravings, but I’m loving two new-to-me products: Quaker Cinnamon Oatmeal Squares and Blue Diamond Honey Roasted Almonds.  I’ve been eating handfuls of the Oatmeal Squares straight out of the box or will mix them into oatmeal or yogurt.  The Honey Roasted Almonds are a great mid-morning snack.  I’ve also been enjoying sour cream and onion chips.

Reading that makes it sound like I’ve been eating junk food all week, but I’ve made sure to include a healthy dose of fresh produce, fiber, protein, and calcium too.  Everything in moderation!

Aversions:  My thoughts on veggies change by the hour.  Sometimes they sound fine, other times they sound awful.  This has been pretty consistent throughout my pregnancy thus far.  But even though they don’t always sound appealing, I’ve found ways to sneak them in.

Fitness:  I managed to workout both days last weekend, but only two days this week.  Every morning I left for school around 7AM, worked Monday through Wednesday until 4PM before going to tutoring until 6PM, Thursday and Friday I worked past 7PM, and everyday after I finished tutoring/working I was ready for dinner and bed…  Not the gym.  With school starting on Tuesday, I’ll need to start going in the morning.

Sleep:  It was an off week.  I woke up every morning between 2:30 – 3:30AM.  I have a lot of things on my mind, school and baby related.  I’m not stressed, but I do feel a little overwhelmed and my brain can’t turn itself off at night.  I’ll feel better in a few weeks once things settle down.

Read past bumpdates…

Bumpdate: 24 Weeks

Bumpdate: 25 Weeks

Bumpdate: 26 Weeks

Bumpdate: 27 Weeks

Bumpdate: 28 Weeks

Question:  Have you tried Quaker Cinnamon Oatmeal Squares or Blue Diamond Honey Roasted Almonds?

Question:  How do you sleep when your brain can’t shut off?

— Allison

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