Friday, July 17, 2015

Macey: 31 weeks

Heart Rate: 130 something :)

Stats: I measured right on track at 31 weeks and have now gained 18 pounds! 

Symptoms: Everything still hurts. And it is hotter than hot outside. So basically I'm staying inside as much as possible, despite my longing desire to be swimming in an outdoor swimming pool while drinking a cherry limeade with extra ice. 

Appetite: I'm starting to lose my appetite again. Nothing except maybe ice cream and chocolate milk sound really appealing. 

Movement: Lots of wiggles going on! I can tell Macey is getting more cramped because her movements are definitely less forceful and dramatic! 

Sleeping: No change from 29 weeks. I still wake up every 2-3 hours despite every effort to stay asleep. My doctor recommended I eat something with a lot of protein just before bed to help keep from getting hungry during the night. Last night I tried peanut butter, but it made me so thirsty that I had to drink something before bed. Tonight I'm going to try eating a Clif bar and drinking as little milk with it as possible. We'll see. I'm totally aware that sleep is hard to come by in late pregnancy, but I am experiencing MUCH MUCH MUCH more sleep disruption than I ever had with Maleah. (Oh, and it doesn't help that Maleah is sometimes the reason I'm waking up!!!) 

Looking Forward To: Having a baby... for real, though! The closer we get, the more absolutely excited I am to welcome another baby. I love Maleah so much (tearing up now...) that I can't even imagine what it will be like to have two sweet girls calling me Mama (where's the Kleenex?)! We have slowly been accumulating baby items and pulling things out of storage and it's just really sinking in that she's going to be here very soon! 

Loving: My super-fantastic husband. Poor Blake is struggling right along with me, but he is trying so hard to help make these last weeks as comfortable and manageable as possible. He always listens when I go on my rant about how uncomfortable I am, he rubs my back to help me get back to sleep at night, and he takes such good care of Maleah when my body just can't! I am so appreciative that he takes an active role in parenting!!!

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Macey: 29 Weeks

Am I allowed to say that I am "over" being pregnant? I mean, on the one hand, please hear me when I say that I completely appreciate being pregnant and am so grateful to be able to experience it again. Trust me on that one! But, on the other hand... the actual being pregnant part is really hard! It's an exciting period of life, but it is very physically demanding and that's the part I'm completely and totally OVER. I'm ready to be exhausted because my sweet girl is here keeping  me up all night. That'll be hard, too, but at least I'll have a cute little face to look at while I'm crying from exhaustion!

With that being said, the end is in sight. We have 11-ish weeks to go before Macey arrives and... frankly, I am not prepared! All this exhaustion has really held me back from getting everything ready. Thankfully I have learned from experience and know she doesn't really need much to start with! We'll see how much we can get done here in the coming weeks!

Heart Rate: 150-something... 

Stats: I think have gained 14-16 pounds so far. I can't remember how much I weighed in the beginning but during my last three appointments I have packed on some pounds! I think I gained 26 with Maleah, so I'm hoping to keep it between 22-28 pounds total this time.

Symptoms: Everything hurts. Is that a symptom? I really think in the past week that my hips have spread (ouch!)! I am waddling around like crazy and I just don't care. It's the only way that feels good to walk! I am really trying to stay positive in these last weeks - honestly it is hard some days! Macey is also laying diagonally, just like her big sister, and last night she decided to swap sides!!! It's very very very very very uncomfortable... so I hope it's just as uncomfortable to her as it is to me so she'll move back!

Appetite: I get hungry. I have to eat. I eat. I get full really quickly. Repeat, repeat, repeat. 

Movement: Little Thumper is still banging around in there, but her movements have changed. She is still way more forceful than I remember Maleah being, but she has calmed down some in the past few weeks. I think she's probably starting to run out of room to continue her wild and crazy punches! Oh! And we felt her have the hiccups for the first time last night! I have been waiting on the hiccups because Maleah started having them much earlier and there has been a time or two when I wondered if she had them, but they didn't last long enough. Last night, she definitely had them. Blake just happened to have his hand on my belly when they started. It was so fun to experience a "first" with him!

Sleeping: I wake up every two hours and consider it a good night if I can get 3-4 hours of uninterrupted sleep. I keep telling myself this is great practice for life with a newborn. Because it is. 

Looking Forward To: Getting some stuff done in preparation for this baby!!! Last night I ordered all of the "first week essentials" that I could think of. Of course I forgot to include Dermoplast so I'll be hitting up the drug store this week to get some! 

Loving: My appointments will be every two weeks now for the next two visits (31, 33, 35 weeks) and then we'll start the weekly visits! I think this is when things get REALLY real!!! Plus I love seeing my doctor so I'm totally happy to pay her a visit more often!

Random Note: Since my last post about our girl at 26 weeks, our family suffered a major loss. My Fred suddenly passed away in his sleep on June 10. I'm still in shock... still processing... which is why I haven't written or said much about it. It's just really hard to believe he is gone - just like that. He loved Maleah so much and he was so excited about Macey. Actually the last time I saw Fred was about a week or so before he died - I convinced him and my mom to pick up a changing table from my cousin and deliver it to our house in the middle of the week because I HAD TO HAVE IT RIGHT THEN to calm my nesting urges! He was always happy to do stuff like that. I absolutely hate that Macey won't get to meet him and experience his love.