Tuesday, September 29, 2009

30 Weeks

Hey everyone! I am 30 weeks pregnant this week and just wanted to do an update on several things. Jeff and I had a tour of the hospital on Sunday and we both were really glad we did. The hospital seems very clean and everyone was very friendly. We saw where we would be parking and coming in to check in. The tour guide also showed us the birthing rooms, nursery, and the postpartum care rooms. I was glad to see all of it because I really don't know what to expect and seeing where all the fun happens helped me feel a little more comfortable and maybe even a tiny bit prepared. At least I'll know what to expect as far as my surroundings...I can't really say I'll be comfortable or prepared for anything else haha!

I was kind of bummed out though because the hospital had to make new rules about visitors due to the H1N1 virus. The new rules are that no one except the parents of the baby are allowed in the hospital. This means no visitors at all. I felt bad because I really wanted my family and Jeff's family to come see Kamryn once she is born but I understand the severity of this virus and I definitely want to take all precautions. So, I think everyone will get to see her once we bring her home from the hospital.

This past week I have been feeling lots of Braxton Hicks contractions which my doctor says are perfectly normal. I usually feel them during the day especially while I am walking around. They don't hurt or anything...my belly just gets really tight for a few seconds. I think Jeff really likes saying the words "Braxton Hicks" because he will ask me like 25 times during the day if I have Braxton Hicks and then he repeats the word to himself under his breath a couple times...its funny :) I got him a book about the father's role in pregnancy and he gets really excited when he recognizes my symptoms from what he's read. He's going to be such a great dad!

So, at my OB appointment this week I got a flu shot and finally did my glucose test (which I got the results today and I passed!! woo hoo!) I also started my two week appointments because I'm coming down the home stretch. It's going by so fast, it's incredible and at the same time it's really weird because as much as I want Kamryn to be here, I almost want to slow down each day so I can really cherish these last weeks of my baby girl being inside my belly.

I'm really excited because Kamryn's furniture for her nursery should arrive soon and I cannot wait to see it! Both my parents and Jeff's mom bought her furniture so we could start setting up her room and getting it all ready for her. I've been wanting to set up her room and decorate for so long that I think I've been making my husband crazy! I kept having dreams that she would come and we wouldn't have her nursery ready and of course I was freaking out...haha weird, huh? I think both Jeff and my mom have had to reassure me more than a few times that it wouldn't happen and not to worry because everything would be set up. I'm such a worrywart and I think that trait has only intensified during my pregnancy.

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

29 Weeks Pregnant: Helllllo heartburn!

As things progress in my pregnancy, I have really noticed some changes in the past few weeks. The biggest change I would say has been the slow decline of my mobility. Those days of hopping in and out of the car are long gone as I carefully lift each leg to shift my weight in order to get into the car which then I find myself exhaling with a big “whew!” when I finally get settled. The other thing I noticed is that walking around campus I thought everyone around me was walking especially fast. I assumed people we just either late to class or just anxious to get there. Then I saw my reflection in the windows of the library and I had to do a double take. Not only were my fellow students not walking abnormally fast, but my pregnant body was moving at the pace of a snail. Jeff always would tease me and say that he could tell I was from up north because I walked fast like I was walking through the busy streets of New York City and his Southern self couldn’t keep up. These days I walk slow and steady and it’s not because I’ve been in the South too long.

Heartburn has found me and has attached itself to my chest. I have added numerous containers of TUMS to my purse, book bag, car, and various other places around the house. They are the only thing that keeps me from breathing fire on anyone I talk to. Heartburn seems to especially love my company at night when I am lying in bed trying to fall asleep. Without eating a few TUMS before I go to bed, I have a horrible burning that resonates in the bottom of my throat and along my breastbone. TUMS: I love you and thank you for allowing me to get some sleep.

This weekend I had a prenatal massage that was a gift from my girlfriends from Red Hot and can I just say it made me feel like a brand new woman. After being sick all week and having really bad back pain, this was just what I needed. The masseuse was this sweet old French man with the best accent I've ever heard. Listening to his voice made me think for a second that I was in the South of France again, getting a massage on the beach. It was wonderful :)

Tonight I am going to finish up my baby registry at Buy Buy Baby for Kamryn. That store is amazing! There is so much baby stuff it's almost overwhelming...but I love it all the same. I can't wait to set up her nursery. I want it to be organized and beautiful just for her. I'll probably post pictures of it when it's finished so you all can see.

This Sunday is our hospital tour. We get to see where exactly I'll be delivering Kamryn. I'm not quite sure what to expect but I hope to reserve a private room for when the time comes for Kammy to arrive!! I think that is my main goal. Usually, I don't mind being around strangers...in fact I'd rather be with people than by myself but I think for this particular event, I am going to require a private room. I think it will be much easier for me and Jeff to welcome our new baby girl this way. Wish me luck!

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

28 weeks pregnant

Hey everyone! I am 28 weeks pregnant with our first baby--a precious baby girl that my husband Jeff and I are going to name Kamryn. So far, I have had quite an easy pregnancy and I feel so lucky to have been blessed with such an easy time. I really hope it continues this way! I have just began my third trimester and thought it might be too late to start a blog but I figured better late than never :)

Like I said, its been a very easy pregnancy so far although yesterday was rough for me. I was scheduled to have the one hour glucose test at my OB's office and I woke up that morning feeling a little off. I thought it was just me being tired and run down so I figured I would just suck it up and try to get on with the day. I got to the doctor's office and began the test which requires you to drink this really sugary drink within 5 minutes. The drink was honestly not that bad, I think I was expecting something much more syrupy-sweet but it tasted like orange soda. I was just about to finish the drink when all of the sudden I felt really sick and had to run to the bathroom. This is really gross but I threw up the drink and wasn't able to complete the test. I ended up having to reschedule the test for next week and I am praying that I don't get sick again. At first, I thought it was just a reaction to the drink that made me sick but the second I got home from the doctor's office I was one sick girl. It was obvious I had some sort of stomach bug because for the rest of the day and into the night, I barely left the bathroom. It was horrible. I was really worried about getting dehydrated because dehydration can cause a pregnant woman to go into labor so I was trying really hard to keep myself hydrated. I was also freaking out about Kamryn not getting any nutrients or food because I was unable to eat or keep anything down.

As the night went on, my temperature would creep up a little but never went over 100 degrees and I was having the most intense back pain I have ever had in my life. I was really trying to keep calm but it was so scary because I read how intense lower back pain can often be confused for labor pain and being dehydrated and all-- I was really panicked. Somehow I was able to fall asleep with the help of my husband putting cool towels all over my body to get my fever down and when I woke up a few hours later, the back pain went away. Thank god!

The next morning I was feeling so much better...no more stomach issues just body aches and feeling weak. I took the rest of the day to just relax and rest. I felt Kamryn kicking throughout the day, which I was relieved because I was so worried for my baby girl. Hopefully, by tomorrow I will feel back to normal. On Friday I will be 29 weeks pregnant! I can't believe how fast the time has gone...its pretty amazing :)