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Week 31 Pregnancy Update

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We were too busy with traveling and company to snap any photos for this week’s update. Suffice it to say, I am huge and baby feels as if he/she weighs much more than the 4 pounds my ticker says.

I was asked multiple times this week if I was having twins.  Several people also commented on the fact that I am all belly.  This is due not only to the diastasis recti, but also to the fact that I am extremely short waisted.  There’s really no place for baby to go but out in front.  Hiding pregnancy is not really something I do well. ;)

My friend, Amy, who happens to be one who does not show early and never gets very big at all has given me some great perspective this pregnancy.  She revels in every second of her pregnancies (she’s due a week after me with their #8).  She loves looking pregnant, and I’d almost venture to guess she wouldn’t mind one little bit if she got as big as I do.

Getting this big used to bother me a lot.  In fact, I once rushed out of a store because of the comments I could hear being made behind my back, yet within my earshot.  While it does get extremely old defending that I know FOR SURE I’m not having twins, and that I also know FOR SURE that my due date is December 22, and that I am well aware of the fact that I shock people when I turn around because from the back I don’t look pregnant, I am still thankful to be growing the newest member of our family…and thankful for a friend like Amy, who keeps me from having too many pity parties.

I will say, with every passing day, I grow slower and slower.  It’s been a difficult adjustment going from 90 to nothing so quickly.  Thankfully, I have a lot of willing helpers who help ease my workload.  My 16 year old son even sat down the other night and gave me a foot massage because I looked tired and so did my feet.  What a guy!

Oh, and some not so great news…
The nurse told me I had passed my 3 hour glucose test, but a few days later, she called and started the conversation with, “You are going to hate me.”  I actually did NOT pass.  She had misread the numbers.  My beginning and ending numbers were in the 70s, but my middle numbers were above range.  For now, my OB is just having me watch my diet.  (yes, Trim Healthy Mama it is)  I will be 33 weeks when I go back for my next appointment, so we’ll see then what she is thinking.  She is super low key, so that could be the extent of “treatment” for me.  I definitely feel like this is doable.  I’m just disappointed that after losing weight and watching my sugar intake these past couple of years, I am gestational diabetic for the first time.  bah.

So, how are all my pregnant mama friends out there?  Would love to hear YOUR updates!

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Week 30 Pregnancy Update

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30 weeks

Wow!  I went from superwoman speed to turtle speed in a matter of a couple of weeks.  Baby is head down, which has put a lot more weight on my hips it seems.  They tire out very easily.  I remind myself of a lumbering bear.  Everything I do is slow and, well…lumbering. ;)

I wish I could give you an update on my 3 hour glucose test, but as of last night, the lab at our local hospital had not sent the results to my Dr’s office.  So…you and I will just have to wait.

This past week we picked up our puppy, Kip.  He’s been at the trainers because remember…I train children, not dogs.  He’ll be with us until mid-December and then he’ll go back to get in his hunting training.  (He isn’t just for looks.  He’s a “working’ dog”!)

Kip on bed

He’s doing really well.  He’s still puppy (5 months old), but he’s pretty good about things, and really just wants praise and attention – and we have PLENTY of THAT to go around!

So, I told you I had really slowed down.  Despite that, I make a list every day to help keep on some sort of track.  I work through the list as best I can.  It helps me feel like I am accomplishing something.  This week, we finished decluttering a major part of the basement, I worked on my Holiday Planner, and I got ALL of the laundry done up…for about 5 minutes, that is.  You know how it is.

I am really getting anxious to meet this little one.  I keep sonogram photos in my pregnancy journal, and will often peak a glance at baby throughout the day.  *happy sighs*

Baby #9

Honestly, 10 weeks doesn’t seem all that far away.  I’ll probably think differently in a few weeks, but for now, I’m enjoying knowing “Baby Day” will soon be here!


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Week 29 Pregnancy Update {and a really neat idea!}

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This week, I began to feel the 3rd Trimester.

I took a walk and wondered if I would make it back.  I woke up at 3:30 am wide awake and uncomfortable.  I went shopping and was very thankful for the shopping cart to help hold me up.

Oh, and that 1 hour glucose test?

Failed it.

Your body has to make 3x the insulin in pregnancy than it does outside of pregnancy.  I’ve noticed that any little bit of sugar I ingest is really hard on me.  My body just couldn’t do it in an hour.  I’ll take the 3 hour later this week.  No matter what, I will be watching my sugars closely.  I just can’t handle them, and don’t like how they make me feel.  You’ll probably see me pinning a lot of Trim Healthy Mama recipes on Pinterest. ;)

A couple of weeks ago, I had a friend ask me if anyone was planning a shower for me.  I sort of snickered and said, “Um, no…not when you’ve had this many babies!”  In our culture, Baby Showers are for first time moms and a baby of the opposite gender of what you’ve already had.  That’s it.  Anything beyond that is overkill and potential greed.  (I say that with my tongue firmly planted in my cheek.)

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(Hopefully, next week, I’ll have an update on the 3 hour glucose test – keep praying!)

Week 28 Pregnancy Update

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Hello 3rd Trimester!

Yesterday, we met our Taco Friends for lunch and fellowship.  (They are called our “Taco Friends” because when we get together every few months, we always meet at a cheap taco joint.  My kids have always nicknamed our various friends to help keep them sorted out in their minds – so these are our Taco Friends.)

I always enjoy fellowshipping with these two families so much, and yesterday was no different.  It’s especially nice to get together with them because they understand the pain of losing a child, and what that means for subsequent pregnancies and babies.  Our conversation can be candid, yet encouraging.

They are also super good at making a very pregnant mama feel not so huge. ;)

Week 28 Pregnancy Update with Baby #9

(Excuse the shadow behind me – this was late last night after we got back from church.)

Most of the time, I hear a lot of shock in people’s voices when they find out I still have nearly 3 months to go.  Our Taco Friends are more like, “You look so good!”  If only more people were that encouraging to pregnant mamas!

I am still feeling really good (except for that night I had caffeine before bed – what was I thinking??!!).  I am trying to take more breaks, and take full-blown naps as needed.

This week marks the OB appointment where I take my 1 hour glucose test.  yippee.  I am actually pretty nervous because I flunked the 1 hr for the first time with my last baby.  I still passed the 3 hour with flying colors, but I don’t really want to have to do a 3 hour to prove I don’t have gestational diabetes.  The 1 hour is bad enough.  So, if you think of it, say a little prayer for me on Wednesday.  I’ll let you know the results next update.

Week 27 Pregnancy Update

baby development91 days to go?! Yikes! That snuck up on me! This is my last week in the 2nd trimester!

I have noticed my sleep patterns have started to change (a norm for me in later pregnancy). I am easily awakened at night, and will often have trouble falling back asleep.  Many women talk about how little sleep they get in the newborn stage, but for me, the newborn stage is a piece of cake compared to the final month or so of pregnancy.  I think God likes to over-prepare me.

Baby has taken on some definite sleep/awake patterns that have been fun to take note of.  I will often lie in bed in the morning just to snag a few extra moments with my little “kickapoo” as he/she wakes up and wiggles and kicks.

27 Week Pregnancy Update | RaisingArrows.net

My daughter snapped this photo with my phone last night after church so I’d have something to share with you today.  This is another shirt from ThredUP.  This is one of my daughter’s favorites on me.  I have to agree.  The cowl neck and flowey sleeves are so feminine and soft.  (Read more about where I’m finding maternity clothes.)  And yes, that is one of my new half tees from Deborah & Co. {affiliate links}


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