Monday, August 27, 2012

33 Weeks

Size of baby: Pineapple ( 4 lbs and 17 inches)
Total Weight Gain: 26 lbs
Continuing symptoms: Sore feet, frequent bathroom visits, heartburn, sore hips, braxton hicks.
New symptoms this week: Leg cramps, swollen feet

Sleep: It is becoming more restless. My last 3 fingers on my right hand fall asleep often, even when I am not sleeping on that side.
Maternity Clothes: Love Them
What I'm Eating: It is very hard to eliminate sugar and carbs. This week was bad not good.
Cravings: Angry Whoppers

Movement: The baby shifts my whole belly around now, it is so fun to watch! I can often feel a body part pressing outwards. 

Other Pregnancy News: I ran from what I thought was a skunk Monday night, which was a terrible idea. I could hardly walk that night, I could barely get into bed. Walking backwards worked best because my hips were in so much pain! So I have been walking very pregnant ever since. I am wondering if I will have this hip pain for the rest of this pregnancy. 

This week has been week of realizing how close we are to meeting our little one. I have been reflecting a lot about how this stage of our life is over, and how a new one is about to begin. Life is about to change A LOT. Gone are the day of being selfish and doing whatever we please. We are SO ready for this change. 

Friday, August 24, 2012

Funky Fluff Stash & Cash Giveaway ($500+ cloth diaper stash + $300 cash)

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Monday, August 20, 2012

32 Weeks

Size of baby: Weighs as much as a Jicama, whatever that may be ( 3.75 lbs and 16.7 inches)
Total Weight Gain: 24 lbs
Continuing symptoms: Sore feet, frequent bathroom visits, heartburn, sore hips.
New symptoms this week: I have started to notice braxton hicks again.

Sleep: Is still decent.
Maternity Clothes: Love Them
What I'm Eating: It is very hard to eliminate sugar and carbs
Cravings: Sugary things of course. I so badly want 2 dollars worth of 5 cent candy!

Movement: My little bro felt the baby move the other day! He was so pumped! Baby sure loves to squirm around a lot. I have started to feel feet or something pressing on my ribs sometimes. Eric still doesn't get to feel baby a lot, seems to just like to move for mommy still. 

Other Pregnancy News: 

Tomorrow I go for my 2hr glucose test. I am hoping I will pass. I have been taking my blood sugar myself and it has been normal if I eat decently. So even if I do fail, I know I will be able to control it with diet alone, which is awesome!

I have been thinking a lot about labor and delivery lately. I really want a natural, unmedicated birth. I am worried about being pressured into something at the hospital. I want to be able to move around, eat and drink and give birth in whatever position I feel is right. I can totally understand why people have home births now. I would LOVE to have a midwife, but they are few and far between in MB. 

Here is my 28 week and 32 week pictures. I think I look exactly the same. I was expecting to look way different!

Friday, August 17, 2012

Goodbye, Sweet Friend

Today I had to say goodbye to my sweet Golden Retriever, Dixie. She was almost 13, so she has been around for Korey's whole life. I got her for Christmas when I was 15, and when I moved out my mom wanted to keep her. She was seriously the best dog ever. I can't think of anything she ever did wrong. She loved to play fetch, swim in the lake and go for walks. When she couldn't find a toy to throw, she would carry around rocks instead (like the one in her mouth in the picture), just waiting for someone to play fetch with her. I will miss her so much. 

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

31 Week Photo

Did I mention I was taking a photography class this month? This is fun!

Monday, August 13, 2012

31 Weeks

Size of baby: Four Navel Oranges ( 3.3lbs and 16 inches)
Total Weight Gain: 23 lbs - YIKES!
Continuing symptoms: Sore feet, frequent bathroom visits, heartburn, sore hips.
New symptoms this week: I am starting to notice my belly get in the way a lot

Sleep: It has been pretty good this week, actually. I need to go to bed earlier though!
Maternity Clothes: Love Them
What I'm Eating: Trying to eliminate sugar and carbs, so eating a lot of fruit, veggies, meat and cheese!
Cravings: Coffee with cream 

Movement: Tonnes and tonnes of movement! I love it. The baby moves a lot when I am going to bed and often wakes me up in the morning. The only frustrating thing is that Eric doesn't get to feel the baby a lot. Every time I get him to feel the baby stops moving. Then he takes his hand off and the baby starts moving again. I get frustrated because I want to share this experience with him, and with other people too. But baby Dueck only likes to move for Mommy!

Special pregnancy moments:  I think I am going to change this section to "Other Pregnancy News"

I found out the result of my glucose tolerance test, it was high. So I have to go back for the 75mg 2 hour test. Today I took my blood sugar after eating a sugary breakfast (my own glucose tolerance test) and my blood sugar was 8.8 after 1 hour, which is high. Then an hour later it was back down to 4.1 which is normal. Later in the afternoon 1 hour after I had a snack of a banana and some cheese my level was 5.5, which was still normal. This is why I am wanting to eliminate white carbs/starchy foods and sugar. I think this can be controlled well with diet. Maybe a proper diet will stop me from gaining too much weight too! 

I am really disappointed in myself. I should have eaten better and exercised more, and lost more weight before being pregnant. Maybe I could have stopped this. But I also felt like this was inevitable. My mom had gestational diabetes with me, diabetes runs in my family, I have PCOS and I am overweight. That is like every single risk factor. I felt guaranteed to get it. 

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

30 Weeks

Size of baby: Head Of Cabbage ( Almost 3 lbs and 15.7 inches)
Total Weight Gain: 17 lbs
Continuing symptoms: Sore feet, frequent bathroom visits, heartburn, sore hips.
New symptoms this week: It is starting to be uncomfortable to walk normally

Sleep: Sleep is getting more restless and uncomfortable. I usually wake up twice to go to the bathroom. I am trying so hard to sleep on my left side, but I always slept on my right side before being pregnant so I find myself wanting to sleep on the right when I come back to bed in the middle of the night. Dreams are frequent and bizzare, and I don't feel like I am sleeping as well because of them. But in the big picture I think I am still sleeping pretty well.
Maternity Clothes: Love them. Haven't grown out of anything yet.
What I'm Eating: Less than normal. My stomach does not hold as much as it used to, and I feel VERY uncomfortable if I eat too much. I also cannot eat leaning over (like at the coffee table, we do this alot). It squishes my belly too much and it makes me feel insta-full.
Cravings: Coffee with TONNES of cream and some sugar. So weird because I don't normally drink alot of coffee cause it  bugs my stomach.  I am really trying to drink as little as possible.

Movement: Baby is feeling more and more alien-like in there. Along with the regular kicks, I am starting to feel limps press outward and move around. I think the baby is too big to do the flips like it used to, but sometimes I can feel the whole body move around at once, it is a very unique feeling!

Special pregnancy moments: 30 weeks! I am 3/4 of the way to my due date. In some ways it seems so fast, but in other ways it feels like I have been pregnant for a long time. I am SO looking forward to meeting our little baby in 10 weeks or so. I try not to think about it too much though, because then I become very impatient and 10 weeks seems like 10 years away.

I also finished prepping all my cloth diapers this week. I think I am finally all ready to go in that area. I actually have been dreaming about them because I can't wait to use them for real!

I mentioned to Eric this week that I am starting to feel really pregnant. I can feel my belly stretching, and eating, sleeping and walking are all different than normal. It is wonderful. I am SO glad to be able to have my own set of pregnancy "complaints". I WANT to feel pregnant. I have prayed for this for years, and so far it has been much easier that I thought it would be.
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