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30 Weeks! Woo-hoo!!!!

Sorry for such a gross picture, but I was completely out of time these few days, running around to OB, ultrasound and pediatrician appointments, among a million other things.


Her size: According to the last ultrasound she is 3 lb 12 oz- a big girl!

How far along: 30 WEEKS

Total weight gain: 160 lb (that’s +2 for this week for a total of 24 lbs). I give up on the whole 1 lb a week weight gain thing- my body seems to gain whatever it or the baby wants- zero one week, 2 another week without any change in eating habits, and I am not about to cut the nutrition to my baby just so that I don’t gain much. As long as I eat only whole foods, no processed foods and no junk or empty calories (which is how I’ve been eating this whole pregnancy) – I’m not going to worry about it anymore.

Sleep: It’s been pretty good. I keep having weird dreams on and off.

Maternity Clothes: This week I’ve been wearing my Monster Mania tee from BOBA non stop- it’s one of the few tees that are long enough at this point and feel good on my belly.

Food cravings: As usual anything fresh and cold- like  refrigerated fresh pears.

Food aversions: none

Symptoms I HAVE: Braxton Hicks, minor fatigue occasionally- that’s all, feeling pretty good these days.

Doctor’s Appointment: I had my ultrasound appointment, OB appointment and an interview with a pediatrician this past Thursday. The ultrasound showed that we had absolutely no reason to worry about my small measurement from the last appointment because our little girl is measuring perfectly fine.  Based on these measurements, she will be around 8 pounds. I don’t put toomuch stock in ultrasound determination of weight since I’ve read about too many cases where the estimation was wrong. In addition to that, there was an ultrasound student there who was doing the measurements so I don’t know how precise they are. But the most important thing is she’s growing perfectly fine. Another discovery at this ultrasound was that she is lying transverse.  The doctor wasn’t concerned since most transverse babies turn. My husband, though, wants me to do some spinning babies exercises to make sure. I’m more inclined to just wait and see, since I cannot imagine adding another set of obligations to my current routine as it is. I’ll probably add a few easier ones.

Then we had a prenatal interview with a local pediatrician. I think we’ll be looking for another one. While we did like his answers and what he said, he talked way too much, listened way too little and honestly seemed like he was on methamphetamines 😉 He seemed like a good doctor, but we’d like to find someone we’re more comfortable with. So I’ll have to ask around for more referrals.

Movement: I don’t know if it’s because she’s transverse or what but she goes from days with barely any activity to really active days. Mostly she’s been moving less than usual, which I attribute to her position- she can’t possibly have enough room lying across my belly.

Belly Button: It’s officially an outie- you can even see it on the bump photo.

Gender: GIRL! They tried to confirm her sex this time just for fun, but Alexis was keeping her knees tightly closed.

Best moment of the week: Finding out Alexis is growing well.

What I’m looking forward to:

End of pregnancy and birth of Lexi.

What I miss:

still sushi!

Tomorrow I’ll be posting a review and giveaway of one of my MOST favorite maternity brands, Isabella Oliver, with a hot red dress that Angelina Jolie wore when she was pregnant- so don’t miss it!


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    November 19, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Congrats on 30 weeks! That seemed like such an exciting week to hit for me, for whatever reason. I wouldn’t worry too much at this point about Alexis being transverse with plenty of time still for her to flip, I’m sure she’ll be head down soon! Then you will be wanting her to “drop” so that you can breathe more easily. Great news about her measuring just right, I bet that was wonderful to hear! Hopefully your next pediatrician interview will go better!

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      Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
      November 21, 2011 at 9:34 PM

      Haha a part of me wants her to flip now another part want her to stay like this because it’s more comfortable and flip later 🙂

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    November 19, 2011 at 2:34 PM

    I’m very glad Lexi is growing well 🙂
    Haha, tried to picture a doctor on meth, LOL
    I want sushi too, esp the ones Leeka keeps posting, they just look sooo good, there’s nothing like that here in Europe 🙁

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    November 19, 2011 at 3:35 PM

    I love love love how diligent you are about documenting your pregnancy – not only will this will be such a precious gift for Lexi, but I personally am learning so much!! 🙂 xoxoxo

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    November 19, 2011 at 6:12 PM

    Almost there- these next 10 weeks will fly past! So exciting!!

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    November 19, 2011 at 6:37 PM

    You look amazing like always. Yay for growing babies!

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    November 19, 2011 at 7:27 PM

    Congratulations on 30 weeks: you’re almost there! You know, I went to Japan while pregnant and was very bummed that I wouldn’t be able to eat sushi. So I asked my obstetrician about it and he told me that occasional sushi is just fine (1-2 times/week), as long as it’s from somewhere reputable (=clean). Fish is actually very healthy for brain development. You have to do what you feel comfortable with, but if you really want sushi, go for it!

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      Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
      November 21, 2011 at 9:26 PM

      I don’t feel comfortable eating something as easily contaminated as fish at a restaurant. I’m not worried about mercury as much (cuz I can pick low mercury ones) but about listeria , ecoli and such in restaurants cuz I can’t see how they are handling food.
      But my hubby has an order of two rolls and a smoked salmon focaccia bread the second I give birth lol 🙂

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    November 19, 2011 at 9:56 PM

    Oh Yay! 30 weeks feels to me like such a big milestone. So congratulations! I haven’t had an ultrasound since my NT scan – with the midwife they don’t do them as part of care, so we might go get one done for fun – but from the way she moves around it feels like most of the time she’s transverse – with her head or her butt to my right and her kicks to my left. She’s flipped upside down a couple of times and kicked me in the ribs, which is unpleasant but comforting. I just try to do my spinning babies while watching greys anatomy – most of which is on the swiss ball. But anyway, yay! You are looking fantastic! (also, I’ve totally given up on 1lb per week too). The rest of your body looks slim and fit still, and I think this is the best way to judge whether or not your are over doing it!

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      Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
      November 21, 2011 at 9:23 PM

      What are you doing for spinning babies on the birth ball? I only started doing inversions. But I didn’t see any ball exercises.
      If her butt is on one side and she kicks on the other, doesn’t it mean she’s not transverse? For me I can feel her spine on the top, her head on the left, her butt on the right and she kicks in my pelvis.

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    November 21, 2011 at 12:23 AM

    How exciting…it’s getting closer! You must be thrilled! That’s good you’re going to keep looking till you find a pediatrician you’re comfortable with. It’s important to feel that they’re really listening to you. The jury is still out on ours….we’re giving it a bit more time but so far he doesn’t have the best track record with us! Good for you to be on top of it already.

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      Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
      November 21, 2011 at 9:17 PM

      The pediatrician actually did say that we are one of the first couples that came to him 2 months before rather than the day they go into labor.
      As far as being comfortable with a pediatrician, we really wanted to just blow it off and say this one was fine cuz I really didn’t want to continue looking but I guess we need to find someone we really like.

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    November 21, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    I am trying to go all natural no processed foods, and vegan focusing mainly on fruits,veggies.

    any suggestions/help/tips! I would love! You seem to do so well and be able to overcome any struggles you have… more than i can say for myself! 🙂

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      Elena @The Art of Making a Baby
      November 21, 2011 at 9:06 PM

      Oh good for you Tara! That’s such an awesome goal. You’ll figure out what works for you best but here are a few of my tips:
      Don’t bring processed food into the house. Period. If it’s there, you’re much more likely to eat it than spend 30-40 minutes cooking real food.
      Don’t eat anything you didn’t make. Mixing and sautéing vegetables works great for every meal. We usually do sautéed veggies with a side of whole grains (a cup of brown rice or quinoa or whole grain pasta or beans). Salt and spice things to make them tasty at first. Soon your taste buds will be do refined you won’t think meatless food is tasteless.
      Plan snacks for when you’re away from home. If you end up going to a restaurant, check their nutrition facts and go for least cooked food, like salads with dressing on the side.
      Make a rule: if you’re vegan, you’re vegan- no animal products. Period. It’ll be hard at first but after a month or two you will stop craving foods you used to eat. Once you’re confident in your strength you can adjust your food to whatever fits you. Like my hubby was a strict vegan at first but now that he has made it his lifestyle, he occasionally will have a piece of milk choco if he wants to. Before pregnancy I was a vegetarian but ate almost no diary, however I didn’t exclude it completely. If smth had milk in it and it was healthy I was ok with eating it.

      And most importantly give it time and keep talking to people who are vegan and reading books that will motivate you to continue, like The china study. What made me start eating really well was 1 tiny book 2 years ago but other materials I read reinforced that knowledge, like my favorite preconception book.

      Good luck and let me know if I can help!

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        November 22, 2011 at 2:03 PM

        thank you!! Great tips!!

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    November 21, 2011 at 8:00 PM

    Gross picture? Pshhh, not at all 🙂 Glad to hear your growth ultrasound was positive and that things are on track! 30 weeks is a big milestone – 75%! Now that’s something!

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    November 22, 2011 at 3:34 PM

    uh ohhhh! you are getting so close! it is really showing in your face now. i started letting myself go around week 30 too. don’t feel bad!

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