I am getting really tired of these bump pictures. They don’t seem to change at all over the weeks 🙂 lol
Her size: “This week, your baby weighs almost 2 pound and is about 14 1/2 inches long with her legs extended. She’s sleeping and waking at regular intervals, opening and closing her eyes, and perhaps even sucking her fingers. With more brain tissue developing, your baby‘s brain is very active now. While her lungs are still immature, they would be capable of functioning — with a lot of medical help — if she were to be born now. ”
How far along: 27 WEEKS
Total weight gain: 155lb (that’s +1 for this week for a total of 19 lbs).
Sleep: I have adjusted to the new “big belly” sleep with a big body pillow and an additional pregnancy pillow ( more about that later). Today I realized that I haven’t thought about sleeping on my stomach in a very long time, which I would take as a hint that I am comfortable enough in the side sleeping position. The only complaint I have is that it appears I prefer my right side to my left and have to always consciously move myself to the left side, since it’s the side that the baby gets the most blood flow from.
Maternity Clothes: Definitely. Now that I have discovered a few really cool maternity brands, I am enjoying wearing maternity clothes, and even though normal tops still fit, I seem to always reach for maternity tops because they are softer and more comfortable.
Food cravings : Asian pears (these suckers are $3/piece at Whole Foods). It seems all my favorite fruit is out of season ( peaches and pears), which has to be the reason why I am craving sweets now ( and eating them too). Before, any time I’d want something sweet, I’d reach for a peach. Now it’s cupcakes ( damn you, Michelle, who brings them every time she stops by) or ice cream.
Food aversions: none
Symptoms I HAVE:
Heartburn – Mild to strong depending on my diet
Rash – Mild
Braxton Hicks – occasional
I’m also happy to tell you that both my boobs recently announced to me that they, in fact, work they way nature intended them to. Kind of exciting 🙂
Symptoms I still HAVE NOT had (hmmmm):
persistent backache ( I only get backache if I don’t work out or sit in an uncomfortable position, like in bed, but it’s definitely nothing consistent),
persistent round ligament pain (I’ve felt it maybe twice the whole pregnancy),
shortness of breath,
Doctor’s Appointment: I had my glucose test yesterday. I was both looking forward to it and dreading it at the same time. I wanted to get it out of the way and get a good result but at the same time I was not looking forward to drinking something THAT sweet on empty stomach ( I am not a fan of overly sweet things, that’s why I prefer fruit to sweets, or barely sweet european treats). They only had me drink half the little glucose bottle ( for those who haven’t been pregnant yet: it’s kind of like super sweet orange soda without the fizz). The first sip was actually tasty. Then the sweetness started BURNING my mouth. I finished it and sat down to make sure I don’t throw up or have a reaction. Hubby prepared a whole wheat sandwich in the meantime for me to take to the appointment and eat afterwards. I was starting to get lightheaded in the car, so I just laid back and chilled out. We got in, gave blood, I devoured my sandwich and then we met the doc to ask him a bunch of questions about labor.
We’ve been trying to figure out what direction we want to go with the whole labor/delivery thing and a lot depended on what the hospital protocols were and how flexible our OB was about certain things. There were some things that we were willing to give up, but then others that haed the potential of making us go the birthing center route instead, even though we are both really set on delivering in a hospital. So I won’t get into details, I need to write another post about our birth expectations and desires, but I couldn’t be happier with his answers. He is really the best OB I could hope for. He is experienced, flexible, and most importantly very very caring. I can just see that he will do what is best for the baby and the mother. He IS very pro-epidural, but I can’t blame him. In most births he has delivered, it has made his job and the job of laboring mother easier and not caused any issues. However, the most important thing is he FULLY supports me in anything we decide, whether it’s natural childbirth or an epidural. He keeps saying that if anyone can do it, it’s me to a lot of questions I ask.
Also, I love how he’s not a fan of other interventions ( aside from epidural), like breaking the water or cervical checks. His routine care is exactly what we wanted and a few things that we disagreed on, he explained to us in detail and we totally saw the point of doing what he recommends, even though he’d always follow it up with “But we can do whatever you guys decide to do”. How cool is that?
I was so afraid that we’re just going to be forced to do things “their” way, but all the answers were perfect. The only problem he foresees is getting an hour of bonding time before they clean and measure Alexis, because, in his words, “the baby nurses have their routine and they’re just not going to be happy about you breaking it. So make sure you let them know in advance and hope that they accommodate you”. I have read before that the baby bonding time right after birth was the hardest thing about giving birth in the hospital, that the baby nurse WAS NOT happy about the couple wanting to stay with the baby for a while after birth. So let’s just hope that we either get a really sweet nurse or that my husband has the balls to stand up to the hospital personnel and let them know our wishes, because I know I’ll be out of it. lol
Also, at the appointment, the doc said I am measuring 2 weeks behind ( fundal height). He wasn’t concerned at all and cited that it could be many things such as “strong abdominal muscles”, “small baby” (I was a small baby, only 6 lbs 4 oz, which, for how tall I am, is a bit small) or just temporarily behind. Also my mom said she didn’t really start showing too much with me till 7 months. Of course, it’s natural for me to worry a bit anyways. We’ll have our standard ultrasound in 4 weeks, so we’ll see then.
Movement: WE’VE GOT HICCUPS! I’ve been waiting for those. Wondering if I just can’t recognize them… But today while I was taking a nap, I definite felt our precious girl hiccup right in my cervix ( does that mean she’s head down?) Little tap-tap-taps rhythmically over a span of a minute. Love it! That means her central nervous system is developed enough to get hiccups. YAY!
Belly Button: An innie with a Napoleon complex.
Best moment of the week: Flying ( will write a post with photos about it- our friends took us on their Piper plane around the area and to the ocean) and doc’s appointment and baby girl’s hiccups.
What I’m looking forward to:
Officially hitting the third trimester mark, getting a bit more regular with my exercises, working on the nursery.
What I miss: