Friday, July 31, 2009

Halfway there!

It's hard to believe that I am already 20 weeks and halfway there! My uterus has moved up to my bellybutton and I am definitely starting to show more now. I wore my first maternity shirt last week (that I bought in Texas). So much fun!

I'm already so excited for our precious child. Walter and I went crib/baby's room shopping this past weekend and found exactly what we wanted. :) It was so much fun. This coming Thursday is our ultrasound. Woohoo! Finally. We have been planning to find out the sex of the baby, but now we're thinking about waiting. Why? I realize that the way we want to decorate the room and the bedding we found are all gender neutral (not a pink person myself, so that was out of the picture for a girl's room). Who knows? Well see what we decide come Thursday morning.

Now, I'm starting to figure out childbirth classes. My friend introduced me to the Bradley Method -- an approach to natural childbirth. I am looking to start taking classes using that method. The class meets for 12 weeks and starts the end of August, so Walter and I need to decide soon.

Still need to buy a body pillow. Considering my pregnancy brain has KILLED my memory, we'll see if I ever make it to the store (thank goodness for Amazon)! I can't even remember to buy presents for people -- I've always been bad about it, but now it is REALLY bad. I'm surprised my lack of memory hasn't driven Walter insane yet. :)

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Texas and baby

Just got back last night from Texas. I flew to Fort Worth on Wednesday for our Premier Designs National Rally. It was so much fun! They introduced the new jewelry line and new catalogs on Thursday. Woo hoo! On Saturday, I flew from Fort Worth to Houston to visit my friend, Brooke. We had SO MUCH FUN!! Even if we haven't seen each other in a while, the conversation is easy and it seems like no time has passed. I'm so blessed to have her as my friend. We did a variety of things together and went maternity clothes shopping. Yea!! Other than my BellaBand, I bought my first maternity clothes. :)

My trip was great, but it was a long time to be away from my husband. I missed Walter SO MUCH and it is so nice to be with him again. He needs to come with me to Texas next time. :)

So, I'm 18 weeks and five days today. My ultrasound is in two weeks from tomorrow (August 6th). I've posted a picture that I took a few days ago. It is really hard to take a picture with your phone while standing sideways. :)

A really cool thing that happened during my trip to Texas is that I started to feel the baby move! It's still really faint, but so nice to feel. I couldn't wait to tell Walter. :) I am also starting to get hungry ALL THE TIME. That is really unusal for me -- I'm the person who can actually forget to eat. Not anymore. If I don't have food for that baby, I start to feel lightheaded. I seriously have to snack every two hours. Oh, and I'm still chugging my milk nonstop.

It is fun and miraculous to watch the changes happening to my body. It's weird, yet wonderful. I'm so thankful to have a wondeful husband who constantly shows how much he loves me, supports me, and encourages me. I'm so glad we're in this together -- I wouldn't choose anyone else.

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

17 weeks, 4 days

Had another doctor's appointment last week and everything went well. The baby's heartbeat was at 142 and I'm doing great with blood pressure and weight gain. I was all excited to schedule my ultrasound that day, but found out that I had to wait to hear from the hospital. Because of my seizure disorder, I have to have a Level 2 ultrasound so that they can get a really good look at the spine. Not fun to hear, but I will have really good pictures. :) I finally talked to the hospital yesterday and my ultrasound is scheduled for Thursday, August 6th at 7:45am (for this ultrasound, they wait until I'm 21 weeks). I am SO excited and impatient -- I want to know if baby Nski is a boy or girl! I can't believe I have THREE MORE WEEKS until I find out.

Walter was in DC this past Friday-Monday with our church high school youth group. Everyone had a great time, but it is great to have him home. Of course, I leave tomorrow for Texas. I'll be in Fort Worth, TX on Wednesday-Saturday for Premier Design's National Rally (my jewelry business). Then I head to Houston, TX Saturday-Tuesday to visit my college roommate and dear friend, Brooke. I am SOOO excited to see her!! She is pregnant (but with her second child) and due in February! We'll have to go maternity shopping together. :)

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Sleeping advice

I love being pregnant, however, I didn't expect my sleep to get altered this much already...I need some advice.

This side sleeping thing is a real drag. I prefer to sleep on my back, hands folded on my chest, and not move. I easily fall asleep and remain comfortable that way. Well, as this pregnancy progresses, I have to sleep on my side. My hips and shoulders hurt when I sleep on my side. I don't know where to put my arms. I don't like having my face stuffed in my pillow. Blah, blah, blah. Thankfully, my doctor did say that I can somewhat lay on my back -- just put a pillow under one side of me so my body is angled a little bit. That does help me to fall asleep, but I still have to adjust during the night. (Of course, I have the additional fun of having to go to the bathroom at least once -- many times twice -- a night...what in the world will it be like towards the end of my pregnancy?! I'll have to bring a pillow to the bathroom with me! Ha!) Thankfully, I don't seem to be waking

So, all of you who have been pregnant before, any ideas of how to sleep comfortably on my side? I know there are those body you wrap it behind you? Does it allow you to lean backwards into it? What about the pillows that you just use for your belly and between your legs?

I will be SO happy to sleep on my back again after I have this baby! :)

I've started looking at cribs, etc. Is it too soon?

People ask me if I crave anything...not really, but I do drink a gallon of milk in 2-3 days and have been eating watermelon whenever I get a chance. Walter's lucky if he gets any to eat! I'm so glad it's summer. I'm a huge fruit eater, so it's so nice to have good fresh fruit (not just apples and bananas like in the winter). I need to find a Farmer's Market to go to that is open on my days off from work...