28 Week Bump Date

Welcome to the third trimester Baby #2!


What’s happening with baby:  Growing, growing, growing.  According to my books, baby websites and apps, baby is basically busy filling out and continuing to develop at this stage.  The baby’s brain is growing and is forming the grooves and folds seen in mature brains.  It is likely that baby has settled into a sleep schedule in 20 to 30 minute intervals.  Baby also has eyelashes!

What’s happening with mama:  Same old, same old, I feel like.  Growing right along with baby!  I’m still feeling good, both mentally and physically.  The last few weeks have been a little bit stressful with Una’s surgery and subsequent complications and trips needing to be rescheduled, so that’s not ideal.  However, we’re hopefully on the other side of that and stress levels will start to go down.  We all know undue stress isn’t good for the baby.  I made it to the gym a couple of times in the past week (not as much as I would like but trips to the vet and other appointments have been stealing my free time) – hitting up spin class again and even doing 1 min. run/walk intervals on the treadmill.  I fear my running is now relegated to intervals from here on out but that’s okay.

Last week I had my one-hour glucose tolerance test.  The lab was a total circus and the other patients there were totally crazy.  (The lab was short staffed and so the wait was very long, even for those with appointments.  I got to see some people really go off on the poor lab tech while I was sitting there for the required hour for the test.  Thankfully they got me back and drinking that lovely drink fairly quickly so I wasn’t there for a hugely long time.)  I’ll get the results at my midwife appointment next week.  Fingers crossed!

Thoughts on being in the third trimester:  It’s kind of crazy that we’re here already.  This is basically the home stretch!  But at the same time… we have three months left!  Or, really, 12 weeks.  Three months seems longer than 12 week, doesn’t it?  Still, that’s a decently long time – though I’m sure it will pass quickly.  The weeks really do seem to be flying by now.

I definitely don’t feel like we’re at all ready but at the same time there isn’t really a lot to do.  It’s very strange.  We have all the basic things we need.  In fact, just this week I washed and prepped all our newborn cloth diapers and this past weekend we organized E’s closet, which contains many of our infant items.  So, our bassinet, swing, tub, activity mat, diapers and pack-n-play bassinet are all together and ready to go.  That’s all great and I am glad we’re started to get our infant items organized and ready to be set up but at the same time we’re no closer to agreeing on a name (Papa Bear and I just can’t seem to agree on any names this time – even making a list of names has been very difficult!) and we’re no closer to getting care plans in place for E for the time that I am in the hospital.  I’ll probably feel much more ready when we get those things figured out!

Another thing that has been on my mind a lot lately is that at this very point in my last pregnancy I was just being released from the hospital after suffering a large DVT in my left leg.  That single event change not just the rest of my pregnancy but the rest of my life.  I went to the ER with the blood clot at 27 weeks 5 days.  If that were this pregnancy, that would have been two days ago.  Every day I make it without issue from here on out is one step further than I made it last time.  I’m not particularly scared that I’m going to develop another DVT because I am taking steps to prevent blood clots from forming, whereas with my last pregnancy I was completely unaware of my clotting disorders and was doing nothing at all to avoid a blood clot.  My fear of developing a blood clot that would impact the baby is higher than my fear of a DVT for myself but even that I’m not greatly worried about because I am doing all that I can.  The rest is kind of out of my hands.  It’s just something that has been on my mind a bit now between weeks 27 and 28.

Baby is the size of a:  large eggplant.

Una and the Saga of Her Ear

The past couple of weeks have been a little rough here in the MBB house.  Right after we returned from camping we discovered that my first baby – our dog, Una – had developed a hematoma in her ear.  Basically a blood vessel had been broken in her ear but the skin was not punctured or broken in anyway and her ear was filling up with blood and fluid.  Not a good situation!  An ear hematoma can be caused by violent head shaking or scratching.  We have no idea what happened in this case because it occurred when she was being boarded while we were camping.  Fortunately we were able to identify it as soon as we saw her ear and hustled her to the vet A.S.A.P. because, unfortunately, we have been through this with her before.  It has been quite the ordeal this time.


Here’s how the last couple of weeks have looked for us:

Monday, Aug. 11 – I take Una to the vet to have them check out her ear.  I know they are going to tell me she needs surgery to have the hematoma drained.

Wednesday, Aug 13 – Una has surgery to drain the hematoma.  She comes home totally doped up with her entire head bandaged, stitches all throughout her left ear and sporting the cone of shame.  We cancel our planned trip to visit family in New York.


Tuesday, Aug 19 – Una gets to have her bandage removed.  Yay!  Everything looks great with her ear and it seems that all is healing wonderfully but she has to continue to wear the cone of shame, which at this point is looking rather dreadful because it’s been broken and repaired with duct tape no less than three times.


Wednesday, Aug. 20 – In the evening I noticed that Una’s ear is filling up with fluid again between the stitches.

Thursday, Aug. 21 – Back to the vet we go.  Yep, her ear is looking worse.  They drain the fluid and tell us to keep and eye on it.  She gets a new cone due to the terrible condition of the current cone.

Saturday, Aug. 23 – That night before going to bed I notice that, once again, Una’s ear is filling with fluid between her stitches.  At this point I kind of want to cry.  PB and I were able to gently massage her ear and drain most of the fluid.

Sunday, Aug. 24 – Fluid continues to gather in Una’s ear.  It’s super disheartening.

Monday, Aug 25 – Hey, here we are back at the vet.  Again her ear is looking much worse.  They want to keep Una, sedate her again and open the ear back up.  They send her home that afternoon with the cone but no bandaging.  She has an open wound in her ear from drainage purposes and we’re to put warm compresses on the ear three times a day and keep it clean.


And that brings us to today.  Una is doing well.  She has truly been a trooper through all of this and while she isn’t terribly found of being forced to wear the cone of shame, she has dealt well with everything.  She hasn’t seemed to have much pain throughout, thank goodness, and tolerates all our poking and prodding.  It’s been a very difficult situation for me because we’ve dealt with so many complications.  I just want her to be well and healthy and it tears me apart that she continues to have to go through all this crap.  Hopefully we’re nearing the end and all of this will soon be behind us.  Since they opened her ear back up, the fluid is no longer gathering in her ear because it as a point it can drain from.  We’re hoping that her ear heals well from here on out and we don’t have any more issues with the hematoma recurring.  If all goes well, we go back to the vet in a week and, fingers crossed, should be able to have the stitches removed at that point.

Please keep my girl in your thoughts!

27 Week Bump Date

Holy geez – This is our last week of the second trimester!  Eep!  I can’t believe it.  The weeks are flying by this summer with how busy we’ve been.  I’ve been doing my best to enjoy and be mindful of this pregnancy as much as possible.


What’s happening with baby:  By this point baby is waking and sleeping at regular intervals and its immune system is continuing to mature.  Though baby’s lungs still need to continue to develop until birth, they should now be functional.  Otherwise baby should just be putting on weight and growing right along.

What’s happening with mama:  Physically I am still feeling very good!  I do get pretty tired by the end of the day but that is likely my own fault as I really ought to be going to bed earlier.  I really don’t have anything to complain about.  I do sometimes get round ligament pain and Braxton-Hicks but that’s totally normal.  I pretty much ignore them at this point.  Since last week I have made it to two yoga classes, walked 2+ miles Saturday and hit up a spin class.  I was worried that spin class would totally kick my butt and I wouldn’t be able to keep up but I actually was able to do the entire class as instructed and I felt great! It was awesome and so, so sweaty.

Mentally I’m starting to feeling like we really need to kick it into high gear in terms of getting ready for this baby to be here!  We’ve kind of done… nothing so far.  We have a lot to do!  We need to narrow down our name choices, figure out a plan of action for when I go into labor (namely who is going to care for E), pull out and wash our gender neutral newborn clothing (as well as burp cloths, receiving blankets and the like), decide if we want a double stroller and which one, make a new linen sling for baby wearing and talk to our families about what their plans are regarding baby’s arrival.  Of course, we’ll also eventually need to pull out and ready the bassinet, swing and another car seat.  I’m sure there are a million things I am forgetting and there are a few small things I want to do but that aren’t strictly necessary (like look for a new diaper bag).  We really don’t need much for this baby as so many of our things with E were gender neutral and still in very good condition but there are a few things we think we might want.  I was thinking about starting a registry (not sure where) just to keep track of the few things we do want.  Might be worthwhile if only for the coupons/freebies.

Weight gained:  16 1/2 pounds.

Recently:  I went in to do my glucose tolerance test for gestational diabetes this morning.  You drink 8 oz. or so of this glucose drink (think super sugary, flat, orange soda but… not as tasty), wait an hour and then they draw blood.  I don’t recall it being too bad last time and I didn’t have any issues passing it.  The test itself wasn’t bad this time but the lab was extremely crowded and running way behind.  Because of the wait some of the other patients were very rude and I couldn’t believe how they were acting.  (Barging into the back and into one of the rooms while the technician was with another patient.)  I let them know I had an appointment and had to do the glucose test and they got me back for the drink fairly quickly.  Of course, then E and I had to sit and wait for an hour.  E did pretty well most of the time but was starting to get a little squirrely the last 10-15 minutes.  I can’t really blame her, it is boring to sit and wait like that.  My stomach started to feel a little yucky about 15 minutes before my blood draw time but overall I felt fine.  Unfortunately the blood draw didn’t happen until 10 minutes after when it was supposed to due to how busy the lab was but hopefully that won’t negatively impact the test.  I feel pretty confident that I will pass and not have to take the 3-hour test.  At least, that’s what I am hoping for!

Baby weighs as much as:  a head of cauliflower.

Knitter Knatter

Right before we left for our camping trip, I reached a knitting milestone.  I finished my first sweater!


For non-knitters, this might not seem like a huge accomplishment (or maybe it does…  I don’t know!) but having never branched out into full-fledged garments before, it was a big step for me! Of course, my first sweater had to be for E.  Would you expect anything less?  Tackling a toddler sweater was much less daunting than taking on an adult-sized garment but now that I’ve got that under my belt I do feel like I can take on bigger sweater projects.

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Perhaps an oversized cardigan for mama…  Hmm…  Sounds pretty nice!

Maybe I should also knit up a cute little newborn pullover or cardigan for the new baby.  How cute is this one?  Oh, and then there’s this one!  So many possibilities!

And you know I’ve already bookmarked a ton of things that I would love to make for E.  I really think she needs this hoodie.


For my first sweater, I followed a Taiga Hillard Designs pattern – Phryne.  I used Patons Classic Wool DK Superwash yarn in sea green heather.  Phryne was a very easy pattern to follow and knit up quickly and easily.  I never had any issues understand the directions and I’m extremely pleased with how it turned out!


I haven’t been doing much knitting since I finished this sweater (though I did cast on a project last night).  I’ve actually been spending a lot of time spinning and, really, I can’t wait to do more!  But that’s a subject for another time!


26 Week Bump Date

I missed last week’s update because we were off camping but we made sure to bring the camera along and snap a photo for our weekly photolog!  So far we have taken a photo every week since 4 weeks!  I also took weekly photos when I was pregnant with E, so it’s fun to have that comparison.


What’s happening with baby:  Baby is continuing to put on weight and practice breathing.  According to BabyCenter.com, babies weight 1 2/3 pounds on average by this point in pregnancy.  However, according to our ultrasound on Tuesday baby is around 2 pounds.  It should also be able to begin to detect light and dark via the optic nerve because it can now open and close its eyes.

What’s happening with mama:  Much more this week than previous weeks I feel like my belly is really out there.  Obviously it has been growing right along and I have noticed it getting bigger and bigger but I suddenly feel as if I am smuggling a basketball under my shirt.  Somehow that feeling kind of snuck up on me!  I’ve got quite a ways yet to go so I can only imagine how big this belly is going to get.  I am thinking I am going to end up feeling huge but hopefully I’ll still feel great regardless.

I’ve felt pretty good lately, no more aches and pains since we returned from our camping trip and resumed sleeping in a real bed.  Unfortunately I also feel like I haven’t gotten a decent workout in in ages.  All the traveling we did in July and now August has shot my workout routine in the proverbial foot.  I did a lot of walking while we were camping but no “real” exercise.  I’m hoping to change that soon and I have high hopes of getting back to the gym and yoga and spinning and running… not sure that’s all going to happen.  I’ll definitely be getting back to the gym and exercising – don’t get me wrong – but I may have to adjust my expectations about just what the exercise is.  And I am okay with that.  As long as I stay active and fit through pregnancy, it’s not so important how that is accomplished (even if I really did want to be one of those pregnant women that ran until the end).

Baby continues to move like crazy and I continue to find it surprising.  I can feel this little one moving so much and so often.  My belly jumps on the regular now and Papa Bear has felt the craziness himself (even while I’m sleeping).  Future Judo champion?  And If I rest anything on my belly, like a book, you can watch it bounce as baby boots it.

So far no stretch marks anywhere, so that’s nice.  I never got any with E, so maybe I will be that lucky this time around too!  I did, however, notice a little spider vein appear about an inch away from my belly button.  Not too happy about that but at least it’s small!


So much bigger this time around!  What the what?!

Recent appointments:  This week (Tuesday) I had both a midwife appointment and an ultrasound at maternal fetal medicine.  Funnily enough my fundal height was measured at about 25 weeks and per the ultrasound measurements baby is measuring at 27 weeks.  Both appointments were very routine and baby is looking good.  We did not get any good photos of baby’s face because it had both its hands and its feet in front of its head.  Baby was head down and facing my back, which was one of E’s favorite positions when she was in utero as well

Baby is the length of a:  scallion.

Camping With a Toddler… While Pregnant

Eight days is a long time to go camping – particularly when you are six months pregnant and are bringing your 2.5 year old along!  But we made it AND had a great time!

Now this isn’t any ordinary camping trip.  Papa Bear and I are members of the Society for Creative Anachronism  (SCA) and every year since 2005 (excepting the year we were married and the year E was born) we have attended Pennsic War, a huge SCA camping event.  This is a hugely nerdy hobby where members research and recreate medieval cultures, a sort of living history.  Pennsic is the biggest SCA event, with over 10,000 people attending annually.  Campers dress in medieval clothing and armor, camp in period canvas tents, and can take classes on any number of subjects pertaining to the middle ages or the SCA.  It’s amazing!


Prior to leaving for our camping trips, I was only worried about one thing – the heat.  Camping in Pennsylvania in August can be a very hot and humid affair and being pregnant I find that I overheat much more quickly than normal.  We did have to deal with a couple of pretty hot days (as well as some rainy ones) but thankfully E tended to nap through the hottest part of the day, so I was able to relax and put my feet up during those hours.  Thank goodness!  I also made a point of staying out of the sun as much as possible and drank a lot to avoid dehydration.  PB also tried to step in and take over with E and anything else when he saw I was getting overwhelmed by the weather.  The heat ended up not being as much of an issue as I was afraid of.


I wasn’t sure what else to expect from camping while pregnant because the last time I did so I was only about two months along.  Camping at six months seemed like a much more daunting prospect but in the end it ended up being (mostly) great!  PB did most of the heavy lifting when it came to packing and setting up our camping but I helped as much as I was able.  Team work!  Being pregnant didn’t hold me back and we enjoyed many of our normal camping activities.  I was exhausted by the end of every day but I think that’s kind of to be expected.  Especially since I didn’t really sleep well as night.  I woke up a lot most nights and had a hard time getting comfortable.  A thin, hard futon mattress on a wooden bed frame does not a comfortable bed for a pregnant woman make.  By the last few days I was waking up achy and both hips felt almost bruised from sleeping on my sides with very little padding under those pressure points.

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E did great with the camping.  She was generally well behaved and happy.  Unfortunately she was had a very runny nose and was congested almost the entire time.  I’m not sure if that was due to allergies or the weather (hot most days but then chilly at night and a couple of days of rain).  It didn’t seem to bother her too much (though she was having some trouble breathing while sleeping the first night) but just meant that we were constantly on nose patrol and wiping, wiping, wiping.  I think E was over camping by about day five or six.  It was around then she started asking to go home and to see our dogs.  Though she was sleeping well at night and napping each day, she still wasn’t getting as much sleep as she normally does and I think it was catching up with her by then.  She toughed it out like a champ and I think she did really well for her age.


All in all, camping with a toddler while pregnant for eight days wasn’t as crazy as one might imagine!  It actually went really well and we had very few complaints.  I think key for us was going in with very few expectations and telling ourselves before we arrived that if things started not going well, we could leave early.  Thankfully that wasn’t necessary.  I would tell any other experienced campers who were considering a camping trip while pregnant to go for it!  Even with a toddler!

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Have you gone camping this summer?

24 Week Bump Date

Whew!  I haven’t posted anything since last week’s bump date…  Oops?  E and I didn’t get back home until Sunday evening and since then we’ve been trying to get back into the groove of being home, visiting with friends, potty training and getting ready to go camping.  I didn’t even turn my computer on until yesterday!  We’re just GO GO GO this summer and sometimes that means being a little more unplugged.  Hope you didn’t miss us too much!

Onto the update!


What’s happening with baby:  Baby is filling out and becoming more proportional.  Soon s/he will start to plump up!  Its lungs are growing and developing to prepare for breathing.  Baby moves amniotic fluid in and out of its lungs practicing.  Baby’s hearing is now well-developed and sudden loud noises could startle it into moving.

The belly bean continues to be really active.  I know I say this a lot but it’s crazy how much more movement I can feel with this baby.  I could definitely feel E move when she was in utero but I really feel this baby much more often and much stronger.  I have had an anterior placenta with both pregnancies so I don’t know if it’s just a difference in babies or a difference in exact placement of the placenta…  Probably a little bit of both!  E has yet to feel the baby move but my mom was able to finally feel it while we were visiting last week.

What’s happening with mama:  According to BabyCenter.com my uterus is the size of a soccer ball.  Glancing down at my belly…  I can believe it!  But then again…  that seems pretty big!  I’m definitely feeling bigger and bigger lately and have had a few days where  I’ve felt really pregnant.  (That probably only really makes sense to people who have been pregnant…)  For the most part I’m still in that sweet spot where – aside from the growing belly – I feel totally normal and like my non-pregnant self, so that’s nice.  Aside from sciatic nerve pain, I really have very little discomfort (though my stomach acts up now and then).

Speaking of my stomach…  Lately I’ve had pretty much no cravings.  Really, I haven’t had many throughout this or my former pregnancy.  I more often feel that there isn’t anything in particular that I want to eat and I have trouble finding food or meals that sound remotely appealing, though I can almost always eat fruit.  One thing I have noticed lately is that I don’t often feel hungry or get hunger pains.  Instead my stomach just starts to hurt/not feel well… which then makes me not want to eat.  I can’t say I am a huge fan of that.  I would rather feel hungry than feel unwell when it’s time to eat!

Special events:  While I was visiting my hometown last week, I got together with a few of my girlfriends for dinner.  They each sweetly surprised me with a little gift for the baby.  I was very surprised because I thought we were just getting together to eat and gab!  It was super thoughtful of them and just so nice.  I’m glad I was able to spend some time with them while visiting home and I very much appreciate their gifts.

Weight gained:  14 pounds.  More than I had gained with E by this point but I am okay with that.

Baby is the size of an:  ear of corn.

23 Week Bump Date

Time for another update because yesterday marked 23 weeks!


What’s happening with baby:  Baby is growing more and more proportioned and starting to actually look like a newborn.  It should also be very active these days.  (True!)  Baby’s sense of movement is well developed and it can feel when mama dances and moves.  Baby continues to listen to noises from the outside world and common noises like the dogs barking or a vacuum running will be familiar to baby after it is born.

What’s happening with mama:  Overall mama is feeling good!  I’m still a bit tired most days because my sleeping is still off but I think that it is getting better.  At least I am hopeful it is!  My allergies have reared their ugly heads and have been kicking my butt for the last week – I am sure that isn’t helping.  Oh, and I have had more sciatic nerve pain on my left side the past week.  Not sure what has got that so aggravated but I haven’t been making it to yoga as much as I had been and I really think that helps as far as sciatic nerve pain goes.  E and I are visiting family in New York this week, so we’re on the road again and as a result workouts have taken a backseat to visiting with family and friends we haven’t seen in many months and fun plans with them.  I don’t have anything to really complain about!  (Except maybe the heat… yesterday was stupid hot!)

I have been feeling the baby move more and more.  That’s very exciting!  So different than when I was pregnant with E.  I wasn’t able to feel her move nearly this much at this gestational age.  Or at least I don’t remember bring able to!  Papa Bear and I were also able to for sure watch my belly move this week!  But so far we’ve been the only ones to see or feel the baby move.

I continue to get a bunch of Braxton-Hicks.  They happen, generally, multiple times on a daily basis.

In general things are pretty status quo!

Thoughts from grandma:  It has been an absolute delight to have Holly and E here for the week.  I can’t wait to share the same time with the new baby.  I look forward to sharing the morning kisses, the imagination, the sweetness and innocence in the voice with both grandbabies.  I am still waiting to feel baby move but so far he has not cooperated.  (Obviously grandma is Team Blue.)

Papa Bear has been in quiet solitude this week.  I’m sure he missed them immensely, but I hope he is enjoying his quiet time as much as we are enjoying our time with Holly and E.

Baby is the size of a:  large mango.

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All My Doctors

Last week I wrote about being high-risk; as a follow-up I thought I might write a little bit about the different doctors I have to see while pregnant and what they each do for me.  Maybe it will shine a little more light on the situation.

Hematologist:  A hematologist studies the blood, the organs that make blood and blood diseases.  Due to my blood clotting disorders, I normally I visit the hematologist once a year for an annual check-up.  In the event of anything that would increase my risk of developing a blood clot – pregnancy, surgery, long flights – I would also need to consult my hematologist.  Since becoming pregnant I have had to go into my hematologist’s office once a month to have blood drawn and a variety of labs run.  This is because I had to switch from my daily regime of a low-dose aspirin and folic acid to a daily blood thinner injection and folic acid when I became pregnant and they need to monitor the level of blood thinner in my body to make sure I am on the appropriate dosage.  Dosage could change as the pregnancy continues due to increased blood volume and weight gain, so they need to monitor it throughout.  These appointments are typically pretty quick as I don’t need to consult the doctor every time, I just get blood drawn by one of the office staff and call in the following week to speak with a nurse about the results.

Maternal Fetal Medicine:  Maternal Fetal Medicine is basically a fancy name for high-risk obstetrician.  These OB doctors focus on monitoring and treating women with high-risk pregnancies.  I only have to see these doctors when pregnant.  Thus far I have an appointment with MFM once a month for an ultrasound but as pregnancy progresses I will see them more often as they will want to keep a close eye on the baby’s development as well as blood flow in the placenta and to the baby.  At each MFM we have an ultrasound where they check on baby’s growth and development, which one of the doctors reviews after the technician is finished.  The doctor will typically come in at the end of the appointment for a few minutes to let us know their thoughts and answer any questions we might have.  If I did not have a hematologist, MFM could also monitor my blood thinner dosage (which they did during my first pregnancy when I did not have a hematologist).

The Midwives:  The midwives are my primary care providers for pregnancy (and gynecology).  I chose to go with a midwifery practice over an OB practice because their model of care most closely aligns with my preferences as to how I wish my pregnancy and labor to be handled.  Midwives view pregnancy and labor as natural life processes and their focus tends to be on providing well-rounded care for mother and baby and natural birth.  From http://www.ourbodiesourselves.org, “The classic midwifery model is based on the assumption that most pregnancies, labors, and births are normal biological processes that result in healthy outcomes for both mothers and babies. It focuses on maximizing the health and wellness of a woman and her baby, identifying and managing medical problems early on, and attending to the emotional, social, and spiritual aspects of pregnancy and birth.  Midwifery care seeks to protect, support, and avoid interfering with the unique rhythm, character, and timing of each woman’s labor. Midwives are trained to be vigilant in identifying women with serious complications. Medical expertise and interventions are sought when necessary but are not used routinely.”  I chose to go with midwives during my first pregnancy because my goal was a natural, drug-free labor and I felt midwifery care mot closely align with my pregnancy and labor goals.  I was so happy with my care during my first pregnancy and labor that I knew I would stick with the same midwifery practice for this pregnancy and labor.  Currently I see the midwives once a month but once I reach 28 weeks, I will start to see them every two weeks and then weekly at the end of labor.  Appointments with the midwife tend to be short and sweet.  One of the midwives will go over how I am feeling and any questions or concerns we have at the beginning of the appointment, following which they examine and measure my belly (fundal height) and listen to the baby’s heartbeat via doppler.  The midwives will also handle labor and delivery of the baby when the time comes.

So, there you have it!  Those are the folks that handle my pregnancy care!

22 Week Bump Date

I was 22 weeks yesterday, so here’s my weekly update!


What’s happening with baby:  While baby’s eyes have formed, we still wouldn’t be able to tell what color eyes s/he might have because the irises still lack pigment.  Baby is also developing taste buds and its nerve endings should be developed enough that it can experience the sensation of touch.  Soon baby’s hearing will be developed enough that it can respond to sounds as well!

What’s happening with mama:  Mama is tired.  It seems like this past week my sleep has been really off.  I’m waking frequently for no real reason (I don’t need to get up in the night to use the restroom most nights.) and it takes me a while to fall back asleep.  As a result I’ve felt a little run down this week!

But I’ve tried not to let that hold me back too much, so I made sure to hit up spinning on Tuesday and ran on the treadmill yesterday.  I really need to make sure that I keep up with my exercise.  We’ve been traveling a lot this month, which has thrown off my workout schedule a ton and I’ve not gotten in nearly as much sweat sessions as I have in previous months.  Since this will continue to be a busy month for us, I need to make sure I am utilizing the gym as much as possible when I’m home because both spinning and running kicked my butt this week.  (I’m sure the lack of sleep didn’t help.)  Running has definitely gotten a lot harder but I really want to keep it up as long as possible into this pregnancy.  Knowing that that has been one of my goals all along, I really should have been running more often but…  it just didn’t happen.  I’m hoping it’s not too late to make a difference with that.  I’m going to keep trying but I’ll listen to my body and when it decides it’s done with running while pregnant, I’ll stick to other activities.  Maybe I’ll try out the lap pool at the gym!

Mentionables:  There have been a couple of things in the past coupe of weeks that I meant to write about but then completely forgot about when I was writing my updates.  (Baby brain?)

When we were at the beach (so when I was 20 weeks), a little girl (three years old) came up to me at the hotel pool, pointed to my belly and said, “Baby brother?”  Her mom had brought her over and, after the little girl’s query, nervously asked whether I was, in fact, pregnant.  Apparently the little girl has told her mom, “baby brother” in regard to me while they were across the pool and she decided to bring her over.  Kind of funny!  Guess we’ll find out if the little girl was right in November!

I removed my navel piercing last week.  There were no issues with it; it just seemed like it was time.

Also, I might have actually seen my belly move when baby was kicking around in there yesterday.  I couldn’t get it to happen again but I’m pretty sure I saw a little twitch!

Baby is the size of a:  spaghetti squash.

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