Pregnancy Journey

Wednesday Weekly Weigh-In: Pregnancy Edition- Week 39

39 weeks, with only 5 days left until Jr. estimated due date. At my appointment yesterday I was only 1.5 cm dilated. Contractions are starting to occur more frequently and are about 15-20 minutes apart when they occur. I find that I experience the most contractions when I am in a resting state.

Today, I indulged in a iced coffee with hopes that it would stimulate some consistent contractions while at work. However, I didn’t notice a major change.

I have been following doctors orders and walking to encourage dilation and the onset of natural labor. Each morning at 6 am I walk for a minimum of 1 mile. This morning I burned 139 calories from walking 1.09 miles. Around lunch time I took another stroll and walked 1.52 miles and burned 227 calories. Walking is such a relaxing exercise and has really helped to loosen up my tight muscles in my lower back and hips. Walking is going to not only condition me for labor but also condition me to get back into the swing of my fitness routine once I am cleared to workout with no restrictions after delivery.

Take a look at my stats from today: (Logged via Fitbit)

I am proud to have met and over exceeded my daily step goal of 5,000 steps and my 30 minute exercise goal. I also nailed my 250+ step goal between the hours of 9:00 am and 5:00 pm. The hourly tracker is a great reminder for me to step away from my desk and take frequent breaks as needed.

39 Week Milestones & Current Events:

  • Baby is the size of a small Pumpkin
  • Baby is considered full-term
  • Old fetal skin is falling off and replaced with soft baby skin
  • Baby is fully developed, measuring about 19-21 inches long and about 7-8 lbs in weight
  • Mommy has been nesting to the fullest
  • Frequent bathroom breaks on the hour at night is still a thing
  • Cravings: Chocolate Milk, Lunchables Pepperoni Pizzas, Chocolate

At 39 weeks, today I weigh in at 180.6 lbs. My weight has hit a plateau as baby as reached his optimal weight. I really anticipated him arriving earlier based on his measurements at my last two ultrasound appointments but apparently my womb is comfier than MTV cribs and baby is content just where he is. Maybe this is a indicator that he is going to be a Mommy’s boy. I wouldn’t mind this at all since Abby has been a Daddy’s girl from day 1. Hence, the reason why Andrew named her Abigail (meaning: My Father’s Joy).

Continue to follow me on social media for updates as we near Jr. big day!

FLWE ❤

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Wednesday Weekly Weigh-In: Pregnancy Edition- Week 38

At 38 weeks and a few days I am only 1 cm dilated. Doctors appointment are twice a week, as we are anticipating for Jr. arrival, potentially earlier due to his size. I have come to the conclusion that my husband Andrew and I have another stubborn Taurus on our hands. Our oldest, Abby was delivered at over 40 weeks (scheduled induction) because she just was not ready to bless the world with all of her greatness.

With every contraction with our first we always ended up in L&D (Labor and Delivery), as my husband was determined that he was not going to be the one to delivery a baby at home. With baby #3 there will be no false alarms. I will not be going to the hospital until I know I am well into active labor. It is recommended that I increase my walking, stair climbing, and squats to help me along with dilating. I am going to try these recommendations. I will keep you updated on the progress.

We have already passed a lot of predicted dates on our calendar. There are still many dates to come prior to baby’s due date. Still looking forward to see who comes close to predicting Jr. arrival correctly.

FYI: Eating 6-8 Dates in the last 4 weeks to soften cervix is a myth in my opinion.

38 Week Milestones & Current Events:

  • Baby is the size of a Spaghetti Squash
  • Measuring about 20 inches long and weighed 7 lbs and 1 oz (per ultrasound a few weeks ago)
  • Baby is fully developed and continues to practice breathing and swallowing
  • Mommy is experiencing increased hip and pelvic pressure
  • Sleeping is becoming a harder task as it is difficult to get comfortable
  • Cravings: Powerade, Dates, Hershey’s Milk Chocolate Bars, Chocolate Milk

At 38 weeks, I weigh in today at: 181.4 lbs. I should be hitting a plateau soon with my weight gain as baby is preparing for delivery. However, he is still packing on his baby fat in the meantime. This weight is definitely challenging to carry since it is all belly and not evenly distributed. I find that it is so easy to lose my balance. I am being very cautious when I walk.

13 days left until 5/14/19- keep checking back and follow me on social media for updates. I will more than likely post first on social media when Jr. arrives. Thank you all for continuing to follow me on my pregnancy journey.

FLWE ❤

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Wednesday Weekly Weigh-In: Pregnancy Edition- Week 36

Currently 36 weeks, only 26 days or less to go until Jr. arrival. I am so excited to meet our newest edition that I am beginning to get impatient. Just thinking about what his personality will be like. This also will mean that my husband and I will have two children with the same zodiac signs– Taurus. If he is anything like Abby he will be unwavering, strong willed and steadfast in his opinions. All good character traits when utilized positively. I guess will just have to wait and see . . .

My belly is growing and so are my cravings. I can’t seem to sleep in and I am up every hour thirsty and with a full bladder. Hubby and my MIL (Mother-in-Love) are still convinced that baby will debut on May 3rd. Hubby specifically suspects that I will start laboring on May 2nd. Only time will tell. One thing for sure his date has already been decided by the Almighty – Most High.

36 Week Milestones & Current Events:

  • Baby is the size of a Ripe Papaya
  • Measuring about 20 inches long and weights about 6 lbs
  • Baby is shedding bodily hair, as well as the vernix caseosa
  • Forming meconium for his first bowel movement
  • Since baby has dropped Mommy’s lungs are feeling relieved
  • Increased pelvic pain and pressure since baby is in position for the big day
  • Contractions are increasing in frequency and intensity

At 36 weeks, I weigh in today at 180.6 lbs. This means I gained a whole 5 lbs since last Wednesday. Baby is definitely packing on more weight as we approach delivery day. I am looking forward to my upcoming prenatal appointment on Friday to see if I have dilated. Keep following my blog for weekly updates. Be on the lookout for a birth announcement post. I am excited to see who predicted Jr. due date accurately.

FLWE ❤

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Wednesday Weekly Weigh-In: Pregnancy Edition – Week 35

Welcome to week 35. I am another week closer to meeting our little man. I honestly feel like time is going by extremely fast at this point. Currently, there is only 34 more days until my expected due date [5/14/19]. Baby is in position and dropping lower everyday. It is beginning to get more difficult for me to carry around the weight of my belly. I often get a little off balance and have to catch myself.

While my family and I are excited for Jr. arrival; so are my friends and coworkers. I was so shocked that my job planned a baby shower for me. Initially, it was planned last week but they had to cancel it because I was admitted to the hospital. My friend and coworker Jaleesa couldn’t hold the surprise in and told me that they had it all planned out. I felt so bad to hear that they had everything planned with food and decorations but had to cancel because of me. I was grateful but did not imagine that they would replan something to surprise me at work.

So, yesterday my coworkers began acting funny- disappearing for long periods of time and scattering all around the office, in and out. I didn’t realize that they were rushing to pick up food and decorate a little. I was shocked when I went to lunch and saw all of the blue decor. It was a dead giveaway that it was for me and Jr. I really appreciate the thoughtfulness and everyone’s gift. Both me and Jr. feel the love. I want to thank everyone again for their support and kindness.

35 Week Milestones & Current Events:

  • Baby is the size of a Bunch of Carrots
  • Measuring about 20 inches long and weighs about 5.5-6 lbs
  • Baby’s skeletal development is nearly complete
  • Baby will continue to pack on more weight in the coming weeks
  • Baby is in position
  • Mommy is trying to manage the extra weight (balance control)
  • Blurry vision is still a thing
  • Contractions are becoming more frequent, stronger, and closer
  • Walking long distances or standing for too long is a task (SOB frequently)
  • Cravings: Hershey’s chocolate bars, coffee with heavy cream

At 35 weeks, I weigh in today at 175 lbs. I am up 2 lbs from last week. I have happy to see the numbers going up on the scale. It’s a reassurance that baby is getting bigger and packing on his weight appropriately. I have not experienced any swelling and I am thankful for that. I have heard many horror stories from other moms who have suffered with swelling in their pregnancy. I would say that I am in the clear from this issue. I haven’t experienced it yet and didn’t in my prior two pregnancies.

Today I posted on facebook and instagram asking for my friends and family to post their prediction date of when Jr. will arrive based off of the picture above of me today at 35 weeks. Even my coworkers joined in on the fun and circulated a calendar with their predictions.

If you have not had a chance yet to post your predictions please do so. I am also accepting predictions here on my blog. Please comment your prediction below. Keep in mind Jr. due date is 5/14/19. I am accepting predictions up until Friday evening at 8:00 pm. I will then create a blog post and share everyones name and prediction date. I can not wait to see who predicts his arrival accurately or close enough.

FLWE ❤

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Wednesday Weekly Weigh-In: Pregnancy Edition – Week 34

Welcome week 34! Currently, 41 days to go until Jr. arrival. The last two days have been very eventful. Tuesday night around 8 pm, my husband and I went outside to walk our dog Roger for a final time before bed and my right knee gave out on me. (previous injury related to cheerleading) Luckily, I felt my knee pop out of place and was able to brace my fall in the grass. Honestly, everything happened so fast and my husband and I both were a nervous wreck. I fell more-so on my hands and right hip, but you can never be so sure in the moment.

The 35 minute drive to the hospital was nerve wrecking. My stomach stayed contracted most of the ride and I suspect that it was also a result of my adrenaline rushing in fear. It wasn’t until we were about 15 minutes from the hospital when my stomach began to soften and I was able to feel baby’s movements back to normal. Feeling that first kick triggered a slight relief. After triage and being hooked up the fetal heart rate monitor it was confirmed that baby’s heart rate was detected and normal. The on call OB/Gyn arrived about 20 minutes later to perform an ultrasound and that was the real confirmation that baby was doing well and there was no indication of separation of the placenta. Jr. even waved at us and it was such a good wave; you could see each of his 5 fingers on that hand. It was almost like he was waving to let us know everything was ok.

After a thorough exam and a few hours of monitoring baby’s heart rate, the on call OB/Gyn did decide to keep me for 24 hour observation to be precautious per protocol. This was the longest 24 hours of my life. I was miserable as they ordered me not to eat in case baby showed signs of not doing well and they would opt to do an emergency c-section. All I could do was eat ice chips and that was just not enough. I honestly don’t know how I survived not eating and I am sure how my husband Andrew survived being held captive as well. He absolutely despises hospitals. Over the 24 hours baby boy continued to be super active as ever and my contractions are occurring more frequently. The nurses even suspect that I will be back to deliver baby boy before 39 weeks.

Needless to say, we both made it and were excited to be discharged last night after 8 pm. I spent today resting and taking it easy. My left arm is still pretty sore and bruised after the IV. It didn’t help that I slept on it last night. But, it’s pretty impossible to find a comfortable position in your third trimester. I am constantly switching from my left to right side when sleeping, of course in between my bathroom breaks that seemingly wake me up every 40 minutes to an hour at night.

34 Week Milestones & Current Events:

  • Baby is the size of a Savoy Cabbage
  • Measuring about 18-19 inches long and weighs about 5 lbs
  • The slippery coat that protects baby’s skin from drying out in all the amniotic fluid is starting to fall off
  • Baby’s immune system is getting stronger
  • Baby’s lungs is in the final stage of development as we prepare for birth
  • Mommy is still feeling fatigued and battling with low iron
  • Blurry vision is occurring occasionally (I try to get up slow from laying down and sitting positions)
  • Contractions are becoming more frequent and are stronger
  • Cravings: Butter Pecan Ice-cream, Chocolate Pudding, and Oranges

At 34 weeks I weigh in at 173 lbs. I am really not surprised that I lost a few pounds given my 24 hour fast. I am not concerned since my appetite has been picking up in my third trimester. As baby boy continues to grow and pack on his baby fat I am sure my weight will increase in the coming weeks. Until next week…

FLWE ❤

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Wednesday Weekly Weigh-In: Pregnancy Edition – Week 33

Welcome week 33… another week down! Currently, 47 days to go … We are ready for you baby boy. This past weekend my mother in law helped me get everything ready in his room. Wall decals are placed, crib bedding is set, and all baby clothes are washed and put away. The carseat is out of the box and ready. Pampers are waiting on standby. I am even proud to say that I have my hospital bag packed and ready. Everything is ready except baby. But, that is ok he still has some time left to enjoy mommy’s womb (aka his womb-cave).

Don’t mind the butterfly decals. We were too tired to take down what was left over from Abby’s nursery. We will get to it sooner or later. =)
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33 Week Milestones & Current Events:

  • Baby is the size of a pineapple
  • Measuring between 17-19 inches in length and 4 – 6 lbs in weight
  • Baby is rapidly losing that wrinkled, alien look, and his skeleton is hardening
  • Baby is extremely active
  • Mommy is feeling more fatigued
  • Mommy waddle is in full effect
  • Pelvic pressure is in full effect (It feels like I have a soft ball size yoni egg just sitting in my pelvic area)
  • It is getting even more difficult for me to sleep- tossing from side to side
  • Cravings: ice, water, almond milk, whipped butter, toast, oreo cookie

For the information you all have been reading for: At 33 weeks I weigh 175.4 lbs. Slight and steady increases in my weight. Less weight gained, less that I will need to lose in order to return back to my pre-pregnancy weight. I am looking forward to get back into the swing of working out after baby. I have some real goals that I will be working to smash before the end of the year.

(Stay tuned for a blog post on my fitness goals after delivery)

Week 33 Weigh In

I had my 33 week check up yesterday and my OB/Gyn is pleased with how well baby is growing according to the last ultrasound. Baby is still head down and deeply lodged into my pelvis so he is getting himself ready and is already in position for delivery. The amniotic fluid is decreasing as we near the big day so it is very important for me to up my water intake and be sure to remain well hydrated throughout the day. My next appointment will be in two weeks and then once a week up until delivery. We are betting that he will arrive any day between April 20th-30th. I told my mother in law that he will be either her’s or Abby’s birthday present. I guess the bet is on and we will have to just wait and see.

FLWE ❤

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Wednesday Weekly Weigh-In: Pregnancy Edition – Week 32

7 weeks and 6 days to go until we meet our Prince (approximately 55 days to go). I really can not believe how quick time is passing. I feel like March just began and now here we are approaching April. I am still betting that Jr. will make his debut sometime late April. I am sure Abby would love to welcome her baby brother for her 5th birthday. (nice gift, right?) Just think about how we are going to plan and manage two kids with birthdays less than 30 days apart; could potentially be days apart. After this blog post I will be clicking over to Pinterest to look for party planning ideas for sister and brother birthday parties. 🙂

Sad to announce that I have yet to pack my hospital bag. Benefit of the doubt, this is baby #3 and I crown myself as a professional and Queen of childbirth. I know this baby is coming whether my bag is packed or not. I am nowhere in a frenzy like with our first. (carseat and bag was packed in the car since the 1st trimester) I honestly, am confident enough that my Husband Andrew will manage to locate all of my necessities if the time arrives earlier than anticipated and I am not prepared. (He is a professional too) Honestly, it’s on my to-do-list but I just haven’t gotten around to it yet. Fatigue is starting to plague me again in these final weeks and I rather take a nap than refer to my to-do-list for incomplete tasks.

Carseat
Crib Linen Set

Thank you to our amazing family and friends who have been marking items off of our registry. Today, we received our carseat and crib set. For those of you that did not know we are registered at Target and we appreciate your support.

I cannot wait until I wash and put the linen in his crib. Everything is really coming together nice and we are definitely prepared for his arrival.

32 Week Milestone & Current Events:

  • Baby is the size of a Florida Pomelo
  • Measuring about 18 inches long and weighs about 4 lbs
  • Baby has fully developed fingernails and toenails
  • One of his favorite activities right now is sucking his thumb
  • Baby is head down and in the birth position
  • Mommy is experiencing fatigue (despite going to bed early and frequent naps)
  • Sleeping is becoming more difficult (need more pillows)
  • Contractions are occurring more frequently
  • Pelvic pressure is increasing as baby grows and pushed deeper into the birthing canal
  • Leg cramps plague me once again

This week I am 172.5 lbs. There is no significant change compared to last week. I am beginning to accept this as a blessing. Less weight gained = less weight to lose after baby. I am happy to hear that he is growing just right and even measuring bigger than expected. I definitely notice my stomach growing bigger each day. Baby is sitting very low as he is preparing for his big day.

This week my appetite has started to increase and I have been craving almond milk, sweet tea, greens, and oreos. Weird combinations.

My next appointment will be next week and I will continue to keep you all updated. Until next post. . .

FLWE ❤