I am so grateful that Parker is still growing strong and healthy in my tummy. We had a bit of a scare that he was going to be coming early when we went in for our 32 week appointment, and were monitored almost every day that week and given the antenatal steroid shots just in case. Since then, things have calmed down a bit. I have stopped working which has helped reduce a lot of stress and has allowed me to be at home where I can nap and rest. Just in case he does decide to come early, all of his clothes are washed, we've installed the car seats and have his hospital bag all set to go!
The movements have definitely gotten more intense as he's grown bigger. There are times where I am like what in the world is going on in there and I can see my whole tummy move around. There are some days where his movements aren't as wild as other days which scares me a little bit, but I can always get to 10 movements in an hour on any day, so that's always reassuring. There was one time where I took out my doppler and checked to make sure I could his heartbeat. Yes, I am a little paranoid!
Parker has been head down since 32 weeks and his little feet get lodged in my ribs a lot. I'm short so there's not a whole lot of room in there. At church on Christmas Eve I was like pushing his feet down from my ribs, and I'm sure people were like what is she doing? But it gives me temporary relief when things get intense.
Orange juice. Good ole original Minute Maid from the frozen aisle. I drink a huge glass of it every morning. I usually try not to drink my calories (I'd prefer to eat them, but for some reason, I just can't resist.) I think it all started when I started my iron pills for anemia, and they told me to take the pills with OJ because it helps with absorption of the iron.
I've gained 22 pounds. It is really weird, around 32 weeks when the contractions started, I lost 5 pounds that week because I had no appetite from all of the stress and haven't put it back on (despite the naughty treats at Christmas). My doc isn't concerned as baby's growth is on track so as long as I maintain or gain some from here on out we should be ok. It is really hard to eat a lot right now though since there's not a whole lot of room in my tummy.
I was heavier than I wanted to be when we got pregnant. Infertility treatments were hard on my body and I was about 10 lbs heavier than I would've liked to be before we did our IVF cycle. My doctor also had me stop playing tennis at 20 weeks along, which is my favorite form of exercise, so I haven't been doing anything other than going on walks with my husband. I can't wait to get back on the court and play when P is here! My goal would be to lose all of the baby weight and then about 10 lbs extra. I know it'll be a lot of hardwork, but hopefully I can do it!
Heartburn/acid reflux, and lots of it. Tums help a little bit, but not completely. I've asked the ultrasound techs if they can see any hair on him, since I feel like he'll be born with a full head of hair... but they say he doesn't have much, so we'll see when he gets here!
We continue to pray for a healthy pregnancy and that little Parker arrives healthy and happy when he decides to come. I can't even imagine the joy he is going to bring to our little family. <3 <3
PS: Below are a couple of pictures of the nursery and how things are coming along. The glider I have in the picture below was returned for another one, so I am still waiting for it to be delivered...hoping it makes it before Parker arrives.
Hi, welcome to my blog! I started my blog as a way to channel my creativity and document our life happenings. From the pretty, styled shots to the real, raw experiences, too, like our journey to start our family. I love to share about my faith, my personal style for interior decorating, holidays and entertaining & for our little guys. too. Thanks so much for stopping by and for your support. XO, Lindsay