Vivian Blanch 3 Months Old

The Happiest and Merriest Christmas! 
Today baby Vivian is 3 months 5 Days old. She has changed so much these past couple weeks.  I am happy to report she sleeps thru the night! My new fitbit tells me that although I am in bed sleeping for 7 1/2 hours, I get about 7 hours of sleep.  Find me on Fitbit --> HERE   
That is amazing!  No complaints. She doesn't wake anymore for middle of the night feedings.


"Santa... I know him!"
Enjoying some quiet time alone with her in front of the tree! 



                 



Vivian has already changed so much! 
I love that grumpy little face! 








My Fitness Progress 12 Weeks Postpartum

Today baby Vivian is 12 weeks old. I can hardly believe it! 

I am so exited to report that I have lost 14 pounds exactly! It was not easy at times, turning down that glass of wine or slice of pizza, but seeing my before and after pics I am ecstatic. Living in my own skin I guess I didn't realize how good I was doing. I still focus on what I want to work on instead of how far I have come in such a short time.  




What I am doing:
  • Drinking Tons of water
  • Consuming my body weight in protein each and every day
  • Low Sugar consumption - only natural
  • Drinking my coffee black
  • Working out 3-5 times a week at NSPT see here - adult classes
  • Walking when I can
  • Always eat breakfast within the hour
  • Always wear my Fitbit 24 hours ...really! 
My current favorite snacks

  • 0% Greek yogurt with 1 scoop of Optimum Nutrition Performance Whey in Chocolate (no I am not getting paid to name brand) and a little water.  I call it pudding!  
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Kind Bars in a jam
  • mixed nuts
  • Guacamole



Miss Viv joining me yesterday at class


My 2 Month Postpartum Body


Not the post I imagined I would write 
and most certainly not as proud as I am right now! 

DREAMING OF FITNESS: 
Going into pregnancy I dreamed of getting my body back months after delivery. Never did I think I would be as happy as I am now with my progress! Those who have been reading along with my blog know that I had a difficult pregnancy. I was on a moderated bed rest most of the pregnancy and developed a painful hernia half way through that caused me major pain through the end. 
Starting out this pregnancy I was heavier than usual from the 5 rounds of IVF.  The drugs, hormones and emotional eating left me 5 pounds heavier each round.  I struggled to get it all off.

THINKING ABOUT SHAKEOLOGY:
I knew I was not going to be able to do this myself!  Even with a gym membership I needed something more to hold me accountable. I thought about Shakeology seeing girls I know on Facebook shedding unwanted weight looking great. Their posts seems so motivating!  I had tried the shakes before and knew I liked the taste. I would get a coach and extra nutrients in the shake that other shakes didn't offer. Well after reaching out to two separate coaches I knew personally, neither of them reached out to me on their own after my initial inquiry. I guess i was expecting some encouragement of some sort. Disappointed I did research on my own on how I could get the same nutrition for less money.  Easily I found that with a daily vitamin, probiotic and healthy food choices I would save hundreds of dollars a year!  
I decided on Optimum Nutrition Performance Whey in Chocolate. It has a great taste and is rated very high in quality and nutrition. See: https://labdoor.com/rankings/protein 

My body Post Baby


My Workouts:

I joined an athlete performance training company and I workout with the adult group. NSPT North Shore Performance Training. I knew that no average gym would help me, as I said before I needed to be held accountable. I needed to be pushed by someone. This was and is a perfect fit for me. Each class is an hour long. There are 3 classes a day to pick from and one on  Saturday - None on Sunday. 

 "Train like the pros and achieve personal fitness goals at North Shore Performance Training, the premier performance training gym in the area.  ...NSPT offers complete functional training workouts and strength and conditioning programs. Better your mobility, speed and quickness, strength and/or power systems, shoulder function and overall core strength with each workout."

I was sold! 

Right when I decided to join at 6 weeks postpartum, I had the opportunity to join a challenge NSPT was hosting. THE BIGGEST WINNER! Yes a take from The Biggest Loser. I would get 6 weeks with a great Nutritionist Jules Hindman See her site HERE
Well, I am currently on week 3 and have lost 8 pounds!  I am just 2 pounds shy of my pre pregnant weight!  Granted I was heavier than I like when I got pregnant but I feel great!  I feel strong and proud :)

Support:
Surprisingly people in my life, with the exception of my husband and my mother, are not as happy for me as I am. This has not been a topic in which my friends or family enjoy talking about.  Especially stretch marks - see here. It feels to me that people think that I am bragging or throwing something in their face.  NOT THE CASE AT ALL!  My initial excitement and want for sharing is at an end.  I hope people reading this do not feel anything negative. 


My Body Postpartum


Things I am currently doing

  1. Fitbit: I wear my fitbit 24 - 7
  2. MYFITNESSPAL App: it is connected to my fitbit that I am absolutely obsessed with! I track everything I eat.  EVERYTHING! 
  3. Water: I drink a ton of water, more water than I though was humanly possible. 8-10 glasses a day minimal.  I shoot for 96 Ounces or more.
  4. Sugar: Minimal sugar and refined Carbs 
  5. Breakfast: I eat breakfast within 30 minutes of waking. Normally hard boiled eggs or steel cut oatmeal.
  6. Nothing in my coffee: This was hard at first but I now don't mind.
  7. Protein Powder: Each day I typically have a protein shake. If not I will put 1/2 a scoop in my morning oatmeal
  8. Snacks I like: Greek Yogurt, kind bars, almonds and hard boiled eggs. 
  9. Staying away from: Cereal, breads, drinks other than water and pasta. 
  10. I avoid eating out: Hard to track calories and lets face it, eating out is on average 1200 calories per meal (at dinner) 
I will check back when my challenge is over and let you all know how it goes!







My Personal Tips for an Easier Labour

This is all my personal opinion. 
I did extensive research trying to discover the secret to an easier or faster labor, delivery and recovery. I was willing to do just about anything to help my body along for labor.  

I dreamed of a natural, drug free birth, and although I knew I would be open to intervention and changes in plan I did truly want to, at the least, try. To my surprise I had an extremely hard time finding support. I actually found none. Only in hiring a doula did I find the support I desired, maybe too much as she didn't digest my openness to the needed change in any plans. (another story)

One of my biggest concerns was the length of labour.  It was going to hurt ...bad!  What could I do to help my body? Well I did tons of research and found great information.  I tried a lot and would love to share!

What worked for me:

Walking, walk walk walk: In my 3rd trimester I would walk 2-3 miles a day right up unit the end. Not only does this help your endurance but the swaying of your hips not only moves baby into place but down low into your cervix. This will help soften your cervix and ready your body.

Evening Primrose Oil:  I took 1 pill a day at week 30.  This is way earlier than recommended.  I upped my dose regularly and by week 38 I was taking 2 pills twice a day.


Mama organic tea: This is a great brand of teas and I started in the 3rd trimester


Dates:  I had a hard time eating these but had read in multiple places how Dates help Ripen the cervix preparing it for labor.  This would clearly speed the process along when the time came.  I ended up slicing them into steal cut oatmeal each morning.  They would taste more like raisins! 

Water Lots of Water:  Hydration should be no surprise.  

Laying on my left side only: The benefits of laying on your left side when pregnant is well known.   Supports organ function 

Birthing Ball: Bouncing on a birthing ball 

Education: I read many books.  The one I loved the most was  "Ina May's Guide to Childbirth" I also recommend the movie "The Business of Being Born" in these and more I found understanding which put my mind to ease, I knew I could do this!  



Warm Epson Salt Baths: I forget where I read this but I took them all the time!  

Relaxation with music:  To relax in pregnancy I would listen to Hawaiian music so naturally when in labour when I needed to relax I listened to Hawaiian music.  It is like a lullaby! 


Realizing... I am scared straight.


It's wild!  I'm a mom.  Everything I ever wanted and she is an angel.  She sleeps, eats, poops and smiles ...then all over again.  I am getting good sleep at night and offered tons of babysitting.  Heck I'm already working.

I have dodged the baby blues (for now) 

So why do I feel so on edge.  Why do I feel unable to just relax? 

If you have followed my blog then you know of my IVF struggle.  See here for recap.  Then there was my struggles in pregnancy. Is that it? I was so guilt ridden from IVF that I never really let myself say outloud that my PREGNANCY WAS HARD!  Very hard on both me and my husband.   

It all started with our IVF surgeries. The typical recoveries into the 2 week wait before the big pregnancy test.  In this time my grandfather had suddenly gone down hill and was admitted to a hospice. Naturally I wanted to be there when he passed and I was. The next morning I had the worst flu of my life. 102 temperature and sick for 3 days I was certain that this round had failed. I am happy to report I was wrong!!!
Fast forward to week 14 pregnant. I had some major gushing bleeding episodes, once a week for about 5 weeks.  No conclusion for sure what it was but I was treated as if it was a placenta abruption.  I was put on pelvic rest until the 3rd trimester. No working out. No intercourse. 
As the weeks went on and my belly started to grow I started having bad ligament pains. They were so bad and were joined by a pelvic hernia at about 16 weeks. I didn't know what it was until almost the 3rd trimester. Funny I thought it was ligament pains as well.  
Last but not the least in the second trimester the Dr.'s saw some extra fluid around our baby's brain. All ended well but I was heavily monitored and sent to Boston Children's Hospital for a MRI and ultrasounds on top of the many ultrasounds leading up to it and after.

Through it all I was pregnant! That's what I told myself at least. I have no business complaining, I would think and tell myself.  So I didn't.  I had no place, no safe place to be scared, tired or uneasy. My tough times aka: IVF were over... Right?  I was suppose to glow and be the super grateful person everyone around me wanted to see.

I sit here typing with one hand and holding my baby in the other. You are not alone, I hope to tell you. Who ever you are at what ever point in your journey. This journey is never ending and the pains we felt/feel does carry on in a small way. Maybe to protect the future in a backwards way. Accepting my journey and moving on is my goal at hand now.

I don't miss being pregnant. I know this since people asking made me ponder on this. I wish I did but it's ok to be honest. Things still didn't go as planned, even after the positive test. I am no longer living in fear. I know this now. I was walking around scared straight all the time. I walk with enjoyment now! It was all worth it.

I follow so many blogs. Many have suffered great loss or are continuing their struggles with infertility. I'm not sure who follows me and who doesn't but my heart goes out to all of you as at times like this I think about the circle of infertility.

Thanks for reading :)






Our Last Minute Baby Halloween Costume

Happy Halloween!  
From Vivian

The Cutest Newborn Infant Halloween Costume
Mean Girls - Regina George



Fetch is never going to happen

You can't sit with us! 

Raise your hand if you've been 
personally victimized by Regina George




Onsie and headpiece previously bought on Etsy.com 

How I avoided getting stretch marks when the odds were against me!


Ok so before I get into gloating over how I didn't get any stretch marks after being totally scared my whole pregnancy ..well life that I would get them, let me say a few things... Yes it was a long road of infertility treatments to get here and yes I would take stretch marks any day (tons of them even) just to have my little girl here.  I realize how vein I am and have been but I also know that I am not alone!  I mean who want them really?  Now I realize it may have been dumb luck, good genes or maybe just possibly I helped prevent with my tips here!

Stretch Marks!   
Who wants them ..no one!  How can they be prevented? I truly think no one has the answers.  I searched the web far and wide and spoke to as many people as I could.  
"you will take after your mother" most people would say
"there is nothing you can do"  "moisturize" 



My family history of stretch marks:

Mother  -  my mom is covered by stretch marks. She has told me that it happened with her first (of 5 of us) She also laughs and says how in her day no one cared!  It was part of life.  There was also no creams or trying to prevent.  She did not drink water or moisturize.  My mom is a heavy set woman.

Mother's Mother  -  I am told she was covered!  She was very petite

Sister  - One of my sisters is covered.  She is very small and the extra skin that was left just hangs. (with large visual marks all around her whole midsection)  She got them all with her first (of 4) pregnancies.  She gave birth at 37 weeks and says they all came in the final week.  She did not get one until that final week.

Sister  -  Another sister of mine had twins. She is not covered badly but did get some stretch marks. This sister is a little heavier set.

Fathers Side  -  I have not spoken to my aunts directly but I am told that yes they got them.  To what extent I do not know.


What I did to try and prevent stretch marks  

I quit coffee and tea  -  Dehydrators. Plus they are fertility risks. I stopped about 3 months before conceiving and did not have a cup until after giving birth!  Can't say it was easy but worth it!  Did it help? who knows but since it is a dehydrator I can only imagine it did.

Mothers nature oil  -  I read an article that Brooke Burke used this and swore by it. I always had used neutrogena oil so the change was small.  It was much thicker of an oil and I felt it stayed on and set in better.  I would put it on after a shower or put it in my baths.

Palmers butter moisturizer  -  This I see in the store everywhere and commercials. I am skeptical if it does much more than moisturize but couldn't hurt!  This is the moisturizer everyone has heard of and seem to think works due to the cow-coa butter .yet my sister used this like crazy and was covered in stretch marks.

Vitamin E  -  About 20 weeks this was brought to my attention.  I bought capules and used 1 - 2 a day. By 30 weeks I also used vitamin E oil as well.  I continued using this after giving birth.

Apricot Scrub  -  I figured if I could exfoliate any dead skin new skin would be created which may have more elasticity.  Now this may not be true what so ever. This was my own thoughts.  I used this from the time I found out I was pregnant throughout the entire pregnancy.  Just a little bit on my belly each and every shower.

Drinking Water  -  This one is important.  I drank tons of water and I mean more than a person would think humanly possible.  The sooner you can start the better.

Massage  -  Early in pregnancy I would stimulate my skin around my belly.  I totally lost interest and forgot I intended to do this after 1st trimester.  I do want to include this as I did do it often early on.

No Itching - This one was not a problem for most all of pregnancy.  Then the 3rd trimester hit!  So.. itchy!  It was so hard not to itch but I would tell myself "don't do it ..stretch marks"  Who knows if its true or not but I did not want to risk it! I never itched! 

The outcome...

I am happy to report that I did not get one single stretch mark!   Wooowho..!!   I am still in shock.  I truly feel that the odds were against me.  If there is any truth is prevention then I am sure it is mixed in what I did in preventative measures.

Some pictures of my belly.

I thought for sure the splotchy look below would turn into stretch marks!  
This only made me obsess more on my regimen 
37 weeks

36 weeks


No Stretch Marks!  Not one!   

2 Months Postpartum



2 Week Baby Update

Well it has been 2 weeks since my world has been turned upside down!

I am in LOVE as simple as that!
I have cried more tears than I can't count. All tears of joy.
We have been blessed by a miracle.
She sleeps well and barely cries! What have I done to deserve her?  
I know these moments will go by fast....

I have started an email for Vivian. I have and plan on sending emails throughout the weeks months and years and one day we will give her the email with password.

Sadly just 5 days after my little love was born, her name sake, my grandmother passed away.
She had contracted pneumonia the day we were released from the hospital and never got the chance to meet her in person.  Luckily my mother was there for her birth and shared the story along with may pictures.  I know Baby Vivian is kissed by her angel great grandmother as well as her great grandfather Dino who passed away the day we found out we were pregnant.









Baby Thoughts of My Blogging Future

I have been thinking a lot this week about this blog and wether to trek on blogging or to start fresh. This blog started out as my outlet.  I had so much inside of me while struggling with infertility that I needed to release. Thank goodness I found this outlet.  It was a huge healing mechanism and I am grateful to the blogging community for your support at that special time in my life. Now that I have successfully conceived and birthed my a child I feel my presence may be over stayed.

I am delighted to keep writing. Even if it is to only a couple people who may be reading. I worry about the silent readers who may not appreciate my delight or success. I do NOT want to cause anyone sorrow or again over stay my welcome.

Anyone have any thoughts?




Vivian Blanche's Birth Story

It's been one week and five days since the birth of our little princess. As I sit here about to write about my delivery room experience I can't help but think back on when this journey really began.  To pinpoint the exact moment is hard but after 100s of shots and blood draws, dozens upon dozens of 25 mile drives to my IVF clinic, a late miscarriage and chemical pregnancy, depression followed by deep soul searching and heart aching longing.  Fighting between keeping faith and finding acceptance I have been struggling with my past and present. The guilt I feel when I walk around the mall with my new baby knowing at any time  a girl like myself, who is struggling with conceiving, could walk by and see how happy I am with my newborn and feel pain.

Birth Story: 

It was a Monday morning.  My husband and I were on our way to my final Dr.'s appointment.  After having extremely high proteins in my urine, high uric acid, headaches and slightly elevated blood pressure we were asked. "So you ready to have this baby today?" "Why don't you take a walk across the way" My hospital was located across from my Dr.'s office.  So we did!  We were in shock! 38 weeks 5 days along we were close enough to the end. The walk was romantic in a corney sort of way.  On this slow walk my husband and I spoke about our journey and how it was about to come to an end.  By the end of the day I would be a mom!  So we thought :)

I arrived 1cm dilated, 50% effaced and with a soft cervix. The Dr. also said my babies head was very low, anterior and my water was a very thin sac.  This was all great news! She began "ripening" me at about 1pm and I quickly moved to 3cm in just a couple hours.  Since I was contracting on my own (not that I felt much) they let me go on my own since my body was responding so well.  My 15 year old step daughter arrived at about 4pm. We had arranged for her pick up from school where she lives so she could be a part of the big day.  7pm rolled around and after checking me I was still 3cm dilated.  I had stalled!  Our options were:  I could get induced at 8pm.  This would be the start of labour and after a full day of contracting I was very tired, but we would keep going!  (or)  They could give me some meds to get some good sleep and we could start in the morning, nice and rested.  Needless to say I chose to sleep!








Tuesday:

My husband and Abbigale stayed with me in the room for the night.  We all woke up at about 7am.  The Dr. checked me at about 8am.  I was still 3cm, but 70% effaced now.  The Dr. spoke about options as we decided we opted to get some food.  Hospital food is always better if you walk down to the cafe so my husband and Abbigale walked down for us.  While they were gone my water broke! I was now on the clock.  By about 10am we started pitocin.   It took some time to kick in and when it did they came on strong.

My doula had arrived by 11am as well as my mother.  My doula was pushing for me to keep on track with my birth plan. We had already fallen off track with a few medical interventions (as needed) and my original goal was as few as possible.  It was about 2pm -2:30pm when the nurses decided to turn up the pitocin and boy did the contractions come on hard and fast!  Because I wanted few interventions I was not checked for dilation (Looking back I wish I was). I was only 20 minutes into my hard core contractions when I knew I wasn't going to be able to handle this for hours on end without relief. I thought I had to be transitioning since I couldn't imagine the pain getting any worse (as Ive read).  The doula couldn't confirm or deny and told me to take it one contraction at a time. This all as I bounced on a birthing ball in the bathroom. From what I understood first labors can last hours on end and I needed relief!  My birth plan was to not get an epidural but to opt for a narcotic that would give me temporary relief. In asking for the narcotic my dear husband spoke up.  He did not want me getting a narcotic as the baby would get it into her blood stream as well as potentially needing narcan once born. I didn't flinch at his request and asked for the epidural. I just wish he had confirmed this prior when I went over my birth plan with him.  Oh well..

It took over 1 hour for the anesthesiologist to enter the room. I had endured constant contractions 4 down to 2 minutes apart for about 60 seconds each.  Every contraction was as hard as the next.  I wasn't sure how I could get through the next. The moment I asked for the "relief" I was committed to just that. I wish I knew how long I had to wait as I may had not wished for it at all and taken up strength instead.

Once the epidural kicked in I was surprised to still feel my legs.  Not what I had imagined. I could feel my babies head way low potentially in the canal.  Telling the nurses they said "no honey, you have some time to go".  After a few minutes a nurse came in to put a bag in for my urine. As she went to do so she was surprised to realize "It's time to push!" It was 3:30pm ish. She quickly got the Dr. Still not one contraction had been felt when it was told I was going to have to push.  "Will I know when to push?" I asked.  I was told I will feel it and she watched the screen as I felt my first contraction with the epidural. It was heightened pressure without the immense pain. After feeling the first one the Dr. told me to push for the next.

17 pushes and 30 minutes later she arrived!  Her cord was short so I was unable to go skin to skin past my stomach. My husband cut the cord when it stopped pulsating and she was brought right to my chest.  She had so much dark black hair. Immediately she put her thumb in her mouth! I had planned on breast feeding but could see how eager my husband was to hold her. I put her on my breast and she quickly latched and sucked away for 1 minute.  That was good enough for me.  The nurse took her away and cleaned her up.  Baby was so calm it surprised us all. She loved being under the warmer.

Ripened for 21 hours
5 1/2 hours of labor followed by
30 minutes of pushing 

Baby had fluid on her lungs from coming so fast.
I aslo hemorrhaged after she was born.  Dr. got it under control.

In the end my husband, mother and step daughter witnessed the whole thing.
I know now that I could have easily gone without the epidural knowing now that the pain would have not lasted hours on end as I suspected but I have no regrets on the decisions that were made.

If I had received the narcotic as I requested the baby would had been born within the 2 hour time frame and would have needed the narcan shot. Thank Goodness I did not get it.


Pictures from the Hospital


exhausted

6 pounds 4 ounce



once in our room after the birth
Oh Hi!  


Going home!  

First Day Home! 
Vivian Blanche
September 22, 2015
6 Pounds 4 Ounces
20 Inches Long

She has arrived! Happy Birthday Vivian Blanche!

Just a quick post to announce  that she has arrived!!
Vivian Blanche
4:05 pm Tuesday September 22nd 2015
6 pounds 4.2 ounces
20 inches long

Birth Story to come soon!


                                       


                                     


                                       

Who knew being itchy would be a huge concern! 38 Weeks Pregnant

I am 38 Weeks pregnant. The past weeks I have been feeling extremely itchy. Thinking it was part of pregnancy I tried to lube up, avoid baths, and DO NOT SCRATCH. Well the past few nights it has been crazy!  So itchy and EVERYWHERE that I've noticed that it happens only at night and not during the day or morning. Well, I broke down and and called my midwife yesterday morning. Right away she told me that chances are I would have to come in for blood work and a urine sample that itching can be a sign of something more serious.  WHO KNEW!  She would need to confirm with my Dr. and low and behold yes I did.

The results came back in a couple hours and I got a call from my Dr. herself. My uric acid was on the high side close to normal but high and I have elevated protein in my urine. She told me that she wanted me to head to the hospital for a non stress test. She was aware that the hospital was busy so she told me to eat and relax for a couple hours and head in.  That "If" I was rereleased she would see me on Monday morning.  Well I heard that loud and clear and gathered my hospital bag for my husband just in case, leaving it at our back door.  I got to the hospital at about 6:30pm.  It is only a 15 minute drive away. 

Here I am all hooked up to the non stress test.




During the test the baby looked great!  She moved the whole time and her heart rate looked great.  My blood pressure was great and no temperature. The Dr. on duty let me know and gave me this news (I kinda knew). They did want to send me home to do a 24 hour urine collection.  This will give them a better look at the "big picture".  I go back tomorrow morning to drop off and they will have me do yet another non stress test, lab and sample. So off I went with my containers.  By now it was 9:30pm

I am curious what the fuss is.  I was already told I will be induced to give birth by next weekend. This leads me to believe that there is a chance I may go even sooner!  

Exited and anxious I wait.  



37 Weeks Pregnant

Today I am 37 Weeks 5 Days Pregnant.  I can't help but appreciate the moment on my morning walk! The weather was perfect, the sun was shining and I was looking forward to getting a few hours of work in.  As anxious as I feel being a Realtor, I know I have a great support team to jump in at a moments notice.  I wanted to spread my arms out while I throw my head back to the sky!  cheesy but I almost did it.

I did get some news this past week that the baby has slowed down her growth rapidly.  I have been recommended to deliver at 39 weeks and my Dr confirmed that she will be taking this recommendation.  This coming Monday she will check my cervix and depending on if I am dilated or not will determine what happens next.  Either I will be scheduled for induction or I will need to be "Ripened".  She explained this could take a few days and I would likely labor at home. As usual, for me, the less I know the better.  I rather take it as it comes.

Bringing my little assistant with me everywhere I go !  :)


How far along:  37 Weeks 5 Day

Size of Baby:  A Winter Melon! 

Movement: Yes moving lots!   

Weight Gain: I started at 138 and I am 167 

Nausea and other:  I have Acid Stomach terribly 

Mood: Positive and a bit anxious

Best moment of the week:  Finding out I am less than 2 weeks away from meeting our baby!  

Looking forward to: Monday and hearing how the week will be going. I also am meeting with my Doula again tomorrow

UPDATE 36 Weeks 1 Day Pregnant

Boy was last night a rough nights sleep. Nothing new, just so much pain.  Nothing makes me feel better after getting up, than a nice walk around my neighborhood.  Still doing 2-3 miles each day!  Yesterday we visited my step daughters new high school and I did notice that I was not as able to get around as easy as before!  I was super slow and winded.  HERE WE GO!


How far along:  36 Weeks 1 Day

Size of Baby:  A Honeydew Melon! 

Movement: Yes still moving all about and starting to get real uncomfortable.  

Weight Gain: I started at 138 and have not weighed myself this week.  Probably about 165

Nausea and other:  I still have Acid Stomach.  It comes and goes but I am good at staying on top of it at this point. 

Mood: Starting to get impatient!  I may be far from delivery so I am trying to settle it down. 

Best moment of the week:  A surprise shower from my co-wprkers.  So.. nice and unexpected.  
We also visited my Step Daughters new High School.  Brewster Academy NH - She will be boarding there so have arranged her pick up as soon as I go into labour.  She refuses to miss the day!

Looking forward to: A day off!  I think I actually have Sunday off from work and step kids!  So exited!  I may just do nothing all day!  Nap even.


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