Sunday, April 06, 2014

Part the second

I'm 39 weeks and 3 days and so freaking huge. I think I was the size I was when I gave birth to Eli about 3 or 4 weeks ago. The web of stretch marks she hath wrought is impressive if not terrifying. They're like the commemorative tattoo she's given me to remember my pregnancy with her by. Nothing fits. I wore a pair of maternity jeans to work the other day (instead of the tights or leggings I've been doing because I didn't think I could do another day in tights or leggings), and it nearly killed me. Won't be making that mistake again.

Her movements are much different than Eli's were. She's active all day long. Eli was most active when I went to bed. This could be a good sign. Maybe she'll sleep at night. She flips from side to side all the time. Eli hung out with his butt pressed up and under my ribs on the right side all the time. Her movements are visible from the outside quite frequently. That can be quite amusing for my co-workers during meetings.

I'm having an easier time sleeping at this stage than I did with Eli. Mostly it's because I've not forced myself to sleep every night all night on my left side, because she's not so crazy rowdy at night, and because we have a better mattress than we had before.

She likes sweets a lot. Particularly chocolate. It's totally a stereotype but true.  Favorites this time around include chocolate pudding, cookies, and apples with cheese on crackers. Also meat.

My immune system has been terrible. I got at least 4 bad colds including 2 really bad coughs this winter. Apparently that's a pregnancy thing.

We have crossed all of the nesting tasks off of the list. We have our hospital bag packed and Eli's overnight bag packed. I'm most stressed about how we're getting him properly shipped off when the time comes. Everybody says the second labor is shorter, and I just hope it all goes down while he's not already asleep and that we don't have to wake up his sitter in the middle of the night.

I'm due on April 11. My current prediction is that she'll come on April 15. That's a full moon, an eclipse, and a Tuesday. Apparently that's the most common day of the week to be born. I did have Eli on a Tuesday. Prepare to face a grumpy still-pregnant Emo on the 16th.


Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Happy birthday to me

I am in the midst of a day of Emo. We get our birthdays off of work.  Me and my giant belly are at a coffee shop enjoying a rainy day.  In a few weeks it will be a hassle to do anything by myself so I'm going to take advantage today.

Funny enough, there's a group of older women at the table next to me discussing content strategy (a big part of what I do for a living) non-stop. One thinks blogs are aptly named because they're all "blah, blah, blah." One just writes a blog because they drive traffic to her site. One is discussing her "professionally designed site" like it's a designer purse ("I had mine professionally designed by so-and-so. He's not taking on anymore work right now.").  They all would like their sites optimized for mobile and tablet and are discussing the best ways to send mass emails.

Kenny started a new job at a great place this week.  Several months ago when he raised the idea of quitting his job to go to the Startup Institute, I was supportive and a little nervous.  It drives me crazy when people are unhappy but refuse to do anything about it. It's also a bit terrifying to lose an income. Thankfully, it all looks like it was the right move. We're both breathing a bit of a sigh of relief.

Eli continues to be hilarious and exhausting. The three of us drive home from work and school each day and if Kenny or I try to open our doors, he says, "Wait. Listen for directions! I'm going to choose who opens the door. I choose, ummm..." Everything is a race and if he makes it to a door first he says, "I win. Third place!" He likes to "cuddle up with mommy (not daddy)." He holds hands with and hugs all of his friends at school. Especially a few of the girls.

Baby girl is rowdy and much more into changing positions than Eli ever was. You can watch her butt flip from side to side of my belly. I'm giant. I was bigger at 36 weeks than I was at 41 with Eli (verified through the thorough collection of belly photos). For the most part, I've still been able to sleep so far. Getting comfortable is not easy, but I haven't been crazy about staying on my left side like I was last time. We met with our doula last week, and I brought my Hypnobirthing book with me today. I have good intentions about reading it. The other day the midwife said that it was my intentions that matter. It's okay to gain 6 pounds in 10 days as long as I have good intentions about eating and exercise.

We've done a pretty good job on the nesting front. Kenny got a bee in his bonnet last week to try to kill the to do list before today. He got most of it done. I've been most concerned about getting everything washed and put away. Kenny's been fixing all of the little things around the house that need fixing. I'm not totally sure what we're doing with the dogs or Eli when I go into labor, but we've got some loose ideas.

I'm full term tomorrow but trying to not get to anxious for labor to come. It would be good for Kenny to get a few more weeks of work under his belt for before taking off. And I'm trying to enjoy pregnancy (if that's even a thing) since it's probably my last. I know I'll miss feeling her wiggle around in there. And soon I'll just be fat instead of adorable ;-).

 



Wednesday, February 26, 2014

It's Catch Up Time


So, I'm 34 weeks pregnant and it's time my blog found out about it.  Whoops. Baby girl is going to be so mad about having such an under-documented pregnancy (or fetushood?).

After several months of trying, this pregnancy was brought to you by a really expensive trip to Whole Foods.


And chocolate martinis.


The first test I took had a faint blue line, and I'd just read a million (totally credible) forum posts about how cheap blue dye tests have false positives. I ran and told Kenny that the test was..inconclusive!

I went out and got the fancy digital test. Came home and took a second blue line test which was slightly less faint but still faint and waited for the morning. I woke up at 4 am and took the fancy test which was clearly positive :-).  It's a little gross to show you pictures of things I've peed on, but apparently that's not going to stop me.



This pregnancy has been in many ways different than my first. 

The first trimester

 


The sickness started pretty immediately. With Eli, I puked my way through most of the first trimester. With baby girl, I stayed up many nights with horrible indigestion. All of the things that helped the first time (bagels with cream cheese, mac n cheese) hurt me this time. I ate a lot of chicken noodle soup and dry cereal. Anything remotely fatty or spicy risked hours of pain.  Luckily that subsided around 14 weeks.

 

 The second trimester

 


The second trimester was full of rainbows and sunshine. And I knew this time to enjoy it.

To be continued...



Monday, March 04, 2013

A Look back...

We should come here and write more and tell you all how big Eli is getting. We are doing more important things I guess, like parenting a three year old. Enjoy the video.

Eli turns 3! from Kenton Kodner on Vimeo.

3 Years