Friday, May 27, 2011

39 week survey a.k.a. the final one!!!!

How Far Along: I am 39 weeks and today will be Miss Harper's birthday!!!!

Size of baby: She continues to build a layer of fat to help control body temperature after birth, but it's likely she already measures about 20 inches and weighs a bit over 7 pounds (according to Babycenter). Well, I think she'll be bigger than this, but you never know!

Maternity clothes: Yes ... I can wear regular comfy pants, but all my shirts are maternity.

Gender: I'm hoping the 3 ultrasound techs were right and she will be a SHE ... ha! I have too many girly clothes already!

Movement: YES - you'd think she wouldn't have any room, but she can still contort my entire belly!!!

Sleep: I haven't been sleeping great, but I think a lot of that is nerves!

What I miss: Right now, I only miss the ease of moving around without a super large belly!

Cravings: Water and grilled cheese sandwiches.

Symptoms: I am pretty tired and I go to the bathroom a lot! My main symptom is sciatic nerve pain and some pressure in my groin/thigh area. I've been feeling pretty good the past 2 weeks and it's because I'm not crazy swollen and working. I actually lost 3 pounds due to my swelling going down!



What I'm looking forward to: Do I even need to say it? Ha! I can't wait to see Harper and hold her!!!!


Best moment this week: Spending time with my little man, relaxing, and waiting ...

Thursday, May 26, 2011

On the night before you were born ...

Well, tomorrow is the day ... Harper's birthday! Today has been an emotional and bittersweet day for me. I spent some quality time with Griffin before the big "drop off." We went and ran some errands and then went to see Kung Fu Panda 2. During the movie, I just found myself watching Griffin and tearing up ... my baby isn't really a baby anymore and tomorrow he'll be a big brother! There was one point during the movie when he came and curled up on my lap and I felt like my baby was still in there ... it did only last for a minute until he asked for more candy, but it was a minute that I will never forget!



My biggest worry isn't if I'll be able to love Harper as much as I love Griffin. My biggest worry is that Griffin will feel like he's not as loved because new babies require so much attention. He's been our one and only (and totally spoiled) boy for over 3 1/2 years and now it's time to share Mommy and Daddy. I'm going to work so hard to make sure Griffin knows he's still a priority ...


I am SO excited to meet Miss Harper Elizabeth tomorrow!!!! I've thought a lot about what she'll look like and what her temperament will be (I think dark hair, blue eyes, and feisty). I hope that tomorrow goes smoothly and the wait time is quick. I am not sure I can WAIT much longer! I have basically been "waiting" for 2 weeks since I've been off of work and I am READY!


I can't wait to share our little girl with all of you ... until then, say a little prayer for us!

Monday, May 23, 2011

T-minus 4 1/2 days and counting ...

Well, I'm all scheduled and ready to go for Friday! I can't believe I will have a new baby THIS WEEK! I'm super excited, but also anxious and nervous. It's been over 3 1/2 years since I had a "new" baby and I know it'll all come back to me, but I still have those, "what if I forget how to ..." thoughts.


I've had a couple contractions here and there, but nothing even close to consistent. I never really had any early contractions with Griffin; my water just broke one night and I went to the hospital. I've been feeling really good ... it's crazy! Ever since I stopped working, my swelling is non-existent. I actually lost 3 pounds from my appointment last week to my appointment this week and I'm sure it was the swelling!


So now, I need to just try to be patient (ha!) and wait until Friday! Woohoo ... she's almost here!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

We've come a long way ...

Picture #1: 13 weeks pregnant - November 2010
Picture #2: 38 weeks pregnant - May 2011

It's hard to believe how much my body has changed in 25 weeks ... just a few more days until we get to meet our sweet baby Harper!!!!

Friday, May 20, 2011

38 week survey

How far along: 38 weeks ... I have a c-section scheduled for NEXT FRIDAY ... t-minus 7 days!

Size of baby: Your baby has really plumped up (insert - ha) as she weighs about 6.8 pounds and she's over 19 1/2 inches long (again - ha) (according to Babycenter). So, our little miss Harper is weighing in around 9-9.5 pounds according to out latest ultrasound.

Maternity clothes: Since last Friday was my last day of work, I am now lounging in comfy clothes ... I love it!




Gender: It's a GIRL and she's still going to be named Harper Elizabeth.


Movement: Yes ... I feel a lot of movement and she is able to contort my entire belly!


Sleep: I still sleep pretty well, except I get up to pee about every hour during the night. Also, I've been needing more and more naps!

What I miss: This week I really miss not being so tired. I wish my nesting symptom would return, so I would feel like cleaning, but it's just not there! Ha!


Cravings: Water ... it's been the only consistent craving this whole pregnancy! I still am craving grilled cheese sandwiches and Hi-C fruit punch.





Symptoms: My main symptoms this week is pressure/pain in my groin area. Since I am not working, my swelling has gone down dramatically. I can actually SEE my ankles!


What I'm looking forward to: EVERYTHING ... seriously, I can't wait for her to get here!!!


Best moment this week: Spending a lot of one-on-one time with Griffin and just enjoying everything that he does!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Today's Update

Today brought another doctor's appointment ... baby girl is doing well and looks healthy (and big :). Other than that, I don't have preeclampsia which is good news. Now, I just wait ... which if you know me, you know that I stink at waiting. Ha! I am not patient. Oh well, we'll see what happens!!!

Monday, May 16, 2011

Update from last week

So, because Blogger deleted my updated 37 week baby survey (boo), I didn't get a chance to let you know what happened at my doctor's appointment last week.

First of all, when the doctor measured me, I was measuring at 40 weeks ... umm, yeah, I was 36 1/2 weeks then. So, they sent me over for an ultrasound to see how big the baby was measuring. Harper was coming in at 9 pounds, 7 ounces (ultrasounds can be either 1 pound up or down) ... ha! I had been asking for months if she'd be big because she felt big and they always said, "No, she's normal size." Anyways, here's her cute face ...
I also had to have some blood drawn because of my swelling and higher blood pressure as they were looking for signs of preeclampsia. I have to go back to the doctor's tomorrow for another blood test, ultrasound, and stress test, so I'll know more then. I hope she holds out until a little later this week ... she'll be close to 38 weeks then. I'm getting excited (plus, anxious and nervous) for her to get here!!!!

Monday, May 9, 2011

37 weeks pregnant

How far along: I am now 37 weeks pregnant ... 21-7=14 days to go ... did I really just type that?! Wow!

Size of baby: Your baby is now considered "full term," even though your due date is weeks away. If you go into labor now, her lungs will likely be mature enough to fully adjust to life outside the womb. Your baby weighs 6 1/3 pounds and measures a bit over 19 inches, head to heel (according to Babycenter). I've been wondering when the "time" will be. Will my water break like it did with Griffin? Will I have a scheduled c-section at 39 weeks? I'm getting anxious (but very excited).



Maternity clothes: Yes and yes ... I had to buy a few longer shirts to get me through the final stretch.



Gender: It's a GIRL and she'll be named Harper Elizabeth!

Movement: Her movement is slowing down a bit, but she is still as strong as ever. She contorts my entire belly when she moves!



Sleep: I have been needing to take some extra naps to keep up. I have been pretty tired lately.



What I miss: Being able to bend over, walk without getting winded, walk without a waddle, and walk without pain ... oh, and skinny ankles!!!!



Cravings: This week I had a craving for ... water ... surprise! Also, I had the same cravings as last week: Hi-C Fruit Punch and grilled cheese sandwiches! I've eaten a good amount of fresh fruit this week too!



Symptoms: This post may not be long enough ... ha! Let's see: round ligament pain in my thigh/groin area, sciatic nerve pain, difficulty breathing, little baby feet sticking up into my ribs, swelling of my ankles, feet, and legs, exhaustion, lower back pain, and just all around uncomfortableness.



What I'm looking forward to: My niece is being baptized this weekend. My sister lives 2 hours away, so we're going to spend the night in a hotel. It'll be our last hurrah as a family of 3!



Best moment this week: Spending Mother's Day with my little boy, my husband, my mom, and my mother-in-law!



Friday, May 6, 2011

36 week survey: 9 months pregnant!!!!

How far along: I am now 36 weeks pregnant ... 28-7=21 days to go!!!!!




Size of baby: Your baby is still packing on the pounds — at the rate of about an ounce a day. She now weighs almost 6 pounds and is more than 18 1/2 inches long. (according to Babycenter). I feel HUGE!!!! I know that I am mostly baby, but I seriously feel like I might fall over!


Maternity clothes: Yes and yes ... I had to buy a few longer shirts to get me through the final stretch.


Gender: It's a GIRL named Harper Elizabeth!

Movement: Her movement is slowing down a bit, but she is still as strong as ever. She contorts my entire belly when she moves!


Sleep: I slept pretty well this week except for some uncomfortableness from my back being sore.


What I miss: Being able to bend over, walk without getting winded, walk without a waddle, and walk without pain.


Cravings: This week I had a craving for ... water ... surprise! Also, I have been craving Hi-C Fruit Punch, orange juice, and grilled cheese sandwiches!


Symptoms: This post may not be long enough ... ha! Let's see: round ligament pain in my thigh/groin area, sciatic nerve pain, difficulty breathing, little baby feet sticking up into my ribs, swelling of my ankles, exhaustion, lower back pain, and just all around uncomfortableness.


What I'm looking forward to: I just want to see her ... not yet, but I am getting excited!!!!


Best moment this week: I got some more "stuff" crossed of my "To Do List." Yeah!