How big is Allie? About 6 pounds. (Landon was 6 lbs, 11 oz and 18 inches long when born...I can't wait to see how big she is!)
How is Allie developing this week? Packing on the pounds - about an ounce a week!
How I'm changing: I'm ready for her to come. :) That's new. I've been scared out of my mind so much (and I'm still scared) but I'm ready to meet this little girl. Let's do this.
What I'm eating: The usual - oatmeal for breakfast with English muffin. Lunch is a mix of leftover soups, sandwiches and salads. Snacks are apples, oranges, nuts, yogurt, and cereal. Supper has been the same - just nothing really heavy or spicy. I also went ahead and went dairy free. It takes 3 weeks for dairy to get out of your system completely, so I figured I might as well do it now and be close to completely dairy free when she comes. (To help her not have gas issues like Landon did due to the dairy)
What I'm NOT eating: big portions at meal time and nothing really heavy or spicy. Dairy. (see above)
How I'm feeling: I've hit the "Ok, I'm really uncomfortable now" stage. :) All of her movements hurt, my belly is HEAVY, my tail bone hurts, I pee all the time, and my back is killing me after simply walking around the house putting laundry away. I know I have a sucky C-section recovery ahead of me, but I'm pretty uncomfortable. It's God's way of making me ready and excited to meet her and have her on the outside of my body. :) I also have the fatigue and exhaustion like I did in the beginning. I'm tired all the time. I've been taking lots of naps. Pregnancy is amazing and a HUGE MIRACLE, but God really does get you prepared at the end for it to be over. I haven't had my body be "mine" for 9 months now and while it still isn't "mine" when nursing for 12 months after....I at least feel more like me and can get back to that. I'm ready for that. I am trying to soak it all in though because this is our last child so the last time I'll do this. It's all kind of bittersweet when I think of it that way.
How my workouts are: Non existent. I think I might be done with workouts at this point. I hate to say it, but I'm just so uncomfortable, I honestly can't imagine working out. I worked out up until days before delivery with Landon, but it's just different this go round.
Highlights this week: Some really sweet one-on-one moments with Landon. He's into "sitting on the couch and snuggling" (his words) and that's perfection for me! He was sick this week so we got a lot of snuggle time in and I took full advantage.
Bump details: Everybody looks at it. I'm stared at everywhere I go. Ha! I've been wearing my pregnancy support belt a lot at home lately. I feel like I have a 6 pound newborn inside my body. :) Oh and she did something (punch, kick) my bladder/crotch area and it hurt so bad it took my breath away and I almost cried. Yep. One night this week I swear she was trying to escape through my stomach. And either playing monkey bars or trampoline on my ribs. Ouch!
Facts this week:
- My belly measured at 36/37 cm at my dr apt.
- I've gained a total of 20 pounds so far.
- Allie's heart rate was in the 150s and then hopped up to 170s. Dr. said "She just got excited". :)
- I got my group strep test and will find out at my next apt the results.
- I'm having a lot of heart flutters again. They happen mostly when I'm laying down, or when she moves around and last about 15-20 seconds. I hate that feeling.
- The stairs are incredibly hard to manage now. I'm out of breath by the time I'm at the top.
- I re-read through Landon's birth story and it was both good and bad. Helpful and encouraging to remember some things I'd forgotten and were scared of are no biggie...but also bad because recovery is just going to suck.