{Pregnancy Update} Week 27

How far along are you: 27 Weeks

How big is the baby: This week, your baby weighs almost 2 pounds (like a head of cauliflower) and is about 14 1/2 inches long with her legs extended. She’s sleeping and waking at regular intervals, opening and closing her eyes, and perhaps even sucking her fingers. With more brain tissue developing, your baby’s brain is very active now. While her lungs are still immature, they would be capable of functioning — with a lot of medical help — if she were to be born now. Chalk up any tiny rhythmic movements you may be feeling to a case of baby hiccups, which may be common from now on. Each episode usually lasts only a few moments, and they don’t bother her, so just relax and enjoy the tickle. (source)

Baby’s Gender: 50/50 chance it’s a boy. 50/50 chance it’s a girl.

Baby’s Name: We have our boy and we pretty much have our girl.

Weight Gained: 17lbs

Clothes:  Me in stripes+pregnant=not a good fashion choice. No new clothes, but we are headed to Maine next weekend and I plan on picking up a few new pieces for the spring/summer.  My belly is getting in the way of my non-panel maternity pants so those are getting less comfy to wear not because they are too small but rather because they don’t stay up so well.

How are you feeling: I am feeling  pretty good this week. Lots of hip pain after a night of sleeping though.

What do you miss: Still missing running and I’m really missing sleeping anyway I please.

Symptoms: Aches and pains.

Cravings: Beans. Pesto. Bagels.

How are you sleeping: see above.

Baby Items Gifted: Bummis diapers- 2 covers and 4 inserts which will be featured in an upcoming post on cloth diapering and review once baby comes (on our family blog that will be up in running by the end of May). We were also gifted (from our Amazon registry) a book Zen Ties and a Dwell Studios Bib and Burb set from my friend and old co-worker Nicole (Thanks Nicole!).

Workouts: This week I walked and I did my Summer Sanders Video. I skipped yoga this week- first time in 10 weeks I haven’t either gone or done yoga at home and now I know why I go every week!

Photos from our walk tonight:

Sacred Pregnancy by Anni Daulter

Last Week–>Week 26: Earth Energy: The focus of this week was to spend some time with Mother Nature and although I didn’t get outside as much as I would have liked I did take time to go for a few walks and enjoy the improving weather.

This Week–> Sacred Pregnancy Week 27: Air Energy

This Week’s focus: Focus on breath meditation to help with stress and emotional ups and downs of pregnancy. Take time to create a positive space and reflect on the thoughts and fears around giving birth and becoming a mother.

What are the thoughts that have you up at night in regard to becoming a mother and giving birth? Lay them out here in all honesty so that they can be worked through. Even if they are irrational … write them, claim them, and release them

 

 

What are/were your biggest fears about becoming a mother or giving birth? How do you work through them?


 

{Pregnancy Update} Week 26

{insert photo here <–forgot to take one & now I’m in my PJ’s}

How far along are you: 26 Weeks

How big is the baby: The network of nerves in your baby’s ears is better developed and more sensitive than before. He may now be able to hear both your voice and your partner’s as you chat with each other. He’s inhaling and exhaling small amounts of amniotic fluid, which is essential for the development of his lungs. These so-called breathing movements are also good practice for when he’s born and takes that first gulp of air. And he’s continuing to put on baby fat. He now weighs about a pound and two-thirds and measures 14 inches (an English hothouse cucumber) from head to heel. If you’re having a boy, his testicles are beginning to descend into his scrotum — a trip that will take about two to three days. (source)

Baby’s Gender: Still don’t know but this week things have taken a twist…I think it could be a girl! I have been dreaming more about our baby and it is always a girl.  So now I’m more confused than ever.

Baby’s Name: We have decided on a boys name and I think we have decided on a girls name, or at least we are almost there.

Weight Gained: 16lbs

Did you know? I weighed 8lbs 3oz at birth and Neil was 9lbs 6oz *update* I was as little freaked out by Neil’s baby weight but he was 1.5 weeks late = more time to gain weight.

Clothes:  No new clothes. Actually going back to my winter maternity clothes for the most part.

How are you feeling: I am feeling really tired this week.

What do you miss: I am missing running, going out for drinks with Hubz and energy.

Symptoms: Tired.

Cravings: Chips and guacamole. Pesto. Salad.

How are you sleeping: This week I have been sleeping okay but have been waking up in the middle of the night which is no fun.

Workouts: This week I got in a number of walks and pre-natal yoga.

Sacred Pregnancy by Anni Daulter

*Catching up? You can read my post on Sacred Pregnancy over on NAB Communities WELLNESS.

Last Week–>Week 25- Love Reflection:Last week’s focus was to show my body love by doing something such as get a massage, put your feet up and relax, practice your kegel exercises and to write a love letter to yourself this week! Encourage yourself to work through any places where you feel stuck this week! I actually didn’t write myself a love letter but I did practice my kegel exercises (I’m doing some right now), I put my feet up and relaxed and I scheduled a pregnancy massage for tomorrow.

This Week–> Sacred Pregnancy Week 26: Earth Energy

This week’s focus: – Spend time with Mother Earth, in nature, touching the trees, collecting fallen leaves, and letting your feet be bare upon her back.

– Draw a picture of a nature spot that reminds you of being grounded, a place that you can draw from when you need a quiet place in your mind to visit, perhaps during your labor.

 

{Pregnancy Update} Week 25

How far along are you: 25 Weeks

How big is the baby: Head to heels, your baby now measures about 13 1/2 inches. Her weight — a pound and a half — isn’t much more than an average rutabaga, but she’s beginning to exchange her long, lean look for some baby fat. As she does, her wrinkled skin will begin to smooth out and she’ll start to look more and more like a newborn. She’s also growing more hair — and if you could see it, you’d now be able to discern its color and texture. (source)

Baby’s Gender: We don’t know but I think it’s a boy but I had my second baby dream and in it we had a girl (first one was a girl too) – for those of you who have babies did you dream about the babies sex? Did it end up being the same as in your dream?

Baby’s Name: We have decided on a boys name and have narrowed the girls names down to two and have decided on a middle name if it is a girl.

Weight Gained: 17 lbs and feeling huge. Correction I went to my midwife appointment Thursday and I’ve only gained 15lbs! However I am consistently measuring large (about a week ahead) which is why I probably feel huge.  We have a big one on the way. Did you know? I weighed 8lbs 3oz at birth and Neil was 9lbs 6oz

Clothes:  No new clothes. Our weather went from 80’s last week to 30’s this week so I am back in my winter maternity. I know that I am going to have to get a few more pieces before this pregnancy is over though.

How are you feeling: I am feeling pretty good, my energy levels are a little all over the place but otherwise good.

What do you miss: I still miss running.  I also am really missing wearing non-maternity clothes.

Symptoms: Heartburn!

Cravings: No strong cravings this week but I am still on a spicy food kick.

How are you sleeping: This week I actually have been sleeping pretty well, there has been a little tossing and turning and bathroom breaks but otherwise good.

Workouts: This week I didn’t get as many workouts in as I had hopped but I did get a few walks in, an at home prenatal fitness sesh and I went to prenatal yoga.

Baby Grooves & Moves: I have been feeling the baby move for weeks now but I am really anxious to have Neil really feel the baby.  Sometimes he does but it’s still hard for him to totally tell and lately whenever I call him over to feel the movements the baby stops- such a tease! Yesterday morning however Neil finally got to SEE the baby move.  Yes you read that correctly he saw my belly jump as the baby kicked and moved- such a wonderful experience. Sometimes I just sit and watch my belly waiting to see little movements and lately these little movements are getting bigger and bigger.

Sacred Pregnancy by Anni Daulter

*Catching up? You can read my re-cap of weeks 1-14 over here.

This week I was going to write about weeks 15-24 however my post on Sacred Pregnancy just went live over on NAB Communities WELLNESS and I would love to have you head over there and read my thoughts on the book as well as some pregnancy reflections of mine.  Next week I will reflect on weeks 15-25 and we’ll take a look at what’s in store for week 26.

Sacred Pregnancy Week 25: Love

This week’s focus:

– Showing your body love- get a massage, put your feet up and relax, practice your kegel exercises

– Write a love letter to yourself this week! Encourage yourself to work
through any places where you feel stuck this week!

{Pregnancy Update} 23 Weeks & Nursery Progress

How far along are you: 23 Weeks

How big is the baby: Turn on the radio and sway to the music. With her sense of movement well developed by now, your baby can feel you dance. And now that she’s more than 11 inches long and weighs just over a pound (about as much as a large mango), you may be able to see her squirm underneath your clothes. Blood vessels in her lungs are developing to prepare for breathing, and the sounds that your baby’s increasingly keen ears pick up are preparing her for entry into the outside world. Loud noises that become familiar now — such as your dog barking or the roar of the vacuum cleaner — probably won’t faze her when she hears them outside the womb.(source)

Baby’s Gender: Still a secret.  I am really on the fence this week. One minute I think boy and the next girl

Baby’s Name: Status is still the same- 5 boy names and 4 girls. <–notice something different, we eliminated one girls name.

Weight Gained: 16lbs

Clothes:  Some pre-maternity clothes are still fitting, although they are getting a little short.  The one thing I am having trouble with is workout pants, most are feeling a little snug around the middle.  The only ones that feel comfortable are my Lululemon Wunder Crops and well I have one pair and they are a bit of a luxury purchase right now…however I may give in and buy another pair.

How are you feeling: I’m feeling pretty good. I can tell I haven’t been to yoga in almost two weeks (minus the 25 minute at home session last week) because my hips are starting to ache again after about 6 hours of laying down.

What do you miss: Running. Wearing normal clothes. Being able to lift heavy things.

Symptoms: Indigestion, especially when I eat bananas.

Cravings: Asparagus and Salad with Briannas French Vinaigrette 

How are you sleeping: This week I have been sleeping pretty well.

Workouts: This week I took things as bit slow. Thursday and Friday I got some walking in, Saturday was a travel day and Sunday I took the day off because I was feeling some round ligament pain.  Monday I was just plain lazy, Tuesday I got in a strength workout and Wednesday I went did an at home prenatal fitness DVD.

Next Midwife Appointment:  March 28th.

Other News: We received our crib, a gift from my parents and we finally started phase 2 of organizing the to-be nursery.

 

Nursery Phase 2 ...because Phase 1 was too embarrassing to show

A few decorations

Seating

Dresser

Clothes we picked up in Boston and at the GAP Outlet (that santa onesie was only 58 cents)

What I’m currently reading:

A review copy of Sacred Pregnancy <– amazing book that I will be blogging about next week

and I’m reading these:

Any other books you suggest to prepare for childbirth, breast feeding and/or the first year?

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