Baby is the size of… a Winter Melon (aka a wax gourd… which I still don’t know what that is)
Highlight of the Week… We had our first weekly check-in with my doctor to see if there’s any progress. Good news all around! Baby is in birthing position and officially dropped into my pelvis. I am dilating and my body is showing all the right signs preparing for birth.
The best moment was knowing that baby had dropped. I woke up one morning and was suddenly able to climb the stairs in our house without getting winded. I realized something was different on the way to work when I was able to belt out a song in the car without having to cut notes short. Being able to actually push down on the top of my belly and visually see how much baby had shifted downward was crazy! You can see it really clearly in the picture at the end of this post.Read More »
Highlight of the Week… The physical relief from my pain management schedule. Don’t misunderstand – the pain is still there. BUT my chiropractor and my physical therapist have both been able to give me relief to make the pain more manageable. As a result, I’m sleeping better and able to power through my half days at work.
Frustration of the Week… Not knowing if I’m having Braxton Hicks contractions or just in pain. Haha! This was actually pretty funny. I had a bout of false labor, and it took a few contractions to realize that it wasn’t my standard discomfort and was actually the fake-real deal. Once I figured it out, honestly, I thought the contractions were pretty cool. Like the rest of pregnancy, it’s crazy how your body just does what it wants and needs to. However, I’m now in a perpetual state of “Is that just my pain? Or is this a contraction?” Hahaha!
Eating a lot of… Ice cream. The weather has been off the charts here so I’ve been indulging in delicious cold treats.
Cute Thing Hubby Did This Week… Hubs has been an enthusiastic helper at home when it comes to my pain and discomfort. After seeing his frustration come out last week, I asked the chiropractor and physical therapist to give me exercises and stretches at home that my hubs can help with. Both gave me a really good list and it’s actually been a fun bonding experience for us to work together at home.
A Tidbit… Having a pain management plan has been a game changer for my mental situation. I’m also getting much better honoring my physical limitations, which I’m pretty proud of given how stubborn I am.
Highlight of the Week… I was able to work from home this week, which was amazing for managing my pain (see more on that below). Working from home enabled me to slow down and give my body much-needed attention. While the process is frustrating, I’m incredibly grateful to be in an employment situation where I’m given the flexibility to take care of myself.
Frustration of the Week… I’m about to get real and I have to preface this with: I’m not looking for sympathy or pity. I just feel like women gloss over this part of pregnancy or it’s dismissed as “well, that’s pregnancy.” So, I’m sharing. Don’t worry – it’s not gross.Read More »
Highlight of the Week… Surprise! My coworkers threw me the most incredible baby shower. I was totally overwhelmed by the love Baby Lawrence is going to be surrounded with. The party turned into a parent support group where everyone shared their best parenting stories from weird things their kids have done to annoying parts of parenthood. I haven’t laughed so hard in a very long time! It was perfection!
Frustration of the Week… The humidity of our storm season has been wreaking havoc on my body. Not only is the weather particularly draining, the inflammation of my joints is not helping my body adjust to baby’s increasing weight gain. I’ve been doing my best to stay cool, hydrated, and moving despite my body’s every inclination to be a couch potato.
Eating a lot of… Homemade tuna sandwiches and California Cuties.
Cute Thing Hubby Did This Week… Hubs continues to be the best support I could ever want or ask for – offering up back or foot rubs when he sees me struggling, carrying anything and everything so I don’t strain myself, and providing all the support he can as he watches me struggle with baby’s growth impact on my ability to move around.
A Tidbit… If I’ve learned anything this week, it’s that pregnancy brain is real. It’s like being a walking real-life version of Dory. I frequently forget what I was doing mid-walk to another room or talking about mid-conversation. And don’t even think about trying to play trivia games with me right now. I honest to goodness forgot Carrie Fisher’s name the other day, which is basically a sin in my household.
A coworker has been joking with me that my growing baby bump reminds them of the Grinch. So, for their enjoyment at my baby shower this week, I decided to model and then compare. Here, for your laughs, is the side-by-side. You’re welcome.