It's weird to really think about how much my life is going to change within the next 11 weeks. Today I slept in until 10am and now its 11:30am and I am still in bed. It feels wonderful. I am definitely taking everyone's advice and sleeping waaaay more then necessary :) For the past 3 nights I feel like I could've won an Olympic gold medal for sleeping. I would fall asleep at 10:30p and wake up at 8am. I would then roll over and find my husband already dressed and ready to go to work. I was amazed that I slept through his alarm and all 3 hits of the snooze button, the bright lights going on in the bathroom, the shower noise and of course the closet doors opening and closing. It was wonderful.
But I know this reality will soon be a dream and although it will be hard to give up all these hours of wonderful slumber, I know it will be worth it. Here is a synopsis of my pregnancy to date and some statistical information for those of you who are interested. Personally I am always asking people questions like how much did you gain? When did sleep become difficult? When did life as a whole become uncomfortable etc. So for those of you who are like me and like the 411 on everyone's unique experience with pregnancy here is mine :)
Today's Date: August 28th, 2010
Weeks Pregnant: 28 weeks 6 days (almost 29 weeks)
Current Weight: 152
Weight at the Start of Pregnancy: 126
Total pounds gained so far: 26
Did I get Morning Sickness: Nope
Did my belly itch: A LOT around 18 weeks. Lotion helps. It has since stopped itching.
Do I eat weird foods: Not really, maybe once or twice, but not consistently
Do I exercise: Off and On, but I really try to swim 2-3x a week and walk 1-2x a week
Do I eat healthy: I try, but I am no nutritionist. I like Ice Cream and In-N-Out :) But I also have lots of greens, veggies, protein and fruit smoothies. I am conscience about what I am eating, but I am not obsessed about it.
Am I swelling: Only when its super hot out will I retain water. So I have to make sure I stay active, eat less salt, drinks lots of water and take off my wedding rings. But once the heat goes away I can feel the swelling disappear.
Have I enjoyed being pregnant: YES! Its been such a fun experience. Not to mention I have been blessed with a relatively hassle free pregnancy. I can easily imagine myself doing this 3+ more times. However, ask me this again after I deliver ; )
What's my birth plan: Well I am keeping an open mind, but the idea is to deliver 100% naturally no drugs, no iv, no pain meds in the birthing center at UCSD Medical Center. However, I realize that these things can have a mind of their own so I am keeping an open mind so that I don't become a stress case if something goes wrong.
Have I taken any birth classes: No
Have I read any books: Yes, Ina May's Guide to Childbirth and I watched the "Business of Being Born" documentary.
Am I using a doula: No, that will be provided by my wonderful husband :)
Did I do all recommended screenings: Yes. Any test that the hospital offered I took (as long as it wasn't invasive or a health risk to myself or my baby).
Did I get the flu shot: No
Did I get the H1N1 shot: No
Did I get the whooping cough vaccine: Haven't decided yet
Did we find out the sex: Yes, its a girl :)
Do we have names: We have a list, but we haven't decided on one specifically. We might not name her until we meet her, but this is not some ploy to keep the name a secret. When we decide on a name we will let people know. Until then a decision has not been made :) However, I do not share the names on our list with everyone because people can be so opinionated!! And I want to name my daughter something I love, not something that everyone else loves. So deal with it.
Are you moving: No. We have decided to stay in our 1 bed 1 bath 600 sq ft condo for at least 6 months after she is born. Why? Well financially we have no idea how she will really affect us. You can budget as much as you like, but we don't know if she will have unforeseen medical costs or health problems. We also really love our place and it has everything we would want in a home except for more space. So instead of sacrificing all the luxuries we currently have for more sq footage, we are sacrificing sq footage to keep the luxuries i.e. dishwasher, washer/dryer, dual-paned windows, garage, wood floors, gated community, a new building that doesn't have asbestos, or other foreign contaminates that I don't want her around and good neighbors.
So that's it for now and for those of you who are not on facebook here is a look at the past 28 weeks and how this little one has been growing :)
I hope to post another final update just like this either right before she comes or right after :) Thanks to everyone who has been praying for us throughout this incredible journey. It's been a tremendous blessing!
It's crazy to see what 15 weeks of pregnancy can do to you!!