Pregnancy #3: 35 Weeks

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How Far Along?

35 weeks + 3 days

 

 

Weight Gained

22.6lbs

 

 

Sleep

Exhaustion is back in full force. To compound the problem, the past few nights I’ve been completely restless. Kyle likes to party at night, my mind goes a mile a minute and I literally have to pee every 10 minutes. I need 24 hours to just lay in bed and restock my sleep bank.

 

 

Cravings

Chocolate croissants, strawberry & mint chocolate chip ice cream (a scoop of each would be divine…or a pint), panda express, carnitas tacos & bacon, egg and cream cheese sandwiches! Mmm

 

 

Aversions

The aftertaste of almost everything makes me feel really gross.

 

 

Movement

Usually start around 5pm and go through the night. Quite terrifying when I think of how this schedule will translate once he’s out!!

 

 

Symptoms

Nausea. Still.

Swelling! I’ve never experienced it during pregnancy before, only after I gave birth to Drew, but on Christmas morning I went to try on slippers from my inlaws and they were really tight despite being sized up. I looked down and realized my feet and ankles were incredibly swollen. It was also 80 degrees in our house and Id just spent 3 hours standing in the kitchen making homemade cinnamon rolls. Relaxing on the couch with my feet up and switching our A/C back on helped and I havent experienced it since.

Dizziness/uneasiness. Especially in the mornings. Its this weird hot feeling where I feel like I might pass out and throw up all at once. Not pleasant.

Exhaustion. I’m really tired lately.

I have to pee all.the.time. And its no surprise why. Kyle’s officially dropped. As of my OB appt this week he’s at a -1 station (most babies are at a -3 at this stage), I’m 100% effaced and 1/2cm dilated. So basically he could come at any time…or he could be late. Its a waiting game and I honestly felt better about the wait before my appt. Now i keep thinking my water might break at any moment. ((For comparison, I looked back and I was only 50% effaced and Drew was at a -3 station when i was admitted in labor with him))

My gut instinct says I might not make it to our anniversary January 12th. My first goal is to make it to the new year. Then to Sunday when Ill be 36 weeks. Then Jan 10th when Ill be fullterm. After that he can come whenever!

We’re ready when you are, sweet boy šŸ™‚ ā™”

 

Pregnancy #3: 34 Weeks

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How Far Along?

 

34 weeks + 3 days

 

Weight gained

 

24 lbs <— which was my total gained with Drew. YIKES!

 

Sleep

 

My darling husband has had a few morning of dropping his alarm clock (and half the stuff off his nighstand) which makes it really hard for me to fall asleep again after. And Andrews been crying for 5 seconds at 4am every morning that immediately awakes me and I cannot fall back asleep from. But other than that I feel like Im in a sweet spot for sleep right now and trying to soak up every minute.

 

Cravings

 

Chocolate croissants, all the cookies (combine and you get the reason behind my weight gain šŸ˜‰ ), caramel peppermint lattes & panda express (the only one I haven’t satisfied).

 

Aversions

 

The aftertaste of almost everything makes me feel really gross.

 

Movement

 

He’s not moving a ton but his movements are nuts! Little feet in my upper belly, hiccups down low, limbs on both sides and the other night his entire arm + shoulder poking out of my right side. It was crazzzzzy and really

 

Symptoms

 

The past couple of days I’ve had a lot of pelvic soreness. It hurts to walk sometimes and chase after the boys so I’m trying to take it easier. Braxton Hicks but they’ve been getting better from all my water chugging. Thirst. So much thirst. And thus so much water. And thus so much peeing. Lower back pain. Owww. Nausea. Again. I think it’s one of the reasons behind my peppermint love lately. It helps relieve the nausea a bit.

 

Baby Things

 

Up until today, I’ve been on a huge nesting kick. This week I deep cleaned everything: the living room, the nursery, our room. It feels and looks a million times better! I also mostly finished our hospital bag so that’s good. And set up what will be my nursing station in our room. Wahoo!

 

 

Pregnancy #3: 33 Weeks

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How Far Along?

33 weeks + 3 days

Weight gained

20.6 lbs

Sleep

Napping consists of about 20 minutes of “sleep” before the need to pee arises and then naptime is over, if it happens at all. As for nighttime sleep, we go to bed most nights right after the boys and attempt to sleep through the night (7:30pm until the boys awake, usually between 4:30-5:30). It takes forever to fall asleep. I feel like I have to pee 88 times before I finally get to sleep. And then I’m up at least 12 times throughout the night to pee. Lately we’ve been experiencing a best wave which isn’t helping sleep, as I overheat at night. Mix in a few nighttime dance parties from Kyle (inclusive of a few limbs in my side) and I don’t really remember the last time I slept well or deeply. But it’s worth it šŸ™‚ and I know it’s nothing compared to the lack of sleep well be experiencing in a few short weeks. Yikes.

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Cravings

Salads, chocolate pepperminty stuff (think mint chocolate chip and thin mints), chocolate mousse cheesecake. And chocolate croissants (i finally got one this morning on a date with Drew and it was everything I imagined it’d be. Yummy!!) And fresh veggie juices. Mmm.

Aversions

The aftertaste of almost everything makes me feel really gross.

Movement

I can definitely tell hes running out of room as movements arent nearly as wild as they used to be. Now its mostly hiccups and tiny body parts sticking out as he adjusts his positioning <—same.

Symptoms

  • Pressure, round ligament pain, lower back pain and cramping. As I’m typing it’s pretty intense. It never lasts too long or is constant so I’m not worried, but I’d like to get to 36 weeks before they get too intense šŸ™‚
  • Nausea. Every day, every time I eat. I’m trying to eat constantly, smaller meals, and it sometimes helps.

 

Baby Things

I finally installed our infant car seat just to see if it’ll fit with the other two car seats. Thankfully, it fits! Unfortunately, the bigger brothers are learning how to sit next to each other which so far has included Andrew sticking his dirty, booted foot in Jackson’s face and Jackson retaliating by hitting him in the face. We all emerge from the car, grateful to have survived the trip, Jackson usually covered in dirt and Andrews face covered with some claw marks…err…scratches. Let’s hope it gets better soon, as I’d like to start driving without having to yell “get your foot out of his face!”…”stop hitting him!”… Repeat.

We should get our new rock n play delivered today and then it’ll be set up next to my side of the bed. Holy woah. It’s surreal how quickly time has flown. I feel like we just found out about this little babe yesterday. I’m so excited to meet him, see what he looks like and cuddle him…but I’m also soaking up these last few weeks and my two big boys.

With the influx of Braxton hicks I’m thinking we really need to finish our hospital bag sooner rather than later.

In other news, OB visits are now weekly as of the week after Christmas. Whattttt?!? And they’ll involve…er…checks. Fun stuff!

 

Pregnancy #3: Weeks 31 & 32

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How Far Along?

32 weeks + 3 days

Weight gained

20lbs

Sleep

Im up constantly every night to pee but feel decently rested most mornings when the boys awake. Probably thanks to going to bed when they do at 7:30pm šŸ™‚ Unfortunately after Andrew got sick 2 qeeks ago, hes been our early riser and has been waking Jax up, usually before hes ready. Im only napping about 30 minutes during naptime each day, if at all. Then the rest of naptime is spent snacking on the couch watching Hallmark Christmas movies or prepping freezer meals.

Cravings

Chocolate mousse cheesecake from the Cheesecake Factory, a repeat of a lunch my friend brought last week (an epicly delicious mix of salmon, beeted quinoa, charred kale and sweet potato wedges), and a giant kale salad. But other than that food in general just isnt appealing. I eat constantly but im always opening the fridge unamused and end up eating handfuls of trail mix, bowls of cereal and all the chocolate in the house instead of real meals. My desire to cook is also nonexistant. I briefly thought about doing Blue Apron again just so someone else would make the decision of what we were eating each night.

Aversions

The aftertaste of almost everything makes me feel really gross.

Movement

I can definitely tell hes running out of room as movements arent nearly as wild as they used to be. Now its mostly hiccups and tiny body parts sticking out as he adjusts his positioning.

Symptoms

  • Exhaustion. Its been bad the past couple of days. I wake up feeling fine but usually within an hour i feel like i could curl back up in bed and sleep forever. Im tempted by Starbucks drive through almost daily but have luckily (for our wallets) avoided it most days. Ive been trying to keep the days jam packed lately to maximize our fun before were quarantined inside with a newborn for several weeks and i think its starting to take its toll on my energy levels.
  • Inability to bend over, pick things up, reach things below my knees. Im a wide load over here.
  • I think the hardest thing the past couple of weeks has been coming to terms with the fact that i just cant do a lot of what i used to. Andrew cant sit in my lap much anymore as the pressure of him leaning on me butts up against Kyle being really close to the surface while results in the very painful feeling of skin being pressed between two hard objects. Ouch. I also cant run after the boys, twirl them around or play with them in many ways i used to be able to. It makes me sad and i think jacksons catching on to the changes and has started to show some changes as well, namely in acting out, becoming clingy at preschool dropoff, etc. I think hes sensing a big change but cant really express himself. Were taking him on a solo ice skating date this weekend and i think itll be so good for him. And us šŸ™‚ Were taking Drew on a solo date next weekend but are still unsure what we’ll do.

 

Baby Things

I had my last sono Monday. I had no idea it would be the last one until it was over and I was told the next time I saw Kyle would be on his birthday. WAIT WHAT?! He’s measuring a week ahead and weighing in at 4lbs 8oz.

I’ve been waiting for Black Friday/Cyber Monday for months to finally bite the bullet and buy a new pump. Mine officially died when Drew was about 2 months old. Thanks to a great 15% off everything sale at Target and a free $50 gift card for all baby purchases over a certain amount, I managed to get my favorite pump for about 60% of the cheapest price around. Yayyy!

We also got a new rock n play. My mom bought us one with Jax and we used it religiously. It was even more conveinent when we had Drew. Both boys slept in there for the first few months of life too. But ours was an original and lacked the new padding especially under the head that the newer models have. I remedied it for the boys by adding blankets for more support and comfort but it wasnt very safe. Target had another steal on the rock n play i wanted so we ended up getting it too. And it vibrates!

Ive gotten all the snacks we need for the hospital bag and theyre packed. Kyles blanket and bring home from the hospital outfit as well as the boppy cover are all washed and packed as well. We need to find our toiletry bag but were about 75% packed for the hospital.

Ive started making freezer meals but with my zero desire to cook its quite the feat. Id prefer to just lay on the couch for the indeterminable future šŸ˜‰

Ive been deep cleaning everything. I want to stay on top of it for whenever he makes his grand entrance. Especially when it comes to laundry and the car being cleaned out.

Preparing for Baby #3: The Food

This is our third go around, and the first time I want to really get serious (and NEED to really get serious) about prepping our freezer for Kyle’s arrival.

With Jackson, Bry worked evenings and was home throughout the day. I thought freezer meals seemed like a silly idea. Then he was born and suddenly I had a small human attached to me 24/7 and found myself eating protein bars, PB&J sandwiches, trail mix by the bag full andĀ frozen veggies and calling them meals. I think a good part of my breastfeeding struggles with him could be attributed to poor nutritional intake.

With Andrew, Bry was on FMLA. I knew having a toddler already, that we’d both be sleep deprived, tag teaming keeping two kids alive and that we needed at least a few dinners prepped and ready in the freezer for easy meals. I think I made 2 freezer dinners and 3 dozen lactation cookies. Priorities. And we used up both while my in-laws were visiting. We’re used to hosting when people come over so it seemed natural to offer up the meals at family dinners. But once my in-laws went back to Texas and Bry went back to work, I stared bleary eyed at an empty freezer and wondered how we’d ever survive.

So, third times a charm, they say. I want to do things a bit more smartly, especially since dinner time is always a hectic time as it is and right now we’re just corralling two energetic toddlers who sleep through the night. My game plan is to have several freezer meals ready to go, ourĀ pantry stocked with a few essentials and our fingers crossed that we all make it out alive from the blur that is the newborn days.

For my own memory, sanity and organization, I figured I’d list out what I plan toĀ prep this time around (can you tell nesting has hit hard?).

*I actually started this post a few weeks ago when my energy and desire to do all.the.things was high. Right now my desire to do anything but sit on the couch eating chocolate and trail mixĀ  by the bowl full is nil. But even so I managed to get what I need for the majority of the freezer meals I plan to make and hope to get a few ready to go in the freezer tomorrow during naptime because let’s be honest. These days are FLYING*

In the Freezer:

  • Homemade turkey meatballs & pasta sauce
  • Lasagna with ground beef
  • Mexican Casserole
  • Turkey and Mushroom CasseroleĀ (But I add ground turkey, red bell pepper and garlic powder)
  • Freezer chicken pot pieĀ (Made in an aluminum casserole dish vs. 6 small tins)
  • 7 steamer packs of vegetables (they make super easy side dishes and pack in some much needed servings of vegetables). We really like the California blend (carrots, broccoli, cauliflower), edamame (the boys call them baby beans and are obsessed with them + they’re loaded with protein), creamed spinach, etc.
  • 1-2 bags each of frozen broccoli and Brussels sprouts. I love roasting both and prefer the frozen bags of broccoli from TJs to the steamer packs at the grocery store as the steamer bags seem to contain namely stems. Yuck.
  • Box of whole grain freezer waffles (easy breakfast for the boys)
  • 3 batches (yes, 9 dozen!!) lactation cookies. They go fast, they’re so good.
  • Chicken nuggets (for the boys)
  • 2-3 loaves of bread (for sandwiches, lunches for the boys (that includes Bry), toast for breakfast, etc.)
  • 2 bags of frozen fruit (for oatmeal, pancakes, smoothies, etc.)
  • 1 bag of frozen chicken breasts
  • 1lb frozen salmon
  • 1lb ground beef
  • 1 package boneless pork chops
  • 1 box of quinoa (TJs sells boxes of 2 packs of microwavable quinoa!)
  • Cooked unseasoned ground turkey (for turkey tacos, meat sauce, etc.)

In the Pantry:

  • Brewer’s Yeast (helps with milk production. I use it in the lactation cookies, oatmeal, etc.)
  • Old fashioned rolled oats + steel cut oats. I think I might batch cook steel cut oats occasionally and otherwise make old fashioned for breakfasts. Great for milk production but also just really yummy.
  • Boxed mac ‘n’ cheese (for easy dinner for the boys)
  • Pasta
  • Chia seeds (for nutritional boost, omega 3’s and Jax likes the “sprinkles” on everything)
  • Flaxseed (nutritional boost, milk production, helps bulk up oatmeal)
  • PB & J (for sandwiches and I really like PB on my oatmeal…and my dark chocolate)
  • Apple sauce (for the boys)
  • Clif Builder’s Bars (I’m obsessed with these for middle of the night feeding fuel. The Cookies and Cream flavor is my favorite)
  • Nuts/trail mix
  • 2 bags of microwavable rice
  • 2-3 boxes of soup from TJs (their roasted red pepper and tomato soup is especially amazing. IĀ like to serve it alongside Panini’s or grilled cheese sandwiches)
  • 2 cans of black beans, 1 can of red kidney beans (for easy chili, veg. tacos, etc.)
  • Chicken broth

My goal is to have at least one week of dinners covered and the necessities to throw together a few other meals (like having easy cook grains, veggies andĀ proteins on hand). Bry works 14+ hour days most days and I’ll have 3 kids by myself. I don’t foresee grocery shopping being an easy feat in the beginning so I’d like to be prepared. (We actually used Peapod, the deliveryĀ service from one of ourĀ local big grocery store chains when we first hadĀ Andrew and it was a lifesaver! We’ll probably use it again thisĀ time around, at least forĀ the first few weeks).Ā But I’d stillĀ like to have a lot of things on hand before Kyle arrives to save $$ and pump all FIVE of our bellies with some sort of nutrition. And because Peapod doesn’t deliver ready made meals. Bummer.