Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Week 28

Dear Elliot,
A lot of exciting new developments have taken place during week 28. Here are a few of the highlights:

1. My breasts have officially started leaking. Sorry if that's gross or too much information, but hey this did start as a pregnancy blog after all! It's not a lot, but it did kind of weird me out when I first noticed it. I'm hoping this is a sign that I'll have a good milk supply!

2. I've come to the conclusion that 99.9% of maternity dresses are ugly, frumpy, and designed to make pregnant women feel horrible and fat. I have a wedding to go to this weekend, and Grandma (my mom) and I spent hours and hours on Saturday shopping for a dress, since I literally have nothing wedding-appropriate I can squeeze myself into. Well, I finally found something at Motherhood Maternity, and after arguing with the cashier for ( and I'm not exaggerating) over five minutes about how I did not want to provide all my personal information and be 'entered in their system' (seriously, the last time I was pregnant I bought one pair of pants, gave them my info, and received stupid formula and diaper coupons and samples from them for over a year!), the dress ordeal was finally over. Thank God.

3. I went to my first baby shower since Stevie died on Sunday, and it wasn't nearly as hard as I thought it might be. It was for my sister-in-law, who is due about three weeks before me with a little girl--my first niece, Madeline. You and Madeline are going to be so close in age. I'm really excited that you are going to have a little cousin to grow up with! My own family shower is coming up soon--on January 28th. I am really looking forward to it, but there's also that fear in the back of my mind that something is going to go wrong again if I plan ahead too much or too confidently. Silly, I know, but I can't help it.

4. I passed my three-hour glucose screening test on Monday morning. I'm really glad I passed and don't have Gestational Diabetes, but man did that test suck. Like hands-down one of the most unpleasant mornings of my life. Worst of all, I wasn't able to eat anything for over 16 hours (and I can't usually go over two or three without my stomach growling), plus sitting in a waiting room for three hours is never fun, and neither is getting those painful finger prick blood draws done four times. Shots no longer phase me (I mean I've been injecting myself in the stomach every night for the last five months so I'm kinda used to it), but those finger pricks hurt! Anyway, by the time the test was over, I was so hungry I nearly passed out. I was able to make it to the restaurant (where I met Dad for lunch), but as soon as I got there, the dizziness and sweating and light-headedness started and I had to lay down on the booth for awhile. Fun times. I rewarded myself with a huge piece of oreo pie, and it was so good it almost made up for my horrible morning :)

5. I am feeling huge. And I love it. I feel like I'm finally to the point where I look so obviously pregnant that doors are held open for me, old ladies look at my belly and smile, and when I ordered nachos at Target's little concession stand the other night, they gave me two cups of cheese sauce without even asking. The main reason I love my growing body is that it's proof that you are growing too! Keep it up, Little E!

Crappy cell phone pic at just about 29 weeks

6. Hypnobabies classes are still going really well. In addition to the self-hypnosis tracks we have to practice with at home, I have to listen to a 'joyful pregnancy' affirmations CD everyday, and that has been incredibly helpful. It's basically just 30 minutes of positive thoughts about pregnancy and childbirth that you can repeat in your head. I usually listen to it when I'm taking a bath and it's been great to have that time each day to relax and think only positive thoughts. "Pregnancy is natural, beautiful, and safe"..."My baby is growing and developing perfectly"..."I am confident in my body and my ability to give my baby everything he or she needs"...Slowly but surely, I am really starting to believe these things and it feels really good.

Alright, I think that's it for today. I am about to run to Target to pick up a birth ball so I can start practicing the prenatal exercises/stretches we learned in class last night. 

I love you so much, baby boy. 



Becky said...

I hate Motherhood Maternity. I went in there a month and a half ago and when she wanted my info I didn't want to tell her because of the same thing with getting all that crap in the mail. I did anyway because I just wanted to get out of that store. Then she realizes that I was in the system and asks the dumbest question ever of "Are you sure this isn't your first pregnancy because I have a due date in here of April 12, 2011." I wanted to scream and will never enter that store again.

Brie said...

I too avoid motherhood maternity as much as possible and I also turned half-a-bitch to the cashier who prodded me to register. I finally told her that I'd prefer she just ring me up, and accept that I was declining the amazing offers.

The nervousness of the pcoming shower-totally normal. I was the same way. The entire week before I had anxiety, swore he died (again) and was a nutcase..considering what we have both been through, it's just Par for the course..just know you totally aren't alone.

I am so excited to see that belly growing on you!

Paula said...

i love #5!

Nicole said...

You look great Kristen. Keep it up! I hope you have fun at your baby shower as well as planning it!

Natasha said...

I love Target nachos! You're looking great Kristen!

rebecca said...

You my friend are rocking such a beautiful pregnancy glow!!! Loved all of those updates & so excited for you to enjoy your baby shower coming up this month!

Lavonne said...

I have been reading your blog like a book, it's so amazing seeing your journey and your strength now and how you have grown as a wowan and mother. Elliot will be a very lucky little boy to have you as a mother! And I keep you in my prayers daily!!!

Shan said...

You look great!

One of my blogging buddies (who is also a doula) did a hypnobirth. Here's a link to her experience: Sounds like it helped her.

MrsH said...

I am sorry that I did not take a hypnobaby class like you, but we did not have any in my town. i think the idea of the positive affirmations is great. The second pregnancy after a loss like yours and mine is quite scary, but at the same time so joyful and hopeful. You look great.

megan f. said...

Seeing this weeks pic with you smiling so big made my heart sing!! I love how adorable you are and am just so happy for you. I also love the sound of these classes your taking, I'm def going to look into those my next pregnancy!!

Anonymous said...

Loved hypnobabies affirmations cd. I took the class with my first and loved it. Natural births are the best. Very empowering. I wish you the best of luck. I would love to read more about your experience with hypnobabies.

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