31 Weeks

31 weeks down, only 9 to go. Over the weekend Kyle and I logged quite a few hours in the car. While traffic coming up was pretty miserable, the love and joy of the weekend was totally worth all the traffic in the world. 

It’s so humbling and overwhelming to know that this little girl, who’s content to squirm around in my belly, is already so loved by all her family. We can’t thank everyone enough who attended the baby shower over the weekend. Everyone spoiled little ninja, she’s already one lucky lady. Her room, however, is a complete disaster now since everything was just popped in there and the door was shut. Hence, why the picture venue has changed for this week. I need to go into organization overdrive to get everything situated and sorted.

We had our first baby class yesterday! (Finally!) I had been nervous since the class was originally supposed to end at my 38 week mark, but since moving it back a week we were looking at 39 weeks. There’s another couple who is due the day before me, so I know I won’t be the only one who may have to miss a class. 😉 
It seems like a good group of people, and I don’t think we’re the youngest ones there. I do know we look like one of the youngest couples, but I’m pretty sure there is at least one couple- if not two, who are younger than us. 
So far it seems like we’ll learn a lot each week. You go home with homework each week. The more you put into the class, the more you get out of it. The teacher and her husband were very nice. There was one part where we had to check off ways we’ve dealt with pain in the past, and I checked off quite a few things. Growing up with CF (specifically CF related pains) you find you have set ways to ‘cope.’ We all went around the circle and said which ones were the ones that really jumped out at us. Everyone chose the standards like massage, heat/cold compress, dark rooms, etc. I straight up said “I like to cry… a lot. ”  To which Kyle pipes in “It’s true. She cries all the time.” We got some laughs. I then elaborated on why I like crying. I think the fact that I recognize that I cry when I’m upset, and I know it helps me is huge. I think holding onto all those pent up emotions when you’re not feeling well just amplifies the problem; a good cry and you’re able to let all those frustrations out and focus on what you can do to actually feel better. If the pain is out of my personal control, well, crying is a great way for me to acknowledge and accept it. I’d say 90% of the time, after crying, I feel better. 

Yesterday I had my 2 week OB appointment. I met another doctor. I’d say at this point I’ve met close to 10 of the 17 high risk OB’s. This particular doctor has a way he likes to do things — including going over every single medicine in detail. While slightly annoying, I recognized it as an opportunity for him to better be acquainted with my regiment and file so if he’s on while I deliver he’ll know who I am. He also said he recognized me from seeing me in passing – so I guess I have one of those faces? He tried to figure out where little ninja was hanging out in my belly but she was too wiggly. Pure ninja style of course.

I asked his opinion (since it’s always good to hear new doctors thoughts on the matter) about the general plan for me to go into labor, would there be any reason to induce vs. letting go into labor on my own? His response was nope! The plan at the moment is to let me do my thang, and when I go into labor I go into labor. He told me about two other CF women who just recently gave birth. One went into labor at 39 weeks and the other at 37 weeks. The one who went into labor at 37 weeks was on TPN due to pancreatic failure, but she and baby ended up being perfectly fine & healthy after having a smooth labor. It was encouraging to hear that both recent CFers, while we all have our little complications here and there, tend to do just fine. And in his words I’m “doing fantastically so far.”

As my belly gets bigger, and little miss Ninja runs out of room, I feel her every wiggle. It’s one of my favorite things about being pregnant. It’s something I know that I’m going to miss dearly when she’s in my arms and not swimming in my tummy. One of my favorite things that’s been happening lately is when she gets the hiccups! I find that whatever I’m doing, I immediately stop so I can just hold my belly and feel each little hiccup. I’d say it’s when she has the hiccups that I get the overwhelming sense of impatiences because I just want to squeeze her and kiss her chubby cheeks already! But I know she has a lot more cookin’ to do.
You stay put little nugget, you hear me??
And now, just so everyone knows what I really look like every day as Kyle goes diligently to work. I present the REAL 31 weeks:

Days usually consist of a late start after Kyle leaves for work. Breakfast is eaten, morning meds are done. If dishes need to be done I usually do it around that time. Dependent on how I’m feeling dictates my day. Sometimes errands are run late morning/ early afternoon. If I’m not feeling that great I usually stay in PJ’s and take it easy. 
Oliver tends to enjoy my ‘take it easy days’ as he’s perfected the art of sleeping in, and snuggling. Lately I’ve been on a crafting spree. I finally have all my fabrics in for the nursery curtains, bumpers, some sheets, and supplies to make a mobile. I have an ottoman to reupholster for a foot rest, and I finally found a small round table to live next to the glider. I’ve had a few sewing days this past week to get everything started. Hopefully I can continue to make progress on those things this week and have an update soon.

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30 Weeks

It’s been a long week this week. So long that I forgot it was Tuesday and didn’t even realize until my father asked where my weekly update was. Hence, no picture today. I’ll take some pictures tomorrow.

This is going to be a loooooong post!

Here goes:

I had my OB appointment last Tuesday where I was given a TDAP shot. When I was getting it done, I was surprised at how high the nurse jabbed my arm. I wouldn’t even have called it my arm at that point, it was more like my shoulder.

Now, I know tetanus shots have a reputation for being pretty harsh when it comes to making your arm muscle kill for the next few days, so I expected nothing less. What I didn’t expect was the fact that my muscle felt fine after a couple of days but my shoulder joint continues to kill me. I’m having trouble sleeping, getting dressed and anything that involves the rotation of my shoulder where she jabbed me.

I thought it was getting better, but today it was hurting so much that I ended up taking some Tylenol to try to alleviate some of the pain. I’m not even sure it helped. I would have much rather had some ibuprofen since I’m sure I have some inflammation of the joint, but ibuprofen isn’t allowed during pregnancy.

Then I had someone come by to take a look at the bathroom for a renovation quote. He was so large he almost didn’t fit in the tiny bathroom. And then he almost broke the toilet by leaning against the tank with so much weight that it started leaking. Needless to say, regardless of the good reviews his company has we’ll be going with someone else. He also questioned my design choices, out-loud – which struck me as very unprofessional.

In other “it’s been a long week” news, Kyle took me shoe shopping on Sunday since my feet are getting squashed and uncomfortable in my old shoes so I needed some new ‘sneaks. While shopping he points out this lump on my leg. It was about the size of quarter and close to my ankle, and above it on my calf another pea sized lump.

We went home, and while Kyle made and packed some snacks, I called the labor and delivery department to see explain the mysterious lump and get confirmation that I should come in. (No surprise there, they said yes.) While I was skeptical that it wasn’t a clot (no tenderness, redness, etc.) we still wanted to be sure.

We get there and they strap me up to the monitors and take some vitals. I’m hooked up to a fetal doppler to monitor Ninja’s heart rate and a contraction monitor, all as protocol dictates when you’re admitted into L&D triage. We ended up waiting for about 30-40 minutes when finally a doctor comes in to ask if I’ve been feeling any contractions.

Nope, feeling fine. Ninja was trying her best to escape having a big ‘ole hockey puck sized monitor squashed on her head, but besides her squirming all around I didn’t feel a thing. I let them know that the monitor was most likely just recording my coughing fits as contractions since when coughing I tighten up all my ab muscles. So I demonstrated a few coughs while she watched the machine.

Yes, the machine does pick up my cough but it looks like a cough, and not like the contractions the monitor had apparently been picking up. Nurse and doctor quietly talk over the long trail of monitor paper pointing out peaks and talking about numbers and whatnot.

They decide they’d like to check my cervix and make sure that I just have an irritable uterus and that I’m not actually going into preterm labor.

“You know I came in because I have a lump on my leg, right? Not because I was contracting or anything?”

“Yup, but you’re contracting.”

I’m checked and my cervix is fine: no thinning, dilating or showing any signs of going into early labor. They want to keep me hooked up for 2 more hours, then recheck to make sure my cervix hasn’t changed. Fine by me, but would you look at my leg?

“Looks like a varicose vein, we’ll give you some compression socks.”

About 20 minutes after they leave (and telling me to ‘try and keep still’) I turn to Kyle and say, “Um, I think I may be having a contraction? My belly feels a little bit tight, it’s weird.”

Sure enough we turn to the monitor and I’ve got a huge peak going on. We’re no doctors but we both decided that yup, that’s what’s happening. And now we’re both worried.

They continue for about 20 or so more minutes on and off and the nurse comes back in. “Are you still not feeling these?” To which I let her know that I have started to feel a few, (I think) since my belly feels like it tightens up a little bit.   I also let her know that I’m feeling lightheaded and hungry since we’ve now been there for a few hours and I haven’t been allowed to eat or drink (stupidest rules ever). I check my blood sugar levels while she’s there and I’m just under 70 – which is considered low. I let her know that if I can’t eat or drink anything, I’ll most likely be in the 50’s/40’s in about 15 minutes.

I get apple juice and I feel better. Still contracting every once in a while, but feeling better. Doctor comes back in and checks me again – still no signs of labor, but she reassures me that I’m not just having ‘braxton hicks’ like I questioned and that they were actual contractions. My response is “but I’m hardly even feeling them?” Doctor says it could just be sign that I have a high pain threshold. Well, I’ll take that.

They decide to give me a bolus of IV fluids – since I let them know I threw up twice that day and was walking around a lot, and didn’t have enough fluid intake, and now was made to fast for 4 hours…

Took the nurse two tries to get my IV in (and that was using a 20, and for labor they use an 18 gauge needle- I really missed the IV team at that point) but half a huge bag of saline later the contractions are gone and I still feel fine. They keep me a little while longer, but decide that I was just most likely dehydrated. They give me some compression socks (for my vein) and send me home.

Weirdest day ever.  Long week.

I have no restrictions, and I was told to just “take it easy for 24 hours and make sure I’m getting enough fluids.” It’s not uncommon for dehydration to cause contractions so I’ll just have to be extra diligent about my fluids – especially now that it’s warming up.

Then to top off the week, our baby classes were supposed to start last night (Monday’s at 7) and we show up only to find that it’s been pushed back a week and no one let me know. I emailed the instructor and STILL haven’t heard back from her. This is the second time she’s left a bad taste in my mouth and I’m already disappointed and I haven’t even started the class yet! We might try to find some last minute class we can join instead of taking this one and ask for our money back. It was one of those things that just soured my mood for the whole night.

On the bright side? The weather has been absolutely WONDERFUL this week.  We hit the mid-high 70’s 3-4 days in a row.

In summary:
* My shoulder joint really aches & affects my sleep
* Varicose vein in my leg so I need to wear compression socks
* Baby is doing just fine and doesn’t have any plans to make her appearance anytime soon (she was quite high up in my uterus)
* I need to be more aware of my fluid intake
* Contractions are weird, but now I know what they feel like for future reference.
* Baby class was rescheduled so I’m looking into finding a new one

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29 Weeks

Today marks the start of the 29th week of being pregnant. I had my OB appointment today as well as my ultrasound so it was a long morning. My weight checked in at 130, so in the last 4 weeks I’ve managed to put on 6 pounds. Hooray! Everyone was happy with that and things are looking good.

My blood sugars are still on track but I will continue to monitor them, and they will continue to monitor little miss Overdeep’s growth to keep an eye on her weight gain too. Having diabetes involvement you run the risk of having a big baby. So far she’s right on the average track. Her arm bones, head and kidneys are all measuring a few days behind and her belly is measuring exactly 29 weeks.  Measurements like that have a week on either side buffer that is considered ‘normal’ – anything outside that buffer is cause for concern, or reevaluation of your due date.

The little ninja was head up today, which explains the karate kick to the bladder I’ve been feeling lately, and she weighed in at 2 pounds 11 oz.  (estimated of course)

I haven’t had too many pregnancy symptoms although I have started to notice my feet are getting pretty cramped in most of my shoes! Getting a new pair of flats and sneakers are on my list of things to do this week since wearing shoes has become somewhat uncomfortable.

I’ve officially reached the “I can now use my belly as a shelf to hold my ice cream bowl” stage. It’s fantastic.

I’ve been overall feeling much better this week. I started a new inhaled antibiotic and it seems to be really helping. I’ll continue on it for 3 more weeks to really give my lungs a good boost.

I still can’t believe the end is nearing! Only 11 more weeks to go, and that’s if they let me go to 40 weeks. If little miss ninja has other plans, or they feel they need to induce me at the diabetes planned 38 weeks- it could be even less than that! How is it going by so quickly??

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28 Weeks

Today marks the start of the 28th week of pregnancy for me! It’s been a hit or miss week for me. I’ve been fluctuating between good days and bad days on an alternating cycle. If I have a bad day (short of breath, coughing up a storm, usually throwing up, no energy, etc.) the following day I usually feel great: energy, not short of breath, hardly coughing, etc. I have a clinic appointment today so we’ll see what my doctors have to say about these bizarre happenings. 

I’d like to say that I’ve gained weight, but honestly I have no idea. I weighed myself yesterday morning as was back at 126.2 lbs. I weighed myself again at the end of the day before bed (after giving a decent chunk of time to digest dinner)… and I was up to 129.4. I know I did not eat 3 pounds of food, but I can’t for the life of me decide what my actual weight is. The scale this morning says 128.6 so maybe we’ll go with that? If that’s the case, I haven’t gained the full pound this week but it’s better than being 126.2 like I thought I was yesterday morning.  Weight gain is still causing me a lot of anxiety so we’ll have to see what my nutritionist thinks this afternoon. 

I had a massage yesterday which was heaven! I am definitely going to go back once more while I’m pregnant since it helped turn my ‘bad day’ into a relatively good day. The massage therapist really worked on my shoulders, neck and ribs – the places where I tend to get really tight from coughing so frequently. 
After she was done working on my ribs I managed to clear out some pretty gross lung junk and felt amazingly clear. I also felt like I could stand up decently straight with feeling like I was straining. Also a great feat as I tend to slouch for easier breathability. 

 On Sunday, a good day, we got a decent amount done around the house. We found a new rug for the living room to replace the dirt and dust catching shaggy carpet. We bought some new fancy schmancy grown-up window blinds for the baby’s room and Kyle installed them. While I think Kyle was initially had sticker shock over the PPB (price per blind) after looking at a cheaper version, we decided to go with the higher quality but a tad more expensive ones. I couldn’t be happier with our choice! I believe when “we” were done hanging them, Kyle exclaimed, “Wow, they really class up the joint…”  

They’re just faux wood privacy blinds so they close pretty tightly to block out a decent amount of light. They also came with some crown moulding type trim to encase the lever mechanisms to give it a very finished look. We almost had a snafu, since our windows are super old and have an inside piece of molding that juts out from the frame. I measured the outer frame and not that inside molding piece so after hanging the brackets (on the inside molding frame), we realized the mistake! 
We really wanted to keep them as an inside mounted blind, but we were afraid we were going to have to go back to the store and size down the blinds in order to achieve that. Clever Kyle came up with a solution where we hung them as a hybrid version of an outside mount, meets inside mount and we just placed the bracket after that inner molding frame. The results look fantastic. We had to trim the side molding pieces to fit the sides, but the results were well worth it. 

That’s about it here at Casa de Overdeep. 
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Perks Of Pregnancy

There are some things I didn’t expect to happen while being pregnant. In fact, you might say these are the things I’m going to miss when I’m no longer lugging a baby around in my belly.

Look at those babies! If I were to curl them they tend to touch my brow. Insanity. 

The eyelashes. DUDE, the lashes. They’re out of control. I’m not sure why, or what it is, but I swipe on a coat or two of mascara and it looks like I’ve donned falsies. I am loving it!

Very similar is my hair. I wouldn’t say it’s growing any faster, but I’m definitely not losing it like I use to. (The drain is very happy about this too!) I hear around 4 months postpartum is you’ll start to shed your glorious locks, but until then, I will continue to stroke my luxuriously thick locks.

My skin is pretty awesome these days. When I first got pregnant I was worried about getting the dreaded pregnancy acne since I always get hormone related pimples in real life anyway. The last thing I wanted was a face full of acne to bring my perceived age back down to 15. While this is sometimes the case for some women, I’ve lucked out! My monthly cycle pimples are gone, and my skin has never been clearer! It does come with a price though, and it’s been drier than the Sahara. It’s gotten so bad that I’ve just taken to smearing coconut oil on my face each day, and then lotion throughout the day. If I don’t it starts to flake. Gross. Overall I’m claiming this as a win! Plus, I found what helps my keratosis pilaris due to my liberal use of coconut oil during pregnancy.

My nails stopped being so flimsy. For a bit. This one is hit and miss. The first trimester was so kind to my nails. They stopped splitting, peeling, and just generally sucking. For the first time, ever, I could shape them and paint them and they looked semi-normal! Then I caught the flu and got sick and went on all these antibiotics. I think that really depletes my vitamin levels and my body concentrates on giving the vitamins to the places that really need it, and my nails didn’t make that list.  They went back to splitting, peeling and just generally being bad. I’m a few weeks off of IV’s and they’re starting to grow out a little stronger.

Coffee has become FAR more delicious than I ever remember it to be. This is one of those things that I did not expect in the slightest. I haven’t had any real cravings like I had imagined I might, but somewhere around the end of the first trimester I started craving coffee. I drank decaf, so I knew I wasn’t becoming addicted to the caffeine. I started craving coffee so much so that I bought myself a single serve coffee maker. I almost never drank coffee before. Sure, I’d have half a small iced coffee in the summer here and there, but I’m at the point where I crave a coffee every day. Something about that bitter, creaminess keeps calling me back. I wouldn’t be upset if my craving for coffee continued past birth. I’ve been loading each cup up with about 3 TBSP of heavy cream (for an additional 150 calories and 15g of fat) so it’s been a big help in gaining weight.

My husband gives me countless backrubs. He has yet to deny me of any back-rub deliciousness if I ask and sometimes even offers! He always has spoiled me, but he’s really outdone himself on this one. Daily backrubs are going to be hard to give up. I may end up missing this one the most!

All in all there are some things that are making this pregnancy hard  which is to be expected with any pregnancy really, but I feel that the perks of pregnancy get overlooked so easily! Now excuse me while I go oogle my lashes for the 3rd time today while sipping my afternoon coffee.

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I’m going to deviate from my normal post for this week. Usually I just fill out that pregnancy survey and call it a day. A lot of the questions just have me repeating myself. 

This week has been pretty awesome. I entered the 3rd trimester. I gained some more weight, and celebrated a birthday with a visit from my father! Oh, and how could I forget… we finally painted the accent wall and the crib is set up! 

For my birthday my lovely hubby bought me some flowers and a camera remote. I went a little crazy with the thing and ended up taking almost 150 pictures in under 30 minutes. I tried walking shots, twirling shot and even through in some jumping shots. It’s safe to say that I love my little camera remote! I can’t wait to try my hand at taking some family pictures with the bump. We’ll see what my photo-hating husband has to say about that one. =)

As far as symptoms go I’ve been hit this week with exhaustion. There have been a couple of days where I’ve woken up with absolutely no energy to do anything! By the time I’m done eating breakfast, doing my vest and meds I’m ready to go back to bed! 

They say it’s common to experience exhaustion during the third trimester but I am hard pressed to believe that it would kick in so soon! I have a feeling that this little girl hanging out in my belly maybe going through a growth spurt. I’ve had an itchy belly and I’ve put on just shy of another pound since last week! 

Another symptom I’ve been experience is shortness of breath. Having CF this isn’t unusual- especially with the weather. We are fluctuating between mid 60’s and low 20’s. I kid you not. Saturday was a wonderful 67 degrees and then Sunday- high of 40.  We’re getting snow all day tomorrow, and then by the end of the week will see the 60’s again. This kind of fluctuation really takes a toll on my asthmatic lungs. I breathe much easier in the warmer weather, so to have them going from relaxed to tight in such rapid succession has resulted in a lot of huffing and puffing on my end. 

I still feel like little nugget has yet to really reach the stage where she starts pressing on my diaphragm and lungs. I feel like my coughing is still forceful and productive (sorry little baby! You’re still getting lots of ‘momma hugs.’) It’s only a matter of time until that no longer is the case. 

Since I spend a decent amount of the day chatting to little Overdeep, Kyle has taken it upon himself to read to her at night. Normally I think people read stories along the lines of Peter Rabbit, or maybe even Harry Potter, but it shouldn’t come as a surprise that we are not following that trend. To be fair, I did look for my collection of Beatrix Potter books but it’s lost among the shuffle. Next best book, Norse Mythology. I kid you not, our child is already listening to Odin and the AEsir. She always kicks and rolls around when listening to her daddy read.

Baby O. got really excited last night listening to Kyle explain the newest physics news. We may have a future scientist on our hands. Judging by the amount of kicks, rolls, and punches she was delivering to my gut while listening to the exciting physics news, I can only imagine they were caused by excitement. 

Speaking of excitement, now that the room is really coming together and all the large things are done we can start the next phase: decorating! I’d like to install some shelves to the wall left of the crib, add some art on the opposite wall, create a mobile, add curtains, sew a crib skirt, etc. etc. Kyle let it slip that he was probably more excited for the decorating stage than the actual painting stage. Such a cutie. 

Have a great week everyone! 

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26 Weeks

How far along? 26 Weeks

Total weight gain/loss: I gained 2 pounds this week! Hooray! Brings my total up to 12 lbs. I just need to keep gaining each week and I’ll be golden!
Maternity clothes? Yes and no. If I want to wear skinny jeans I’ll pull the belly band out and rock  these Lucky jeans my sister passed on to me. I can’t wait until it’s warm enough to wear my Maxi dresses again!

Stretch marks? None yet. I definitely feel periods of where my belly feels very ‘stretched’ but so far no marks. 
Sleep: Sleeping pretty well this past week– minus last night where Oliver kept waking me up. And then there was having to eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich at 5 am…

Best moment this week: We had a nice lunch visit with Meghan and she felt some little ninja kicks while she was here! Always so exciting that other people get to feel little miss move around. 

Nursery walls (3 out of 4) are painted! The crib was also delivered today and my Birthday is tomorrow. It’s been quite the week of great moments. 
Miss Anything? Exercising! We had some great 60 degree days and I managed to get out and get some exercise. I was encouraged (now that I don’t have my picc lines anymore) to start exercising again. I don’t have any restrictions as long as I build back up to my tolerance level. I have been ‘power walking’ and stretching. On Friday I added some jogging into my power walking and it was just what I needed! It felt so great to be moving. I also think it helped realign something in my back because my tailbone felt SO much better afterwards. 

Movement: Little lady loves to dance. She’s changed her sleeping habits so now she’s awake more so when I’m up. She also wakes up and moves around when we listen to music or read aloud.
Food Cravings: Strawberries! I bought a package this past week and they were perfection. I’m headed out later today to pick up more. =) 

Tried to take a silhouette type picture…

Anything making you queasy or sick?  Finally feeling pretty good! I’ve been feeling pretty short of breath lately but I believe it’s a combo of the weather changes (60 degrees to snowing?) and getting further along in pregnancy. It causes me to have an asthmatic type cough which is unproductive and highly annoying. Besides that and some round ligament pain, I’m feeling good! 

Gender: “Quite Girly” according to the ultrasound technician at Friday’s scan.

Labor signs: None

Belly button in or out? Whatever it is, it’s weird. Take my word for it. 

Happy or moody most of the time? Happy camper this week. Gaining weight has really taken a lot of my anxiety away. My ultrasound on Friday also helped ease a lot of my ‘weight gain’ anxiety. Little Lady is right on track and weighs about 1 lb 8 oz. She was head down with her feet up towards my right ribs. I theorize that she likes to be head down so I don’t squash her head everytime I cough. I’ve been telling her that I’m just “hugging her” when I cough. She gets hugged A LOT. =D

Looking forward to:  Lot’s to look forward to: I’m turning 25 tomorrow, my father’s coming down for a visit, and of course I’m looking forward to setting up that crib! 

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25 Weeks

How far along? 25 weeks – only 15 more to go!
Total weight gain/loss: Total gain of only 10 lbs so far. Had a long chat with my nutritionists at my last visit. I’m just not eating enough calories. I need at least 3500 calories if not more, depending on activity level and health.  Currently I’ve had a good eating day if I hit 2500. Little ninja will obviously take what she needs from me, but we don’t want me wasting away in the process! I’ve been trying very hard to up my calorie intake, but it’s proving pretty difficult. Eating when you’re not hungry is stressful. 
Maternity clothes?  This lovely ensemble is all non-maternity. My pair of “big jeans” held together via hair elastic and a Target clearance tee in a few sizes up. 
Stretch marks? Nope
Sleep: My tailbone is starting to feel better so I’m finally sleeping through the night again! Glorious sleep. 
Best moment this week: Getting outside for some exercise and vitamin D since we’ve hit the 60’s the last few days!
Miss Anything? 
Movement: I’m feeling less kicks and more wiggles these days. As she gets bigger I can really feel her rolling around. 
Food Cravings: No real food cravings this week. 

Anything making you queasy or sick? Nothing really comes to mind. Now if this darn tailbone would just heal all the way I’d be a happy camper. 
Gender: I bought the cutest pair of mint polkadotted pants for little miss, so she better still be a she! 
Labor signs: Negative
Belly button in or out? It’s visible through my shirts now. I think I might officially declare it an outie. 

Happy or moody most of the time? I’ve been loving the warmer weather, but had one emotional day when I was feeling down about not gaining weight. It’s just stressful to have a nutritionist talk at you about how to boost your caloric intake when you’ve heard it all your life, and you know it by heart, but you just aren’t hungry. 
Looking forward to: Sister-in-law is swinging by for a quick lunch visit while she’s in town for work! I’m also looking forward to my Friday ultrasound as it’s always reassuring and fun to see my little girl wiggling away on the screen!

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Pregnancy Favorites

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Now that I’m over halfway done (what?!) I’ve rounded up the things that have so far made my pregnancy much easier. I can’t imagine NOT having these things. Without further ado, my top 8 Pregnancy Favorites.
Coconut Oil. This stuff is like a magical elixir. A growing belly combined with the dry cold winter air provided by all these “polar vortex”s these days leads to a rather dry and itchy situation. In order to retain any and all moisture I have, I slather this stuff on in the shower. I’ll occasionally use it in between showering as a regular moisturizer before bed.  While using the coconut oil in hopes of avoiding stretch marks, I discovered something great! It has made my Keratosis Pilaris disappear.  
Keratosis Pilaris is a skin condition that according to Wikipedia affects nearly 50% of the worldwide population. Up to 80% of adolescents with the majority being women. It’s basically a build up of keratin so that your hair follicles become trap creating a red bump. It’s most common on the back of the arms, thighs, and sometimes bumcheeks. For me my KP is always worse during the dry winter. My KP bumps on my arms and thighs get red, irritated, and itchy. Sometimes the little bumps end up bleeding.  Once upon a time, I had a special dermatological lotion that I had to apply 3 times daily for months before seeing a result in a smoother arm. It wasn’t worth the cost and time. Now? My arms and legs are the smoothest they have ever been. Not a bump to be seen! Coconut oil is the only change I’ve made. You better believe I will continue to use this as my in shower moisturizer from now on. And the 50% of the people who also suffer from those strange little annoying bumps, you’re welcome! 
Next up is my acrylic cup and straws. I always loved straws but since falling pregnant I now drink everything through a straw. I was gifted an insulated clear acrylic cup for christmas <Thanks Pat! It’s still my favorite cup> and the top so happens to fit my acrylic straws perfectly. I usually fill my cup with iced tea, or watered down juice. While the one pictured isn’t the one I have, it perfectly represents my need for a designated ‘water’ cup. 
Being pregnant with CF presents a few challenges that most women don’t have to deal with. One of these challenges is being able to gain enough weight! Most nutritionist recommend drinking your standard supplement drink: think Boost or Ensure. While these are packed with calories  they are also packed with things I can’t pronounce. Not to mention the taste is terrible! Thankfully my nutritionist recommended a newer, organically made supplement drink, Orgain. I bought a few to try thinking it’d be just like all the other supplement drinks out there, and boy, was I surprised. I actually enjoyed drinking them. I enjoyed them so much I found myself craving them! They’re made of an organic blend of proteins, fruits, veggies, and other great things. Having Orgains everyday really has helped me to keep my weight up – even during the flu!- and slowly gain some pounds. 
During the first trimester I always had ginger ale on hand. While I wasn’t experiencing any true morning sickness, my gag reflex was super sensitive. If I coughed hard enough I was bound to throw up, and once I started I couldn’t stop! Enter my lovely ginger ale. Something about it made it easy to sip and helped keep my coughing/gagging under control. Later during the pregnancy it was my ‘go-to’ for correcting a low blood sugar. All in all it’s been super handy having it around. 
That kind of leads me to my next ‘must have’ of pregnancy. Undies. Lots and lots of undies. It was only a matter of weeks before my regular underoos because uncomfortable. I also had a few weeks where I was coughing non-stop. Coughing non-stop all day every day leads to some sore and tired muscles. Apparently it also leads to peeing your pants, frequently.  
Imagine that you do push ups everyday. You can do a lot of push-ups on a daily basis without getting tired. Go you! Now, imagine someone forced you to do continuous push-ups without stopping… all day. There’s only so much your muscles could handle before you literally couldn’t do another push-up.  That’s me, except I’m not talking push-ups, I’m talking about pelvic floor muscles. You know, the muscles that help you hold your pee in while you sneeze. They also help you out when you cough. In my case, after a day of nonstop coughing, those muscle are tired! They stop working on ya. Which leads to the case of needing lots and lots of undies, and a sense of humor. Peeing your pants is funny when you’re a kid, not so much when you’re an adult. Once the coughing was more under control (thanks to getting over the flu) so was the whole peeing in my pants ordeal. Moving on. 

Since I was about 10 I’ve always slept with a body pillow. I can even remember the purple fleece cover my mother made for the winter season. I never stopped sleeping with a body pillow and now that I’m pregnant? Well, I sleep with two. I sandwich myself between the two and call it good; Kyle calls it a barricade.
When my jeans no longer buttoned I turned to maternity jeans. I originally had a pair from Old Navy and one from Motherhood Maternity. A week or so after buying these pants I found a pair of maternity jeans (in my size) at the thrift store. They were cheap and already broken in, but in great condition. This is where I profess my love for these jeans. They happened to be H&M’s Mama Jeans, and they feel like wearing PJ’s. These jeans are so darn comfy that I returned my other two pairs. I’m looking forward to finding a pair of skinnies next time I’m at my local H&M store. 
My last item is a staple for winter. Fleece lined leggings in a size up. They’re warm, they’re cozy and the waist stretches like you wouldn’t believe! I’m not even sure how I survived previous winters without these things. I have several pairs, and while my sister is going to cringe, I wear them all the time… as pants! At least I always make sure that my shirts are tunic length when wearing leggings as pants.

I’m sure as my pregnancy continues and I get bigger I’ll run into more issue and perhaps have different products that I’ll deem as a necessity. I mean, I hear your feet swell up and sometimes your shoe size is permanently altered… shoe shopping anyone? For now, these are pretty much my main go-to’s. 

*Disclaimer: I was not compensated to rave about any of the mentioned products. All products were bought with my own money, and all opinions are my own*
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24 Weeks

How far along? 24 Weeks
Total weight gain/loss: Total gain of about 10 pounds so far. 
Maternity clothes? Yes and no. I’m finding my maternity jeans are starting to get annoying. They do that thing where they stretch out almost immediately. I’ve been recently going out with regular jeans held up with a belly band. (Thanks Julie!)

Stretch marks? None yet!
Sleep: Sleep has been hit and miss. I’m consistently waking up every few hours just to roll over, have something to drink, or lately because my belly has been causing me pain. (Don’t panic! It’s just round ligament pain from a growing belly.)

Best moment this week: We got the glider! We also had a wonderful visit from Kyle’s parents. 
Miss Anything? I’m feeling like I’ve become a lot weaker, and I miss having muscles. I’ve lost quite a bit of muscle tone over the last few months just from exhaustion, sitting around in a hospital bed, and not exercising like I used to. 

Movement: Kyle’s mom was able to feel little ninja do some kicks and flips. 
Food Cravings:I can’t think of anything specific I craved this week, but I definitely had a few “pregnancy crazy moments” to make up for the lack of food cravings. 

Anything making you queasy or sick?  No! Thank goodness! I did manage to hurt my tailbone by helping lift the glider into the car (it didn’t fit for anyone interested) and it’s still recovering. It hurt to cough for the first 4 days so I’ve been subconsciously avoiding coughing. By day 3 I could feel the affects of not efficiently coughing. Now that it’s feeling better and no longer kills me to cough I’ve been coughing quite a bit. 

Gender: She is still a she, and no, we still won’t share her name. =) 

Labor signs: None! I’ve been having some stomach pain to the point where it wakes me up, but it turns out it’s just round ligament pain due to a growing baby & growing uterus. 

Belly button in or out? By now you know that I have this weird thing about belly buttons. I think they’re just plain ‘ole creepy. It’s started it’s final journey of flipping inside out. Half of it’s out and half of it’s stuck in the flat pancake stage. And yes, it freaks me out. Blah. 

Happy or moody most of the time? Like I previously mentioned I’ve had some crazy pregnancy moments this week. One of which was a major hissy-fit & meltdown when the glider we picked up wouldn’t fit in the car so we had to go back for it the next day. I had a slight episode of nesting rage, since I just wanted the damn glider THAT night. While logically I knew it wasn’t a big deal, my mommy hormones said otherwise. It felt like the end of the world people. My poor husband. 

Looking forward to:  Now that the glider is here! woohoo! And my husband and his father painted the nursery ceiling white (and finished caulking) I can go pick up the room paint and get started! After that we can order the crib and start getting things set up! I can’t tell you how wonderful it feels to walk into a white-ceiling, empty room and sit in the glorious glider! My crazy mommy hormones are satisfied… for now. 

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