Friday, April 30, 2010

Twenty Seven Weeks

Man, oh man. This week has been SO different from the last few weeks, that it’s almost like it’s a completely different pregnancy altogether. I’ll try to sum it up as short as possible:

My back – is not 100% back to normal, but close. There are still some evenings when I crawl into bed that it hurts deep down in my hips...but the knot that was settled into its own little homey zip code right in the middle of my back is much better. I can’t say for sure what did the trick...I was getting back-rubs, using patches and taking it easy. I also did a bit of swimming over the weekend, so maybe that little work-out did wonders to “work out” the knots in my back? I don’t know, and don’t really care, just so long as it’s gone and not coming back anytime soon!

Heartburn/Allergies – yes, they’re still here. It’s like the visiting relatives that JUST. WON’T. LEAVE. Seriously. There are days that are better than others, but for the most part, they’re constant companions. I know that I wrote earlier about how I was experiencing some vertigo pretty badly yesterday, so the update on that is that although I hated doing it, I took the other half of my Benadryl pill while at work yesterday and felt better. I was WAY sleepier...but not quite as drunk-looking. I actually warned my boss about what was going on so that he didn’t get suspicious and send me off to ProMed for a random based on suspicion. I mean, just because I’m almost 7 months pregnant does NOT mean you can’t get drunk, right? Maybe shouldn’t is a better word, but we all know that it can happen...

Eating/Weight Gain – I won’t get the official number unitl my doctor’s appt towards the end of next week (Yuck – the dreaded glucose test!) but I can tell you that my appetite this week has been UNREAL. And the really funny part about it is that since my tummy’s getting bigger, I’m totally out of room to put food. I can be like starving hungry 4 or 5 times during the day, but then once I eat half of what I put on my plate...I’m done. Just no more room to stuff anything anywhere!

And I think that it is totally amazing how my body knows what it needs, and sends me cravings to consume a food with that in it. Remember the red wine comment? Yeah, still haven’t given in to that one, but the cravings for eggs and milk this week have been unreal. I’ve consumed so many pancakes, waffles, bowls of cereal and glasses of chocolate milk that I should be a walking advertisement for breakfast! But I’m trying to just follow my body’s lead and listen to what it’s telling me...even if I occasionally fall “off the wagon” and convince my body that ice cream counts as a dairy...LOL!

Sleeping – I’m not quite to that “what’s that?” stage...but I have to tell you that I’m circling the neighborhood and looking at lots to buy so that I can set up permanent residence! I’ve done the strangest thing several nights this past week – I wake up at 4am (almost on the dot) with the pressing need to use the bathroom. Then, when I get back in bed, all snuggled in warm and cozy...yep, you guessed it. I can’t go back to sleep. Last night it happened earlier in the night (around 2:30am) and although I know that I must have slept between then and when my alarm went off at 6:00am, I don’t know for sure that I did. If I did, I had some strange dreams and thoughts in my head... let me know that this was going on this week. This week, baby Ziggy weighs almost 2 pounds (like the head of a cauliflower) and is about 14.5 inches long with his legs extended (which might explain how I can get kicked in two places at once!). He's sleeping and waking at regular intervals, opening and closing his eyes and maybe even sucking on his fingers. With more brain tissue developing, his brain is VERY active now. While his lungs are still immature, they would be capable of functioning - with lots of help - if he was to be born now. Chalk up any tiny rhythmic movements you might be feeling to a case of him having the hiccups, which may become common from now on. Each episode usually only lasts a few minutes, and they don't bother him, so just sit back, relax and enjoy the tickle!

I feel good about everything, and here’s some belly shots to prove it!

If you’re wondering (which you may or may not be) nothing that I have on in those shots is maternity clothes. Once again, loose waisted (no buttons or zippers) loose pants pushed below my belly and a regular medium-sized top that has a high waistline. I’m loving getting more wear out of my regular clothes!

Oh, and B thinks that I have a new trick...when I'm laying down in bed (on my back - reading or watching TV) and he makes me laugh, my belly button sort of "pops" out. He gets SO tickled over it and just laughs and laughs and tells me to "Do it again!" Like I'm controlling it. Or doing it on purpose. Truthfully, I get a little embarassed and immediately cover my belly button so he can't see it...since I'm still laughing!

I’m really excited about this weekend...some of my good friends and I are converging on my Mom’s house and invading her territory for the weekend. It’s First Monday in Canton, and we’re going shopping. Just us girls. Little J gets to go along like the big girl that she’s becoming...and the only boy around us will be the one that goes everywhere with me! Then again, with the full moon out this weekend, who KNOWS what might happen...

I hope that you have a great weekend! I’ll try to remember to take some pictures of our fun times this weekend and share them with you next week...but I make NO promises! Pregnancy has made me SO forgetful!

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