Monday, September 22, 2014

The final stretch

Okay, I sort of intended this pun.

This post is called "The final stretch" because
1) This is the final stretch of this pregnancy (just over 4 weeks until my due date).
2) This child likes to stretch and every time he does I'm convinced he hopes it will be the final time he has to stretch in such a cramped place!

So, here we are in the final stretch.

My body's tired and achy and sore and worn out and puking more again and all that fun stuff. Whew.

I've also been having quite a few Braxton Hicks contractions these days. Hopefully that means that when the time comes my body will be way ready. :) We'll see ha ha.

On Saturday we went to the BYU-Virginia football game. It was a lot of fun!

Also, it was hilarious because starting at the beginning of the 3rd quarter I started having lots of Braxton Hicks contractions-- we counted 15 in the final 2 quarters of the game and then 7 more on our walk back to the car. They didn't hurt or anything.

But it got me thinking that I may have much less time to get ready than I was thinking. Hmmm... So, the nesting has seriously kicked in I think. I mean, I've been trying to get stuff done all along, but now I'm like carrying my to do list around with me every second.

I read a few funny "You know you're in the third trimester when..." jokes. Here are my favorites:
-There are crumbs on your belly that you don’t notice until you stand up.
-You select your shoes based on which would be the easiest to put on.
-Rolling over in bed is a task that requires counting out loud. 1,2,3 GO! (Stupid sciatica...)

Aaaand that's where we're at these days. :) School, homework, meetings, theses, research, and trying to quickly do the last things we need to do to get ready for this baby who likes to stretch his legs straight out to the point I end up with heels pushing out clear behind my side shirt seam (didn't know that was possible).

Happy arrival of Fall!

Monday, September 8, 2014

33 weeks

Hello everybody!

It's been a little while since I've posted anything, and I don't feel very well today so I'm avoiding some of the chores that are on my to do list and doing other things like writing this instead. :)

This picture was taken at 33 weeks.
Your job is to pretend I don't look like it's 10 pm like it actually was (e.g., zombie eyes lol). 

How far along: 33 3/7 weeks today (Monday).

Sidenote-- can I just tell you that I really love that at the doctor's office they write how far along you are using fractions? "31 and a half" or whatever just doesn't make as much sense as using the beautifully natural sevenths that weeks are divided into. Yes, I am a math teacher ha ha.

Symptoms: Sciatica as bad as ever unfortunately. I have a pretty high pain tolerance so I mostly just deal with it. I try to do all the good stretches and everything but sometimes you just have to deal with it.

In other symptoms, my nausea is back... it's not nearly as bad as it was the first while (til week 18? lol) but I've puked a few times in the past week or so and once in a while have a hard time with food. The other day we were going up to Orem for my sister's homecoming talk and my breakfast decided it didn't want to make the trip... so I veered into the stadium parking lot and left my breakfast in the bushes. Good times.

I've also had some troubles with swelling lately... usually it's just when I'm out in the heat or at the end of the day...but it's getting harder to wear my wedding ring without it getting stuck mid-day.

Picking up Michelle from the airport.

Sleep: Gratefully, I haven't had troubles sleeping. I wake up to go to the bathroom once a night usually, but I sleep long and hard. The latest development is that I feel like I need far more sleep than is reasonable lol. It also takes me a little while to fall asleep some nights when the baby decides that it's time for his kickboxing session. It sort of feels like laying stomach-down on one of those electric massaging chairs lol. Hard to sleep through? A little.

Exercise and being healthy and all that: Same ol', same ol'. Although I'm supposed to be gaining a bit more weight and (for the first time in my life) it's been really hard! So, I eat a bit more ice cream, a bit more chocolate milk, a few more snacks during the day... all that. It's hard to make that all work when my stomach is the size of a walnut but what do you do.

Baby listening to his first BYU football game (the UConn game). If how much he moves around during the games is any indication of anything, he will be an avid BYU sports fan. :)
PS, I had no idea what to do with my hands in that picture...hence the awkward double thumbs up thing.

Movement: Holy cow, does this kid move. Bryan says my belly looks like a water balloon full of marbles being pushed down the stairs... so there's that awkward picture. About this time in pregnancy is when the volume of amniotic fluid peaks, and it's also where the baby is pretty close to full length and is just putting on lots of weight... all those things combined means that he's getting bigger and stronger and I can feel every little (and giant) movement. It creeps Bryan out once in a while. :)

Size: My size? Giant. ha ha jk. Although I am getting some lovely stretch marks around my belly button area. I guess that's what happens when you torpedo straight out front instead of other places. The baby is most likely around 19 inches and a bit more than 5 lbs.

It's really weird to think about that because some babies are born at that size. Weird! It's interesting to think about that too because he's "big enough" (to some standards), but right around now is when he starts developing his own immune system, and when his lungs start the final maturation. So he's "getting big enough", but he's not ripe :).

He also seems to be moving down a bit. Bryan noticed it a bit, and my lungs and ribs are eternally grateful for it. :) My ribs are starting to heal a little bit (I would not be surprised at all if they were fractured or something) and I feel like I can get a bit more air when I breathe. Of course there are other repercussions of the migration downward, but we'll leave those for another day. ;)

Pop quiz: how many times did I say "bit" in the previous paragraph. Don't peek! (I need to expand my vocabulary apparently.)

This is an outfit a friend in our ward gave us. It's SO STINKING CUTE I just had to post a picture of it. :) 

The name front: I'm hesitant to even include this section because we have not made any progress... mom still calls him Hamish. I have a grandpa that for the past 10 years has called me "Martha" (because apparently my bangs remind him of Martha Stewart's bangs...?), and I respond to it and it's all good... so whatever.

Other stuff: Last night I wrote a list of stuff that needs to happen before the baby comes... oh geez, it was a bit daunting. Oh well. :) I guess that's life in the fast lane!

Bryan made this blackberry cheesecake-bar concoction (all on his own!). It was yummy. He said I could brag about him on my blog ;). 

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Random thoughts (teaching college, books and movies, and baby vs ribs)

Random thoughts, in no particular order.

Teaching College: 

I just got back from teaching a couple of math classes over at UVU this morning. I'm substitute-teaching a few classes this week for someone I know. It's a lot of fun and I enjoy it, which is good considering teaching math is what I've invested the last 6+ years of my life in.

This morning and last night I had some anxiety about it though. Want to know what I was most anxious about? FINDING A FREAKING PARKING PLACE. Lol. As soon as I got there and got a spot and wasn't late or anything, I was good to go! :)

Ribs vs Baby:

If I were carrying this baby any higher he would be living in my throat. That is a bizarre picture. Don't try to picture it. Anyway, my ribs are seriously taking a beating lol. They're so bruised that if I touch them from the outside they hurt, and one rib in particular is popping in and out of place so much (when a certain baby wedges his bum against it and pushes with all his might) that I'm slightly concerned it might not stay in place one of these days.

I was talking to my neighbor today and he said his mother in law carried one of her babies as high as I am, and by the end the baby broke a few of her ribs. Holy cow. *crosses fingers that I've had enough calcium*

Summer ending: 

Truth be told, my life does not look a whole lot different with the change in semesters, or the change from summer to fall. My schedule is the same (work, thesis, keep the house running, tutor, try to get enough sleep, and more work and more thesis). I'm done with all my classes so that's what's happening.

Bryan's schedule, however, will be even busier (if that's possible). The weather is cooling off which really is a godsend for those of us who are 8 months pregnant, and we have a baby coming that we'll need to fit into our schedule, but as of right this moment it doesn't feel so much like anything is changing with school starting this/next week.

Books I finished recently:

The Happiest Baby on the Block. It made me feel far more prepared to have a newborn and know what to do when it's super fussy and I have no idea why. (He talks about the 5 S's. Google it if you want. It makes sense to me.) Whether or not it works 100% of the time, at least now I feel slightly more prepared. I think before my only tool would have been to feed it or say "what in the world is the matter?!" lol. This is a really quick read and DEFINITELY worth reading.

The Alchemist: I'm not sure how I've never read this before, but it was also a quick read. It was very good and quite profound. It seemed like a concise statement on the meaning of life and what it means to try to reach your potential. Worth reading for sure.

Movies we've watched recently:

Non-Stop: We redboxed (now a verb, says I) this movie a few weeks ago. It was actually pretty entertaining and not totally predictable (which is always a plus). It has Liam Neeson (who's always pretty good) and a few other people I like pretty well (like Julianne Moore, Lupita Nyong'o and Michelle Dockery). I think it was definitely worth watching but not necessarily a movie that I feel compelled to go buy or anything.

Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit: I think this is based on a Tom Clancy novel. I really enjoyed it actually. I think there could have been a little more character development (it wasn't totally lacking though). I also think there could have been a bit more plot development in a few places without being excessive at all. But, all things considered, I really enjoyed it. It has a pretty awesome cast (Chris Pine, Keira Knightley, Kevin Costner, and Kenneth Branagh) which made it even more likable. I liked this one better than Non-Stop.

Gravity: I saved this one for last for a few reasons. First, we watched it most recently. Second, I liked it best of the three I've mentioned here. Third, it is incredibly deserving of the many Oscars it won. Fourth, I can't believe it took me this long to see it. :) Anyway, it is pretty amazing. It's a profound and concise statement about the meaning of life. It's one of those movies that sometimes you have to remind yourself to breath during, and then when it ends you sort of just sit there and think and don't have anything to say to do it justice. Very well done. Sandra Bullock nailed it. Definitely worth watching. Definitely one I think I'll buy.