Saturday, June 30, 2012

38 Weeks pregnant!!!!

No, I can't believe it!!!  I can NOT believe that I am still pregnant!  I thought for sure he would have been here 2 weeks ago!  I am so big!  I wonder if this will be the last pregnant belly shot that I will take?  I've documented just about every other week through out this pregnancy and boy am I glad I stuck to it!!  Its amazing what your body can do for you.  I can't wait to meet my new little boy!  :)

How far along? 38 weeks

Size of Baby:At least 7 lbs and 20 inches long.  My dr thinks that he is a little heavier than that...

Sleep: I can sleep well when I am not waking up every hour to pee.  And I still wake up earlier than everyone else.

Best moment this week: I am thoroughly enjoying feeling Grayson's movement because I know its just a matter of days until I won't have him in my belly anymore.

Movement: He is still moving, but not as much.  I feel him throughout the day, but the movements are a little different, I can tell he is big!
Food cravings:  Frozen fruit!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Sometimes the Braxton hicks will make me feel nauseous. 

Pregnancy Brain Moment: I scheduled an interview at work which was supposed to be just an hour interview, but I scheduled it for the ENTIRE day!!  Luckily I am friends with the supervisor who told me about my mistake and we just laughed about it. :)

Name Game: YES!  Grayson!  You can read the blog posting about how we chose that name, NAMING GRAYSON

Labor Signs: Tons and TONS of false labor!  And the cm has picked up a lot!  Thinking that my mucous plug is starting to come loose.  :)

Symptoms: I had acid reflux last night which was awful.  My body is really hurting now and I get out of breath just walking short distances.  I am pretty much feeling every symptom at this point. LOL!

Belly Button in or out?  Out!

Wedding rings on or off? On.  YAY!  No swelling so far!

What I've done this week to prepare for Baby Martz: We did it all!  Everything on our lists are done!  Now all we have to do is keep up keeping the house clean!  And I stress "we", Evan does pretty much all the house work now. :)

Happy or Moody most of the time? I am happy, excited, and anxious.  But I will fly off the handle at the drop of a hat...poor Evan.  And EVERYTHING is exaggerated. 

Looking forward toWhen either my water breaks, I start having true contractions, or something tells me that Grayson is ready!!!!!!!  I can't wait to meet him!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

37 Weeks and 5 days Appointment

I seriously can't believe I am still pregnant!  I really thought Grayson would have come already!  I had a dr appointment today.  I've gained 2 lbs, which is fine because I haven't gained anything in 3 weeks, my blood pressure is right on, Grayson's heart beat sounds perfect and is in the 130 range.  Grayson is in position and I am still measuring 2 weeks ahead.  I laid back so my dr could measure my belly and she started talking about how big she thinks Grayson is.  She asked how big Evan was when he was born...well, I don't know the exact weight, but he was almost a 10 lb baby.  She thinks Grayson will be big...hopefully not THAT big.  She said his head is up high, so he might not be AS big as she thought, but still thinks he will be bigger than Kellen was.  I am still 50% effaced, but I have progressed from 1cm to 2 cms.  Not much, but its something, right!?!?!

Its driving me crazy wondering when my baby will decide he is ready!!!  Will it be another day, few days, week, two weeks?  WHAT?  A friend of mine is WAY over due.  She is about 1.5 weeks over. I wonder if I will be the same?  What really weird is that with both our first babies, they came 3 weeks early.  For some reason with our seconds they are taking longer to come.  I just hope she has her baby before me!  I feel bad for her!

I feel really uncomfortable.  All this weight really is all in my belly and its really hard walking with a giant belly sticking straight out!  My pelvis hurts a lot, my hips and back do too.  Some days are better than others.  I've noticed that by Thursday my body slows way down.  Friday's are about impossible. I have to say Evan has seriously helped me out like crazy!  He's been doing most of the house work for the past few weeks now.  He plays with Kellen so hard so that when I get home from work I can take a really long nap and then Evan goes to work.  On the weekends he works very hard at keeping the house clean and organized, he knows how badly I want the house clean when Grayson comes.  He plays with Kellen, changes him, feeds, him, pretty much does all of it and when I try and do work I am told to relax and put my feet up.  I am so thankful that he's been helping me so much. I really need to think of something really nice for him just to let him know how much I really do appreciate him. :)

I pray that my babysitting arrangements work out for when I go into labor.  That's been stressing me out like you wouldn't believe, so any prayers or positive thoughts sent my way for a smooth transition for Kellen would be really appreciated.  I never leave Kellen, so this is going to be harder than the actual labor for me.  I am so worried about who will be able to care for him, I am worried that he will be upset if its with someone he doesn't really know, I am worried that he will wake up in the middle of the night and Evan and I won't be here and he will be scared.  That makes my heart race and tears start flowing.  I pray it works out.  I have a great family of friends around me and supporting us, so I just need to let go and trust that everything will be fine.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Let's play catch up! (37 Weeks now)

Boy, oh boy have I been a bad blogger!!  I never go this long and I feel bad about it!  So many things to document!  I will go back and try and remember whats happened.  First, my great friend Jen threw a baby shower for me on June 2. It was SO nice!!!  It was a brunch (bagels, quiche, and strawberry short cake) and my closest girl friends came and most brought their little ones, so Kellen had some friends to play with.  I have themed Grayson's nursery in turtles (which me and several friends are now seeing turtles all the time!)  It was just perfect.  I had a really good time chatting with my friends.  I feel so grateful to have Jen care enough to throw me a second baby shower, I am very blessed to have her. Here are a few pics.
  Kellen and Abby.
My wonderful friend, Jen!
 It was turtle themed!

 Thank you favors.

 I've been having a lot of false labor, and it hurts!!!  It seems that towards the end of the work week I am getting so worn out that I have lots of cramping, back pain, contractions.  Nothing I do helps to ease up.  After hours it goes away.  I made a MAD to-do list for me and Evan and we started crossing everything off.  We have decided to try and sell our house again, so I did a ton of research and found a great realtor.  I invited her over this past Thursday evening.  So, our house HAD to be ready!  My advice, if you want to have a clean house invite a stranger over!  Works every time for us!  LOL!  I feel so relieved that my house is cleaned, Grayson's nursery is ready, grocery shopping is done, I have hospital bags packed and ready for me, Grayson, Kellen and Evan, we got a new car seat for Kellen and have installed both Kellen and Grayson's, I got all my catch up work done at work, WE ARE READY!  Now Grayson just has to come!  And I think he will very soon! I dropped on Wednesday!!!  I could barely walk, my pelvis felt like it was hit with a hammer!  But I could breathe again! Everyone at work noticed that I had dropped and no one can believe that I am still there working up until I go into labor.  I've been nesting a lot lately.  Now that all the big chores are done, I am getting picky.  Today, we went grocery shopping, picked up a few last minute items, I washed the cupboards, organized the pantries, cleaned out the fridge, did some "staging" work to sell our house and I scrubbed the bathroom from top to bottom.  I want to smell bleach in my house!  At my last appointment I was told that I am 1 cm dilated and 50% effaced!  That makes me very happy!  I didn't dilate at all with Kellen even after my water broke.  So, I was manually dilated.  That was the worst pain...besides the ring of fire...that hurt pretty bad too.  LOL.  We really are getting close!  My next appointment is on Wednesday, the 28th, if I make it that far!  I thought that I would have him on Monday, June 25th.  See, when I was pregnant with Kellen my due date was Novemeber 14, but he came on October 25.  This time my due date is July 14, so I figured he might come on June 25th...weird reasoning, but what can I say.  Today I feel fine, just an extremely itchy belly!  Evan thinks that he is going to stay put for a while.  That he is so comfy in there and is scared to come out and meet his monster brother!  LOL!  Ev predicts Grayson will come on July 5th...which just happens to be his birthday.  HAHA!  That would actually be perfect because when I told Evan that I tested positive I literately said, "I have an early birthday present for you!" and handed him the test.  And, my original due date was July 5.  I will be happy whenever he decides to come.  As long as he comes out just as perfect as his brother did.  But I REALLY can't wait to meet him.  Not because I am uncomfortable or because its hot, but because I just want to feel him, see all of him, smell him and to experience birthing him.  That is the most amazing experience and I really can't wait to go through all the excitement, the pain (yes, I know how weird I am), the love, the joy, the tears...I want to hold him with my arms!

Here are some pictures of Grayson's nursery, which turned out so cute!  Everything except the paintings on each side of the window was hand made.  And, once Grayson shows signs of coming my best friend, Stacey, will be bringing a few things that she made too.  :)

Father's Day was nice.  We didn't do a whole lot, not sure why, I guess because I am not able to get around a lot and I was cramping off and on all day long, and it was rainy.  But Kellen and I made Evan a card and gave him a fishing set.  He's been wanting to take up fishing, so that's what we got him!  Evan installed Kellen's new car seat too, so we took a Sunday drive.  Evan is a great dad.  I always knew that he would be, but its great seeing it happening.  Evan, you are wonderful with our son and you make him happy, healthy and strong. I admire your patience, guidance, and attentiveness with him and your loving caring soul. You are setting a great example for him and that makes me smile! And thank you for letting me relax on your special day. :) Love you!  He really cleaned the house on Father's day.  I could barely get around, so he made me sit down and relax while he did a ton of house work and chores.  What dad cleans the house on Father's day?!?!?

I've slacked in the belly growth department, so here are some picture to show how big Grayson is getting!

34 Weeks:

36 Weeks:

37 Weeks:

Sunday, June 3, 2012

34 Weeks and a Video of Grayson

I thought it would be fun to share a video of Grayson bouncing around like crazy!  So, at 34 weeks here is the movement that I get to see on a daily basis!

How far along? 34 weeks  and one day

Size of Baby: At this point he could be anywhere between 18-20 inches and weigh about 5 pounds. 

Sleep:Not too bad, I still get up about every hour, but I usually fall right back to sleep.  For some reason though, I can't sleep past 7:30-8:00.

Best moment this week: My shower was yesterday!  I promise I will share pics soon!  It was really sweet though!

Movement: He is still moving, but not as much.  I feel him throughout the day, but the movements are a little different, I can tell he is big!
Food cravings:  M&Ms, popsicles, watermelon.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope!

Pregnancy Brain Moment: Ok, this is embarrassing.  The other day my boss got to work before me and turned on the lights.  When I got to work I noticed that one of the lights wasn't on.  I assumed that it was broke.  I called facilities and they came to fix it....but it wasn't broke, I just hadn't turned the light switch on... :/

Name Game: YES!  Grayson!  You can read the blog posting about how we chose that name, NAMING GRAYSON

Labor Signs: If I am on my feet too long I start to get a sharp pain down low and I've started feeling braxton hicks again.

Symptoms:  The relaxin hormone is back, so I am feeling that achy feeling "down there"...

Belly Button in or out? It is officially out!

Wedding rings on or off? On

What I've done this week to prepare for Baby Martz: I washed more clothes (size 0-3months), Evan put the crib up (now I just need a mattress for it) and I am organizing his room.

Happy or Moody most of the time?  I am still overwhelmed and stressed out.  I just feel like there is so much to do and I am just having a hard time getting it done.

Looking forward to:The day where I have enough energy to get my ENTIRE house clean!  I hate that I can only do a couple rooms at a time and by the time I am ready to do more, the rooms I have already cleaned are messed up again!

What baby Gray is up to this week:
Your baby is clocking in at five pounds and could be as tall as 20 inches by now, and the vernix (the white coating protecting your baby’s skin) is getting thicker. This week, a boy's testicles start making their way down from his abdomen to their final destination: his scrotum (look out below!). While about three to four percent of boys are born with undescended testicles, it's nothing to worry about — they usually head downtown before junior turns a year old. In other baby-related developments, those tiny fingernails have probably reached the tips of his fingers by now — and getting ready for that first postpartum manicure.