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28 Weeks

I took pictures of my 24th week, but never got around to posting them (thanks, norovirus). With the hospital stay during my 25th week, the subsequent recovery during my 26th week, and then trying to get my life back together last week, I didn't have much time to take pictures. However, I'm feeling human again, so it's time to get back into the swing of things...and that includes my weekly updates!

How far along? 28 weeks and 2 days
Total weight gain:  14 pounds.
Maternity clothes: It depends. I love my maternity pants and shorts, but I can still fit in any of my pants or skirts that have drawstrings or elastic waists. My empire waist pre-pregnancy dresses are still in heavy rotation. As for tops, I have no chose but to wear my maternity shirts because my regular tops (even the stretchy ones) aren't long enough to fit over this belly!
Sleep: It's odd--I actually feel peppier now than before I went into the hospital. So far, the third trimester is treating me well, and I no longer have to take a nap every single day.
Best moment this week: Making some serious progress on the nursery. More to come on that as we really finish up.
Miss anything? Cold sub sandwiches, buying cute new shorts for spring (the maternity shorts are just sooo boring), and having a wide range of movement. I also miss being able to buckle my sandals--Landon has to do it for me, and I feel like a three-year-old!
Movement:  Definitely, though it's changed over the last week or so. She used to give me these little jabs and punches, and I couldn't feel her moving from place to place. Now, I can feel as she slides up and down, and the kicks and punches are getting much more substantial. When she's really going, I can watch her move my stomach from side to side, which is a little unnerving.
Food cravings:  After being sick with the stomach flu and being nauseous during the recovery period, any food looks good to me right now.
Anything making you queasy or sick?  Heartburn has replaced the queasiness, so I have to take my Tums and/or Pepcid to be able to enjoy spicy foods, chocolate, tomato-based dishes, and citrus.
Gender: Girl! Her name is Britton.
Labor signs: I had a few Braxton-Hicks contractions in the hospital due to the dehydration, but other than that, no labor signs. Hopefully, Britton is happy in there and will cook for at least another ten or so weeks.

Symptoms: Heartburn, big belly, the beginnings of the pregnancy waddle
Belly button in or out? Just barely in. It looks so weird right now that the doctor in the emergency room asked me if the nurse had done some sort of procedure on it. Nope, I'm just pregnant with an indecisive belly button.
Wedding rings on or off? On. Luckily, I haven't had any issues with pregnancy swelling yet.
Happy or moody most of the time:  Happy, definitely. I feel like my moods have really evened out lately, which we're all happy about.
Looking forward to: My baby shower in April. My mom and sister found invites that match Britton's bedding, and I found a beautiful new dress to wear. So excited!

My Unexpected Tour of the Maternity Ward, Part II

Check out Part I here.

After being violently ill with a horrible stomach bug for over twelve hours and being admitted to the hospital for a day, I thought I was on my way to recovery. I'd been given massive amounts of fluids to re-hydrate me after my bout with norovirus, but my journey to wellness was nowhere in sight.

All of those fluids caused my electrolytes to get out of whack, which meant that early, early on Friday morning, my blood pressure bottomed out around 80/30. I don't remember much about that part of my hospital stay, other than I have never felt so cold, and that I was shaking so badly that I couldn't hold onto anything. 

Friday morning is mostly lost to me, which is probably a good thing based on what my husband and family have told me. The doctors and nurses were worried about Britton, but she was a champ throughout the entire process, and never showed any issues with her heart rate or fetal movement.

In an effort to get my blood pressure back up, and my electrolytes stable, I was started on magnesium and potassium drips. Those things HURT so badly going into my IV--I felt as if my entire arm was on fire. The nurses had to cut the drip dosage way down because I was in so much pain. The infusions lasted hours and hours, but I didn't care as long as my arm wasn't burning. 

Then, Saturday night, I began to get super uncomfortable--not because I was tired of being in bed, or because of the IV, but because I felt like I couldn't breathe as easily and I was having trouble moving around. My mom kept saying that I looked as if I were already full term suddenly. We figured it was because I'd lost weight throughout the entire ordeal and that my stomach looked larger as a result. Sleeping that last night in the hospital was horrid because I couldn't get comfortable and I felt so big. 

I was so happy to go home Saturday afternoon after over fifty hours in the hospital. The first thing I did when I went home was to weigh since all of the staff told me not to be alarmed if I'd lost weight. 

In reality, I had gained ten pounds since I'd last weighed on Monday. All of those electrolytes had built up in my system and caused my blood pressure to stabilize, but they hadn't gone away like they were supposed to. And the worse thing was that I continued to retain fluids that Saturday night. I cried and cried because I couldn't get comfortable no matter what I did, and all I wanted to do at that point was go to sleep in my own bed. That wasn't happening because I could hardly breathe when I laid down, so I dozed on and off sitting straight up in our papasan chair. 

It also scared me because I could barely feel Britton under all of that weight, and I didn't want something to happen to either of us this late in the game, especially considering everything else we'd been though. 

As of this morning, all of the weight is gone, and I'm definitely on the mend. I saw the doctor yesterday, and she reconfirmed that Britton and I are progressing well after our ordeal. I'm cleared for work again on Friday, and I'm excited to rejoin the land of the living as I get my strength back.

Here's to hoping that all of you stay healthy! 

My Unexpected Tour of the Maternity Ward, Part I

I've been AWOL around here lately. We're starting our fourth quarter at school, I'm trying to get motivated to finish all of the things I need to do before the baby arrives, and life just wears me out these days.

I felt bad about letting my blog languish. I'd even gotten Landon to take my pictures so I could do another weekly pregnancy update (which clearly shows my commitment to the cause).

But then last Wednesday happened. I got up, went to school and taught as usual. I was a little tired when I got home, so I laid down for about an hour before Landon got off work. He'd gotten some great news at work, so we got ready and ate at our favorite local Italian place. After dinner, we went shopping for a few things, came back to the house, and had a quiet evening.

About 8 o'clock on Wednesday, I told Landon that I didn't feel well, and that I was going to bed early. As soon as I changed into my pajamas, my stomach started cramping horribly, and just as suddenly, I had to throw up. I'm seriously allergic to shellfish, and for a moment, I wondered if I had somehow accidentally gotten some shrimp or crab in my pasta dish from that night.

But usually, when I get allergy-related food poisoning, I barf and immediately feel better. This stomach thing was brutal. For the next six hours, I continued to be violently sick, with increasingly short intervals between each bout. At 2 AM on Thursday morning, I was so exhausted I could hardly see straight, and Landon insisted that we go to the emergency room.

I figured we'd go, get some fluids pumped into me, and get sent home. Oh, how wrong I was. The ER doctor took one look at my pregnant self and immediately recommended that I be admitted to the hospital because I'd gotten ahold of the superbug norovirus that's going around. By 5:30 Thursday morning, I'd been hooked up to an IV and had been wheeled on a gurney up to labor and delivery so that the maternity ward nurses could keep a better watch on me.

When someone who's pregnant gets that dehydrated, there's always the chance of pre-term labor, and my doctor didn't want any part of that, so I was given fluids. LOTS and LOTS of fluids.

The good news? I was working on being re-hydrated.

The bad news? I had no clue what was coming.

Check out part II tomorrow...

21 Weeks

In the 19 week post, I thought I had sunk to a new low: posting a weekly update without an accompanying picture.

Oh, but one can go even lower, and forget to post for an entire week completely.

Welcome to the new low.

Oh, but all is not lost.

In the words of Harry from Dumb and Dumber, "You go and do something like this...and TOTALLY redeem yourself!"

I have 1) organized myself so that I am not posting this update on the last possible day of the week, and 2) taken pictures of myself this week. Hooray all around for me!

How far along? 21 weeks and 2 days
Total weight gain:  8 pounds. 
Maternity clothes: Pretty much all the time. Amber and I went through my closet to organize my maternity and non-maternity clothes this weekend, and I found a few things from pre-maternity that I didn't think I could wear, but can. Yay for impromptu maternity closet additions!
Sleep: Still tired all the time. If I don't get my quick afternoon nap in, I'm cross-eyed by 9 PM.
Best moment this week: Getting to see Britton on the ultrasound!
Miss anything? My waist. The ability to bend over. Not aching at the end of the day from crouching over my growing belly.
Movement:  All the time! She got super excited at dinner last night (a work function for my mom) and tonight (Five Guys with my sister). The little lady likes dinnertime!
Food cravings:  I'm back to normal this week--nothing's really jumping out at me right now.
Anything making you queasy or sick?  Please, please, please let this part of pregnancy be over. I haven't gagged or been queasy in two weeks.
Gender:  Girl! Her name is Britton.
Labor signs: Definitely not. Stay in there, Tadpole!

Symptoms: Much bigger belly, heartburn, tiredness
Belly button in or out? Still in, but it's thinking about making a run for it.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or moody most of the time:  Pretty happy, though I did get overwhelmed when I was tired the other day and kind of/ sort of messed up Landon's haircut (though he still says it looks okay). Crying ensued.
Looking forward to: Meeting baby girl! And buying more baby clothes for her. My mom, sister and I went out on Saturday to raid the sales in the local children's departments, and Britton is already one well-dressed little lady.

Girl or Boy? The Results are In! (20 Week Ultrasound)

The day has finally come!

Landon and I went to the baby doctor yesterday with our fingers crossed that Tadpole would be co-operating during the gender reveal. I even gave the baby a pep talk on the way home from work in the hopes that might increase our chances of finding out.

As soon as we got into the ultrasound room, the technician asked if we wanted to know, and we told her, "Definitely!"

She moved the ultrasound wand around for just a second, then asked, "So what do you think you're having?" Landon and I told her we'd both been having girl vibes, and the technician said, "We'll then you'd be right!"

We're having a baby girl!

We watched her squirm, kick and suck her thumb during the ultrasound. The entire experience was surreal, but amazing. Because of the way that she was sitting, the technician couldn't get all of the heart shots that she needed to get nor could she see where the umbilical cord was attached to the placenta, so I'll have to get another ultrasound in 2 weeks. While I don't want to take off more work at this point, I don't have a choice...plus, I get to see Britton again, which is always exciting!

Look at that little nose! And that's her hand up by her face.

I am so, so excited--not that I wasn't before, and not that I wouldn't have been if this baby I was carrying was a boy, but knowing for sure that the baby is a girl makes everything more real.

Welcome to the family, baby Britton!

19 Weeks

In my worst showing yet, I forgot to take a picture this week! I'm going to see if Landon will help me remember to take one today (I'll update the post if that happens); it will be slightly late, but better late than never is quickly becoming my motto.
How far along? 19 weeks and 6 days
Total weight gain:  7-8 pounds. 
Maternity clothes: It's official--I cannot wear any of my regular t-shirts anymore. I thought for sure that they'd be long enough to make it a little bit further down the road, but that's not the case. It looks like it's all maternity all the time from here on out. 
Sleep: Give me more, lots more. Even though I'm now well into the second trimester, I'm still struggling to get my energy back. Whoever said I'd feel way better during this part lied. Even blogging, which I love to do, has become a chore (sorry, blog, for forgetting about you lately!). Is it nap time yet?
Best moment this week: Seeing how tiny a newborn diaper is. I know that sounds so weird, but Landon and I enamored with this free diaper sample I got at one of the maternity stores recently. I know the baby is going to be small when s/he arrives, but that teeny weeny diaper has really put things into perspective. 
Miss anything? Sub sandwiches. I love deli meats, and I love a sub sandwich. I just want a cold Jimmy John's Italian Night Club--only 139 days left!! (Landon has already promised he'll make sure I get one ASAP after we get out of the hospital!)
Movement:  Tadpole's a mover and shaker. The most enthusiastic kicking this week was when we were at Lowe's looking at backsplash for our kitchen renovation that's in the works. Does this mean that Tadpole will be a future DIY-er?
Food cravings:  I've gotten heartburn a lot lately, so right now I'm all about eating whatever won't make it worse (which is pretty much nothing). My one request this week? Sour gummy worms. 
Anything making you queasy or sick?  We went to Publix the other day, and Landon remarked on how the liquor store in the same shopping center was still open since it was pretty late. I thought about the taste of alcohol and got so sick that I had to sit in the car and gag in the parking lot. I definitely was avoiding alcohol anyway, but I think it's crazy that I've got such an aversion to it lately!
Gender:  We find out on THURSDAY of this week!!!
Labor signs: Nope. 

Symptoms: Super heartburn supreme, constant sleepiness.
Belly button in or out? Still in.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or moody most of the time:  Happy, happy for the most part...though there have been some random crying moments.
Looking forward to: Finding out if we're having a girl or boy!

18 Weeks

The weather has been so nice in Charleston lately--hence, the shorts in January.
I've really got to get better about posting this on time (I was 18 weeks last week), but at least I'm taking the pictures, right?
How far along? 18 weeks and 6 days
Total weight gain:  6 pounds. I know I'm supposed to be gaining the weight for the baby, but it's still odd to see the scale creep up to places I've never seen before.
Maternity clothes: My normal clothes are beginning to look ridiculous on me. I have a long torso anyway, so it's tough to find pre-pregnancy clothes that are long enough to fit me. Now that I've got a bit of a belly, the majority of my old shirts are gapping at the bottom, which means I'm pretty much in all maternity all the time now. I always have to wear maternity pants or skirts, or use my belly band on the pants that button (clasps don't work with the belly band, as I found out the hard way).
Sleep: No complaints there! I hate sleeping on my side, so even though it's recommended, I'm sticking to sleeping on my back. I sleep better that way, and that's the whole point, right?
Best moment this week: Feeling Tadpole move! I was lying in bed last Tuesday when POW! I felt a kick just under my belly button. The movement was so distinctive and scared me so badly that I gasped, and scared Landon in turn! I haven't had another kick quite that surprising, but Tadpole does move now with regularity.
Miss anything? My old clothes. I look at my beautiful, full closet and know that I won't be able to wear those pants and tops for quite some time. However, I've gotten lots of cute maternity staples in the last week, so I have new clothes to ease the pain. :)
Movement:  Pretty regularly. Anytime I'm lying down or being extra still, I can usually feel Tadpole squirming around within a few minutes.
Food cravings:  I had my first sweet craving for a Cupcake cupcake this week. Landon happily obliged and I got a vanilla cupcake, my favorite.
Anything making you queasy or sick?  Smelling the food that I have to wash off on the dishes in the sink. I nearly barfed a few days ago because I had to rinse and load the dishes into the dishwasher. Landon is in charge of this for the time being.
Gender:  We'll know next week! The guessing is at half and half, with the boy sector coming in slightly ahead of the girl guesses (by maybe one person). T-minus 9 days until we find out (if Tadpole cooperates).
Labor signs: Nope.

Symptoms: Belly band usage,heartburn (boo), sleepiness.
Belly button in or out? In, though it's definitely looking thinner than it was before.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or moody most of the time:  No complaints here!
Looking forward to: Registering and finding out if we're having Britton or Gibson!