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Sunday, May 29, 2016

Weeks 37/38: Feeling like a fairy in a very pregnant way.

Fancy week 37 picture: I felt a little like a fairy!

I have to stop and tell you about the wonderful photographer that took my maternity pictures. Her name is Hannah Quintana and she is spectacular in every sense of the word. She is a lifestyle photographer and shoots pictures here in Los Angeles, but also travels for her clients. I loved working with her, she put up with all my preggo hormones and is extremely flexible. I never felt like we were rushed throughout the shoot, and she really made me feel beautiful, even though I really felt like I was posing about in a fat suit. 

If you are in the market for any photography needs in the LA area, she's an excellent choice and I cannot tell you how amazing she is. 

Plus, she is an Air Force Veteran and now a fellow military spouse. Seriously, what is not to love about her?! I'm just glad she made her fabulous talent of being a photographer, a full time career!

When you hit the 9th month, you really start thinking of different ways to serve the eviction notice. 

Things to help induce labor that i've read: 
  • Continue to be active... I walk my Greta dog twice a day for about an hour collectively. 
  • Sitting on a yoga ball, I've purchased one. 
  • Eating pineapple... I have read that many women eating pineapple and then going into labor? What is in the pineapple, where this works? I might start eating pineapple next week. 
  • Of course eating spicy food, I have been eating this my entire pregnancy, don't know how true this is. I know it's supposed to release prostaglandins to help labor start. 
  • Yoga poses like Cat/Cow. I have already been doing this for the past couple of weeks, if anything it really helps your lower back that is probably already shot at this point. 
  • Evening Primrose oil ingesting orally. Haven't tried it, but I know with the abundance of hippie stores here, I can find it. 
  • Red Raspberry leaf tea. I actually will try to start drinking this next week. This stuff tones your uterus and helps with the starting of contractions. A lot of women swear by it. 
  • FOOT MASSAGE and really just massage in general. I'm doing this STAT. 
  • Ahem... Doing the Deed. 
  • Nipple stimulation... I actually read that women will start using their breast pump and cause them to go into labor. I don't think i'm crazy enough to try this yet. 
Moms: Anything you swear by?! I'm always so interested to know how people go into labor naturally! 

Week 38: 

I'm convinced this child is just going to burrow into my uterus and never come out. 

I had been having on and off contractions for the past week and let me tell you, there were sometimes when I actually thought this was it. 


I did go to the doctor and she told me I was 2 cm dilated and 60% effaced. UGHHHHHH! 

Well let's just say false contractions don't do a thing for you!

Things i'm tired of people telling me and that I will never tell a preggo ever again: 
  • She will come when she wants/ready. duh. If one more person tells me this, i'm going to lose it. 
  • Maybe you should walk more. Maybe you shut the hell up. I know this. When I walk it feels like a bowling ball is between my legs, it's so uncomfortable. 
These are all mom problems and I should really stop complaining. I'm really glad that Allie is healthy and still thriving, there are so many moms out there that wish they had this situation.

I just really want to love this girl on the outside!


Aversions: Hahaha. I'm eating everything these days. 

Sleep: Still sleeping like a pro, getting in my usual 11 hours. I know how important this is and i'm soaking it all up!

One perk of Allie not making an early appearance, hanging out with this guy! 

Dan has been one of my best friends since I can't even remember when. He made the time to come out and see me and I couldn't be more thrilled. 

They say if you are friends with someone for 7 years, you'll be friends for life. 

I know this will always be true for us. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Week 35/36: I feel like I've been hit by a mack truck.

It's totally and completely true.

Up until now i've really felt fine. For the most part I could still get out of bed without too much trouble, I could tie my shoes and **gasp** shave my legs.

Now. I feel like my body is revolting.

I have also had dreams where I was actually pregnant with a cat. This is way too perfect:

I am so irrational these days. Poor Matt. He's such a trooper. 

I will tell you right now, I can see why women in the third trimester are just ready to pop, I constantly sleep in a weird position, my cats won't leave me alone and I really would just love to meet my girl. 
I really can't wait to see what she looks like. I had a dream the other night that I gave birth and she didn't have a face. 

I started getting a book list together of things I'd like to read now that I have the time. So I started reading the Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. BIG MISTAKE. 

This book is about living life through the perspective of a dog. You're probably thinking it's not that bad.. Well let me tell you this dog is dying, and my goodness I can't get past the first chapter. 

Why am i so emotional? I literally cried for 30 minutes after reading half the chapter and cuddled my dog afterwards. 

Week 35 was lame, so I put Weeks 35 and 36 together. 

Week 36: 

Well it finally happened. I sneezed and well let's just say sometimes a little bit of pee happens. I realized it didn't matter how many kegel exercises I did, some times you just don't have control, which absolutely freaks me out for the next couple of weeks. 

I continue to feel like my body hates me. We had a childbirthing class this last week, and I obviously brain dumped all the stuff I learned in L and D, so learning this stuff over again was cool, until I realized that I will have to deliver this child at some point. 

So my wonderful Labor coach, Matt, will be guiding me through this labor. I'm actually extremely confident he will be amazing. He was so supportive through the breathing exercises in class and now that he has been schooled with 8 hours of wonderful information I know he has some sort of idea what will happen. 

I'm so lucky to have him. 

I went to my 36 week doctor's appointment and my doctor told me that she didn't think i'd make it to my due date.. I always thought the first baby would take foreverrrrrr to get here. I know how important it is for the baby to get to at least 39 weeks, but secretly I just want her here now, so that made me really excited. 

Preggo thoughts: 

  • I have felt contractions weak ones and a little stronger ones, nothing consistent.. 
  • I'm hungry all the time. 
  • I feel like i'm walking around in a fat suit, not because I think i'm fat by any means... just the fact that I feel like i'm so bloated. I'm convinced I'll never drink enough water to get rid of the bloat. 
  • My feet are swollen. It doesn't matter if I walk around or not, they stay swollen. I guess thats just the ninth month curse. 
  • My bag is finally packed. FINALLY. 
  • Did you know it's recommended to get the TDAP shot with each pregnancy to pass on antibodies to the baby? Nifty. 
  • My doctor told me my feet could possibly grow after pregnancy and stay that way after. UGH. I'm already at a 9.5/10. So I guess I should just purchase ski's after this? 
  • I came up with a birth plan. It's not too incredibly detailed, I don't want to catch my baby or anything, but I feel better now there's a guide. 

Cravings: Anything and everything sweet. 

Aversions: fish. Smelling fish. Being around fish. Thinking about fish. Ew. 

Sleep: My body must be getting me ready for never sleeping again. I get up to pee at 4am. I have trouble going back to sleep and just sit and stew when I see Matt sleeping peacefully. 

I hope y'all are amazing, until next week!