The Third Trimester: Weeks 27-30

Last week I became an aunt!!!!!!!!!!!!! <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3

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Liam Gregory

Born February 20th, 2015

6 lbs. 12 oz., 20.5 inches long

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Be still my heart. I am so in love with this little guy that I’m a bit worried how my heart will be able to handle the arrival of our little girl in just 2 months<3

Weeks 27-30 Recap

Yesterday marked 31 weeks–holy cow! Only 9 more weeks to go! How am I feeling? BEYOND EXCITED. I cannot wait to meet our little girl:-)

The Bump Progression:

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Baby Movement: Baby girl is very active, especially after meals and at night. I also feel her little hiccups quite often which I think is super cute:) I love having her with me at all times and it’s bittersweet that in 2 months I will be able to finally hold her in my arms, however she will never again be with me at every moment like she is now.

Morning Sickness: For the most part I am nausea-free (hooray!) but it still creeps up every now and then, especially when I’m tired. However, after 25 weeks of constant queasiness, I can handle a little here and there–no sweat!

Sleep: Justin bought me a Snoogle for Christmas, but I had tried it out one night soon after I got it, and I could not get comfortable so I shelved it until I really needed it. Around week 26 I noticed that I could no longer sleep comfortably in my usual half side/half stomach position, so it was time to give the Snoogle another chance. It took a few nights to get used to/figure it out, and now I am LOVING it! No pregnancy-induced insomnia here:-)

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Cravings: I still require orange juice nightly before bed, I adore strawberry Greek yogurt with almonds, and recently I have had a strong hankering for Rainbow Chip cake & frosting…only to find out that Rainbow Chip frosting has been discontinued!!??? What is this insanity??

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Aversions: While I no longer have any strong aversions, many foods just don’t sound particularly appealing–it takes a lot longer for me to figure out groceries for the week, which for someone who struggles with indecisiveness to begin with, this is quite an added annoyance.

Weight Gain: At my last appointment at 30.5 weeks, I had reached the 20 lb. mark!

Stuffy Nose: My sinuses have definitely been awry throughout my pregnancy, but have been worse since catching a cold last month that refuses to leave and has slowly turned into a sinus infection.

Workouts: I’m still able to do some kind of workout most days of the week, however, I noticed this past week that things are definitely getting harder and I’m starting to slow down quite a bit. I just don’t have the same mobility/flexibility now that my belly is so much bigger, and some days it feels like my feet are moving through mud when I’m trying to do cardio. At Zumba on Tuesday I realized that this body just can’t move and groove like it used to–body rolling and twerking is pretty awkward at 30 weeks pregnant;)

Aches & Pains: No complaints here! I’ve been very fortunate to have been pretty comfortable throughout the pregnancy so far (besides the morning sickness). Starting a few weeks ago, I will sometimes get a side cramp when walking or jogging on the treadmill that kind of feels like the cramp you get if you exercise right after eating. There was also one incident where I woke up in the middle of the night with an excruciating charlie horse in the back of my leg, but luckily that hasn’t happened since (and I’m hoping it stays that way!) I think staying active and visiting my chiropractor/acupuncturist regularly has maybe helped?

Other Symptoms: 

  • My right palm is always itchy for some reason
  • I recently noticed I have peach fuzz all over my belly, but on the bright side no stretch marks so far! Let’s keep it that way, mmkay?
  • I can’t comfortably go up on my tippy toes without feeling as if a charlie horse is coming on
  • Energy levels are still pretty good during the day, however it’s a lot harder for me to get out of bed in the morning and I feel ready to go to bed by 7:30 most weeknights
  • I’m always thirsty
  • Very dry skin–I often have cracked, bleeding knuckles from having to wash my hands often at work due to being around germ-wrangling kids all day
  • I feel like I’ve been in a pretty good, even-keel mood these past 7 months–no major emotional outbursts, although I felt like I was on an emotional rollercoaster the day my nephew was born: I felt terribly sad that I couldn’t be there when he arrived but so incredibly, overwhelmingly happy and excited for him to enter the world

9 more weeks to go!

<3 VKG

The Second Trimester: Weeks 21-25

Today marks my 29th week, but let’s back up a bit to weeks 21-25!

The Bump Progression

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Weekly Highlights

Week 21: As you can see, I was still wearing my nausea wristbands. On the plus side, I was finally starting to show more.

Week 22: This was when my bump first appeared noticeable from the front! (I also noticed that this dress kind of resembles a killer whale). During this week we also had a follow-up ultrasound to the one I had at 18 weeks. The reason for the follow-up was because they didn’t have clear enough images of the baby’s heart from the previous ultrasound, and also a choroid plexus cyst was spotted on her little brain–something the nurse assured me was very common but of course I still freaked out a bit:) Anyway, at the follow-up they were able to get all the images they needed and the doctor said everything looked great, AND that the cyst had disappeared–HOORAY!:-):-):-)

During my 22nd week we also had my sister’s baby shower. She is 9 weeks ahead of me, so she was 31 weeks at the time (we’re currently waiting for my sweet little nephew to arrive any day now and I can barely contain my excitement!!) Whew, this is a big year for me–not only am I going to be a first-time aunt, but also a first-time mom just a few months later:-)

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Week 23: It was back to work after a nice, relaxing winter break and it definitely took some adjusting back to waking up super early. Hey, I’ve been enjoying being able to sleep in while I still can;)

Week 24: The baby started becoming VERY active around this week, which I absolutely loved! Feeling her jumping and jiving all the livelong day really makes it so much more real that I am actually growing a baby in my belly:-)

Week 25: Could it be?? Has the constant nausea FINALLY passed at long last?? This was an exciting week because I realized I was not needing to wear my wristbands anymore and that most of the time I was nausea-free! While it still creeps up occasionally, it is no longer an all-day, all-night thing and it is glorious!

Stay tuned for weeks 26-28 very soon!

<3 VKG

The Second Trimester: Weeks 18-20

Yesterday I had my 22 week doctor’s appointment, plus a follow-up ultrasound to the one I got at 18.5 weeks. The reason for the follow-up was because due to the baby’s positioning during the previous ultrasound, they were unable to get clear pictures of her heart. However, we did manage to get some extremely cute ones:

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I can’t get over her adorable little profile with that tiny little nose:)

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Future Olympic distance runner?

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Oh hey, mom and dad!

Another reason for the follow-up yesterday was because a choroid plexus cyst was spotted on the baby’s brain during the initial ultrasound, which they assured me was very common and nothing to worry about…easier said than done, right?? However, after a little research and taking into account that they didn’t schedule the follow-up until 5 weeks later (I figured if it was something serious they would have me come back right away) helped assure me that everything was most likely okay. And guess what? It is!! After the ultrasound yesterday, the cyst had disappeared (which they usually do) and everything else looked great! :-)

Now let’s rewind a bit to weeks 18-20…

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Week 18 was exciting because that’s when we found out we are having a baby girl!

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We had the ultrasound on a Thursday and had the technician put the gender pic in an envelope which I dropped off at a bakery on my way home (I had to take it because I didn’t trust Justin not to peek!). The next day Justin picked up the cupcakes and we had my parents and sister over for dinner that night, followed by an extra special dessert.

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We Skyped with my brother and my sister and her husband so they could join in on the big reveal!

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It was a little anticlimactic because Justin saw a pink dot on the bottom of the cupcake when he removed it from the wrapper, and then I saw the little pink dot on the wrapper–it was still one of the most exciting moments of my life!!! For some reason, I was really thinking the baby was a boy that week leading up to the reveal, so it felt like a big surprise! It was like Christmas morning as a kid again, x a billion:)

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Needless to say, week 18 was pretty great:)

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It was during week 19 when I woke up one morning to discover that suddenly my pants didn’t fit. Hair-tie trick to the rescue!! I am also discovering that leggings=the best thing ever when you’re pregnant.

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And of course, hitting the 20-week mark was very special to me because it meant I was officially halfway to meeting our baby girl:) While I won’t lie and say that it flew by (constant nausea has a way of slowing down time;), I still can’t believe that I’m already to this point, and I also can’t believe that it’s possible to get even more excited for her arrival every single day.

Oh, and week 20 brought about my first encounter with maternity pants. “Embrace the elastic” proclaimed one of my co-workers, so embrace I did and bought a pair of maternity corduroys from Loft. My question is, why aren’t regular pants this comfortable?! It may be hard transitioning back…

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Other Pregnancy Updates

Cravings: Kalamata olives and orange juice are still the two big ones. I absolutely have to drink a glass of orange juice every night after dinner for some reason.

Aversions: Thankfully my dog-nose has calmed down a bit and I no longer gag at the everyday smells of the world around me, and that also means my food aversions are not as strong as they were. I still don’t care for sweets (although I do eat them occasionally, I just don’t really enjoy them), also garlic and onions.

Sleep: Still going A-OK! I go to bed earlier and naturally wake up earlier than I used to, which isn’t a bad thing! I’m hoping this continues and that I don’t have to deal with the pregnancy insomnia I have heard about…

Nausea: Still always have it to some degree, but much, much, more bearable than it was earlier on in the pregnancy.

Body: Most days I feel really good, but there are some days where I feel heavy and sluggish–I guess a little preview of what’s to come in the 3rd tri:) Some other body “issues” include: some itchiness here and there, stuffy nose, frequent need to pee (and becomes unbearable if I try to ignore it–especially when I’m walking Buddy at the park where the bathrooms have been shut down for the winter:-/), higher body temp than usual, extreme chapped lips, and the girls continue to grow each week it seems.

Workouts: Going really well! I am able to get in some form of workout 5-6 days per week. Favorites include: run/walk intervals on the treadmill, BodyPump, Jillian Michaels Ripped in 30, Zumba, and of course taking Bud for walks. Still have yet to practice yoga during this pregnancy…going on my to-do list as we speak!

Be back soon with a recap of the next few weeks!

<3 VKG

The Second Trimester: Weeks 15-17

I am now be-boppin along at 18.1 weeks, but let’s take a look at the last 3 weeks, shall we?

The Bump

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As you can see, while there isn’t yet a pronounced bump, there is definitely some thickening of the middle and it’s beginning to stick out. However, right now it kind of just looks like I’ve been thoroughly enjoying the holidays so far;)

Cravings/Foods I’m Loving

  • Two words: Kalamata olives

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  • Salad with Italian dressing
  • Frozen raspberries

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  • Chinese takeout–this craving was fulfilled on Friday night and was sadly a disappointment. We decided to try a new-to-us Chinese restaurant that gets pretty good reviews on Yelp, however, after waiting almost an HOUR & 20 MINUTES for takeout, the food was mediocre at best.
  • Oranges, clementines, and orange juice
  • Fresh veggies
  • Potatoes
  • Shrimp and scallops

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Birthday dinner at Sidney Street Cafe (same exact thing I got when we went for our anniversary this summer, because why mess with a good thing?)

  • Plain Greek yogurt

Aversions

  • Onions, garlic, pepper
  • Italian food–while I still enjoy (bland) pasta every now and then, I don’t like it as much as I used to and at times the thought of it disgusts me (I also seem to be even more sensitive to gluten right now)
  • Bananas–I used to eat at least one banana a day but now I can only stand them in my smoothies since their taste is mostly masked by the other ingredients
  • Water–I just don’t enjoy drinking water which is a MAJOR change for me, I’m used to guzzling at least 2 big mason jars of water with dinner and now I can only manage little sips here and there
  • Soup–the smell of it alone grosses me out and I can’t stand how soup tends to stank up the whole house (and it still smells the next morning, blech)

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  • Still don’t enjoy chocolate 😢

Body

  • Weight Gain: At my 17 week appointment last week my doctor said I’ve gained 5 lbs so far (however, my first appointment was at week 9 and I’m not exactly sure what my pre-pregnancy weight was, but I suspect I’ve gained a little more than 5 lbs since before I was pregnant)
  • Morning Sickness: While I still always have some degree of nausea (especially in the afternoon/evening and when I’m tired), it has slowly (repeat: slowly) decreased over the last few weeks. I am hoping this trend continues!
  • Nose issues: My nose is always stuffed up (supposedly due to increased blood volume) but yet I still have that preg-induced canine sense of smell and can’t stand the smell of most fragrances
  • Itchiness: I’m always itchy, maybe due to my skin stretching?
  • Energy: My energy levels are definitely better now than during the first  trimester, but I still prefer to be in bed by 9pm:)
  • Boobs: Continue to grow (luckily I found some awesome new bras!) but not as sore as the first trimester–hooray!
  • Weird tingling in feet: I keep getting this weird sensation that feels like someone is violently sticking needles into the sole of my foot for a few seconds and then it disappears as suddenly as it started (happens in both feet but never at the same time)
  • Breathlessness: Not as bad as the first trimester but I still feel out of breath a lot, especially when I’m teaching

Workouts

I finally was able to go back to the gym during week 16! Reunited and it feels so good:)

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I took my beloved Zumba, BodyCombat, and BodyPump that week and I cannot tell you how unbelievably awesome it felt to workout with real, live people again! There’s just something about group fitness that’s so uplifting and motivating–I’m so stinking happy to be back.

Looking forward to seeing what week 18 brings, but most of all I’m looking forward to finding out in just 5 days…

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I am just beside myself with excitement and anticipation–I can’t wait to share the news!!

<3 VKG

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As mentioned in my previous post, the girls have undergone some, ahem, changes since becoming pregnant.

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13 weeks

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(P.S. I’m 17.5 weeks now and they just continue to grow, where they stop nobody knows…but I’m kinda hoping it is sooner rather than later.)

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About a month ago, my current bras (all 2 of them–give me a break, it’s hard for me to find bras I like, and my favorite bra from Bali was discontinued 2 years ago(plus bra shopping is the worst)) became too small and very uncomfortable. When I would take them off at the end of a long work day to change into one of my “at home bras” my boobs would be extremely sore from being smashed into a too small bra all day…not a pleasant feeling. I knew I would soon have to endure the dreaded bra shopping experience, but then one fateful day…

Enter True & Co.

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One day while mindlessly scrolling through my Facebook newsfeed (as one inevitably does, damn you, FB), I came across an ad that one of my friends had “liked” for True&Co, a company claiming that after answering a few simple questions they can find the right bra for you. Not only that, but you could pick up to 5 recommended bras for them to ship to you for free, try on at home, keep what works, and return what doesn’t within 5 days no charge.

Sounded too good to be true, especially since I’m EXTREMELY picky when it comes to bras, but since “true” is actually the name of the company, I decided to give it a try. After answering the survey questions, they recommended a variety of bras based on my unique shape which according to them is known as “vermillion”, whatever that means.

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The bras they recommended were actual a cup size bigger (same band size) than my current bras, which I thought was probably accurate considering my cups runneth over in my current bras. I had no problem choosing five styles that I liked, and three days later my bra box arrived:

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I was excited and nervous to try them on. Excited at the prospect of having found a way to avoid bra shopping at the mall indefinitely, and nervous that it would be a total bust (no pun intended) and I would have to muddle through traditional bra shopping after all.

The verdict?

I’m a believer! I ended up really liking three out of the five, and ultimately decided to keep two–major score in my book. Plus, the total for the two bras was $65, so about $30 per bra–not too shabby!

This Made of Stars bra is my  new everyday bra that I wear to work and when I go out. I bought it in a charcoal color and will probably eventually buy the black too.
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The Unlined Triangle bra is my new “at home” bra which isn’t necessarily that attractive (although it is more attractive than some of my current at home only bras;) but it is definitely comfortable!image

I have been wearing my new bras exclusively ever since, and my boobs no longer feel like they are going to fall off or spontaneously combust by the end of the day. Plus, for the first time in my life I’m actually excited about bra shopping! If you are in a similar situation where your current bras are uncomfortable, or you just really loathe bra shopping at the mall like I do, I HIGHLY recommend giving True&Co a try!

<3 VKG