Nineteen weeks and we are almost half-way there! I look forward to writing these posts more than any of my other ones… I could talk pregnancy all day with you if you don’t mind. I just find it all so interesting and of course it consumes my brain. The thing I love most about this part of the blog is hearing your experiences and having your amazing advice. I appreciate it so incredibly much.
*I’m at the point where I spill at least once a day on my chest or stomach while I eat. Just expect my clothes to always look like this.
*When my sister was doing my makeup she noticed all of those little white hairs that we have on our faces (or that I do?!?) have gotten a lot longer… she said the same thing happens to her when she is pregnant. She took care of them for me (THANKS SIS… you saved me again)!
*Fruit. Bowls like this are complete magic to me. If I see something like this then I don’t leave it’s side until I have had as much fruit as possible.
*I miss loving dessert:) It used to be such a big part of my life but this is probably really good for me and the baby ha!
*Sweet potato fries have sounded really good this week. I don’t know if I would call them a craving or not but I’ve wanted them often. We just make them at home. Also, I thought this was appropriate since the baby was the size of a sweet potato last week:)
*I felt morning sickness on Sunday again. It only lasted for the day (hallelujah) but it was a nice reminder of how hard those first few months were (if you are there right now, I hope you start feeling better asap)!
*I’m tired again this week which is a strange thing because I feel so tired but from 2-4 a.m. I am wide awake.
*I still love hot dogs, cottage cheese, grapes, peaches, enchiladas (extra sour cream please) and eating 12 meals a day.
*The internet (most reliable source ever) told us that you could hear the baby’s heartbeat with a stethoscope at this point… we haven’t been able to hear it yet but as soon as we do I’ll probably carry around Andrew’s stethoscope with me everywhere I go.
*42 miles of running last week and not enough strength training. My sister is big on doing strength training (the safe exercises) while pregnant because it helps her so much with delivery and recovery… I need her to call me each day and remind me of that. Running is feeling great still (tiring, but great for being 19 weeks pregnant) and I thought for sure I would need a belly band by now but I haven’t yet. I’m sure that time will come soon!
Let’s talk about the actual birth today. We are still 21 weeks away from that time but I’m clearly really looking forward to meeting her and so her birth is always on my mind! With Brooke I had NO idea what I was doing. I didn’t really prepare that much for her birth because I kind of wanted to go into it naive and have my own experience with everything. I loved doing it that way (for me) for my first baby but it is also so nice to know a bit more about what to expect this time around.
Brooke came to me almost two weeks early! If you were a reader back then you probably remember that it was quite an interesting time! I got off the plane (my doctor said I was more than okay to take the flight to California because he thought I would go over my due date) and the contractions followed very shortly after. I think all of the stress of life is what put me into labor. I was staying with people that I had never met before until my apartment was ready (they were the best), I had never met my doctor and all of my stuff was packed in the pod. I think Brooke knew I was missing my family like crazy because of moving and she came to me early to be with me:)
I went to a local hospital the morning of 8/15 after being awake all night with contractions. I requested an epidural first thing because I was tired! They told me that they didn’t do those until I was at a 7 cm dilated. I moved really slow and finally I reached 7 cm and I was more than ready for a break! Once I had the epidural I fell asleep (which they woke me up because they didn’t want me to move even slower). I would look at the computer screen and be amazed at the huge contractions that were happening and I didn’t feel a thing with the epidural. I also was very nervous about the needle that came with the epidural but it wasn’t bad at all. Once they told me to push I definitely felt a lot of pressure but no pain. It was harder to push just because I couldn’t really feel anything and didn’t know what I was supposed to be doing but overall I had a great experience PERSONALLY with an epidural. I also felt like I recovered pretty well afterwards and was probably too active too quickly after having Brooke. One thing I’ll be changing this time with our little girl will be I am going to be staying at the hospital for 2 nights, not just 1 like I did with Brooke. I’m going to truly take time afterwards so much easier (I’m also not going to be moving into a new apartment and obsessed with getting back in shape like I was before… that deserves a whole other blog post). So the plan for December is that I will be getting another epidural! I would LOVE to hear your experiences and what has worked for YOU!! I find this all so interesting.
PS this is one of my favorite pictures ever with Brooke, she was just 16 hours old:)
Moms reading… what were YOUR experiences with the birth(s) of your little ones? Did you do it natural or did you have an epidural! I really want to know how everything worked for you!! Share your stories!
Moms that ran during pregnancy… when did you start wearing a belly band, if you did wear one?