My Pregnancy Journey: Weeks 36 & 37

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Mommy Update:
Man oh man! I just cannot shake this cold. I got sick around 36 weeks and just can’t get rid of this awful thing. Runny nose, (TMI Warning) green snot, headaches, and overall just feeling like crap. It is SOOOO bad at night. At 36 weeks, my doctor prescribed me sleeping pills because I, to say it bluntly, looked like crap. I hadn’t been sleeping well and woke up multiple times during the night. I was just starting to get my cold; I thought it was allergies. I took those -sleeping pills- for a few nights and found that they helped me go to sleep and fall back asleep after I woke up, but they didn’t KEEP me alseep. I still woke up. I ditched those because who wants to be taking medication while pregnant anyways? Well, my sleep is even worse now. Who knows if it was that short time of taking those sleeping pills or if it’s just coincidence. Either way, I have crappy sleep EVERY night. Honestly, I am afraid of this baby coming because I DO NOT have the energy for labor and delivery.

Recently, my sickness has gotten worse. Tired all day from the lack of sleep, not being able to fall asleep when it’s bedtime (most times until 1 am), waking up uncomfortable or needing to pee, sore joints and body aches, stuffed up nose, feeling anxious because of the stuffed nose, sore throat because of the mouth breathing, and an annoyed husband. I’m hot then I’m cold. Bedtime is HELL!

Oh, and guess what?!?! My lovely wisdom tooth decided now is an opportune time to finish coming in. It came in partially earlier in the pregnancy and then stopped. Now it wants to finish what it started. All I can say is that it is the most painful thing I have experienced in a long time. The whole right side of my face hurts and Tylenol rarely does anything. I try to only take it once a day and when I cannot stand the pain. Last night I caved in at 1 in the morning and took it because I felt horrible.

The cherry on the top is the fact that my husband has no sympathy for pregnant women or me being sick. But all you ladies know that when your husbands have colds, it’s the end of the world. (HaHa). Shh, pretend I didn’t say all that. He may read this. 😉 Anyways, sometimes I just want to be taken care of and hugged.

Baby Update:

Luke is finally head-down! YIPPEE. At my 36 week appointment they busted out the U/S machine and checked. I knew he turned. Hopefully he stays down because I would love to avoid major surgery and the risks that come along with it (baby and mommy alike).

 

How far along? 37 weeks

Total weight gain: 29 pounds still. I had gained one pound at 36 weeks and lost it by 37 weeks.

Maternity clothes? yep

Stretch marks? My lovely star formation of stretch marks around my belly button.

Sleep: HA. What’s that. No, but really…. 😦

Best moment this week: Okay, let’s look at the positives instead of me wanting to feel better and pop this baby out. Justin and my dad put up the window blinds (thanks Mom & Martin for buying them for us) in Luke’s room and started the crown molding. That room is so uneven that putting up the crown molding is a pain in the pattootie!

Luke now has a baby monitor in his room thanks to Auntie Marianne. She purchased an extra camera so I can just flip through the channels on my old monitor to see Luke and Austin’s room. I really like this baby monitoring system. I highly recommend it. Night vision & sound. My version doesn’t have color though.

 

Miss Anything? sleep! and my health

Movement: He is moving a lot.

Food cravings: Nope.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope.

Gender: Bundle of B-O-Y

Labor Signs: I think my belly dropped. He feels very low. Still getting Braxton Hicks contractions as well.

Symptoms: fatigue, joint pain … I am over being pregnant. I want to feel normal again and not uncomfortable all the time.

Belly Button in or out? outie. It comes out even more when I cough.

Wedding rings on or off? Off.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Miserable.

Looking forward to: The baby coming. 🙂 Speaking of which, I need to pack my HOSPITAL BAG!

… but right now I will nap because that is what Austin is doing and my headache is creeping in.

My Pregnancy Journey: Weeks 36 & 37

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Mommy Update:
Man oh man! I just cannot shake this cold. I got sick around 36 weeks and just can’t get rid of this awful thing. Runny nose, (TMI Warning) green snot, headaches, and overall just feeling like crap. It is SOOOO bad at night. At 36 weeks, my doctor prescribed me sleeping pills because I, to say it bluntly, looked like crap. I hadn’t been sleeping well and woke up multiple times during the night. I was just starting to get my cold; I thought it was allergies. I took those -sleeping pills- for a few nights and found that they helped me go to sleep and fall back asleep after I woke up, but they didn’t KEEP me alseep. I still woke up. I ditched those because who wants to be taking medication while pregnant anyways? Well, my sleep is even worse now. Who knows if it was that short time of taking those sleeping pills or if it’s just coincidence. Either way, I have crappy sleep EVERY night. Honestly, I am afraid of this baby coming because I DO NOT have the energy for labor and delivery.

Recently, my sickness has gotten worse. Tired all day from the lack of sleep, not being able to fall asleep when it’s bedtime (most times until 1 am), waking up uncomfortable or needing to pee, sore joints and body aches, stuffed up nose, feeling anxious because of the stuffed nose, sore throat because of the mouth breathing, and an annoyed husband. I’m hot then I’m cold. Bedtime is HELL!

Oh, and guess what?!?! My lovely wisdom tooth decided now is an opportune time to finish coming in. It came in partially earlier in the pregnancy and then stopped. Now it wants to finish what it started. All I can say is that it is the most painful thing I have experienced in a long time. The whole right side of my face hurts and Tylenol rarely does anything. I try to only take it once a day and when I cannot stand the pain. Last night I caved in at 1 in the morning and took it because I felt horrible.

The cherry on the top is the fact that my husband has no sympathy for pregnant women or me being sick. But all you ladies know that when your husbands have colds, it’s the end of the world. (HaHa). Shh, pretend I didn’t say all that. He may read this. 😉 Anyways, sometimes I just want to be taken care of and hugged.

Baby Update:

Luke is finally head-down! YIPPEE. At my 36 week appointment they busted out the U/S machine and checked. I knew he turned. Hopefully he stays down because I would love to avoid major surgery and the risks that come along with it (baby and mommy alike).

 

How far along? 37 weeks

Total weight gain: 29 pounds still. I had gained one pound at 36 weeks and lost it by 37 weeks.

Maternity clothes? yep

Stretch marks? My lovely star formation of stretch marks around my belly button.

Sleep: HA. What’s that. No, but really…. 😦

Best moment this week: Okay, let’s look at the positives instead of me wanting to feel better and pop this baby out. Justin and my dad put up the window blinds (thanks Mom & Martin for buying them for us) in Luke’s room and started the crown molding. That room is so uneven that putting up the crown molding is a pain in the pattootie!

Luke now has a baby monitor in his room thanks to Auntie Marianne. She purchased an extra camera so I can just flip through the channels on my old monitor to see Luke and Austin’s room. I really like this baby monitoring system. I highly recommend it. Night vision & sound. My version doesn’t have color though.

 

Miss Anything? sleep! and my health

Movement: He is moving a lot.

Food cravings: Nope.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope.

Gender: Bundle of B-O-Y

Labor Signs: I think my belly dropped. He feels very low. Still getting Braxton Hicks contractions as well.

Symptoms: fatigue, joint pain … I am over being pregnant. I want to feel normal again and not uncomfortable all the time.

Belly Button in or out? outie. It comes out even more when I cough.

Wedding rings on or off? Off.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Miserable.

Looking forward to: The baby coming. 🙂 Speaking of which, I need to pack my HOSPITAL BAG!

… but right now I will nap because that is what Austin is doing and my headache is creeping in.

My Big Boy: 18 Month Update

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Austin turned a year and a half earlier this month.  I can’t believe how much he is starting to look like a little boy and not a baby anymore.  I always look back on my iPhone at old pictures of him and want to cry.  I can’t believe how fast time flies.

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I’ve recently went to a playdate in Newport Beach with a lot of mommies and kids.  Having Austin around kids (kids?! he’s in the kid category) made me really appreciate him more.  I love how he’s so independant and willing to try anything new.  He readily goes up to other kids and asks to play (in his own little way).  He is happy playing on his own, but LOVES the company of others.

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He may have trouble listening or holding my hand sometimes, but I know his independant personality will benefit him in the long-run.

Seeing other kids frusterating their moms and acting out makes me realize that Austin isn’t the only one who rebels sometimes.  I need to remember that he is JUST a kid and is learning and growing.  We are BOTH learning.  He is learning how to be an awesome kid and I am learning how to be a great mom.

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He is actually a pretty AWESOME kid.

Austin’s Update

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(Austin’s recent ad that came out.  This photoshoot was here in San Diego for Tea Collection.  Austin was ~a year old.  He had a BLAST at the beach!  More to come soon)

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  • he loves playing in the sand and getting dirty.  He will swim in it, wreck castles (that others have built), and throw it all over himself
  • being outside is still Austin’s FAVORITE thing to do.  He loves doing just about anything as long as it is outside.  If I say “do you wanna go outside?” he will drop anything and everything and race to the door or to his shoe bin.

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  • bubbles.  I recently scored a pretty cool bubble blower at the dollar bins at Target.  He learned how to pull the trigger on his own.  Blowing bubbles is now SUPER fun.  We actually used it to cool down his food.  The fan on that thing works well.  HA

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  • water fountains and water in general
  • driving cars.  No, he is not actually driving, but he loves standing in the driver’s seat and playing with the wheel and horn.  He often throws fits if he isn’t allowed in the front seat.  He thinks every trip down to the car is for him to play in the front seat.  (Thanks Grandma and GiGi)

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  • Musical instruments!
  • playing with blocks.  Finally !  He is building things instead of destroying.  He also likes loading up his dumptruck with blocks and pushing it around the house.  Our little boy.  🙂
  • brushing his teeth (FOREVER if I woukld let him).  Unfortunately, he likes Mommy and Daddy’s tooth brush better than his own.

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  • animals (stuffed, in books, and in real life)
  • fruit pouches.  We currently are ALL OUT of fruit pouches because this kid sucks them down SO fast.

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Apparently he DOESN’T like Bert.  Ha.  Here’s Austin refusing to look at him and then running away from him while Bert is left with his feeling hurt and arms up.  It’s okay Austin, I don’t like Bert either.

New!

  • he has been saying “hmmmm” and putting his index finger to his lips.  It’s the cutest thing!
  • we are officially cloth diapering.  The only time we aren’t is if we go out for long periods of time (that requires more than 2 cloth diapers) or when he goes to bed.  We have had success in the past with CD at night, but I’d rather avoid the morning poop in the CDs.  He looks so cute in CDs
  • 2 molars magically appeared on the bottom
  • he is sleeping better and sometimes I can just leave his room without sitting on the ground for a long time
  • he has a later bedtime that seems to be working out for all of us.  It’s 8 pm now
  • he is definitely talking more and dipping into his arsenol of vocabulary
  • convorsational babble that seems to make sense to him, but is almost unintelligable to others
  • words: all done, i don’t know, yes/ya (in context and with enthusiasm), oh shoe! (sounds like ‘oh shoot!’), thank you, and i love you (possibly)

I am not going to get overly excited about him saying ‘I love you.’  I am not sure if it was what he was meaning to say.  They say 18 months is when they have a vocabulary explosion and go from 10 words to 50.  We will see when this ‘explosion’ occurs.

Meals/Eating

  • he is so picky and unpredictable now
  • still loves his carbs and fruit
  • I usually feed him what we are eating plus apple sauce or yogurt, but he just eats what he likes and hands me his plate full of the rest.  Sometimes I can coax him into taking a bite and he will like it and eat it, but if he is in a mood then FORGET IT.
  • if I think he likes something (like mandarin oranges) and go out and buy a big box of cuties, he will immediately change his mind and let the fruit rot.  UGH

I need to search through my pins on Pinterest and see what kind of fun toddler meals I can come up with.

Parenting

I go to MOPs (Mothers of Prechoolers) every other Wednesday and get to drop Austin off at the amazing daycare while I get to connect with other mommies like me.  We have brunch together, talk, do crafts, and listen to guest speakers.  The guest speakers are usually speaking about topics that relate to our families.  One month was devoted to marriage and this month was a lot about behavior management.  Our recent speaker (I forgot his name) was a child development phsychologist at SDSU.  He had some great speaking points.  He spoke about how to understand our toddler’s brain, keeping focus on what we want our child to learn, and how to encourage/reinforce behavior.

All too often, we tend to focus on the negative things our toddler does and repremand them for the bad they’ve done.  Joe (his last name illudes me), said that we need to make a shift from negative reinforcement to positive reinforcement.  Toddlers and kids need praise for what they are doing right more than they need to be “punished” for what they are doing wrong.  You’ll see a change in behavior faster if you quite the yelling and start praising.  Praise him when he brushes his teeth without whining, praise him when he treats the animals nicely, praise him when he finished his dinner, praise him for listening.  I need think back to this more often in my life.

Austin doesn’t need to be yelled at or made feel like he is doing something wrong.  Yes, some things are dangerous and he needs to know I’m serious about him stopping that action, but I need to remember that he is young and exploring the world.  He doesn’t do things to be naughty (often); he does things because he wants to know how things work and he wants to explore his surroundings.  I just need to GUIDE him in the right direction.

My goal as a parent is to stop yelling and start guiding.  If I want him to stop a bad habit, I’ll scold him once and praise him when he doesn’t do said “bad habit.”

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Austin has been pretty rough with all of our animals since I can remember.  We are constantly telling him to “be gentle,” or “don’t hit/sit on/bite/attack Sara.”  I know he doesn’t want to hurt our animals; he loves them.  He just gets excited.  I need to remember that and start praising him for petting nicely and playing well with the animals.  The more attention he gets for the good behavior, the more he will repeat it.  I hope this works out for us.  It’s mostly on my shoulders to remember the RIGHT way to guide him.

Parenting is tough, but it is a learning experience.

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Next Up: 36 Weeks Pregnant!

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My Pregnancy Journey: Week 35

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35 Weeks Pregnant! I am almost to the point where I will be attending WEEKLY OB appointments!

BABY UPDATE:

I DO NOT want to jinx it, but I can now feel Luke’s feet on my right side. This is the SAME side where his head used to reside. Does think mean he is head-down now????? I can’t be sure until I go to my next OB appointment at 36 weeks!

How far along? 35 weeks

Total weight gain: around 29 pounds

Maternity clothes? that’s a big fat yes

Stretch marks? … yes. I now have a few new stretch marks around my belly button. I have, what looks like, a sun around my belly button. HA. I also have one stretch mark that looks like the scar on Harry Potter’s forehead. SCORE. I knew my little Lukie was special. 🙂

Sleep: I wake up ALOT at night. This means I feel less rested when I wake up and don’t last all day.

Best moment this week: FINISHING decorating the nursery (pictures below).

My school also threw me and another mommy a baby shower potluck at the park today. It was sweet. I got a Target gift card that will hopefully fund some more Charlie Banana AIOs. 🙂

Additionally, I sold some of my old baby things (stuff we won’t use this time around) to a baby consignment store and scored some crib sheets for my arm’s reach co-sleeper and an Ergo infant insert.

Speaking of baby carriers… I have a beautiful Tula on the way 🙂

Miss Anything? sleep!

Movement: I can feel a lot more movement now that his feet are at my side instead of down. That also means that his little feet are steering clear of my cervix. Yippee!

Food cravings: No, but a lot of food isn’t sounding too appetizing.

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nausea has come back. Its mild, but there.

Gender: Bundle of B-O-Y

Labor Signs: A few Braxton Hicks contractions here and there.

Symptoms: heartburn, nausea, AND water retention in my joints! What the heck, I didn’t retain ANY water with Austin until a week after he was born (weird, I know). Recently, my fingers have been really stiff and it is painful to bend them. They feel like they need to be cracked.

Belly Button in or out? out.

Wedding rings on or off? Off. Especially since I am retaining water.

Happy or Moody most of the time: Emotional.

Looking forward to: A certain husband and a certain Grandpa to put up the crown molding in Luke’s room… 😉

Speaking of Luke’s room. Here are a few pictures I took:

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Here is another NEW adventure we started– CLOTH DIAPERING!

I have about 8 diapers and I am practicing with Austin. So far, it is going well. I have half All-in-Ones and half covers with inserts. I plan on buying at least 7 or 8 more. I want to have a good variety. I won’t be putting Luke in cloth diapers until he is out of newborn diapers. I am not too keen on spending extra money on newborn sized cloth diapers that won’t last long.

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Here is my current stash & my handsome little guinea pig.

Brands: Charlie Bananas, Romperoos, Thirsties, & Bummis

I want to add a few Bumgenius 4.0’s as well.

Coming up next:

A Day in the Life of an 18 Month Old

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When did my baby turn into a little boy?!