26.4.18

BUMPDATE: 31 WEEKS

Because Calvin's delivery was extremely fast, for the past couple of weeks I have had this thought in the back of my mind that we might not make it to the birthing centre this time around and should be open to a home birth. Ideally I don't want to give birth at home, but I am open to any outcome since pregnancy and labour is so unpredictable. Before even mentioning my concerns to my midwife, Wendy recommended that I take a home birthing kit, and have an in-home appointment at 37 weeks so they know where we live and be prepared for any outcome. I feel so much better having talked it over with her and Alex. I am just so grateful so have an amazing support system that help me feel calm no matter what may happen.
How far along are you? 31 weeks.

Due date: June 22nd

Sleep: It varies night to night. Not out of discomfort, I just wake up now and again, and it takes a while for me to go back to sleep.

Movement: His movement has become pretty intense lately. He was practically moving all of yesterday.

Food cravings: Had a random craving for Ikea hot dogs the other day. Luckily my midwife clinic is right by there, so we made a quick stop before my appointment.

Favourite moments: Calvin and I have been having a lot of conversations about his baby brother. They are such sweet moments that I cherish.

Happy or moody? Happy

Looking forward to: Nicer weather. We had a gorgeous day on Monday and were able to go to the park as a family. While the rest of the week has been raining and miserable. I love the neighbourhood we live in, and I am dying to get out on some family walks!

Other: I still can't get over how comfortable I am compared to last pregnancy. There are days and moments when I forget I am pregnant. Last Saturday I was a cleaning machine and may have slightly overdid it. The next day my body wasn't too happy with me, but I am so grateful at how mobile I am this time around.

19.4.18

BUMPDATE: 30 WEEKS

How far along are you? 30 weeks.

Due date: June 22nd

Sleep: I've been waking up a couple times a night again, but it hasn't been affecting my overall sleep or energy which is good. I'm still able to go about my day and not get exhausted. I also feel that the Feramax is really making a difference since I can stay up until 10-10:30, while before I was so tired by 8:30.

Movement: Really high kicks lately. Right under the ribs. Along with his feet slowly sliding from one side of my stomach to the other.

Food cravings: Not necessarily a craving, but I have been loving egg salad sandwiches the past couple of weeks.

Favourite moments: I mentioned in an Instagram post a couple days ago that there are a lot of women at church who are currently pregnant. 4 of us our due within a month of each other, and another 2 are expecting in September. I had a similar experience when I was pregnant with Calvin and really loved the community and bond it created for us. I love being able to talk about our pregnancies and hear everyone's individual experience.

Happy or moody? Happy

Looking forward to: This is going to sound weird, but bear with me. The past week or so, I've actually been looking forward to labour. I know, who says that?! I've been reading and watching a lot of birth stories and it made me remember what an incredible experience I had with my first labour. Recovery sucked, and I really hope I don't tear as much or have complications with myself and have to go to the hospital again. But other than that I am really looking forward to seeing what this labour will look like.

11.4.18

BUMPDATE: 29 WEEKS


How far along are you? 29 weeks.

Due date: June 22nd

Sleep: My energy has been so much better lately. I can definitely tell that the Feramax is balancing out my iron levels. I've been able to stay up later and sleep through the night which has been awesome.

Movement: I've been trying to stay on my feet and keep moving, so I don't notice his movements while I'm moving. But the moment I sit or lay down he immediately starts kicking.

Food cravings: Still nothing specific. I'll get a random craving now and again.

Favourite moments: This week I was able to meet with the midwife I had during Calvin's pregnancy. She wasn't available to be my first midwife this time around, but she is my second which I am so happy about. The moment I saw her, I immediately got excited. During the appointment she had Calvin find the heartbeat and helped him use the machine. It was so sweet and I loved the thoughtful moment. Although she wasn't there during my delivery, I have such a connection and special love for her. The support she gave me throughout my pregnancy and recovery was exactly what I needed.

Happy or moody? Happy

Looking forward to: My nesting is getting quite intense. Tonight's plan is to get Calvin's new bedroom closet completely cleaned out, and re-organize the toys on both the main level and basement.
 

4.4.18

BUMPDATE: 28 WEEKS

Well we are officially at the third trimester. The second trimester flew by with this pregnancy, which I'm slightly bummed about since I love the second trimester. My appetite is back, I'm not all swelled up and I'm actually comfortable. Well literally the day I reached 28 weeks, this baby has been riding low and driving me a little nuts! If I am sitting for any period of time longer than 15 minutes, walking around is extremely uncomfortable because his head is hitting so low in my pelvis. Walking in general is fine, so I'm trying to stay on my feet for longer periods, it's if I sit down he seems to sink low and get all comfy. Which causes problems when I get up. 

All that being said I can not believe I only have around 12 more weeks of being pregnant! Time is flying by, and I'm getting more and more excited.
How far along are you? 28 weeks.

Due date: June 22nd

Sleep: During our little Montreal getaway I wasn't sleeping too well, but since being back in my own bed I have slept through every single night uninterrupted and without taking Melatonin.

Movement: He's still doing the weird low pulses, but has also started "burrowing out" slightly.

Food cravings: Nothing in particular, but I am trying to be a little careful with what I eat. When I was pregnant with Calvin I gained the most weight in third trimester, and didn't really eat the best. I just want to make sure I am taking best care of my body and baby, which I hope will lead to a better recovery.

Favourite moments: We celebrated Calvin's 3rd birthday on Tuesday and I asked him when he woke up: "Calvin where did my baby go?" implying that he has grown up so fast. He pointed to my belly and said: "There's the baby!" It was such a sweet moment that made my heart burst.

Happy or moody? Still super happy

Looking forward to: Getting a new bra. I'm in desperate need of a more comfortable, supportive bra. Planning on picking one up real soon ;)

Other: I got some blood test results back and my iron levels were low. Extremely low. Like an average person is supposed to be on a scale of 12-100, and I was a 5. So my midwife recommended Feramax to help pump up my iron levels. I had a feeling my iron was low since I was pretty exhausted during the day and had been taking a few naps. But since taking Feramax, my energy level has been a lot better. I'll be taking another blood test at 32 weeks to see if my levels have improved.
 

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