33 weeks

April 22, 2015

Ok, I’m just getting lazy now. I won’t even try to lie about it. If every other week is as often as I can make myself take a picture and sit down here, then so be it. But that means you get to see an even bigger belly each time. Lucky ducks you are!

  • How far along?  33 weeks. So it’s very literally 6 weeks until this kid appears outside my body. !?!?!!?
  • Total weight gain:  I’m changing my tune and calling it right on track now. I just had my next appointment today, and I haven’t gained any weight in the last 2 weeks. Go me, go me. So I think my theory may end up being correct – I’ll end all 3 pregnancies at approximately the same weight; I’ll just have gained more with these last 2 than with the first, since I started at a lower weight each time. So pass me a large DQ Blizzard!! I’ll take cookie dough and peanut butter cups, please. (and no, all my glucose stab tests came back completely normal, so i’m not even close to having gestational diabetes. damn skittles)
  • Maternity clothes?  Pants, yes, and a couple maternity tops. One good thing about being pregnant in cold weather is I can cover up in all my sweatshirts and sweaters and not worry about finding shirts to fit. Because apparently the gorgeous weather of last week was a total fake-out and we are doomed to endure winter FOREVER.
  • Stretch marks?  Nope, not yet. And the third time around better not be when those suckers rear their ugly heads, either.
  • Sleep:  Terrible. I’m uncomfortable all the time, and my dreams have all turned into nightmares.
  • Best moment this week:  Another good checkup today, and getting a ton done in the baby readiness department. I sorted all the newborn and tiny-sized baby clothes, pulled out all the gender neutral ones, and got them washed and put in a drawer so the kid has clean clothes, blankets, bibs, burp rags, etc. Fortunately I was able to fit almost everything in 1 dresser drawer after moving some of Lana’s stuff into her under-bed storage drawers. Poor #3, only gets 1 drawer right now. I also have pretty much everything else crossed off my “baby stuff to get out and wash list” except for 1 major thing – cleaning and setting up the pack n play in which he/she will sleep in our room for the foreseeable future. I just want to get our closet situation finalized in there before I do so. And I’ve also found some amazing deals on stuff for the baby and the girls on a local Facebook page. Extreme budgeting. That’s how I roll these days.
  • Miss anything?  Being comfortable in my own body. I’ve reached that point, and unfortunately it arrived much earlier this time than I expected.
  • Movement:  Yes, since 1 day before week 15. That’s the earliest of all 3 – D was 20 weeks and L was around 16 weeks.
  • Cravings:  Not right now.
  • Aversions:  Now that the first trimester is over, again, not really anything. Those first couple weeks, though, wow – life in general was an aversion of mine. Scents are still stronger than normal, but nothing like when I was pregnant with D and my entire sense of smell got turned upside down.
  • Gender:  Did not find out. I’m still sure it’s a boy.
  • Labor signs:  Lots of Braxton Hicks contractions. Wonderful.
  • Symptoms:  Horrible daily heartburn now, frequent pressure and tightening in my abdomen (the braxton hicks), my hair is definitely shedding less when I brush and wash it, my stomach “gets in the way” when I’m trying to do things like put on my socks and shoes now, my back gets inordinately tired and hurts often, and there’s an almost constant stabbing pain in the back of my left sacroiliac joint. I literally get stuck getting out of a seated position it hurts so badly.
  • Belly button in or out?  Oh screw it, it’s out. I can’t even pretend that it isn’t anymore. Thanks, kid.
  • Wedding rings on or off?  On.
  • Looking forward to:  Finishing up getting all the baby stuff washed and ready and, oddly, getting back to running once my body allows this summer.

All right, now. I may be biased, and feel free to call me out if I’m wrong, but I think I actually don’t look that much bigger than my Lana pregnancy picture from the same time this week. The 3 below are Della at 33 weeks on the left; Lana at 33 weeks 4 days in the middle; and #3 today at 33 weeks.

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31 weeks

April 8, 2015

Sorry I skipped the 30 week update last week, which I considered to be a fairly big one, but I am just so tired all the time lately. I know that comes with being in my 3rd trimester with my 3rd baby, but still. I kid you not, if I simply don’t feel like doing something these days, there are very few things that can even get me to attempt to do it. And those things only start with dollar signs and contain 7 figures or more. I’m really that tired. It’s a wonder our children aren’t filthy and running around in rags due to my lack of ability to bathe or properly dress them. Ok, it’s not quite that bad, but almost.

  • How far along?  31 weeks. So it’s very literally 8 weeks until this kid appears outside my body. !?!?!!?
  • Total weight gain:  Too much. Actually I’m starting to think maybe not; I just gained too much too early. From last month’s appointment to today’s, I was only up 4 lbs. And like I said, only 1 lb. before that one. So it’s evening out. I have a feeling I might end up right around the same weight where I ended with the other 2. It’s just that since I started lower, I’ll be gaining more total. So not too bad.
  • Maternity clothes?  Pants, yes, and a couple maternity tops. One good thing about being pregnant in winter is since it’s cold, I can cover up in all my sweatshirts and sweaters and not worry about finding shirts to fit.
  • Stretch marks?  Nope, not yet. And the third time around better not be when those suckers rear their ugly heads, either.
  • Sleep:  Terrible. I’m uncomfortable all the time, and my dreams have all turned into nightmares.
  • Best moment this week:  A couple:  Lana finally pooping on the toilet and now actually telling us when she has to go pee and poop instead of me asking every other minute. The Badgers coming thisclose to winning the NCAA National Championship in basketball. Oh, and today being our 9th anniversary. :)
  • Miss anything?  Being comfortable in my own body. I’ve reached that point, and unfortunately it arrived much earlier this time than I expected.
  • Movement:  Yes, since 1 day before week 15. That’s the earliest of all 3 – D was 20 weeks and L was around 16 weeks.
  • Cravings:  Not right now.
  • Aversions:  Now that the first trimester is over, again, not really anything. Those first couple weeks, though, wow – life in general was an aversion of mine. Scents are still stronger than normal, but nothing like when I was pregnant with D and my entire sense of smell got turned upside down.
  • Gender:  Did not find out. I’m still sure it’s a boy.
  • Labor signs:  Lots of Braxton Hicks contractions. Wonderful.
  • Symptoms:  Daily heartburn now, frequent pressure and tightening in my lower abdomen (the braxton hicks), my hair is definitely shedding less and less when I brush and wash it, my stomach “gets in the way” when I’m trying to do things like put on my socks and shoes now, my back gets inordinately tired and hurts often, and there’s an almost constant pain in the back of my left sacroiliac joint. Guess it’s all that weight I’m gaining.
  • Belly button in or out?  Oh screw it, it’s out. I don’t think I can even pretend that it isn’t anymore. Thanks, kid.
  • Wedding rings on or off?  On.
  • Looking forward to:  Finishing up getting all the baby stuff washed and ready and, oddly, getting back to running once my body allows this summer.

So of course now I’m missing a 31 week shot with Della, but here are the other 2. Lana on the left, #3 on the right; look how much bigger this kid appears and how much lower it’s sitting! And I must really like purple.

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29 weeks

March 27, 2015

Wednesday marked 29 weeks. Which means next week is 30 weeks. Which means we are on the verge of only 2 months away from meeting this kid. Which means there will soon be 3 tiny humans in this house! Holy shit, where’s the Tylenol? (name that movie. and i just realized i say “holy shit” a lot. sorry about that. i think as a parent of almost 3 children i’m entitled, though.)

  • How far along?  29 weeks, 2 days
  • Total weight gain:  Too much. I was happy, however, that at my last appointment I’d only gained 1 lb. that entire month. I’m sure this next one won’t have such a nice result, though, after all the delicious food I ate when we were in Arizona last week.
  • Maternity clothes?  Pants, yes, and a couple maternity tops. One good thing about being pregnant in winter is since it’s cold, I can cover up in all my sweatshirts and sweaters and not worry about finding shirts to fit.
  • Stretch marks?  Nope, not yet. And the third time around better not be when those suckers rear their ugly heads, either.
  • Sleep:  Definitely getting worse. The pillow I use between my knees rarely stays put, I wake up a lot, and it’s getting harder and harder to roll myself over.
  • Best moment this week:  Lana actually starting to potty train and doing it well. I think I’ve been just as scared to start this process as she has been, but she’s been an absolute rock star so far. We’re only on day 2, mind you, but she’s done better than I ever expected. Fingers crossed!
  • Miss anything?  Beer, especially with Bucky still alive in the NCAA tournament. I did have a couple drinks when we were in AZ, and they were scrumptious. I might have to try a Leinie’s Grapefruit Shandy tonight, too, if Ryan picks some up for me on his way home.
  • Movement:  Yes, since 1 day before week 15. That’s the earliest of all 3 – D was 20 weeks and L was around 16 weeks.
  • Cravings:  Not right now.
  • Aversions:  Now that the first trimester is over, again, not really anything. Those first couple weeks, though, wow – life in general was an aversion of mine. Scents are still stronger than normal, but nothing like when I was pregnant with D and my entire sense of smell got turned upside down.
  • Gender:  Did not find out. I’m still sure it’s a boy.
  • Labor signs:  I think Braxton Hicks contractions have started. Yikes!
  • Symptoms:  Heartburn now more evenings than not, abdominal tweaks as the baby tries to permanently ruin my abs (sorry, little one. i didn’t let your sisters do that, and i won’t let you either), frequent pressure and tightening in my lower abdomen (i’m guessing those are the braxton hicks), my hair is definitely shedding less and less when I brush and wash it, my stomach “gets in the way” when I’m trying to do things like put on my socks and shoes now, more aches and pains in my pelvic and hip joints, my back hurts often, and there’s an almost constant pain in the back of my left sacroiliac joint. Guess it’s all that weight I’m gaining.
  • Belly button in or out?  Out on one side, so I’m sure it will go the full monty again since it did with Lana. This is exactly how it started with her.
  • Wedding rings on or off?  On.
  • Looking forward to:  This weekend – girls’ night tomorrow night and my all-day spa day on Sunday. Wahoo!!

Since it’s now quite obvious that this baby is the lowest and has made me gain the most weight of the 3, let’s see how they compare visually at this point. I don’t have one from 29 weeks with Della, so these are 27 weeks with D on the left, 29 weeks with Lana in the middle, and 29 weeks 1 day with #3 on the right. They’ll all match up time-wise next time, don’t worry.

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26 weeks

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So today officially begins the 3rd trimester I guess? Holy shit. Why do I never feel like we’ve gotten (or will get) everything done that needs to be before these kids have all arrived? How far along?  26 weeks Total weight gain:  Too much. Maternity clothes?  Pants, yes, and a couple maternity tops. One good thing […]

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25 weeks

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As you will see shortly, our lovely full-length mirror, the only full-length mirror in our home I might add, has suddenly developed a crack all the way across it. I have no idea how it happened. I know exactly when it happened, but the how will elude us forever. There’s nothing the girls could have […]

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24 weeks

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Here we are. Another week, another update. And I realize we’re fast approaching the third and final trimester. Um, yikes. How far along?  24 weeks Total weight gain:  Well, last week at my appointment my doctor basically told me I’ve already gained too much weight. Awesome. I’m not sure why, either. I’m eating way less than […]

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23 weeks

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Sorry I skipped last week’s 22 week update, but by the time I actually got around to taking the pictures and sitting down here to do it, I just didn’t feel like it. Plus it was a day or two late and I didn’t have a 23 week picture from Della anyway, so I decided […]

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