Pregnancy Update: Weeks 24-25
Every week passes by quicker than the last. I can’t believe that in a few short months I will be holding our little one in my arms!
Baby Peters is grown like a weed, which is exciting, but a bit concerning, as well. Today I met with my midwife for my routine 26-28 week appointment and I am still measuring ahead of schedule… 4 weeks ahead to be exact. Throughout my pregnancy I have been measuring about 1-2 weeks ahead, which is very normal considering my previous pregnancy history and the fact that both of the ultrasounds we have had confirm that I am most likely due about a week ahead of the routine due date I was originally given. However, to measure 4 weeks ahead is extreme and out of the ordinary. In addition, my weight gain is ahead of schedule, even compared to my pregnancy with Matthew, where I was ahead of schedule in weight gain until the third trimester when things began to taper off.
I head back into the office in 2 weeks for another regularly scheduled midwife appointment and at that time, we may move my due date ahead by a week. At first, I was fearful that moving the due date ahead might lead to an unwanted induction if I run past my due date, which I did with Matthew. However, my midwife informed me that if I continue to measure this far ahead late into my pregnancy, they may want to induce me earlier than necessary.
At my appointment I also took my 1 hour glucose tolerance test to screen for gestational diabetes. I passed with flying colors with a blood sugar level of 67! I knew that I had blogged about my glucose test with Matthew and looked back to find the post and it looks like my blood sugar level was 87 with him, so this is a much improved score, especially considering I ate the same breakfast today that I did the day that I had the test two years ago.
What Baby Peters was up to last week
Head to heels, your baby now measures about 13 1/2 inches. His weight — a pound and a half — isn’t much more than an average rutabaga, but he’s beginning to exchange his long, lean look for some baby fat. As he does, his wrinkled skin will begin to smooth out and he’ll start to look more and more like a newborn. He’s also growing more hair — and if you could see it, you’d now be able to discern its color and texture. (source)
Energy level and mood
I have felt energized and full of life. Allan actually commented yesterday that he doesn’t know where I get all of my energy, as he was having a hard time keeping up with me. However, I do feel that I am getting more tired than normal in the evenings. This is most likely because I am overdoing things during the day…. not taking enough breaks and I should probably be taking a few naps here and there during Matthew’s nap time.
I feel happy and blessed to be growing a healthy baby and cannot wait to meet him! His movements have become stronger and more pronounced, making my belly wiggle and dance with each kick and punch. I am beginning to be able to discern which body parts are which and his position in-utero. Baby Peters is getting so strong that I actually have a bruised rib! My midwife recommended that I spend as much time as possible on my hands and knees to encourage him to change positions and give my rib an opportunity to heal.
I am really enjoying my time practicing you at Blooma. I strive to attend 2-3 classes per week and even tried a challenging (not prenatal) vinyasa class last week that I unfortunately missed today due to my midwife appointment. In exchange, I would like to *try* to make it to a 6 AM vinyasa class tomorrow morning. Wish me luck crawling in to bed early enough tonight!
In addition to my yoga practice, Matthew and I have been trying to get out and enjoy the beautiful weather as much as possible. Today we walked 3 miles around Lake Nokomis, near our home and hope to get out walking with our friends tomorrow, as well.
All things food
I am loving summer produce! The farmer’s markets are in full swing here and our CSA starts up next week. We have had such a warm spring thus far that summer produce is coming into season very early this year. My in-law’s raspberries, which usually ripen the week of the 4th of July, are already pink! Although, this means that usual spring produce like sweet peas, greens and asparagus had a very short-lived season, which makes me a little sad.
I have been debating our sleeping arrangement once baby comes and was dreading having the full-sized pack and play in our room because it it gigantic! At the same time, I am not a fan of the expensive and ultra frilly bassinets that are ever popular. I am just too cheap to spend an arm and a leg on the cute modern ones. So, we decided to buy a Fisher-Price Rock n’ Play Sleeper, which was on sale at Target two weeks ago. I have read good things about this model and hope that it works out for the first few weeks after Baby Peters is born.
I finally preregistered for the hospital where we will be delivering and enrolled in the maternity support program offered by Allan’s employer. I still need to do tons of things around the house including going through Matthew’s closet and dresser to make room for the baby’s things, as they will eventually be sharing a room. We originally considered moving Matthew to the upstairs (dormer) bedroom in our home; but decided that we do not feel comfortable having him on a different level of the house from us. Perhaps once he is potty trained and sleeping in a toddler bed, we will move him upstairs, but for now the two boys will share a bedroom… which means that we will probably need to invest in another crib for the baby to sleep in until Matthew is ready for the toddler bed!
I need to sit down and make a to-list like Kath’s to keep myself organized before baby arrives… All in due time!
Can I just say it? My little man is so darn cute! I love his dimples, his smile and his love.
Matthew has been eating like a rock star lately. He has also been sleeping pretty well, as long as we respect his schedule. Every well meaning parent allows the nap time and bedtime rules/times slip in order to attend a special event or to fit in special family experiences… however, in the end you have a cranky and/or wild child who loves to bite and run around the house using his outdoor voice. C’mon, we’ve all been there once or twice. The only solution in our case… Elmo and a return to life as normal.
I know that I keep saying this, but the toddler language explosion is a real thing that just keeps amazing me. Every day Matthew learns new words and gets better at pronunciation. He is starting to speak in sentences and understands the rules of normal conversation (i.e. I ask you a question and you answer… I say something and you acknowledge it). Last week he started counting from 1-10 and he cannot get enough of it. He is also getting really good at identifying colors and letters.