26 Weeks: A Little Optimism

5 years ago (almost to the week!) Matt and I were getting ready to get married. Pretty much every person we met had some kind of marriage advice for us. The overwhelming majority (mostly those of older generations) said: “YOUR LIFE IS ABOUT TO CHANGE! YOUR RELATIONSHIP WILL NEVER BE THE SAME!”

Since Matt and I had never gotten married before, we didn’t really know what to expect, but in private we both agreed that we couldn’t imagine anything being different. We already lived together and we’d been together for 5 years. We didn’t think the labels of husband and wife would really change us much.

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And you know what? We were right. Nothing changed. We were exactly the same pair! We had new commitments and new challenges, but there was nothing inherent about marriage that changed either of us. If anything, things got way better.

I can’t help but feel like my life is on replay. As we share with others that we are expecting, people loooove to say “YOUR LIFE IS ABOUT TO CHANGE” in an ominous, warning tone. (Again, older generations seem to love this phrase! Surprisingly, younger parents are actually the ones who offer the most encouragement and excitement.)

Allow me to be a bit flippant here, but I KNOW! Luckily we chose this path and have both always wanted to be parents. The change that is coming is one we welcome with open arms. We know there will be sleepless nights (and I’m sure they’ll be even worse than I imagine) and tough days and times when we miss our old lives, but we still know this is coming.

I’m sure the folks with the ominous tones have good intentions. Perhaps they just wish they had been more mentally prepared when they were having their first child. But the tendency to dwell on the negative rather than the positive when it comes to having kids makes me sad. I am thankful for those who have said things like “It’s the most wonderful thing in the world.” As an optimist, I like to hope for the best and deal with the struggles when I get to them in my own journey.

Sarah recently wrote a post about people saying “Just you wait!” to her.

But I absolutely love the “just you waits!” shared by Katie in this post.

I loved Callie’s message to “Let Her Dream”

Please DO let us dream – and if you’d like to say “I told you so” when I’m complaining about all the messes, the stress, the sleeplessness a year from now, let that be your moment : ) **

**I’d like to say though that in my BERF comments you guys are all so supportive and I’m preaching to the choir : ) **

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26 Weeks: Birth Wish List

We all know that birth plans are ideal scenarios that rarely go as hoped for.

Thus, this is my birth wish list. Some of these things are complete unknowns (because I don’t really know what my labor will be like), and I’m writing down for for the sake of putting them on paper for my doula and Matt and sorting my thoughts. When I met with Jen this past weekend, we talked over a lot of these things so we would be on the same page. But I’m also writing them out because it was helpful for me to read birth plan options earlier so I knew what questions to ask at the childbirth class about our hospital and helped me think through an ideal atmosphere and approach to labor.

Please note that I recognize that with all births, the health of the baby (and mom) always comes first! This wish list applies to a normal labor.

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I’d like to stay at home with my doula, Jen, there with me for as long as we feel comfortable

I’d like to keep myself hydrated and fueled with light snacks, coconut water and water throughout labor

I would like to be encouraged to move into as many positions as possible for optimal pelvis opening and baby movement

I’d like for my coaches to read encouragement from Ina May’s book regarding the mind-body connection

I’d like lots of photos taken to remember the day even if they are just for Matt and me : )

I’d like some jokes made to lighten the mood and help me relax

I’d like to listen to soothing music (MJH has wifi for Pandora!)

At The Hospital

I consent to the blood typing upon admission, will likely leave IV in my arm (you all convinced me of the seriousness of this, but if it really bothers me I might have it taken out)

I prefer not to be offered pain medication or an epidural

I want to be free to move or walk around

I’d like to wear my own clothes

I’d like to get in the tub!

I would like to avoid an episiotomy as much as possible

I do not want my water broken unless absolutely required

If my labor goes beyond a day and/or Jen and I feel I would benefit from a rest, epidural discussion begins

Delivery + Postpartum

I would like to touch the baby’s head during crowning

I would like to use a mirror so I can see the delivery

I would like skin-to-skin contact upon birth on my chest and plenty of time thereafter

I’d like to try nursing right after birth

In the event of a C-section, I’d like Matt to be with the baby as soon as possible and have the baby be skin-to-skin-fur

I would like to allow time for the umbilical cord to stop pulsating before it is cut so the baby gets all remaining cord blood. And I would like to donate the cord blood if there is any left to do so.

I would like Matt to cut the umbilical cord

I want to keep my placenta!!!

I’d like to have the baby’s first bath in the room and participate if possible

I’d like to postpone the eye drop antibiotics for several hours

Vitamin K shot is a yes

I do not want my baby circumcised

I’d like to spend as much time with my baby as possible during my hospital stay

And if in the mood, I’d like to drink a homebrew :mgreen:

 

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26 Weeks: Bump At The Beach

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26 weeks!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wheeee!! Every Friday feels like a birthday. It’s my turnover day and when I woke up this past week and thought “my baby is 26 weeks!” it was the same exciting feeling as 10.26 is every year.

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As I start the 27th week, a few of my apps have put me in the third trimester already. But I think mentally I’m going to count it at 27 weeks – just a few days to go. I really feel like actually having the baby is not too far away…!

I’m feelin’ pretty huge this week – I think I went through a growth spurt!

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It’s been weird showing my big stomach at the beach, but also it’s pretty liberating. A totally different bikini experience than I’m used to. My stomach may be big, but it’s firm and set in its place, and I feel like people can pretty much tell I’m pregnant. (At least I hope!)

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The baby is moving all of the time and all over the place! Remember how I said he did feel a little bit like an alien? That has all changed and now he feels like a baby in there! I feel like I have company with me at all times – in the best way : ) I feel like he’s always trying to communicate with me when he moves and let me know he’s in there.

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I’ve started to really be able to notice a difference in the movements – some are obviously little limbs poking out and others are bigger backsides. I have even felt him step on my hand a few times! I feel the movements most clearly on my sides – especially if I lie on my side too. He’s definitely getting stronger in there!

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I’m feelin’ really good overall this week. No nausea, energy is good, and my back is better!!! No idea how or why.

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My biggest complaint is now HIP muscle pain. I think this might have to do with sleeping with my knee on a pillow – almost like my hip/glute is flexed all night and exhausted in the morning? Last night I slept mostly on my right side and my left hip was really sore all morning. If I switch sides, it’s the other side.

Luckily our doula gave us a fabulous stretch that feels amazing on the hips and glutes. It’s called the side release and Spinning Babies says it’s more for the pelvic floor than the hips, but it gives me amazing instant pain-free hips. We did the stretch around noon today and all of my hip/muscle pain disappeared.

My doula also told me that I should relax my abs more. I don’t spend too much energy holding my core in when I stand, but apparently I hold my abs pretty tight. She encouraged me to “just let it all out” more often and make more space for the baby to move around and things to fall into place. It’s called “making your stomach a hammock for the baby” and it’s also recommended to do this on all fours for the ultimate hammock (esp. just before labor!) It’s kind of strange doing it, but I do think it makes sense to vary my stomach positions throughout the day.

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Another new symptom: tingly feet! It’s like a very brief pins and needles and only lasts a split second, often when I stand up, sit down or hit my feet against something. I don’t think it’s anything blood-related like the vena cava compression – just something funky going on with nerves in my feet, likely from changing structures. Not too bad of a symptom though.

I’ve also noticed I don’t want to eat nearly as much as I used to. I’m rarely interested in seconds and sometimes can’t even finish my dinner. Not because I’m too stuffed, surprisingly, but because I just don’t want to keep eating the same flavor and my mouth gets tired of it. It’s a very odd sensation!

Rolling over at night is also pretty hard, but I’ve discovered if I go under (swing the bump under me in a plank) rather than over it’s a bit easier on my stretching abs. I don’t know how much longer I’ll be able to go under though!

It was fun having Matt around while I took my photos this week!! He’s usually at work. So I hear…the baby can hear us now!

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I’ve been all food and household on OpenSky for the past two years, but pregnancy opens up a whole new door of products to score in deals. To kick off the addition of baby products to my shop (in the coming weeks….) OpenSky is sponsoring this giveaway of three popular baby registry items:

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I’ve been all food and household on OpenSky for the past two years, but pregnancy opens up a whole new door of products to score in deals. To kick off the addition of baby products to my shop (in the coming weeks….) OpenSky is sponsoring this giveaway of three popular baby registry items:

Aden + Anais Swaddle 4-packs

There are everywhere and so beautiful and simple! [Winner chooses girl, boy, neutral]

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Designer Diaper Bags by Jonathan Adler – Changing Pouch

Matching my nursery theme! This pouch is a diaper changer that converts any style of bag into a diaper bag. Or it’s a punch of color for those who went with neutral colors on their diaper bags!

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Lawn Countertop Drying Rack by Boon

Do you know I almost bought this for my kitchen to dry little spoons and bowls? If it weren’t so popular in the baby world I probably would have. I love wheat grass as décor, so this is one kitchen “appliance” that will be allowed on my countertop someday : )

 

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To Enter

1) Those new to OpenSky, enter by signing up here

2) Those already following me, leave a comment on this post to let OpenSky know you’d like to be entered

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26 Weeks: Car Seat Safety

From the moment I became pregnant, I started listening to Pregtastic podcasts. When I was out walking, while taking a shower, while making a meal, on car trips – everywhere. I. Learned. So. Much.

I was very sad when I reached the end of the 250ish episodes, but I discovered the continuation of Pregtastic: New Moms, New Babies. Unfortunately it seems both shows are on a hiatus right now, but that doesn’t mean the information isn’t great. NMNB has been great to hear from new moms and how things are going, and the topics covered are really educational.

If you only listen to one mommy podcast in your life, this one should be it: Child Seat Safety, Proper Installation and Seat Recommendations.

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I really know absolutely nothing about car seats, yet their job is of utmost importance. I know the baby has to be buckled in and I know that it’s wise to go to the fire/police station to have them verify that the car seat is installed properly. But in this podcast, there was much that I didn’t know that might end up saving my baby’s life someday. (A tough phrase to say/type).

The podcast is led by Robyn Siminoff, a Child Passenger Safety Instructor, and she shocks even the moms in the studio with some facts about carseat dos and don’ts. Some of the rules seem a bit extreme, but when you think about the role the car seat is playing in your child’s safety, this is serious information.

Here were a few pointers that I took away and packed into my brain:

-Never put your car seat insert in the washing machine (SHOCKER! All the moms had done this!) Anything other than wiping/hand washing will ruin the fibers of the straps so that in a crash they would not spring back as they are suppose to and the baby can fly out if the straps break.

-Even if you are in a fender bender and your car is not damaged, the impact from just you slamming on your breaks is enough to “wear out” the single-use straps. You need a new seat, or at the very least, new straps. (Soooo annoying, but remember we’re talking life or death here. If you were in a much more severe crash a few weeks later and those straps didn’t work…you’d probably wish you had addressed them after the first bump).

-Straps need to be secure and tight at ALL TIMES. Whenever the baby is in the seat. This includes when grocery shopping or in strollers. (Note car seats should never go in the top part of a grocery cart – they can tip out no matter how heavy it feels!) A lot of car seat accidents happen when the baby isn’t even in the car but because mom doesn’t put on the straps for a quick carry.

-Robyn does not recommend a mirror to see your baby’s face. This distracts mom and makes a car crash more likely a la texting while driving. If your baby is upset, you will hear him cry and whether you can see him or not you will likely take the same action (pull over to nurse/adjust or ride it out till you’re home). The mirrors can also fly around in the car in a serious crash.

-Speaking of flying debris, if you would not want to hit your baby in the face with an item yourself, don’t have it loose in the car. Stuffed animal = probably OK. Stroller, cooler, heavy purse = not OK. She suggested strapping your purse in with a seatbelt.

-The angles of the car seat are very important. The baby’s head should not fall forward and the base should be totally even. Don’t add any layers to your baby that would allow him to slip out like a big snow suit – the suit would stay in the car seat and the baby would fly out of the suit. Instead put your baby in in no more than 2 layers and then put all the warmth over him and the straps.

-Always have your car seat checked out if you put it in a different car for the first time. Tight isn’t always right.

Safe baby transport to all!

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I’ve had this paper star floating around the nursery – and our house – for a long time. I’m just not sure what to do with it!

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Should I hang it over the crib? I wonder if it would feel a bit sparse just the single star in the center?

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Does the black and white go? I’ve heard that babies like black and white.

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25 Weeks: Loosey Goosey

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Other than first trimester yuck, my most persistent pregnancy symptom thus far has been lower back pain. Particularly SI joint pain, particularly on the right side!

This week, I described my hips, back and pelvis to my yoga teacher like this:

“If my body were held together by screws, I would guess that every one of them is loose right now”

I feel like my whole skeleton might crumble to the ground with just one step sometimes! Getting up from the ground, out of bed or up from a chair isn’t hard on my muscles or strength, but I feel like if I’m not careful and slow, something holding me together might rip apart. In our yoga classes, Jen emphasizes keeping the hips square whenever possible – such as getting out of bed with both legs swung over the side instead of the usual leaps that I do! I have a tendency to want to get from point A to point B as swiftly as possible in life!

Jen says that right about now – 25 to 27 weeks – the hormone relaxin that is responsible for relaxing ligaments and allowing the pelvis to open up during birth – is going through somewhat of a growth spurt. She said my loose screws should calm down in a couple of weeks and I’ll feel normal again.

Such a strange cycle!

I have noticed that I am more flexible in general now, and my squat depth has definitely improved since I have been pregnant. Probably a combination of yoga and hormones.

Since I started having the SI joint pain early on, I’ve been seeing Dr. Tate regularly for chiropractic adjustments.

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My hips are usually pretttty even. At my appointments (about every 2-3 weeks), he does a few SI stretches on the joint that make me feel immediately better.

I recently suspected that the pain could be caused by my Snoogle body pillow since I was only getting pain on the right side and sleep with my pillow on the left (and therefore my right leg draped over it). However, I’ve since been experimenting with the pillow on both sides and nothing has changed except that I’m sleeping worse!

The pain has been on and off. I’ve had weeks when it felt great (at 23 weeks it was great) and suddenly it’s worse again. I think I’m going to blame the hormone rather than something I’m doing.

One last line of defense: I went to see Cindy Janechild, who is known in the prenatal yoga community as a miracle worker for pelvises. She does different manual therapies of the body (including Zero Balance therapy and CranioSacral Therapy) to put the pelvis into proper alignment for labor and help with ailments like my back pain. She wasn’t covered by my insurance (chiropractic is) but I really enjoyed my visit with her. She spent about an hour teaching me about the anatomy of my pelvis and lower back and showing me stretches to do to keep my pelvis neutral and body limber. The best part, though, was the pressure and massage she did. I left feeling straight and even – although loosey goosey for sure! I may go back and see her again if my loose screws and pains don’t get any better in the next few weeks.

I suppose this post was more of a journal than informational, but the message is that I’m surprised how much pregnancy has affected parts of my body other than my uterus. The aches and pains are no joke! But at the same time, it’s also a period of life to take it easy in general, so it’s not like I’m having back pain and trying to do some of the harder physical things I used to – like run a half marathon. My hope through the physical treatments is to get my body as prepared for pushing out a baby as possible. Despite the loose screws, so far, so good.

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If you checked into KERF, you probably know that this past weekend Matt and I attended a “Fast Track” childbirth class at our hospital, Martha Jefferson.

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When I first started to think about childbirth classes, I looked into what was available here. There wasn’t a ton. From what I heard, there’s a Bradley-like class 45 minutes away for 8 weeks, a few classes at a birthing center nearby and the standard class at the hospital where most women deliver. I do think if the Bradley-like class had been held in Cville we might have done that instead, but neither of us could even imagine a regular hour and a half of driving on weeknights (we hate to drive 5 minutes!), so that one was quickly crossed off the list. As someone who is hoping to deliver naturally in a hospital with a doula, I felt that the hospital’s class was the best for us. I wanted to hear what the place where I would be had to say. Having completed the class, I’m SO glad we went this route.

I’ve listened to tons of podcasts on birth options and different hospital procedures, and it was invaluable to have the class taught by a L&D nurse who knew all the protocols we could expect. And for the most part, I really liked what I heard.

We had the option of doing an “every Wednesday night” class or this one weekend one and I asked some of my mom friends around which they did and was it enough. Two of them had gone through the Fast Track and also had natural births with the same doula that I am using and they said they felt more than prepared, so we moved forward with our $100 weekend course. I think I can probably gain everything I would have learned in a long weeknight regular class from lots of reading, minus the mingling with other couples, which I’m trying to get in through other outlets, so this was definitely the best investment of time.

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The Friday night portion of the class talked a lot about the stages of labor and what to expect in a normal birth. Here are things our instructor shared that I found helpful:

-The instinct to clean the house by scrubbing the floors on hands and knees is actually a really good position to get the baby prepared for labor

-Women need to feel safe and secure in a relaxed mental state before their bodies will allow them to go into labor (this is obviously not scientific, but it makes sense). When you think about animals who go find a quiet place alone to give birth, you can imagine we humans might mentally seek a similar peacefulness for labor to begin. (Ina May’s book confirms this!)

-A big part of labor is pain perception. What are you focusing on and how does that affect the hormones in your body? Are you allowing the maximum oxytocin to flow or are you fearful and scared? If you’re tense, pain will be perceived as worse. If you’re relaxed, you will feel less pain (again, not necessarily scientific, but I like this concept)

-Laughter is a great tool to minimize pain perception. Our instructor listened to comedy during her labor and laughed her way through

-Getting in a tub with the water line at the nipples stimulates them and can help progress labor (while the warm water relaxes)

-Hands should be placed to the side during pushing because putting them under the knees actually makes the pelvic floor more tense

I was glad to hear so much information on how to handle labor naturally in the class – because you never know when the epidural won’t work…

Much to Matt’s happiness (I kid) we did have some role playing, but it was pretty fun : ) Clothespins on the ears and ice in the palm simulated early and active labor. I loved being all over the ball and rolling around while Matt put his hands on my back.

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After practicing with the pain, going to prenatal yoga for a few months and thinking about my personality and previous pain experiences, these are things that I think I will like during labor:

  • Massage
  • Touch
  • Moaning (because I have a history of moaning during hangovers to make me feel better :mrgreen: )
  • Popsicles (duh!)
  • Getting in the tub to relax
  • Yoga ball and yoga-like stretches

Interestingly, during my prenatal yoga class when we are asked to hold poses that I find really tough, I do my best when I take my mind outside of the class. I think about what’s for dinner or an upcoming event and before I know it the pose is over. However, if I really focus on the pose – the pain in my quads, the teacher telling us to put our breath into our quads – I can’t handle the pain. It’s too much perception. I think this is one of the most helpful realizations I have made in preparation for labor. I would have predicted that I’d be the kind of person to really focus on a contraction and what my body is doing to cope. But I actually think I’m going to be one of those “mind goes to a deserted island” types who gets in a zone to get through a contraction. Only the real deal will tell!

I really enjoyed learning more about our hospital during the class, and I got a lot of my questions answered. Here are a few facts about where I’m headed:

  • The hospital has jacuzzi tubs and yoga balls in every room (although water births are not permitted)
  • They have a security system to prevent the theft or mix up of babies (I had never heard of this! It’s like a clothing store alarm!)
  • Skin to skin is promoted
  • You can request to have the first bath done in the room
  • Eyeball antibiotics and vitamin K shots are standard (although you can opt out of either…we probably won’t)
  • Babies stay with the mom in the room and don’t go to a nursery unless requested
  • You are asked to give a blood sample upon admission to type your blood for a transfusion and the IV will stay in while you’re there. (I am NOT happy about this at all and will probably agree to the blood draw but will decline the IV line unless I actually need an IV. I don’t want the psychology of having that in my arm..)
  • Monitoring is done once an hour in early labor, every 30 minutes in active labor and every 15 minutes during transition
  • The beds are really cool and can morph into all kinds of pushing positions – including a squat bar and mirror capabilities
  • They don’t do walking epidurals or the kind that are patient-controlled in intensity
  • 2010 stat: 62% of vaginal birth moms got epidurals (that means 38% didn’t!)
  • 2010 stat: 32% c-section rate (This surprised and disappointed me)

We did talk about interventions and role-played an epidural and a c-section. Obviously if the baby’s health is a concern, thank goodness for interventions, but that doesn’t take away the fact that I am scared of anything but natural birth.

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My only wish for the childbirth class was that they combined a hospital tour with it. The tours are separate on Tuesday nights and require another trip there yadda yadda. It would have been nice to see the L&D area either just before or just after class and save an extra trip back.

Overall, the class made me much more confident in myself, my husband and the place we chose to deliver (sans the C/S rate number..). I’m glad we took the weekend to go through the class together, as the partnership was something we could not have gotten from a book.

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25 weeks doesn’t seem that far along to me, but when I think that I’ll be in the 30s in just over a month, it feels like there’s not that much time left! Of course you do spend a lot of time in the 30s, but it still sounds so advanced!

Remember how last week I said I felt like my stomach was still flat? Totally turn around. It’s started to get in the way now, and when I lean against things or look down, I’m not surprised to see a big bump.

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In fact, it’s getting HEAVY! When I’m tired, I sometimes pick it up like so:

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It’s only going to get heavier and heavier too! I’ve worn a belly band a few times when I got particularly tired, but my chiropractor warned against wearing it too much or the important muscles I do need to hold up my stomach when I’m not wearing it might weaken.

I’ve been feeling lots of movements – a few that actually felt like LIMBS! It was like he was juuuust on the other side of my muscles and pushing his foot right out into my hand. So weird when it feels so small and real! Generally the movements still feel like twitches in there, although sometimes I get a real “humany” one Smile

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I’ve felt more tired lately – on and off. And my body literally feels like all the screws in my pelvis are loose! Sometimes I wonder if my pelvis and lower back joints are just going to fall open and I’ll split in two. I think it’s too early for relaxin, so maybe it’s just the weight shifting to the front that is causing all of this. I’m still having SI joint pain – some proactive things I’ve done on that for another focused post. I just don’t think I can do as much physically as I used to.

Right and left!

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Matt said that he’s noticed more people looking my way when we’re out and about. Not really staring in a mean way, but just that my stomach is turning heads. I guess people find pregnancy exciting and interesting! I certainly seem to notice all the pregnant women more often now! I have strangers ask me when I’m due all the time now, so I think it’s pretty obvious from the outside – probably even more in real life than photos because roundness is more evident in 3D. Maybe I’m due for a video soon?

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I think it’s sooo cute to imagine him in there doing baby things – taking naps, drinking some amniotic fluid, stretching or kicking his feet. I like to think he’s already on a schedule since he’s almost always very active in the evenings. Cuteness!!

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