24 Weeks: What’s Up Doc?

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[Baby KERF 20 weeks!]

So far I’ve been really luckily that other than that 7 week scare, things in my pregnancy have gone smoothly thus far. My doctor visits occur once a month (for now) and are pretty basic: weight, blood pressure, urine sample, chat with doctor, heartbeat listen (!), and now, fundal height measuring.

At my 24.5 week appointment this week, here were some of my stats:

Weight gain: 11 pounds (from first appt, more like 13 from pre-pregnancy)

Blood pressure: 92/60

Baby’s heartbeat: 150 bpm

Fundal height: 26 weeks

That last one took me by surprise. I have felt that it took me longer to show than others, so I figured I’d be right on track and definitely not ahead. My doctor said at this point the number doesn’t mean too much. I wonder if I just have a high uterus but not a wide one? Pear instead of apple? Although Wikipedia says give or take 1-3 cm of error.

Curious, but I’ll take the number 26 any day!

Doctor says my weight gain is right on track and blood pressure and heartbeat were good.

A Minor Concern

One question I did have for him: I had a couple of cervix twinges last week. Enough to make me wonder if something was changing, but not enough to worry. Luckily, they went away. But when I brought this up to him, he noted that during my 22 week ultrasound, my cervix was on the short end of normal, so next week I go back for an ultrasound to make sure everything is OK. I’m not worried (since the pains were very brief and mild and because I’m still normal) but I’m glad to be checked out. HOPING to peek at the baby from above too, but I don’t want to be too pushy : )

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Coming up: my glucose test. [Which means I am so close to the third trimester!!!] It’s a walk-in service, so my doctor told me to do it about a week before my next appointment, so 3 weeks from now. I’m really only nervous about the needle part. And just maybe feeling sick from drinking the juicy juice. I talked to my RD friend Caitlin about gestational diabetes because she ended up having GDM during her pregnancy last year, and she said that she hadn’t been too active in her pregnancy. After her diagnosis though, she really stepped up workouts and her blood sugar was so much more under control with regular exercise (more than diet). So I’m hoping that since I’ve been active almost daily over the past 6 months things are OK in the blood department. But we will see!

I didn’t read the paperwork until I got home and it says in two places: THIS IS NOT A FASTING TEST (although …"it is recommended that you go at a time when you have not recently consumed a large meal or sugary snack”). I called my doctor back and asked for a more specific recommendation. Should I go at 8am before breakfast or should I go maybe at 11am, 3 hours after breakfast? And maybe I should have fewer carbs at breakfast that day? I want the test to be accurate and don’t want to cheat or anything for the health of the baby, but I also don’t want to give myself an unnecessary reason to fail the 1 hour.

The nurse said to have something before I go but just not something too carby. I guess there is a concern about too much glucose on the empty stomach making people woozy. I asked her about yogurt and a little bit of fruit and she was wishy-washy about the fruit and recommend eggs and toast instead. I talked to Lynsie about it and she said she had a hard boiled egg (at the recommendation of her midwife) and brought peanut butter crackers to snack on right after the test. I think that’s what I’ll do – and eat more when I get home if I’m still hungry!

I also came across this blog post about alternatives to the fake-orange liquid. Wouldn’t it be so nice if we could just have a measured amount of real food glucose instead? I called my lab first, and they said they had never heard of this request and would need a written note from my doctor. So I called there next and spoke with the nurse and she basically said no. I know I could refuse the test or be more assertive, but it’s really just one bottle of gross soda-like substance, so I don’t really think it’s going to do any harm. I can see why they want to have everything completely standardized for an optimal test result. But still, I would much prefer to eat banana, bread and juice! (Or ice cream or cake with buttercream or anything more palatable!)

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When I first started thinking about what kind of items I wanted for our baby, everything was totally neutral and beige.

The Snugabunny Swing

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Snugabunny Sleeper

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Black/grey carseat

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A silver diaper bag

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But this is a good reason to create a registry early. When I looked at all of the items together, they just looked sooooo boring. I have a tendency to love neutrals because they go with anything and I don’t get tired of them. Grey is my current favorite color aside from my long-standing love for green! I was (and still am) afraid of my household turning into a circus of colors that felt overwhelming and mismatched, so I played it safe. Too safe.

Since this realization, I’ve been browsing all kinds of modern mom sites and researching some of the newer products out there. I’m still disappointed that there isn’t even more variety out there since there is such a huge market for baby stuff.

I love the modern look of this swing, but I think it’s TOO modern for our house (I want the colors though!)

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So I’ve decided on the well-reviewed Zen swing instead. I don’t loooove the colors, but it’s one of the better reviewed swings out there and color choices are very limited. (If I could find a travel size swing that had an AC adaptor and a nice color palette, I’d be sold!)

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I love that the base comes off so I won’t need a separate portable seat for carrying the baby room-to-room with me.

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Love this collection of bibs from Babies R Us

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I’ve changed the tune of the rock n play sleeper to this orange + green one, that I think is a bit more playful for a little boy (gotta love the bear bonus!)

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Love this high chair – matches our dining room shade! (And folds up teeny tiny when not in use)

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Instead of a safe neutral, I chose this gorgeous Hooter Hider to review in the future from the Bebeaulait.com collection!

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I changed the carseat to this green beauty:

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Our crib is still a neutral color, but as far as cribs go, it’s on the bolder side of the spectrum.

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And to match my nursery theme, I chose this diaper bag, which I love!

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Greens, oranges, yellows, greys.

Modern mom in the making.

I would love some suggestions of cool, modern-looking brightly colored baby items that you guys have come across!

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24 Weeks: Fatherhood Part II

Overall I feel like fatherhood is going to be a learning experience for me even more than my child!  But there are several things I’m particularly looking forward to doing with him:

Cooking – When I was a kid I would try to help in the kitchen, but I didn’t really do too much, and my mom didn’t take it any further than I apparently wanted to contribute.  But I realized when I was in college that I had an appreciation for great food but didn’t really know how to cook it.  In fact, I almost felt like the kitchen was space that I wasn’t supposed to be in.  So I’d love to expose my kids to the kitchen early on and encourage them to learn how to prepare food.  I’ve always believed that there are no bad cooks out there – it just takes familiarity via experience, and the bravery to fail!

Hobbies – I have a lot of hobbies but I’m not a master of any of them.  I guess brewing is the one I do best, but I also like to paint, garden, and build stuff.  As a kid I played the guitar and banjo but I’ve become less interested in them.  It must be hard for parents to resist the temptation to force their own hobbies onto their kids.  How many out there were forced to play an instrument or a certain sport?  So I’m looking forward to exposing them to many different hobbies and activities and letting them decide which ones they like.

Being Outside – I hope that my kids will have an appreciation for the earth.  Whether that’s a specific interest in conservation or an enjoyment of hiking or playing sports with friends or just walking in the amazing city we live in.  As a society it seems we’re more interested in living green than we’ve ever been, but I wonder how that affects kids growing up now?  When I was kid and we would have Earth Day or Arbor Day events, I felt like it was just contrived or unnecessary.  Like acknowledging the existence of the planet.  But now people are much more informed about the fragility of the earth, and I hope that my kids grow up with an attitude of not taking it for granted.

Science Experiments – I don’t know where I’m going with this one, but there must be all sorts of fun science experiments you can do at home… you know, blowin stuff up, shooting rockets, growing bacteria, robots, physics tests.  Super nerd time!

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6 months! 6 months!!!!

3 more months to go right!? Not really : ) Who was the person to declare generic pregnancy as 9 months?

Whatever the case, 16 weeks, give or take, to go! I remember being 16 weeks along just a few days ago. Time is a’flyin’.

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Highlights

My belly button is getting shallow!! I have always had an extreme innie. Like you can’t even see the bottom extreme. And all of a sudden I noticed that I can sort of see the bottom! (Luckily, I did not see any lint.) The chicken pox scar that was once buried deep on the walls of my belly button is now emerging to the outside. I wonder if it will one day pop out or just become a less-in innie?

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I’ve also noticed a lot more kicks (punches?) on the sides of my torso. I think this is a result of me getting much thicker so what used to be my side under my ribs is now the side of my stomach. It’s hard to explain, but it’s fun to think how far the baby stretches in there!

Of course the kicking/squirming action at the concert we went to on Saturday night was amazing. He started moving around like crazy! The kicks were pretty low down, so my guess is he is still feet down and I’m getting punched with little fists in the side. It was so fun to have my friends feel the kicks! I have no way to know when he’s going to kick, but if there is one or two, I can almost guarantee there will be a third or fourth before he’s done. This way I had a handful of friends catch them!

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It’s still amazing to me how much my bump morphs during the day. Sometimes it’s protruding out and lopsided and other times it’s nearly flat. I look way more or less pregnant depending on the hour of the day (although I can’t really pinpoint any trends).

Speaking of flat stomachs, one thing that is very odd and interesting to me is that I have a phantom flat stomach now and had a phantom bump in earlier weeks. At 15,16,17 weeks I felt like my bump was huge but when I would look in a mirror or see a photo of myself, it would pretty much just be a slight curve. Now, I feel like my stomach is flat and when I see a photo or mirror I’m shocked at how big it is!! The only way I can explain this is that as my uterus grows higher up, it sort of feels flatter – like my whole torso is wide so the bump is less of a low bump and more of a ‘whole round belly.” Gosh this is all hard to articulate!

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Lowlights

I’ve come to the conclusion that food just doesn’t taste as good to me now and probably won’t for the rest of pregnancy. I wouldn’t go as far to say that things taste bad, since I can eat most all foods again. It’s not really nausea, but it’s just like food has lost its umami. It’s not as magical as it once was. I eat sometimes reluctantly because I’m hungry and less because I’m excited about what I’m about to eat. This is probably a good thing for intuitive eating, but not so good for the pleasures of life! Even traditionally amazing foods like ice cream and cheese don’t taste quiiiiite as good as they used to. I look forward to the day when I once again think a vegetable tastes delicious again. (And I sure hope that day does come!)

Another lowlight – I have very low blood pressure in general. Probably a little genetic and a little athletic conditioning. I think as a result I’m going to be one of those people who has problems with this back lying thing. It started at my ultrasound with the nausea/faint feeling, but I’ve started to correlate lying on my back (such as on the couch reading) with mild nausea that lasts for a few hours. Even during Body Pump when I have my step at an incline I leave feeling slightly off. Nausea seems to be the first sign of this vena cava compression thing, followed by lightheadedness, followed by woozy/tingles (although that only happened once) so I think I just need to be more mindful of lying on my back.

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But on a high note, I’m really enjoying this part of pregnancy!

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TO-DO:

Deal with fan

Yay – another task removed from the to-do list!!!

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My thought process here involved lots of options:

1) Replace fan totally with a light fixture (something like this)

2) Then I decided to keep the fan because of the air flow benefits.

3) Paint the fan a funky color or design

4) But in this post, I thought maybe of just keeping it brown to match the bed.

5) I started to look for replacement shades instead of the dirty metal ones. But most fan shades are not cloth and are dated ceramic (and expensive!)

6) I washed the metal ones with Shaklee and found the rust gunk to come out – good as new.

7) Then I moved the bed, so the matching brown was no longer visual and the fan became even more of an eye sore.

8) I decided the silvery metal would look more modern against white. And the fan would blend into the ceiling better. It’s really a pretty new/modern fan.

9) PAINT THE FAN attempt…

A final before –

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I didn’t quite know how the blades would come off, but it ended up being pretty easy. I was THRILLED that the silver horseshoe shaped pieces stayed so I only had to paint the actual blades without any taping!

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Just involved a drill and some strong hands to un-stick the blades

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Dirty brown.

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Paint of choice picked up by Matt at Lowes

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Drop cloth to protect screens [old basement curtains]

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I did my best to mask the spray from my breathing and worked quickly. Coat #1

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Matt ended up doing coat #2 because the spray was more in the air than I liked.

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I did have to do a final coat on the edges in the morning. But luckily because fans are high up I only had to paint one side!

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And in a matter of 24 hours…

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We had a modernization! The metal looks refreshed and the fan blends much better with the ceiling!

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Power on –

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The white blades melt away when the fan is running

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Very very happy with this transformation that ended up costing only a can of spray paint!

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Note that I also swapped out the paintings. My grandmother’s Adam + Eve on the far wall

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And animals over the changing table. I think the scales work a bit better.

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I think that takes care of the last of the nursery décor. [At least during the newborn stages.] Now we just have to fill it with baby stuff!

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24 Weeks: Saturday Snapshots

I am now the proud owner of a rainbow of ribbed maternity tanks for Old Navy. I love these for layering, working out, and sleeping!! Soft, comfy and long. Inexpensive too!

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And see this little guy? He’s the happy big-brother-to-be.

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He is 9 inches from crown to paw.

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My baby is supposedly just about a foot in length from crown to heel!

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Sorry Bocker, you are now the little big brother!

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Happy Mother’s Day to all the moms and moms-to-be!

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