Saturday, November 30, 2013

Baby Noelle Portugal: 36,37,38, and 39 Weeks

Well, I just keep getting worse and worse when it comes to blogging consistently. This may possibly be my last blog post before Noelle is here... figuring I am 39 weeks!

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The Good:
- The nursery is complete at this point. Ivan took a video below.
- I haven't had too many awful symptoms of the third trimester. My weight is under control and I don't really have any swelling as far as I can tell. So that is all good!
- Noelle is making her way "down". I can tell. Although it isn't always the most comfortable feeling, it makes me really excited!
- I had both my baby showers, and they were both fabulous! It was great to see all my friends. 
- The baby book I ordered arrived, along with a Christmas stocking for Noelle.
- I am one week out... still feeling pretty good. Most people are like "GET THIS BABY OUT" by now and I really don't feel that, so I consider myself kind of lucky.. for now. 

The Bad
-  I do have some pains now and again from Noelle moving downward

- If I have to pee... I have to pee or it hurts. That is never a good thing in the middle of the night. 
- I look pretty huge and nothing really fits anymore
- I have quite a few stretch marks... oh well!.... I am a zebra
- I may be getting sick.. I feel a cold coming on which is NOT good at this point. 

The Ugly
- Nothing super bad lately. 

36, 37, 38, 39 Weeks
How far along: 39 weeks
Total weight gain: I have gained around 40 lbs (depending on what time I weigh). I am pretty satisfied with this number. 
Stretch marks: Yup.. all over. They look pretty bad.. ug
Sleep: Sleeping is fine.. although I turn from side to side a LOT. 
Best moment of this week : Well, within the last 4 weeks I have had both my baby showers. They were really great! It was great to get to spend time with my closest friends. Noelle also got some beautiful things!
Miss anything: Sleeping on my stomach.. and maybe walking normally. 
Food cravings: Nope!
Anything making you queasy or sick: If I eat a lot of greasy foods it will make me sick. I had a barfy moment around week 36 when I ate too many greasy foods on the weekend. Other than that I have been completely fine. 
Labor signs: Just Braxton Hicks, Noelle moving downward.
Belly button in or out: Its out now... pretty much.
Happy or moody most of the time: It has varied between weeks. I think overall I have been in a pretty good mood. I would say this week 39 has been the "moodiest" of all of them. 
Looking forward to: Noelle being here. My next midwife appt is on Dec 5th (the day before my due date). My sister is also coming into town on Tuesday. 

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Saturday, November 2, 2013

Baby Noelle Portugal: 32/33 AND 34/35 weeks

Wow.. this pregnancy brain this is getting bad. I can't believe how long it has been since I have updated this. I just keep forgetting every weekend. Haha! So I guess you will probably see a pretty big jump in belly size from the last pic figuring it has been a month!!

October was a CRAZY month for me. Work was just super busy, so busy that by the time I reached the weekend, I was just dead. However, that didn't stop me from shooting 2 portrait sessions, second shooting 2 weddings, and 1st shooting a wedding (all while working like crazy at my full time job). Needless to say, I am ready for November and things to just calm down a bit! 

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

The Good:
- Noelle is very active. She has been doing well. 
- The nursery is pretty much complete. We have a few small details remaining, but it is complete (pictures coming soon!)
- Our birthing classes have been going well. Although, I am probably ready for them to end. 12 weeks is a LONG time. 
- I have had no swelling (which I hear is really common at this stage). My feet look normal and so do my ankles. I actually would still be wearing heels if I hadn't been told not to (I guess it isn't good for baby positioning or something like that)
- Noelle is head down.. so yay!
- It is getting "real" since this weekend we will be packing the "go" bag.. wow!
- My weight gain has been in control... I have gained around 30lbs which I consider highly successful. 

The Bad
-  I haven't been getting enough water lately (my fault of course). When I am really busy at work I just forget to drink water. 

- Been just having overall aches and pains. The joys of the third trimester. 
- No more highheels for me (midwife orders)... my flats are so ugly!
- Sleeping has become more uncomfortable but it hasn't been super bad. 
- Oh ya.. I kind of look HUGE!

The Ugly
- Work has been well... horrendous. As I have mentioned before, I am doing my job +80% of another girl's job. It is just crazy over here. So I am busy all the time. This last week was just horrible. 
- Oh ya.. the Miata (the cursed car) got hit AGAIN. Although it isn't our fault at all (someone backed into Ivan).. we will probably end up paying our own deductible because people suck and lie.. and insurance companies will do anything to get out of it. 
- Um how about this picture below... ug! 

32, 33, 34, and 35 Weeks
How far along: 32, 33, 34, and 35 weeks
Total weight gain: I have gained a total of around 30lbs total. I have been staying around 30 though. My goal is to gain less than 40 haha! I haven't been exercising at all though. Ivan did take me walking the other day which was good. The weather has been sooooo nice that we should definitely walk more!
Stretch marks: Yup.. I have them on my butt, upper thighs, and lower belly.. fun fun fun. I think Noelle is trying to create more too haha!
Sleep: Eh.. not that great. Sleeping on my right side is easier than my left, but I still wake up a lot. 
Best moment of this week month: We got the Noelle LaRae sign for the nursery! I was so excited, I ordered it around 2 months ago. Also my midwife appt was pretty awesome! I love the midwife Melanie...! Got Noelle's first Christmas ornament too!
Miss anything: Sleeping on my stomach I guess. 
Food cravings: Nope... nothing really. 
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope
Labor signs: Just Braxton Hicks
Belly button in or out: Flatish/out I guess. 
Happy or moody most of the time: I have gone between moody and happy the last four weeks. Honestly, as I said October was a horrible month. 
Looking forward to: My baby shower! I have a work shower on Nov 5th and then one at my home on the 23rd!

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