34 Weeks … Home Stretch

Well … five weeks from today, it’s “go-time!!” Hard to believe how quickly it’s approaching. I think because I have so much else on my mind, it hasn’t been at the forefront of my thoughts constantly the way it was with Maya …

I added my latest bump shot here. As you can see, I am growing (and growing and growing!) by the week … Doc appointment this week showed I am all on track and doing well. My blood pressure is still really good (and low for a pregnant person) and I’m up a healthy 27 pounds. Continue reading “34 Weeks … Home Stretch”

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Perception and Reality

Right now, at 33 weeks, I feel like I look like I did when I was nine months pregnant with Maya. I’ve already gained above the 25 pounds I gained with her. I’m waddling. Wearing heels hurts. And my spine is all out of whack from having a giant basketball in front. I feel like a human teapot, about to tip over at any given moment. And on top of all that awesomeness, I’m pretty much a forgetful, anxious hot mess these days.

So it came as quite a surprise when, on two separate occasions in the past week, people paid me compliments that totally didn’t jive with how I have been feeling … but made me feel great regardless. Continue reading “Perception and Reality”

The “Discomfort Zone”

I try really hard not to complain about the physical ailments of pregnancy because I know I should feel lucky and blessed to be having a baby at all. But sometimes even that blessing comes with its down-sides, and I’d be lying if I said it was peachy-keen all the time.

While I’ve overall felt good throughout this pregnancy, as someone who doesn’t have chronic pain regularly, I’m beginning to see what so many people face on a daily basis … with the exception being that mine is temporary. And it’s no fun. Continue reading “The “Discomfort Zone””

30 Weeks

It’s somewhat hard to believe I’m really in the home stretch now … I’m two months and two days shy of Delivery Day …  and the amount of stuff going on at work and at home between now and then is just mind-blowing. It’s going to fly by.

I snapped my 30-week pic before Body Pump this morning to add to my growing collection of bump shots. I am sure I look pretty silly still lifting weights, but I know how good it is for me and how strong it makes me feel … so I keep at it. Plus, someday, I want my kids to know that their mama was strong and fit … in case I should ever let myself go 😉 (HA). Continue reading “30 Weeks”

A Turning Point?

Maybe we are FINALLY turning a page with respect to post-partum body image.

When Kate Middleton stepped out of the hospital — not even 24-hours post-partum — she stood there, cupping her still-swollen belly looking absolutely radiant … and moms around the world cheered. Here she was, looking like we all do after delivering a baby: exhausted, puffy, and still looking 6-mths pregnant. Continue reading “A Turning Point?”

Easier Second Time Around?

I never thought I would a mom who breastfed. My mom didn’t breastfeed me and the idea grossed me out for a very long time. Of course, as I got older I came to know/understand the whole “breast is best” philosophy spewed by everyone and their mom … and figured if/when the time came, I’d give it the old college try.

I just never expected myself to last as long as I did. Continue reading “Easier Second Time Around?”

28 Weeks Down, 12 to Go

Although I feel like I have been pregnant for an eternity (and I kind of have … since Jan.) and this summer heat wave is kicking my booty … in many ways, it’s hard to conceptualize that the third trimester is here already. It feels like it’s flown by.

And in the next twelve weeks, he who has no name will be here.

Holycrap.

Our entire family dynamic will change. I will become mother to a son. Luis will become father to a son. Maya will become a big sister. And our little family of four will become five.
Continue reading “28 Weeks Down, 12 to Go”