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Pregnancy Update {weeks 26 + 27}

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Screen Shot 2013-02-04 at 2.46.31 PMWell, here we go again ๐Ÿ™‚ Another update!

Week 26 was pretty uneventful. Week 27 however was full of ups and downs. I’ve debated sharing this, but thought that I should, so here we go:

Last Wednesday, I woke up and was planning on taking my daughter to the museum….it started off totally normal. Then I went to the bathroom and was dripping blood. Like big drops of red blood. TMI? Sorry. As you smart ladies and gents could probably guess, that’s not normal. Oh and on top of it all, I was having contractions. AWESOME.

So I called the doctor and they had me come in that afternoon.

I ended up taking my daughter to the museum after all because I didn’t want to be worrying at home and not accomplishing anything. But really, I just wanted a distraction to take my mind off of the ‘what ifs’. Yeah, it didn’t work too well. And I had 3 contractions over the 2 hours we were at the museum. #fail Not cool, baby. NOT COOL.

The afternoon rolled around and off I went to see the doctor. They did all the usual checkup stuff {urine sample, weight, blood pressure} and then the doctor came in, asked me a million questions and gave me an exam. I wasn’t dilating from those damn contractions, but he said there was definitely blood. Ya don’t say. He then checked the baby and everything was just fine, so the whole thing sort of ended up being inconclusive. But, I’m not allowed to be on me feet for too long or pick up my daughter {because that is what seems to start the contractions} and I need to just take it easy from here on out. Lots of water, lots of rest, limit the walking and I should be golden.

I was also given my Rhogam shot ‘just incase’ the blood was coming from the baby {which it probably wasn’t…hence the ‘just incase’.} So I went home, turned on a movie for my little one and slept the rest of the afternoon.

And then because I didn’t make dinner that night either, my husband went out to get pizza….and got rear ended. YEAH. Wednesday was a GREAT day for us. Haha! When it rains it pours! At least no one was hurt and we don’t have to pay for our car to get all fixed. #silverlining Oh, and I get to drive a pimped-out mini van rental car for the next 2 weeks while our car is in the shop. Like all the bells and whistles on this thing. It’s huge like a boat too. I’m soooo not ready to be a mini van family. Actually, I’m sure we could pull it off…I just don’t want to drive one. It’s so big!!

Anyways, since then we’ve been pretty problem free and I’ve only had 2 contractions since then. This little guy likes to scare his momma! Oh boy. Haha….literally! Get it? Oh BOY?! I’m so funny.

So, yes. That is how I ended the 2nd trimester. Glad I’m in the last phase of growing this little dude. Only 12 weeks left ๐Ÿ™‚ We’re getting excited to meet our little man. And, I think we have our name too! My husband and I have come to terms with the fact that we’re never going to agree on the first or middle name, so we’ve agreed to disagree. This basically means I get first name, he get’s middle. I’m kind of thrilled….with my name–not his.

As of today, I’ve gained 19 pounds this pregnancy. If I can keep it under 30, then I will consider that a success! Gained a zillion pounds the first time around, so I’m trying to keep things under control. Although, this pregnancy is SO different than my first one was in so many ways even though my diet hasn’t changed. I think it has to do with hormones. My skin is also much clearer this pregnancy too. Hormones, I tell you!!

-No cravings at all these last few weeks…at least none that I can remember!

-Still have a hard time sleeping because I can’t get comfy. I’ve upped my pillows to 3. My husband wants to get a king size bed because I’m edging him out. And its only getting worse! LOL!

-My memory is as crappy as ever.

-My little boy is very active. There were about 3 days in the 26th week where I hardly felt him at all, but since then he’s all over the place. And he’s been head down since….forever. Like since before I announced that I was pregnant. He likes to kick me in the lungs, so of course he’s not going to move….until I evict him in April. Mwahahaha.

-If someone puts their hand on my belly, he will move. It’s like he can sense it or something. This morning before my husband left for work, he put his hand at the top of my belly and said ‘goodbye little guy!’ and he kicked! It was pretty cute actually. So, I smiled, rolled over and went back to bed. Ahh, such a good wife I am.

Anyways, that’s it for now!

Questions for you all:

{1} What are your favorite freezer meals? I’m not sure when my parents are coming, so I want to be prepared incase he comes early or they come a week later.

{2} What sorts of personal items did you pack in your hospital bag? Did you bring your own gown? Pillow? I’m debating what should go into this bag of mine….not that I have it packed yet or anything ๐Ÿ™‚

{3} What do you consider to be the biggest help right after you had your baby? People bringing meals? Family watching the older kids so you could sleep? I’m trying to figure out what I’ll want. At first I like to do things on my own completely and see how I feel/how temperamental the baby is before I have people come by to ‘help’. A lot of times, visitors just stress me out even if they mean well. Is it rude to say don’t come to the hospital? OR we’ll tell you when to come?!

Thanks friends!


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33 Responses
  1. Anna @ Hidden Ponies

    Very scary! Thankful everything is ok, but you seem like the kind of person who will get tired of “taking it easy” pretty quickly – wishing you (and your daughter who can’t be picked up :)) patience!
    We’ve been bad for only calling out-of-town family with the news right away and calling potential visitors a few hours later after I’ve had time to shower, sleep, and remember my baby’s name ๐Ÿ™‚ I think it’s one of the few times when you can be ALL ABOUT YOU and not feel guilty!

  2. Keeley @ My Life on a Plate

    I don’t think it’s rude to keep people out of the hospital. When we had our son in July we only allowed our mothers in the delivery room. My mother-in-law left hours before our son was born and my mother came in and out throughout the day. It was peaceful and calming for us not to have everyone up in our business. After our son was born he went to the NICU. We had to limit visitors and it was the best thing for everyone. Eventually we got the hang of being parents and we slowly allowed visitors (2-4 weeks later).

    I appreciated my mother coming at 7 am and staying until noon many days so my husband and I could get some sleep. I’m breastfeeding and I had to wake up from my naps to pump, but it was wonderful getting 5 hours of rest without the feedings and the crying. I looked forward to the sunrise each day when I knew she was coming.

    I also appreciated people bringing food, although healthy food that reheats well was much better than the fried and fatty stuff. I was so appreciative of a friend who brought us chicken tortilla soup and hand me down baby stuff from her son who is just a few months older than ours.

  3. Krissy's Creations

    Wow what a day! Glad your feeling better :).
    The biggest help for me was my family coming over and brining meals. They seriously did this for almost the first month. It was SO nice to just focus on the baby without having to worry about cooking dinner (or lunch even).
    I made a big deal about packing our bag for the hospital! Haha. I did bring my own gown. I got this super cute one online – http://www.amazon.com/Pretty-Pushers-Disposable-Delivery-Pre-Pregnancy/dp/B005IIRDT0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1360125108&sr=8-1&keywords=pregnancy+gown
    I did have to change out of it when I ended up getting an emergency C-section but I had it on for 12 hours while in labor. I also packed a comfy pillow for both me and my husband. As well as a couple comfortable pajamas. Also bring toiletries to get ready and when you shower. It’s nice to use your own stuff. I have way more things to say but my comment is already super long! haha. Can’t wait to see you little boy!

  4. Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom

    Oh my goodness! I would have freaked out if I saw all that blood (and I’ve gone through 2 pregnancies) but you had everything under control. . and you still took your daughter to the museum. . what a great mom you are! I hope the rest of your pregnancy is smooth sailing. . I admire you for your positive attitude re: the car and now having a mini van to drive. . Take care and get some rest. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Loretta | A Finn In The Kitchen

    Having a lasagna in the freezer is one of my favorite things. Wished I had one after my daughter was born.

    We were living away from family, but the help I would have appreciated the most was food and baby-holding so I could take a nap and shower. Two very precious things….

  6. Alicia Louwerse

    Very scary! Thankful that everything is okay!

    With our first we had an overwhelming amount of visitors at the hospital, with our second, it worked out that we had almost none – it was glorious! I had lots of time to snuggle my new little boy, and figure out nursing on my time, not the visitors clock. When we were home and settled, we took visitors as we felt ready. Your the new mamma, do what is BEST for you and for baby, not your guests, they’ll understand. A sweet newborn doesn’t change that quickly for outside guests!

    As for hospital bag – comfy, cute, maternity PJ’s with a zip up cover/sweater. I could be comfy but still felt “dressed”, lip balm, and lotion

  7. Caroline @ chocolate & carrots

    I actually did a post on the freezer meals that I made before Liam came and even made a ready grocery list for the ingredients too! So, here’s that: http://chocolateandcarrots.com/2012/05/freezer-meals-for-a-new-mom

    I also wrote up a post about what is in my hospital bag that I actually used. I always over pack, so now I’ll know exactly what to bring next time! ๐Ÿ˜€ And here’s that: http://chocolateandcarrots.com/crackersandcarrots/2012/07/hospital-bag-necessities

    So fun! I will say that when Liam was born we had visitors every single day for about 3 weeks. That completely wore me out. I think for our next child, I’ll say no visitors for a while and probably just have some quality time with the baby and Liam. ๐Ÿ™‚ Whatever you decide I’m sure it’ll be just right for you and your family! ๐Ÿ˜€ I’m so excited for you!

  8. Meagan @ A Zesty Bite

    Aww you poor thing! I bled a little during my pregnancy and I was a nervous wreck each time it happened. Also, I did a post on what to bring to the hospital and it definitely came in handy for us. http://www.azestybite.com/hospital-pack-list/

  9. Carla @ Carlas Confections

    Holy cow, Id say its been eventful! Keeping you two (four really) in my thoughts and prayers! I hope the rest of the pregnancy is less eventful ๐Ÿ˜‰ You look adorable and like youve gained the perfect amount of weight! ๐Ÿ™‚ I definitely understand the “when it rains it pours”, I hope it doesnt get that eventful again. So fun that he is moving so much though! Super exciting!!

  10. Nanette

    I hemorrhaged with my son so they did an ultrasound and found I’d torn the placenta away from the uterus just a little bit. Everything was fine after a week or so. One of the easiest things to freeze is lasagna for a quick meal. Also, my daughter did something really special when she had her second daughter. Once she had the baby she only invited her first child in so she could meet her sister first. It was a very special time for the four of them.

  11. Val

    I would actually suggest that you have someone come over to hold the baby so the “big Kid” can get some one on one time with you (play a game, go out for a quick lunch, etc.) Its hard to share Mommy at first!

  12. Christina

    That is so scary! I’m so glad you’re okay. I had my first baby six months ago and still remember labor and the aftermath really well! I’m so glad I took my own socks, robe, and lounge clothes to wear afterwards. A hairbrush, hair ties, lotion, and Chapstick also made me more comfortable. Our families flew in for the birth and it was a bit crazy having everyone in our small place so I appreciated it when they would go out for a while and come back to give us some space and quiet. I was so grateful for my mom who cleaned the entire time, did the laundry, and made us meals. We also had friends stop by when all our family was gone to clean and bring over anything we needed from the store. So helpful! The crock pot was my best friend too!

  13. Jenny @ BAKE

    That sounds terrifying! I’m so glad you and your little man are ok, and that no one was hurt in the car collision. I’m a big fan of frozen slow cooked sausage casserole, i always seems to reheat well!

  14. Pam Parson

    Glad you are okay ! You look just adorable ๐Ÿ™‚ The number one most important thing to bring to the hospital is Chapstick ! I would have KILLED to have one with my second baby. The oxygen and drugs they give you make your lips so dry. I did bring my own gowns, it made me feel a little better since it seemed like everyone in the world had seen my tatas by the time I went home.

  15. Angel stanley

    With #1 my husband and i as well as my parents were all living together in a huge house so i had livein help. nothing like having a grandpa who is always awake at 430am. it was so nice to hand baby off to him and get to sleep for four or five hours. baby #2, My parents and husband scheduled their work lives so that i was not home alone for the first two weeks. The next two weeks my parents lessened their visits but my husband would come home about 1130am for an hour and then be home at 445p. We do not have a lotof friends since i have a huge family so i didn’t have to have the conversation about not coming over.. My siblings and parents know what needs to be done since we all live about the same lifestyle so it was super easy for everyone to pitch in without having to ask them or redo their work when they left.. Yes, i realize how lucky we are to have family around to help. As far as what to bring to the hospital, i liked my own night gown, socks, soaps and facewash and reading material. For #2 my mom brought newborn diapers because the ones the hospital provided were giant on her little butt. I think my most important decision was to tell my ob that i did not wAnt an army of techs coming in and out of my room every 15minutes to “check my vitals.” That happened with #1 and i thought i would lose my mind or die of sleep exhaustion. The doctor said, “sure, you are the mommy, you can request whatever you want.” They did have to check on me every three hours. But the nurses did take her for four hours in the middle of the night if i asked.

  16. Summer

    I will pray that you have a safe and uneventful third trimester!

    For freezer meals, my mother-in-law made us three freezer lasagnas. There is nothing like some good carby, meaty, cheesiness when you are sore, tired and less than 100%!

    I liked to have my own pajamas at the hospital for after the baby was born. I didn’t bring my own hospital gown for labor and delivery because that’s messy and I decided to let the hospital do that laundry! ๐Ÿ™‚ (Sorry if it’s TMI).

  17. Meredith (mereofalltrades)

    I’m so glad everything is going ok now! I think lasagna or stuffed shells freeze really well. I also have gone to Trader Joe’s and bought out their freezer section, they have lots of easy freezer meals that are tasty.

    I brought my own clothes with me, I feel more comfortable that way. I packed nursing tank tops and really lose sweatpants or pj bottoms, and a zip up hoodie is nice in case you get cold with just a tank on. Good luck!

  18. KrissyW

    I just had a boy 10 weeks ago, and my daughter is about the same age as yours!!! The best things at the hospital were my own pillow, flannel pj’s and a bunch of bath and body works stuff. A long hot shower w/ that stuff in the hospital makes you feel so much better after delivery! I thought the best help was w/ food preparation and laundry. I had a lot of casseroles in the freezer at first but I am getting sick of them so I’m moving on to slow cooker meals for something different. Fajitas, chicken and dumplings, beef stroganoff, and apricot chicken are good ones for the crock pot. I hope he doesn’t scare you anymore, it’s hard work being pregnant w/ a toddler to take care of. Best of luck with everything and congrats to your whole family.

    1. krissyw

      I lived in these while pregnant and the price is so ridiculously cheap now, buy them!!!!!!!

  19. Alaina @ Fabtastic Eats

    During my last pregnancy I started gushing blood & was so crampy. I was convinced of the worst and balling my eyes out when I showed up to the ER, (we were out of state), they ran lots of tests, had an hour long ultrasound, etc., of course everything ended up being fine, since Im holding my sweet 6 week old now, but I had a “pool of blood” in my uterus that just kept flowing…scary stuff. Im sorry that happened to you. :/

    The biggest help to me was having my MIL around to help with my 20 month old..make him meals, play with him, keep him busy, get him out of the house..its alot of work with a new baby so its nice to have someone helping out. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Oh, and not rude at all to tell people not to come until you say so!! Thats what we did second time around and I was so glad. The first time, I hated having visitors in n out all day, I barely got to hold my baby. Tell them not to come until you’re ready, people really do understand.

  20. Erin @ Dinners, Dishes and Desserts

    Scary! I had blood one day during my pregnancy too. Everything turned out fine, but it was scary! Hope you get to have lots of rest, and an easy 3rd trimester!

  21. Sharon

    Glad you are feeling better. I have four and had minor difficulties and pre-term labor with number 2 & 4. All work out in the end with extra rest and none came too super early. With each baby after the first we had the new baby “bring” the older siblings a gift. I had it packed in my hospital bag and would have it out the first time they came to see the baby. I always like to take my own pillow and a nightgown of some kind. Meals were the most appreciated thing in my house. Sometimes having extra people in the house after just caused more craziness and I always preferred to keep the older siblings at home to keep things as normal as possible. In time we all made the adjustments. Good luck!

  22. Erin

    Scary! Glad things are looking ok though. With my third, I was like “I’m gonna pack my own jammies and my hair stuff and make up and it will be great…” yeah…. or not. I didn’t use anything I brought, just wore the hospital gowns, didn’t even shower – major ew I know. I just wanted to go home. The only useful things were my cell charger, ha!, and my sleep nursing bra, and slippers. That’s it.
    I’m very blunt about “don’t come see me until I say so”. If anyone asks, just say “I’d love you to come over after a few weeks when I’m feeling up for it.”

  23. Lisa

    I just had my first baby 3 months ago, so everything is still fresh in my memory! In terms of freezer food, I made a few batches of chili, spaghetti and had some pizza dough for quick dinners. I also stocked the freezer with frozen fruit for smoothies and made a few batches of muffins. I was starving all the time those first few weeks from nursing , so it was nice to have those on hand for a quick snack. The most helpful thing for us was people bringing food. There was only so much my freezer could hold. And definitely don’t feel bad about saying no to visitors!

  24. Robin Bundick

    Hello there.
    First of all, I am so glad that everything seems to be ok with you and the baby! That would have seriously scared me! As for the freezer meals, I love to make gumbo and freeze it. All you have to do then, is take it out and put it in a pot and heat it up! ๐Ÿ™‚ Now, the stuff for the hospital….I took my own pillow! I hate hospital pillows!! I also took a boppy pillow to have after the baby was born and my own robe. And, I am with ya on not wanting a lot of people at the hospital. I don’t think it is rude at all to tell them not to come (in a nice way) or we’ll let you know when you can come to the hospital. YOU are the one having the baby not them. ๐Ÿ™‚ I don’t know if any of this helps, but I tried. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Take care!!

  25. Aubri

    It’s been fun to see your updates since I am due the same time as you, except I’m having twins. Sounds like a very scary day! I’m glad that it all turned out well! I’m planning on doing some easy freezer meals too. I’ve been menu planning 2 for one meals where I do something big, and then freeze half of it. Slow cooked roasts are good…something that you can put in rolls or tortillas. Then, soups of course, and maybe some pasta. Make a double batch of Alfredo sauce and freeze half of it, grill some chicken (and bacon??!!) and freeze half of it too, then thaw stuff out and toss with some pasta. I think that it’s most helpful to have someone bring meals and watch older siblings. Good luck over the next few weeks!

  26. Emily M.

    Glad things are okay. As far as freezer meals, I haven’t tried these recipes, but it seems like they would work out great and would keep you off of your feet!


  27. Kristi P.

    Praying for a less “eventful” 3rd trimester!! Having someone around to just help hold our 2nd (and later 3rd) babies was nice – and good to have some sort of dinners ready. One thing which popped to mind was how kind and nice it was when my friends/relatives remembered to include a little “something” for our oldest daughter – (she was only 4 when our 2nd arrived) – so when the gifts were coming in, she didn’t feel left out:)

    Hang in there!! ๐Ÿ™‚