Wednesday, July 25, 2012

36 Weeks

36 Weeks
Baby Size: Crenshaw Melon  The world's smallest
 newborn horse (6 lbs)
Symptoms: Nothing new
Cravings: Water, water, and water

This week we did our hospital tour.  We have decided to deliver at the Irvine Sand Canyon hospital because we have experience there and it is about ten minutes closer to our apartment.  On Saturday we went to the hospital for a little orientation and hospital walk through.  Kaiser has been so wonderful and gave us all the info we need to really feel ready for our baby's arrival. They took us step by step through what we need to do when I start feeling those wonderful things called contractions all the way through being discharged.  It was very helpful and I really do feel much more comfortable now.  I was most excited about how big the rooms are and how baby friendly Kaiser is.  They push breast-feeding and give an hour of family bonding time which I thought was great. I did find out that they don't have a bath like I previously thought so I may labor at home longer if I feel comfortable when the time comes. I'm also considering getting a birth ball because that has been a comfortable position for me throughout this pregnancy. So many decisions :)

This weekend we also went to the OC fair.  We had such a good time! We met up with some of Brian's coworkers and basically tried to do everything we could.  We ate A LOT of food (well I didn't, but Brian did).  We also saw pig races and some acrobats.  The pig racing was ADORABLE! I loved it! I didn't think I would be able to hang with everyone but I managed.  It was hot and we walked for about 4 hours but I ended up feeling pretty good.  I did sleep a lot the next day but it was a very fun day.  I think we'll be heading back to the fair at least once more before it's gone. 

I have also been slowly checking things off my list.  Yesterday I went to the store to exchange some clothes.  After going through the clothes I realized we didn't have many newborn or 0-3 month clothes. We still don't have many clothes but I think we're going to wait until after the baby is born to get anything else.  It has been a little difficult not knowing the gender in these last stages of preparation.  I also find myself wondering about the gender a lot. Brian is still thinking it is a girl and I am leaning more toward girl as well.  I am almost done getting everything for the hospital ready.  I just have some last minute things to get.

Today I wrote up a list of our birth preferences.  Did anyone else do birth preferences or a birth plan? Our preferences are mostly related to having a natural birth and not being induced. I suppose if I am 2 weeks over I will understand if I have to be induced but I really don't want to.  I have heard only negative things about being induced so I worry a little about that. Luckily Kaiser seems to be extremely accommodating so I feel very comfortable that all my preferences will be met.  We just can't believe how fast the time has gone and we are so excited for the little lamb to be here!

Friday, July 20, 2012

35 Weeks

*****35 Days Left******

35 Weeks
Baby Size: Honeydew
Symptoms: Feeling large and still tired
Cravings: Soda (not really indulging though)

I finished my last day of work! It is a bitter sweet feeling right now.  I love my job and I am really gonna miss all the kids and my coworkers but I am excited to relax this last month (ish) of pregnancy.  Yesterday was a doozy and I am already in relaxation mode.  

I had a checkup last Friday and everything is looking really good.  The baby sounds great and is still moving a lot.  The Doctor says I have had a great pregnancy across the board so I feel very fortunate.  We also finished our hypnobirthing classes this week.  I am really happy with how the classes went.  I feel much more relaxed and also a little bit empowered.  Every time I see the Dr she tells me how relaxed I seem.  I will credit that entirely to Hypnobirthing and Brian.  I am not a relaxed person so this has been really healthy for me. 

I don't really have anything else to update this week.  We will hopefully get everything on the list accomplished in the next week or two.  I can't believe we only have a little over a month! 

Thursday, July 12, 2012

34 Weeks

sorry about the wet hair/no makeup
its really lucky that I even

34 Weeks
Baby Size: Cantaloupe 
Symptoms: Back pain, breathing issues, and major fatigue
Cravings: Nada! I think my stomach is too small now. 

The heat has hit me hard this week.  It has only been in the upper 80's but I am feeling pretty rough.  I really thought I rocked at pregnancy but I am by no means immune to the 3rd trimester fun.  At work I can hardly walk to my car after work because I am so tired.  Luckily my last day is next Thursday so I'll be doing a lot less time on my feet in the sun.  I also can't make it through an afternoon without a 2 hour nap.  Yesterday I didn't take a nap and I passed out around 7:30, I am a mess. The best part about my third trimester has been when I lay down at night and I can barely breath, I have been loving that. In all seriousness, I still have been feeling really good.  I do feel tired and I do get back pain after doing the dishes but I have actually really enjoyed my pregnancy.  I have really been trying to enjoy it more because this is the only time I'll be pregnant with this little baby.  I know that is an obvious statement but I think that for my sake and for the babies sake (well and Brian's for that matter) it is really beneficial to count our blessing even when we can barely get our shoes on. 

This week we were lucky enough to have another shower held for us.  Brian's has worked for Vans for over 3 years and has made some great friends over that time.  They were so sweet and took time away from their busy days to show us some love.  I could not believe the generosity! I was so surprised at how many people came and they were just so thoughtful with the gifts.  I snapped a pic to show all the gifts laid out-


I think we now have everything we need for babies arrival.  I can't wait to figure out how to use everything and see Baby Yoast in all the cute outfits.  We actually don't have many outfits for the baby because I've noticed people don't love buying unisex outfits.  We do have a lot of gift cards though so I am really excited to pick out some fun stuff.  I really feel so grateful to everyone! All the support really helps keeps me calm and I am starting to feel like maybe we can handle this!

Thursday, July 5, 2012

33 Weeks

*****Happy (late) Fourth of July*****

33 Weeks
Baby Size: A pineapple
Symptoms: RIB PAIN!!!!
Cravings: chocolate, chocolate, and a little fruit

I had a Dr. appointment this week and I received some great news.  The baby is head down!  I was really relieved because it was something I have been a bit worried about.  Let's cross our fingers that the baby decides to stay that way for the next seven weeks.  

It is hard to tell in the picture but I am carrying the baby really high.  My belly is actually kind of flat and wide instead of a cute round belly.  I am really short waisted so this is causing the baby to be sitting right under my ribs on both sides.  This morning I woke up with a sore sternum and what feels like bruised ribs.  I am officially done being pregnant and I still have 7 weeks left.  haha.  I guess I'll need the 7 weeks though because I still have SO much to do! I have been so blessed and happy my whole pregnancy, and then came week 32 and I have hit a wall.  Hopefully I can get everything done that I need to with my new super fun pregnancy attitude :) All I can say is poor Brian. 

Next week for our hypnobirthing class we have a small homework assignment.  We are doing a session to target our fears and we are supposed to come prepared with those fears in mind.  I have been thinking a lot about this and trying to come up with what those fears might be.  I love lists so I thought I would lay out some of my fears here.

*Emergency C-section (or any C-section): there is absolutely nothing wrong with a c-section, I would just like to avoid any surgery if possible.
*Back labor: I have heard this is really difficult and would be hard to endure naturally.
*Any health concerns with baby: I think this fear is inevitable and hard to even address.  
*Broken tailbone: I have heard this can happen, and I have had tailbone pain since about week 15 so I am a little worried about that.
*Interventions: Episiotomy, drugs, etc...Mostly I want to be in control but I also trust the Dr. and I am afraid I may be talked into something that I don't need/want. 
*Being Induced: I really do not want to be induced.  I suppose if I am weeks late I may feel differently but I just want to let my body do it's job. I have also read that getting induced can cause a more painful labor.  

I know that most of these fears are normal and probably something all women go through.  Hopefully the fear session at hypnobirthing can really address some of these so my fear wont turn into anxiety/tension during labor.  After 3 weeks of hypnobirthing courses I have noticed a much more relaxed version of me.  Before the classes my fears would have probably been a way longer list, so I think I am doing much better.  

I hope everyone had a nice holiday yesterday, we sure did.  Fourth of July has always been a favorite of mine and it made me look forward to holidays with our growing family.