Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Second Trimester Review

Now that I have officially entered my third and last trimester of this pregnancy, I thought it was time for another pregnancy review and stat session. I went to the doc again today and everything is still looking great for both me and our little babe.

I had to do the dreaded glucose test which was a blast, let me tell you. I don't know why they make everyone take that darn stuff, I don't have a single symptom of gestational diabetes, I have no family history of diabetes, and I take impeccable care of myself and my baby. I rarely have a treat (like maybe once a month and it will only be a bite. I was blessed to not have a sweet tooth.), I eat very few simple carbs and I get plenty of fruits, veggies, whole grains and protein every day. Sorry about the ranting I for some reason really didn't want to have to do the test. I know it has its place and prevents a lot of problems, I am just being a cry baby. Unless something changes from here on out and the baby or I am not healthy, I think I am going to protest with my next pregnancy.

Anyway, it's hard to believe my second tri is already over and that I only have one to go. I will be considered full term in only 10 weeks which is insane! I know I probably won't deliver then but it's just bizarre that I'm already getting to that point. I get more and more anxious every day- I want to meet my baby and have her here in my arms. I want to see her with Josh and enjoy being a family of three. We are all signed up for our birthing and breast feeding classes. I wonder if I'll learn something new or if it will be the same info in the books and websites I've read. For now I feel really comfortable with the idea of giving birth. I feel mentally prepared and have very little anxiety about it. I'm sure that will change as the day approaches, but for now I am feeling really calm about the whole thing.

Ok, here are some facts about my second trimester and the beginning of my third:

  • The baby moves like crazy, really really crazy. We can see her individual body parts and can feel feet and elbows all the time. She is most active at night but I feel her all throughout the day.
  • Josh was first able to feel her around 20 weeks, not too long after I started to feel her often, which was really exciting.
  • She loves to try to escape through my sides and enjoys planting her foot on the inside of my right ribcage which feels quite lovely...not!
  • Baby also loves to stomp on my bladder without any warning, making it near impossible for me to not pee my pants.
  • I look quite a bit like Gus Gus, the mouse from Cinderella. My shirts are always creeping up over my belly and my gut is pretty much always hanging out.
  • I officially have the pigmentation line up my entire belly. I'm hoping it stays this color, it's quite faint, but it will most likely darken.
  • Still no stretch marks, keep your fingers crossed for me- I still have a lot of growing to do which is hard to believe.
  • I am still working at the salon part time and by the end of the day my back and feet are killing me.
  • No swelling yet! I hope this lasts throughout the summer.
  • My energy level has been so much higher these past few months than they were in the first trimester. It's like a night and day difference and I am grateful for it.
  • I only wake up once a night to pee which was also a welcomed change from the first tri. We'll see if this continues on through this trimester, I'm not very hopeful.
  • I have gained 12.5 lbs total
  • My belly button is a half innie half outie. It's an odd smiley face shape with a piece of skin on top that looks like it needs to be snipped off. I wonder if it will go back to its original shape.
  • We are still trying to officially decide on what we are going to call this kid. For now we only have one name that we both like and I'm thinking that will probably end up being her name, I'm just not 100% sold yet. So, if you have suggestions we'd love to hear them. I don't like anything too trendy or made up.
All in all this pregnancy has still been pretty breezy! Some days I feel very pregnant, others I don't feel it at all (other than those kicks to the bladder or ribs). I feel so lucky and very blessed to have had it this easy. I am excited to finish her nursery, get maternity pictures taken, and to enjoy the rest of this pregnancy. I hope she continues to grow healthily and strong. I can't wait to meet the little firecracker. She is already my favorite person, besides Josh of course. I think about her all day long and wonder what she'll be like. I have an image of a feisty but girly little one in my head. We'll see how accurate that is in almost no time at all.

Belly shots at 26 weeks:


Melody and Nathan Pellegrin said...

You look great! Good luck with the rest of the pregnancy!

Meg said...

Oh my gosh, you are a doll. So gorgeous!!!! These pics make me miss my belly SO Much.

I know what you mean with the glucose test...That was awful. I'm like you, I don't indulge in too many sweets, eat only chicken breast & try and stay away from simple carbs, no soda, caffeine, etc. When I took the test...I seriously puked it up 15 minutes later. My body rejected it big time. I had to retake it, same thing. So they made me prick my finger for 1 1/2 months to test my glucose. I kept telling them that I am NOT diabetic, but they wouldn't listen. Once they saw my sugars were normal they let me stop. And my baby was a whopping 6 pds 2 oz! Def. not a diabetic baby! haha. Next time I'm going to protest too!!

Brittany said...

Next time, instead of glucose, ask for a postprandial test - you eat a banana, a piece of whole wheat toast, and drink 8 oz of orange juice and an hour later have your blood drawn. Much, MUCH better than the nasty glucose drink!
Good luck!
Brittany Ramsey

the organic kitchen said...

Gus Gus! One time during a church meeting i was wearing leggings and a tee shirt and my shirt creeped up like Gus and I didn't know till a guy told me... so embarrassing!

Chris and Mari Spiker said...

Great update! I have no idea what a glucose test is but it doesn't sound very pleasant! I am sure I will have to take it each time since my Dad has diabetes--lovely.

You look great. You sound like you're doing amazing. I feel like your pregnancy is flying by!

Oh, and I can't wait to feel her kick when you get out here!

Kellie Spiker said...

Yay for almost being done! Also a tip if you want to avoid swelling in the last bit of pregnancy is eat bananas. They have potassium and potassium helps reduce/prevent swelling. I hate the texture of bananas but when I was pregnant with Kayden I got swollen ankles and with Scotty and this baby I was/am better about eating them and it really did the trick!

Brooke and Matt: said...

Sounds like everything is going smoothly! You look great. I hated that glucose drink too!

Rachel said...

You look great, Court! I am impressed with how well you take care of yourself. Have you considered the name Nevaeh? :)

Sabrina said...

12.5 pounds?! that is it?!?!?!?!?! i'm so impressed. seriously, you're my new hero. i'm still puking at least once a day (almost 13wks now!) and i bet i've gained at least 10 pounds- seems the only food i can keep down is toast+nutella+peanut butter (protein, right?!)

i can't wait for you guys to have her. i'm so excited.

Ms. Green Eyes said...

12.5 lbs!?!?!?! I have a thought... next time I am pregnant, you move in with me and slap my hand away from all the junk I crave (whether pregnant or not, sadly). You are so adorable!

CASEY & NICOLE said...

oh Courtney! you are the cutest!! i love seeing you pregnant! you make pregnancy look so good! i cannot wait to meet your little darling!

Chantelle Olsen Peavler said...

You look so stinking cute. I can't even wait for you to have this little one. There is nothing more amazing in this world. Its an experience beyond words.

Chantelle Olsen Peavler said...

You look so stinking cute. I can't even wait for you to have this little one. There is nothing more amazing in this world. Its an experience beyond words.

Julie said...

Yay! You are almost done! I am happy you are doing so well and you look amazing. :) Enjoy these last 10 weeks or so because they will fly by! I am SO excited for you guys!!

Jake and Kim said...

love love love your belly!! You look so adorable, and it's so fun to see other bellies because it's tender to me :-) Congrats on 3rd Tri and looking gorgeous!