32-week update

How far along: 32 weeks – I know I say it every week, but geez, where has the time flown?!

Meds: all taken daily – prenatal vitamins, vitamin D, DHA, probiotic, Levothyroxine 100 mcg

Gestational diabetes: One REALLY high number after a dinner that included some Taiwanese sticky rice and green onion pancakes – oops! Otherwise right on target.

Baby is the size of: a bok choy

Belly pictures: The only non-maternity clothes I can wear comfortably are from my favorite LA-based clothing line. The maxi skirt also converts to a strapless dress.

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Total weight gain: Imagine my shock when I still weighed the same as last week – so still 16 pounds up from pre-fertility treatment. Yikes, trying to stuff myself with as much protein and healthy fats as possible without making myself sick or making the sugars go up.

Stretch marks: Nothing yet!

Sleep: Have settled into a pattern of in bed by 11, up at 5 to pee, then waking well before my 6:45 alarm. Yes, she definitely likes to move around in the early morning :/

Symptoms/Feeling: More constipation and heartburn this week, also occasional bouts of pelvic pressure. Right hip pain starting to act up more also, I have to be very careful about staying balanced on my feet when getting out of the car.

Best moment of this week: My sister throwing me an amazing baby shower. I was overwhelmed! The onesie and animal cookies were made by her friend, and my sister made toppers for the cupcakes/bundtinis. She also made this gorgeous mobile for baby girl’s room 🙂

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My friend who dealt with infertility many years ago, and who hasn’t been to a baby shower since, actually attended – she said she really wanted to be there for me, and afterwards said it wasn’t weird or upsetting at all. I nearly cried when she told me that. She included this book as part of her gift, going to need to make time to read parts of it before baby girl arrives.

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Miss anything: Still time – I am seriously behind on charts for work, and have not made much progress today thanks to some needed errands!

Movement: Still lots, and she especially likes to jam her knee/foot into my upper abdomen/lower chest and keep it there for a while. I’ve tried to gently move her, but no luck 😛

Food cravings: One of my aunts-in-law brought my favorite Vietnamese cake to my shower – I nibbled on some then, and have been rationing out a few pieces for my bedtime snack this week. I am so going to try my hand at making it when I’m GD-free!

Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope.

Labor signs: A few Braxton-Hicks.

Belly button in or out:  Funny, it doesn’t look like it’s trying to be an outie as much as last week – thinking due to change in baby girl’s position?

Wedding rings on or off: On and loose most of the time, though by end of day they do seem a little tighter.

Happy or moody most of the time: Mixed emotions this week – just learned my coworker will be leaving our group when I start maternity leave. I will miss her dearly 😦

Purchases/preparations for baby: Scored that Tripp Trapp high chair that I posted about earlier, and gifts are still trickling in. We now have a pile in the future nursery, and another pile in the living room. Hubby said he’ll tackle the nursery closet to empty it soon so that we can finally start setting things up in there.

Looking forward to: Our quick overnight road trip this weekend to see our friend who’s due 3 weeks before me. Last trip for 3 months!

Declined my first baby shower

One of my closest confidants during this journey unsuccessfully battled infertility many years ago. I first learned this about her when she turned down an invite to our friend’s baby shower, saying it was one of the things she lets herself do without feeling guilty (the other is excusing herself from changing diapers).

We’d prepared to attend a shower this Sunday, gifts already purchased and everything. But then my temperature dropped yesterday morning, and the flow started while I worked late yesterday. Just now I told my husband I didn’t feel like going and he readily agreed. We’ve only seen one other friend RSVP yes, and frankly I will scream if I have to tell strangers over and over that we don’t have kids yet. So I will wrap the gifts and see if hubby can drop off this weekend. I don’t think I can face seeing this friend’s 8 month pregnant belly in person. It’s tough enough seeing online.

And I’m planning on a good sushi dinner tonight. Gotta wine and dine myself before the trans-vaginal ultrasound tomorrow!