Thursday, January 20, 2011

27 weeks

Total weight gain:

So I gained another 5 lbs, as of this past visit with my midwife.  She said that I am right where I am supposed to be.  I was pretty shocked though, because I haven't been able to eat as much because I feel so full after just a little bit of food and if I over do it then I can't breathe, so it's a delicate balance to say the least.  My belly is definitely growing, but I feel like my pants are bigger in the legs, so maybe that's all Lola weight...or not :) 

How big is baby? She is supposed to be the size of an eggplant still, but around 2 lbs and 14.5 inches long, so she's getting there!

Maternity clothes: Haven't bought anything new for a while.  I think I will try to find one more pair of jeans this weekend if the weather cooperates, so I have a little variety when I go home next week.  I really don't want to wear my work clothes all week long and I only have one pair of jeans right now.  I do have my regular jeans with the beband, but it's so uncomfortable. 

Stretch marks: Nothing really yet.

Sleep: I wake up with my hip throbbing and have to flip over.  Still not sleeping that great but I guess I am getting used to it cause it doesn't seem to bother me as much any more.

Movement: ALOT!  I was in a 3 hour meeting this morning and was bored so I just sat there watching her move around and my stomach do all kinds of crazy things, it was pretty entertaining.  The other night she kicked me right under my ribs and left her foot there for a second I about shot right out of bed from the weird feeling, it didn't hurt, but was just really weird having this foot sticking out of me LOL.

Food cravings: I've been having cereal at night a little more, my favorite is puffed millet with frozen blueberries.  I'll have my protein shake in the AM with a banana.  I've also been making Wheatberrie salad with garbanzos and cucumbers and peppers with this homemade balsamic vinaigrette, all on a bed of spinach, it's really good!  I just make a huge bowl on Saturday and eat it all week.  For dinner I've been making quinoa with red lentils and steamed zucchini and some tahini garlic lemon dressing that I found the recipe for.  Very good and very filling.  Mostly snacks have been fruit, apples or strawberries and dried mango.  I am very happy to report that my glucose test came back normal and my iron levels are good, pretty good for a vegan, I'd say!

Food aversions: Same here no Mexican, no popcorn, nothing spicy...and a weird one, in the morning I've been working out in the little "fitness room" at our apartment and I'll watch TLC.  They keep playing these commercials for the weird addictions show, I can't remember the real name.  Anyways, there's a girl on there that was eating laundry soap and another one eating couch cushions...I have to close my eyes during that cause I just wanted to throw up right there every time it came on. 

Belly button: Getting alittle flatter, my midwife said she'll be curious to see if mine pops out at all, I guess hers didn't till 33 weeks, so it could still be coming!

What I'm looking forward to: Going HOOOMMMMMEEEE! Whohoo! And next week I will officially be in the 3rd trimester.  Although I've seen things that say everything from 25, 26 or 27 weeks is the 3rd, I think 28 is actually right, but who knows I guess. 

Weekly Wisdom: Think on what is true.  Be faithful in the small things.  Being completely and totally dependant on God is the BEST place in the world to be.

Weekly joys: Having a good appointment with Kim, my midwife and finding out that I will now go in every 2-3 weeks, it's getting closer!  10 weeks from today Lola will be full term!  What a blessing!

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

A Plan

Trying to figure out God's will has always been something that has haunted me, so to speak.  It's like this mystery that we have to figure out somehow, someway...or is it?  Maybe it's more like growing, trusting one step at a time and praying everyday for direction and moving as the Spirit leads.  I've been reading through John for a while now, really interacting with the book more and focusing on each chapter and verse.  It's been an eye opening experience as I have see God's plan unfold in the lives of those mentioned.  Even as I come to the end, the intensity of God's movement is seemingly reaching a climax.  Jesus' death, burial and resurrection are powerful pictures of God's plan being fulfilled. 
With each new step in life there are questions that linger in my mind.  Questions like, what's next? or how is this all going to come together?  They used to come with much more fear and anxiety than they do these days.  While I still have my moments, it seems like more of an adventure, a surprise waiting around every corner.  Major things like moving or getting married or having a baby make you take a step back and regain perspective of your life.  I clearly remember those days in high school of being fearful of what was, or maybe more what wasn't to be apart of my future.  How little faith I had! Although these days I wonder what life as a mom will be like and how I will cope with all the new pressures.  How little faith I have!  God has a plan, he's not dropping me off here to fend for myself. Thank goodness!
Not too much new with Lola.  I have my appointment with my midwife on Monday and am looking forward to hearing her little heart again :)  I've reached the 2 digit count down, 99 days till my due date!  I remember when I was in the 200's and this time seemed like an eternity away.  Been feeling tired still, but trying to push through and tweak my schedule so that I stay up a little later at night so that I am an absolute zombie and then I am so extremely exhausted that I sleep a little better, whatever it takes I guess! 
Bryan's sister and brother-in-law are opening a gym on Saturday and I am going to be helping with the personal training and whatever else I can.  I'm excited to be able to do what I love, even if it is only once a week.  I get that feeling after a day of training, like....WOW I get paid to do this??  It's the best!  They set up a little workout and introduction time at a local community center with the senior citizens group that meets there.  I taught a little personal training demonstration for whoever wanted to try it out.   I forgot how rewarding that age group can be but not so much that I hate being in front of a crowd, though.  I think I will stick with my one on one and let someone else love teaching a group, but it was fun to train again. 
Bryan and I are also starting to lead a group of kids from the youth group, once a week.  We will be going through some topics in a book called, Perspectives.  It just takes real life issues and talks about them from a Godly perspective.  It should be a good time to get to know some of the kids better and spend some time having some real honest discussion about life. 
So I guess that's it!  My life is pretty busy, but good :)  See you soon!

Thursday, January 6, 2011

25 Weeks, 100 day count down starts this week!

Total weight gain:

Still holding to the not weighing inbetween appointments.  I am feeling a little like I am losing weight though.  I can't eat much at once because I feel full so quickly and if I over eat I can't breathe, so I guess this will be the story of my life until April!

How big is baby? The size of an eggplant! Whoa no wonder I feel like she is doing Taebo at 4:30 in the morning now!!

Maternity clothes: Found a pair of cords on sale last weekend, so that adds to my wardrobe a little.  I no longer have to wear the beband with my maternity pants, so I must be getting bigger :)  Getting a little worried about the winter coat situation.  I think I can atleast get to 28 weeks with the ones I have but, after that I might have to leave them unbuttoned.  Hopefully Tulsa won't have a cold February!!

Stretch marks: Still nothing, but I think there is one of those dark lines faintly showing on my stomach :P

Sleep: What exactly is that?  It's pretty much gone, if I wake up at all, I'm a gonner for the rest of the night, just can't get comfortable and now Lola is having some serious dance partys in there so I wake up regardless around 4:30 or 5 am every day.

Movement: Like I said, CRAZINESS!  She is mostly active first thing in the morning, then about 11, then probably around 2, then 6-9.  So I'm getting her schedule down.  I was thinking the other morning as I layed there getting punched and kicked non-stop, in a few months at this time I won't be just laying here trying to go back to sleep, I will HAVE to get up! :)  It's gonna be interesting!

Food cravings: I basically just want to be able to eat right now and I havn't been eating as much.  I still have managed to get in my protein, thanks to my protein shake in the morning and some stratigic planning for dinner and lunch.  I actually have just wanted whole, natural, unprocessed food.  I don't know if it's that mother "instinct" that is kicking in or what, but that's all I can really stand right now.

Food aversions: I have started to feel a little nauseous over the past few days, hope it stays at just a little and goes away soon, I don't really want a repeat first trimester!

Belly button: Nothing new...maybe I won't become an outie after all...

What I'm looking forward to: My appointment on the 17th, just because it's a good check point and my LAST second trimester one, not so much the glucose test that I have to have.  Going home on the 25th.  WHOHOO!  I cannot wait to see my dad and Jared and Jess and little Judah :)  Of course I have to add a shout out to Addie, Lilly and Captain, the dogs in my life too!  I desperately need some rest and I am hoping that this trip is exactly what I need!

Weekly Wisdom: Don't let that voice in your head, or any other voice for that matter, make you feel like you don't have something to offer.  God has made us uniquely and focusing on where I need to be rather than where I already am has always been a struggle for me.  This time of year everyone thinks about how next year we need to change and look and feel better...bleh.  Don't get me wrong, goals are good, but like my dad always says, cherish the past, dream about the future, live in the present.

Weekly joys:  Feeling Lola move more and more has been exciting.  It makes it all more real and feel like we are actually making progress and she is getting bigger and stonger.  It's the craziest feeling, but just so stinking amazing!