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So far this week I'm feeling great! Ok, so its the first day of the week, but still...its the last day of the work week! That means I get a few days to spend with my family. No sickness, no pain, no nothing. Just goodness.
SATURDAY JULY 9
This morning I had a photo shoot with a wonderful friend of mine. It's the first shoot I've had since finding out I was pregnant. It was nice to have energy and feel so great during the shoot. Then later on we had company over for the UFC pay per view event. That meant Mike and I cleaned like madmen! I stayed away from chemicals and did safe stuff, like laundry and dishes and toy reorganization. It turned into my workout for the day.
I've been trying to include a 30-minute workout each day, usually night. Its healthy for both the baby and me to get daily exercise. Plus I simply feel more alert and wonderful. I try to keep my heart rate steady but I don't go super light either. I work up a sweat so long as I'm breathing light. Feels amazing during and after
MONDAY JULY 11
For some reason I had a stomach ache and didn't eat that much. I felt ok otherwise, just wasn't hungry. I'm thinking something I ate earlier didn't agree with me. Not sure what tho, it was just oatmeal and fruit. I'm sure it'll pass.
TUESDAY JULY 12
Taco Tuesday has come once again! And I'm ready for it!! My stomach ache from yesterday hung around but i was able to eat a little when I got home from work. I ended up working out and i think that helped. I always feel better after a good workout. The kids let me use the elliptical machine for 30 minutes while they played outside on the swingset and trampoline. Although, that 30-minute workout took 45 minutes. Why? Because the kids kept calling me out there. So i guess they kinda let me workout.
I felt the baby push out below The Buldge again. It always hurts for a few seconds, making me think its a build-up of gas. But then i realize its baby and it doesn't hurt anymore. I can't yet tell what i'm feeling, whether its head or butt or elbow, but I'll try to figure it out as i get closer to the final trimester.
I'm curious as to the position of my placenta. It makes a difference for many reasons. An anterior placenta is what I've had in thd past. That means its positioned in front of the uterus, and in front of the baby. It can affect how the baby lies in the uterus, often times resulting in an anterior baby, meaning its head is facing out and spine is facing mother's spine. This can make birthing a little longer because baby has a longer way to turn to ready itself for entering the world. However, i think my babies ended up turning earlier on because I remember feeling a LONG solid mass along the side of my stomach. That was likely the back. That meant their faces were facing my back, which is good. That puts them in an awesome birthing position. I remember feeling Kiley's assumed back mass along my left side, which is even better for birthing because it means she has even less distance to turn. Maybe that explains her 15-minute birthing from water breakage to complete birth. Babies turn like a tornado during each pressure wave and twist as they come out. So the less distance they need to turn to get into ideal position, the better. One of the most fun things is determining what i'm feeling and what position baby is in. When i feel the little rock below my abdomen, its hard to tell what i'm touching. Could really be anything right now because baby still has room to move around. As i approach my third trimester it'll be a little easier to tell. Knowing baby's position will help me prepare baby and me for birth. Landon was transverse for a long time, with his head on one side and his butt on the other, back on the top of the uterine space. I wanted him down, can't birth a transverse baby naturally very well unless they turn at the last minute. To help him turn i adjusted my posture, massaged gently and even placed music down low to encourage him to turn his head downward toward the sound. It might sound like a silly trick, but i did this every day at work and over time he did turn down. I can't say whether my techniques helped or if he would've still turned on his own, but I was happier knowing i did what i could to help him out.
All that aside, knowing baby's position is fun!! It's really nice to know what i'm feeling and touching. Was that tiny kick a foot or was it a teeny hand punch? Is this little hard bump a knee or an elbow? Am i petting baby's head or butt cheeks? Its fun to try figuring all that out. For now, I'll just enjoy feeling whatever i feel. :)