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FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 2
Happy Friday, Baby! Welcome to 25 weeks!! I couldn't be happier and more relieved to be at this point. Our miscarriages and premature births make us a little weary until we reach this point. Most babies are guaranteed to survive outside the womb IF birth were to happen that early. God forbid. I pray we have a long way to go, but IF something happened, Baby Rutabaga would have a very very good chance of survival with help. I wouldn't want that or wish it, nor do i really think about it. I have kept my mind on other things up until now so that I wouldn't worry myself. I envision December 15th as our day, despite the likelihood of an earlier birth, so I didn't want to fill my vision with doubt by thinking about what could happen up until today. Look at the time i would've wasted worrying about it had I worried about it! We're here and everything is wonderful and Baby seems happy and healthy. I would've missed out on all that positivity!!
Staying with the positive here, I made a positive weight jump. I knew that would happen...State Fair gets everyone. Haha! I've been trying to walk on my work breaks again. I've been feeling the need, but I was trying to finished 5 seasons of Breaking Bad! Thanks to Netflix on my phone I am not finished with that amazing series and can now continue with the rest of my life.
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 3
Today we went to Wild Rice Days near my parents' house. Its basically a small version of the State Fair. I had a yummy corn dog and water. I didn't want to overdo it because we'd just gone to the State Fair and pigged out. We watched the parade then headed back. Mike and I left soon after for a long-awaited date night! I had won tickets to ride the North Shore Scenic Railroad, so we left the kids with their grandparents and headed over to Duluth. It was a fun, educational and relaxing ride along Lake Superior. We got to enjoy our own personal pizza and beautiful scenery. Baby was going nuts dancing around after the pizza but soon settled to the gentle sway of the train car. It was a wonderful evening with my one and only.
SUNDAY SEPTEMBER 4
I woke up round three or four in the morning with excruciating pain in my abdomen. I wasn't exactly sure what it was but I feared I might be sick. So i crawled out of bed and waddled to the bathroom. But I didn't need to vomit. I knew what this was. It was bloat. I hadn't felt it in a long time. I'd been adjusting my diet over the years to minimize my chances of experiencing it again. The pain is unbearable because gas in the abdomen keeps building without going anywhere. It just expands and hurts like the dickens. I can't do anything but squirm and suffer until something causes it to subside. I know I haven't had great regularity lately, something that always comes along with my pregnancies, so I figured that was causing the gas to get stuck. But the baby didn't leave much room for expansion so the pain quickly spread and heightened throughout my middle, around to my back, my bottom, even my legs and hands felt tingly. I thought I would faint. I sat there for 15 minutes before finally being able to move again. I think perhaps the pizza didn't settle well or didn't digest fully before I went to bed. Whatever the cause, I hope it doesn't happen again!!
The rest of the day i felt gas build up here and there but nothing like last night. We went to the local corn feed where we downed yummy corns and I got to do some karaoke!! Apparently too much corn can lead to constipation, so hopefully i didn't eat too much. Just in case I did, I researched some natural remedies, something I should know anyway. I'm going to start taking magnesium citrate as soon as I can find some. This compound is a natural diuretic as well as a great source of highly absorbable magnesium. I think I am deficient in Mg based on increasing cramp threats from my legs and feet, plus my headaches and migraines, and my inability to consume more than one banana a week. I've heard bananas are a good Mg source. I talked to my midwife at my last check-up and she gave me the go ahead to start taking it. She said its encouraged during pregnancy. SCORE!
MONDAY SEPTEMBER 5
It was a nice drive back from the north, but my butt was a little soar. I remember that getting progressively worse as each pregnancy came closer to the end. I try to minimize it by keeping a good posture. I don't lean back in the seat and i make sure my knees are lower than my hips. Maintaining a good posture also helps keep my pelvis and other birthing body parts in line, making the pathway for Baby easier and birth more enjoyable for us both. It also helps keep things open down there so baby has an easier time turning over into the correct position. There's still time, but the longer a body is in bad alignment, the harder it is to correct it and the more a baby will get used to the position its in, even if its not ideal for birth. Its important to remain healthy the entire pregnancy, set ourselves up for a nice birth.
Speaking of all that, I have my very first massage this Friday! I'm a little nervous but excited. It will be an hour long, which is good since things have to be done slower and with more care during pregnancy. Landon's first day of kindergarten is the day before so I think a massage will do just nicely.
TUESDAY SEPTEMBER 6
I'm not that hungry today. Gee, maybe its because of all the food I ate up north over Labor Day weekend! I ate cheerios for breakfast and it seemed to stick around longer than i expected. Could be I'm tired and sluggish. Bound to happen the first day back after a three-day weekend. I just don't feel that hungry. I had a light stomach ache when I arrived at work this morning.
WEDNESDAY SEPTEMBER 7
Woke up with a nice headache today and slept in a few hours. It was wise to sleep and be away from computers and fluorescent lights for awhile. By the time i got to work it was better but i still had to take it easy. I knew it could be easily triggered. Pregnancy hormones and lack of sleep I'm sure were the culprits. I plan to be in bed much sooner tonight!
THURSDAY SEPTEMBER 8
Oh my gosh, oh my sweet stars, oh goodness me...I can't even focus on pregnancy updates right now because today is Landon's first day of kindergarten! My little guy is getting on a bus and going to school all by himself! I don't think my unstable overly emotional pregnant self can handle it! We all drove him to his bus stop this morning and awaited the big yellow. As we saw it pull up I felt my heart sink and jump at the same time. Quite a mix of emotions. Landon appeared very excited. I made sure he said good-bye to his little sister on his way out. I explained to him this morning that she would probably really miss him. He's been her playmate these past two years and now she'll have to be without him. I'm guessing she'll be asking where her brother is all day. Poor girl. And Mike told me a few days ago that he was really going to miss his time with Landon, the daily excursions to Valley Fair or the Zoo or even just the park. Ugh, i can't handle it! Luckily for me I'm at work all day and don't have to deal with the direct change. I think I'd go nutty.
His bus pulls to a stop and while Mike and Kiley wait at the car, Landon and I walk over. The bus driver waves at him and smiles. Landon said hi to her as he stepped in. I made him stop and turn for a photo of course and he was ALL smiles. I could feel my eyes welting up...no stop!! I saw through the window a little girl (same age as Landon) sitting alone. She was the only other kid on the bus. Landon went right to her, started talking, and sat down next to her. That's my sweet boy. She appeared happy to have a friend for the ride.
As the door shut I waved good-gye to my little-baby-turned-little-boy. I could feel my eyes welting up...no stop!! Kiley came running over to me, sad. As the bus pulled away she started crying, saying "bus!" and "Landit!" Oh no, it starts. I nearly broke down at her reaction, but I held back. I didn't want to go to work looking like I'd just cried my eyes out. So there he went, down the street, off to kindergarten. Now I only hope he loves it enough to want to go back tomorrow. Whew...ok, i got that out. Anymore on the subject and i'll start bawling!
Baby was not kicking as much this morning but still kicking, and that's all that matters to me. Maybe s/he is sleeping more today. Maybe the stress of sending his/her brother off to kindergarten tired Baby out. I've been noticing that nearly every time i stand up I feel like i have to piddle-me-diddle. Sometimes I don't actually, but still feels that way. Gravity.