A baby update (that is not so baby)

At the last ultrasound, they told us that the baby's weight was 6 pounds 11 ounces (48th percentile). Currently I am dilated to 1cm (yeah, I know, it's nothing) and 50% effaced. Everyone says that this will come to an end soon. Although I do not feel it will ever end, just in case it does, I want to remember a few things.

Work out routine
Weeks 0-25: Aerobic dance (2x/week), swimming (1x/week)
Weeks 5-25: Stretching (daily)
Weeks 25-30: Brisk walks (3x/week)
Weeks 30-now: 10 miles on a stationary bike (4-6x/week)

Most surprising symptom:
Drooling. This doesn't happen very much anymore, but during the first five months I could not keep my saliva in my mouth while I was talking! It made meetings, presentations, and class in general very awkward.

Favorite part:
When Sam shakes my belly and wakes up the baby. He is so proud of himself and thinks it is hilarious.

Most terrifying part:

Labor. When people talk about the pain of labor I start feeling like I am going to throw up. I don't handle pain very well. But I feel like I could be tough if there was a good reason. And a baby qualifies as a good reason. But I have never experienced pain to the level that I hear childbirth reaches.

Most frequent craving:
It started out as spaghetti. I ate spaghetti for two meals a day many times. That faded around week 20. Then all I wanted was popsicles. That craving ended when I had the gestational diabetes scare. Now I eat baby carrots like candy. I eat about 2 pounds of baby carrots every week!

Most annoying symptom:

Not being able to sleep on my back. I hate sleeping on my side. I sometimes wake up on my back and feel guilty.

Weirdest symptom:
My memory. I don't remember ever being small. I feel like I have always been a huge, pregnant lady. And then other times I forget that I am pregnant. People stare at me and I get angry because I don't realize why they are staring.

Funniest memory:

My mom gave me a lot of maternity clothes and some of them are... awesome! Usually I would be embarrassed to wear some of the things but when you don't fit anything else, you take what you can get. Sam just laughs at the things I wear. (Thank you, Mom! You have saved me hundreds of dollars!)
Sam: What are you wearing?!
Emily: I already feel awkward. Why not look it too?
Sam: It's one thing being awkward, it's another thing looking polygamist wife-esque.

Weight gain:
Starting weight - 130 pounds
First trimester - lost 11 pounds
Current weight - 155 pounds

We are counting down!
Yellow and blue = still more time to go
Green = due date
Red = I want to die (overdue)

I get better parking than handicapped people at the grocery store!

Since we are moving to New York a few weeks after the baby is due, we do not really have an excuse to nest too much. That means no painting the nursery walls, no hanging pictures, etc. This is a pretty good excuse for me since I am not good at those things anyway. But here are some pictures of things we have done:

Crib (from craigslist)

Changing table (from craigslist)

Soft Carrier (from a second-hand baby store)
(Look at that bling on my finger!)

Infant/Toddler Tub (from a second-hand baby store)

Pants (from a second-hand baby store)
Sam's shorts are on the left and the baby pants are on the right. We bought those shorts for Sam at Old Navy last summer in Denver and when I saw the matching pants at the second-hand store I had to buy them!

Sports Toy (from craigslist)
(I know that this will not be needed for a long time, but it was free.)

Stroller/Car Seat Combo (from Target)

I even made Sam read the instructions so the baby would be safe.

We have a lot of other things from baby showers, Sam's sister, and a few very friendly ward members. We have been so blessed!


Fiona said...

That is awesome...I remember your mom wearing that exact shirt to choir at Kino when she was pregnant with whoever is the youngest...can't remember. You are so brave...I wouldn't be caught dead in any of my mother's maternity clothes!

collette crew said...

you are going to love it! I am excited for you guys (especially you- hooray for not being pregnant anymore). it's all very worth it! good luck

Casey said...

You are so cute. But, just to let you know...about the sleeping on the back thing. My doctor told me that's a total myth and you are allowed to. Haha.

Rachel said...

I hear ya about labor being terrifying, and I've BEEN in labor before. But the more I think about it, the more I think, "I don't really want to give birth." But it is so worth it though. And I think it's honestly worse THINKING about it, than actually being in the moment. Maybe, maybe not. Your body is very good at getting you to forget just how horrible it is by secreting those hormones. Tricky, tricky.

Randi said...

I'm so excited for you! You are going to be great! I love the chain countdown that you made. Also those shorts are AMAZING. I can't believe you found perfectly matching ones to match Daddy. That is so fun!

The Paxton Family said...

The anticipation is worse than the actual thing I think. But you really can't listen to me, I think other than 15 scary minutes, I had a really easy labor.
But I love your mother's vintage maternity wear :-) And I love this post. There are so many things that get forgotten after you have your baby. People ask if the second is worse than the first, but honestly I can't remember too much of it other than Jordan is MUCH better the second time around :-)
It's a great post and I can't wait to meet your little guy and learn what his very top secret name is!

Seth and Brittney said...

This post is great. Surprisingly I have forgotten a lot about pregnancy already, and as much as people would tell me I would miss being pregnant I SO DON'T! ha ha. The sickness, the weird hormones, not sleeping on my back... nope. Good riddance. And as far as labor goes, it is TOTALLY doable! Really! I did a natural childbirth and it was an awesome experience for me. I will ABSOLUTELY do it again that way. My one word of advice is GET OFF of a TABLE! I can't believe women are directed to labor and birth that way. The only time I thought labor was really painful was when I had to be on the table at the hospital when they did my checks. Other than that I stayed on a birth ball and walked around. It was fabulous. Terribly difficult, but honestly such a great experience. Good luck in your last haul, let me know if you want to chat about anything "birthy" or baby-ish, I would love to help if I can!

Jeff and Rachael Downs said...

Emily, darling, you are so so cute. I can't believe that you are due so soon!! It seems like it flies by, huh? I'm getting nervous because even though I still have 3 and a half months left, I feel like I have so much to do! I love the fact that you wear your mom's maternity clothes...I haven't bought a single item of maternity wear...but I have had my mom make me some stuff :) I'm so excited for you!!

Reimstar said...

Haha I love this post! So cute, funny, and true! Except the part about you being a huge pregnant lady~I'll show you what huge is! But still so cute!

Sam and Jen Western said...

I loved reading your things to remember! So fun! I am in awe at the fun things you and your husband are able to do acorss the country...while I am in hot freakin' AZ. Enjoy!

Candi said...

Love the matching shorts! You will have twin boys to take care of.

Also love the awkward clothes conversation.

Dont worry you will be small soon!

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