Friday, January 24, 2014

Little Peep Bumpdate {Week 21}

21 weeks collageWell look at me! It only took me HALF the pregnancy to get each week going as it’s own post. (cue the dance party music)
Date: 1/15/14
How far along: 21 weeks
Fruit-size comparison: Little Peep is the size of a pomegranate (Fun fact: I’ve never had a pomegranate before, not even the seeds)
Developmental milestones: His digestive system has started working & he is now producing meconium for the first time we get to change his diaper (and yes, I’m absolutely looking forward to this and every other “first”)
Maternity clothes: Oh yes!  I was worried about work clothes when a packaged arrived on my door step with some wonderful hand-me-down dresses that are perfect for work!  Thank you so much Christine for this blessing!
Weight gain: 9lbs, and I'm pretty happy about this.  My doctor was pleased as well.
Stretch Marks: Still nothing here
Sleep:  I sleep like a rock and I'm counting my blessings here.  I have multiple potty breaks and if Little Peep is having acrobatic practice during this time, sometimes I wait to fall back to sleep just so that we get some special time together; I don't want to miss a moment with him.
Best moment of the week: 1- I moved to my new doctor this week and I have so much peace with this transition.  We had a lot of issues with my previous OB and fertility specialist (seriously too many to list), so I was really looking forward to this switch.  On Monday, which was a holiday and the office was closed but I just happened to run into my new care giver as I was checking out my new hospital, and he just gave me an impromptu 45 minute “let’s check out the baby” session for FREE!!!  It was so nice of him to just take the time to get to know me and Little Peep and what we wanted.  I wept because I was just so grateful for the Lord placing him in our lives to take care of us.  Since I had the impromptu ultrasound, I got to see him wiggling all around & hear his sweet heartbeat.  Everything is measuring exactly on schedule, with the exception of Little Peep’s legs….they are measuring a week in advance in length (go figure that one out with a 6’7 dad hehe).  It looks like the majority of my belly is reserved for his legs lol During the ultrasound we also saw him practice breathing, which apparently isn’t supposed to start until 24-28 weeks.  My baby is a genius…..think he could be a neuroscientist like his mama???  We also saw him holding his hands like he was praying again.  What a cute little boy and I just can’t wait to meet him.  2- My best friend (sorority sister, roommate from college, and bridesmaid from my wedding) came to visit this past weekend.  It was SO nice to see her again.  I sure have missed her, so the weekend was fabulous and filled with chatting and catching up. A dream weekend!  Katie, I can’t wait for you to come back to TX!!!
Movement: More and more everyday, and I just love it.  He isn’t very aggressive (yet) with his movements but I can definitely tell he is there.
Cravings: Still pizza, salads, & subs
Gender: A little man is on the way :-) 
Belly button in or out:  Innie
Wedding ring:   On
Anything making you queasy/sick: Still mouthwash, but only in the evenings
What I miss: Nothing really
What I’m looking forward to: Working on our registry this weekend…..what are some must-haves that I need????
Labor signs:   No, and hopefully still not for a while
Symptoms: My upper back in the evenings is sore sometimes so I’m still working those exercises.  We did find out at the beginning of January that Little Peep and I have some placenta issues.  For now I’m just on pelvic rest, no exercise, lifting, or anything strenuous.  We’re hoping to keep me off bed rest for now (and preterm labor of course), because not only do we not want the placenta to rupture but because of my blood type, we don’t want our bloods mixing. Please say a prayer for us if you get a chance! Let’s see what else? My center of gravity is off now.  I’ve fallen out of the shower twice (like through the curtain) and I’m constantly running into chairs.  It’s almost as if my depth perception is off.  Crazy and funny.
Nursery: Last weekend when Katie was here we got a basket to start organizing Little Peep's toys and putting his clothes in his dresser.  Now the Mr. has a few tasks to tackle in there before I can really get my décor on :-)
Emotions: I am simply filled with joy all.the.time. (I’m borderline annoying with my optimism right now I think).  I have way more peace than I’ve ever had during this pregnancy, for which I praise the Lord for!
xoxo Darby

11 comments :

Jessica said...

Some must haves for us were things like a baby play mat/gym, a jumperoo (they don't use it for awhile obviously, but it's nice to have when they are ready), soft towels and washcloths, a baby tub, a swing (this saved my life!!!), a bouncer (also saved me on numerous occasions and we could easily pack it in the car and bring it with us), pack n play (still use this every day... She has trouble focusing on drinking a bottle haha), and a high chair. There is so much stuff you need! All the typical things, but don't leave off fun things. We registered for this huge jingle-y baseball and that is Lydia's favorite thing and she sleeps with it every night! Registering is the best, have so much fun!!!!

Jessica K said...

Have I said how much I love these!! On prayer list for placenta. I really hope it's nothing. I can only imagine the back pain - with those long legs of his! Love that you have an amazin doctor. It makes such a huge difference! As for needed things - I just recommend not getting all caught up in everything. Babies truly don't need so many things, so don't get overwhelmed. My number one thing was the Boppy and bouncy seat! Boppy was a nursing savior, and the bouncy seat was the only way my reflux child could really nap. It also allowed me to shower, or cook, or something without her crying!

Morgan said...

So sorry you had problems with Dr. T & your fertility specialist. Thankfully, we have had no issues with her but not every doctor/patient combo is a match! Where are you delivering?

Um, must haves....after 3 kids, I could write a novel on this! A few, in my opinion...

Boppy Newborn Lounger (not the "u" shaped pillow but the lounger) So comfy and convenient for baby to sleep/lay in next to you on the couch. All 3 of mine loved.

Bouncy seat w/vibration. Life saver if you happen to have a reflux baby b/c it keeps them at an angle. Other than that, just convenient to have b/c you can move it all over the house and put them in it when you need free hands.

Play Mat (self explanatory)
Jumperoo (6+ months)
White noise machine!! (MUST in my house even with the 4 & 2 yr old)
Video Monitor (we like the wireless Motorola one;check Amazon)
cool mist humidifier (when sick)
NOSE FRIDA!! Trust me, get one!!!
Bottle warmer if you plan to use bottles at all. This took me 3 kids to figure out that I needed this, LOL.
Medela Breast pump if nursing (I could write 10 novels on breastfeeding challenges so hit me up if you ever need to)
Dr. Brown's bottles are great.
Sleep sacks - awesome!! They make swaddle ones for teeny tiny's.
tons of simple outfits like onesies/pants sets, one piece rompers, etc. The super cute outfits are adorable but not practical for home in my opinion. Get some cute outfits for church but get mostly easy stuff!

I better stop there and just email you, LOL!

Heidi said...

Oh my gosh, I was LOL about falling out of the shower! Hope you were okay though! No babies yet for me, but my SIL loves her rock n'play sleeper for her 2 month old. :)

Mia Eliza said...

Oh my, I hope everything works out okay with the placenta thing. I'm sure it will though. Registering is so much fun. It can also be overwhelming so go in with the idea that its just the start and you will tweak it afterwards. I suggest starting off with the bigger items first and then adding the small things. The items that saved us; play yard, swing, rock n play, hand pump, Aden and Anais swaddle blankets (trust me , they're awesome).


Can't wait to read your next update! And thank you for your comments on my bed rest posts, It means a lot. :)

Whitney H said...

My best moment of the week: getting to touch your belly! I know that's so weird but I had been waiting to do that ever since you announced you were pregnant! I know, I'm weird, haha

Emily L said...

Prayers!
A lot of moms tend to do post on what they recommend!

Emily L said...

Prayers!
A lot of moms tend to do post on what they recommend!

The Cavallaro's said...

I am OBSESSED with your teeny tiny bump and need to see you ASAP! Jealous that Whit got to rub your belly! :(

Lauren said...

You are the cutest preggo! Your genius/basketball playing/praying baby is going to be adorable! (And also - taller than you by his 10th birthday!)

Savanah said...

I love all of your bump dates!! I love how you are so positive about everything, even when things aren't going exactly as planned. I read so many pregnancy updates that are all complaining and it makes me sad. You know this more than anyone that some people would give anything to feel those things that are making them uncomfortable! So, thank you! :) And I'm glad you found a doctor you feel better with too! I'll be praying for you and little peep so things don't get any worse with your placenta!

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