Tuesday, June 29, 2010

29 weeks

Hi everyone! We are having a blast at the beach! I didn't have a chance to do my 29 week update on Saturday, so here it is.

Your pregnancy: 29 weeks

How your baby's growing:

Your baby now weighs about 2 1/2 pounds 
 ...and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel. His muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and his head is growing bigger to make room for his developing brain. To meet his increasing nutritional demands, you'll need plenty of protein, vitamins C, folic acid, and iron. And because his bones are soaking up lots of calcium, be sure to drink your milk (or find another good source of calcium, such as cheese, yogurt, or enriched orange juice). This trimester, about 250 milligrams of calcium are deposited in your baby's hardening skeleton each day.

How your life's changing:

Your baby's very active now. Your healthcare provider may ask you to spend some time each day counting kicks and will give you specific instructions on how to do this. Let your provider know if you ever notice that your baby is becoming less active. You may need a nonstress test or biophysical profile to check on your baby's condition.

Some old friends — heartburn and constipation — may take center stage now. The pregnancy hormone progesterone relaxes smooth muscle tissue throughout your body, including your gastrointestinal tract. This relaxation, coupled with the crowding in your abdomen, slows digestion. Sluggish digestion can cause gas and heartburn — especially after a big meal — and contribute to constipation.

Your growing uterus may also be contributing to hemorrhoids. These swollen blood vessels in your rectal area are common during pregnancy. Fortunately, they usually clear up in the weeks after giving birth.

If they're itchy or painful, try soaking in a sitz bath or applying cold compresses medicated with witch hazel to the affected area. Avoid sitting or standing for long stretches. Talk with your provider before using any over-the-counter remedies during pregnancy, and let your provider know if you have any rectal bleeding. To prevent constipation, eat a high-fiber diet, drink plenty of water, and get some regular exercise.

Some women get something called "supine hypotensive syndrome" during pregnancy. This happens when lying flat on your back causes a change in heart rate and blood pressure that makes you feel dizzy until you change position. You might notice that you feel lightheaded if you stand up too quickly, too. To avoid "the spins," lie on your side rather than your back, and move slowly as you go from lying down to sitting and then standing.


Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Patiently Waiting...

I often times catch myself wishing that time would pass by quickly so that we can finally meet Kynlee. Then reality settles in and I realize that we are not ready for her just yet!

I got this quote from a blogger friend, Ashley. Check out her story and journey thru pregnancy at:

Here is the quote:
"Instead of wishing away nine months of pregnancy, cherish every moment and realize that the wonder growing inside you is your only chance to assist God in a miracle.”


Monday, June 21, 2010

Middle Name Decided! [Finally]

After much, much thought we have finally decided on a middle name for our sweet baby girl!


~Kynlee Grace~



Saturday, June 19, 2010

3rd Trimester-28 wks

Today is the beginning of the 3rd trimester! I cannot believe how fast time is going!!

Here's an update from babycenter.com for week 28.

How your baby's growing:

By this week, your baby weighs two and a quarter pounds 
...and measures 14.8 inches from the top of her head to her heels. She can blink her eyes, which now sport lashes. With her eyesight developing, she may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. She's also developing billions of neurons in her brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.

How your life's changing:

You're in the home stretch! The third and final trimester starts this week. If you're like most women, you'll gain about 11 pounds this trimester.

At this point, you'll likely visit your doctor every two weeks. Then, at 36 weeks, you'll switch to weekly visits. Depending on your risk factors, your practitioner may recommend repeating blood tests for HIV and syphilis now, as well as doing cultures for chlamydia and gonorrhea, to be certain of your status before delivery. Also, if your glucose screening test result was high and you haven't yet had follow-up testing, you'll soon be given the 3-hour glucose tolerance test (I passed the first test!). And if the blood work done at your first prenatal visit showed that you're Rh negative, you'll get an injection of Rh immunoglobulin to prevent your body from developing antibodies that could attack your baby's blood. (If your baby is Rh positive, you'll receive another shot of Rh immunoglobulin after you give birth.)

Around this time, some women feel an unpleasant "creepy-crawly" sensation in their lower legs and an irresistible urge to move them while trying to relax or sleep. If this sensation is at least temporarily relieved when you move, you may have what's known as restless legs syndrome (RLS)-[yes, I have this...was diagnosed several years ago prior to baby]. No one knows for sure what causes RLS, but it's relatively common among expectant mothers. Try stretching or massaging your legs, and cut down on caffeine, which can make the symptoms worse. Ask your caregiver if you should try iron supplements, which can sometimes relieve RLS.

28 wks 


Thursday, June 17, 2010

Glucose Test Results

Just a quick post to say that my glucose test results came back normal!

Praise the Lord!!!

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Glucose Test

Just got back home from my OB appointment. They checked the heartbeat, measured my stomach, and did the usual-BP/pulse, urine test, and weight check. Kynlee's heartbeat was 146! My stomach (uterus) is measuring around 28, whatever that means. The doc said it was good. :)

My vitals and urine sample were fine but I have gained 8 lbs. since last month. That's right, 8!!! The doctor didn't seem concerned, but I will definitely be watching what I eat a little more closely (no dieting though). 

The orange stuff I had to drink for the glucose test was not bad at all [in my opinion] although many people made it out to be the most horrible thing ever! It tasted like orange Fanta, just with more sugar. Of course I was really thirsty at the time (like always these days) so that may have been a reason why I didn't mind drinking it. 

I then had to wait an hour for them to draw my blood. Luke joined me after he got off work to be a support system for the blood work! They always have trouble finding my veins in either arm at the elbow crease. I have decided that it's not the needle going into the vein that bothers me, but just the search for the vein with the constant tapping on it---now that's what makes me want to pass out!

The first nurse was real sweet and finally found the vein, but once she stuck the needle in...the vein rolled. AHHH! So she called for back-up and thankfully that nurse decided to just draw the blood from a vein in my hand. Whew! That was much easier to handle and I'll be sure to tell them that next time I need blood drawn! :)

That same nurse said that they would know the results in a couple of days. If I don't hear from them then I have nothing to worry about. If I do hear from them... then there may be a problem. BUT, I'm not worrying about that right now!

I will start going to the doctor every 2 weeks now and then once a week when I am 36 wks. Actually, though, my next appointment is in 3 weeks since I will be at the beach in 2 weeks... YAY!

That's all for now...hope everyone is having a great week!

Anxious about appt.

I am 27 weeks pregnant and yet I'm still having moments like, "Oh my gosh-there is a BABY inside of me." I think that I will still have moments like this after Kynlee is born, except it will be more like "WOW I really had a baby."

We are very excited but I guess it all seems so surreal still.

This afternoon I am going for my glucose test. Please say a quick prayer for me because I am a big baby and H.A.T.E. having my blood drawn! Seriously, I'd rather have ten shots than have my blood drawn!

I'll post afterwards and let you all know how it goes!

Thursday, June 10, 2010

27 wks

My sister is getting MARRIED and tomorrow starts her wedding festivities, so I wanted to go ahead and do my 27wk post since I will be busy all weekend!

Kynlee is growing so much and I can now distinctly feel where she is at when I touch my belly! It's hard as a rock! I have had some pain the last few days and didn't know how to describe it at first. After thinking about it for a while, the best way I can describe it is this: it feels like she is tugging on my belly button from the inside and pulling it closer to her! Gross, I know. Sounds painful? It is.

Also, the dreaded breast soreness has returned, along with exhaustion (that never really left anyway) and really bad [lower] back pains! I've had back problems for several years now due to a bad wreck in high school, and so I'm hoping and praying that I don't have back labor with her.

Other than that, she is still kicking a lot and making her presence known. :)

My next OB appointment is on Tuesday, June 15th. This is when they will do the sugar test to check for diabetes. I am dreading this because it means more blood work!

Soon I will also need to schedule an appointment for our 3D/4D ultrasound. I can't wait! We will probably try to schedule it around the first week in July!

Last time we went for an US, Kynlee had only gained 2 ounces in one week, which put her at 1lb, 12 ounces. I feel like she is AT LEAST 2lbs. now, but I'm not certain. Below is what babycenter.com tells us for week 27 (which is the LAST week of the 2nd trimester!):

How your baby's growing:

This week, your baby weighs almost 2 pounds (like a head of cauliflower)...

...and is about 14 1/2 inches long with her legs extended. She's sleeping and waking at regular intervals, opening and closing her eyes, and perhaps even sucking her fingers. With more brain tissue developing, your baby's brain is very active now. While her lungs are still immature, they would be capable of functioning — with a lot of medical help — if she were to be born now. Chalk up any tiny rhythmic movements you may be feeling to a case of baby hiccups, which may be common from now on. Each episode usually lasts only a few moments, and they don't bother her, so just relax and enjoy the tickle.


Monday, June 7, 2010


Diapers.com has some pretty good coupons/discounts going on right now! 
As a first time mom-to-be, finding great deals and savings is very important to me!

There are TWO great ways to save for customers putting in their first order:

I realize this image may be a little small and blurry, so just click HERE to see these and other great discounts!


Current Craving



Less than 100 days to go!

Hey everyone! 

Yesterday on our way home from the beach I got to thinking about how my husband and I only have around 14 more weeks until Kynlee is here and our lives are FOREVER changed.. for the better! What an intense, indescribable feeling...

I just checked the baby countdown and realized that we have less than 100 days until I am 40wks!! WOW!

I have been religiously watching and waiting for it to be under 100 days...then being out of town this past weekend I forgot about it! So now there are only 96 days left...give or take a few!

I just wanted to take a moment and share what our best friends sent us for Kynlee!
It's the Graco Rittenhouse SnugRide 32 Infant Car Seat!

This is the pattern we are using for everything-- Stroller, Pack 'n Play, High Chair, etc.
I love the black & white damask print because it is perfect for girls OR boys. 
We'll throw in some pink accessories for Kynlee, and more boyish colors if we have a boy one day!

We have also received other amazing gifts from special friends and family members and I will share those as soon as I can get some pictures up!


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