Thursday, October 4, 2012

28 weeks

Every week just keeps sneaking on by! Before I know it, I'm going to be in the hospital giving birth!

Speaking of which...

I have been trying to prepare myself mentally for that day to get here. Up until lately, it seemed so far away that I didn't really have to think about it. Now I'm in my third trimester and barreling right towards that day.

I'm ready for it to get here because I want my daughter in my arms!
 I'm also nervous, scared, unsure and a lot more things.

I have been praying and looking for Bible verses that promise God's strength and peace. I know that in the heat of things, God is going to be right there with me and that makes it all a whole lot less scary!

If you are a mom, what are some things you did to prepare for labor/childbirth?


How far along: 28 weeks! I'm officially in my THIRD TRIMESTER!!! 
How did I get here?

Movement: I was worried something was wrong this week because of how much she has been moving. I then realized that she has grown A LOT (as you can see from my picture lol) and now every time she so much as moves, I can feel it really well.

Weight Gain: Still at about 12 pounds...give or take. My scale isn't the most accurate. I have another doctors appointment this Monday, so we will find out for sure then!

Maternity Clothes: I don't have a whole lot of maternity clothes still. I'm making do with stretchy sweaters, and I LOVE that I can start wearing leggings with sweater dresses and dresses. Leggings are my maternity item of choice for sure!

Best moment of my week: Garage saling for baby stuff! I think I'm buying her too many things, but I love it! Last week I ended up with:
-baby bath/shower $5 (retail: $25)
-crib bumper from Pottery Barn $10 (retail: $99)
-baby mobile from Carters $8 (retail: $45)
-The cutest baby shoes $1.50)
Photo: Are these not the cutest little baby shoes:) #baby #shoes http://instagr.am/p/QXUyHIwKCx/
-And of course lots of little baby outfits, bows, tights, hats etc...

Worst moment of my week: Well to be honest, I mentioned in my last post that I was a little stressed. That was mostly due to the fact that I failed my glucose test and had to take the 3 hour one! The 3 hour one was definitely the worst part of my week! I still have a bruise from that needle!

Good news is, I passed! Praise Jesus:)

Sleep: Eh...off and on. Sometimes I can't sleep, and sometimes I sleep great!

Miss Anything: I miss being able to cuddle with my hubby normally. My belly's kinda starting to get in between us lol!

Cravings: Chocolate and raspberries

Aversions: I still haven't eaten an egg since I got pregnant. They sound gross to me!

Gender: She is still a girl! You can read about our gender reveal party here!

Belly Button: I have an outie!

Labor Signs:  I am still having Braxton Hicks, but as I get closer to my due date that becomes less worrisome to me.


Moody or Happy: Pretty happy!

Looking Forward: I have all sorts of projects for Sweet Pea's room that I'm looking forward to working on. Who knows if they will actually get done lol!
And of course I am looking forward to meeting our baby in 11 weeks or less!
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28 comments:

  1. You look beautiful as always! Don't you just love finding things super cheap for baby!? I hardly ever pay full price for anything these days!

    I think as far as preparing for baby, if it is important to you, then have some sort of birth plan ready. Make a list of things you would like to try to get labor going, a list of things you absolutely don't want done unless an emergency arises, people you would like with you during the entire process, etc.

    But also remember that the plan you envision may not be what actually occurs. If you also remember that the most important outcome of this process is delivering a healthy baby girl, then you will be fine.

    Try to enjoy the rest of your pregnancy as much as possible because it's going to go by more and more quickly!!! And as always, prayers to you for a healthy baby girl!

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  2. Honestly by the end you will be looking forward to giving birth I. That staying pregnant is far far worse! Take a tour of your hospital and make sure you know where to park, etc. at most places you can pre register online also which speeds up the process. I had a a scheduled induction so that part wasn't to stressful! Thanks for hosting

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  3. Hooray for bargain shopping! I can't wait to see her little nursery! And I'm so happy that you passed the test! Had mine today and it wasn't as bad as I thought it was going to be, thank goodness!

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  4. You look amazing! In my experience with my first the anticipation of labor and delivery was actually worse and more stressful than the actual experience itself! Plus when you get closer to your due date you get much more uncomfortable and labor actually sounds really good at that point! haha I totally think God designed it that way :) God will give you the strength and encouragement you need!

    Whitney

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  5. I would go ahead and start preparing and freezing meals.. It will be a life saver.. Even if you don't like the freezer meals idea then start getting recipes and ingredients for slow cooker meals.

    Hope this helps and congrats on 28 weeks :)

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  6. I asked my friends A LOT of questions. I didn't want to be surprised by any of the gross stuff that no one talks about, including what things are like weeks/months later. And a lot of people will recommend a birth plan, but I'm not a fan. I didn't want to have something planned out in my head and then be disappointed when it didn't happen. Good thing too because my baby was suctioned out and I didn't get to hold her for a while and she wouldn't nurse right away. But seriously, 10 months later I do not care at all. And by all that I mean a super detailed plan. I do think you should do a lot of research about pain management options before hand.

    I also think you and your husband should talk about his role before hand, and tell your doc so he/she doesn't push your husband to do something he doesn't want to do. Is he willing to hold a leg? cut the cord? take pictures? Is he going to spend the night with you in the hospital or go home? Does he need to pack a bag? And bring some food for him while you're in labor in case the cafeteria is closed or he doesn't want to leave you. (apparently there's a problem with husbands passing out because they don't eat!) I also wish I had brought something for me to eat immediately after she was born!

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  7. Okay, I'm thinkiing you are the most adorable person I've "met" in the blogosphere! I found you through Cassie's Mommy Brain Mixer, and I'm so glad I did. I have 3 kids, so I've been through L&D a time or three. ;) What I did to prepare was educate myself and spend a lot of time in prayer over it. I agree with Bevin to have a plan. Sure, things might not go according to that plan, but you it's good have an idea of what you want during labor, and what you don't want. If you have any specific questions, let me know; I'm a bit of a birth junkie. :)

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  8. congrats!

    you look great!!! :)

    I was really nervous when I gave birth to my son (first baby, i have 2). The thing I kept reminding myself was that once I was in real labor and my water broke I would have a baby within 24 hours. it was good for me to keep reminding myself the pain wouldn't last forever.

    I also had some fears about "would I be able to do it" etc. so I kept reminding myself that God had created my body to do this, and even though it seems scary it works! ;) I would walk around the mall and look at all the kids & adults and think, "all of these people were born one day, and they are fine! and their mama's are too!" simple things like that gave me the most help!

    good luck!!! If I'm honest I would be willing to go through labor and birth again before I'd be willing to be pregnant again. Pregnancy is so hard and for such a long time. Labor is faster and to the point lol (mine were quick..)

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  9. I would prepare by getting your hospital bag together and sleeping as much as possible! Everything else will happen as it happens and there is no way to be prepared for it. It's best to just enjoy each moment as it comes. :o) It all goes by really fast.

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  10. Congrats on reaching ur 3rd trimester u look great!

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  11. Oh so cute Faith!!! You are GLOWING! I love the idea of looking at bible verses for strength as delivery times gets closer. It might be a great idea to have your husband read through some passages for you! :-)

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  12. Hey I'm a new follower from the Mommy Moments Blog Hop *and* a fairly new mom, so I figured I'd give the one tip I have concerning labor...

    Honestly, when you're in the midst of things, you'll be amazed at what you can accomplish and what you can do. I have an extremely low pain tolerance (thank goodness for epidurals), but even when my epidural ran out towards the end, I was able to keep with it. You'll be so excited to see that little baby, not much else will matter! So my tip is...just listen to your body and go with what you feel is right in the moment. You'll totally rock it, because your body knows exactly what it's doing.

    Anyways...you look super cute! I'm excited to keep following your blog.

    http://missjoandco.blogspot.com

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  13. 11 weeks!! wow! that will go by so fast and she will be here before you know it. :) try to enjoy these last few weeks.. you'll probably start to get more achy, tired, uncomfortable.. but someone told me once when I was pregnant that this is the only time you have your baby all to yourself. It sounds selfish but really.. once she's here everyone will want to have a turn with her, so no matter how long these last few weeks get, try to enjoy your special time with her! Thanks for hosting with me. :)

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  14. I failed my first glucose test too and had to take the 3 hour one (and passed!)..they are brutal!! I had a planned c-section so I cant really give any advice as to how I prepared for delivery day..I just went in and 30 minutes later she was here!

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  15. I rally liked to sit in ysons room and just rock before he came. I would think about meeting him and all the cool things he would do in life. It was such a nice relief from all the things I should be doing!

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  16. Hi! I linked up : )
    Katherine
    www.jagstyleblog.com

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  17. Hi! Stopping by from the mixer :) So happy to have found your blog, because I'm loving it. And congrats on your baby girl! She'll be here before you know it, and then you'll wonder how life used to be without her. My little's turning 1 on Sunday! I prepared to give birth by taking Bradley classes {I wanted a natural, med-free birth} and focusing on relaxing instead of tensing up during labor. That did help, but what helped the most during the actual labor was to get up and walk around! Let me tell you, you won't want to move, but it helps SO MUCH and gets things moving along quicker. Also, think of "blowing away" those contractions once they hit. Focusing on anything other than the pain helps. As does having a good hubby coach!

    New follower! Looking forward to reading more from you. Stop by my blog if you'd like!
    http://nuggetonabudget.blogspot.com

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  18. Faith, seriously...you look AH-MAZING!
    Just gorgeous!!! Getting closer and closer..yay!! ;D

    And I failed my first glucose test too and pretty much went into hibernation hahaha, I was so upset. Then I passed the 3 hour. I'm glad you passed too!<3

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  19. Found you thru the blog mixer! I am now following you, I am 30 weeks and you look much much cuter than I do! Congratulations.

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  20. Love your blog! I'm your newest follower via Mommy Moments Blog Hop :)

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  21. I looked up bible verses too. It's so good to have some memorized for when you're feeling tired and stressed. When I was in recovery and things were going wrong I was just singing psalm 23 to myself over and over - I couldn't think of anything else but those words stuck with me.

    Not long now...exciting!!

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  22. It sounds like all is well! You look great too!

    I'm 29 weeks today and a lot of what you wrote, I could really relate too.

    I miss being able to snuggle with my other kids; they climb all over me trying to get comfy with mommy, and it's not very comfortable for me; I usually get lots of knees and elbows jabbed into my stomach.

    I just took the 3-hour glucose test last week. I have had to taken it with at least 2 other pregnancies. I have always passed that one; haven't heard the results of this time around though. I can totally understand how it can be stressful; this has been the only time I haven't worried about it - I almost even called my doc's office to refuse the test. I just look at the test as a time for me to have some quiet time - I bring my Bible and another book to read and enjoy the quiet.

    Not too long ago I wrote a post on my blog of scriptures I turned to during pregnancy and labor. You can check it out here:
    http://myjoy-filledlife.blogspot.com/2012/06/scriptures-for-pregnancy-labor-delivery.html

    I also host a pregnancy link-up on my blog if you are interested in linking up! We'd love to have you!
    http://myjoy-filledlife.blogspot.com/search/label/My%20Pregnancy%20Journal%20Link-Up

    Blessings!

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    1. I'm so glad you linked up!!

      Blessings to you!

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  23. Congrats! I think you are the cutest!!!! Thanks for hosting!

    Julie @ Naptime Review

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  24. Congrats on making it to the third trimester! Youre almost there mama!

    I'm your newest follower, just stopping by from the "Mom's Monday Mingle" blog hop. If ya get a chance, check out these blogs:
    http://diaryofabfmama.blogspot.com
    http://unorganizedchaosx3.blogspot.com
    http://whatlilboyzrmadeof.blogspot.com

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  25. What a cute picture of the two(three) of you!
    You asked for advice on preparing for labour. Well, I think the main thing would be to relax. And I know that's hard when your body is contracting! (I'm expecting my 8th baby, so I have done this before!) It's important to work with the contractions, if you tense up, you make it harder on yourself. I usually end up chanting prayers, talking to my baby(coaching them along, so to speak), and singing praise & worship songs in my head.
    One thing I do, especially for myself, is I buy some new pajamas to put on after the birth and I buy some nice smelling soap for the shower.
    Glad to meet you! I stopped by via the Pregnancy Journal Link-up.

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