Wednesday, April 23, 2014

//Bumpdate 35 weeks

How many weeks: 35 weeks
Movement: Liam is moving a lot. He does lots of rolls and like slow pushes out on my stomach. He is running out of room because I can feel him moving around like he is trying to get comfortable. I love when I touch my belly and he pushes back.
Symptoms: Very swollen in my hands and feet still. Uncomfortable aches and pains so it's hard to sit or stand to long. He has started going into my ribs which is so painful! Tired. Overall starting to feel pretty big.
Any weight gain: 19 pounds total so far!
Sleep: Really hard to get comfortable. Although once I do I am out like a light!
Moods: Feeling sentimental lately. Also, feeling anxious about his arrival. 
Stretch Marks: Nope. I am slathering on body butter all the time! I am determined. However, Andrew says if I get them it isn't a big deal but I am really hoping to not. 
Linea Negra: Yes! Andrew says he can totally see it
Belly button in or out: In but I think that thing could pop out any moment. 
Rings on or off: Off! I wear a fakie sometimes. 
Moments during the week: Last week of work! Yay! I was feeling anxious about this a few weeks ago. I was really having a hard time trusting God and knowing He would provide for Andrew, me and Liam. I just was being my typical workaholic self and was going to work up until the last minute. I just knew in my heart though I couldn't keep going that long. It was to much and my body is crying for rest. God totally honored my faith in that though and so I am glad I listened to my body and also to Him. I just try to control everything and I am constantly being proven that God has it under control and so I have really let that fear of doubt go. It's really hard most days to do that but I know that God has us hear in the season to fully learn to trust Him. It's hard with a baby on the way though! I know though everything will be okay and Andrew and I are exactly where we are supposed to be. We have an amazing support system, family, friends and church and I am truly grateful for that!

Love Forever,
Chel Chel

P.S. Someone sent me something from Amazon and it had no tag so whoever it was thank you!

Monday, April 14, 2014

//Bumpdate 34 weeks

How many weeks: 34 weeks
Movement: He does so many awkward body rolls! It's actually pretty hilarious to me to watch him just roll all over the place. He had the hiccups earlier this week and Andrew out his ear to my belly to listen and said that was pretty cool!
Symptoms: I am still really swollen in my hands and feet. I pretty much do not know what my right hand feels like anymore without having that "asleep" feeling 24/7. Sleeping pretty good at night just hard to get comfortable. 

(My fakie ring for my swollen hands! Bling bling! I really miss my rings though :(

Any weight gain: I have a Dr. appt Tuesday so I am not sure but probably only a few more pounds putting me somewhere under the 20 pound mark. 
Sleep: Sleeping great! Also, been working more hours so that could be aiding in helping me sleep better. I also take a nap everyday which has been really nice. 
Cravings: Nothing really. Just been drinking a lot of water like crazy. 
Moods: Mellow. 
Stretch Marks: No new ones.
Linea Negra: Andrew says he can see a faint line appearing. 
Belly button in or out: Still in but it's very shallow. I'm not sure my belly button will come out but that's okay!
Rings on or off: Both rings off! I am currently borrowing a ring that is almost two sizes bigger. I am so swollen!
Moments during the week: This was a pretty long week so I haven't had much time to just sit and relax. Currently, only have a few weeks left until I'm done with work. I'm excited and nervous at the same time to not work. It will be a very different chapter to walk into parenthood. I know God has His plans laid out for Andrew and I but I am trying my best to keep trusting and remembering that. 

Also, I found this poem/letter on Facebook and thought I would share on here. I thought it was a good reminder to all moms and parents to uplift each other in the journey of being parents. We're all trying our best and I know that's what Andrew and I will be trying to do as well. 

To the mom who is breastfeeding: WAY TO GO!! It really is an amazing gift to give to your baby, for any amount of time that you can imagine! You ARE a good mom.
To the mom who is formula feeding: Isn't science amazing? To think there was a time when a baby with a mother who couldn't produce enough would suffer, but now? Better living through chemistry! You're a good mom!
To the cloth diapering mom: Fluff bums are the cutest, and so friendly on the bank account. You're a good mom.
To the disposable diapering mom: Damn those things hold a lot, and it's excellent to not worry about leakage and laundry! You're a good mom.
To the mom who stays home: I can imagine it isn't easy doing what you do, but to spend those precious years with your babies must be amazing. You're a good mom.
To the mom who works: It's wonderful that you're sticking to your career, you're a positive role model for your children in so many ways, it's fantastic. You're a good mom.
To the mom who had to feed her kids from the drive thru all week because you're to worn out to cook or go grocery shopping: You're feeding your kids, and hey, I bet they aren't complaining! Sometimes sanity can indeed be found in a red box with a big yellow M on it. You're a good mom.
To the mom who gave her kids a home cooked breakfast, lunch and dinner for the past week: Excellent! Good nutrition is important, and they're learning to enjoy healthy foods at an early age, a boon for the rest of their lives. You're a good mom.
To the mom with the kids who are sitting quietly and using their manners in the fancy restaurant: Kudos, it takes a lot to maintain order with children in a place where they can't run around. You're a good mom.
To the mom with the toddler having a meltdown in the cereal aisle: they always seem to pick the most embarrassing places to lose their minds don't they? We've all been through it! You're a good mom.
To the moms who judge other moms for ANY of the above? Glass houses, friend. Glass houses.

Love Forever,
Chel Chel

Friday, April 4, 2014

//Bumpdate 33 weeks

How many weeks: 33 weeks
Movement: He moves a lot at night. Surprise surprise! When I am up moving or at work I feel him here and there but not a ton. The other night Andrew was talking to him and Liam kept punching his hand! Andrew kept saying, " Wanna fight? Quit beating daddy up!" Just cute stuff back and forth. It was pretty funny to watch and feel.
Symptoms: I am just worn out! It is hard to maintain my energy level and be on my feet to long. I am starting to feel more top heavy. Super swollen in my hands and feet. I had to get fitted for wrist splints to sleep with at night because if all the fluid build up. It's so uncomfortable to wake up with my hands feeling like they are asleep and I cannot open or close them. Leg cramp pain mostly in my right leg. 
Any weight gain: Still between the 14-16 pounds gained.
Sleep: This past week was awful! I tossed and turned all night. Super uncomfortable. Had to always get up once to use the bathroom. Not very fun with a longer work week because of spring break. 
Cravings: Nothing really this week.
Moods: Super emotional. I could cry about anything and everything. It's annoying. 
Stretch Marks: No new ones.
Linea Negra: Nope!
Belly button in or out: Still in but it's very shallow. 
Rings on or off: Both rings off! I am currently borrowing a ring that is almost two sizes bigger. I am so swollen!
Moments during the week: This week was LONG. We had spring camp for my work and I am just glad it's over. Almost everyday consisted of dealing with a particularly tough child that comes from a tougher background and it's just draining. I am just way off a routine and ready to be back at my school until I leave for maternity leave!

Love Forever,
Chel Chel