28 & 29 Week Update [Glucose Test + Childbirth Class]

I can’t believe that I am already in my third trimester and that in less than 3 months, we’ll be able to meet our Lil Bean in person! According to The Bump, at 29 weeks – Lil Bean is about the size of an acorn squash. Over the next couple of months, he’ll double/triple his weight!

29 Weeks | Taken this morning

My doctor’s office recently offered a two-session childbirth class at our local hospital that went over sort of what to expect during the labor process. Robb was unfortunately out of town during the first class and had to miss it but I was glad to have him home and able to attend last week. As last week’s class dove more into actual labor/what to expect after giving birth, it seemed more important. Robb had lots of questions so it was nice to have an environment where those could be asked. We also had the opportunity to visit the maternity ward upstairs to see where I would actually be giving birth. The delivery rooms were nice (and big) while the recovery room was surprisingly on the small side!

I also had my glucose screening test last week. The glucose screening test checks a woman’s blood glucose (i.e. sugar) level to see how the body processes sugar and is a preliminary test to check to see if I might have gestational diabetes (high blood sugar that starts or is found during pregnancy). If my blood glucose is too high and I test positive, then I’ll have to go back for an additional test. A lot of women, especially ones who are wanting a natural birth, are starting to forgo this test. My mom had gestational diabetes when she was pregnant with me so if I’m susceptible, I want to have an idea now so I can make the appropriate changes.

At my 24 week appointment, they gave me this sugary drink that I needed to drink about 45 minutes before my glucose test. I kept it in the fridge so it was nice and chilled. I was offered either Orange or Fruit Punch and I went with the fruit punch. The flavor wasn’t so bad during the first few sips (it tasted like a thick HI-C Fruit Punch) but as I kept drinking, I could feel it turning into acid in my stomach. That being said, some of the side effects of drinking the beverage included nausea, diarrhea, lightheartedness, etc. but thankfully I had none of those.

My appointment went well and since my mom was off work, she was able to come with me. My weight was good, my blood pressure was great, my belly measured right on par, and most importantly, Lil Bean’s heart-rate was nice and strong. The phlebotomy technician who drew my blood for the glucose test was just as gentle as can be. This was only the second time that I’ve EVER had blood drawn and she makes it so I don’t feel it at all. So now we wait for the results of the glucose test.

This past Sunday, Robb and I went up to Morris Farm Market to pick up some pumpkins for decoration (and to enjoy the abundant free samples that they offer). It was also their annual Fun on the Farm event which featured lots of activities for kids, hay rides, a petting zoo, live music and more. We had a great time and it made the perfect “date day” for us. I think that we are both excited at the thought of being able to take Lil Bean to events like this one day!

I love the variety of pumpkins/squash offered at Morris Farm Market – Black Futsu, Cinderella, Fairy-tale – I can find varieties here that I might not normally find anywhere else.

Look at all of those gorgeous pumpkins!
We’re so adorable!

Even after purchasing a ton a pumpkins, I wanted a few just “regular” ones, so we stopped to a small patch down the road and pick up a couple of pumpkins that would be great to carve.

Our fall display is almost done but I still need to pick up a few mums to complete the look and will hopefully do that in the next day or so. This is what our front porch looked like last year:

25 & 26 Week Update

I decided to lump weeks 25 and 26 together in a short update since there isn’t much news to report. I seem to have passed the point of my pregnancy where strangers can recognize that I actually am pregnant and not just carrying some extra meat on my bones. I’ve been getting almost daily comments asking about my due date, what I’m having, etc. It could also be because I’ve been making an effort the past week or so to wear maternity clothes. My mom has been buying me tops and pants for about the past month now and for some reason, I had been reluctant to wear them. I don’t know what in the world I was thinking. I never want to wear regular pants again. I love not having to button my pants and how comfortable maternity clothing is.

25 Weeks

Symptoms wise – I still have heartburn. If the old wives tales are true and the more heartburn you have, the hairier your baby then I’m expecting our Lil Bean to pop out looking like Sasquatch! My belly has been itching the past few days, right around my belly button. I’ve heard that is caused by your skin stretching but I’m also wondering if maybe it is finally time for me to make the decision on if I’m going to remove my belly button ring completely (I’ve had it since 2004) or if I’m going to get a belly button ring that will expand with my belly. It’s getting to the point as well where my belly button ring is started to catch on stuff (like the edges of counters/my desk) because of my belly being extended.

If I stand right, I can still see my feet!

Another issue that I’ve been having the past week or so is that I cannot get to sleep at night. I lay down at my normal time (about 9:30 – 10:00) but am just not feeling tired. It’s usually about 12:00 or 1:00 that I actually get to sleep – which makes the next day at work drag. That being said, I have gotten some cleaning done around the house – especially up in my studio!

26 Weeks

As for cravings, earlier in my pregnancy it seemed to be whole milk, fried chicken and watermelon that I wanted to eat most of the time. But even those haven’t been of the “I NEED this” sort of craving. There really hasn’t been anything I’ve been dying to have, even now. I’ve walked past some items (such as Spaghetti-o’s and Captain Crunch) that I’ve thought to myself “Oh, that looks delicious” and have indulged myself, but there hasn’t been anything out of sorts.

If you are, or have ever been pregnant, did you crave anything in particular?

24 Week Update

I had my 24 week check-up last week. Things went very well – my weight was good, Lil Bean’s heart rate was nice and strong, my belly was measuring on par. Even better, my mom was able to accompany me on this visit. It was great having her there to snap a few photos and to record the sound of the heartbeat, even if she did get a little teary-eyed (more than once). I followed that appointment up with an eye doctor appointment (my eye’s were good), a car inspection (my car was good), and lunch with my mom (lunch was good).

It’s weird to look at pictures of my stomach and see how much it is poking out. Especially when it seems like I am mostly belly so far. I just hope that our Lil Bean has plenty of room in there! Some days it really feels like he is flopping around trying to get comfortable.

My lower bank had been hurting earlier in the week but I’m blaming that one being mostly sedentary at work. I’ve been making more of an effort to get up from my chair and take a longer walk when I go and get water. I think that’s really been helping. I also switched out my chair at work to something a little firmer.

My next appointment (in 4 weeks) will be for the Glucose Test. My mom had gestational diabetes when she was pregnant with me, but even taking that into consideration, I believe that she had a pretty easy pregnancy and delivery when compared to others. I’m not looking forward to drinking the liquid beforehand but plan on getting it nice and cold.

My next appointment will also be quite the milestone because I’ll be entering my third trimester! I cannot believe how quickly this pregnancy has been flying by. I’ve been blessed so far at how things have gone and our Lil Bean will be here before we know it.

And simply because I haven’t posted a picture of my girls since changing up the blog – here are the ladies! It stormed pretty bad this past Wednesday so I decided to let them run around outside of the coop (3 chickens pictured, we have 4). They enjoyed their freedom even if they had to battle against the wind. Yes – the chicken on the right is wearing a Superman cape. She’s been bullied and is missing some back feathers so we got her a saddle cover to hopefully help the feathers grow back.

In the past few months that she has been wearing her cover, she has had only one feather grow back. I think we just might have a chicken with a bald patch. Oh well – she’s still laying at least!

23.5 Week Update

I have been told that during the second trimester, I would suddenly regain some of the energy I lacked during my first trimester.

Well… I’m still waiting for that to happen…

I’m exhausted and it could be that I’m not sleeping well at night or it could be because I’m pulling extra hours at work. I work at a community college that has just started its fall session which means we have been busy. Hopefully things should start getting back to normal though. It doesn’t help that I’ll wake up in the middle of the night, my lips dry, my bladder full.

But I wouldn’t change anything for the world.

I received my first “official” baby gift. This lovely NC State (my alma mater) piggy bank from the generous couple I petsit for on occasion. I’ve already plopped it on one of the shelves in the nursery. Go Wolfpack!

I apologize for the graininess but Robb wanted to snap a quick picture of me on his cellphone after work last week when my baby bump was looking prominent. It’s funny how my bump looks so different under certain article of clothing. I’m actually wearing a maternity top for the first time today and I have to say that my bump doesn’t seem to be nearly as noticeable!

While I was away petsitting, Robb took the opportunity to finish painting our bathroom and to paint the nursery. It’s still a work in progress and this picture does the room no justice, but I am in love with the color of our nursery. We chose “May Apple” from Olympic paint which is this lovely color that works well with our idea of a more rustic/woodland theme. It would also be a great color if we had went with a beach theme as well.

Robb did such a great job while I was gone and he even arranged items on the shelves. He thinks that the color might be a bit too bright so I am going to work on finding wall accents to help tone it down a little for him.

Our Lil Bean will be here before we know it so it’s nice to feel like we have actually started on some sort of preparation!