With week 29 coming to a close, and my due date only ten weeks away, I thought it might be a great time to reflect on my pregnancy. As August comes flying around the corner, I am starting to wonder where the hell the time has gone? This summer, and pregnancy, seem to be zooming by. I feel like I haven’t taken the time to appreciate it. To be fair, I have spent my time complaining about the heat and humidity, but that’s besides the point.
This morning Ben and I agreed that it feels like we just found out we were expecting. It just doesn’t feel like that morning was a whole six and a half months ago. Are we prepared?
Ten (or-so) weeks from now our lives are going to be barely recognizable. Instead of just jumping in the car to run to the computer store for fun, we are going to have to pack and plan around baby’s feeding and sleep schedule. There will be no more late Saturday nights with friends or last minute movie showings. It is surreal, even though we have known about this upcoming tilt for months now. I guess it still hasn’t exactly sunk in.
A lot has happened here during the second trimester of this pregnancy including a baby shower, blood testing, and fixing up a baby room. Here are some of the highlights:
Baby Shower Number One
In early July my family from New York threw us Baby Shower #1 (more will come from #2 & #3). If you don’t know much about New York and the summer out there, let me educate you. The temperatures are seemingly perfect. A typical day will be around 80 degrees. Compared to a Cincinnati summer, where temperatures can range anywhere from 70-100 within the same day, 80 degrees is nothing. But let me just tell you, the humidity will kill you. The only way I can describe it is wet. So much wetter than humid days in Ohio. So. Damn. Wet. And opening presents with sticky paper, 6 months pregnant. Never again.
(P.S This dress I bought on Amazon and absolutely love it. It stretches which means comfort + it’s super cute and there are a ton of different color combos!)
Other than the nasty heat, the shower was amazing! My family is crazy, first of all, and have already made a HUGE dent in our needs for having a baby boy.
I mean…look at that pile.
They made me wear a stupid bow hat. Why? Well that answer is summed up in a quote directly from my step-mom, “If I had to wear one, you have to wear one!” Which, fair enough. Here is me sucking it up and allowing this to happen:
I nearly cried with each cute little outfit I pulled out of a gift.
And this amazing blanket my great aunt knit for us!Ben and my dad showed up for the food…typical.
And I spent the better half of the afternoon in my bathing suit, jumping in the pool sporadically. Just look at how done I am with the heat.
Creating the Nursery
From baby shower we move into the serious work we put into our nursery. If you didn’t know, Ben and I bought a house back in April 2017 (yay adults!) The house was built back in 1932 and has some amazing characteristics you can only get from a nearly 100 year old house. Plaster walls, cove ceilings, layers of paint over wallpaper, you name it we’ve got it. In the year we have had the house we have put a lot of work in and still have ways to go, so getting the nursery in working order was no small victory.
As stated, our walls have layers and layers of paint over wall paper. I am pretty sure there is also wallpaper on top of wallpaper as well. In a perfect world we would strip every wall on the first floor and pull all of that wallpaper off to start from scratch. This, however, is the real world. And in the real world time is money that we simply do not have. So, we are left with the best darn patch job my hubby can manage. This means cutting out the sections that are bubbling off the wall, sanding, spackling, sanding, spackling, sanding again.
What happens when you sand down plaster patches? Dust. And that dust goes everywhere. Everything in the house seemed to be coated in the dust, no matter if we put a wet rag under the door to keep it in the one room, or if I vacuumed after a day of sanding. When we finally finished stage one of fixing up the nursery it took me a full day just to get that dust off of EVERY surface on the first floor. And when I say every surface, I mean every surface. The floor. The tables. The chairs. The windowsills. The mantle. The kitchen counters. On top of the fridge.
See all that white in Ben’s hair? No we did not get into a made for TV flour fight while baking. That is DUST!
I really don’t know how that much dust could come off of a few patches on a wall. But oh baby, it did.
When that monstrosity was over, I was able to paint. It took me two days of painting but it was so worth it. If you are in an older house a good paint job can really liven up a dull room.
When painting was done it was back to Ben to put up the new trim and baseboards.
This entire process took about a month, for those thinking they might want to tackle something similar. We do both currently work full time however, and didn’t work as diligently on the weekends as we should have. If we had bunkered down this all could have been a two weekend project, but we like to procrastinate a little bit.
A few weeks after the completion of brightening up the space, my amazing nursery furniture was delivered. At first, Ben was in no rush to get set up. However, I woke up on Sunday morning (the furniture had been delivered on Friday) to him in the nursery setting up the crib. He really is the best husband a girl could ask for 🙂
We still have A LOT to do as far as decor and organization, I have an IKEA trip planned here real soon, but I am trying not to go overboard with pregnancy nesting. Slow and steady, Kayla, slow and steady.
Pregnancy Doctor Visits
When we went to our first prenatal appointment back in March, we were so excited. Ben came with me and we had a million questions already lined up for our doctor. This is our first pregnancy and even though we’ve both seen others go through it, our pregnancy is a whole new ball game.
Flash forward a few months and I’ve gained weight, my back hurts, and I have to pee all the time. Heading to the doctor is now another part of the routine and I know the drill. I sign in, take a seat for five minutes, pee in a cup, step on a scale, have my blood pressure taken, listen to the babies heartbeat, get my belly messured and talk to the doctor for a few minutes. I’m in, I’m out, and I’m on my way. Yeah, it gets boring real quick.
However! I have now had my blood drawn twice in a six month span which is more than I have in probably the last six years, if I am being totally honest. This once pass out at the sight of blood girl can now officially say she can handle a little blood draw! Success.
Okay, well, I won’t lie. I make sure I lie down on the table and make the nurse who is taking my blood talk to me the whole time. If any variable in that equation were to change, we might be looking at a different outcome, but I am going with it. I no longer pass out. HA!
My 28 week appointment marked two very special occasions.
- I did the one hour glucose challenge. If you’re in your first pregnancy, or just want to know what this is all about, this is to test for gestational diabetes. You drink this bottle of orange sugar water (it tastes like flat Fanta) a half hour before your appointment and then they draw your blood exactly one hour after you’ve finished the drink. That is all there is to it, really. Your blood is then tested to see how quickly your body was able to break down the sugar and you find out the next day if you passed or not. I, luckily, passed! If you don’t pass, it is my understanding that you then go in and take a 4 hour test that is similar to see what steps need to be taken to ensure you and baby are healthy for the remainder of the pregnancy.
- I am now going to be at the doctor even more! That’s right. After 28 weeks you begin visiting the doctor every two weeks until 36 weeks. At that point, you go every week until that baby is born. I am excited, I won’t lie. Heading to the doctor every two weeks simply means I am one step closer to meeting my boy 🙂
To Sum it Up
The second trimester came and went pretty darn quick. I will miss the days of unlimited energy, I can already feel myself needing a nap, and no back aches. As I pull into the third trimester I am excited to really get into nesting and getting closer to that due date. Sleeping has finally become an issue, I am incredibly restless, but Ben bought me this amazing pillow that has helped a ton! Of course, nothing can help needing to get up 3+ times a night to head to the bathroom…*sigh*
We have enrolled in an Unmedicated Birthing Class that is offered through the hospital we are delivering at and so far are really enjoying the experience. Minus the half hour we spent last week talking about tearing during birth. Eek.
So, here is to the next ten weeks. May they allow me to get each item on my to-do list checked off and fly by just as fast as the last 30!