Archive for July, 2011

Kevin and I went hiking with the Cramers and the Loves on 7.9.11 near Ellensburg, WA on Iron Bear Trail.  6.5 miles round trip, with 1800 feet of elevation gain – it was tough!  It was Carolyn’s first hike since having Lucy, and Lucy’s first hike ever (and her first camping trip!), and we all did great.  Beautiful weather, and fantastic wildflowers!


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The crew at the Southeast entrance to Mt. Rainier National Park, July 17th 2011

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Eatin’ an apple, being pregnant.  After we did a short hike (Grove of the Patriarchs) in Rainier National Park.

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27 Weeks

How far along? 27 weeks.

Baby’s size?   Miss Eliza May is now a whopping 2.2 lbs, and 15 inches long crown to toe (up till now, her height has been crown to rump – she didn’t grow six inches in three weeks!).  She’s working on her listening skills this week, after opening her eyes last week.  This means that I can harass her in new and exciting ways: shining flashlights on my belly, hollering, etc.  No no, not really.  I stick to poking her when she kicks me too hard.

 Sleep?   The benadryl at night has been awesome, and I’ve been sleeping pretty well.  I have had a few nights recently where I couldn’t get baby to stop kicking pretty hard even after changing positions… I guess she’s getting kind of cramped. I wonder how long till I can’t sleep?  

Food cravings or aversions?  Heartburn ahoy!  I’m much happier eating whatever is on the menu these days, but a lot of my favorite dinner items lead to a good bit of discomfort.  The doctor just put me on a preventative heartburn medicine, so hopefully things will get a little better in this department.  I miss garlic; it’s really the only spice I can use with any competency. 

Symptoms?   Still pretty happy as the second trimester winds down, though there has definitely been a slow uptick in some symptoms.  Leg cramps, various degrees of intestinal unhappiness, mild Braxton Hicks contractions, blah blah blah.  Nothing too annoying, but every time a new one turns up, I realize anew how nice the past month or two has been. 

Best moment this week?  Telling folks the baby’s name, hiking 6.5 miles in beautiful weather (a man at the top told me I made him feel like a wuss), and seeing my lovely friends from Georgia.  Telling my doctor that his nurses suck (in much, much less confrontational words) and having him say I am not a good candidate for nurses, and that I can skip them from now and just see him. 

Movement?  Less gentle most of the time.  I have had a particularly busy week, and hadn’t been feeling her much, but with all our out of town guests gone today and getting back to my normal schedule, she’s kicking up a storm (and maybe also doing some flips and jumping jacks).

What I miss about not being pregnant?  Still sports.  I don’t think this answer is going to change.  Maybe when I am another month or two along, I’ll miss being able to put my own shoes on…

What I’m looking forward to?  my next ultrasound, in 3 weeks.  Hopefully she won’t be as camera shy this time.

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I made Kevin take a picture of my yesterday while I was picking raspberries for breakfast (yogurt, granola, and berries from the yard!).

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Painting the “nursery” – it’ll be the guest room for a couple more months, but now it’s light purple.  Of course, I wanted to paint it green, but that’s the color of 90% of the walls in the house, so we decided to change it up a little.  Plus this way we can fill it with green baby stuff!  Oh, and don’t worry – we used No-VOC paint and the windows were open and the fan was on and damn y’all, I’m a toxicologist.  It was fine!

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24 weeks

How far along? 24 weeks.

Baby’s size?   Spatula is about the size of an eggplant, 9” and over a pound and a half.  She’s working on her lungs this week, and getting some more capillaries all over.  Kind of awesome for over-educated anxious basket cases, if Spatula decided to come out this week, she’d have a pretty good chance of making it (not that she will, it’s just nice to know). Also, apparently, my uterus is the size of a soccer ball, which frankly seems impossible and bizarre.

 Sleep?   Up and down.  I imposed a fairly strict 10 pm bedtime because my narcolepsy was getting out of control, and that seems to have helped in the past few weeks.  If it hadn’t, I probably would have been on driving probation, and I’d prefer not to lose my autonomy this early.  I am on bathtub probation, since I fell totally asleep there a couple weeks ago and scared the crap out of Kev – he says I have to get a lifejacket for baths.  The doc also told me to take benadryl sometimes to knock me out a little more, since I’ve been sleeping poorly at night – you know, because something keeps kicking me!  On the bright side, my anxious dreams have mostly gone away, so that’s a huge bonus. 

Food cravings or aversions?  Getting a lot better in this department, I’ve been able to plan what’s for dinner up to 24 hours in advance and not change my mind!  As far as cravings, basically fresh fruit and veggies.  I’m all about watermelon and corn and cherries and blueberries mmmm!  Unfortunately none of those will keep me full for long, so I have to be careful to eat actual protein and carbs when I’m hungry, or I’ll find myself in a severe food emergency with little warning.

Symptoms?   I didn’t really believe anyone when they said the second trimester would be a total breeze, but I’ve definitely been feeling like that the past couple of weeks.  My headaches are basically back at normal occurrence levels (1/week or so, no big deal), energy is reasonable, heartburn has gotten milder, anxiety is low.  I’d been having consistent but mild sciatic pain for a few weeks but it’s actually gotten better too.  So everything is pretty peachy at the moment 😀

Best moment this week?  We decided on a name, first and middle.  We haven’t decided if we are going to spill the beans before she gets here…  I also ran about a mile and half, up to our friends’ house, which felt good – exercising since I stopped frisbee has been a challenge, since I just haven’t had to outside of playing sports for years.  I got this belly band thing I read about on a runners forum, and it helps support my belly and makes jogging a lot less uncomfortable.  And don’t worry, I got the OK from the medical establishment before jogging (which was at a total snail’s pace).

Movement?  Less gentle, more cat-trapped-in-burlap-sack.  That’s not totally fair – the movements are probably verging on uncomfortably strong about 25% of the time, it’s just that that is usually when I am trying to go to sleep!  It’s pretty neat though, and now you can definitely see her moving from the outside.  Alien!

What I miss about not being pregnant?  Not being able to play sports (and not just frisbee!) or even really exercise… having my narcolepsy under control… breakfast being optional… 

What I’m looking forward to?  Friends coming to visit in less than two weeks!  And quite a bit of camping in the next month or so, gotta have as many adventures as possible!  Also, as much as we love our roommate/tenant, we are both looking forward to her moving to another friend’s house next month – we’d like to be able to get the house in order ASAP, since we are only going to get busier in the next few months.  We both have to build up hours at work, save vacation, and I have a LOT of important milestones to reach in my research before baby. 

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