In all the craziness of preparing for the holiday, I forgot to take my regular weekly photo. But I think this one is even better. Special thanks to my good sport brother-in-law.
The last week of the second trimester was pretty uneventful (and thus awesome). I'm continuing to live in my Gap supersoft long-sleeve shirts , and I'm pretty sure it's only a matter of time before someone at work calls me out on the fact that I'm rotating about five outfits at the moment. Oh well ;) As someone who was not particularly fashionable before this whole gestating process began, I'm sure no one is terribly surprised that comfort is winning out over fashion in a huge way now.
The most exciting thing that happened this week is that I had my first prenatal visit with the midwife practice that I recently transferred to. Can you say breath of fresh air? My midwife sat with me for almost 45 minutes and answered the one million questions I had come up with, listened to all of my concerns, and explained everything in great detail. I really feel like I'm so much more a part of my own health care now. She kept reiterating the fact that they were there to support me, give me all the information I needed to make decisions for myself, and then help me carry out the plans I make. At my last OB appointment, I asked a few questions that pretty much just confirmed my concerns that attempting a natural birth with that practice would not be particularly supported. My OB said that I could probably be successful if I had a five to six hour labor, but that once I approached the twenty-hour mark, they would want to speed things along (with pitocin). I was told that a few non-negotiables were continuous fetal monitoring, an IV, movement limited to walking around my room/bathroom, and eating limited to popsicles and jell-o. I was also told "you can't argue with us if we tell you you need a c-section". I understand where my OB was coming from when she made that last statement, but I really didn't appreciate the way that she worded it. I am all for any intervention that is necessary for me. And I don't want a single intervention that is not. I really want to be able to trust my provider and any recommendation they make for me. I didn't feel that trust with my OB practice. Since leaving them, I found out that they have an approximate 38% c-section rate. Even a limited amount of research will tell you that that is excessive. I'm really surprising myself with how strongly I feel about all of this as I get closer to Baby O's birthday. Anyways, I am so relieved to have found a practice where I feel supported in attempting to have the kind of birth I want. Now it's just a decision of birth center (connected by tunnel to the hospital!) or hospital. I have a feeling you'll be hearing a lot more about that decision in the weeks to come.
A few more tidbits:
Pounds gained: 24 as of my appointment this week. Gahhhhhhhhhh.
Stretchmarks: The obsessive hunting for them has begun, but so far so good. I've been slathering this stuff on nightly for months now, and it at least makes me feel great even if there's no science behind it. Coolest happenings of the week: Baby O' is continuing his in-utero acrobatics, much to my delight, and hubs' as well. Now we're able to watch the show from the outside, which is one part creepy and two parts totally awesome.
Bellybutton status: about half in and half out. I took a picture, but isn't it sort of creepy to post a zoomed in picture of your bellybutton on the internet? Who knows why but I'm sort of drawing the line here.
Nursery update: Hubs had the week off after Christmas and has been working SO hard on getting the floors finished. He put the fourth coat of waterlox on today and here's a sneak peek of the progress:
Finally, Happy New Year's Eve to all of you and thanks so much for reading along and being a part of this crazy journey in 2010. I don't think there is any way to describe how much our lives are going to change in 2011- but also no words for how excited we are for all of it!
Ugh! I really don't think I look this puffy in real life! At least I am really really hoping I don't. I know there have been a lot of belly pictures lately, but somehow I've gotten terribly behind in posting them. I'm actually 26 weeks at the moment and want to get all caught up here. A little bit of the exhaustion I felt in the first trimester is creeping back in, and added with all the extra craziness of the holidays, I am le tired! Is it just me, or are there fewer hours in each day come December?
I promised I'd post a bit about maternity clothes, and I have to say I'm pretty obsessed with the skinny maternity jeans I got from Old Navy- definitely a huge win. The belly panel seems a lot more comfortable than the one on my Gap jeans, and the fit is more flattering too. I've been living in them on the weekends. For work I've been rotating three pairs of maternity pants. I was wearing the BellaBand with a lot of my pre-pregnancy work pants for awhile, but about a month ago that option went out the window. I've been doing a lot of laundry, but am really trying to avoid having to buy any more pairs!
I really like these from the Gap: And these from A Pea in the Pod: Even though they're kind of scary looking at first, I found that I really prefer the full panel to the half panel or adjustable waistband pants. You can fold them over if you want to, but it's nice not to have something cutting into the middle of your belly.
For shirts, I've been able to make a lot of my pre-pregnancy stuff work, but I do really love how comfortable thesetops from the Gap are:When I bought them I got a size up and I thought they were way too big at first. That didn't last long :) The ruched sides are key in giving some sort of waist definition above the huge belly. I could live in these, and with a big necklace or a scarf I can dress them up enough for work. I picked up a few other tops and sweaters on (huge) sale at Old Navy as well.
Long tank tops (non-maternity) from J. Crew and Ann Taylor Loft work well with pre-pregnancy sweaters and cardigans too. I bought five or six of them on sale at the end of the summer. My best maternity wardrobe move so far was taking this coat in to have the buttons moved over. They're supposed to be more off to the side, but the few extra inches allow me to keep wearing this coat instead of wasting money on an official maternity one or giving in to wearing my husband's coats. That about does it for maternity clothes at this point. I'm still wearing the same old yoga pants and pajamas, although I can see why maternity versions exist. Basically I can still make them work, but stuff designed for maternity fits so much better and is SO much more comfortable.
On another note, I'm really looking forward to my first visit with the midwife practice I'm transferring to on Wednesday. I have a whole list of questions that I want to ask, mostly regarding the differences between giving birth at the hospital with a midwife provider and using the birth center (next door to the hospital). Any suggestions for questions to ask would definitely be appreciated!
Week 23: Week 24: Things are still going fabulous in pregnancy land. What a rollercoaster... if you had asked me during the first trimester, I would have told you that I was definitely questioning if I'd ever want to go through this again. I was only 24/7 sick for about four weeks, but it felt like forever when I was in the middle of it. Here in the second trimester I will tell you that I have never ever felt better than I do right now. I feel so healthy, alive, blessed, and just plain happy all the time. Sorry, I know that's a little sickening. But honestly, I catch myself smiling at random times throughout the day, feel like I love my husband more than I ever have, and just can't believe how amazing this whole process is. I'm even loving the huge belly I've got going on (and believe me, I know that I haven't seen anything yet). Here's hoping third trimester won't have me changing my mind back to the pregnancy-is-horrible opinion.
While I'm on the topic of things I'm loving, let me gush for a minute about my prenatal yoga class. I cannot recommend it enough. I was totally new to yoga when I joined at 14 weeks. My instructor spends time at the beginning of every class to go around and ask where everyone is in their pregnancy and what symptoms are bothering them. Then during the class she recommends specific things for everyone based on that info. I was having almost constant lower back pain last week which was driving me pretty insane, and I swear it's been a million times better since she worked with me on a few things to alleviate it. It's also pretty awesome to sit in a room with a bunch of other women sporting big bellies, to see the differences from week to week, and to have others to talk to. I'm obsessed I tell you :)
Hubs and I had a meeting with the pediatrician group we're planning on using tonight and that definitely made everything seem very real! You mean there's going to be a real live baby at the end of this road!? We are starting to get very excited to meet him. We have a birth class and tour at the hospital in January, and a birth workshop through my yoga studio in March.
As for the big OB versus midwife decision, thank you all for all of your comments on my last post about that. I've decided to transfer to a midwife practice but I'm still up in the air on whether I'll deliver with them at the hospital or in the birth center. Stay tuned :)
Pounds gained: Officially 20, OMG. Trying not to think about it.
What I'm eating too much of: I went to a cookie exchange party last weekend, where you make, trade, and then take home, 8 dozen cookies. The idea is that you'll package them up and send them off as Christmas gifts. Let's just say that probably isn't going to happen at this point. Unless anyone wants the crumbs in the bottom of the bag.
Purchased: That first baby purchase opened a bit of a floodgate. My most recent purchase was a pack of baby SmartWool booties. Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee! Watch me inflate: