Wednesday, April 23, 2014

26 Weeks

How far along:  26 weeks
Size of baby:  So now you're back up to the size of a head of lettuce.  I don't get it... cantaloupe, down to cauliflower, and back up to a head of lettuce.  I must have poor vegetable size estimation skills!  
Clothes:  Maternity jeans, workout pants (not because I've been busy working out), regular and some maternity shirts
Gender/Names:  Boy - Knox Haddon (names from John Knox and Charles Haddon Spurgeon)
Sleep:  I'm still sleeping well.  I've been pretty tired this week (pretty sure that's evident from the above picture) but we've been pretty busy so pregnant or not I'm pretty sure I would have been tired.  
Movement:  Loving feeling you move!  I feel you still all around my bladder.  My placenta must be extra thick this time or something because I rarely feel you any higher.  Last night was the first time in a few days that I felt you any higher.  I have no idea if that's just the position you're in or where you're comfy.  
Cravings:  I'm hoping as all the fresh fruit comes back into season those cravings will take over but as of right now it's just more of the same, pizza, coke, chocolate, nothing good!  I am trying to keep good stuff in my diet for you Knox but as you'll soon learn, I fail A LOT!  
I have some fears this week that you might be growing fast enough.  I'm sure this is in my head and probably based soley on me not looking pregnant but it's a fear nonetheless.  I have my last monthly appointment tomorrow so I'm sure Dr. Fenoughty will put my mind at ease.  After that I go to the doctor every two weeks.  I can't believe we're already that far along!  You are going to be here so soon!  I'm working like crazy to get your room ready and your brothers settled into their room.  I sort of feel like I'm standing still though even after I finish things.  I'm hoping it will all come together soon!  
Update:  I had my appointment yesterday, my LAST monthly appointment as I'm not on every two week appointments now (WOW).  Everything was good with the baby.  According to her measurement he's measuring ahead, still not real sure how she can measure accurately given all the "extras" I come with.  My blood pressure was an issue though.  It has consistently gone up with each appointment minus one where it was normal about 2 months ago.  Now blood pressure is tricky with me because look at those arms... pretty sure there's no need to scroll to the top as it is obviously the first thing you notice on me.  I have serious bat wings.  There I said it.  You no longer have to wonder if I know how bad they really are.  I do.  I hate them but I got what I deserved after the many times I jiggled my grandmother's arms and called her Chubby Bubby.  I'm pretty sure I took the fall for all the grand kids on this one.  Anyways, my arms are huge and the blood pressure cuffs sometimes feel like they might actually rip the bottom half of my arm off.  I guess along with LOTS of extra armage (yes I just made that a word), I got lots of extra nerve endings on them.  It hurts and I anticipate it and have worried about it possibly going up again at this appointment so I don't know if it could still be situational.  Long story short, my blood pressure this time was 150/94.  It's high.  I've never had high blood pressure until this pregnancy.  I don't have much weight gain so she isn't concerned with me retaining a lot of water and I feel fine but it needs to come down or at least not go any higher.  If it goes higher I could end up on bed rest.  That would be bad.  Real bad.  Just ask all the people that would have to step in and cover for me.  I'm trying really hard to watch my sodium intake.  This is harder than I expected.  Everything is high in salt!  I'm going to keep on trying though.  Hopefully in two weeks it will have come down and not gone up.  In the meantime, hello bland food.  The only good news is that chocolate doesn't seem to have much sodium.  Now if I fail my glucose test in two weeks and my blood pressure continues to be a problem, I'm really going to be screwed.  
Knox                         Ty                            Case

Ty                                           Knox

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