Monday, September 10, 2012

Third and last!

28 weeks today: welcome to the last trimester!

Brent and I went on a hike up the mountain today and took advantage of the awesome scenery to snap a few photos of us. I had not been hiking since the spring-time, but did better than I thought I would! Needless to say, I was all tuckered out when we got home :)

This past week has been rather stressful, because my sweet Sheltie, Lew, developed Congestive Heart Failure suddenly and needed to have his lungs drained so he wouldn't essentially "drown" himself. It was so sad and devastating. We decided to forgo bringing him home on medications, which would only extend his life another 6 months in the best-case scenario. I am giving him lots of hugs and kisses in this short time he has with us. I've been trying to get him to eat, and have offered a variety of yummy foods, but at this time he is just unable to for some reason. Poor boy.

He looks just pitiful in this photo. He had an IV placed, and was shaved on both sides so they could drain each lung. 

In other news at the Turpin house-hold, we are gearing up for Fall (yay, Starbucks Pumpkin Latte's!) and I've continued to be domestic as far as sewing and crafting for baby and our house! We planted pumpkins in our little garden this year and they are growing SO big! Hopefully, they will pollinate together and we will have lots of big, orange pumpkins to cook, can, and decorate with. 

We have been trying to read more as well, and I just recently bought a few books that interested me and may come in handy when December rolls around. 
I will be trying to make an attempt at breastfeeding, so I bought "The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding". They tend to be one-sided and definitely don't cater to women who want to go back to work and still breastfeed, but the information is thorough and helpful.
The second book, "Heading Home with Your Newborn" is filled with fairly basic information and most of it I was aware of, but I really like how this book lays everything out there. I have enjoyed reading it, even as a reassurance of the information I already know. It also helps put the reality of having a newborn into perspective. Definitely a book I would recommend!

<--- Here we are at 28 weeks into the pregnancy! Not much has changed since my last post at 25 1/2 weeks, except perhaps a bigger belly. I've been able to sleep on my belly and back this whole time without discomfort, and it is only just now becoming slightly uncomfortable to be on my stomach. Which is sad, because I'm a stomach-sleeper. Sigh.

I had the glucose (gestational diabetes) test about 2 weeks ago. For the test, I had to drink a highly-concentrated Lemon-Lime "soda" minus the carbonation.

Here's the run-down:
-Get blood drawn and finger poked to check fasting blood sugar.
-Drink the sugar stuff in 5 minutes flat.
-Go wait in the waiting room that only plays Spanish soap opera's.
-Waiting for an hour under strict rules not to eat, chew gum, drink, sleep, or go anywhere.
-Get blood drawn again after the hour is up.
-Go wait another hour under the same rules.
-Get blood drawn for the last time after the second hour is up.
-Leave with a horrible thirst and desire to brush your teeth.

Here's to hoping I passed! They haven't called me, so no news is good news, right?

Genesis is still as active as ever and sometimes freaks me out when she does a particularly big "shift" or "punch". Honestly, sometimes I forget I am pregnant, then she moves and I'm like...whoa. That was weird. Haha!

Brent and I are counting down the weeks/days until she is here (approximate of course, since we don't really know)! I can honestly say though, that I DO NOT want to go past 41 weeks. If we get even close to 41, I will be begging for an induction. So many people say that "the baby will comes when it wants", and while that is true for the most part, I've seen too many late-term baby's in the NICU because of swallowing meconium. Also, labor becomes harder (hello, bigger baby), and I'm pretty sure no woman is ever feeling her best being late-term. Nooooo thank-you! :)

So, here's the stats:

Genesis is about the size of an Eggplant, and weighs around 2.5 lbs. From here on out, she will be gaining weight and hopefully growing some chubby baby cheeks and thighs on her little body :) She is fully developed by now and if born, would most likely survive with minimal to no assistance breathing!


Best thing about being pregnant? People are now starting to recognize that I am pregnant, and not just "fat"! I love it when someone doesn't even have to ask but just knows that I am, in fact, carrying a baby. Finally!

Worst thing? I'm hungry all the time, but never know what I want. However, I suppose if that's the worst thing, then I'm doing pretty well right now! Oh, I suppose the worst thing at this point is knowing that we have come so far but have so far to go...12 weeks? Aw, man.

Cravings? None. See above.

Baby Bump? Bigger every week! Still lacking the cute basketball belly, but I think I've come to terms that it's not happening this time around. Or ever. Not the way my body was made to carry a baby, I suppose!

What do you miss? Clothes that are not tight or constricting. Hands and feet that don't swell easily. I miss not being pregnant (not complaining, just being honest here).

What are you looking forward to? Well, besides stating the obvious, I am looking forward to having a baby shower! And Holidays! Cool weather! Rain! Decreasing my hours at work!
Aaaaah....Fall will be so great this year.

Let me leave you with a cute baby outfit. We picked this particular one for Genny's first trip- HOME!!!! She will be our little polar bear. It is so soft and fuzzy, with adorable little ears on top. We got the newborn size, which just adds to the cute factor. Next time you see this outfit, our little girl will be in it!

1 comment:

  1. What a great picture of you and Brent! You are so cute together. You are just beautiful, too, Jessie (but too thin :) I love all the pictures, and hearing about all your experiences as a mommy to be! The Polar bear outfit is adorable too. You know you will have to keep blogging after Genny gets here! :) Love you so much! Mom