Ethan 28 months/ 30 weeks Pregnant

10 weeks to go until my due date! I’m at the point now that I can’t wait, I am ready to meet her! The pregnancy is still going well, minus lower back pain (and sciatica) and heartburn. I forgot how bad the heartburn gets in the 3rd trimester, the only thing that helps is Tums.

I’ve been going to my chiropractor almost every week to help with my sciatica. He tried a new treatment on my last visit and it seemed to help a lot. He had me lay on 2 blocks with my lower back, the goal was to push my pelvis back together to relieve pressure on my sciatic nerve and I think it did what it was supposed to.

I’ve gained 18 lbs so far (3 lbs more than last pregnancy at this time). Total gain last time was 24 lbs, so hopefully I come in close this time around.

Ethan is almost fully potty trained. He has an accident probably every other day but is doing really well overall. I was surprised at how quickly he got the hang of it. We did have a set back last weekend when we went out of town. He had nonstop accidents all weekend, but has been back to his good habits all of this week now that we’re back in our routine.

The hardest part for kids (I’ve learned most kids) about potty training is going #2. They hold it and are afraid to go, some will only go at home. After the first few very scary times, Ethan’s (for the most part) got the hang of that part too.

My personal struggle with the potty training is public restrooms. I’m a bit of a germa-phobe and when he tells me he has to go potty while we are out, I start freaking out. Without fail he touches the toilet with his hands and legs, shorts and underwear touch the floor :/. The seat covers just don’t work with such a little bottom, and one toilet we went to was far too big for him to sit. I ended up holding him over the toilet and he was able to go. I found a potty protecter online that I’m going to purchase that covers the entire seat. I hope it works well because it’s going to be too much for me to handle otherwise.

Here are a couple of cute Ethan comments in the past couple of weeks.

We have been using 1, 2, 3 magic. Last night Jarrod said “1”, then Ethan said “don’t count”, Jarrod said “2” Ethan said “don’t count dad”. We struggled to keep a straight face through that one.

I ask him a million questions about his day when I pick him up from school and the last couple of times he has told me either to “stop talking” or  to “let me talk mom”.

For some reason the other funny sayings are escaping me, there are loads of them! I’ll post more next blog.

I’ve still been having fun with Ethan’s Planet Box lunch. Here’s a picture of one his lunches from last week. I also went to his open house at school, and here’s a picture of him doing one of his jobs, “cutting”.

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Pregnancy Symptoms

I feel like compared to what I hear from other ladies who have been pregnant that my pregnancy symptoms have been pretty mild. However, I have had a few, so here they are.

Cravings-

Anything sugar!  One night I had to have strawberry shortcake. I went to the grocery store with my dad at 10PM to get all the ingredients. Soft serve ice cream! We went to Vancouver and Seattle for our Babymoon, and that’s all I could think about until I finally found it. I think about soft serve almost every day. My anti-craving has been chinese food! It has sounded disgusting ever since about week 10 of pregnancy. The smell of it makes me sick. I usually really like chinese food so I’m hoping that this symptom is only temporary.

Heartburn-

I have had a couple of bouts with this. A little bit probably around 20 weeks for a couple of weeks, and it’s just started up again. It’s not fun and there’s not too much you can do about it. At least Tums have calcium.

Leg Cramps-

While sleeping. Probably started around 20 weeks. I feel like I need to stretch my legs and when I do I get a Charley horse. Some nights it happens a few times and it is not a good feeling.

Fatigue-

In the first trimester, all I could do was go to work and sleep. I literally had no energy, I couldn’t even make myself dinner when I got home. Thankfully my husband picked up the slack during this time and I didn’t starve.

Anemia-

Third trimester 28 weeks is when I found out.

Back Pain-

Around 20 weeks is when it was the worst. It was in my very lower back pretty much at the top of my butt. My chiropractor made it feel a million times better though and I have been feeling pretty well for the past few weeks. I haven’t had to make a trip to the chiropractor in probably 2 months.

Pregnancy Brain-

I seem to forget everything lately. The worst ‘pregnancy brain incident’ I’ve had so far was the weekend we moved 3 weeks ago (27 weeks pregnant)… I got off of work on a Friday when I realized that my gas tank was on ‘e’ and I needed to make a stop at the gas station.  Thanks to my wonderful husband I was balancing a beautiful bouquet of flowers and also realized that we were out of toilet paper at home and with the move wouldn’t have a chance to go to the store anytime soon.

I balanced the flowers on the seat, got out of the car, put the pump in the tank and ran in the store. I grabbed the tp, and got in a pregnancy conversation with a chatty clerk.

On my way out, I thought to myself, if my husband is at the new place I’ll stop by with these flowers so I won’t have to balance them when I have a car full of moving stuff later (I didn’t have keys to the new place yet).

I got in the car with the tp, put the flowers in my lap and dialed my husband and placed him on speakerphone. As I’m driving away I hear a loud noise, and wonder what it is… Well turns out it was the gas pump, I never took it out of the tank 😦 Out of nowhere there was a lady in an orange jacket taking the pump out of the car. Apparently I caused quite the scene as there were people running into the gas station ‘she’s driving off with the gas pump!’

The lady in the orange jacket told me to go inside to give my information… I had to wait in line and of course everyone had something to say to me… I was mortified, but tried to compose myself. The clerk told me,’If I were you I would have driven off’ as she told me that it would cost $1,000 to repair the pump. Just what I needed.

I kept telling myself, s*** happens, it is what it is, there’s no way I can go back and change it, it was an accident. Despite saying this over and over to myself, I started to get a little teary eyed. When I arrived home my husband was chatting with the neighbors who didn’t know we were moving. Jon, my husband’s friend was helping us with the move and he said ‘Hey how’s it goin Lolls?’ very cheerfully. I just burst into tears. I told him that I was really crying for no reason, and started crying/laughing. I mumbled to him what happened and he kinda had a chuckle.

At this point my husband walked in and didn’t know what to think. He couldn’t tell if I was hysterically crying or if I was laughing. I mumbled the story to him as our neighbor peeked in to say congratulations as she didn’t know I was pregnant. She must have thought I was nuts….

Thankfully, here we are 3 weeks later and I haven’t heard a peep from the gas station. After talking with a bunch of friends I found out that this is pretty common and it should not cost $1,000, some gas stations just try to scam you.

30 Weeks of Pregnancy Summary

So here it goes… my first ‘official’ blog post.  I will be 30 weeks pregnant tomorrow, so lots of pregnancy news to post on. I’ve been very blessed to have a very easy pregnancy so far. No morning sickness at all throughout the pregnancy although at 8 weeks pregnant I had a nasty bout of food poisoning that took me out for a couple of days.

The 1st trimester I was extremely tired. I would go to work, come home, put my pj’s on and lay on the couch for a few hours, then retire to bed. The 2nd trimester was awesome – I got my energy back and pretty much felt like myself again. So far, so good with the 3rd trimester, although I have a feeling that my energy levels are slowing down once again.

I started the pregnancy at 120 lbs and have gained 15 lbs so far. About a month ago is when people started asking me how far along I was etc., I guess I was at the ‘is it just her gut?’ phase until 6 – 61/2 months pregnant. It took me aback the first time someone asked me how far along I was… I thought to myself, I don’t think I mentioned anything… until I realized my belly was finally visible.

It has been interesting to see how many people think they know-it-all about pregnancy. You get a lot of unwanted advice and critiques. Are you gaining enough weight? – Are you sure you should be drinking that coffee? – You look huge! – Your belly is so small.. The best is when you walk into a room and you see people’s eyes go directly to your belly. For me, that has been awkward.

Ultrasounds:

I had my first ultrasound at 8 weeks and it was amazing! It really made the pregnancy feel real, before that you kinda think ‘am I really pregnant?’.  In the ultrasound you could see hands, profile etc. It is amazing to see what can develop in just 8 weeks!

We had a 4d ultrasound at 14 weeks and 6 days to find out if we were having a boy or girl. I was really hoping for a girl but found out we were having a boy. My husband was thrilled, it took me a little while to get used to the idea, but I will love my little boy just the same. I was convinced before the ultrasound that we were having a girl because his heartbeat was at 160 (which is the heartbeat the old wives tale claims to be a girl).

Ultrasound 14 weeks 6 days

The last ultrasound we had was at about 19 weeks to make sure that all the organs etc. were growing properly, which thankfully they were. So far he looks like an absolutely healthy baby!

Other Details:

I have ulcerative colitis, which has been in remission for quite a few years, but I do have to take multiple  Sulfasalazine pills everyday to keep it that way. My doctor had me see a specialist at the beginning of the pregnancy to make sure that it was safe to continue taking the pills while pregnant. I was taking 8 pills (2 pills 4 times) per day, but have reduced my dose to 2 pills per day. The specialist said that there shouldn’t be a problem with taking the pills during pregnancy, but that I shouldn’t take them while breastfeeding.

I have had high blood pressure throughout the pregnancy. I don’t think it’s pregnancy related though, it has always been a bit high. My doctor mentions it every time I see her. The last blood test I had was to see if I had developed gestational diabetes. Thankfully I have not, however I am anemic and am now taking 2 iron pills every day.

Moving:

My husband and I were living in a very small 2 bedroom apartment until Nov. 1. It was not going to work when the baby came as there was barely enough room for the 2 of us. We were fortunate to find a rental, 3 bedrooms 2 baths, and more than double the space we were living in. Plus a garage and a private patio! It was nice to move with 3 months to spare before the baby’s arrival. We had to do a lot of shopping to fill up all the new space we had just acquired.

Our house is mostly together with the nursery still a work in progress. I’m going to wait until after my baby shower(coming up on Dec. 6th) to do the major shopping for that. My mom purchased a crib and changing table for us for the nursery, which was a great help. We got them at Target. For the nursery theme, we will be buying the ‘Ahoy Mate‘ set from Babies R Us.

So here I am, 10 weeks left to go… I am so anxious to meet this baby!! I really want to get another 4d ultrasound, to see his little face, but my husband thinks we should wait, so I guess we will 🙂

I know that with Thanksgiving less than a week away, Christmas and New Year around the corner, that this baby is going to be here before we know it!!!