Everyone, meet Sage!
Suddenly, we are no longer “2 of us”, but “3 of us”!
I have a healthy baby. I’m blessed and glowing with joy and excitement.
We are doing well.
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My baby has already moved into the head-down position and I’m officially full term today! My doctor’s appointments have increase to weekly appointments now.
It’s really hard to concentrate on anything else in the world. With every Braxton Hicks contraction, I will wonder “Is this labor?”. I just want to get over with it so I can hold my baby in my arms. Sitting or laying around waiting to go into labor is like watching a pot of water until it boils. These last few weeks seem to drag on and on…
I had my prenatal appointment today. My BP is up a bit for me, 140/70. My urine is just urine, no glucose and other ickies. I can’t really see much on ultrasound too meaning we get a lot of shots of the back of her head and spine. It looks like a lovely spines though!
So now, we are playing the waiting game. Ron is on standby for “my contractions starts”. My mom is on standby for “take us to the hospital”. My sisters are on standby for “we’re off to the hospital now” call. My in-laws are both anxiously waiting for the “your grandchild is on the way” call and we are just waiting for everything to kick off. Hospital bag is packed and sitting by my bedroom door ready for the off. I plan to go through it again sometimes this week to make sure I haven’t forgotten anything.
Now that we’ve hit week 37, she can make her appearance any day. I’m hoping she stays in another couple of weeks for optimum lung development before making an entrance. And this little girl can not get here before Ron arrives from Nanchang. So you got to hang in there a while longer buddy!
I’ve disccovered the first little stretchmarks on my belly! 2 have appeared: one on either side of the bottom of my bump, hope I do not get anymore. They are fairly small, but a rather defiant purplish color and are barely noticeable so I’m not too upset yet. If I had not admire my beautiful bump in front of a full height mirror today, I might not even have noticed.
I was told by some of my friends that in order to prevent stretch marks, I would have to apply cream right after I found out I was pregnant, but I thought it was a bit extreme.
I actually started applying after bathing, in my first trimester with Bio-oil…. oh well, for a few times. I admit to occasionally being too lazy every once in a while. There are plenty of stretch mark creams out there, but I choose Bio-oil because I have one at home, and lots of people tolds me how good it is.
Untill recently, I thought I was doing pretty well. Then I found out that the real challenge lies ahead. Apparently, when you grow really big, more stretch marks will develop. It looks like your stomach has exploded.
What to Expect When You’re Expecting – Heidi Murkoff, Arlene Einsenberg & Sandee Hathaway
I bought this book 2 years ago before I’m expecting. It’s a 3rd edition but you can get the new 4th edition in the bookstore now.
This book answered absolutely every questions and concerns for me and Ron and kept me from freaking out more than once. I like having this resource at my fingertips and it kept me from having to track down my OB every time I had a simple questions. It’s a medically based book, normalized many experience I had while pregnant, and covered everything through labor and beyond, which put my mind at ease.
Since I’m looking for as much information as possible, I like that they covered every possible, good or bad so I could be knowledgeable about my body signals. It describes all pregnancy stages and weeks in details and even discuss main pregnancy risks and problems, with real life and relatable scenarios that it is actually enjoyable. Written in a questions answer format, so you can easily skip over the information that doesn’t apply to you or indulge in the information if you have the time. It even have a section for fathers-to-be.
Once I was having Braxton Hicks contractions, and because of this book, I knew what they really were so I did not waste my time going to the hospital. I would never know about Braxton Hicks contractions without this book. It told me very clearly what I was feeling and it was right!
This is an excellent book and I clung to it daily to make sure I knew what to expect next. I think this book prepare mothers very well!
My baby now weights 2.7kg. I’m getting heavier and tighter day after day. My feet hurt when I stand. My butt hurts when I sit. My back hurts when I walk.
My pelvic hurts when I turn on bed, sometimes it make cracking and popping sounds. My leg cramps at night. My feet swell and I walk like a penguin.
When I go to sleep, the pressure of my baby make me really hard to breathe.
I have to go to the washroom every 15 minutes because there’s no room for my bladder to expand.
It’s driving me crazy… OH help me!
I’m quite fascinated with my belly and I spend hours a day looking at it.
Now, all the girlfriends that I have talked to about being pregnant said that when the baby gets big enough, you will be able to tell where’s the leg, the head, arms and where the butt is. Once, I pressed againts the spot assuming that it was her shoulder and my whole belly moved! My baby actually moving away from my hand like, DON’T DISTURB ME!
The first time I heard from my baby was back in week 16. There was ample room in the belly for acrobatics and lots of kicking and punching. Then, you will learn all different patterns of the movement – turning, twisting, bouncing and wiggling. Those little kicks and flutters affirm that you’ve got a new life growing inside you.
It was fantastic!
She’s moving a LOT these days. How I wish there’s a little window on my belly so that I could see what’s happening inside.
Sometimes, I feels like she’s trying to get comfortable, kind of adjusting her arms and legs. Other times is like I’M WRITING ON THE WALL OF YOUR BELLY WITH MARKERS! And then there are other movements like my whole belly was jumping and jerking. The moment you lay down to sleep at night, she decides: HEY!! It’s time to wake up and do some stretches!
My baby girl likes to exercise and when she gets really tired in there after her workout, she likes to rest her leg against my rib cage.
Sometimes, I can clearly feel a hard spot on my right side, probably her leg as she cuddles up for a nap after throwing a party in there.
The feeling of knowing that my baby girl is growing day by day is amazing. When I talk to her, poke her, she responses and moves. This interaction with her is really one of the most wonderful feeling.
Soon she will come out into this world and we can’t wait to hold her in our arms!
During the weekend, I breeze into the hospital for my antenatal exercise with my appointed physiotherapists because I’m having trouble with my pelvis being out of place on my right side.
The 2 hour session went very well, and I appreciate the scientific explanation of the importance of antenatal care for a healthy and comfortable pregnancy. The course covered exercise like circulatory exercise, knee bending, abdominal, bridging, shoulder rolling, breathing and back exercise. We get to try the techniques and the physiotherapist will check on us one by one. It makes you feels so much better after doing it, your back, your belly, legs and everything tones.
I’m now using my birth ball to sit on at all times. I started using it a month ago. I replaced my computer chair, my couch, my kitchen chair with the ball and I noticed the immediately difference. I would recommend if you can find a prenatal yoga/exercise class. You will learn all sorts of tips making yourself comfortable, especially in the last trimester, and learn breathing techniques for delivery.
28 weeks of pregnancy and I’m quickly approaching the end point! It really seems like the pass 28 weeks have gone by so quickly! I guess this would be a good time to reflect on the past 28 weeks my belly has been growing and growing and growing…
Here’s the top 10:
10. Ability to cut queue at the airports
9. Special care for you inflight
8. Lots of attention showered upon you
7. Being able to show off my bump
6. Able to sleep whenever I’m tired
5. Able to feel the miracle of life growing inside me
4. Not having you to carry things, or lift heavy stuffs, or push things.
3. Glorious food
2. A willing husband to satisfy your cravings
and the number one reason:
1. OFF FROM WORK!
I can hardly reach my feet now, and I’m one of those who can’t leave their toenails alone! Since I haven’t been able to reach my feet in some time, I think it’s ok to leave my toenails long, and I don’t care.
Clumsiness. I have noticed that I run into things easily, drop almost everything I pick up and can’t seems to control my belly bumping into things like never before. I find myself bumping into tables, chairs, walls, trolleys, and people! It’s a double whammy at this stage of pregnancy as bending over is another adventure. I have to resorted using my feet to push stuffs together into a pile so I only have to bend over once. I’m also tends to be clumsy when it comes to eating. I stained my tops and sometimes bottom very often.
I have the memory of a goldfish. Forgetfulness flows through me like the sand in an hour glass. My mom once asked me to Skype my sisters and I tend to only remember it like 2 days later, and pass the outdated news to them. The other day, I forgot my food in the oven until the next morning.
Not only my belly is growing, but my arms, my fingers, my legs, my feet, my butt, my boobs… and body parts that I don’t even know are getting bigger by the day. The same running shoe I wore pre-pregnancy that fit my foot just fine then, make my feet hurt like hell now! My swallen feet make me look cute.
Pimples! I’m like back to teenage again? Well, even as a teenage, I never had acne… Pimples and pregnancy seems to go hand in hand for lots of preggers, but who would know pimples could grow on your hair scalp?
I realise I grow hair in unwanted areas. My belly has a lot of fur growing on it! Luckily these hair aren’t permanent! I almost look like Mr. Beer Belly. What the HAIR!
Laziness has become my hobby. Do nothing, sleep, nap, day dreaming, relax, eat, chill out…
People, especially the one I hate wanted to touch my belly, even though it’s not a huge bump yet in my first trimester, and I do not like this. Just hands off my bump!
I get out of breath doing just about anything now… picking things on the floor, make up my bed…
It’s warm everywhere. In the supermarket. In the subway. In the bus. In the cab. In the restaurant. In the bookstore. In the retail store.
No one will offer you a seat in Shanghai subway because everyone has a hiddern disability. They will look at you, stared at your tummy, then your feet… back to your face again, rolled their eyes like saying “Ha! I’ve grab a seat! You don’t”
Being pregnant has nothing romantic! I feel like a man! I’m burping all the time and sometimes you can’t help it when it comes to public. I find that no matter what I eat I have gas and trying to eat slower doesn’t work either.
Sleeping is another problem. I’m a side stomach sleeper. Means that I sleep ON my tummy. It’s the only way I can fall asleep. It gets very problematic when your bump gets so huge that I can’t find a comfortable position to get a good night rest. It’s also hard for me to sit in a certain positions, like sitting on the floor is kind of tough because I can hardly get up.
I’m back to my home country yesterday and had my first anatomy scan today.
When my doctor rolled the ultrasound wans over my tummy, I could see the baby’s head, face, perfect lips, heart, kidney, lungs, stomach, arms, 10 little fingers, legs and 10 little toes.
She also measure the growth of my baby, the heart beat, position of placenta and amniotic fluid.
Everything is fine. My baby is perfect.
Do you want to know the baby’s gender? Yes.
“It’s a girl! She’s very active.”
I’m thrilled!! I’m going to have a girl!