Pregnancy Update – Weeks 29 to 32

Hello everyone!

Today I’m back with a pregnancy update.

I mean to post weekly or biweekly updates but I haven’t been feeling well at all, which means I’ve been doing the bare minimum and not blogging if I don’t feel like it.

Let me tell you, being pregnant is hard work and the third trimester is no joke. I’m at the point where I don’t understand how people put themselves through this more than once. Maybe I’ll forget how uncomfortable it is?

Anyways, today I got dressed, took a bump picture and decided I should post an update.

How far along: 33 weeks today.

Due Date: 15 May 2022.

Baby size: By the end of week 32, baby is as big as a squash.

Weight gain: Weight loss, actually. I’m weighing less than I did before I got pregnant. Baby is fine and gaining weight, though.

Maternity clothes: Maternity leggings are a godsend and very comfortable but I’d rather wear pajamas all day every day.

Stretch marks: A couple and they don’t bother me at all.

Sleep: I fall asleep easily and sleep well but I take a while to find a comfortable position.

Gender: Girl!

Best moment: Just showing off my bump in general, having my mom feel her kick and feeling her little feet kick my ribs.

Looking forward to: I’m looking forward to holding her and looking at her little face.

Food cravings: Chocolate. Meat. Pringles.

What I miss: Being able to walk properly, no pelvic pain, being able to sleep on my stomach and back, eating whatever I want.

Symptoms: So, a month ago, I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes which means I have been on a very strict diet and checking my blood sugar levels 4 times a day. This has been hard, because I want to eat ALL THE THINGS and simply cannot.

I’ve also mentioned the pelvic girdle pain, which makes it quite painful to walk and move in general.

A couple of weeks ago I got heartburn and it has yet to go away. I get it several times per day and it’s brutal.

What else? Sore nipples, swollen feet and hands, excessive peeing and general tiredness.

Mood: I must admit I’ve been a bit cranky and sensitive. Not feeling well physically makes me feel a bit depressed and upset.

The highs: Feeling her kick, feeling her little feet poking my belly, getting everything ready for her.

The lows: Every physical symptom and my strict diet.

Pregnancy Update – Weeks 27 and 28: Officially in the Third Trimester

How far along: 28 weeks.

Due Date: 15 May 2022.

Baby size: A head of lettuce.

Weight gain: 700g or 1.54 pounds.

Maternity clothes: Even my maternity tights are becoming too tight so I think I’ll skip them as soon as it warms up. Still wearing all my regular dresses.

Stretch marks: Nothing new.

Sleep: Not the best. It’s getting hard to find a comfortable position to sleep.

Gender: Girl!

Best moment: Showing off my bump. People are starting to notice that I’m pregnant which is nice.

Looking forward to: Bringing her home.

Food cravings: Strawberries. Coca cola. Chocolate. Bread.

What I miss: Not being in pain every time I walk, sit down, get up, turn in bed, get in the car, get dressed.

Symptoms: Pelvic girdle pain and heartburn.

Mood: Worried about how mobile and comfortable I’ll be in the next three months. Very excited about meeting her!

The highs: Feeling her kick, talking to her.

The lows: Definitely all the pelvic pain.

Pregnancy Update – 26 weeks

How far along: 26 weeks + 5 day

Due Date: 15 May 2022

Baby size: A head of kale.

Weight gain: Nothing.

Maternity clothes: We’re isolating at home because my husband has covid so I’ve been wearing nothing but pijamas.

Stretch marks: Nothing new.

Sleep: Haven’t been sleeping very well this week.

Gender: Girl!

Best moment: She moves so much!

Looking forward to: Meeting her.

Food cravings: Strawberries. Coca cola. Chocolate.

What I miss: Strawberries. No pain when I turn in bed.

Symptoms: Nothing new, just my regular pelvic pressure and pain.

Mood: Ready to meet her.

The highs: Feeling her kicks.

The lows: Painful groin.

Pregnancy update – 25 weeks

How far along: 25 weeks + 5 day

Due Date: 15 May 2022

Baby size: Whatever an acorn squash is.

Weight gain: None. I gained 1kg in the last month but I had previously lost some weight.

Maternity clothes: Yes! A pair of maternity pants, nursing bras and maternity tights. Still wearing all my pre-pregnancy dresses.

Stretch marks: Nothing new.

Sleep: Wonderful, can’t get enough. My dreams are quite wild, though.

Gender: Girl!

Best moment: She reacts to us tapping and talking to my belly.

Looking forward to: Her being here and watching Rui be a dad.

Food cravings: Strawberries. Coca cola.

What I miss: Strawberries. And just being able to order a salad.

Symptoms: Well, they’re here. Hemorrhoids. Sorry if this is TMI. I was told to expect them but I never thought they would come so soon. My pelvis and breasts are quite painful too and I’ve been having some heartburn.

Mood: Worried because her nursery is not yet ready. Nesting mode on.

The highs: Feeling her moving and buying her things.

The lows: How I moan every time I have to turn in bed.

My Pregnancy Purchases – First Time Mom

Hello there,

Today I’m sharing my pregnancy related purchases. As a first time pregnant mom, I’m not always sure what I’m going to need, so I’ve been buying things according to recommendations and based on what I feel I’m needing at the moment.

So far, this is what I’ve gotten.

Before I had read that there isn’t much you can actually do about stretch marks and that they’re mostly genetic, I got this belly butter to use on my belly and breasts. Even if it won’t prevent stretch marks, I’ll definitely keep applying it as a regular lotion. I like that it’s 99% natural, scent free and super smooth and creamy.

This pillow looked so comfy, I just had to get it. In reality, it’s definitely comfortable but it takes way too much space. It would be perfect if I slept alone or if we had a bigger bed. I shouldn’t definitely have gotten a smaller one. I’ll still try it as a nursing pillow.

I’m currently in love with this journal. I think it will be lovely to come back to in a few years.

My regular jeans don’t fit anymore, so I needed something comfortable and cheap that I can wear for the rest of my pregnancy. These go with pretty much every top and sweater I own, so they’ll do just fine.

I love to wear dresses year round, always with tights when the weather is cold. My many pairs of tights have now become too, well, tight around the waist so I had to get a couple of maternity tights. I’m probably get a couple more pairs as I’m wear mostly dresses these days. I wish these were thicker, though. I usually go for a matte, opaque look and prefer them to be at least 80 denier.

Because my regular bras are no longer comfortable. I’ve been living in sports bras but they don’t look quite right with regular clothes so I decided I’d get something that’s close to a sports bra but that I can keep wearing after pregnancy and while nursing.

I’d definitely welcome some recommendations from fellow moms.

What were your pregnancy essentials?

Love,

Cheila

Pregnancy Update: 24 weeks

How far along: 24 weeks 3 days.

Baby size: According to my many pregnancy apps, she’s about the size of an eggplant/aubergine.

Weight gain: Last appointment was on 04.01.2022 and I had actually lost 800 grams.

Maternity clothes: I have the one pair of pants that still fits so I’ve just ordered my first pair of maternity jeans. I wear a lot of dresses with tights so I had to get a couple pairs of maternity tights as my regular ones are getting too tight on my belly.

Stretch marks: I’ve had them since I was 11 and I don’t think I have acquired any new ones since becoming pregnant.

Sleep: Wonderful, can’t get enough.

Gender: Girl!

Best moment: Her daddy was able to feel her move for the first time this morning, so there’s that.

Looking forward to: Meeting her.

Food cravings: Nothing in particular, just super hungry and thirsty.

What I miss: Strawberries.

Symptoms: Someone SHOULD have told me that I’d have pain in my vagina. Not my actual vagina but pretty much everywhere around it. My pelvic area is killing me and I groan every time I move. My breasts are pretty sore too and I have the occasional heartburn but, other than that, everything is fine.

Mood: Wanting to get everything done but low on energy. Happy and calm.

The highs: My hair, nails and skin have never been better.

The lows: How much I have to pee.

Life Update – 8 Months Later. Pregnancy and more! 26.01.2022

It’s been the longest time! I haven’t blogged since May 2021 and I’ve even made my blog private at some point. As always, I’ve missed it terribly and decided today was the day I’d get some blogging done. I feel super rusty so please bear with me.

One

I’m pregnant! We’re expecting our first child, a baby girl, in May. I’m currently 24 weeks and can’t wait to meet her. I feel very lucky because I’ve had the easiest pregnancy so far. I think I might post a general pregnancy update soon.

Two

I’ve finally finished my Bachelor’s degree! Back in June 2021, actually. I had been putting it off for YEARS and kept telling myself I didn’t even need it. I almost decided not to finish it at all but it didn’t seem like a very wise decision after wasting so much time and money and having only TWO credits left to complete. So I did the only thing I could do which was enrolling back in school, studying hard and finishing those two credits. Let me tell you, it’s a huge relief and it feels wonderful.

Three

I’m FINALLY getting my driver’s license. After over TEN years of sort of putting it off – not actually intentionally, but still – It had to be done. It was one of my husband’s “conditions” for us to start trying for a baby because, obviously, he can’t be the only parent who’s able to drive, and so I’m trying very hard to be done by the time our baby girl is born.

It hasn’t been super easy because driving schools are not very reliable and they keep cancelling lessons, which is not very nice in general but especially if you’re on a “deadline”. Still, I’m trying to be chill about it. Worst case scenario daddy will be watching a newborn by himself while mommy goes to a few driving lessons, which is obviously fine because he’s her father and quite capable of taking care of his own daughter by himself.

I need to add that the whole thing – driving, I mean – has not been very gentle on my nerves because I’m somewhat afraid of driving or being in a car in general, which means I get VERY anxious before each lesson. So far I haven’t killed anybody so I guess I’m not doing so bad.

Four

I got teeth aligners. I’ve been wanting (and needing) to get braces for many, many years but, as you probably know, it’s NOT cheap. Turns out, it’s no longer super expensive either so, in a way, I’m glad I waited as it cost about half of what it would have cost a few years ago.

Best surprise ever: I will have to wear them for only 5-7 months. I always thought I’d have to wear them for over two years but, apparently, that would be the case for regular braces and not the clear aligners I got. They’re just like invisalign but a much cheaper brand.

I’ve been wearing them for about 2 months now and it isn’t as bad as I thought it would be. They’re not exactly painful or uncomfortable and I’ve gotten to a point where I actually forget I’m wearing them. They’re a bit of nuisance, though, as I have to take them off every time I want to eat or drink something that’s not plain water. Still, definitely worth it.

Five

I’m on pregnancy leave. I have been off work since September as my doctor thinks I shouldn’t be working while pregnant, mostly due to my line of work, which involves round the clock shifts and dealing with brutal/traumatic videos as a content moderator for a social media platform.

I’ll be on medical leave until my baby is born and then I’ll have 5 months of paid maternity leave, so I don’t expect to be back to work until late 2022, early 2023.

Six

I’m now a Certified Nursing Assistant! Or I will be, once I’m done with my internship, which I had to postpone due to being pregnant. I’ve been wanting to change my career path to healthcare for many years and so last year I finally decided I should just start working on it. I enrolled in this course/program back in April 2021 and was finished by late Summer.

Being a working student meant I had to work the night shift for about 5 months, which was not easy at all. Working 10 p.m to 7 a.m and going to bed at 8 a.m is not the best for your body or mind. Plus, I absolutely hated going to bed after my husband had to be up for work and working the night away while he was sleeping.

Seven

I’ve just realized today is my Blog Anniversary! WHAT ARE THE ODDS? I woke up feeling this huge need to blog and it turns out my blog is 5 years old today! HALF A DECADE! Unfortunately, I’m not the best blogger and I have neglected this little space for most of those years but I still love everything about it.

Eight

I read a total of 91 books in 2021! This is not an actual update, just something I need to brag about somewhere. I’m still bummed I didn’t meet my goal of 100 books but 91 is a pretty good number and I’m very proud of myself for it.

Nine

My husband and I met 9 years ago today! (I swear I didn’t make this update number 9 on purpose, though). It’s always fun to remember how we met and how far we’ve come since then. We were 21 and 22 which sounds like we were barely out of diapers now that we’re 30 and 31.

That’s it, that’s the update. This is pretty much all that has been going on for the past 8 months. I’m sure there’s more that I can’t recall because I’m pregnant and pregnancy brain is a very real thing.

I wish I could say I’ll be blogging more regularly now but that’s definitely not something I can promise myself. Hopefully, I’ll be back soon.

Wishing you all a very happy, very safe 2022.

Love,

Cheila