July 23, 2019 § Leave a comment
Week 31 Bumpdate
Baby is the size of asparagus! She’s close to four pounds and around 16 inches long. All five senses are fully functioning and this week she’s going through further brain and nerve development. Her irises react to light, and she’s strong enough to both grasp a finger and move her head from side to side. Best update of all? The number of weeks remaining before she gets here is in the single digits!
– I thought I had swollen ankles before this week. Oh no. If I’m on my feet too long with this heat I get serious kankles, y’all. I have to put them up ASAP and chug water when that happens.
– Always. Hungry.
– I’m dizzy and winded all the time. She’s crowding my lungs now which makes it hard to breathe and a little frustrating when I’m trying to get things done and can’t stand for more than a few minutes at a time.
– Back aches!
Things to remember:
– She is moving around like crazy! She does this thing now where in addition to kicking, she’ll just push things around in there, hard.
– Next Monday we’re taking our maternity pictures! I’m excited, although I may or may not have had to go buy a new dress since the one I got last month doesn’t fit anymore. 😬
– I have another doctor’s appointment next week, after which my doctor wants to see me every two weeks until I hit 37 weeks. Then he wants to see me every single week until he gets the phone call that I’m in labor. 37 weeks is full term, which means while ideally I go to 40 weeks, baby could come any time after 37.
– I am slowly wrapping up my volunteer work so I can focus on growing my business before she gets here and, you know, getting the nursery and the rest of the house ready for her. I didn’t realize how much there was to do and how long it was going to take me to do everything since I’m exhausted what feels like all the time.
Nine more weeks. I just want her here already! 💗
July 16, 2019 § Leave a comment
Week 30 Bumpdate
Baby is the size of a zucchini! 🥒 (By the way, y’all, the fruit/veggies are a reference to how *long* she is, approximately.) Both her brain and body fat are beginning to regulate her body temperature and her immune system is getting stronger. She’s packing on the fat – she has at least three or four pounds to go before she’s born! And she’s a pro at opening and closing her eyes now.
– It’s definitely getting harder to move. My balance is way off, I’ve perfected the preggo waddle, and it’s a struggle to get off the floor if I’ve been sitting on the ground. I can juuust bend over still but that’s about to be a thing of the past.
– I’ve outgrown a lot of my maternity clothes and have upgraded to the next size up. 😞 Trying not to be upset about it.
– I’m winded walking anywhere, especially outside in the heat – baby is starting to push on my lungs.
Things to remember
– Our first childbirth class was last week and I sat riveted the entire time. Our instructor is a hilarious, older labor and delivery nurse it was really nice to get a perspective from someone who has been delivering babies for 40 years. I’ve read everything I can get my hands on about childbirth yet I learned a ton like apparently, dehydration is the number one cause of preterm labor. And baby’s brain is still only two thirds of the way developed by week 35 (or 37, can’t remember) so those final weeks are so important if it’s possible for baby to stay in there! Not that you want to go too long over 40 weeks. Our instructor told us in the 70s, she gave birth at 46 weeks (!!!) and she nearly lost her baby since the placenta was just about dead at that point!
– I’ve meant to mention this in other bumpdates – baby girl LOVES salt! If I have salty foods she does a little happy wiggle which is so different from her other movements. Her absolute favorite thing is soft pretzels. 🥨
– After lots of research I chose baby’s pediatrician and will be making an intro appointment soon. Apparently the doctor comes to the hospital within 24 hours of birth for the first check up.
I can’t believe we hit 30 weeks. 3/4 of the way there. I hope these next ten weeks fly by!
July 9, 2019 § Leave a comment
Week 29 Bumpdate
Baby is the size of an acorn squash! She’s around three pounds at this point, and she’s only going to get chunkier as white fat deposits grow under her skin. She has dream cycles already, she’s moving her diaphragm regularly to practice breathing, and she’s starting to run out of room! I can feel her kicking pretty hard now and I know she’s probably saying, “Let me out!” 😂
– Back aches, leg aches, feeling winded all the time, heartburn, hunger… I’m gonna stop there but I have to admit, it’s like someone flipped a switch and suddenly pregnancy got a little more difficult. Wouldn’t trade this for anything, but you know…hurry up, September!
Things to remember
– Ho boy. We had an epic situation with our 15-year-old AC giving out on Saturday evening and us having to pack up two people, a dog, and two cats to go stay with my mom in Anthem until we could get it replaced. Over a few days we got a taste of (human) parenthood what with being up all night with unhappy animals and having to think of ways to keep them comfortable and happy outside our home. (Let’s just say, our doggo does NOT like going potty in a strange place.) Thankfully the AC company we chose could install a temporary AC unit yesterday so we could all go home and they will be here Friday to install our new one.
– I had a scare Sunday when one company came out to give us a quote. Long story short, Alex and I drove to the house with Lucy to meet him and when he knocked on the door I took Lucy upstairs by the collar to put her in our room. But in her protective mode she fought me, slipped out of her collar and bolted back downstairs and her quick movement caused me to fall forward, hard. I landed on my knees and instinctively threw my hands out so I wouldn’t fall on my stomach and everything was all right (besides some skinned knees) but we were scared by the near miss of something awful happening. Alex said he wanted to handle Lucy from now on when she gets that excited.
– On another note, we start our childbirth classes tomorrow at the hospital, and I’m really looking forward to them! I want to learn as much as I possibly can.
11 more weeks. Hurry up, September!
July 3, 2019 § Leave a comment
Growing a human has only been one of several projects on which I’ve been working these past few months. I’m very excited to announce the impending launch of my own small business in the fall!
Ferri Light Candles is a company based on quality, sustainability, and community. Candles have always been a big comfort item for me, and I have spent the past few months teaching myself the art of candle making in the hopes of sharing this love!
My candles are 100% plant-based soy, sustainable, renewable, and cruelty free. They are in recycled glass containers or steel tins and contain lead and zinc free wicks. My supplier ships items to me with a carbon neutral option, a concept used by companies in that they calculate the amount of CO2 released by shipping and purchase credits (projects that prevent CO2 emissions or remove it from the atmosphere) to offset 100% of those emissions.
I also believe in giving back and am passionate about watching lights shine both literally and figuratively in this world. The brightest lights are those of children, and among the many things in life they need to get a good start is a quality education. Due to the underfunding of public schools, most particularly in low-income communities, too many teachers currently pay out of pocket for supplies they need to run their classrooms. That is why 10% of every candle purchase will go toward the purchase of school supplies for classrooms in need in Arizona.
I am hosting an open house on Sunday, July 28th from 1-4pm to launch the first batch of my candles and I invite each of you to come check them out! I’ll then be making more and taking orders throughout August before taking time off in September, October, and November to focus on my baby girl before officially launching on November 29, Black Friday.
Product list and pictures to come! In the meantime, if you’re interested in swinging by during my open house, please message me for my address and mark your calendars for July 28th!
RSVP by clicking HERE!
July 2, 2019 § Leave a comment
Week 28 Bumpdate
🎉HELLO THIRD TRIMESTER!🎉
Baby is the size of an eggplant! 🍆 The best update of all is that she can now open and close her eyes! Apparently their permanent color won’t set in until a month after birth and she won’t be able to see beyond a foot for a while. Also, if she were to be born now that we’ve hit trimester three, the likelihood of her surviving outside of my body is pretty good since her lungs are getting more powerful by the day. (But seriously, little girl – stay in there! I’ve got some final touches to put on you.)
– Not gonna lie, I’m officially starting to feel like a beached whale. 🐳
– Random aches and pains from, you know, a rapidly growing baby.
– Tiredness. I wouldn’t say fatigue after what I went through in trimester one, but I’m definitely feeling more tired throughout the day.
Things to remember:
– After my glucose test last Wednesday, we saw my doctor for a quick check up. Looking at the ultrasound he said baby is 2 pounds, 7 ounces – and she’s tall like me! Apparently she has very long legs already. Doc mentioned that due to the way she‘s positioned she may be a stomach sleeper, which made us laugh because that’s 100% Alex.
– We put her crib together on Saturday! Sometimes we find ourselves just walking into the nursery to try and imagine her in it.
– I‘ve had a few moments this past week where I’ve thought, “I am DONE being pregnant.” It’s getting a little harder to move around, sit down, get up, bend over, etc. etc. I can only imagine how I’ll feel in 12 weeks.
– All that said, I’m trying to remind myself daily how lucky I am to have a healthy developing baby and a fairly uncomplicated pregnancy. I don’t deny myself my feelings and complaints because they’re valid, but I still want to be grateful for a relatively smooth sailing thus far.
– I’ve been contemplating the future of our family over the past few months and especially over this past week. Sorry to be ambiguous here… but to that end, stay tuned for an announcement on Facebook, Instagram, and the blog tomorrow!
12 more weeks. Just under three more months. Time, keep on flying so I can hold my baby already.
June 25, 2019 § Leave a comment
Week 27 Bumpdate
Last week of the second trimester!
Baby is the size of lettuce 🥬 (which I guess means lettuce is bigger than both endives and kale?) and is now 14.4 inches long and almost two pounds. Her lungs are continuing to practice breathing and her brain activity is increasing rapidly. And she’s starting to become less wrinkly and more plump as she gains weight! She’s got a lot of fat to put on over the next 13 weeks.
– Heartburn and some acid reflux. I read that because baby is pushing my stomach upward as she grows (rude) this is fairly common.
– Leg cramps. I forgot to put my magnesium spray on my legs one night and I paid for it dearly at 5am the next day when I woke up to an awful charley horse in my leg. It still hurts three days later.
– Back aches. I have a feeling I’ll have these for the next three months as my center of gravity continues to shift!
Things to remember:
– We did our hospital tour last week! From check in to triage to delivery to postnatal suites, we got to explore it all, and we may or may not have gotten super emotional at the thought of pulling up to the hospital for delivery day. Fun fact: the hospital at which I’ll be delivering is where *I* was born! (I was helicoptered over to Phoenix Children’s a few hours afterward, but that’s another story.) How cool would it be if I gave birth on my due date, which is my birthday??
– Baby has been moving like crazy! We can actually see her move if we watch carefully and a few times she’s kicked hard enough to take us by total surprise.
– I went down a YouTube rabbit hole of labor and delivery vlogs as well as all kinds of advice videos on what you actually need in a hospital bag, postnatal care, unmedicated birth advice, the works. Part of me wishes I hadn’t – I’m a little overwhelmed!
– Tomorrow I have my glucose test. Think good thoughts for this girl who is always hungry (and hypoglycemic) who has to fast starting at midnight tonight! 😬
June 18, 2019 § Leave a comment
Week 26 Bumpdate
Baby is the size of KALE 🥬 which she doesn’t like. (True story. She doesn’t like certain foods!) Sorry, baby girl. You’re kale this week.
Kale is 14 inches long and nearing two pounds, and over the next 14 weeks she’s going to gain at least five or six more! She’s breathing in little bits of amniotic fluid and getting her immune system ready by soaking in my antibodies. The nerves in her ears are more developed too. My favorite update of all is that she has eyelashes now and her eyes will be opening soon. 😍
– I’m listing a craving for the first time in a while because it’s funny to me: queso. Yeah, that gross, synthetic crap that’s probably not edible if it’s not heated up? I can’t get enough of it. Speaking of food, I think terrible thoughts about people who stand between me and food these days. Hanger is a thing, and it’s vicious. Those of you who follow my Instagram stories saw the other day I was stuck behind a van ordering $47 worth of Starbucks for fifteen minutes when all I had ordered was a sandwich and I almost went to war.
– My back is aching like crazy. Heating pads are the best!
– Leg cramps and swollen ankles, as usual. For the past day I’ve had some weird pains in my right leg that I’m associating with soreness in my hip.
– If I’m out in the heat too long I start getting minor Braxton Hicks contractions. 🥵
Things to remember:
– We celebrated Alex’s first Father’s Day Sunday!
– Yesterday we got our carpets cleaned which means soon we’ll be putting together baby’s crib (which came last week!).
– My mom moved around the corner from her house in Anthem into another home and the first thing she said when I walked in was how perfect the great room was going to be for the baby shower in August. I’m so excited for it. The love this baby has received makes my heart swell.
– Not gonna lie, the past week has been hard with the heat and my feeling bigger by the day. I keep telling myself if I can survive the first trimester, I can survive the summer. I also keep reminding myself I need to take it easy, which is difficult for me to do.
Just 14 more weeks till I can hold this precious girl.