Monday, May 10, 2010

27.3 Weeks. And I've Never Been Crankier.

Although I have nothing to compare it to, the last six months of this pregnancy have been a dream. Sure, I've been uncomfortable at times, although those times have been few and far between. Of course I had some nausea all day, every day during the first 13 weeks, but it was manageable and the end was soon within reach. I knew this whole pregnancy thing wasn't going to be easy, but it's always been tolerable. I've truly enjoyed being pregnant and have even had some sneaky thoughts pop into my head, telling me, "heck, I could do this three more times!"

Welp. That all changed the minute I hit 26 weeks. It was like someone flipped the switch on my mostly pretty, practically perfect pregnancy. Now I'm cranky, achey, frustrated and I huff and puff pretty much all day. What the heck happened?

My lower back hurts all the time. I detest going to bed because I know all I'll do for the next 6-8 hours is toss and turn. I feel huge. Hello, Braxton Hicks. So that's what you feel like. I can't be on my feet for very long or else I get this searing sciatic pain running down my right side. Walking the dog down to the corner of our street leaves me short of breath and ready to turn back home. Wait, did someone say I have roughly 12 more weeks to go? I could smack you. Listen right now, Baby Boy M. You'd better make your appearance somewhere between the 35th and 36th weeks. Or else...

Sidenote: After proofreading this entry, I sound like Debbie Downer meets Carla Crankypants!

27 weeks and 3 days

Total Weight Gained?: I've gained twenty-five pounds since my first weigh in at 8 weeks. Good thing 4 pounds of that is extra blood volume. Whew!

Maternity Clothes: Definitely rockin' the maternity pants (shorts, capris, jeans, leggings) but as far as tops go? There's just SO many new non-mom tops out there with enough give/rouching/ruffles that work for my pregnant belly. Not to mention, they look SO much cuter! Same goes for dresses- it just takes me a bit longer to dig through the racks and find the ones that work!

Stretch Marks?: Knocking on more wood, but absolutley stretchie-free! Apparently, I have my mom to thank for that! Thanks, Mom! And Kiehl's Imperial Body Balm.

Sleep?: What sleep? I get anxious merely at the thought of bedtime. I know. I have it pretty easy. I don't have to wake up every morning at a certain time for work and can pretty much sleep in on any given day, which helps greatly. But, I do wake up every two hours to pee and change position. Poor Hubs. I think all of my tossing, turning and cover-stealing finally wore him down. Together with Sheepie, I was gifted the infamous Snoogle for Mother's Day. I can't wait to sleep with it!

Labor Signs: I've been omitting this question because up until now it's been entirely too early for any of that nonsense- but last week I may or may not have experienced my first Braxton-Hicks. Now they're a pretty regular happening in my daily routine. If I'm on my feet too long, or walking Sheepie too fast, or changing position in bed or on the couch too quickly, my entire belly tightens and it takes my breath away. They last less than a minute and are rather painless. Just annoying.

Best Moment of the Week?: Introducing Baby Boy to music. From the kicks and jabs I feel while he's listening, he either loves it a bunch or loathes it. Sorry, kid. But if your my son? You'd better love your music.

Movement? All the time. He's active in there pretty much 18 hours out of the day. Just recently, however, his movements have become much more strong and forceful. Sometimes, it feels as if I'm getting beat up from the inside out. FYI darling boy, Momma does NOT like that. I've also noticed that I'm feeling him much higher and much lower lately. He must've flipped to a more vertical position in the last week or so.

Food Craving?: I can honestly say there have been a few moments where I've just seen a commercial on TV for Mexican (or Chinese, or Pizza, or Ice Cream) and I've literally thought about getting in the car and driving to the nearest Chipotle, Rita's or pizza joint. I still love me some soft serve with spinkles though.

Food aversions: Did someone say food? Yum. Yes, please.

Belly Button? We all know the answer to this one.

What I miss? This week? Being a size 4. Let me wallow in my vanity. No passing judgement. I'll be over this angst in a day, but for now? I miss being cute and skinny. Although let it be known, I'm happy being cute and pregnant. But if Victoria Secret sends me one more godforsaken email about new bathing suits? I'm going to crack!

What I'm looking forward to: Getting our nursery in order. The bedding is in, the furniture has been ordered and the paint colors have been selected! Now it's just a matter of doing! Also looking forward to scheduling a 3D ultrasound back home in NJ so that Grandma can get a peek at her growing grandson. My mom's been dying to see an ultrasound of Baby Boy and I'm thinking now's the perfect time!

Weekly Wisdom: Slow down, woman. You can't do it all and you can't do it nearly in the same manner as you're used to. For example, you can no longer bend at the waist to pick things up off the ground. Baby Boy doesn't like being squished. Remember, bend at the knees. Bend at the knees..

Milestones: Making our way into the 3rd Trimester! Baby is the size of a head of cauliflower and weighs roughly 3 lbs. Which I find almost impossible since last week he was the size of a cucumber and the week prior, an eggplant. Whoever thought of these vegetable/fruit references was an absolute moron.

I can't believe I go back to see the doctor every two weeks now. Woah.


  1. you should try the chiropractor for your back! I went every week from about 22 weeks up until 3 days before I delivered! You are in the homestretch!

  2. I love your blog. I'm right at 5 weeks behind you, so it's like a sneak peek at what to expect coming up. I just wanted to tell you that I have a Snoogle and love it!! I even took it camping one night (I know, camping while preggers? The things I do for my hubs!). It'll help a ton with sleep, especially if you put the long side behind your back (if you need that extra support). Hang in there!


  3. oh sweet pea.
    i am at 25 weeks and i feel the crankypants creepin' up.

    irritable has been my middle name as of late.

    as for sleep? right. what's that?

    i can FALL asleep, but that only lasts for a matter of minutes maybe an hour.

    turning over in the night? hi, welcome to the titanic (or so it feels)

    sending you a big HUG.


  4. I have been super cranky these first 12w. You are lucky it's just hitting you now.

    You look great. I may have to try this belly balm!!

  5. You are such a cute pregnant lady still!! And don't worry, what you feel is totally normal! {except I think I felt that way the whole good for you making it this far!} And just save all those magazines for next summer when you're back in a bikini with your baby boy!

  6. you barely look pregnant from that front view picture :)

  7. I remember the day I hit my 3rd trimester it was like my body was done. I was over pregnancy. It's crazy how your body seems to know when its getting to the end! Hang in there girl!

  8. Just wait until your last 4 weeks, enjoy how you feel now. :) I can't wait to see the nursery!

  9. Hey Ashley, I found your blog on FB. I'm cracking up at the names post, we're having the same problems. There are a ton of girl's names I like but we can't agree on boy's names. I love Carter and that would have been on our list but it sounds bad with our last name.

    Sorry you're starting to get achy! I'm working in a school now and though I'm 4 weeks behind you I'm starting to get achy and really tired after work. All that crawling around on the floor with kids! Maybe switching to pediatric PT and finding out I was preggo all at the same time wasn't the best idea.

    You look great!

  10. Hi...I've been reading your blog for some time now...I know how you feel in this recent post, I just reached 28 weeks and of course went to the chiropractor today ~I've been going every month it sure does help ;-)

    I must say that you look wonderful!!!

    I also am pregnant with a little boy ;-) I have 3 girls and they are so excited to be getting a little brother...

  11. Such a cute baby bump! Hope you cheer up soon!

  12. You sound like me! (Except I've gained 28 pounds, thankyouverymuch) :) I felt like everything was going perfectly until week 25, when swollen feet and sleeping/tingling hands and feet came and haven't left! And now at 28 weeks, sleep isn't nearly as enjoyable as it used to be! I've been fortunate though and haven't had to get up and pee even one time in the night for my entire pregnancy! and I've yet to experience BH! I hear ya on the coming at 35-36 weeks - that sounds wonderful! I just can't wait to meet this little boy! :) Congratulations to you - you look great! and I'm glad you're really enjoying being pregnant. I totally am too! Take care of yourself and the little boy!!

  13. So I'm not the only crazy one? I was ridiculously happy and relaxed until this morning, when I had a breakdown. I'm blaming it on the hormones and the start of the third trimester.

    And I have my first sciatic pain today. I yelled out and wanted to crazy. This will not be fun if it keeps up.

    I love reading your blog! You always post about stuff I am experiencing too!

  14. You, my lady, are adorable! Its so nice that we're on this track together. Side by side. I feel like I have someone to share my pain! :)

  15. AP you look absolutely adorable. Go ahead and be cranky if you wanna!

  16. i'm with you on the dumb veggies. i'm confused as to one day i'm an apple, the next i'm an avocado, and down the road i'll be a bananna?

    i'm only 17 weeks and i'm cranky as all get out. i was hoping it would go away -- thanks for squashing that! :)


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