Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Warning: Belly Shots!

Never did I think I would  A) allow a professional photographer to take pictures of my belly (pregnant or not)  B)  allow a professional photographer (or anyone with a camera for that matter) to take pictures of me in a bathing suit at 33 weeks pregnant  C)  post them for all the world to see.

However, I just love, love, love all these "sneak peek" shots and have to post!  Thanks to K. Mosely Photography for coming to our home to take such sweet pictures.  I can't wait to see the rest of them! 

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

33 Weeks: We're 82.5% of the way there!

Woo hoo!  Not sure if I'm more excited that I'm now at 33 weeks or I actually know the fruit this week!  Mary Harper now weighs as much as a pineapple (a little over 4 pounds) and is 17 - 19 inches long from head to heel.  Random alert:  In high school I took French and one of the few phrases I can remember is Je suis un ananas (which means I am a pineapple).  And to think I never thought I would use French in real life.

One of the websites I read says that whereas before I was sashaying (ha! yes, because when I wasn't pregnant I was a huge fan of RuPaul), I may find myself waddling now.  I never thought I'd see a day were I was waddling but it is here.  Perhaps I should have learned how to say I am a duck in French as well. 

Thursday, July 22, 2010

32 Weeks: We're 80% of the way there!

WOW!!  80% of the way there!!  Is it just me or does that sound like it's almost over?!  Mary Harper is now taking up more and more space and weighs as much as a large jicama (about 3 3/4 - 4 1/2 pounds) and is about 16 3/4 inches long, head to heel.  Note:  I have no idea what a jicama is.

I will have to be honest and say the past few days have NOT been pleasant.  I think maybe I have pushed myself a little too much over the past few weeks with trips to Vegas and the beach.  I flew home from the beach on Monday and my poor feet haven't been the same since.  Not sure if it was the flight, the sun or what but they have really swelled up and I am REALLY out of breath doing the smallest things it seems.  

The swelling has also caused me to have carpal tunnel syndrome in both of my hands.  Didn't know this was a symptom of pregnancy?  Me either.  Apparently, swelling and fluid retention increases the pressure in your carpal tunnel and that affects the nerve that runs through it.  And when I say my hands are numb, I think it sounds like it doesn't necessarily hurt.  It does.  So I now have to sleep in hand/wrist braces.  Throw in my pregnancy pillow, my expanding tummy, my dog and my husband and our king size bed is starting to feel more like a twin size bed!

I will admit I may have had a few slight meltdowns over the past few days.  I think being uncomfortable, not sleeping well at night, hormones, all the swelling etc...have all contributed.  And probably being at the beach and seeing people who didn't have to order an extra 15 feet of fabric in order to make their bathing suits didn't help.  But after all the pity parties I've thrown for myself over the past few days, I know I am soooo lucky to be experiencing all of this and wouldn't trade one minute of it for all the money in the world.  I think it's all just come as a shock to my system because I practically went from zero symptoms to a lot all at once, and all of the sudden.  But I know the second I am handed Mary Harper for the first time, this will all be a distant memory! 

So here is an 8th month bump picture-extra fabric and all-from Mary Harper's first trip to Sandestin, FL! 
One positive about having to drink virgin frozen drinks are that they are lots cheaper! :)

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

31 Weeks: We're 77.5% of the way there!

This week Mary Harper measures over 16 inches long and weighs 3.3 - 4 pounds (the weight of 4 naval oranges) and she is heading into a growth spurt!  She has REALLY started moving up a storm this week.  I've started playing her music and she always starts moving around when she hears the music.  I love feeling her move because I know that she's getting bigger, is active and well.  Plus feeling her move so much and being able to tell how big she is getting makes it so much more real - I can't believe she'll be here in just a few more weeks!  But I admit, it is still SOOO weird for me to feel actual parts of her body when I rub my tummy and is very crazy to see my tummy move in all sorts of directions! 
I have even noticed that my dog-child Miss Scarlett seems to be more aware of my tummy.  I know it sounds strange but it's like she's noticing all the movements too and seems to want to be near my tummy more!  She is really loving my pregnancy pillow and is even fighting me for it at night or just wants to be REALLY close to me.  She even laid up on top of my side last night and I'm not sure if she was trying to nudge me out of the way to be closer to the pillow or to be closer to me!  (Here's a pic I took on my cell of Scarlett using my pillow).  :)

I would love to hear any stories from others who have brought a new baby home to a very spoiled dog who has not yet been told she is a dog.  I'm starting to worry how Scarlett is going to react to having a new baby in the house and just curious on how others have introduced their new baby to their old baby! :)

In other news, I leave for a girls trip to the beach this week!  I am assuming this will be my last trip pre-baby and looking forward to spending time with a whole crew of fun girls.  I know that this beach trip will be much different than years past.  I usually stay outside from dusk til dawn playing in the sand, snorkeling and floating in the ocean.  Not sure I'll be able to do quite as much this year but there are 10 of us going (11 if you count Mary Harper) so it is sure to be an adventure!

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

30 Weeks: We're 75% of the way there!

Mary Harper is about 15.7 inches long now and she weighs almost 3 pounds (like a head of cabbage).  From this week until week 37, she will gain an impressive half a pound a week!  I am in the middle of the 3rd trimester (or in the 8th month of pregnancy) and so have only 9 or 10 more weeks to go before Mary Harper arrives.  Yikes. 
From my online and baby book reading, it appears this stage of pregnancy is not the most pleasant: 

Both the mother and baby are continuing to grow steadily during the 30 weeks pregnant stage (Check!).  You might start feeling uncomfortable due to the weight increase and expanded stomach (Check!).  The tiredness and fatigue also increase considerably at this stage (Check!).  You may not be getting enough comfortable sleep at night (Check!).  The expectant mother might be experiencing strain on the lower back. This is because the body’s centre of gravity is changing (Check!).  You have gained lot of weight and are gaining much more at the rate of about 1 pound per week (Check!). You may start feeling that you are becoming slow and clumsy (Check!).

As you are in the final stages of pregnancy, you will become very restless and start feeling that the wait seems endless (Check!).  You are bound to feel quite worn out by the stage of 30 weeks pregnancy as you are uncomfortable due to moodiness, disrupted sleep, excessive weight, breathlessness and so on (Check!).  At 30 weeks pregnant stage you might be feeling quite tired and exhausted, so rest and relaxation are of great importance now.

Now throw in some heat and humidity and we've got ourselves some really fun times ahead!  :)  Of course I know the next 10 weeks will be way worth it in the end when we are holding little Mary Harper in our arms!!  Speaking of Miss Mary Harper, it appears as if she is already a trend setter!  In the July 12th issue of US Weekly, guess what name was "Name of the Week"?!  You guessed it!  Harper!  :) 
IN OTHER NEWS:  We recently got back from our last trip with just the two of us.  We spent SEVEN, yes SEVEN nights in my favorite city of LAS VEGAS!!  Sun, gambling and shopping...what more can you ask for out of a city?!  Note:  I will have to admit my shopping was a bit different this visit - 2 new diaper bags and flip flops were a few of my shopping highlights!  My what a difference a baby on the way makes!
That long in Vegas could have gotten really ugly...fortunatley, Lady Luck was on my side (not Josh's so much).  Maybe Mary Harper was my lucky charm!  I did have to pull up a chair every now and then to the Craps table when I got a bit tired of standing and was constantly having to move or glare at someone lighting up a cigarette.  But we enjoyed spending the 4th of July holiday in Vegas, watching the fireworks on the strip and spending time doing something Josh and I both enjoy.
And luckily, I noticed lots of little ones in Vegas so maybe it won't be too hard to go back one day with Mary Harper.  I've been thinking maybe we can tell her Vegas is Disney World and she'll never know the difference.  I think I can pass off Vegas' Excalibur Hotel as the Magic Kingdom.  Now if I could just convince Josh to dress up as Cinderella. 

Magic Kingdom