Thursday, August 16, 2018

39 Week Bumpdate

I officially made it to 39 weeks! Only 7 days until my due date and who knows how many days until his birthday. Chloe was born at 39 + 5 and I'd be okay if he follow suit and came a little early like his sister. Overall I'm feeling good. I'm in a good headspace and really looking forward to labor and bringing my son into the world. Now we just wait and see what happens!


How Far Along?
39 weeks today! Houston, we have a full term baby!

Size of Baby:
Little man is the size of a watermelon, mini skateboard or pumpkin depending on who you ask.
I feel like he's going to be bigger than Chloe, but my doctor seems to think that he shouldn't be much bigger than her! At this point babies weights range from about 7-9lbs and lengths from 19-21 inches. Now we just have to wait and see how big he'll be!


Weight Gain:
Somewhere between 30-32 lbs. I was just shy of a 32 lb gain at my appointment yesterday. 

Symptoms: 
Holy pelvic pressure! This week baby has dropped...finally! He's been all up in my ribs and at some point on Tuesday I could just feel him descend. I'm also having Braxton-Hicks contraction every single evening for a couple of hours. They're all over the place and never get more intense which is why I'm obviously still pregnant!

Cravings: 
Peanut butter and jelly, ice cream, sno cones, carrots, 


Mood:
Depends on the time of day. Mornings are great! I'm usually in a pretty good mood and feeling my best. As the day goes on I get more irritable and uncomfortable. I'm not particularly proud of my attitude in the evenings! I'm so uncomfortable and just over the day. The BH contractions are uncomfortable and frustrating, and I'm usually just achy and tired. God bless my husband for being one of the most patient men on the planet. He ignores the fact that I am kind of a jerk and even rubs my feet and back!

Nursery: 
All done and I am completely in love. Check out my full nursery post to see all of the details!

Movement: 
He is the most active kid ever! He is constantly rolling and kicking and punching. His movements have gotten much bigger over the past couple of weeks. He's so strong!


Sleep:
Hit or miss these days. I'm still falling asleep with ease and waking up between 2-5 times every night for potty breaks. My bladder is just preparing me for those middle of the night feedings! Sometimes I fall back to sleep with no problems at all, and sometimes it takes me an hour to actually fall asleep again. The nights where sleep is rough makes for an interesting next day chasing around a toddler!

Workouts: 
Last Monday was my last class at the Health Club where I taught for almost 5 years. It was so bittersweet! I'm happy to have been part of such a great place, but I know it was time to move on. Driving into downtown Houston just won't be as reasonable once we have two kiddos and JP is working in the office again.

As for my workouts, I'm all about the walking! Last week I walked 2 miles or more 6 different days! This week I've already racked up 4 walks, so you could say that I'm determined to stay active, keep moving and walk this baby out. I'm also trying to do lots of squats, but I'll admit, I haven't done any upper body since my final class last week!


What I Miss:
My body. While part of me loves this baby belly, another part of me misses feeling like myself. I want to be able to tie my shoes and lounge on the couch comfortably!

Labor Signs:
I'm currently 3cm dilated and 70% effaced. My cervix is still pretty high, but baby boy has dropped! Baby steps. My body is doing what it's supposed to so now we wait. I did have a membrane sweep at my appointment yesterday to see if that would help give him an extra push!

Anything making you queasy or sick: 
Nothing in particular. I get nauseous randomly and its usually in the evenings on days that I do too much. 


Best Moments The Past Weeks:
Just doing as much as we can as a family of three before baby boy comes!
Check out our "maternity shoot" that we did on my iPhone in my parents' backyard!

Looking forward to:
Going into labor
Experiencing labor
Meeting our little boy
{And yes, I'm excited about labor. I know it will be hard, but I'm really looking forward to it at this point!}

Missed a bumpdate or want to compare stats?
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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

An Impromptu Maternity Shoot


Why hello friends! I'm still here and still pregnant getting bigger and bigger by the day! Today I'm 38 weeks and 5 days. I have my weekly OB appointment tomorrow and I'm hoping to do a membrane sweep to help jump start labor. We'll see what happens. Stay tuned for my 39 week bumpdate later this week to see!

Today I wanted to share some special pictures with y'all, but first a little explanation behind them. When I was pregnant with Chloe, I did maternity pictures around the 32-33 week mark. I loved capturing that phase of life with my little bump, and we have several of the shots captured framed in our home. This time around I decided not to a professional maternity shoot. I honestly can't tell you why I made this decision, but lately I started to regret it! I think my original thought was that we did a family shoot when I was 13 weeks pregnant and got some sweet announcement shots, so we didn't need to do another one. I also kept saying that this is my second pregnancy, so I didn't need to do it again. Ummm...wrong on both accounts. Family pictures are great anytime and are always worth it, and every pregnancy is different and deserves to be documented and remembered forever! That being said, this Sunday, my little family was all dolled up from a Sunday baptism of my dear friends' twins, and I had to take advantage! We were stopping by my parents' house to hang out for a bit after the baptism, so we snapped some quick pictures in their backyard. Luckily my sister was there to help out.

Now that you know the back story, let me show you what we came up with on a whim! Now remember, these were all taken by my sister on my iPhone 7 and edited by me in Lightroom. Nothing fancy, but I love how they turned out and that we were able to capture this stage of life!


















There you have it! These were taken at 38 weeks and 3 days. You can definitely tell I'm towards the end of my pregnancy! My face is starting to swell a bit, but I'm so thankful to have these memories! To top it off, we did this in all of about 10-15 minutes.

It's crazy to think that he could be here literally any day now. Chloe came via induction at 39 weeks and 5 days due to a week of nearly constant prodromal labor and my desire to get her out before my dad left to start his job in Colorado on August 2nd! So I want to know...

What are y'alls guesses...when will this little boy make his debut? What will his birthday be and how much will he weight? Reminder, I'm 38 + 5 TODAY and Chloe weighed 7lb and 6oz at 39 + 5 to help you guess!


Monday, August 6, 2018

World Breastfeeding Week 2018


World Breastfeeding Week is wrapping up tomorrow and I had to take a moment to reflect on the beauty that this week represents. While I'm not actively breastfeeding this particular week, it's only a matter of days before I am in the throes of the early days of breastfeeding! Not only that, I spend most of the year helping my mom prepare for her annual WBW event at the hospital, but we'll get to that in a minute.

Breastfeeding was something that I knew I wanted to do as soon as I found out I was pregnant with Chloe. Having a mom as a lactation consultant definitely helps not only when it comes to making the decision to breastfeed, but also when it comes to having the appropriate support needed to succeed. Breastfeeding isn't easy in the early days. The difficulty coupled with hormones can often break mommas down and cause them to give up. Another factor is support. You need the support and encouragement of everyone around you to succeed. That's what gets you past those hard days and hormones. Even though it was 3 years ago for me, I remember it all too well!

I wanted to look back on my breastfeeding journey and share a couple of posts from the past few years that I thought y'all may enjoy. 



This past Thursday was the Community Baby Shower hosted by my mom at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital! This is the 4th year for the event and it was by far the best. We say it every year, but each year truly gets better and bigger.



We had several community partners come like The Lactation Foundation, GiGi's Playhouse, the local library, WIC and La Leche League! Everyone brought lots of good information, handouts and giveaways for our mommas.


This year was the first year that vendors were allowed to set up booths for moms and moms-to-be to shop around and learn about new products.



We also had the Sugar Land Police Department there to discuss car seat safety. He showed parents the proper way to have baby buckled into their carseats. He was able to examine any babies that had their carseats there to confirm or adjust if necessary, and he even went out to people's cars if they asked to assess the carseat bases! I feel like he is such an important part of this event year after year.


Another one of my favorites is Baby Wearing International! They bring various types of wraps and carriers for moms to try out and see which ones they like! It was because of them that I found out how much I liked the Tula with Chloe. I wish I would have known more about them when she was an infant. This year they helped me with my new ring sling and showed me how to thread it and wear it so that I can start using it safely as soon as baby boy arrives. My sister and other moms were also able to test out the different types of carriers to see which one best suits them. One of the ladies said that structured carriers are like a good pair of jeans, you just have to try on several to see which on fits your body best! 



The event itself was incredibly successful. We had over 250 people attend with 18 baskets to raffle, 10 vendors, about 15 community partners, tons of hourly giveaways and hundreds of burp cloths and reusable breast pads for every mom that attended. Not only did every mom that attended receive a burp cloth and set of pads but we sent 100 to WIC, 100 La Leche League and 100 to the Lactation Foundation! There may even be more that I'm missing, but my mom has all of those stats.


Breastfeeding has been a special journey in my life. I nursed Chloe for the first 18 months of her life before she decided to self wean completely on her own. I love breastfeeding and I can't wait to start the journey with my baby boy. I know the beginning will come with its challenges and I'll have to face some adversity, but I can't wait! Here are just a few pictures I found from my days nursing Chloe.






While I haven't had many negative experiences with people making rude comments to my face about breastfeeding, I know that many women have. I hope that with time we can continue to normalize breastfeeding and the beauty that comes along with it. It is such a magical bonding experience between mother and baby. There are countless benefits! Just because someone doesn't understand it, doesn't mean they have the right to bring down a mother who is just trying to feed her baby. So here's to breastfeeding!

Do you want to share your breastfeeding story? I'd love to feature some on my blog over the month of August! Write a comment or shoot me an e-mail at acgougler@gmail.com and we can figure out how to share!


Thursday, August 2, 2018

37 Week Bumpdate

Today I am officially early term! If baby boy came now, he would likely have little to no problems at all. On the other hand, as much as I'd like him out early, I know that it's better for him to cook in there a little bit longer. I'll probably be singing a different tune next week! Let's dive in and see how the last couple of weeks have been! I had my first internal check at my appointment on Monday and have lots of fun info to share!


How Far Along? 
37 weeks today!

Size of Baby:
Little man is the size of romain lettuce! I've also seen some other comparisons like a winter melon or a Cabbage Patch Doll!  
He's likely close to 19 inches long and according to our ultrasound on Monday, he was estimated to weigh 6lbs 13oz! That same ultrasound told me that he is measuring about 4 days ahead which he has been since the 20 week ultrasound.


Weight Gain:
Up just shy of 30lbs and starting to slow down a bit.
My appetite is hit or miss, and there's not much room left for food especially by dinnertime.

Symptoms: 
Currently dealing with lower back pain especially in the evenings. Some days it isn't terrible and sometimes I'm doubled over with JP rubbing my back and heating up my rice heating pad. Luckily it seems to be okay throughout the day. I'm also starting to swell a bit in my ankles and lower legs, but nothing incredibly noticeable. 

Cravings: 
Like I said earlier, my appetite is hit or miss, but here's what I've been wanting when I'm hungry:
subs with turkey, salami &mayo, tacos, sno cones, peanut butter toast, cheese & Ritz crackers, watermelon, kettle corn


Mood:
I think I've been fairly level headed lately. My extreme emotions around meeting this baby and Chloe's role as a big sister have evened out and I'm really looking forward to seeing her grow. Honestly I'm just excited and ready to meet this baby! I will admit that I'm still grumpy in the evenings and God bless my amazing husband for not only putting up with me, but helping me through the end of this pregnancy!

Nursery: 
All done and I am completely in love. Check out my full nursery post to see all of the details!


Movement: 
He's still moving all the time. He is now rolling, stretching and trying to escape his tiny living space. His movements are much more painful these days. They seem to be the worst when I'm driving and in the evenings. Evenings are rough y'all!

Sleep:
I've been falling asleep on the couch while reading/watching TV between 9-10pm and JP wakes me up when he goes to bed. Then I shuffle into bed and conk out from complete exhaustion. I'm currently waking up about 2-3 times per night for potty breaks which is annoying! Whenever I move in my sleep, my bladder wakes me up. I'm usually up and moving in the morning between 6-7am, but deal with middle of the night insomnia at least once a week. Not terrible and getting way more sleep now than I'm about to!

Workouts: 
I am determined to walk or squat this baby out! Just kidding...kind of. I'm still walking as much as I can and I'm averaging a 2-2.5 mile walk about 5 days a week! This week I even got a long 4 mile walk in with my girlfriend. It's amazing how much further you can go when you have someone with you to talk to the whole time! 

As far as other workouts go, I'm still getting 1-2 strength workouts in. Of course my Monday afternoon Tabata class and usually a simple body weight circuit at home one day. My exercises are much easier and I'm only going for about 20-30 minutes. This coming Monday is actually going to be my very last class at my current gym. I've been there for nearly 5 years, so it's bittersweet!


What I Miss:
Feeling like me! I'm just feeling out of sorts being so exhausted and pregnant these days. I'm looking forward to being able to breath deeply, eat normal meals and lay on my tummy!

Labor Signs:
My body is doing what it's supposed to! At my appointment on Monday I was 2 cm dilated and 50% effaced. My cervix is still pretty high, but baby boy is slowly starting to descend. I was shocked to hear that I had already started to progress. That being said, I could continue to progress and still not deliver until my due date or I could deliver sooner. It all depends on when my body and my baby are ready, so I'm trying to be patient and just wait it out.

Now that I'm 37 weeks, I'm going to use Evening Primrose Oil to help my cervix completely efface. I'm also starting to drink red raspberry leaf tea to help prep my body for labor!


Anything making you queasy or sick: 
Nothing in particular. I get nauseous randomly and its usually in the evenings on days that I do too much. 

Best Moments The Past Weeks: 
Finding out that my body is starting to prepare itself for labor!


Looking forward to:
World Breastfeeding Week! This is a huge passion of mine and the biggest week of the year for my mom. I love helping her and setting up her big community baby shower event! The event is actually today, so I'm probably a busy bee while you're reading this. I can't wait to share how the event goes with y'all!

Missed a bumpdate or want to compare stats?

And just for fun, a little compare contrast. Today on the left and 3 years ago on the right!



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