Before I was pregnant, I remember thinking it was crazy or weird that women always referenced their pregnancy progress in weeks. How did they always know exactly what week they were in? Wasn’t it hard to keep track? And why go in weeks when talking about months is so much easier?
But, of course, now that I am the pregnant one, I constantly know exactly how many weeks — to the day — I am. When I started these pregnancy recaps, I thought I’d do them every few weeks, because how much could really change or feel different in a mere seven days? But, I’ve discovered, so much happens and feels different in just one week!
Week 26, in particular, was long. It was overwhelming at times, and really, really wonderful at times.
The wonderful parts included sharing baby’s sex (it’s a girl!), another appointment with the midwife, and going to a fun wedding on Saturday.
The appointment with the midwife went great. I did my glucose test and am waiting on the results, and baby put on quite a show during the ultrasound. Her legs and arms were up by her face and she was moving around like a nut, but then, no joke, she turned her face to us and cracked a little smile. (The ultrasound technician narrated this, but I would’ve seen it on my own. So cool to see her face!) We also spent some time with both the midwife and doula talking about delivery and post-delivery things, like cord blood banking vs. delayed cord clamping, and other things I’ve been Googling endlessly but wanted their opinions on.
The overwhelming parts from the week included attempting to finish up our registry and spending too much time getting lost on the internet. I’ll get to that.
People can definitely tell I’m pregnant and baby kicks constantly! I love those kicks. Sometimes I think about not being pregnant and I get a little sad, because I’ll miss the kicks. (But as Kara Goucher told me on a soon-to-be-released episode of the Ali on the Run Show, the kicks will be replaced with smiles and snuggles.)
Here’s more from Week 26…
BABY IS THE SIZE OF…
a head of kale or an eggplant. According to our most recent ultrasound, baby is weighing in around 1 lb. 12 oz., and is happy, healthy, and very wiggly.
HOW I’M FEELING
Overwhelmed. And sick for a day.
I started really doing work on our baby registry on Tuesday. I have some incredible friends who sent me their well-researched lists with notes and so much helpful information, but eventually I tend to get exhausted. Picking clothes, crib sheets, and cute hooded bath towels is easy. But I find myself getting most overwhelmed by stuff related to feeding.
How do I know which bottles to start with? Why do people complain so much about washing bottle parts? Can they not go in the dishwasher? Then there are all the feeding and pumping accessories: the sterilizers, breast pumps, milk storage bags, and warming bags. I do plan to schedule an appointment with a lactation specialist before baby gets here, so I’m sure that will be a huge help, but in the meantime, I find this particular category to be a lot to digest and understand.
I woke up feeling super sick Thursday. Like worse than any first trimester nausea. I felt pukey and gross, and with this Crohn’s stuff in the mix, it made for a rough morning. Eventually, around 11 AM, I stopped willing myself to feel better, and let myself crawl into bed. I woke up several hours later, still feeling exhausted and crappy, but knowing I was smart to let myself rest for a bit.
On the Crohn’s front, I had a long talk with my GI on Thursday. I’m frustrated by this flare and the timing (obviously) and need it to go away. We weighed some options and ultimately decided to start on a 30-day dose of Uceris, which is a mild steroid that specifically targets the colon. My doctor approved, and said if his wife had Crohn’s and were pregnant and flaring, this is exactly what he would do for her. (This is also the medication that helped me get into a brief remission last year, so fingers crossed it helps this time.)
WHAT I’M EATING
Deviled eggs. I’m really wanting deviled eggs right now.
ON THE WORKOUT FRONT
A few Orangetheory classes, a handful of zero-exercise days, and a 3-mile, 3-bathroom-stop run on Saturday morning. When I do glute bridges at Orangetheory, I can feel baby all the way up by my ribs. She’s getting big and taking up lots of space!
Most of my workouts this week were pretty lame, but I wrapped up Week 26 with a great OTF workout. We did a 12-minute distance challenge on the treadmills — so just running as far as we could in 12 minutes — and while my distance was nothing remarkable compared to what I could do pre-pregnancy, I felt great the whole time, and left class with a lil’ runner’s high!
WHAT I’M WEARING
This dress (I have the long version, but can’t find it online), to my college friend’s wedding on Saturday. The wedding was lovely, and my stomach felt pretty good the whole day, which was a huge relief. People could very clearly tell I’m pregnant, and everyone was so lovely and warm and awesome and supportive and kind. No one talked about how our lives are about to end or how we’ll never sleep again. Instead, all the new moms and dads on the dance floor (and there were a ton!) talked about how great the experience is and about how much fun we’re about to have. It was the best.
WHAT I’M READING
Reviews and stuff. Bottles and baby carriers and bathtub solutions, OH MY GOD.
HOW I’M SLEEPING
I took another long nap on Sunday afternoon. I swear I closed my eyes for two seconds and then woke up two hours later. I needed it. I felt awesome after.
WHAT I’M WONDERING
I think I covered that already! I’m wondering about everything!
Fun and productive stuff coming up: We’re moving next Monday (!), and will get the baby’s crib and dresser soon after. I set up a pediatrician interview and a meeting at a local daycare I’m interested in, and next week things get really real with a childbirth class and our official hospital tour.
Onto the third trimester! Whoa!
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