Baby Dominguez: Weeks 27, 28 and 29

Baby’s Growth:

Week 27: Baby is the length of a rutabaga

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Week 28: Baby is the size of an eggplant!

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Week 29:  Baby is the length of an acorn squash!

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How am I feeling emotionally?

Week 27: Relaxed and Happy 🙂

Week 28: Relaxed and Happy 🙂

Week 29: Relaxed and Happy 🙂

These past few weeks have been very pleasant. The weather has been gorgeous so I’ve been doing a lot of walking outside during work and with my pooches at home. I feel so fortunate that I haven’t had any major complications with my pregnancy and that my baby is healthy. I am also grateful that I have a supportive husband and family. My friends are amazing and so is my job! I think all of these things are so important for a healthy pregnancy.

Thoughts about Labor and Delivery:

I am trying to ready myself mentally for labor and delivery. I’ve been watching YouTube videos about the stages of labor so I know what’s going on inside my body.

I took a Breastfeeding and Newborn Care Combo class at the hospital where I will be delivering. I also took a tour of our hospital’s birthing suite.

I also found some great content on Lucie’s List about natural birth and infant care.

Over the past seven months I’ve been focusing on keeping my baby healthy in the womb. I still am of course, but now I’ve got to educate myself on how to take the best possible care of my little man once he arrives into this world. Fortunately, I have experience as a nanny to a 3 month-old. Her name was Juliet and I took care of her from 3 months to a year. I learned about swaddling, feeding, tummy time, the importance of a routine and a sleep schedule. She was a great baby and I took care of her like she was my own.

I know all babies are different and have different needs but I know that I will be able to apply the things I’ve learned from my nanny experience to my baby.

Weight Gained:

I’ve gained another 3 pounds over the past few weeks so that means I’ve gained a total of 20 lbs! I should be gaining a pound a week until the baby comes.

Milestones:

I hit the third trimester mark!! Woot woot!!!

Thoughts about my baby:

I think about him all the time! What’s he going to look like. What is he going to be like as  a baby? Will he like the sleepers and the pack n’ play that I picked out for him? Will I be able to breast feed him or will he need formula?  Will he be a good sleeper like his Daddy or a fussy and stubborn sleeper like his Mom?

Top concerns:

Balancing work, motherhood and marriage. Obviously Motherhood is my top priority. My work day ends at 5 so I am going to dedicate the time afterwards to bond with my son on the days I have to work until he goes to sleep and then catch up with the hubs afterwards. Some days or weeks are very stressful at work but I have to mentally leave work at work and when I am home be home with my husband and baby.

Joys:

Hearing his heartbeat during my doctor visits, feeling him move inside my tummy, and rubbing my belly as I sing him a lullaby. I also get excited when I visit his nursery. I’ve purchased a glider and a changing table so I love to visually imagine what it’s going to like in there once I get more stuff for the baby and my shower gifts.

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Last visit to OB/GYN:

I had a great visit at my last check-up and I got a negative test result for gestational diabetes. Woo hoo!

Looking forward to:

My baby shower!

 

 

 

 

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Baby Dominguez: Weeks 24, 25 and 26

Second Trimester: In addition to my weekly pregnancy update, I am going to talk about dealing with work stress while pregnant, starting a registry and healthy remedies for heartburn issues related to pregnancy.

Baby’s Growth:

Week 24: Baby is the length of an eggplant!

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Week 25: Baby is the size of a baseball glove!

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Week 26:  Baby is the length of a butternut squash!

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How am I feeling?

I am feeling pretty good except everything I eat gives me heartburn 😦 I eliminated coffee and chocolate from my diet which helped a lot. And a friend of mine gave me a recipe concoction for heartburn which is just a glass of water mixed with a tablespoon of honey and a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (ACV) and let me tell you it has worked wonders!! ACV has so many healing benefits and powerful compounds that aid in acid reflux, lower blood pressure, improve diabetes, and support weight loss. It’s a remedy for just about everything! Here is an interesting article if you are curious about learning more:
20 unique uses for ACV.

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There was one day where I must have contracted a GI bug because I threw up everything I ate! It was miserable. I was starving but couldn’t eat or else I would throw up. Luckily it lasted only 24 hours so I made sure to drink lots of water and fluids and got lots of rest.

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Weight Gained:

I have only gained one pound these past few weeks which means I’ve gained a total of 17 pounds. My baby is getting bigger and bigger each week and I can actually feel my stomach stretching.

Pregnancy and Work:

These past few weeks have been a little rough. Two out of the three people in my department have been out unexpectedly with medical issues this month and this happens to be the busiest time of year for our department. Fortunately, other staff members have helped out tremendously but I have been heavily burdened with taking over some of the more specialized tasks that my boss handles while dealing with my already heavy work load.Working late hours and under high stress is no fun when you are exhausted and pregnant!

The most important thing is that my co-workers are doing fine and they were able to come back to work after the New Year. I am glad that I was healthy enough to get us through the holidays and hold down the fort while they were out.

I coped with the stress by rubbing my tummy and humming a little melody to my baby anytime I felt bad. I would also take some time for myself and go for walks in the afternoon and late evening after work. At night, I would sing Christmas songs and practice singing lullabies to my little man while I lay in bed because I read that he can hear my voice so I would sing him some soothing melodies before bedtime. Here is a good article that I read that helped me cope with work stress: Work Stress During Pregnancy.

Milestones:

My husband and I were able to feel our baby’s first kick together. We were laying on the couch one morning on the weekend watching a soccer match and the baby was really active so I placed his hands on my tummy. He love it and was so excited. I am so glad that he can feel his movements and join in on the fun 🙂

Purchases:

We got a crib!! My mother bought it for me as a gift. It’s a convertible crib that converts to a toddler bed and a twin bed as the baby gets older.I think it’s perfect!

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Nesting Situation:

My husband and I have been getting rid of a lot of stuff in our house. Right after the holidays, we cleaned out the office, garage, bathrooms, and old guest room (which is now the nursery) so I’ve been able to visualize and prepare the baby’s room which makes me very happy 🙂

We also went to buy buy Baby and started a registry. The staff there was so helpful to us. They helped us pick out a stroller and offered their suggestions on other useful nursery items like white noise machines, types of baby bottles, a diaper genie and other baby gear. They also gave me a swag bag with free samples and coupons which was really nice. We also registered on Amazon.com and have been getting a lot of good recommendations from friends. Lucie’s List has also been very helpful to me recommended baby products and registry basics when I do my online research 🙂

Thoughts about my baby:

I had a dream about my little man! In my dream I was home cooking dinner and he just appeared in my life so I fed him, changed his diaper and soothed him back to sleep. I remember holding him in my arms and feeling him fall asleep on my shoulder and he telepathically told me that he loves me and thanked me for taking for taking such good care of him. It was such a wonderful dream. I feel like we have already met so now I am just waiting to get more acquainted with little man after he arrives.

Top concerns:

I really don’t have too many concerns right now. Everyone has been so supportive to me throughout my pregnancy. My family, friends and co-workers and even strangers. Sometimes I get a little overwhelmed when I think of everything I have to do at home and at work to get ready for baby but I am just trying to take it one week at a time and go at my own pace.

Joys:

My husband, family, friends and my doggies are my greatest joys. They bring so much happiness and positivism to my life that I don’t know what I would do without them.

One of my Mama friends recently gave me all of her professional and casual maternity wear! I was so grateful. This makes getting ready in the morning so much easier for me. I’ve got plenty of options now for dresses, pants and tops and I don’t have to go buying all these maternity clothes for myself now which is nice because they are expensive. I love it when Mamas help out other Mamas and I look forward to returning the favor.

Names?

We have some names picked out but I don’t think I will know for sure until I see my baby after delivery. I will tell you that so far my husband and I are a fan of names that start with the letter “M”.

Last visit to OB/GYN:

I was told that Baby is a half pound over the average size/weight of babies around this time in their gestational age. I don’t know why that it is but I don’t think that’s too bad.  I think that every pregnancy is different and my baby is just the size he needs to be.

I took a glucose test to see how I digest sugar and to test for gestational diabetes. I will know the results in five business days. Normally I would be very worried because I am a worrier but worrying doesn’t do anything so I am going to just wait. I feel like everything is fine but I look forward to hearing the results. I will take any action necessary in order to ensure mine and my baby’s health.

Looking forward to:

Putting up the Christmas tree, listening to Christmas songs, baking some goodies and to next year at Christmas where there will be a little person crawling around the house wearing Christmas onesies!

Final Thoughts:

As I am nearing the end of my second trimester, it seems like my pregnancy is going by so fast. My baby will be here very soon and it won’t be about me taking care of him in my belly anymore. He will be here in my home living and breathing and depending on me and his Dad for survival. I have all the faith in the world that my hubs and I will take good care of our little bundle. I have never been so ready for something in my entire life.

 

Second Trimester Weeks 21-23

Hey everyone! I am way overdue on posting in my weekly prego journal updates. I wrote this this post in real time during weeks 21-23 of my pregnancy even though at the time of posting I am currently 28 weeks pregolicious (more on that to come). In this post, I talk about sleeping issues and what to do if you are in a car accident while pregnant.

Baby Dominguez: Weeks 21, 22 and 23

Baby’s Growth:

Week 21: Baby is the size of a pomegranate!

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My doggies have to be in every photo! 😀

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Week 22: Baby is the length of a papaya!

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Hi everyone!! I’m 21.5 weeks old today! 😀

Week 23:  Baby is the size of grapefruit!

No photo for week 23….I’m sorry 😦

How am I feeling emotionally?

Sleep is still a challenge for me. I am having a hard time getting comfortable at night. My body feels like a furnace and I can’t find a comfortable position. I finally bought myself a snoogle and let me tell you that is the best thing in the world!! I should’ve picked one up before I knew I needed it. It supports my back, belly, hips, neck, head and legs and I’ve been able to sleep so much better since. It truly is a lifesaver. I bought one for $40 at Bed, Bath and Beyond and I sleep with it every night. Although there are other people in my house who think that I bought it for them 😉

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Sometimes I take a half a Unisom sleeping pill each night so I can get a full night’s sleep. It’s an OTC and the doctor said it was OK but it makes me feel groggy the next day so I only take it when I’m feeling very sleep deprived and need a full night’s sleep.

I still get a little nauseous sometimes but only throw up once a week which is pretty good.

Other than the occasional nausea and sleep depravity (which are normal), I feel pretty good overall.

Weight Gained:

I’ve finally put on some weight and my pregnancy is very obvious. So far I have gained 13 pounds. However, we just got through Thanksgiving and a road trip (where I indulged in some fast food while traveling) so I haven’t been eating the way I normally do.

Food Aversions and Cravings:

I think my diet is back to normal except I can’t eat pork or meat. It just doesn’t digest well with me and I immediately have to throw up when I eat it. I wasn’t a big meat eater to begin with so that is fine with me. I am trying to eat one salad a day and get lots of protein through yogurt, hemp and chia seeds, eggs, peanut butter, spinach and any other plant based protein.

Milestones:

Hitting the 20 week mark and receiving my first anatomy scan!!

Thoughts about my baby:

So far I think of him as a little being that’s growing inside my belly. I daydream about what he will look like and what kind of person he will grow up to be.

Top concerns:

I worry sometimes that I am not doing enough for my growing baby and hope that I am not eating or drinking anything that could hurt him. Should I be drinking coffee? Am I indulging in too many sweets? Am I getting enough sleep and exercise? Should I not be taking antacids?  (I think I know the answer to those questions but I will post more on that later).

My husband I decided to drive up to Frederick, Maryland for Thanksgiving to be with our best friends, Mikey and Annie. The trip went well except we got into a minor accident on the way up while we were driving through Jacksonville. Someone rear-ended us while we were stopped in traffic. The impact caused me to tense up and it pushed me forward against my seat belt. It was a minor event really (although a PITA to deal with). I felt fine so we decided to keep going and not delay our trip any further. We had a long way to go to in order to reach our first over-night stop in North Carolina. But on the way, I felt some light cramping and wondered if it had to with the accident and started to worry about my baby. What if he’s hurt? Should I have gone to the hospital? I called my OB/GYN the next morning and they told me that I should go the ER. But I couldn’t go because we were on the road and we had our dogs with us. So we decided to wait until we got to Maryland.

Thankfully it was only a five-hour drive from the place we stayed the night before but it was nerve wracking to be on the road and not have any peace of mind. Fortunately, I could feel baby moving so I decided to wait. However, as soon as we arrived in Maryland, we dropped off our dogs with our friends and visited the ER immediately to make sure that baby was OK. They did an ultrasound and a blood test and everything was A-OK. Phew!

While I was in the ER, I kept thinking to myself…This is me doing my best. I am doing everything I can to ensure the health and safety of my baby. I really shouldn’t get too down on myself or fall down the path of thinking that I’m not doing enough.

We were very fortunate that the accident wasn’t worse. We were not moving when we were hit and the car that hit us couldn’t have been going faster than 10 mph. Otherwise, I would have went to the hospital immediately. I learned that a baby has so much cushioning that early on in pregnancy but you just never know and I would rather be safe than sorry!

From that experience, I decided to change my thinking around. I am going to be more positive and continue to take the best possible care of myself, to be safe, and make this period of my life the most healthiest I have ever been mentally and physically!

Joys:

Hearing my son’s heartbeat! And feeling him move!! It feels like little flutters inside my tummy.

Last visit to OB/GYN:

When we got back from our Maryland trip, I visited my OB for my 20 week check-up and full anatomy scan. It was really cool seeing all the growth and development my son went through and to see more of his features like his hands, fingers, legs, feet, toes and head. I saw his little legs kicking away!! It was incredible and made my eyes water.

Looking forward to:

I am looking forward to the holidays and visiting with friends and family and them seeing me pregnant for the first time. I am going to relax and stay home and have a low-key Christmas this year but I know that next year will be VERY different 🙂

That’s all folks! Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and Happy Holidays 🙂

 

 

 

 

Baby Dominguez: Weeks 18, 19 and 20

Baby’s Growth:

Week 18: Baby is the size of a bell pepper!

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Week 19: Baby is the size of an heirloom tomato!

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Week 20:  Baby is the length of a banana!

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It’s amazing to me how different each week is when it comes to all of the growth spurts happening inside of my belly. In week 18, baby can yawn and hiccup, and his nervous system is developing. During week 19, my baby has developed his protective varnish called vernix caseosa which is a greasy white skin protectant that protects my baby’s skin from getting wrinkly from the all the amniotic fluid surrounding him in his sac. In Week 20, my baby is developing meconium which is a black, sticky by-product that aids in my baby’s digestion.

How am I feeling?

I love it when my friends, family and co-workers ask me how I’m feeling. I truly appreciate their thoughtfulness and caring about my well-being and it makes me so loved. I always say that I am doing fine and that I feel great because that is the truth. Unless I need some advice, I try not share all of the details about my trouble sleeping or that I’m constipated and gassy, tired, and forgetful because despite all of those common discomforts of pregnancy, I really do feel great and extremely blessed to be going through this experience and that is the message that I want to convey to my loved ones.

Weight Gained:

I have gained a total of 10 pounds so far and should be gaining a half pound to a pound each week. I remember how worried I used to be about getting pregnant and gaining a ton of weight. However, this morning when I stepped on the scale and noticed my weight gain, I found it reassuring and normal and it didn’t bother me one bit. 🙂

 Food Aversions and Cravings:

Pork! Pork loin, pork chops, and pulled pork are just not agreeing with me these days. As soon as I eat it, my body rejects it immediately by throwing it up. So I will be avoiding any pork even (bacon and sausage) for a while since I don’t think baby likes it. Oh well 😦

Milestones:

Now that I have reached the halfway point in my pregnancy, it’s time to start taking some birthing classes. I also get to in for my next ultrasound in a week and see and hear my baby!! 😀

Looking forward to:

The holidays! I am so excited to be pregnant during this time of year!
My husband and I and our dogs are going to drive up to Maryland to spend Thanksgiving with our good friends Mikey and Annie and their family and then I have friends coming in from all over for Christmas. I can’t wait to see everyone and show them my big ever growing belly! 😀

Pregnancy Faves:

  • Spin class work outs and yoga
  • Green Smoothies
  • English Breakfast Tea
  • Soothing music
  • Getting sweet texts from my husband and family
  • Stitch Fix Maternity Wear!

Baby Dominguez: Weeks 15, 16 and 17

Week 15: Baby is the size of an orange!

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Week 16: Baby is the size of an avocado!

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Week 17:  Baby is the size of a lemon!

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Symptoms and Body Changes:

Although during weeks 16 and 17 my nausea came back with a vengeance, I am happy to report that I am feeling more back to normal. I’m feeling more energetic and my appetite is going back to normal. I no longer crave carbs and bland food and am switching to more protein and fiber. Yaayyy!!

Weight Gained:

I haven’t checked the scale really :/

Food Aversions and Cravings:

I have an aversion to my Fresh Market Pumpkin Spice Coffee! The smell of it makes me so nauseated. I had to have my husband put it in a ziploc bag for me so I could give it away. I don’t want the smell of it in the house. I do enjoy canned pumpkin and I use pumpkin spice, I just don’t care for the pumpkin flavored products or pumpkin scented candles right now. It really sucks because this is the season of pumpkin everything and I love me so some pumpkin. Oh well…womp womp 😦

Milestones:

We made our big announcement to the world….aka Facebook 🙂

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He or She…What will it be????

It’s a BOY!!!!

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Looking forward to:

Working out again. I joined the gym and have been attending spin classes 🙂

Pregnancy Faves:

  • Salads…finally some veggies!!
  • Bagels
  • Maternity Underwear
  • Maternity shorts
  • Fall weather!!

 

 

 

Baby Dominguez: Weeks 6,7 and 8

And so the fun begins!!! I’m pregnant! Oscar and I are over the moon excited!!!

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I discovered that I was pregnant back in early August and have been writing weekly updates to post on my blog once I was ready to tell the world.  I consolidated my post for each week into groups of three and am beginning with weeks 6-8.

Baby’s Growth:

Week 6: Baby is the size of a lentil!

Week 7: Baby is the size of a blueberry!

Week 8:  Baby is the size of a kidney bean!

During these weeks, baby is growing limbs, eyes and ears, fingers and toes!! Your baby is an embryo and although he/she be little there is some fierce growing and hormonal changes that are happening in your body.

Symptoms:
I’m tired, nauseous and always have to pee! I am also dealt with interrupted sleep from having to go to the bathroom multiple times per night and would often have trouble falling back asleep. There are some other bathroom issues that I won’t mention here 😦

Food Aversions:
Cold chicken, cooked vegetables, hot coffee and anything sweet. (I had a major sweet tooth pre-pregnancy so I welcomed the break from sweets).

Milestones:
I had my first ultrasound at Week 7 and heard my baby’s heartbeat! It was surreal!! We also broke the news to our parents. I know this photo looks like grainy ultrasound but this is my first photo of my developing baby and it is absolutely priceless to me!

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Favorite Exercise and Activities:
Walking our dogs, yoga twice a week, Leah’s Fit & Sleek Prenatal Physique and Tracy Anderson’s: The Pregnancy Project.

Diet:
Breakfast: Boiled eggs, Greek yogurt, smoothies, oatmeal, and cottage cheese with fruit.

Snacks:  Multi-grain crackers, ginger snaps, nuts, cheese sticks and dried apricots. These snacks were perfect for keeping my nausea at bay.

Lunch: Soup, salad, and Amy’s frozen meals.

Dinner: Stir-fries with some veggies, chicken and brown rice, multi-grain pasta, sweet potatoes and crunchy beef tacos!!

(Tip:  I honored my body’s cravings for carbs but I would also try to include protein and veggies and ate small meals.)

Drinks:  lemon and ginger tea, peppermint tea, lots and lots of water, ginger ale, chocolate milk, and Perrier water.  I noticed the Perrier water and ginger ale made me gassy so I drank it sparingly.

(Note: I avoided coffee until week 8 since the doctor said that one cup a day is fine. It really helped me with my sleepiness during the day but it gave me awful heartburn….wahhh!!)

Advice from the Doctor: Drink lots of fluids, get plenty of rest, exercise is safe but don’t do anything new or too extreme, listen to your body, and stick to small frequent meals as you do not need to eat for two at this point in your pregnancy! And take your pre-natal vitamins!!

Trick or Treat…Baby Feet!

Hello everyone! I have an exciting announcement! Oscar and I are expecting a new addition to the family in April 2017! I am 16 weeks to date and couldn’t be more excited 🙂

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I’m planning to share my pregnancy journey on my blog. I’m gonna share some funny stories and helpful tips while Oscar and I prepare prepare for our sweet little bundle of joy.

I absolutely love reading other pregnancy blogs and learning about what other Moms to be are going through with each trimester, comforting and nutritious meals, exercises, trendy activities, nursery inspiration, fashion tips with maternity wear, personal birth stories and child bearing.

I cannot wait to share my growing bump with you:) I hope you enjoy reading my blog posts and that they can help all expectant Mamas enjoy a happy and healthy pregnancy.

Cheers!!