27 weeks pregnant and growing by the day! I feel like I write this every week, but I seriously cannot believe how fast this is going! I mean tomorrow I turn twenty-eight weeks and have my seven month doctor appointment (the special orange drink apt – you know the one!). Craziness. My sister took my latest baby bump photo:
Baby Itz: 27 Weeks
Baby’s size? The size of the head of a cauliflower. That’s BIG!
Maternity clothes? LOVE LOVE LOVE maternity clothes. Most comfortable things ever. Crazy, super stretchy, and love flaunting my belly!
Stretch marks? Nope, but you must read this post –> why stretch marks aren’t as bad as you think
Sleep: Again, some nights or better than others. I finally took out the pregnancy pillow that Jonny got me months ago, but of course it didn’t come with a pillowcase, so I had to order that. It should arrive in the next couple of days, and I’m eager to use the massive pillow!
Best moment this week: Seeing people’s reactions to my growing belly. They can’t believe how “big” itz gotten in the past couple of weeks (neither can I!), but the real surprise will be how much bigger it’ll get over the next three months!
Miss anything? Sushi.
Movement: Baby Itz is ACTIVE! Itz fun to watch my belly move as he swims around.
Food Cravings: No cravings.
Anything making you queasy or sick? Nope.
Gender: BOY BOY BOY!!!!
Labor Signs: None, not that I would know what those feel like anyway!
Symptoms: Still a sore back in the evenings, but the same as before: the more I move throughout the day, the better my back is at night. I try to get in at least two walking miles on a treadmill at some point in the morning which helps drastically. <– yup. again.
Belly Button – in or out? In.
Wedding Rings – on or off? On!
Happy or Moody? Happy.
Looking Forward To: Baby Itz’s room was painted last week and furniture is getting delivered on Thursday! And one of these days we’ll get registered…
So just like last week, Stacy, the wonderful prenatal yoga instructor at Urban Breath, begins each class with a discussion question. It allows us pregnant ladies to consider important questions and hear the opinion of others. There’s never any judgement, but Stacy always brings up very thoughtful points to consider. This week she asked, “Who will be in the delivery room?” While there was some variance among the answers, most entailed, “Husband and doctors – as minimal as possible.” I’ve given some thought about this matter and have discussed it with Jonny. Jonny, nurses, and the doctor will definitely be present, but we will also have a couple of others.
There’s never been a doubt in my mind that my mom would be present during the birth of Baby Itz. She’s always there for me, knows how to remain calm and practical, and I know she will play an important role in Baby Itz’s birth. I can’t imagine going through childbirth without my mom.
My sister Stephanie will also be present. To be honest, I wasn’t as sure about Stephanie being there as I was for my mom, and she knows that. In fact, this post will, indeed, confirm to her that she will be present. Part of the reason I wasn’t 100% I wanted Stephanie there was that I wasn’t there for her first delivery (per her request). She did ask me to film her second delivery, and of course I was more than happy to be a part of Audrey’s birth! Although Stephanie did make the whole thing look very easy…
After a lot of thinking, I decided that was very silly reasoning not to have her there. Plus, Stephanie is ALWAYS my biggest supporter, no matter what. Time and time again, she has been there for me. Yes, she takes gorgeous pictures and I know how lucky I am that she’s taken our announcement, gender reveal, and tons of maternity pictures, but itz more than that. She’s more than our photographer, more than my sister, but really and truly she’s my absolute best friend.
Funny side note story: When Stephanie saw my natural vs. epidural post last week, she immediately texted me and told me I should have an at-home water birth. Why? Because she’d never photographed one before! This is extra funny since Stephanie got an epidural the first second she could for her births, but wanted me to not only go natural, but be at home in a tub. While I love the idea, I just don’t think itz for me. Good try, Seester, not happening though.
Stacy mentioned that none of us should feel obligated to have anyone in the room, and this confirmed that I want my mom and sister there because they will be the best support system (in addition to Jonny) for me. My mom has gone through it four times, and Stephanie twice, so itz nothing new for them. They’ve also been my biggest supporters (again, in addition to Jonny) throughout this whole journey and my entire life. I’m actually honored that they’ll want to be a part of it!
Ladies: Who did/will you have in the delivery room?