Tuesday, July 24, 2012

25 Weeks Pregnant

Week 25 has been the same! Big surprise huh? Danny and I found out that we will be welcoming a baby girl to the world, Rylee Madyson. We finally found out the sex, on the third try! We are excited, we only have a few more months left. I have already packed my bag for the hospital, well, partially. Rylee weighs 1 pound and 11 ounces.

I still have heartburn here and there, and it is not fun at all! But I take Tums and it fixes it right away. I still don't have stretch marks, and I have not experienced swollen ankles or feet yet. But that doesn't mean none of those things will happen! Only time will tell. I have the line (linea nigra) going straight down my belly from my belly button, but it is not very dark, yet, anyway. Rylee also likes to kick my bladder a lot, it is very uncomfortable. Oh yea, and I forgot to mention this in my vlog, but I have felt her having hiccups, and it is the weirdest feeling ever, and it's very annoying after awhile! I am getting more and more excited as the weeks go by, I am getting more and more ready. Danny and I could not be happier. I am so thankful for all the support from my family and friends, I couldn't ask for anything better. I love all of you guys! Thank you so much. 

Sunday, July 15, 2012

24 Weeks Pregnant

July 15, 2012

Time is going by so fast!! I can't believe it. I have only a little more than 15 weeks left. Today I am 24 weeks and 5 days pregnant. I will talk about a lot of things in this blog post, about how I've been emotionally feeling lately, rather than just the symptoms I've been having from this week. But as far as symptoms go, I haven't gotten any new ones this week. 

I still get occasional heartburn/acid reflux, but I don't necessarily get it all the time. I usually get heartburn when I eat spicy or greasy food. I take Tums anytime that I do get it, though, and usually it seems to help a lot. I've heard this wive's tale a lot: if you have heartburn while pregnant, your baby is going to have a lot of hair. False. It may be true for some, but it is definitely not true for all. I have a couple friends who have had bad heartburn during their pregnancies, and their babies barely had any hair. Which is why I choose to believe that everyone is different, every baby is different, and these are just wive's tales. 

I also hear a lot of other things like, "if your carrying low, you're having a boy, and if you're carrying high, you're having a girl". I choose to not believe that, either. As with the other wive's tale, I have a few friends who carried low and had a girl, and vise versa. Every woman's body is different, and every baby grows differently. Not to mention, I've asked my OB about all of these theories, and she, too, said they are just wive's tales. 

Anyway, not much else has changed from last week. I still have the pelvic pain, or the pain around my symphysis pubis area. It's not too bad, it is definitely bearable. I am still waiting to get stretch marks, if I even get them. If you are one who believes that stretch marks are "inevitable", then just read my previous post about it, please, BEFORE leaving me any nonsense comments saying so. 

As far as how I've been feeling lately, I am definitely scared! We've only got a little over a few months left until the due date. Sometimes I doubt myself, I doubt that I'll be able to take care of a baby, only because I've never done so before. I don't know a whole lot about what to expect. Of course I've read up on it a lot, and I continue to do so throughout my pregnancy, but it's still scary becoming a first time mom. But in the end, I know that I'll do great, everything will fall into place. I know that I will be able to do it. Even though I may doubt myself sometimes, I know that when the time comes, I will be more than ready. 

I have watched a few "Natural Labor and Delivery Story" videos on YouTube already, and they have helped me a lot! I am prepared to take on the pains of labor, but I know that they won't last forever, and in the end, every contraction will have been worth it! Also, I like to keep in mind that "this too shall pass". There was this one video that I watched today on YouTube about this lady's natural labor and delivery, and she has inspired me so much more to go through with this natural birth. Like I said before, though, I plan on having a natural birth, if everything goes well and I am able to, however, if an emergency occurs, of course I am going to have to do what is best for myself and my baby, even if that means getting a cesarean section. 

Finally, I'd like to let everyone know that I am very, very ready to take on a natural birth. People may tell me that I don't know how it's going to be, or it's really different when you're actually there, BUT, what people don't know is that I have my heart set on it! I am a very strong-minded and stubborn person, there is no way I am going to allow myself to be on drugs that pass on to my baby during labor. I don't care how much pain I am in, the happiness that I'll feel when I see my baby for the first time will be worth it, the contractions will all be worth it in the end. I can do this, I will do this.

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Stretch Marks

Okay, so I would like to point something out that a lot of people seem to forget. EVERYONE IS DIFFERENT. Everyone has different skin types, and everyone's bodies deal with things in a completely different way.

With that being said, not EVERYONE gets stretch marks from pregnancy. I am almost in my third trimester and I haven't gotten any... yet, that is. However, nobody really knows what my body will do! Especially people who don't know anything about my body!

A few people now have told me, "stretch marks are inevitable", well people, I never said I WASN'T going to get them. I simply stated that I do not have any yet (on my belly), and trust me, I've looked pretty damn closely! Heck, even my fiancĂ© has tried finding some! Also, some anonymous COWARD told me to shine some light on my belly and I will find my stretch marks, this person claims to be an older mom, yet she acts so immaturely. She is so sure that I have stretch marks, yet she knows nothing about my skin, or my body. Hysterical, isn't it? 

Like I said in my Vlog, I have a few small, unnoticeable stretch marks on my boobs, but none on my belly yet. KEY WORD: "yet". I may get them, I may not get them. I know quite a few women who have had multiple children and have never gotten a single stretch mark on their belly. I know a couple who have had one kid and ONLY got stretch marks on their thighs.

In conclusion to this little "rant", or whatever you wish to call it, stretch marks are not ALWAYS inevitable. So save it. You may have gotten stretch marks, you may want to scare me or make me feel bad, but whatever the reason, I am not worried about it. Whether or not I do end up getting stretch marks, I will be happy with my body, because in the end I'll know I got an amazing gift because of it.

P.S. Don't try telling me to "look harder for them because they are there". I know my body better than anyone else, and I will definitely notice something like that if it pops up.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

23 Weeks Pregnant

July 11, 2012

So pretty much the same symptoms as the previous weeks, but the baby is moving a lot more. Danny has felt it, and it is such an amazing feeling to both of us. Other people are able to put their hand on my belly and feel the baby moving around. I am still very anxious to find out the sex, if we even get to. It all depends on the baby, hopefully s/he lets us see next time! Our appointment is on the 23rd of this month. I am excited. 

I don't have any stretch marks on my stomach or sides. I do have a few on my boobs, though. They aren't very noticeable at all. I had to look very hard, and I purposely tried to find them. My boobs have gotten so much bigger, and I figured I HAVE to have a few stretch marks on them. They are not red or purple or any other dark color like that, they are my skin tone. And like I said, they are very small, you can't even see them unless you're looking for them. 
We only have a few more months left, and Danny and I are so excited. I am still planning on having a natural birth. I am hoping for a water birth, but I need to find an area that has that option. Thank you for all of the support, and I love all of you guys.   The photo is from the end of week 23, so practically week 24, but this will suffice. 

Sunday, July 8, 2012

New Blog

I have created a new blog on WordPress, PeaceLoveBeauty, and it's not going to be about anything specific. I've kind of dedicated this current blog to my pregnancy, as you can tell. But I wanted to make a blog about lots of different things. Life experiences I go through, traveling, beauty, and much more. I will have some beauty tips/tutorials eventually on this new blog. So go check it out and follow me on there as well! 

I will continue to post my pregnancy updates and photos to this blog, so don't forget about this one! I am excited to start writing about different things. 


Monday, July 2, 2012

22 Weeks Pregnant

July 2, 2012

Today I am 22 weeks and 6 days pregnant. It seems like time is going by pretty fast still. I feel fine still throughout the rest of my second trimester, but I am getting tired again. I think it has to do with the prenatal vitamins I am taking. I was taking a really good organic kind, they were called Rainbow Light Prenatal Vitamins made with organice fruits and vegetables. I ran out of those, so now I am taking my original prenatals that I purchased from Target when I first found out I was pregnant. The other ones had a ton of other good things in it too, like B12, which is where I got a lot of my energy from. Danny said he thinks that's why I'm starting to get tired again, because I started getting tired after I ran out of those prenatal vitamins. I am going to get more of those, though. They are expensive but they are so worth it. 

Other than that, everything else is still going pretty smoothly. I am still not all stuffy in the night anymore when I try to sleep, I can breathe regularly out of my nose, which is amazing. I still get to sleep with my mouth closed. I am able to eat whatever I want still without feeling sick or losing my appetite. Speaking of which, I am getting hungry a lot more lately. My appetite is bigger and I need to eat a lot more now. Like I said before, though, I am eating small meals throughout the day, I try to anyway.  My feet and ankles have not started swelling yet. Not all pregnant women get swollen feet and ankles, but a lot do. So I am not looking forward to that if I happen to be one of those women. It looks very uncomfortable and painful. It may not be painful, but it definitely has to be uncomfortable. I am still liking the weather in Arizona. So that hasn't changed, like many of you thought it would. :) So, I think I pretty much covered everything. Everything is just peachy.