30 versus 30

As I am settling into my third trimester, I am starting to reflect on my journey into motherhood. I am constantly comparing this pregnancy to my first. I was incredibly ill during my first pregnancy. I lost weight from vomiting more than 10 times per day between weeks 4 and 14. I began to feel better from 18 to about 28 weeks, and resumed a normal schedule. Then I was put on modified bed rest from 31 to 38 weeks due to contractions, dilation, and effacement. I swore that it would be my last pregnancy, only because I felt betrayed by my body at the time. Little did I know how much love and happiness children really do bring into your life. A few days after giving birth, I told my husband that I wanted 3 children, and immediately put that terrible pregnancy out of my mind.

Reflecting on previous blog posts, I really had no idea on what to expect. I bought so many items that I didn’t need, and was lacking on the essentials that I did end up needing. I knew that sleepless nights were ahead of me, but I didn’t realize the extent of that sleeplessness. Also, the sleep regressions that occur every few months during their first year. Those are so difficult! I was terrified of breastfeeding but definitely wanted to try it. That was the one thing that came so naturally to me, and we were able to successfully breastfeed for 19 months. (I hope to go longer with this baby.)

I was able to look back at the last maternity photos that I posted during Remy’s pregnancy. I said that I was 7.5 months at the time, but I think that I was a bit closer to 7 months. I still had that same dress tucked away, so I thought that it would be fun to recreate that session to the best of my ability.

I had this session outdoors, among the trees, in the same dress, with a similar floral crown, 2.5 years apart. My stomach is lower, my face is rounder, and I’m carrying more weight. This is me, at roughly 30 weeks (a little before) versus 30 weeks (a little after).

In the end, the fear, the love, the guilt, the ups, the downs, the everything. I didn’t expect any of it. Motherhood is messy and yet, so beautiful. My life truly began when I had Remy. I cannot wait for our rainbow baby!

Emory

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28 weeks

Helloooooo, 3rd trimester! It feels almost surreal to be saying that. In the early stages of this pregnancy, I felt like this day would never come. Now that it’s here, I can’t believe just how the time is flying by. Having a toddler around certainly makes the days go by quicker.

So much has happened baby-wise over the last month. From eyes, to nose, to teeth, to weight, it’s as if it picked these few weeks to become more like an infant, and less like a fetus. If that makes sense?

As for me, my heartburn has diminished, and my swelling has gone away! My Braxton Hicks contractions have intensified, however. I now experience them pretty much all day long, everyday. I’ve resorted to wearing a belly band- something that I didn’t have to do with Remy. But I was also never this big with Remy! I now weigh what I did when I gave birth to her, but at 28 weeks as opposed to 38 weeks. It looks as if I’ve swallowed a basketball.

My sleep has gotten worse, which makes my hormones worse as well. I feel like I’m getting along better with family members, but I seem to take out my pain and tiredness on my husband. I feel incredibly guilty for that, and can’t wait until my hormones go back to normal.

Until then, I’m glad that little babe and I have made it this far. As my doctor put it- two more weeks and we’re in the home stretch!

Thanks for joining me, everyone.

Emory

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goodbye, gym

Gym OOTD - 1I am a gym goer. I have been for twelve years. Going for a workout is the only part of my day that I get to be selfish. It is there that I can tune out the world and concentrate on bettering myself both physically and mentally. It never fails to bring me out of a bad mood, and always guarantees to enable a good sleep at the end of the day. It has always been one of my favourite pastimes.

Gym OOTD - 2I was recently told at 30 weeks that I had to stop going to the gym. For the last five years of our marriage, it has served as many date nights, a shared interest, a ton of humorous conversations, a mood lifter, and an overall constant routine in our lives. Now, it will remain a thing of the past and not-so-distant-future. 

Gym OOTD - 3These photos were taken to commemorate my last visit to the gym, at nearly 7 months into my pregnancy. In fact, it was at the gym where I had discovered that we were going to have a baby! I had taken a pregnancy test in the bathroom stall, not thinking at all that it would be positive. After seeing the results, I cried and cried, sent a picture to my husband, called my mum and sister, then had a workout. I will never forget that, and find it quite funny today. 

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So, goodbye friend. Until it is medically safe to meet again. (Above is my bump at 15 weeks. That was my first visit back after 11 weeks of morning sickness.)

<3

Emory

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28 weeks

28 WeeksFriends, I am now in my third trimester!

This pregnancy has certainly has been a roller coaster. Never again will I want to repeat weeks 4-18. Throwing up everyday is not my thing, nor is neglecting work and staying in bed. What made it worse is that I still had dogs to walk and a house to run, given that my husband is only home for about 2 waking hours a day. I was sick and on my own. Good riddance to those days!

28Weeks-2Once I was into my second trimester, I began to feel like myself again. Most importantly, I could return to my store and the gym. I finally returned to a productive routine. Waking up, walking the dogs, working, going into town to mail and deliver items, going to the gym, coming back home, walking the dogs, working, cleaning the house, napping, walking the dogs, making supper, working, falling into bed, and finally, seeing my husband around 10 pm. This schedule has continued until now, and I hope that I can maintain it until my due date. 

PoppySure I had HG, placenta previa, have gained weight, a shoe size, and stretch marks, but now, I am feeling so great. Above all, baby appears to be healthy and even measuring 3 days bigger than its due date! (Here he/she is at the 27 week scan.) People in general are so supportive, and rather than worrying about if and when we should have children, I now have one less decision to make. Now that I am definitely attending school this coming fall, I believe that 2016 will be so bright. If this was my only gift this holiday season, I would be more than happy with that.

<3

Emory

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