Tuesday, November 26, 2013

26 weeks and life these days.


I have trouble believing I am already at the end of the second trimester. That means the last stretch is just around the corner. I have been feeling great... I guess I am lucky that pregnancy is treating me really, really well. Or maybe I will be eating my words later. We feel so blessed that it feels all so real now. Mostly, my energy levels are back, I keep craving orange juice like an addict, and there are some days where I really feel like eating meat or fish (which is unusual on me), but I try to keep the latter to the minimum. Other than that sporadically I have what I think is round ligament pain (it feels like a needle or stretching on the right or left lower side of my pelvis) and I have trouble finding a comfortable position to sleep. I supposedly should not sleep on my back, but sometimes I do lay on it for short whiles (and probably when I am sound asleep too). I find it difficult to sleep on my sides, it feels like everything stretches and pulls at the same time and the tension is uncomfortable. Spooning Mark sometimes helps as he can support my back, but if we do it the other way around, little hummus starts kicking like crazy, so I am not sure she enjoys it. And that's the other major thing going on... baby is moving a lot. Particularly late at night, in the middle of the night or early in the morning there's a dancing party in my belly. And she interacts with us. It's the best part. Sometimes we put our hand in the belly and she kicks back. At times I am surprised by how strong she is, I am not sure if it's her head or legs or arms or bum she's using to push herself. I think it was around 23 weeks that the bump stopped looking like a beer belly and I started really showing. It's weird but it seemed to happen overnight. And these days, it appears to be growing exponentially.

This is today, at 26 weeks and 1 day

I had the glucose screening test on week 24 (though they did not give me that famous orange syrupy drink that I so wanted to try). We will get the results later this week. These days we have been mostly researching and trying to score good deals with the baby stuff, as well as trying to figure out things like, 'do babies wear a onesie underneath a sleepsuit?' Also, reading, reading, reading. I have also started driving lessons (there's no way to get the driving license without those, and my Mexican driving license is useless over here). We had a couple of birthdays this weekend, and we have another one coming up on Saturday. This week we are watching lots of documentaries at the International Documentary Film Festival. If you are in The Netherlands, check it out, there's a lot of interesting films. It will be going until this Sunday, December 1st.

24 comments:

  1. You look amazing! What a perfectly gorgeous little bump. I hope your pregnancy continues to be as easy as possible (same for the labour!)

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  2. You look so good. I'm glad to hear that pregnancy is treating you well after such a long journey to get there. Hopefully the home stretch goes smoothly.

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    1. Thanks Sheryl! I think of you often!

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  3. Aww you look great! So glad pregnancy is treating you well. As far as sleeping, I wholeheartedly recommend the Comfort U pillow. I would mail you mine, but the shipping would probably be $200. Ha.

    Oh, and I had the same question about onesies and sleep sacks! Ended up buying a pack of long sleeved onesies I use for this purpose.

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    1. Thanks! I have been looking at one of those pillows, for the moment I take over both our pillows and put them around me for support.

      Thanks for the onesies advice :) Babies can get confusing, luckily my mom will be here as well.

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  4. AMAAAAAANDA!!!!! WHY DIDN'T YOU TELL ME YOU WERE PREGNANT??!! And quite far along, I see! I've been praying for a pregnancy for you for the last seven months!! You must have gotten pregnant shortly after you requested prayer!!! (Don't worry, I am yelling at you with a smile on my face, lol. I just wish I could have celebrated a long time ago!!). I am so happy to see and hear that things are going well. Praise God! Now I need to go back and read the details . . .

    Echoing everyone above: you look fabulous. Hope things continue to go well!!

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    1. I know, I know. I have been meaning to tell you for so long (I emailed you now).
      And yes, it happened in June it really was quite the miracle.
      Thanks :) and thanks for praying for us, it means so much.

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  5. ciaoooo hablando de lo que preguntabas en el post anterior, que necesitan los bebes!!! pues desde mi experiencia con dos bebes que no son mios,

    1 te digo que si vas hacer un babyshower aprovecha y pide que te den panales!!!!!!! de etapa intermedia sobre todo, los vestiditos son lindo y todo pero te ahorras un capital si te regalan panales.
    2. Básicos para mi , la cuna ( si eres un mama relax y no te interesan las marcas te digo que las de ikea van biennn muyyy bien) al final la usas dos anos y listo.
    3 un cochesito de tres piezas, para serte sincera yo amo la marca stokee, aunque son caros, pero son de las cosas que por internet puedes conseguir a muy buen precio,
    4. no compres tanta ropa, aprovecha los descuentos y si tienes amigos con bebes pues mas facil ya heredaras muchas cosas.

    5. no necesitaras 10 biberones, con uno grande y uno pequeno basta.
    6. juguetes, te cuento que todo el mundo te regalara, asi que tu te ahoraras taaannntoooo.


    para mi eso es lo basico que un bebe necesita, logico hay cosas que a medida que crecen se necesitaran, pero no te agobies por ahora es lo basico.

    Att baby sister de ninos holandeses jajaja.
    saludos

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    1. Gracias por los tips! El cochecito de 3 piezas ya lo tenemos, lo compramos de segunda mano, pero es todo lavable y esta como nuevo, ademas de que se pueden reemplazar las llantas por un precio muy economico (10 EUR). Aqui las cosas de Stokke son exageradamente caras (como 1400 EUR, y 900 EUR en descuento !!!!! ), pero sí que son lindas.
      Y sí estamos buscando tener lo básico... justo hoy iremos a una consulta para ver los diferentes tipos de pañales de tela, a ver si nos convencen porque es mucho ahorro económico, de energía, y contaminan mucho menos, además de que es mejor para la piel del bebe.

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  6. You look so great! I'm glad you posted the bump pic at 16 weeks, because I'm 14 weeks and I don't have much of a bump yet and I was starting to wonder if I was the only one! haha

    I'm glad your pregnancy has been going so well, I hope the rest of your pregnancy goes just as smoothly :)

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    1. Yup, it took a while... you could see something was happening, and I felt my stomach moving around (upwards), but the bump really did not come until around week 23, when it became really recognizable, so no worries ! (Bonus you can wear your clothes for long... though now I reached a point where all I want is materninty pants or sweatpants).

      Thanks! Hoping it is going smoothly for you too.

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  7. You look amazing! What a cute baby bump!

    As for sleeping, we use a onesie under a sleep sack these days.

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    1. Thanks :)
      And that's good to know about the sleep sack.. my mom will be making some, I hope they will be warm enough, but not too warm.

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  8. Ay Amanda! I get so excited whenever I see pictures of you moving along in your pregnancy and hearing that everything is going great! It seriously makes my day. Here's hoping the final stretch is as good as everything has been so far!

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  9. Falta poco, falta poco!!!
    Ya sabemos de qué color serán los muisjes?!?!?!

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    1. Si, serán muisjes rosas :) (Aunque estoy loca y tal vez ponga los que son tuti frutti de varios colores)

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  10. You look so happy in that last picture, it's a joy to see. And wow, it's going so fast, too. The third trimester already...

    I hope it keeps going well for you. Happy Thanksgiving!

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    1. Thanks :) And yeah, in a week and a half for so it'll be the 3rd trim. It is for sure going fast and we still need to do tons of things to prepare... we've spent all this time mostly in happy awe and researching. Now we have to get things done.

      Happy thanksgiving to you too. And thanks for your wishes!!

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  11. Me siento un poco culpable (conmigo) de haber estado tan desconectada del embarazo... ya sabes el porqué, pero aún así sabes que estamos súper contentos. Sobre todo que me encanta que te esté yendo tan bien y que todo vaya increíble. Ahora sí se te nota el embarazo y creo que lo más marvilloso es que lo estés disfrutando. Ya hablaremos, espero coincidir prontito. Ahora leo los otros dos posts atrasados. Soy el desconecte con patas.

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    1. Hola... no te preocupes :) Y sí la verdad es que estamos disfrutando mucho este periodo, es raro y diferente, y muy emocionante. Que tal la llegada a México?

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  12. Tu barriga crece de día en día!! estás guapiiiiisima....que todo siga por el buen camino....bss
    Patricia desde http://thyellowkitchen.blogspot.com.es/ (por cierto, publiqué ya la entrada con tus regalos!!!) jjjj

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    1. Mil gracias!! Super, he visto la entrada! Ya me contarás cuando cocines la salchicha! Muchos saludos !

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