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Weeks 26-28 ~ March 30, 2011
~ Let the Preparations Begin!

I cannot believe that I am officially in the THIRD trimester! It really does not seem like this is possible, but I am so glad that so far this pregnancy is flying by and with little to no complications. During these past few weeks pregnancy has truly started showing its ugly head. I am now really starting to get to the point where I am uncomfortable. I do not remember this happening this quickly with Kaydon, but I think I heard or read somewhere that since your body has done this before you start noticing things sooner or maybe they are just hitting me sooner. Who knows, but I hope it does not start getting really bad too soon. When I say I am uncomfortable, I am not to the point where I am miserable yet, just a general achy feeling in my hips and back.

Besides feeling uncomfortable I have also started to experience another wonderful pregnancy symptom . . . the dreaded hemorrhoids! I never really had them with Kaydon during pregnancy but post-delivery, they were awful! I almost had to see a specialist because after pushing with Kaydon for two hours, pretty much nonstop, they were pretty bad and lingered around way too long no matter what I did to treat them. Not only did delivery cause me to get them but I guess I am way more prone to getting them now. Luckily the few that I have had recently, go away after a few days and are not causing too much discomfort. I think the problem is I have been experiencing some constipation recently which in turn causes hemorrhoids. Just another wonderful reminder of the precious baby coming really soon.

I have also had some extremely emotional days recently. Just last Thursday I was so emotional I could have bawled my eyes out over the silliest things. For some reason I just started really thinking about how big Kaydon is getting and how fast he is growing up and it made me really sad. Don't get me wrong, I love watching him grow and learn new things, but I am just really struggling with how fast it is actually happening. I just seems like yesterday we were bringing him home from the hospital and now he is becoming so independent and grown. I know in a few years I will look back and feel the exact same way with Colton as I wonder where the time has gone. It did not help that night when we went to bed and Brandon made a comment about sooner rather than later Kaydon will be sleeping in his own bed. That was the thing that just set me over and I started crying. Of course Brandon does not really understand and let's just say he was not too sympathetic. I was just so emotional that I literally would have let Kaydon sleep with us forever at that point. My whole thinking was he is growing up so fast that I will let him sleep with us as long as he wants because soon I will look back and he will be grown and not want anything to do with us. I know I was being a little overly dramatic, but I guess the hormones were just getting to me that night. I have, luckily, been better since that day but I have definitely noticed that I am more emotional than normal as this pregnancy progresses.

Onto some exciting news, for us anyway. We have finally started to have some progress in getting Colton's nursery together. I have not accomplished too much, but at least I have started it. I went through all of the old baby clothes of Kaydon's from newborn to 9 months. I washed them and threw out some that were worn or stained. When I started going through some of those clothes, I was amazed at how stained they really were. Some of them looked as though I did not even wash them before I put them in boxes. I know that was not the case, but I wonder if stains just set in over time or something because I know for a fact that Kaydon did not stain all those onsies up like that; or at least I did not think he did! Luckily I was able to get the majority of the stains out of most of the clothes and the ones that were just too bad, I got rid of. I also started going through the room that will be Colton's. It really just had a bunch of odds and ends things in there like toys and just some stuff we never went through when we moved in to the house. It feels good to actually started accomplishing something in preparing for Colton. We were also able to go pick up the furniture my mom was giving us for Kaydon's room. It is sitting in the garage right now until I clean out his current furniture and we move it into Colton's room. I think I am going to start on that today. Maybe that is one of the reasons I was feeling sad about Kaydon growing up. I don't think you realize how much they have grown until you start pulling out those old clothes and seeing all the tiny little onsies and shoes. But hopefully I have had my 'moment' of sadness and learn to just cherish every minute to the best of my ability and live every day as if it were my last.

Once I started prepping, it brought to mind a few other things that I want to try and get prepared for, like breastfeeding. I breastfed Kaydon for about 12 weeks but stopped when I went back to work. I never pumped so when I went back to work I thought it was going to be too hard to start, so I just gave up. I never really had too many problems, after the beginning, and regret to this day that I did not stick with it longer. I want to be more prepared this time so that I can hopefully make it 6 months, but I would love to make it to a year. I have started doing a little research and reading a book about nursing, so hopefully I will be more prepared this time. I hope it is better and do not see how it would not be considering I did it once, but if anyone has any tips, books, or general knowledge they would like to share, I would LOVE to listen. I think this time around I really see the importance and benefits for both mother and baby as opposed to when I had Kaydon, I just thought it was something I was 'supposed' to do.

I also had a doctor's appointment two weeks ago. It was really pretty short and sweet. My doctor listened to the heartbeat and the nurses did the overall pee-in-a-cup, weight/blood-pressure check and that was pretty much it. I go back in 4 weeks for the dreaded glucose test and then I start going every 2 weeks. My doctor had me go ahead and schedule the rest of my appointments from then until the end of my pregnancy. That really made me realize how fast things were going and how close we are getting to the end! In other exciting news, my blood pressure was probably the best it has been the whole pregnancy. I'm not sure if it is because I have less stress, from my job (since I'm unemployed) or because I have been trying to exercise more; but whatever the cause, I was glad to see that. I have by no means had high blood pressure, but it has been high for me. I generally have pretty low blood pressure. I have also gained a total of 6 1/2 pounds this entire pregnancy. I am really happy with that and so is my doctor. I started out on the heavier side for my height, so I don't need to gain the 25-35 pounds that is recommended. If I could keep it around 10 pounds for the entire pregnancy, I would be extremely happy with that. As long as my doctor says everything with Colton is healthy, of course. But he does not see a problem with the amount I have gained so far, so that is a good sign.

Well, that is about it for this week. I hope everyone is having a great spring! Again, if anyone has any information on breastfeeding and pumping, I would really appreciate any words of advice!

Until next week!
~ Kristina

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