Thursday, February 16, 2012

Graduation!!

It is hard to believe that my time with the Au.D. program is coming to an end. It feels like I just barely started it, and it has already been over two and a half years. Another couple weeks and it'll be halfway through my last semester of classes (well, class... I only have one class this semester).

Almost all of the tests that I have been dreading for the past two and a half years are over. I passed my Comps, I passed the Praxis, and now I have the HID exam next week. After that, my oral defense and then working on my capstone for the rest of the semester. Woohoo! It all seems so much more manageable now that I have starting knocking some items off of the list. The last final I will ever have to take is also at the end of April, but I have arranged to take it a little earlier in case something DOES happen early :)

Graduation is April 27th, and my due date is April 28th. Likely, because as everybody keeps telling me first babies tend to come late, I will be at graduation about the size of a whale. I am just hoping for her to come a little earlier ;) but she'll come when she feels like it.

I am just really excited for everything that is coming in the next couple of months. It is going to be a busy, fun time. Most of the time I think it's just a blessing that everything is keeping me busy - it keeps my mind off of things and forcing me to take life all one step at a time.

Monday, February 13, 2012

2 1/2 Months To Go!

Month 7 (Weeks 25 - 28)

First of all, I can't believe that I am writing the "Month 7" blog post. Where is time going? I am seeing the doctor every other week now, and starting in March I think I start to see him every week. This third trimester stuff will keep me plenty busy. It's just crazy. Last week we briefly talked about when I call him during labor, and what my options are for pain medication. I think I have pretty much decided to get an epidural - I have mostly heard good things, and I would like to birth to be a positive (or, at least not SCREAMING IN PAIN) experience so that there is a chance I'm willing go through it again at some point. But first things first - let's get through THIS pregnancy before I start even THINKING about a second one.

It has been a great pregnancy (from what I have heard). The doctor tells me when I go in to see him that "it couldn't look better if I got it out of a textbook". The baby's heartbeat looks good, as does my stomach growth and weight gain and all of that good stuff that goes along with pregnancy. I am just praising God that we have both been healthy so far!

So here is what's new over this period of time:

The baby weighs about 3 pounds now, more or less, and grew a TON during this period. And every bit of that body weight is sitting right on my bladder... Every once in a while she gets the urge to stretch her arms or something and I get a good, swift punch that will make me have to pee instantly.

The good news is that the cravings were not nearly as intense during this month. I mean, I still want my spicy foods and buffalo sauce, but I didn't make Chris go to Wendy's every night anymore and starting adding to my food repertoire again. Another good thing is that I don't seem quite as crazy anymore as I was at one point. Just about everything can make me cry still, but it doesn't seem nearly as bad as it was when I was in my really crazy stage.

I am starting to get the really sleepy feeling again. I could nap just about as soon as I wake up in the morning, which makes my Tuesdays and Wednesdays really tough because I am at clinic all day and don't actually have the option of napping...

Leg cramps hit like CRAZY! The other night, I could not even sleep. I ended up getting out of bed and putting a wrap around my leg and sticking "little hotties" (hand warmers) in the wrap because I couldn't find our heating pad. I found it the next day, thankfully. I didn't want to use all of my hand warmers for leg cramps.

I also have developed a headache protocol. I get maybe 3 or 4 headaches a week, and 90% of the time eating food and drinking a lot of water will help it go away. For the pesky, 10% of headaches that won't go away when I eat, I first drink some caffeine (maybe a little tea or pepsi, just enough to get rid of the headache). That works MOST of the time, and if that doesn't work I resort to taking a Tylenol, which I have only done 3 times during the whole pregnancy so far.

What I have gone through a lot of is Tums, and I need to go to Costco today to buy a super giant container of Tums because I am just about out of them (again) and then I would be in real trouble...

I think the weirdest thing to happen so far is that my belly button is slowly but surely disappearing. And from what I have read I may have an "outie" belly button any day now (yikes).

That's about all for new symptoms... nothing too horrible or crazy. Nothing could compare with that first trimester nausea, and I am so grateful that that is GONE.

So, over the Christmas break I did some maternity shopping, and I bought a pair of skinny jeans. I brought them home and showed Chris, and his comment was "Pregnant skinny jeans? Isn't that an oxy moron?" ...Yes, thank you, sweetie. But I still like them!

Anyway, at this point I will be hitting "week 30" already, so I will be sure to keep this updated with the further adventures of pregnancy. Chris and I are really looking forward to meeting our little princess!