Saturday, March 31, 2012

Month 9

*Warning: Contents in this blog post may qualify as Too Much Information"

Weeks 33-36

Well, I have made it this far! Woohoo!! This is the month where it seems to get hard again. The middle of the pregnancy was kind of a breeze - the morning sickness stopped, the baby was big enough to feel movements, but I was stil able to breathe :)

The last couple of weeks, it has been definitely difficult to bend over, get out of my car (because the seat is low) or get out of comfy chairs and couches. The belly is also big enough that I have trouble breathing sometimes, or get really uncomfortable if I sit in the same position for longer than 20 to 30 minutes. I kind of thought that since I hadn't had back pain yet that I wouldn't get it...but that turned out to be not true also. It started one day when I was driving home, and all of the sudden I was so uncomfortable I didn't even know if I could make it all the way home - and it wasn't lower back pain, but it's pain up in the middle of my back.

What I very much dislike is the "practice contractions". Several times a day I'll get a feeling that is kind of like a period cramp, and it lasts sometimes for a few seconds, sometimes longer than a minute. Sometimes I just get one, and sometimes I get like 10 in a row. It's weird. And as we get closer to the due date, the stronger and more frequent they are becoming.

Frequent urination has come with a vengeance. I don't think there are many times when I make it longer than an hour or so without having to use the restroom...

I have been fortunate to have not swollen up like a balloon (at least, not yet) but the weather has also been fairly chilly with the exception of a couple of 75-80 degree days that were a big fluke.

In most ways, though, I am really enjoying being pregnant. I have had people let me cut in line to use the bathroom ;) and I love feeling the baby moving. It is fun to think that there is a life inside of me that I am supporting, and that she eats what I eat, drinks what I drink, and notices when I'm moving or when I'm not moving. It is kind of funny to see my belly go lopsided if she is hanging out on one side or the other.

The doctor's visits are all going well. Now I am seeing the doctor once a week (starting with the appointment yesterday). However, the bad part about the appointments is that now they are a lot more *detailed* than they were before, for lack of a better euphemism. I had to get some fairly uncomfortable scrapings yesterday to make sure that I don't have a particular bacteria, and the doc also checked to see if I am dilated at all. I'm not. But I guess you don't have to be at this stage, and as the due date approaches I'll probably start to get more and more that way. The doctor always tells me that my pregnancy is a "textbook case" and asked me this week if I could talk to his other patients :) I like hearing that - textbook is good in this case!!

It is exciting to think that there are only 4 more weeks to go. Chris and I are finishing putting the nursery together. I have been folding clothes, organizing, reorganizing, trying to plan out what I need...all of that stuff. We installed the car seat in the back of the car last week, and I have been practicing putting up and taking down a pack and play that I got at the baby shower my church threw for me so that I can easily do so when she is here.

It will be interesting to see how the end of this month plays out! Graduation is April 27th, and I pick up my cap and gown earlier that week. My parents are flying in the evening of the 26th - we'll have to see if I am still pregnant, in the hospital, or whatever else! 5 years from now this will make a good story I think :)

God bless!!

Monday, March 12, 2012

Best Weekend Ever.

So a few weeks ago, the last weekend in February, the Minnesota Academy of Audiology (MAA) had their annual conference. I typically have my doctor's appointments every other Friday, and was not planning on attending the entire conference on Friday or the banquet afterwards. Chris convinced me that I should go to the banquet because "it would be a good networking opportunity" and said that he would meet me there.

At the banquet, they do an awards presentation for people in MAA that year. I was watching the awards ceremony and they named the "Outstanding Student Leadership" award to me - I was shocked! They then started reading some personal information, stuff that I have done while in school, as well as personal stories. They contacted classmates, family, friends etc. for stories. It was a really neat experience. I can't believe all the background work that went into getting the information. And after they had finished reading everything, they asked me to come up and get the award. I turned the corner, and my Dad was there! I still can't really believe he was here for the weekend. He flew in from Utah just for this and had been there all day at my in-laws house and I had no idea. It was really a very neat surprise, and such a special time! Both of my in-laws were also there, my father-in-law flew in from TN :) It was really cool.

While my Dad was here for the weekend, he decided to build a bookshelf for the baby. It was neat seeing Daddy and Papa working together making a bookshelf for our little girl! Pictures below show the story from start to finish :)

Friday, March 9, 2012

Coming down the home stretch!

Month 8 (Weeks 29-32)

Not much new to report here with our little lady bug, but no news is good news!! Everytime I go to the doctor he says "It couldn't look any better if I got it out of a textbook"...which is exactly the kind of thing that I like to hear. She is kicking and squirming like crazy. Actually, that is the fun part about pregnancy now. I love feeling the baby move, and now she is big enough that I can feel more specific body parts moving and kicking, like I can actually feel her knee or her foot pushing against my stomach. It also makes my belly go into weird shapes.

Other than that, no other new symptoms. Heartburn seems to have come back with a vengeance, so I'm doubling up on the Tums again. It is also getting difficult to ride my stationary bike - I can no longer easily bend down to get the water bottle, it's almost a workout by itself trying to reach down there.

In addition to coming down the pregnancy home stretch, I am also just about done with school :) I passed my oral examination last week, which essentially means that I have my Master's Degree now! I don't have the official sheepskin in hand yet, but everything else is done. I contacted my family and told them that they may now call me "Master Pitts"! The only things I have left to get my Au.D. are my capstone, capstone defense, and externship! I can't believe I have already been in this program for 3 years. Time has absolutely flown by.

7 more weeks until graduation, or childbirth, or possibly both...depending on when she decides to make her grand entrance into this world. I am looking forward to having my family here and celebrating all of these exciting changes in my life!

As Hebrews 12:1 says, "Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us".

This verse is my prayer - here's to finishing with strength! God bless.