Archive for April, 2012

April 21, 2012

Healthy + Hapai–29 Weeks

Where is the time going??

Sorry I’ve been missing in action for over a week… between finals, finishing up my practicum [woohoo!], helping out with our largest annual fundraiser, and one of my best friends visiting, my mind has been in other places lately.  Not to mention I haven’t been feeling 100% for about a week now, so I’ve been trying to get more rest and keep things low-key. 

In any case, the baby is doing wonderfully, so here’s a little update before I hit the 30 week mark. Winking smile


Your baby is growing rapidly now.  This week he weighs about 2 1/2 pounds and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel.  His muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and his head is getting bigger to accommodate his growing brain – which is busy developing billions of neurons. Every day, about 200 milligrams of calcium is deposited in your baby’s skeleton, which is now hardening. With this rapid growth, it’s no surprise that your baby’s nutritional needs reach their peak during this trimester.” (Source.)


[female body before pregnancy vs. 28 weeks]

I am still so amazed when I look at the photos above and realize just how much my body’s had to change and shift to accommodate the little guy/gal’s growth.  Our bodies are incredible!  I can definitely feel the baby’s “rapid growth”! The little one has been squirming and moving much more than ever lately, often finding sensitive spots that take my breath away for a second or two.


After looking at the anatomy photos it makes sense that my body’s been feeling much more worn down lately than ever before.  The curvature of my spine continues to change, I’m finding it more and more difficult to get out of bed [which happens very frequently], and standing for long periods of time is no longer a comfortable option.  It seems that every single day I’m getting substantially bigger, which makes me happy because it means the little one is growing strong and healthy! 


In a nutshell:

  • Weight gained so far: about 15 lbs. since conception.  I was hovering at about 10 lbs. gained for months, then suddenly I had a huge growth spurt in the past few weeks! 
  • Last week’s midwife appointment: was totally reassuring and wonderful.  Ben and I both really love our midwife Tina because she truly trusts in the process and has total faith in my ability to bring this baby into the world perfectly.  When we went last week, the baby was head-down facing outward… but the baby’s moving all the time and I honestly can’t tell how he/she is positioned myself. 
  • Time spent watching YouTube waterbirths this week: 3+ hours.  I spent an entire afternoon watching and psyching myself up, thinking things like “I can SO do that!”.  When I found one that scared me, I’d skip it and reassure myself that my birth would be different.  My thoughts continue to fluctuate between I can Do This! and What the Hell Have I Gotten Myself Into?!  I assume that’s normal, though. 
  • Class updates: our midwife is going to put together a childbirth + breastfeeding class with the women who have due dates coming up in the next few months.  I like this idea best because it’ll go over the course of a few weeks and I’ll get to know other like-minded parents-to-be.  Ben and I are also gearing up to tour the hospital and turn in our paperwork there [just in case]. 
  • Boy/Girl feelings: I’ve been saying “he” a lot more lately and have gotten a lot of comments about it being a boy lately [because I’m “carrying high”, haven’t been “drained of my beauty” and because I don’t crave sweets?].  Ben thinks it’s a girl… merely because the chances are 50/50. Winking smile
  • Number of flips the baby’s done this week: dozens!  This baby is turning into a ninja!
  • The only place I want to be: In the water.  At the beach, in the pool, in the ponds… it doesn’t matter.  Just give me water. 


I’m continue to be so in love with this whole journey!  And the 30 week mark is right around the corner!  Hopefully I’ll do a better job of posting this coming week. Smile

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April 10, 2012

Healthy + Hapai–28 Weeks

It’s official – the third trimester has commenced for the GPD ‘ohana!

I can barely believe we’re already seven months into our pregnancy journey… or that in [give or take] twelve weeks we’ll be welcoming this little one to life outside the womb.  Looking back, it’s amazing to me just how slow the first trimester felt in comparison to how quickly the second flew by.


“By this week, your baby weighs two and a quarter pounds and measures 14.8 inches from the top of her head to her heels. She can blink her eyes, which now sport lashes. With her eyesight developing, she may be able to see the light that filters in through your womb. She’s also developing billions of neurons in her brain and adding more body fat in preparation for life in the outside world.”  (Source.)


The experts say that this final trimester is less about development and more about plumping the little one up.  I’ve definitely been growing a lot lately, and judging by the looks of things, baby’s definitely getting bigger in there!


I’m not exactly sure where to start when it comes to me, suffice to say that the hormones have definitely kicked in.  I’ve felt so many emotions recently, ranging from nervousness, to exhaustion, to pure trust… most of all, though, I have been so in love.


Since I can’t seem to organize my thoughts cohesively, I’ll just list them:

  • I touch my belly and talk to the baby non-stop.  It’s probably excessive but I already absolutely adore the little one and I love having a sidekick at all times!  I’ve even started letting other people touch my belly [as long as they ask first] because I feel like it’s so amazing!  Random story: a stranger asked Ben if it would be alright if he touched my belly the other night… Ben said, ‘It’s fine by me, but I don’t know how my wife feels about it.  It’s her body…’  I just stood there awkwardly. 
  • The baby has found my bladder.  I’m still not sure exactly how baby’s positioned in there [we’ll probably find out today at our midwife appointment], but I swear s/he thinks it’s hilarious to poke my bladder and use it as a trampoline.  I’m making constant trips to the restroom.
  • Some days I wake up and wonder if I’m really pregnant.  I still feel like this whole experience is just so surreal.  Choosing not to get ultrasounds or do unnecessary testing has left a lot in the dark but not knowing every detail about the baby has truly allowed me to trust myself – and the process of life – more fully than I ever thought possible.
  • I go through phases where I feel completely unprepared for labor and motherhood.  And then I think about my good friend who said, “You can read hundreds of books and take classes all you like, but when it’s time to have that baby, everything goes out the window and something innate takes over.”  I keep reminding myself that – somewhere inside me – I already know how to do this.  I’ve always wanted to be a mother and I completely trust the process.
  • I’ve been having meltdowns over the littlest things.  Really.  The other day I was making breakfast and accidentally broke the last egg in the sink.  I almost hyperventilated because I was so upset over losing that egg.
  • My energy is waning, and my motivation and drive seem to have completely disappeared.  Not only has being a fitness instructor become more difficult, I find that I need a nap to get me through the day again [similar to the first trimester] and that I just can’t seem to get motivated for school – or really anything – lately.  I feel like the baby is going through a growth spurt and I know that my body is working really hard to support two beings right now, so I honor my needs, but it’s just so unlike me to feel so unmotivated.
  • The ocean is my favorite place to be right now.  I love floating in the cool, glassy water and it’s calming for me to be supported by such immense power and beauty.  It reminds me that everything is just as it should be in the world.



I know I keep saying it, but it’s true: Ben continues to amaze me with his love and support throughout this whole process.  He is so incredibly patient and kind to me – even when I know I’m acting ridiculous – saying that he feels like his job right now is to support me as I do all the work.

We haven’t started the Hypnobirthing CDs his coworker gave us yet, but Ben has it all set up for my iPod and I think now would probably be a good time to start as we’re in the third trimester.  Ben is currently reading The Bradley Method: Husband-Coached Natural Childbirth and telling about what he learns as it comes up.  When we first started dating over seven years ago, I had no idea this is where we would end up, but I always knew our values and goals were aligned.  It feels so good to have such an involved partner who truly has my best interests at heart [sometimes I feel like he knows me better than I know myself] and believes in me so much.  I couldn’t have asked for a more incredible life partner.

Ben also continues to give me nightly back, calf, and foot massages, which make a huge difference in everything.  And the amount of sheer love I feel when he rubs my belly, talks, dances, and sings to the baby can’t possibly be put into words.  I loved Ben before, but this experience has taken our love to a whole new level.

I feel so profoundly fortunate to be given this experience and often wonder if my heart can possibly bear all the love that fills me.  As we enter the third trimester of our pregnancy journey, I’m filled with emotion and faith… but most of all, I’m filled with love.

To see more pregnancy posts – including weekly updates – see my Pregnancy Page.

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