Sunday, June 17, 2012

Pregnancy Update & an update

Wow, I feel terrible! I haven't done a post in a week!! A lot has been happening and I just couldn't find the time to sit down and type.

This will be my 21 week update as well as some other updates, like new reviews and giveaways that are on their way!

So first up - let's start with the new reviews/giveaways that I have lined up since it's been FOREVER since I did really any of them! I have a new review for SweetPea Maternity - a trendy maternity shop that offers inexpensive maternity clothes! I will be reviewing a dress from them and will also be doing a $25.00 gift certificate giveaway! This I am hoping to have done by the end of the week!
Last week I won an Aqueduck from PeachyLLC. I was SO excited to have won this as it's an item I have had my eye on for some time. When I contacted them, they said they would allow me to do a giveaway as well! So keep an eye out for that!

I will also have a couple of diaper reviews. Rumparounds and Done with Disposables. I was also hoping to share my newborn cloth diaper stash and baby buys for Graham. OK so that's quite a bit. I was also hoping to do a review on my Milan maternity dress that I won a few months back... so let's say by the end of the month there SHOULD be a bunch of new content on the blog!

Now, on to my 21 week update!

I have been having some mild back pain - mostly going from my lower back to my butt down my legs, but I am guessing that is Sciatica pain due to my anterior placenta. My nose has been like a leaky faucet for a week straight which I am summing up to allergies (YUCK!) Other than that I feel relatively great.

Graham is very active at night. As soon as my head hits that pillow he is up, kicking and stretching. Something new that has happened is we can finally see little kicks on the outside of my tummy and Chris can feel him better than before. I think he feels more of a connection now that he can feel him in there.

I have been craving oranges like no tomorrow. Anything orange - I want. James and I made a special trip out just to get naval oranges! They have to be cold and cut in a certain way. So picky! But other than that - the cravings come and go.

I finally have hit 160lbs! I was wondering when it would happen. To date I think I have only gained 5lbs. Which is fine by me. I will make sure to ask my midwife again tomorrow to make sure everything is on track. I've said this before - I gained 50 with James and didn't lose it all so I'm OK with minimal weight gain, as long as Graham is healthy.

Tomorrow I am talking with my midwife about our possible home water birth. I am so excited to talk to her about it and see if I am able to. I want this so bad, so I while I am excited I am also nervous that I won't be able to. We have let our family know and while some are on board with us, most are hesitant. I get it - it's not 'normal' to them to birth at home in water, but I am completely confident in myself that I am/will be able to do this. This is what I was built for.

Last thing - the end is in sight! I have given my notice for my maternity leave! I only have 11 shifts left before I go on my mat leave. I cannot wait to be able to devote all my time to James before Baby Graham comes. I feel that I need to spend as much time with him ... and just him as possible.

So that's about it. I will get on with the reviews and giveaways, as well as my newborn cloth diaper stash and baby buys!

21 weeks 4 days

Hope you had a wonderful Sunday and Father's Day. I know Chris felt very loved today

Much love