I have been terrible at blogging as of late. It’s much harder to be a wife, preggo, and work full time than I though it would be. Most evenings when I get home all I want to do is veg out on the couch/bed/chair (hey our apartment is small so one piece of furniture wears many hats) and prepare for classes the next day. but here is a small update on the last few months of pregnancy in Korea.
We went on our backacking trip throughout S.E. Asia and it was wonderful! At the beginning I quickly realized I couldn’t carry as much weight in my backpack as I thought (sorry Trae) and that if I get hungry and tired, I get a bit cranky and sick. So I as long as I stayed hydrated and fed and all was well. On the last few days of the trip I started feeling our little prince, and quickly realized he is pretty particular. Every time my pants were too tight, or my hip-strap on my backpack was on he would kick and kick and kick until he got his space back. sheesh what kind of picky kid is he?! 2 days after I felt him move Trae was also able to feel hime kick on our flight from Kuala Lampur into Korea. I think he (baby C) already recognizes Korea as home :).
I only got sick once on the trip and it was from eating 2 day old, cold street food that I found in my bag and gave into in a moment of weakness. It was a bad idea that I paid for in several nights of sitting on the toilet. gross.
Little man is aprox. 12 inches long from feet to head and weighs about 1lb, 2 oz. He has eyelids, fingerprints and tooth buds and his reflexes are growing faster and stronger. He can hear me when I talk and supposedly is already somewhat able to recognize my voice.
He is incredibly active. After I eat, change positions, drink anything, lay down, or wear anything to tight he starts kicking and stretching out. I can’t believe how big he is, one minute he will be kicking me in the pelvis, the other in my ribs, then on my sides. At our last check up he was moving so much we could hardly even get an ultrasound picture, and the one we did get looks like… black and white scribbles. His moving is wonderful though. Every kick is reassurance that he is doing ok and is strong and healthy – totally gives new meaning to the phrase “alive and kicking” He’s only kept me up one night with his acrobatics, it was a little annoying but I know it was but a teeny glimpse into the future.
Weight gain: I think I’ve gained about 13 lbs since being pregnant, although everything here is in kgs so I get a little confused.
Viability: Little man is big enough that He could actually survive outside the womb! My sister-in-law was a preemie, and while she had to stay in the hospital for months, she was delivered at 24 weeks.
Maternity clothes: Still wearing all normal clothes. Undergarments are another story as they estimate about 8 lbs of my weight gain has been above my stomach and below my shoulders (hint, its where you feed babies). I do have 2 pairs of skinny jeans that I have to unbutton and use the old rubber-band trick on. My clothes still all “FIT” but they just don’t fit as great as they did before. The fact that its freezing also contributes to feeling bulky all the time.
Exercise: Still working out several times a week. I’ve had to cut out any ab workouts for Baby’s sake, but I’ve more on my buttock, thighs and arms (they say its best to focus on these because it helps delivery and post pregnancy most) I’ve stopped running anything more than 5 miles, but my average run is 3 miles in 25-27 minutes 3 times a week… on a treadmill as it is winter and cold outside.
Cravings: My vice both now and pre-pregnancy has been nachos. I love them. I also have developed a crush on oranges or anything vitamin C. I have had reverse cravings on starches, especially rice (bummer that I’m in Korea) I mainly want food that is either filled with nutrients, or salty 🙂
Health: Feeling awesome. I did come down with a terrible cough (which I’m calling the whooping cough even though it may not actually be the real whooping) for a few weeks, but it’s pretty much gone now.
Emotional Stability: I have thankfully not gone crazy with emotions. honestly I think I’ve actually mellowed down emotionally since becoming pregnant.
Back pain. My lower back has hurt severely and frequently. the doctor says that it’s the pressure of the growing uterus. I’ve become the biggest fan of tiger balm as a pain reliever.
Sleeping on my side has not been an easy transition. I’ve been a stomach sleeper my entire life, and while I still can lay on my front without pain, it starts to feel uncomfortable after about an hour. SO every night I make a nest of pillows for myself, and still wake up every few hours to adjust because random limbs fall asleep.
Picking a name is hard. really hard – hence the reason we still call hime baby C. On the bright side, we’ve narrowed it down to about 3 options! (the suspense is killing me!!jk)
Having family visit! My mom is going to come for the birth, and my sister is going to come to Korea for the month I have to go back to work after my maternity leave! What fun!
How much I love him. Seriously. I can not wrap my mind around how utterly obsessed I am with this little guy. I am always day dreaming about him, thinking about him, poking him, praying for him. It is so amazing to have a little human growing inside me, completely dependent on me. It’s crazy.
Feeling a baby move inside is AWESOME. Kinda like a fish swimming around. Kinda like a tiny Ninja trying to attack me every 2 seconds. It doesn’t hurt, but it is SO cool.
Being able to drink small amounts of coffee, and still be able to workout. Honestly when he’s not moving I don’t even feel pregnant.. until I look at a mirror or someone random starts rubbing my belly 🙂