Thank you again to all the comments and Facebook messages about your thoughts on glucose testing and vaccinations. Looks like majority of you are against the glucose testing and opted for other ways of testing it. A lot of you provided great links so thank you! I plan to call my doctor to discuss my concerns and why I am declining it. And discuss options of doing glucometer testing, A1C testing or drink a more natural drink like orange or apple juice. I will give updates on what happens.
Plus, vaccines I know are a big debate. Rightfully so as there is so much conflicting information out there. It was pretty close in those that said to vaccinate and those that said don’t. I am still unsure of how I really feel on them but I am leaning towards getting the TdaP done as I don’t want to feel guilty that I didn’t and baby M get sick. But I am unsure of all the other ones that happen when she is born. I am thinking of pushing most of them off until after the first year. I am still researching this. Thanks again for all the great comments and personal experiences with vaccines and other testing, it truly helps a first time mom. So thank you. And I love how our purely twins family is so open and willing to discuss things on both sides. Thank you for not bashing each other when we have different views!
Crazy to think that I am about 6 months pregnant!!! Only about 3 months (about 16 more weeks depending if I go to 40 weeks) to go before baby M arrives! I still have so much to learn and do in those few months! I better get moving!
In other baby related news –>
I am in the middle of researching maternity and newborn photographers. I have narrowed it down to a few. I am excited for these pictures as I did not do any extra pictures for my wedding, so I wanted to document these memories during my pregnancy and first child.
We’ve taken a mini break from doing anything else to the bathroom. Plus, we are looking into doing some updates (mainly the floor) in the downstairs of house. The last major house project we want to get done.
More fun news (well fun for me) is getting some items for the nursery and baby. Like the stroller.
Jax was unsure of what this new item was as he kept sniffing trying to figure it out.
After awhile of sniffing he gave up and went to lay down as he watched Gary and I finish putting together the stroller. Being a big brother is a tough job 😉
After a few minutes of following directions we had ourselves our baby stroller! Can’t wait to see baby M in there!
I am also reading some really great books that you all recommended. So again thank you! I am starting to look into birthing classes around here.
I have found one birthing class that combines Lamaze®, Bradley® Method, and HypnoBirthing®!
It sounds pretty cool so I hope to look more into those classes.
Not my usual update picture as I have been traveling and Michelle is not here to take picture. So I took this picture this past Sunday.
PREGNANCY WEEK 24 UPDATE:
Current food cravings?
Nothing too different than normal. I did enjoy a few sugary and gluten filled treats while at Disney. Hey, it happens. And overall my body did great with going off my normal eats for a few days. Guess my gut and metabolism are getting stronger! Yay!!
One morning I enjoyed some roasted potatoes with a goat cheese spinach and mushroom quiche. Delicious.
For a starter salad one night before my fish dinner I enjoyed a watermelon arugula goat cheese salad. YUM!
Guess you can say I was craving cheese the past few days and sweet treats. Really I wanted a little bit of everything. I did not restrict myself and allowed myself to eat what I felt like. So freeing. And for the most part body did pretty good.
Also enjoyed some iced decaf americanos. So good. I forgot how much I love that drink.
Now that I am home I am getting right back into my normal eats around here. I am excited to get back to my usual way of eating that fits me.
Same old itchy belly, few mood swings and some minor leg cramping when I wake up. But really I feel normal most of the time. Some days I did notice my energy slacking some. No extra bloating yet and wedding rings are still on (fitting good).
None that I have noticed.
Each day I am getting more and more used to my belly. And wearing the same clothes a lot!
How is your skin?
My skin is doing alright for what I put it through while vacationing from drinking that much water as I normally do, eating more cheese and sugar than I normally do and getting a little constipated. But still most of my blemishes from prior weeks are going away. YAY! All my other skin issues like some back acne and KP on arms are doing alright. I did not do a great job with keeping up with my exfoliating so I am anxious to get back to that routine plus eating more liver to see if that helps (since some of these issues might be from low vitamin A).
How is digestion?
Digestion is alright. I did feel my appetite was a little bit stronger while vacationing. I did get a little constipated while being away from home but nothing too bad (like it used to be in the past). I did better than I thought I would – so that’s a good improvement!
Total weight gain/loss?
Again unsure since I don’t weight myself.
How’s the baby?
Baby M is about the size of ear of corn.
It’s crazy to think that over the past few days she is filling out more proportionally. Taste buds are also developing and the lungs are becoming more developed and complex. Her hearing is getting better and better. She can hear more daily noises from my heart and my voice. Fascinating.
I feel her kick a few times during the day and at night. She seems to be a soft kicker so I really have to stop and feel it. Sometimes I will feel one sharp kick. I am still getting used to that feeling. But loving it at the same time too.
I get to meet my little girl in only 16 short weeks 🙂
NOW FOR MY PREGNANCY WORKOUTS FROM LAST WEEK:
I didn’t do any extra stretching or rebounding while being away at Disney. I will get back into that daily habit now that I am home. I also didn’t really workout the normal way I do these past few weeks. But that is alright it was nice to slow down some for a few days and give the body a little break. I feel it’s good to do that from time to time.
I was able to squeeze in workouts before leaving town.
Definitely seeing the belly more and more now when I workout. Some exercises are more of a challenge for me to do while others I still feel good doing.
I still love my workouts. I look forward to them. Workouts help keep me calm and sane during my pregnancy.
I love being able to still continue to build strength and stamina while being pregnant!
And for my workouts the rest of the week from Wednesday to Sunday I was away from home for them so I had to change things up. One great thing about working out at home is that you can take those workouts with you anywhere. And make modifications when needed. Something we teach our clients about how to modify when traveling or really busy.
I managed to squeeze in a few mini hotel workouts in and of course walking around the parks kept me active. I love my walking!
I am excited to get back into my KB swings, squats and other bodyweight exercises. I have missed them! I feel a little weak from not doing my normal workouts but I know after a few days of being home and doing them I will gain that strength back.
Any one else do maternity or newborn photos? Was it worth it?
Non-moms what are you thoughts on maternity photos?
What was a highlight from your week? Do you change up your workouts when you travel?