41 Weeks | Baby Raisin

Before I get to the 41 weeks post, I wanted to let you all know that Celia Rae arrived February 12th at 1:11am.  She weighed 7 pounds 4 ounces, and was just under 20 inches.  She is the biggest blessing we’ve ever received and we love her enormously!  I am getting back to regular Youtube video posting now that I have time and stuff to talk about (it will be baby-related topics until we get into our new house in late March), so make sure to check back there for more content as we figure out exactly what direction we want to go with our blog.  Also, check out our Instagram account (Sarah: @sarahsyhakhoun  and San: @sansyhakhoun) for more updates!

Because I’m writing this after the fact, I’m going to write it in past tense because it’s just to confusing otherwise!

Here I was on the day I ended up getting induced (although I didn’t know it at the time!):

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I had to have a little fun with it this time around!  It looks like the eviction notice worked!

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And the beginning to the end:

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How big is baby: She was 19.75 inches and 7 pounds, four ounces.  Perfect!

Weight gain/loss: I never did weigh myself at the end, but I think I gained about 35-40 pounds overall.

Sleep: I think I was getting decent sleep.  It’s amazing how little I remember from the week leading up to her birth!

Stretch Marks: No new ones.

Cravings: Nothing new.

Aversions: None!

Movement: The week before I was induced, she was moving like a mad woman for a good three hours every afternoon.  She would push down on my cervix so hard I thought her head was going to come flying out!

What I’m loving: I was loving those last moments being pregnant.

Symptoms: Nothing new.

What I’m excited about: I was just so excited to meet her!!!

What I’m nervous about: I was extremely nervous about getting induced.  I really wanted a spontaneous labor which didn’t end up happening.

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40 Weeks | Baby Raisin

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How big is baby: 19-22 inches, 6-9 pounds, the size of a Jackfruit!  I’m not sure what that is, but I imagine it is huge!

Weight gain/loss: Right on target, doing just fine!

Sleep: I’m on maternity leave as of last Friday, so I’ve been getting better sleep now that I haven’t had to wake up at 4am for work.  I’m letting myself take naps when I’m tired and sleep until I wake up in the morning.  The carpal tunnel is constant now, but it’s mostly just a numbness in the tips of my middle fingers during the day and it doesn’t wake me up at night anymore, thank God!  That was excruciating when I would wake up in extreme pain and wouldn’t be able to sleep.  I often am up for an hour or so in the night and get up to go to the bathroom a couple times, but I’m so thankful I can get some sleep in now before Celia comes.  Any day now.  Right?  Right?

Stretch Marks: No new ones.

Cravings: Nothing new.

Aversions: None!

Movement: I can tell she is pretty much at her limit now since her movements happen less frequently and they tend to not be for as long.  I hope she gets uncomfortable enough to come out!

What I’m loving: I’m loving that I still feel really good overall despite it being my due date.  I’m loving having time to do things I want to do, although I do feel as though I am wasting my time off since she isn’t here yet.  I’m just trying to soak up each kick and wiggle like it is the last one.

Symptoms: Nothing new.

What I’m excited about: Hmmm…what could a pregnant woman at 40 weeks be excited for?  I wonder?… Let me think…  DUH!  I’m excited to go into labor already!  Never in a million years would I think I would be excited every time a Braxton Hicks contraction comes along or I feel a little cramp in my side.  I’m constantly waiting for a painful contraction, my water to break, a part of my mucus plug to fall out (sorry TMI), anything!  And yet, so far, nothing.  I just want to get the birth over with so I don’t have to dread it anymore and I want this precious little girl in my arms, stat!  On Friday, I’ll schedule an induction for next week.  I know I will be meeting her by the end of next week, but I really want her to come on her own.  The sooner for me, the better.  San is having a crazy-busy week at work however, so for their sake, it would be better for him to be there, but for our sake, we want our baby to come!

What I’m nervous about: I’m really not nervous about much.  I just want her here.  I just want her to be healthy.

I sure hope this is my last weekly pregnancy update!

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39 Weeks | Baby Raisin

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Shall we go back to the beginning just a couple weeks into the pregnancy?  Wow…how things have changed!  I think pregnancy is wonderful and am amazed at what my body has been able to do, but I am so ready to try to get my body back to what it was like pre-pregnancy!

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How big is baby: 19-22 inches, 7 pounds, the size of a watermelon!  That’s sure what she feels like in there!

Weight gain/loss: Right on target, doing just fine!

Sleep: It’s been off and on.  Some good nights where I am in a deep sleep most of the night, and some nights where I am up half the night with thoughts and just the inability to fall back asleep.  I will have more time now, so I’m going to try to rest more because I want to have energy when this baby comes (if she ever decides to make an appearance – I’m convinced she won’t come out on her own).

Stretch Marks: No new ones.

Cravings: Nothing new.

Aversions: None!

Movement: She still moves like crazy.  I think I can tell if she is anterior or posterior now by how much movement she is making and what type of movement it is.  At my 39 week appointment this week, she was moving like crazy in the waiting room!  I seriously thought people were watching because that’s how visible it was even from across the room, I’m sure.  The midwife checked her and said she was definitely posterior (head down, but her face facing the front of my body which is not ideal for a vaginal birth) because of how strong her jabs and kicks were in the front and how they were noticeable all over my belly.  Now, I think she flipped back around because I usually only feel what I believe is her butt sticking out at the top of my belly and her little heels sticking out now and again right under my ribcage.

What I’m loving: Hmmm….I’m loving that she is still doing okay in there and that apparently my uterus is a comfy spot for her.  I’m also loving these last days with a big, round belly (no matter how uncomfortable it is).

Symptoms: Nothing new that I haven’t mentioned yet.  Perhaps I’ve been a bit more irritable lately, but I’m not sure if that is pregnancy-related or just stress-related.

What I’m excited about: I’m excited for this baby to get here!  I just can’t wait to see her for the first time.  Honestly, this may sound weird, but this whole pregnancy, I’ve been SO excited to use a mirror to see her crowning.  I can’t wait for that first glimpse of her head.  Will she have hair?  What color will it be?  And then the second she’s put to my chest, I just know it is going to be the best moment of my entire life and that nothing will top it.  We’ve waited so long for her and we know she is the greatest gift we have ever been given.  I just can’t wait to see her, hear her, smell her, hold her, etc.  I can’t wait for the hormones that will send me to the moon.

It’s officially a waiting game now and I’m eager to start trying natural induction techniques.  The midwife at my last appointment told me about induction, which is definitely not how I want to go into labor (I want to avoid pitocin at all costs because I know how bad it makes contractions and I’m sure it would have me begging for an epidural which I also don’t want), so I’m going to do whatever I can to safely try to get her out of there in the next week just before I turn 41 weeks, since I’m writing this post a little late.

What I’m nervous about: I’m mostly just nervous about getting induced now!  It’s funny to me how quickly my fears turned from fearing the birth to wanting to go into labor now, ASAP!

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38 Weeks | Baby Raisin

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I did some rearranging in preparation for Celia’s arrival, so I had to take my weekly photo in another spot with different lighting – hence the very orange background this week.

How big is baby: 19-22 inches, 6.5 pounds, the size of a swiss chard!  She’s not growing much more at this point.

Weight gain/loss: Right on target, doing just fine!

Sleep: I have been so thankful the last few nights (maybe it’s been up to 5 days?!?) when I have been able to get a decent amount of sleep and sleep through most of the night.  I’ve been wearing my splints more often throughout the day so the carpal tunnel isn’t as bad most nights.  Praise the Lord!  I’m going to need as much sleep as I can get before Celia arrives!

Stretch Marks: I think I’ve been getting more on my belly around my belly button. :(  I was hoping I would make it out without any stretch marks on my belly but they’ve decided to show up now.

Cravings: Nothing new.

Aversions: None!

Movement: She is still a mover.  Sometimes I am just amazed by how she squirms around in there!  It won’t be long until you are out, little one!

What I’m loving: I won’t lie – I’m loving that I’m almost done being pregnant!  It’s been getting pretty uncomfortable lately and I am ready to have her out.  As I was falling asleep the other night, I googled “38 weeks and everything hurts” and was no surprised that there were tons of results!  Nights are usually when the pain is worst.

Symptoms: I would say the aches and pains have been getting worse.  San sometimes has to help me up if I’ve been sitting in one position too long, and don’t even get me started about rolling over in bed or getting out of bed!  PAINFUL!

What I’m excited about: I am BEYOND excited that we accepted an offer on our house!  We have now begun the official house hunt and so far, nothing we like enough to put an offer in on, but we are happy to be moving forward finally.  Two months of waiting after a few months of finishing the house was becoming very hard.

What I’m nervous about: I’m not nervous about much at this point.  I just want to make sure everything goes smoothly with the house sale and that we are able to go house hunting when something great pops on the market.  I have a feeling San may be leaving the hospital to go look at a house or we may be looking at houses in a groggy, sleep-deprived state during the first week Celia is here with us.  I’m not really looking forward to that, but it is very important to us to get a house soon and we don’t want to slip away because we just had a baby.  This move was mostly for her to be close to family, so we don’t want the right house to pass us by!

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37 Weeks | Baby Raisin

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We made it!  Celia Rae can be born now any time and meet the world!  Shall we do a little comparison??

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How big is baby: 19-22 inches, 6.5 pounds, the size of a large winter melon!

Weight gain/loss: I gave in and checked just to see, and I was right on target for the end of my pregnancy, so that made me feel pretty good!

Sleep: Not good.  I’ve been working at 6/6:30 every day and drive about 40 minutes, so I’ve been getting up at 4/4:30, but usually even earlier because San has been working at 5 so I wake up around 3/3:30 when he wakes up.  Not to mention the multiple times I wake up at night and the nights when I can’t fall back asleep.

Stretch Marks: No new ones.

Cravings: Nothing new.

Aversions: None!

Movement: She’s been really sticking out her elbows, I believe, right around my belly button.  It looks and feels like some kind of stick or something is protruding out of my belly.  It’s really strange but cool!  I can tell she is cramped in there.  She loves pushing off of my hip and my ribs with her hands and feet.  I often feel her hiccups and can visibly see them now too.

What I’m loving: Honestly, I am so thankful to be pregnant, but I am loving that I am almost done!  Walking, rolling over in bed, etc. have become very painful at night and in the morning when everything is locked up from all the pressure of this baby and the weight of my belly.  I am so loving being near the end!

Symptoms: Nothing new this week.

What I’m excited about: I’m so excited to meet our daughter!  I get teary eyed thinking about seeing her for the first time.  I can’t wait to meet her!  I’ve been waiting my whole life for that moment!  And, I’m SO excited to see San as a dad.  He is the cutest dad-to-be, so I can only imagine how much more I will fall in love with him when Celia is here.  He is even the sweetest pet parent to our puppy girls – my brain can’t comprehend how sweet he will be with Celia.

What I’m nervous about: At this point, I’m only really nervous about the birth (handling the pain) and where I will be when I go into labor.  I’m worried I won’t know I’m in labor or that I the pain will be too much for me.  I just wish I knew what it felt like going into it.  It’s probably better that I don’t, though!  I’m also nervous about our house.  We lowered the price a little bit and have had two agents tell our realtors that they “may” be putting offers in in the next couple days.  It’s just strange because normally people put offers in right away if they want a house.   I guess we’ll see.  Fingers crossed.  I really just want it sold so we can start actively looking for a new house soon!

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36 Weeks | Baby Raisin

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How big is baby: 19-22 inches, 6 pounds (we will get a more accurate estimate of her height and weight at our appointment on Friday), the size of a large cantaloupeh!

Weight gain/loss: Not paying attention anymore.  I will check when I go into labor, but otherwise, I’m not paying attention to it anymore!

Sleep: Horrible.  This carpal tunnel SUCKS!  I’m gong to look at getting some wrist braces, but part of me think it has more to do with blood flow than fluid retention because when I sit up, it typically goes away, but when I elevate my arms, it doesn’t, which makes me think that I’m not getting enough blood flow to my hands.  I am barely retaining any water so I’m not sure what the deal is!

Stretch Marks: I spotted just a few faint ones around my belly button.

Cravings: Nothing new.

Aversions: None!

Movement: Lots of huge movements!  I finally got her movements on video which was super exciting!

What I’m loving: I’m loving these last final weeks of soaking up life as just the two of us.  Obviously living with my parents makes this a little different than it was when we lived on our own, but it is still a sweet time for us.

Symptoms: Nothing new this week.

What I’m excited about: So many things!  This weekend, we will be buying a dresser at Ikea for all of Celia’s stuff, her packages have been coming in like crazy, our hospital bags are packed, we are taking maternity photos this weekend.  It’s so close!  In our Bradley Method classes, we learned that pregnancy typically lasts between 37 and 42 weeks, so she could come in less than a week and be fully developed, or we may have about 6 more weeks, but either way, we will be meeting our baby most likely by Valentine’s Day (or maybe on that day!).  Just so exciting.

What I’m nervous about: The only thing I am a little nervous about is the birth, but I’m not allowing myself to think about it too much because I have full confidence that I can do it, that God created my body to do this, and that it will be SO worth it.  There’s no point in having anxiety about it.

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35 Weeks | Baby Raisin

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How big is baby: 19-22 inches, 5.5 pounds (my midwife guessed this was her size as well at our last appointment on Tuesday), the size of a canary melon!  In other words, huge!

Weight gain/loss: Not paying attention anymore.  I don’t want to cry!

Sleep: I’ve now started to get what a google search told me is “pregnancy carpal tunnel.”  I wake up and my hands are super tingly, numb, and hurt.  It now wakes me up often and I can’t fall back asleep.  I learned that the only way I can fix it in the moment is to sleep sitting up while sleeping.  Now the most comfortable, but it works!

Stretch Marks: No new ones.

Cravings: Nothing new.

Aversions: None!

Movement: Lots of large, visible movements of her rolling and trying to get comfortable.  I’ve been trying to get her movements on camera, but she seems to be camera shy.  Many times I’ll be doing my own thing and I’ll see my belly move in my peripheral!  It’s so cool how strong she is now.

What I’m loving: I did my first happy dance in a long time yesterday!  We received a 15% off Target baby registry completion discount and I did some research of other ways to save even more money (like a 10% discount for signing up for a baby text subscription and saving 5% with a Target debit card).  I spent a whole day creating a list of the last items we needed/wanted (it was a LONG list) and then made a s preadsheet of the prices, where I could buy it at (sometimes Target didn’t carry something so we had to look to Amazon or other online stores).  Then, I looked up what items could be purchased physically in a nearby Target store (because the registry completion discount can be used once in-store and once online, so I had to be detailed to get the best deal without missing anything) and what could only be purchased online.  I made a detailed printout so we knew exactly what items to get in which aisles to save time.  When we got there, we also asked for the registry scanner in case we saw extra things that weren’t on our list or we saw a different version of something we head on our list that we liked better.  Checking out was SO much fun!  With the in-store savings and online savings, we saved around $300 total when stacking other coupons and things we found.  We also had gift cards and cash from baby shower gifts, so the savings to us was even more!  It was exhilarating to save so much money!  I can see why extreme couponers get hooked!

Symptoms: Nohe thing new this week besides the really bad carpal tunnel at night.

What I’m excited about: I’m so excited to have our last prenatal appointments scheduled!  That means she is getting close.  In just two weeks, she can come and likely be completely healthy.  So crazy!  I’m also excited for our maternity and newborn photos that are going to be taken by my great friend, Anna, who also took our gender reveal photos.  They will be extra special because we plan on taking them in our house which still hasn’t sold yet.  It’s the one bright side of it still being on the market – we can take photos to remember this time since Celia will never actually live there.

What I’m nervous about: Not much anymore!  I’m just a little nervous she may come earlier than I expect her to and we will be caught off guard, but I’m pretty prepared for her to come anytime after 37 weeks.

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34 Weeks | Baby Raisin

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How big is baby: 19-22 inches, just under 5 pounds, the size of a pineapple!  Is it just me, or are these fruit finally the really big fruit?!  I can’t believe how quickly babies grow!  Months ago she was the size of a raisin!

Weight gain/loss: No idea – I don’t plan on checking unless I have to!  It’s very hard to be this pregnant over the holidays!

Sleep: Some nights I sleep 9-10 hours and some nights I can’t sleep at all and get five hours.  Sometimes I’ll take a three hour nap, which is something I never did pre-pregnancy!  I’m just trying to sleep when I can!

Stretch Marks: No new ones.

Cravings: Nothing new.

Aversions: Non!

Movement: I can tell that she is really squished in there now because her movements aren’t as big and I feel a lot more of her moving her whole body rather than kicks and punches.  She has started to kick me very hard in the ribs as well which hurts!  I swear she’s trying to push her way out of my uterus sometimes!

What I’m loving: I’m loving that she is almost here!  I keep thinking about how many days/weeks we have left until 37 when I’m full-term (I know 39 weeks is now considered full-term, but that’s only because people were scheduling c-sections for after 37 weeks, but if she came at 37 weeks, chances are good that she would be fully developed enough to go home!  It blows my mind that she could come very soon!

Symptoms: My hands have been falling asleep and getting tingly while I sleep which is very annoying and wakes me up.  I’ve gotten to the point where all the exercise, changing positions, and stretching in the world wouldn’t keep my lower half from feeling stiff and sore.  Other than just being uncomfortable and unable to do as much as I could before, I am feeling really good!  The nesting has definitely kicked in!

What I’m excited about: I’m so excited to buy our last baby supplies and to feel secure now in our situation and everything.  It’s taken a long time to get to this point, but I’m at a place of peace about not having our own place when the baby comes and not having everything all figured out.  That’s a lot of coping considering how much I like to be in control of things in my life!  I have channeled that into being meticulous about our hospital bag and have made spreadsheets and spent a lot of time trying to save a ton of money on the last big-ticket items we need/want for our baby girl.

What I’m nervous about: I’m mostly just nervous about not knowing when she will come.  I would say I’m more anxious now, and  not scared, about the birth and what it’s going to be like.

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33 Weeks | Baby Raisin

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How big is baby: 19 inches, four and a half pounds, the size of a honeydew melon!

Weight gain/loss: At the doctor, I was up about 28 pounds I believe (I’ve already forgotten) since the beginning of the pregnancy.  I had a lot of clothes on (and boots), so that may have skewed it a little, too.  Either way, the midwife I spoke to said it is still a healthy weight gain and she has no concerns.  My blood pressure is very healthy and everything is going well, so no reason to be concerned.

Sleep: Getting up to pee 1-2 times a night and often waking up for 1-2 hours without being able to fall asleep.  I’ve gotten used to this, so it’s really not a big deal to me anymore.

Stretch Marks: No new ones.

Cravings: Nothing new.

Aversions: None!

Movement: She is a little mover!  She has favored my right side since the beginning, so now that she is much bigger and is head down (YAY!), I feel lots of kicks on the right side of my ribcage.  I keep trying to get her movements on video, but she seems to be camera shy.  I keep feeling movement all the way on the far side of my belly (close to where my belly used to end) which is just crazy to imagine how much of my belly she is taking up!

What I’m loving: I’m loving her movements and just interacting with her!  I’m also loving that she is head down, as she was at my past two appointments, so I’m hoping a vaginal unmedicated birth will remain something we are able to do!  No flipping please, baby!  Many random people (strangers) have excitedly come up to me asking when I am due when I am out and about, which is really cool.  Many ask about her gender, name, etc. and express true excitement for us.  It just makes me so happy that being pregnant is looked at (at least by those I have interacted with) as such a positive, exciting thing.  Thankfully, everyone has been very gracious and have not looked surprised when I say I am not due until early February!

Symptoms: Nothing new.

What I’m excited about: I’m excited for Christmas and to just focus on some happiness in our lives.

What I’m nervous about: I’m still nervous about a few things, but I’m working hard to channel positive thoughts.  I just want this baby to be healthy more than anything, so that is my main concern right now.

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32 Weeks | Baby Raisin

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How big is baby: 19 inches, just under four pounds, the size of a head of lettuce! So big!

Weight gain/loss: I didn’t weigh myself this week.  I’ll be going to the doctor (or should I say midwife) every two weeks now, so I will be weighed next week.

Sleep: I did end up getting nine and a half straight hours of sleep (well minus waking up a few times and falling back asleep) one night this week, but that has definitely not been a trend!  I’ve been tired more often now and just have trouble falling asleep, staying asleep and falling back asleep when I wake up.

Stretch Marks: No new ones.

Cravings: Nothing new.

Aversions: I don’t think I have any now!  I ate chicken this past week and really enjoyed it!  I was afraid I would forever hate chicken, so this makes me really happy!

Movement: Super strong!  They are much more visible on the outside now and she makes very big movements that move from one side of my belly to another.  She seems more active than she used to be, but maybe it’s just so strong now that I notice it more.

What I’m loving: I’m loving having some time left in this pregnancy to figure things out.

Symptoms: Nothing new.

What I’m excited about: I’m excited to go to my next appointment with San and tour the hospital where Celia will make her debut.  San hasn’t been to an appointment at the new place now that we have moved, so I’m happy he gets to see it and we get to ask questions about Celia’s birth-day!

What I’m nervous about: Not much has changed in this area.  I’m not going to turn these weekly bump posts into a sad reminder of this time because I don’t think I will really want to remember some of the details of this time in our life because it’s been so hard.  I guess I will just say that this has by far been the hardest year of my life with the infertility and now this opportunity of moving becoming something that feels more like a burden than a blessing.  I’m clinging to God as much as I can and doing my best to stay strong, but it is honestly a minute-to-minute struggle for me right now.  I’m not going to go into it, but basically a lot is riding on the sale of our house which just doesn’t seem like it’s going to happen in the time we really need it to.  I keep getting my hopes up only to be consistently let down, for months, and I’m starting to wonder if I should just expect setbacks, things to go wrong, things to break, broken friendships, etc. or if it is better to wish for the best only to fall hard every time things go wrong.  I’m not sure if I’m becoming a pessimist or a realist.  Overall, I am very blessed and deep down I am happy, but just this constant stream of bad news is really wearing on me, and it would be hard enough to handle it normally, but the pregnancy hormones, lack of sleep, and my new schedule where I’m waking up by 4:30 most days make it really hard.

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