Third trimester: Weeks 28 – 31

Week 28 (August 10)
On Thursday I met with Suki. Baby Boy is still doing fine. Fundal height measured at 29 cm and blood pressure was 100/75. While she was feeling my belly she discovered his head is up by my ribs. But there’s still plenty of time for him to turn.

That same afternoon I finally got my hair cut! It was way too long and very damaged; I hadn’t cut it since last July. Now it’s layered just above my shoulders and feels healthier.

I’ve been having pain in my ribs, which feel like spasms. One night they hurt so much it woke me up and it was hard to breathe.

On Sunday our church held the service out of doors. The weather was very hot but there was some shade under two tents. Afterward there was a BBQ with great food and friends.

Weeks 28-29

Week 29 (August 17)
On Wednesday we started our drive to New Brunswick. We stayed in a motel the first night after a 9 hour day. The worst part of the drive was trying to find a comfortable position to sit in and the multiple stops we had to make so that pregnant lady could pee. The next day we stopped at the Target in Bangor, Maine and bought a few items for the baby. We made it to Jordan’s parents’ home by 7:30 pm EST. His mom fed us pineapple chili for dinner. My sister-in-law and family arrived shortly after we did. The weather was sweltering hot and humid.

Jordan’s brother got married on the Saturday. There was no air-conditioning in the chapel. I’m pretty sure it was over 35°C outside and with everyone crammed into the building it felt even warmer inside. I kept drinking water but I felt like I was going to pass out a couple times. Waiting around for the group photos to be taken was brutal. And then no air-conditioning in the reception hall, just some fans going. I had never felt so hot and uncomfortable in my life! Unfortunately I was so miserable that I couldn’t wait to leave and blast the a/c in the car. I think I would have enjoyed that trip more if I wasn’t pregnant.

Week 30 (August 24)
During my midwife appointment this week I saw Kilmeny. Baby Boy’s heartbeat was strong and steady. Fundal height measured at 31 cm and blood pressure was at 100/66. By feel she thought his head was down and feet in my ribs. Two days before the appointment baby was doing some massive movements so that must have been him turning.

We received a letter from Rogers House (palliative care building associated with CHEO) about adding Khloë’s name to a mirrored star for their memorial wall. We agreed to let them engrave her name on a star. There will be a small ceremony on September 27th that I’d like us to attend.

Weeks 30-31

Week 31 (August 31)
Not much went on this week. Baby’s movements were still strong and keeping me up at night. Cleaned up the house in anticipation of Nancy and family’s visit for the weekend, which took a toll on my poor pelvis. I loathe SPD. I’ve gained 32 lbs so far.

We had a good visit with my friend, her husband, and their little guy. Loukas enjoyed playing with some of Khloë’s toys and he was obsessed with the magnets on the fridge. I wouldn’t let him touch the magnets of Khloë but I let him play with the princess ones that my sister made; he loved that! Nancy gave us a gift bag with some baby clothes, too.

Also I booked a newborn photo session with Cole Creations. She did our maternity photos two years ago and was offering a very reduced-price newborn session so I put down the $50 deposit. She will be travelling from Kingston within 7-10 days of Baby’s birth! I’m really excited to do these pictures because it’s one of the things I regret not doing with Khloë.

Second trimester: Weeks 26 – 27

Week 26 (July 27)
It was a HOT week! I don’t remember the heat bothering me that much when I was pregnant two summers ago; maybe I’ve just forgotten! A few nights of the week I wasn’t able to sleep much, even with two fans pointed at me and no blankets on. It was so sweltering hot on Wednesday that Jordan and I decided to hop in the car, blast the A/C, and drive to Pembroke for chocolate milkshakes and ice cream from the dairy. Meals have been a bit tricky because I didn’t want to turn on the oven. We’ve been living on cold salads and barbecued hamburgers or sausages, but one day I did make a creamy ranch chicken in the slow cooker. Oh, I finally pre-registered at the hospital I’ll be giving birth at.

Weeks 26-27

Week 27 (August 3)
Some websites consider this third trimester, but to make it easier I’m going to use 28 weeks as third trimester. My hips and pelvis are aching more, a sign that baby and belly are growing and that I’ve pushed myself too much for one day. In preparation for my mom’s upcoming visit, I did a lot of house cleaning, which exhausted me. I had one really bad night with SPD (symphysis pubis dysfunction); anytime I moved I would get shooting pains in my pelvis. Jordan had to help me to the bathroom in the middle of the night because I literally couldn’t stand up without collapsing.

My mom drove up on Saturday and we spent the weekend cooking yummy meals. She made my favourite mushroom risotto one night. She had a blast taking care of the chickens, constantly checking on them, feeding them, and collecting eggs. I think she enjoyed herself!

Our little boy’s nursery

We decided the nursery needed some changes!

Nursery reveal

Originally the walls were beige and there were a lot of fairy tale pictures and decor. That simply would not do for our little boy! I painted the room “Island Aqua” and decided on a nautical theme after perusing Pinterest. Just ignore the totes against the wall; they’re just packed up medical supplies and boy clothes larger than 18 months.


Nursery change and play area

The big smiley face is hiding Baby Boy’s name. :) The only other items I need for the nursery are curtains and a throw rug. Hopefully I can find something soon that will work!

Also, we decided that big sister Khloë’s name will remain on the wall. After all, it was her room too.

Second trimester: Weeks 24 – 25

Week 24 (July 13)
I turned 33 years old on the 12th. It was an extremely hot day. After church, we drove into Pembroke to return a video card and I looked at computers. I’ve decided my computer is no longer worth upgrading; nothing works properly on it and upgrading doesn’t work anymore. We had a quick A&W dinner at the mall and on our way home stopped at McDonald’s for a hot fudge sundae. I must say, there was not enough fudge on my ice cream! The next day I ordered a new computer from Canada Computers.

As far as pregnancy symptoms, things are normal but I’m not handling the heat very well. I don’t remember it being this bad when I was pregnant two summers ago. I have to sleep with two fans pointed at me, and even then I’m sooooooo hot. On Friday I saw my midwife. My blood pressure was 95/55 and baby’s heart rate was high 150s bpm. I declined the glucose screening test, but peed in a cup to test for UTI. Fundal height measured at 26 cm, which Suki said is alright but she can tell I have a lot of amniotic fluid. I have gained 21.2 lbs total.

That same afternoon we attended Stacey & Ryan’s barbecue. I was commissioned to bring dessert so I made raspberry cream bars and bakery style double chocolate chip cookies. The cookies were a huge hit!

Weeks 24-25

Week 25 (July 20)
Mid-week I went to Prenatal Nutrition and we made chilli. Every time I go I receive a $15 PC gift card, which is pretty awesome! The gift card actually does help with buying extra vegetables since our local grocery store is over-priced. On Thursday, our church worship team set up their instruments at the waterfront and performed for an hour. Jordan played the drums. They did great and the weather was perfect. Baby Boy was pretty active this week! He’s also sitting pretty low, by the look of my belly.

SMA: August is SMA Awareness Month

SMA Awareness 2015

August is Spinal Muscular Atrophy Awareness Month. This is the disease that took my daughter’s life, and is taking the lives of innocent babies all over the world, every single day. SMA is like ALS, but in babies. 1 in 6000 babies a year are born with this rare genetic disease. There is NO treatment or cure. 1 in 40 people are carriers of this deadly disease. If two carriers have a baby, they have a 1 in 4 chance of the baby being born with SMA. Currently, SMA is NOT part of the newborn screening process.

Educate yourself by visiting these informative sites:

Getty Owl Foundation
Gwendolyn Strong Foundation

Donate to CureSMA.

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