Second trimester: Weeks 20 – 23

Week 20 (June 15)
I had ordered a bunch of baby clothes from Carters and they arrived this week. I washed everything up and sorted by size and admired the cuteness. You know what’s really annoying about baby clothes? Even among the same brand, the sizes are so wacky. For example, some of the 3 month and 6 month onesies are the exact same size in length… Figure that one out.

I also spent three days painting the nursery! It was a LOT of work but I knew if I didn’t do it myself, it wouldn’t get done. I picked out a gorgeous colour at Canadian Tire in town called Island Aqua. Jordan helped move all the furniture to the very centre of the room and removed all the nails from the walls. After mudding the holes, I taped all the trim, etc. Then I spent two days with the windows wide open while I painted. Once the furniture was moved back into place, I couldn’t believe the transformation of the room! It looks amazing! We are going with a nautical theme and adding in aqua and navy blue accents. I replaced the pink and turquoise fabric drawers with navy and aqua. I’m still in need of curtains and throw rug. I decided to leave Khloë’s name on the wall where it’s always been. Baby boy will have his name on the wall above his crib. It was a LOT of work and I was completely exhausted by the end of each day but it was worth it.

On Thursday I saw Kilmeny, one of my midwives. She said the ultrasound results looked great and gave me a copy. Baby Boy’s heart rate is still in the high 150s, just like his sister. My blood pressure remained low at 88/56. And my total weight gain is 16 lbs!


Weeks 20-21

Week 21 (June 22)
Not much to report for this week in regard to symptoms, other than I think I’m starting to get some Braxton Hicks contractions. Looking at the photo above, I think my belly is popping out more. I have been selling some items and clothes I no longer need in order to make a little extra cash to buy Baby Boy some clothes. I also found the car seat I want to get; my mother-in-law is going to pay for it so I’m just waiting for it to go on sale.

Week 22 (June 29)
Definitely strong Braxton Hicks contractions! I get them quite often. They don’t hurt but can be uncomfortable; it feels like my bladder is being squeezed. After a trip to Walmart on Monday, I starting having some cramps that caused me to curl up on the sofa. I drank a glass of water and laid there for awhile and they went away. I think it’s just because I did a lot of walking around and then carrying all the groceries inside the house. I spent Tuesday at Amanda’s. We used their Silhouette machine to cut out the shape of an anchor and seahorse on 12×12″ scrapbook paper for me to frame in the baby’s room. They look really good in the nursery!

For Canada Day, it rained most of the day. I made chicken noodle soup in the slow cooker and mint chocolate chip cheesecake squares. We didn’t plan on going to any festivities. Holidays are hard without my girl because all I think about is that the previous year we did “this and this” etc with Khloë on a particular holiday. 🙁

We spent the weekend in Kingston with my family. The drive was long and uncomfortable. We stopped for BLTs and a toilet break at the half-way point gas station, but then I dreaded getting back in the car knowing there’s still another 1.5 hours to go. On the Saturday my sister Keesje came over to mom’s house and we made strawberry cupcakes for Ashe’s birthday party. I had already made and defrosted vanilla cupcakes. I whipped the frosting and dyed it blue. We also made decorations in the shapes of dog bones and paw prints; the party’s theme was “Paw Patrol”. That afternoon we all drove down to the cottage. Dinner was hamburgers! Sunday, July 5th was Ashe’s fourth birthday party! I will do a separate post with photos, but it was a beautiful, hot day and he was the perfect little host!


Weeks 22-23

Week 23 (July 6)
On Monday, while still in Kingston, I turned 23 weeks. We had a very long day. After saying goodbye to my mom, Jordan and I headed to Gananoque to Leeder Monuments. We finalized the design for Khloë’s headstone and base and paid for it in full. That’s a weight off our shoulders. It should be completely installed by mid-September. Then we went back to Kingston for some shopping; I had a couple gift cards for Toys R Us to spend. We found a couple outfits, socks, and a navy blue crib sheet with white anchors on it. By the time we got home it was 9 pm.

My sister had sent home with us 5 boxes of my nephew’s clothes, sized 12-18 months. I spent a few days of the week washing, sorting, and folding everything. I also turned 33 on Sunday, July 12th. We went to church in the morning and in the afternoon returned a video card to Staples. I’m definitely thinking of ordering a new computer! Mine is 8 years old and not worth upgrading anymore. On the way home we stopped for Wendy’s and then a hot fudge sundae, yum!

By the end of the week, I was 21 lbs up!

Third trimester: Weeks 30 – 33

Week 30 (October 7)
Baby shower time! Technically I was 29 weeks for my baby shower on Sunday but for simplicity I will say 30 weeks (since my weeks begin on Mondays). I had a lot of fun and received some pretty amazing gifts from some amazing friends and family! Baby K will definitely not lack in the clothing department, that’s for sure! I will do a separate post about the shower.

This week at Prenatal Nutrition, a public health nurse spoke to us about breastfeeding. We made snack foods and played a questionnaire game. I guess I read too much because I got all the answers correct! I plan to breastfeed Baby K so it’s great to be given these extra resources. The nurse will come every two weeks and speak about a different topic. She’s doing this as a special favour because there aren’t any prenatal classes offered in our little village, and to be honest I don’t want to drive 30-40 minutes to go to one.


Weeks 30-31

Weeks 30-31


Week 31 (October 14)
Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoyed a delicious turkey dinner at a friends’. Unfortunately, Baby Girl takes up so much room that I can only eat small amounts at a time. My eyes definitely wanted more food but I just couldn’t manage more than a little scoop of each dish. I was falling asleep by 8 o’ clock.

Still having a lot of Braxton Hicks and craving celery/carrot sticks.

My appointment last Thursday was cancelled due to a birth and rescheduled for this Thursday with Kilmeny. This weeks’ check-up was pretty quick. She explained discharge procedures at the hospital and what items are provided for baby. Blood pressure good, fetal heart rate at 148 bpm, and fundal height at 30 cm. Baby Girl still has her head down and feet in my ribs!

I’ve gained 28.5 lbs total.

Week 32 (October 21)
She is constantly pushing her little leg up so high that I get a big uncomfortable lump on the top of my belly. She’s an active girl, constantly moving around and getting hiccups.

I’m still eating tons of carrots and celery. And chocolate.

At Prenatal Nutrition this week, the public health nurse showed up to speak about comfort measures during childbirth. Most of the measures I’ve already either read about or watched a video. She did, however, give us each a folder full of great pamphlets and booklets that I’m excited to go through!

I’ll be heading to Kingston at the end of the week to visit hubby, as he’s now on course there. Maternity photoshoot on Saturday!!!


Weeks 32-33

Weeks 32-33


Week 33 (October 28)
After 5 days of suffering, I broke down and called my midwife about the severe pelvic pain I’d been experiencing. It started almost the moment I reached Kingston and unloaded my stuff at mom’s and continued all weekend. Even once I returned home it still bothered me. In the morning, my pelvic area is sore but tolerable. By mid-afternoon, the pain gets considerably worse until I can hardly stand or walk. Stairs are almost impossible. At night, turning from my left side to my right side is agony. It feels like my pelvis is splitting apart. Anyway, Suki said it’s most likely symphysis pubis dysfunction (eek?!) and is quite common. She suggested I see an obstetric physiotherapist. I will be seeing Suki in 2 days and will find out for sure if that’s what I should do.

In other news, Jordan and I had maternity photos done with Cole Creations. I’m really excited to see how they turned out!

Third trimester: Weeks 28 – 29

Week 28 (September 23)
Hello third trimester! Although I think it technically began in week 27 but let’s just ignore that.

On the Friday of this week I met with Suki, one of the midwives. My blood pressure was normal and Baby K was growing appropriately. Her head was down in my pelvis and feet/legs up near my ribs. No wonder I keep seeing what I think is a leg pushing out the top of my belly! I’m also having Braxton Hicks contractions quite regularly. They aren’t painful but there’s definitely a lot of pressure and tightness in my belly when they occur. Baby’s heartbeat is 146 bpm. I’ve gained 24 lbs total.

Suki gave me 2 DVDs to watch since hubby and I aren’t doing prenatal classes. One is on comfort measures during childbirth and the other is a twelve-part series on common postnatal issues. We’ve started watching the one on comfort measures and have learned some techniques to use during labour.

One of the questions I asked my midwife was what happens once we get to the hospital. She explained that I first pick up my registration papers (I’ve already preregistered) and then head to Labour & Delivery. I should be put into a private birthing room with access to en suite bathroom. She mentioned that if my water breaks in the middle of the night but I’m not having contractions, I should only call her if the fluid is tinged greenish; otherwise that phone call can wait til morning. If I’m having contractions at night I can take Tylenol and Gravol to help me rest until morning (unless they are very close together and I can’t wait any longer to get to the hospital).

My next appointment will be October 10th and I’ll be going every 2 weeks now.

In other news, this was a very busy week! Jordan’s parents arrived from New Brunswick on Wednesday and left Sunday afternoon. They helped finish the new flooring in our master bedroom, moved all our furniture into the room, set up the nursery and hung pictures on the walls. Charlene and I washed, folded, and sorted really cute baby clothes; washed toys and the Exersaucer that was given to us; and cleaned and de-furred the Infantino carrier my sister lent me. We got so much stuff done; I am so thankful! Nursery pictures will come later when it’s completely finished!

After that exhausting week, I started to not feel well Sunday night at our church’s potluck dinner. We left early and I slept off and on from 7 pm to 8 am the next day.


Weeks 28-29

Weeks 28-29


Week 29 (September 30)
I’m experiencing a lot of intense Braxton Hicks contractions, just like the previous week. They tend to stop me in my tracks, they’re so uncomfortable.

Had more pains in the top of my belly yesterday while we were out shopping. I’m not sure what it’s from or if it’s just stomach pains unrelated to pregnancy, but they hurt enough that after picking up a white floating shelf and Scotch Guard from Home Depot we went right home instead of continuing on to Walmart. I found that if I curled onto my left side or held my hands underneath my belly while I was standing, then the pain would dissipate.