Belly Diaries: Weeks 24-33

(If I post this today, I make my goal of posting for the month, so here we go.)

Oh, hi, blog. I haven't gotten on here in forever. And I'm still getting a ton of page hits a day (thank you readers & blog stalkers), which makes me feel bad. BUT I swam a mile at the gym yesterday in 45 minutes (at 33 weeks!!), so that exercise high made me feel better that I chose exercise over blogging.

Where to even begin? How about how crazy I am for starting back up a mini career in broadcasting while pregnant with my second child? Doing my hair and make up for so many photo shoots that I want to throw my hairdryer out (and with two more in the next two weeks, I would like to put a moratorium on wearing make-up for at least a year).
Beautiful maternity photos from the fantastic Jen Hampton
Isla getting the stomach flu and giving it to me (NOT FUN. Losing 7 lbs in two days is horrible. Especially when you still have major pregnancy cravings and can't keep anything down!!). Family time, Halloween, Thanksgiving, trying to clean, trying to sleep, trying to eat healthy, trying to still exercise daily. And when I have a little time left during the day, I prefer to curl up on the couch with Netflix (and/or Harry Potter) & an ice-cream cone instead of write. At least I still Instagram photos?
Modeled again for Milan Maternity! LOVE my new clothes!
And the most stressful part so far: baby girl turned upside down yesterday to head-up (MAJOR OUCH) and now I'm freaking out about her getting too big to turn back head-down. I love my OB. I completely trust my OB. I love that we have c-sections as a completely viable & safe option. But I still can't help but get grossed out by the very thought of my stomach getting sliced open. It just kind of freaks me out, even though I am in NO way against c-sections. The rational part of me understands and supports and cheers for the reasons of a c-section for a breech baby. But the irrational part of me can't get over the idea of my intestinal contents being open & moved around (weak stomach here). And if baby stays in breech position, I will get one, no (major) complaints here. The main goal is to deliver a healthy baby girl, whatever means necessary. I just wish she could go back to being head-down, like she has been for the past 8 weeks. The nurse assured me on the phone today that baby still has plenty of time to turn back around, so I'll try to put this major-minor freak-out on the back burner for a few more weeks.

How many weeks?:  33 weeks 
Countdown: 49 DAYS

Total weight gain/loss: By now I'm up 18 lbs. Was more, but lost a lot due to stomach flu.
Exercise Habits: HAHA. Exercise in the third trimester?? Actually, I've had a little energy and make it to the gym about twice a week to swim laps & do deep-water jogging (which is way harder than it sounds) and try to walk or ride my stationary bike twice a week. And I still do my arm/shoulder/back exercises every other day.
Physical Therapy: All done! I feel so much better knowing how to manage my hip pain. I can exercise without pain. And turn over in bed at night without wanting to pass out.
Sleeping?: Attack of the Pregnancy Insomnia. So, no.
Worst Moment in the past 10 weeks: Stomach flu. Stomach flu, hands down. I haven't been that sick in YEARS. Didn't even compare to morning sickness. There was no relief after being sick to my stomach. Coming in second place: Lakers season start. Glad it's looking better for us. (This really upped my stress levels for some reason. Pregnancy hormones apparently amplify when the Lakers lose and get a new head coach).
Best Moment in the past 10 weeks: Teaching Isla three new words.
Isla's Reactions: E taught her to kiss my belly!

I miss...: Laying on my stomach to sleep. 7 more weeks until I can do that again.
Movement: Having a 3ish lb baby turn upside down in your stomach is really painful. I AM grateful she is healthy and moving, though. Little blessings.
Morning Sickness?: Strangely the nausea is coming back. I don't remember this last time.
Food Cravings: Tillamook's Chocolate Peanut Butter ice cream in a wafer cone. Cheese quesadillas. Graham crackers w/ milk. That's about it.
Food Aversions: Most anything in our fridge, freezer & pantry.
Labor signs: STRONG Braxton hicks contractions, espeically when I don't drink enough water. A few have been painful but they haven't been consistent at all.
Moods: Pregnancy Anti-Socialitis is in full force. Sorry, dear friends.
Not Looking Forward to: Being up all night with a newborn while recovering from L&D.
Looking Forward To: Meeting our new baby girl. I can't wait to see who she looks like!!




Coming up: Sneak Peek at our family photos: Anatomy of a Family Photo Session (E is SO glad these are over!)

23 comments :

  1. I am IN LOVE with the photo of you with the umbrella! Good luck with the last weeks of your pregnancy!

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    1. You are so sweet! It was definitely Pinterest-inspired and I'm so glad it turned out!!

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  2. These pictures are soooo cute! I love the ones on the top!

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    1. Thanks Kels! I was super excited about all the ones that DIDN'T show my face. Haha.

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  3. gorgeous photos!! my last baby turned head UP around the same too and I was so nervous about the possibility of her being breech (I am super queasy about surgery too!), but she flipped back head down at 8 months! hope yours will too!

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    1. Thanks girl! I am so nervous this baby won't turn back down but I'm keeping positive thoughts right now, ha. Hopefully by the end of December we'll be back to normal! It SO helps to hear this has happened to other women.

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  4. LOVE that chevron dress! Where ever did you get it!?

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    1. Thanks girl! It was a lucky find on the clearance rack of the Old Navy Maternity section. I wish I found it in a size bigger but it was so cute I couldn't let it go.

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  5. I was so excited to see that you posted! You are my hero for being so diligent in exercising. I'm not even pregnant, and I have to drag myself to exercise two times a week. You look amazing, Tracie!

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    1. Haha, I forgot to add that I didn't exercise the week I was sick. I was on a pretty good routine until Thanksgiving week, then was out for the flu. I only made it back to the gym yesterday. Two sessions at the end of the week still count, right??

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  6. You're really growing quickly now.. and look soo gorgeous doing it :) x

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  7. You are gorgeous!! Congratulations on the upcoming birth of your baby!! The final weeks of pregnancy are the most challenging and tiring aren't they?! :)

    I wanted to thank you from the bottom of my heart for linking up with the Aloha Friday Blog Hop!! I am following you in all the options you have on your blog for me to follow!! Aloha Friday Blog Hop

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  8. I was terrified my baby would be breeched! All was fine; she turned! Good luck and congratulations!

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  9. I am officially in love with your blog! I found you on top mommy blogs and used "wedded" as a search function, because my blog title is Wedded Bliss & Blooming Baby... how funny and ironic on how similar our titles are.

    Best wishes to you!

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    1. Ha! I have been debating on whether or not to drop "wedded", but haven't made a decision yet. Glad you found me!!

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  10. so you were probably the cutest pregnant woman ever! knowing me, i'm just going to be a pathetic blob who looks like she needs some serious counselling & spends too much time eating ice cream on the couch when i'm pregnant.

    but thanks for stopping by my blog, seriously great to find another Lakers woman! dwight howard for life <3

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  11. I found you through the Aloha Friday blog hop & look forward to following you! You poor thing, I can't imagine being pregnant and having the stomach flu at the same time. I've never been pregnant before but I did have the stomach flu a few months ago on top of my Lyme Disease and it was MISERABLE. And then for your morning sickness to come back?! Ugh, I'm so sorry, but it's all worth it! Beautiful pictures! Feel better!

    Chelsea @ http://fromchrysalistobutterfly.blogpsot.com

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  12. So glad to see a post! So cool you got to do the maternity modeling again. I want to look into that when I get to that point. You look great!

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  13. Lady, I love these little updates! And you are STUNNING. You were born to be a model. Also, I love the preview of your adorable family pics. Those will be so wonderful! (P.S. What broadcastin are you doin?)

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  14. Hola Tracie!
    Beautiful blog! Thanks for the GFC love and support...right back at ya!

    ~SimplyyMayra :)
    www.simplyymayra.com

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  15. you look fabulous! good luck!! and she still has time to turn!!

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  16. Awww...I haven't looked at your blog for a while! You are ridonkulously cute! Hope you are well and baby girl's arrival is a joyous one for you and yours!

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