Baby baking weeks um 23-28. oops

This month brought to you my Christmas break, cookies, two colds, two molars and a fair number of nights sitting up.


Weeks pregnant: 28 and some days (depending on what date you go by I’m either 28 weeks or 28 and 4)

Weight: 201 (I’ve broken the 200 mark. Yeah.)

Gain: +17 pounds total.

Waist :  47 at the bellybutton (+2 from last measurement)

And bust/hips (just for grins and giggles): 44 and 46 (+1).

Average number of times I get up to pee per night: I’d rather not talk about it. It’s a lot.

Size of the baby bean: 15 inches

Weight: somewhere between 2 and 3 pounds 11 ounces (probably 4)

Position (NEW this week): Transverse. Breech. Vertex. He’s ALL over the place. I’m not worried but I am watching my posture and sleeping position to try to get him head down and keep him that way.

Other pregnancy related crap:

Emotional crap: I’ve been SO busy I haven’t even had time to think about this boy coming. Emotionally? I’m just chill.

Physical crap: The usual contractions (and by usual I mean usual for me). Typically 3-4 an hour if I’m sitting still. More if I’m walking. Also I seem to have developed a case of pubic symphysis dysfunction. This started last week and was initially an ache in my pelvis, feeling like strained muscles mostly. Over the course of three days it went from that to sharp stabbing pain in the ligament in the front of my pelvis and a general feeling of real instability. When I say sharp stabbing I don’t mean “OH ouch that’s uncomfortable.” I mean, “OH MY GOD MY PELIVS IS BREAKING INTO PIECES”. It’s unpleasant to say the least. What am I doing? Well I’ve got a book that I’m consulting for help. I’m also wearing a support belt when I’m up and about. Max isn’t a fan of this though so I don’t wear it unless I’m moving (and by not a fan I mean kicks and punches at it continually). The NESTING. Oh. My. God. The nesting. I want to clean ALL of the THINGS. And my mobility is SO super limited right now that I can barely keep my toilets cleaned. Matt is doing probably half the cooking. I’m still shopping and cleaning and I hope that with rest I’ll feel up to doing more soon. I am absolutely NOT a sitter. And this isn’t lip service. Those of you who know the real life Joni know I cannot stand to sit for long. So not being able to give into the urge to organize every drawer is like IMPOSSIBLE.

What I want to devour: Um. Cookies? And ice. Back to eating ice again. And mandarins. Yum.

What makes me want to hurl: Not much.

Supplements:  Prenatal (from trader joes). Calcium-Magnesium (with D) pills (2). And my friend, the Prevacid. Also drinking Yogi Mother’s Tea now.

Activity: HA. Walking is a challenge. I’m doing it as much as I can without excruciating pain.

Boy? Or girl?: BOY. Still

Name:  Maxwell  MAX!!

In other news: Taking care of a very very busy toddler and being this pregnant? Yeah. Fun times. Diaper changes are like an Olympic event now. Chasing her feels like a marathon.

Also I know Ella doesn’t KNOW what’s coming but we are playing with her baby and I bought her a couple of sibling books. I’m not spending too much time trying to talk about Max to her because like I said she has no real concept of a baby in momma’s belly but she does kiss it every time it’s bare which is sweet and I think the best way to cope with the whole introducing a new baby thing is just to do it. I’ve been there a few times before and it’s always worked out fine. I’m sure this is will be no exception.

BABY PREP: A good twitter friend Jenny passed me her baby’s clothes and some diapers. I bought three (four?) more gowns from zulily and Gap (2 in larger sizes, 6-12 mo). He doesn’t have much in the way of actual OUTFITS  but he has diapers and gowns and that’s good. I’ve got a sleepy and a moby wrap which is where is will live anyway for the first 3 months.  I’m not sure we will register anywhere but if we do it won’t be for much. He’ll need a big carseat and I’d like a new bouncy chair.

Tandem nursing update (BOOBS BOOBS and more boobs. you may skip):

Colostrum has arrived. Not in full quantity but it’s there and not unexpectedly Ella is nursing a LOT. Between teething and generally wanting to be by me she is nursing probably 4 times a day and at night too. It’s working out well for us at this point and I’m looking forward to having a full milk supply to share again. The only real problem we are having at this point (aside from being sore periodically)  is that I have no place to PUT her. My lap is about gone and the rocking chair is almost impossible. We lay on the bed or sofa when we can and if went can’t do that the nursing session is so quick I can usually just be squashed for a little while. Max responds with lots of kicks to get her off which is a little funny and a lot cute. She looks mostly puzzled. I’m noticing more contractions when we nurse (which seems to be the thing that mostly FREAKS PEOPLE OUT about tandem nursing) but remember in a low risk healthy pregnancy those contractions are NOT dilating your cervix and they could actually be considered a good workout (much like the contractions you would have after orgasm). Nothing to stress about at this point. If I delivered a little earlier than 40 weeks because of a nursing toddler then I wouldn’t be upset about it. Babies come when they are ready (again in a normal healthy pregnancy).

And here’s the  belly photo(s):

week 25

week 26

week 27

week 28


Not much change there. I’m just big. But here’s week 5. So yeah.

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4 Responses to “Baby baking weeks um 23-28. oops”
  1. Staci says:

    You look mahvelous Joni…sorry you’re in pain :-( Since I’m your IRL friend I know how maddening the sitting is for you…but your talented hands have not been idle, there has been knitting…epic knitting. Hopefully, you will blog the kitty & mouse cuz they are so awesome and ridiculously cute! Also, you gave nearly every person you love a handmade gift (thanks for my beautiful cowl)…You’re such a busy little bee that you could make it all the way to the end of this pregnancy & wonder, where did the time go? Since Max is your last…the sitting is hopefully giving you some time to just enjoy him moving and making his presence known…I know that’s a lofty silver lining for the pelvis cracking pain you’re in, but enjoy every minute that you can…it will be over in the blink of an eye. Happy New Year my dear :)

  2. Liz says:

    I remember week five! Wow! Staci is right, time flies, so fast. You look great considering all that pain.

  3. Stef says:

    My first takeaway from this? I didn’t get any of your cookies! I was particularly looking forward to trying a buckeye because I’ve never had one! Sad. Frown.

    Now back to you – I know it’s hard, but sit your ass down, woman! This time will pass, all too quickly, and you might kick yourself for not resting more. Knit something. (or 20 somethings). Eat ice. Don’t go up and down the stairs 15 times a day. Utilize those big kids while they are there.

    I heart you and your whole stinkin’ family. Take of yourself, please?

  4. Christy Hulsey says:

    I wanna thank you so much for what you said on the Rachel Ray show. This is exactly how I feel I weight 225lbs and 5’4 my pants size is 14 to 16 your right who said that I’ve to be size 10 thanks
    Christy Hulsey, St Louis

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