I'm Kristen. Mom to Luke and Zoey, two-year-olds extraordinaire. Trying to keep a foot in the advertising world (I freelance part-time as a writer/creative director out of San Francisco and Boston). Recently relocated to Albuquerque, NM for my husband's job (I love it). Trying to do the creative stuff I did before babies, but it's hard. Hoping to be an outdoorsy/backpacking/ snowboarding/surfer girl again someday, but fear that may be in the past. Really, just trying to embrace change and find balance--and to be grateful for all the things big and small that are good in my life.

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Pregnancy: Week 24

Hi Everyone! Happy Tuesday!

Ugh...so hard to get back to work after a few days off. But I had a lovely time up in the Colorado mountains over the holiday weekend...snow everywhere...very festive. Good to be home, though.

This week is 25 weeks for me. Here's how the last week has been:

  • Nausea: I AM OFF ZOFRAN!!!! (After 12 weeks on.) Finally! The bad news is the nausea is still there...but it's not constant like it was earlier in my pregnancy, so I am trying to deal. Finding I need to be VERY careful not to get too hungry...
  • Back: Hurts, mostly at night
  • Sleep: Terrible (up all night a couple nights, sleeping a few hours here and there the others)
  • Heartburn: Occasional (uncomfortable when it happens)
  • Lung capacity: I get out of breath so easily! And at my brother's, which is about 9,000 feet elevation, I was totally winded just from getting dressed
  • Movement: The babies are moving alll over the place. I saw my stomach move on its own for the first time this week. And my husband can feel the babies move now, no problem. He also put his ear to my belly and said he can hear them moving around, which is so cool
  • Baby loot: We made out like bandits over Christmas. So many amazing gifts for the babies (we had asked people to buy gifts for them, not us)
  • Classes: We've signed up for our hospital tour/orientation (apparently the new hospital in our town has pretty plush accommodations for the birthing of babies...psyched to check it out) and a 1-day birthing class run by the hospital, which my husband was really resistant about going to, which surprised me...he's usually so supportive and wanting to be hugely involved in everything baby-related. He did agree to go, though. Both these are happening in January
  • Glucose test: Supposed to have results to my OB for our appointment Thursday, but keep putting this off. Kind of scared of the results. And fasting isn't a pleasant thought with the nausea I have going on. Need to just suck it up and go do it. Plus, it'll be nice to see the lab techs who drew my blood like twice a week or more through all of my IVFs...they are the nicest people...miss them...
  • Overall: Feeling happy and blessed, although it's still hard to believe this is really happeneing. But physically suffering, and I know it's only going to get worse and I'm a little freaked out about that. Trying not to look too far into the future...I just think to myself: This week is going to be about the same as last week. I can handle that...

Hope everyone has a lovely week. :)


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congrats on the baby bump form ICLW

December 27, 2011 | Unregistered Commenternursejayton

Wow! Congrats, you give me so much hope! Twins, I'm so excited, especially since my transfer involved 2 5AA blasts 8 days ago. Wishing you the best!

December 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

Belly far beyond boobs now! No wOnder your back hurts!

Baby loot. Yay! Glucose test. Yuck yuck yuck! Childbirth class. We did the one day version too. That's when everything really started to hit hOme for my dh. He really was transformed that weekend since he also did and got a lot out of daddy bootcamp. I definitely recommend it. We are also signed up for infant CPR, newborn care 101 and a class focused on having a healthy relationship as new parents.

The breathing is gonna get much worse but your body will naturally tell you when it's time to slow down and some days are better than others. Just be patient with yourself and don't overcommit yourself. Things will get done but others will naturally want to help you more. Let them!


December 27, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

(I just tried to post but it didn't show up...hopefully this isn't a dupe!)

You look so cute! Congratulations on getting off zofran, though I'm sorry you're still nauseous. Not fun at all! That's so cool about the babies' movement. I can't wait to get to that point =) Good luck at your GD test. I'm crossing my fingers for some great results!

December 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. E

YOu look great Kristen!
Had your parents over for dinner last night, they will be the very best grandparents. Thinking of you often! This is such an exciting time for you and Jeff.

December 28, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSandie G

You're doing great. It would be nice to get more sleep though, I bet. :)

My husband and I didn't do the classes. I wasn't allowed to deliver vaginally so we gave it a pass. It was the only good thing about having to have a C section. That and knowing that I wasn't going to go pass a certain date.

Only 11 more weeks and you'll be full term!!! Yeah!

My week has been going better than last week. And next week will be better still...I hope.

December 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterchckenpig

oooh, I should suggest my hubby to try and listen to our baby boy move around!

December 28, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterzygotta

nursejayton--thanks! :)

December 29, 2011 | Registered CommenterButtercup

Nicole--thanks! Good luck with the 2WW and I soooooo hope you get a BFP!

December 29, 2011 | Registered CommenterButtercup

Michelle--thanks, as always, for the advice. I know being out of breath has been terrible for you...
Finally did the glucose test yesterday...so glad to have that over with! Not horrible but not fun!

December 29, 2011 | Registered CommenterButtercup

Mrs. E--yeah, feeling the babies move is SUCH a thrill...the best part about being pregnant! Can't wait for you to experience it!

December 29, 2011 | Registered CommenterButtercup

Sandie--Happy New Year to you too! Can't wait for you to meet the babies! :)

December 29, 2011 | Registered CommenterButtercup

chickenpig--glad you are feeling better. Thinking of you...

December 29, 2011 | Registered CommenterButtercup

zygotta--yeah, I didn't know you could HEAR the babies. I'm jealous that my husband gets to and I can't!

December 29, 2011 | Registered CommenterButtercup

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