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 25

A little different picture than normal today...my husband took this shot on our walk along the river south of town. Probably the last such outing until the babies are born...see below...

Hi Everyone! Happy New Year!

I'm 26 weeks pregnant today, and all is well. Here's how the last week has been:

  • This has been a surprisingly good week. I'm at the very end of my second trimester and am just now feeling like I'm getting that easy trimester everyone's been talking about. The horrible insomnia has gone away. The nausea is pretty much gone. The backache is pretty much gone. I am feeling really good physically for the first time in months and months and months. Hope it lasts at least a little while! :)
  • Still walking (slowly on flat surfaces) several days a week but get out of breath and just want to lay on the couch after
  • Had an OB appointment with 2 strong heartbeats. Also both babies are head down...yay!
  • Had both the 1-hour glucose test (which I failed pretty spectacularly) and the 3-hour one. I'll save the details for a separate post but in short the 1-hour was no big deal at all and the 3-hour was awful. Saw some of my preliminary numbers from the 3-hour test and I'm right at the border for gestational diabetes...we'll see what my doctor says this week. I'll of course do what I have to do, but have I mentioned I'm absolutely terrified of needles? Even the tiny ones for blood glucose checks. Praying that is not in my future...
  • Lost 4 lbs. this week...the first time I've lost weight during the pregnancy. I think it's due to 1) the constipation I had with the Zofran clearing up now that I'm off it, and/or 2) eating really carefully (a lot less carbs, no sweets AT ALL) since I failed my 1-hour test. Also just haven't been that hungry for some reason. I've done fine with the weight gain, though, so not too worried about the 4 lbs., as long as that trend doesn't continue
  • Babies are moving all over the place...every day I can watch my belly move, which I love to do
  • A couple weird things happened today...first, I was laying on my side on the couch this morning and my dog Newton jumped on my belly. And then, I really wanted to get out in nature and so my husband and dogs and I went a few miles south of town to this dirt path along the river...it's totally flat so I thought it would be safe but the ground was uneven in places and at one point I kind of twisted my ankle, went down on my knee, then side, then back...avoided my belly altogether but of course with these two things happening I'm a little freaked out. I feel fine, am feeling the babies move, there's no blood or anything like that so I'm fine, right? I did promise my husband nothing but pavement between now and the end of the pregnancy...

Hope you all have a lovely week. And that 2012 is the year all your dreams come true. :)



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So scary! I love the picture though (and I'm glad the babies are fine). Crossing my fingers that both stay head down =)

January 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMrs. E

Oh no! I'm glad you're okay! That must have been scary. But look your mothering instincts already kicked in and you landed on your side. Nicely done.

January 2, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterCourtney

Scary!! Don't do that again...ok? :) Is there any place around you like a YMCA that has an indoor pool? It's not exactly 'out in nature' but you won't twist an ankle or anything :)

You've gained most of the baby weight you're going to gain. That is the way it should be, you pack on the pounds in the second trimester so the third trimester can be about maturation. If you gain weight in the third trimester rapidly your body can decide that the babies are old enough and eject them from the stadium. You just hang tight and keep growing those babies! You are looking real good in the picture. I hope that you keep getting plenty of rest.

I'm about to start knitting your hats, but I need to know if you prefer them to be warmer or cooler. There is an alpaca farm right down the road, and alpaca is a very soft, light wool that is good for every season but the full heat of summer. If you prefer a more indoors hat, one that would be worn after baths and stuff, than I would go with an all natural cotton. (my daughter was a summer baby, and I still made her a wool hat. They crank the air conditioning in stores and stuff around here something fierce!).

January 3, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterchckenpig

I'm very impressed you're getting out but please be careful! I'm losing weight too and am bummed about it because I don't have as much cushion as you (pounds or weeks left). My stomach has shrunk to the size of a pea so I get full so easily. Just need to snack every minute of the day, I guess!

Bummer about the GD. I understand some people can manage it exclusively through diet and without needles. I hope that's you!

I'm counting down to my final four weeks (assuming I go to 36w). You're not that far behind me! :)


January 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

Yikes! What a scary fall. Glad to hear you're ok, Definitely take it easy.
I just got done reading ALL of your weekly updates. So inspiring! And I really hope I start feeling pregnant soon myself. But your description of the weeks around where I am now is about the same as I am feeling, it gave me a bit of reassurance. Thank you!
Take care and can't wait to read more.

January 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterJustHeather

Glad you are ok and didn't fall forward. I have a weak ankle and and rolled it last weekend when I tried to get some exercise on a little hike. Pavement from now on! It's funny that walking can be such a danger.
If you are borderline GDM, I am sure that you could control it with diet and exercise. But you would probably have to use the lancets to check your BS's. Hopefully your doctor will give you good news on that front.
You look great! Keep those babies growing!

January 3, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTurtleMama

Mrs. E--Thanks! I sure hope they stay head down too!

January 3, 2012 | Registered CommenterButtercup

Courtney--So sweet of you to say about my mothering instinct! I hope it's indicative of things to come! :)

January 3, 2012 | Registered CommenterButtercup

Chickenpig--I don't really like swimming indoors but may be something to look into, especially depending on what my diabetes consult person has to say about exercise. And thanks for the info about the weight gain...
And you are seriously the sweetest to be knitting hats. I would love the cool/alpaca ones...

January 3, 2012 | Registered CommenterButtercup

Michelle--Sorry you are losing weight, too.
So amazing you're at your final 4 weeks...congrats! Still feels a long way off to me (the birth of my babies and that countdown), but I know that's not really the case. I keep thinking April 11 is my due date/when the babies will appear, but the reality is these babies will probably make their appearance sometime in March...

January 3, 2012 | Registered CommenterButtercup

JustHeather--Glad you are finding the weekly updates helpful. It's helped me too to read about others' experiences in the week I am currently in.
So excited you are pregnant!!

January 3, 2012 | Registered CommenterButtercup

TurtleMama--Sorry you rolled your ankle...is it feeling OK? I feel fine after my little fall yesterday. And I know, it's crazy that we can hurt ourselves walking! Such a big part of my identity is being super athletic...that's so our the window right now...

January 3, 2012 | Registered CommenterButtercup

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