Bump Update: 26 weeks (Contractions!!) Long One

DISCLAIMER: This post contains information about our pregnancy. Because I know all too well how these kinds of posts may affect my fellow #ttcsisters and #ttcbrothers, especially those experiencing loss, I include this disclaimer to forewarn you. I understand how much these posts can sting and promise to continue to add the disclaimer on any post that may be related to this pregnancy (assuming viability) so that you may have the option to bow out of reading. I understand and I am still praying for all of you.





Hello everyone!  We're in double digits!  Woohoo!  It's crazy how some days this pregnancy seems to fly by and then some days it just lags and lags.  It really does depend on the day.  Things are pretty okay here.  I've had some really scary contraction episodes that have thrown me for a loop.

My speak-to-me verse of the week
On Wednesday morning, I woke early for an all day meeting at my office.  The chairs there were these plastic backed chairs that weren't very comfortable at all.  About two hours into the meeting, despite shifting positions and walking around, I started developing the worse back pain.  It was like someone was purposely hitting me in the lower part of my back.  The pain radiated to my sides and I was just NOT comfortable.

Thirty minutes after this began, I started having Braxton Hicks contractions.  Despite people telling you that they don't hurt, yes they do!  I could feel the sides of my stomach get rock hard and then a pain would radiate down the sides and into my pelvis.  It was lunch time by now, so I went to the car and reclined the seat back as far as it would go to lay down.

That worked and I took the entire lunch hour for a nap in the car.  When my alarm went off letting me know it was time to return, I went back to the room only to have the same symptoms repeat themselves about 25 minutes later.  It was terribly unpleasant.  The meeting ended and I picked up the girls from school.  By now the discomfort was really painful and I was breathing hard through quite a few of them.  I was still hydrating during this time, but nothing seemed to work.

I finally got home, made the family a quick meal and then rested until it was time to go to Bible Study.  By then everything had dulled to a low and constant ache.  I sat in my usual pew and more than one of the members came over to comment about "how tired" I looked.  I just smiled and thanked them for their concern.  Truth was tired was an understatement. I was exhausted and felt horrible.
Bible Study's lesson was quite interesting, but the time sitting through it was filled with pain!
This lasted throughout the night and the next morning, I had enough sense to finally call someone with some medical authority who advised me to lay down, monitor baby movement, and to focus on complete pelvic rest. She also stated it sounded suspiciously like I was having uterine irritability and that I should contact my OB at once if I saw bleeding or spotting at all.
I was directed to this link for more information on uterine irritability.  I do not own this graphic.
Photo credit:  Medium.com
By Friday, I felt TONS better and was completely able to move.  I thought I must have overdone it during the meeting the day before. I was certain all was well now. I was wrong.

Saturday morning, I felt pretty good.  I woke up and made a big breakfast of pancakes, sausage, and scrambled eggs with orange juice for the family.  I had to run a few errands that day and I waited until afternoon Quiet Time before I left the house so that the family wouldn't miss me when I left.

I was doing fairly well until another 30 minutes into the trip when I started feeling a familiar dull ache.  I didn't think too much off it as I checked off the items on my list and made my way to the cashier.  By then, I was in SUCH pain that I barely wanted to go through the line.  I paid for everything, breathed through the pain (back, Braxton Hicks, and headache) and made it to the car.  I figured, once again, that I just overdid it (super mom), and needed to hydrate.  I decided to grab something from the local Wawa on the way home.

Guys, I was in such pain that I was actually vocalizing and breathing.  In my heart and brain I knew I wasn't in labor, so I didn't go to the hospital.  However, there was one moment where the lady in the car beside me in the Wawa parking lot asked if I was in labor because I didn't look or sound good at all.  I told her I hoped not as I still had three months to go.  She, as only a fellow mom (her kids were with her) could, admonished me to go home, rest, and hydrate.

Honey, go sit down somewhere!  Now!  You need to REST or you're having that baby sooner than three months"
I absolutely listened.  By evening, all was well again and I was just back to the dull ache of back pain that has been my constant this week.  I'm watching it closely and will mention it at my next appointment, but for now, I'm okay. Sorry about the long post.  Here's the good stuff you've been waiting for.


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Week 26: 30 Apr-8 May 2019


How far along: 26 weeks

How big is baby: the size of an acorn squash (never had it)

Weight gained: haven't weighed myself this week

Gender: Unknown (Team Green)

Events of this week:  Bug started a middle school Bible Study at a community church.  He has really enjoyed it and we're glad that he (on his own) is taking his Word so seriously.

I started a new Photo Challenge.  It is the Photo-A-Day In May Challenge with Erika and Shay, the wonderful bloggers I occasionally link up with on Fridays.  I have been having a lot of fun with the challenges and I even have some of my friends participating.  It's been great.


Bug attended his first birthday party where I dropped him off and picked him up again hours later.  It was for a young man at our church celebrating his 12th birthday at the local skating rink.  I knew I'd be unable to skate with him and with the week of contractions I had, I decided to loose the Mama reigns a bit and trust him to have a good time with the friends and family I knew would be there.  He had an awesome time and was really excited about this next step in his growing up.  I can't believe he'll be 13 in September!!!

Prepping for:  Mother's Day! Wow, it snuck up on me! I'm picking up cards and flowers for my mother, honorary mother, and step mother this week. I am also checking to see if the Wait List is still open for me to take the girls to a Mother-Daughter Tea on Saturday. I think they would love that. If not, I'm taking them with me to Sweet Frog on Mother's Day for my free Mother's Day treat and a treat with all of the kids as well.

Symptoms:  Back Pain, Contractions, Lack of Sleep, and A Surprise Craving for Blueberries (yay!)

Baby/Maternity purchases: Nursing bras from Target.  I can't even lie.  NONE of my bras fit.  NONE.  I have gone up a full two cup sizes and I couldn't bare the pain and discomfort any longer.  I went to Target on Saturday and picked up two new nursing/maternity bras and a nursing cami.  Can I tell you much better my breasts feel in this thing?!  Sorry, TMI, but seriously!!! It feels great!!







Stretch marks: Yes and I'm using all sorts of cream but they remain.  Oh well, badges of Mommy Tiger!

Belly Button: In, but very flat

Food cravings: Cherry Icees and Watermelon and Chinese Food (authentic Chinese food)





Food aversions: Not really

Sleep: Nope.  I am out of correct positioning so if I try to sleep, I start snoring and that wakes me up because I get self conscious.  No sleep for me.

Movement: Every day, most of the day.  Baby especially likes moving after fruit and cold water.

Best Moment(s) of the Week:  Putting on my new bra.

Not so great moment:  Still fighting these aches and pains.  I'm scheduling a prenatal massage soon.

Happy or Moody: A combination.  I was a bit moody earlier in the week.

Looking forward to:  A nap and an Icee!!!

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