This is the story of my pregnancy with Mallory; or "Baby M" as we referred to her. Bear with me as this section is lengthy. I wanted to take pretty detailed notes to have for us to look back on.
Kyle and I found out I was pregnant on February 26, 2013 while we were staying in Edmonton on our move to Alaska. We knew something was up because I was ravenous. I just could NOT get enough food. So Kyle suggested we grab a test [...or 7] and sure enough; I was pregnant! This date was extra special because it is also my Cancerversary. :)
Baby M at 8 weeks
A few pictures of the early weeks of my pregnancy when I just had a teeny tiny baby bump. The first 10 weeks I felt miserable! I lost quite a bit of weight due to morning sickness [ahem, all day sickness]which lasted until about 12 weeks. Kyle pretty much hated life during those first weeks. Me, Kyle and both of the dogs were living in a hotel, he was learning a new job, we were buying a house and I was a wretched bitch. oops!
During our 12 week NT scan the sonographer "guessed" that we were having a girl using the Nub Theory, but it wasn't confirmed until 16 weeks. I was absolutely thrilled to be expecting a baby girl! Kyle's response: "Grrreeat. Now, rather than worrying about one penis, I have to worry about everyone else's". HA! Lovely Kyle.
17 Weeks Pregnant: I definitely began to feel little flutters. I suspect I was feeling them even sooner than this but everyone SWORE I wasn't since this was my first pregnancy.
18 Weeks Pregnant: Kyle and I took a 5 week child birth course offered by our hospital. It was OK. No earth shattering information but did prompt us to have some conversations about our birthing preferences sooner rather than later.
20 Weeks Pregnant
21 Weeks Pregnant: I was feeling M move around very regularly at this point!
22 Weeks Pregnant: Kyle felt her move for the first time.
23 Weeks Pregnant
24 Weeks Pregnant: Baby was measuring perfectly at the 24 week appointment; I however, was measuring MASSIVE. My OB told me I had already gained all of the weight I was supposed to for the entire pregnancy! I was so frustrated about this because I really didn't feel that my caloric intake was that much higher and I was still exercising 6 days a week.
25 Weeks Pregnant: Our family and friends threw us the most wonderful baby shower during this week. Even though we were so far away, they set up a video feed so they could watch us open gifts! The invitations even included little shower games that we could play from afar! This is also the week I pretty much stopped running regularly and began walking/jogging.
26 Weeks Pregnant
27 Weeks Pregnant
28 Weeks Pregnant: We had the screening for gestational diabetes this week. I failed the first glucose test and passed the second.
Mallory's nursery was just about finished at this point!
30 Weeks Pregnant: Kyle and I attended his Brigade's Ball. No heels for this gal! Feet were SWOLLEN!
31 Weeks Pregnant: Braxton Hicks contractions were in full swing!
32 Weeks Pregnant: This was a very exciting milestone for us to reach as the health issues associated with M being born at this point are less severe.
33 Weeks Pregnant: Kyle showed me up and packed his hospital bag and installed M's carseat this week (in my defense he was going out of town for a few weeks so he had to get it done).
34 Weeks Pregnant: I started wearing the belly support band this week because I was having some hip pain. I would definitely suggest getting one since it provided enough relief to make walking and laying down comfortable again.
No longer wearing my wedding rings :( Sleeping is nearly impossible at this point. Between the heartburn, hormones, hugeness and obnoxiously loud snoring I'm convinced I will sleep more once M arrives.
36 Weeks Pregnant: We met with a lactation consultant this week for a mini breastfeeding lesson and to ask any lingering questions we had. Mallory was born at 36 weeks and 4 days! Read our birth story here