Friday, August 3, 2012

Hello 3rd trimester!!

We have officially hit the 27 week mark (yesterday/Thursday) and are already in the 3rd trimester. This is flying by!

I really suck at blogging lately, huh. Shame on me. Well get ready, cause this post is loaded with a bunch of fun and exciting stuff......including lots of great pictures of what I've been up to lately!

Johanna and Me at the farm!

These last few weeks have been super busy for our family--which is probably why I haven't had time (or eneregy!) to blog. We've been out of town every weekend trying to cram in last minute mini vacays while I'm still able to travel comfortably. The first weekend of July my husband and I stayed the night in Palm Springs. It was a nice mini get-away complete with pool time, a little gambling, and an awesome buffet before we hit the road home. The following weekend I packed up the kids and we headed North to Fresno. We stayed with my dear friend, Johanna, for two nights. Johanna is a 1x surrogate in the process of starting journey #2 for a new family - So exciting! We had a great time hanging with her family, picking fruit from a local farm, swimming, catching frogs (something I haven't done in ages!) fun!

The kids and  me at J & K Farkley Farms in Fresno. It was a HOT day, as you can see from our sun burns and sweat, but we had a great time picking peaches - And oh man, were they delicious! I'm 24 weeks and 3 days pregnant with Peanut here.

 Last, but certainly not least, my husband and I hopped on a plane to San Francisco and visited with my IPs for a few days. They showed us around town and treated us to some amazingly good eats. We also attended their baby shower and for that I was so grateful. Meeting all of their friends and a few family members was very special to me. The memories made on this trip will forever be engraved in my heart. I don't know how I got so lucky to have such amazing IPs. Peanut is one lucky little boy and is coming into a family filled with so much love.

The Daddies and me with a view of the city behind us.

"The Team" - Daddies A & M, Me and Hubby

25 weeks and 2 days pregnant. Peanut's first picture in his room!

How am I feeling? I'm feeling good for the most part. My energy levels are droping once again, but that is to be expected at this point in the pregnancy. My bump continues to grow nicely and Mr. Peanut has no problems keeping me aware of his presence. On occasions, when getting up from a seated position, it feels likes my insides are going to fall out of my vagina. TMI? Sorry...just keeping it real. I had this same feeling with my second born and apparently it's "normal".

Doctor appointments: My last OB appointment was a breeze - in and out and all is well. The only thing she pointed out was my 11 pound weight gain in 8 weeks. Whatever. I'm growing a baby here!! I also had an ultrasound with the Perinatologist to check on the placental lakes that were discovered at the 20w u/s. The Peri didn't understand why I was sent there and said everything looks fine and there is no need to follow up from here. Awesome!

Weight gain: I'm up to 15 pounds. My guess is I'll even out for a while and then pack on 10 more pounds  in the last two months giving me a total of (fingers crossed) 25 pounds. With my last two pregnancies I gained 40 and 30 pounds, so I think I'm doing pretty darn good right now.

Sleep: Still doing OK in this department. I don't wake nearly as frequently to pee at night as I did with my own kids. I think Peanut is just giving me a break, haha! There are MANY nights though that I will hop into bed only for Peanut to awake and think it's play time. Silly boy. I just lay there and take it all in because these moments are just too precious.

Cravings: Unfortunately, No. I guess this will help with the weight gain that my doctor had to so nicely point out.

Mood: My patience/tolerance level is running super low these days. I have to keep reminding myself of the changes that my body is constantly going through and take lots of deep breathes. Having my husband here to support and encourage me definately takes some weight off my sholders. (Most times) my husband can see when I'm having a hard time with the kids and will step in so that I can have a small break. For that I am grateful.

Exciting moment: I have two exciting moments!! See..I told you this blog post would be a good one!
1)  During our last evening out with A and M and they spoiled us rotten with an amazing dinner at a very special restaurant of theirs. After we filled our bellies with mouth watering food, I leaned back in my chair to give myself some extra breathing room. Peanut must have enjoyed dinner as much as I did because he started kicking and squirming all around. I quickly shouted, "He's moving...he's kicking!" and within seconds two anxious hands came flying across the table and landed ever so gently on my belly. A and M have FINALLY got to feel their Peanut move. I will NEVER forget that moment.

2)  The name of this baby was going to be kept private until the day of the birth. Even I wasn't going to find out the name until D-day. I was OK with this and respected A & M's wishes. BUT....when we were visiting the Daddies a few weeks ago we got a very special surprise!! As we were walking around town we decided to stop in this really cute children's boutique to have a look around. There on the wall were these adorable little letters, you know, the ones where you can spell out baby's name and hang them on the nursery wall. my VERY BIG surprise, A & M had a big reveal! M started grabbing letters and laying them out on the counter. As he did this, Eric and I started shouting out names of what we thought he was spelling. AhhhhEeeee!!!! Peanut has a name! And a beautiful name at that. Such a sweet moment to share with the Daddies!

What? You didn't think I would spill the beans did you? (Sorry Susu, my lips are sealed!) But I will give you one hint...even with the name right smack in front of us, we were still guessing alternate names and adding more letters...alright that's it! I've said enough. You'll just have to wait 13'ish more weeks to find out! ;)


Unknown said...

No wonder I haven't seen you in ages!!! You've been busy and it sounds like such an amazing journey Annie. So proud to have a good friend with such a big heart creating a new family. Wow! It's just, amazing! :) I cant wait to find out the babys name... What a cliffhanger!!! ((Jerk!!))

Jeni said...

Whew! You have been busy!

So glad to hear all is well in baby land! You look absolutely stunning!


Jeff and Kevin said...

Hurray for 3rd tri!!! You look great and if you are uncomfortable you hide it in photos well ;)

Jesse said...

You sure are busy--and looking great!! Thanks for the update! :)

Stephanie said...

Hi there! Thank you for sharing your surrogacy story! I just started reading your blog a few weeks ago, I really love hearing about your journey!


Andrea said...

Thanks Stephanie! Glad to have you here... :)