Documenting Pregnancy

In anticipation of this spring's opening of The Birth Place, featuring a Level II NICU, we have partnered with Olathe Medical Center and local mom, Sarah, to document her pregnancy and birth journey in this new space.

One of my favorite things to blog about is my pregnancy and monthly updates after baby is born. It’s been fun to see how I was feeling and doing at this point in pregnancy compared to my first two pregnancies. I had a friend just ask me at what age I was giving my babies three actual meals instead of bottles, so I pulled up my blog and easily found the answer that I couldn’t remember for the life of me. It’s so easy to forget all those little details even if they weren’t that long ago. I haven’t done so well at the whole baby book thing so I use my blog like I would a baby book.

I did these pregnancy updates almost every week with my other pregnancies but sadly, this is only the second one I have done with this baby. But I enjoy them, and I hear from other people that they do, too, so I’m going to try and do better. Feel free to hold me accountable on my personal blog

How far along: 22 weeks

Size of baby: Baby weighs almost 1 pound is around 11 inches long.   

 My 2 year old had bronchitis so it seems my painful cough and wheezing was a gift from him.  I’ve had to use my inhaler,  and I don’t think there has been a single good night’s sleep this week between me and my sons’ coughing. He’s doing much better after getting his prescription filled so I’m hoping it passes quick for the both of us.

Gender: BOY!! You can read about our ultrasound experience here. We’ve been calling him by a name for several weeks now but we still aren’t 100%. We can’t agree on the spelling so we’ll see what we end up deciding.  

Cravings: A waffle a day keeps the doctor away. No? Well, I think I’ve had one just about every morning this past month. It’s a craving I’ve had with all three pregnancies. I’m also loving fruit, especially oranges.  

Best moment this week: We signed the kids up for a sibling’s class through Olathe Health, and we are all looking forward to attending. I’m nervous my oldest is going to smother this baby in love and my youngest might attempt to wrestle him as soon as he gets home from the hospital. I think a little baby 101 is going to be good for them both.

Movement: He’s very active, especially at night. His kicks are strong enough that they are felt on the outside which is always fun for others to be able to feel.

Sleep: Not great like I mentioned above. I’ve been using my pregnancy pillow for a couple weeks now and I always have a love/hate relationship with it. Comfortable but so hard to maneuver in the middle of the night.    

Maternity clothes: Absolutely! I try to avoid jeans at all cost and have been living in leggings and maternity tops. My husband rolls his eyes when he sees my pile of black leggings cleaned, folded and ready to wear again for the following week.

Milestones: Baby is starting to look like a miniature newborn.  His lips, eyelids, and eyebrows are becoming more distinct, and he’s even developing tiny tooth buds beneath his gums. His eyes have formed, but his irises (the colored part of the eye) still lack pigment, according to my weekly BabyCenter email.

To read other posts in this series, click here.

About the author: My name is Sarah and I’ve been a Kansas gal my whole life; born and raised in Manhattan but have been living in KC for 6 years. I have a degree in Family Studies and Human Services and I’m wife to Derek and mom to Collins (4), Brooks (2) and baby 3 who will arrive this Summer. We are big K-State fans and also cheer for our Royals and Chiefs. We are lucky enough to have a lot of family close by so we enjoy spending as much time as we can with them or doing all the fun things KC has to offer.

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