22, 28 and 31 weeks pregnant!

March 21st, 2011

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22 weeks pregnant!

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My typical pregnancy aches and pains had just started, so I pulled out the ol’ trusty belly bra and knee braces for both knees.  It was great to have them already this time around!

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People started commenting that I was getting a cute little bump.

I was still feeling really good.

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28 weeks pregnant!

A while before this, my acid reflux kicked in like crazy and I had to pile towels under my side of the bed to elevate my head.  It helped a lot and I only woke up with a burning throat every once in a while.

I started having sore hips at night, so I started sleeping with a pillow between my knees and ankles.  Then we bought a comfy recliner off craigslist for our room.  If my hips hurt or my acid reflux was too much, I could move into the recliner for the rest of the night.

My gestational diabetes test indicated that I had become slightly anemic, so I increased my iron supplements and noticed a nice increase in my energy level.

I started having a strange pain in my left arm.  About once a week, the muscles in my entire arm would ache like crazy.  It always started in my shoulder and wrist and then steadily spread to my entire arm.  Then it started happening every day and even multiple times a day.  It was intensely bothersome.  Finally, I started sleeping with a pillow under my left arm and the pains have completely gone away.  My OB said it’s related to changes in my back and spinal cord as a result of pregnancy.

People started stopping me and saying, “Wow!  I didn’t even know you were pregnant!”  or “Boy, you’ve just really popped!”

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31 weeks pregnant!

This was me yesterday!

Now people are asking when I’m due and then their eyebrows just about raise off the top of their heads when I say I still have two months left. 

Overall, I’m doing really well.  If I stay active, my joint pains aren’t as bad.  My knees are actually better the last week or so and I haven’t needed to wear my braces as much.  I’m really warm all the time and love our continually cool weather!!  My acid reflux is steadily getting worse and TUMS must always be within reach.  And he’s so big now, that I often get a sharp pain in this one spot on my belly (on the left) where I swear he’s pinching me.  It’s really strange and hurts a lot!

But my main symptom now is fatigue.  I wake up with a good amount of energy and have learned to do what really needs to be done first thing in the morning.  Because by about 10 am, I’m spent!  And by 2 pm (if I can) I change into my pajamas for the rest of the day!  I nap with the boys, go to bed right after them and then try to sleep as best I can (some nights are better than others).  This little guy is really active and loves to come alive in the middle of the night. :)

Bubbers loves to assess the increasing size of my belly and Scooters loves to show me his! :)  They’re always happy to help me get “the baby’s room” ready and play with all the baby toys.

Honestly, I can’t believe it’s really coming so soon.  It’s hard to imagine a new little guy really being placed into my arms, but I can’t wait.  Our C-section is scheduled and my mom purchased her plane tickets.  I’m so excited for our time in the hospital.  It is such a heavenly, special time.  I’m so glad we get to experience it again.

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Suzanne | 3/21/2011 9:30 pm

Heidi you look fantastic and this pregnancy seems to be going by so fast.

Vicki | 3/21/2011 9:41 pm

Thanks for the updates, I for one think you look great and don’t think you look ripe yet! Glad you’ve found remedies for the side effects of pregnancy which can be problematic for sure (but certainly worth it).
When I was carrying my babies and wanted to sleep and they were being really active, I would rock from side to side for a while and it would often rock them to sleep and then I could go to sleep too!

Charlotte | 3/21/2011 9:43 pm

You are such a beautiful pregnant woman Heidi! I wish I could be there to hug you in person but this will have to suffice! And if it makes you feel any better about your weird arm pain, the only time in my life I’ve ever gotten carpal tunnel syndrome was during pregnancy and then it got so bad I could hardly type (which for me was like losing a limb…). It’ll all be better soon1

Heidi Ellerbeck | 3/22/2011 8:17 pm

You looks so good! I am glad you have all the braces ready to help ease the pains! I am so excited for you and your family to have another little one!

Melissa | 3/25/2011 12:13 am

Such great pictures – I have to echo everyone else’s comments – you look beautiful!! :)

tearese | 4/11/2011 8:17 pm

I can’t see any of your pictures, but that’s just my internet being dumb. I always like hearing all about how you’re doing though! People say the funniest things when you’re pregnant, don’t they?
We are at 20 weeks this week, and get to find out the gender on Friday.
I love it when he baby kicks at night, it always makes me laugh.
Hope you’re doing great.

tearese | 4/11/2011 8:20 pm

okay…now the pictures have loaded! Where did you get that cute dress in the first two pictures, I love it!

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