Thursday, September 17, 2015


It is crazy that I am in my THIRD trimester and just now posting about my pregnancy. After the announcement, I was trying to come up with a unique way to show my progress, but the weeks just flew by and nothing happened. Is this old hat for me now? Ha! I guess looking back, there was not that much to report. My belly is growing, but same as the last two babies, I don't have any "symtoms" so to speak.
I love being pregnant.
How did I not take my weekly belly shots like I did for Mateo y Marcelo? This poor baby. I have heard other mothers say this is the case when you have more children. The pictures are less and less, the baby book has little to no info in it (if they even have one), milestones are not documented,etc. The thought of that happening just makes me sad.
I only have one week left to schedule a 3D ultrasound, and the only reason I feel compelled to do it is so this little baby will have a picture just like the other kids. We got to step it up! I have PLENTY of 2D.

Better late than never! I do have some pics starting from 21 weeks (I didn't really get a belly until then anyway) and I am going to resume my weekly belly shots.
Besides these photos, I threw together this little update for those of you who I don't talk to regularly!

Due Date: November 2, 2015

How far along: 33 weeks!

Gender: It's a surprise of course!

My weight gain so far: 23 pounds
Baby's weight: A little over 4lbs (roughly the size of a pineapple)
Movement: Constantly. This baby is a mover and shaker...another active kid is coming no doubt.
Baby's presentation: Breech. Again. But it is still early. Mateo didn't turn into a breech position until I was 38 weeks and I tried every wives tale to turn him. We actually even did a cephalic version [procedure] to turn him...and it worked for a few seconds, then Mateo turned back to breech. Little stinker! I made a video on YouTube of the procedure and it has been helpful for a lot of women to watch, so that was a success. Ha!
Also, it has been viewed over 1 MILLION TIMES so I am kind of famous:)

Another C section? Although I am hoping baby turns and I have a vaginal birth, c-sections are pretty easy (at least mine were-especially the first one which was "scheduled.") Since my due date falls during xmas lighting season, another planned c-section would be easiest, (plus I could get my tubes tied while they are in there) but I would still like to try a different birth experience than I've already had. You know, been there, done that kind of thing. Somethin' different.

Exercise: I have not been working out a ton this pregnancy. And I did my last run at 6 months. My tummy got so tight and I felt uncomfortable, so that was that! I took up hot yoga a couple months before I got pregnant and I was able to continue that as my belly grew no problem. A few poses must be adjusted, but I'm still in LOVE with it. In fact, I am going to do this until I die. It feels like such a good workout because I am drenched in sweat, and it leaves me feeling stretched, limber and strong. Plus I don't think about ANYTHING but yoga for one hour. It is wonderful! Unfortunately, since I had a little bleeding last week, I am going to take it easy until baby comes. Ill wait the required healing time and by then Im sure I'll be ready for a few one-hour breaks!

Stretch marks: No! I slathered the bio oil on with Mateo, but I guess I didn't need it as I didn't put anything on for Marcelo or this baby and no signs of new stretch marks. (I have some on my upper thighs from my 20's)
Remember this pic? I have been sticking out my stomach and telling people I am pregnant for 20 years. What can I say? It's a talent I have. I think it's used to it and bounces back.

Belly button: OUT! So far out it is like another nipple. It really changed with Marcelo and never went back in. I don't like it...this third nipple.

Swelling: Nope! Nothing yet! (knock on wood)

Sleeping: I sleep like a baby every night. This huge bump really doesn't interfere [as much as one certain 3 year old] with uninturrupted sleep. Getting up once or twice to pee [or shove a toddler off my side of the bed] is no big deal. I fall right back to sleep and feel well rested in the morning.

Maternity clothes: I never bought a lot of maternity clothes, (mostly t-shirts and tanks) as I prefer to wear [non-maternity] stretchy dresses most of the time anyway. I have a few pairs of jeans, but [other than yesterday] the weather has been much too hot for them. Target did convince me to buy a couple dresses and after 24 weeks I was BUSTING out of my regular bathing suit, so I again hit up Target for a simple suit. I was so much more comfortable at the pool.

striped dress I swim suit I halter dress

Food Cravings: Sugar and carbs, but hey, what is new? Nothing sticks out as a pregnancy craving.

Eating: Just because I'm craving it doesn't mean I let myself go crazy eating it. I always hear, "You're craving it because the baby needs it!" You are eating for two now!" That is pretty silly--I'm fairly certain this baby doesn't need Sea Salt Carmel gelato and homemade cookies - definitely not more than I'm already eating. But of course I do indulge for sanity's sake. I try to balance healthy eating with moderate indulging. Same as when I am not pregnant.

What I miss: Malbec wine, hoppy beer, working out HARD. I would be missing ceviche and tuna tartar, but I admit, I have risked eating it a few times (from reputable establishments, of course).

What I'm loving: My big belly and big boobs! (hey - I have only had them 3 times in my life!) Strong,
nails, thick hair, nicer skin, extra polite people...
What I could do without: the extra pounds, getting winded walking with a stroller in my neighborhood, brown spots on my face, the [aforementioned] third nipple on my stomach.

Preparation/nesting: I have a list of things I would like done before baby, but it is LONG. I am cutting it down to a few so we can actually feel like we reached a goal. ha!
I had a thought the other day...wouldn't it be a great idea to make some meals ahead of time and freeze them!? When baby arrives, I am going to be the chef in the house (since Ernesto will be working) and that would be so helpful. Then I thought, I wonder how long my mom and suegra can stay! Anyone else available for a week in November or early December? Seriously though, the frozen meals!

Savoring: Hours away from my house ALONE! Kids who play on their own and don't need me for every.little.thing.
What Im looking foward to: A baby that needs me for every. little. thing. snuggles, breastfeeding, a big[ger] family, purging a lot of baby gear and clothes as this one grows -because we are DONE! Getting back to "my normal body!" These last 4 years haven't been my best workout years, and that is ok. Im not hard on myself, probably because I easily went back to my pre-pregnancy weight both times. But I need to tone up this time!! Do some physical challenges and make sure I stay as healthy as possible!
And here is a scary thought: I could be hitting menopause in a few years (omg!) so I need to get it the best shape I can NOW!!!

Dreaming of: A 15 year anniversary trip for Ernesto and I in Morrocco next June. Yeah dreaming. We will have an 8 month old and two kids under 5. Any babysitting takers? I won't hold my breath, but that trip WILL happen, we just may have to wait until our 20th!
General mood: Happy...with some extra irritability. My patience has been less than usual with ALL the boys in the house. More so these last few weeks. (Sorry mi amor)

Random thoughts: Do we need a bigger car? Or can we just buy more compact car seats!? Do we need a bigger house? Or just built in bunk beds? (aren't these so cool?) I want both! Ok Need a new house?? Maybe not. We do want one though. Of course we can manage in a 3 bedroom house, but an extra room for the kids STUFF and a guest room would be awesome. Also a big yard please. Anywho, I'm not worried about the house, but a car MAY be an issue. I hope Ernesto is thinking about that too, because I am taking no action on this. (are you mi amor?)

Overall: I have had a very easy pregnancy. I feel great and I think that my body really responds well to being taken over by babies. In fact, I like it. However, I have been feeling worn out. It has felt harder than usual to keep my boys entertained this last month. Especially in the 90 degree heat. I guess it is the end of the Summer so that could be part of it, but, I haven't felt being outside, but my kids can not stay inside all day...or even half of a day. Must tire them out. Every. Day.
I have been struggling a bit with feeling motivated to be productive on the homefront too. When it comes to keeping up with stuff around the house and checking off items on my "to do" list, I am feeling rather unmotivated. But the countdown is real, and I don't have much more time.
I think I will post my weekly wishes series again these next 6-7 weeks and hopefully get some shit done!!!
** On a side note, I came across this article and thought some of you might be interested in reading it. I never considered circumcision for my boys, as I never came across a necessary reason. If I would've been on the fence, or needed to convince my partner, this would've helped. So to my pregnant friends, here is something to think about - you're welcome.

1 comment:

  1. Maria Espinoza9/17/2015 10:56 AM

    So happy for you guys!!!! So funny, when I read this blog, there's soooo much I can relate to. Lol. Speaking of traveling, we are going to Italy in 2016 with a 7, 5, 3 and 1 year old. God bless us. Lol. You guys can do it!!! Can't wait to meet your new addition. :)


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