Archive for 2009

I’m feeling ballsy.

Posted 27 Aug 2009 — by Mrs. Jenna
Category baby business, paparazzi
Therefore, internets…I’ve decided to post a bare belly picture.
Forgive me.


(as I type this, the ninja is working through it’s 4th bout of hiccups today. Poor lil’ ninja.)

Heartache and tears…

Posted 25 Aug 2009 — by Mrs. Jenna
Category baby business, not so much

Last night, a fellow baby-gestator posted this and little did I know it was in regards to a mutual e-friend from

Today, this e-friend made her own post regarding what happened last night, and for the first time, I cried for someone I’ve never technically met. Mere minutes after telling a friend that I was “so over being pregnant” and “ready for an outside baby” (you know, not really but ready for it to be November) – I get this news. No one should ever have to go through this, and it breaks my heart.

I am so grateful that my pregnancy, for the most part – has been free of problems and concerns. I am so grateful that I was able to conceive naturally AND quickly. Most of all, I am just thankful that I am pregnant. I really and truly am. I may bitch about it (a lot), but I love every minute of it and wouldn’t trade it for anything.

The world truly sucks sometimes. If you pray or have a way to send good thoughts to someone, please do. I’m sure she and her family could use a lot right now.

29 weeks.

Posted 25 Aug 2009 — by Mrs. Jenna
Category baby business, paparazzi

How far along? 29 weeks.
Total weight gain/loss: About + 25 lbs, give or take a pound.
Maternity clothes? Yes. Yes indeed. My “large shirts” (non-maternity) I bought earlier in the pregnancy are starting to not be so large anymore.

Stretch marks? I can’t bare to even look at my thighs anymore. So I’ll continue to enjoy my stretchie free tummy.

Sleep: Not so good the past few nights. Cannot get comfortable. Where can I put my arms where they won’t fall asleep?!

Best moment this week: Hmmm. I guess NOT going into labor at the cabin was pretty cool.

Movement: Yes’m.

Food cravings: Everything high fat. EVERYTHING. I always want what I can’t have…

Gender: EVERYONE and their mom says girl. This week I’m kind of leaning boy again.

Labor Signs: See a couple posts below. The BH are fighting with my gallbladder to see which can be more annoying.

Belly Button in or out? Both. (And yes, it’s totally possible.)

What I miss: Junk food. Specifically those donuts pictured below. All I did was think about them just now, and my mouth is watering.

What I am looking forward to: My parents visiting this weekend!!

Weekly Wisdom: Gallbladders are annoying.

Milestones: Turned the corner into the 7th month!!

The Fruit: 29-32 weeks (Month 7)

Posted 25 Aug 2009 — by Mrs. Jenna
Category baby business

Yeah, that’s a squash.

Baby’s energy is surging, thanks to the formation of white fat deposits beneath the skin. (Have those kicks and jabs to the ribs tipped you off yet?) Baby is also settling into sleep and waking cycles, though — as you’ve also probably noticed — they don’t necessarily coincide with your own. Also this month, all five senses are finally functional, and the brain and nervous system are going through major developments.

In all honesty, I haven’t felt kicks to the ribs yet. Is that weird? Maybe because I’m too busy holding onto the ribs on my right side for fear of my gallbladder blowing through them.

So this pregnant lady takes a weekend trip to the north woods…

Posted 24 Aug 2009 — by Mrs. Jenna
Category baby business, not so much

Alright, I knew that going on a weekend 5 hours away at 28 weeks might have been a little less than desirable, but I figured better now than in another 4 weeks, right? Right. (Just agree with me.)

For the most part, the drive up was uneventful. I was having a few more Braxton Hicks than normal, but whatever. Old news at this point. We luckily had a room in the cabin owned by a friend…which is awesome considering 12 of our closest friends were also staying at said cabin. So, I made up our beds (bunk beds, I had the top since I was SUPER claustrophobic on the bottom) and enjoyed the day. We made dinner (what I assumed to be low-fat and pro-gallbladder: chicken breasts and potatoes) and later I indulged in just ONE smore. JUST ONE. Not long after this point, the contractions were getting to be annoying and slightly worrisome, so I excused myself and went to lay down with the fafillion pillows I brought with. They wouldn’t really calm down, and then my gallbladder started in on the fun. Did I mention the only toilet option was either an outhouse or a portopotty? BECAUSE THAT WAS IT. No flushing toilets. And then…the gallbladder hit. AWESOME. Needless to say, I went back to bed after some QT in the biffy and silently wished my demise to be more quick than was apparently going to play out.

The next day I felt better, gallbladder and contractions were back to normal. We spent the day in the sun and on the boat – it was quite fun. However, by evening, the braxton hicks were back in full swing. I ate dinner (this time, JUST chicken breast, and fruit) and laid on my left side…and nothing was helping. Finally, I called my clinic. I was getting worried – I was getting one every 5-10 minutes…and me being the worst mother-to-be…had NO idea where the closest hospital was should I need to go. I finally talked to the midwife on call and she suggested a hot compress of sorts and more laying down…and no more water. She attributed them to the fact that I had had a HUGE growth spurt in the past month (she kept saying “You gained FIVE POUNDS and FIVE CENTIMETERS in your fundal height” as if I wasn’t already aware of this…but apparently it’s enough to warrant additional braxton hicks.)

So, I went to bed, and after another full night’s sleep – I was better again this morning. And I couldn’t have been more excited at the prospect of spending 5 hours in the car because it meant I was THAT much closer to flushing toilets and a bed that’s not 4.5 feet off the ground.

I hope you’ve enjoyed my recap of traveling at 28 weeks with a shitty gallbladder and a uterus that just won’t quit. Don’t get me wrong, I had a lot of fun…but I’m seriously reconsidering any travel I may have to endure in the next couple of months.