Tuesday, April 16, 2013

13 Weeks

Well we're moving right along with these bi-weekly posts and they sure seem like they are getting closer together, or maybe life is just a little bit more busy this time around. Either way, I do enjoy these little built in breaks to stop, reflect, and share what's new with this pregnancy. Let's start with this week's photo... 

Quite a change from my last pregnancy with Avery, here I am at 14 weeks:

Gotta love 2nd pregnancies! Anyone else show early with their 2nd, 3rd, etc.? It's all good with me, I know my body has been through it once before and knows what it's doing.

This week's photo background: Kind of an odd, industrial-like background this week, as it's actually a cargo shipping container. Interestingly enough, I had no clue what their actual name was until writing this post, I described them as "those big metal, shipping things". So now I know their technical name, "cargo shipping containers." Guess you learn something everyday. Anyways, I found this one in the back end of of the parking lot of a shopping center in town and I thought they would make for a cool pic.

Questions of the week:

1. How big is the baby (with Avery's help)?

"Yep that's how big
 my little brother or sister is!"

"I so excited!"

Okay so technically 13 weeks is a peach, but after searching nearly every grocery store in town I could not find a peach. So I went with the previous week's food: a plum. I figured it was at least bigger than the last update's fig, so it's all good. Plus, Avery is apparently a plum fan as she devoured this one once we took the pic. 

2. What I'm eating...
Chips are my favorite right now, each week I'll pick a brand or a flavor that I love. Then next week I'm onto the next one. This week I found this cool gluten-free, vegan brand by Snikiddy called, "Eat Your Vegetables" and they are actually made with sweet potatoes, navy beans, and carrots. My description of how they taste? Like this top part of a crab rangoon...granted I haven't had one in years due to being vegan and gluten-free, but their flavor is very similar. Yum! Avery helped me eat nearly a whole bag in one day when we first found these! Usually I have a bit more self control with chips, but new chips...that's another story! 

3. Anything new this week? New question for the week, mainly because this week I stopped pumping breast milk at work this week for Avery. Which you could probably assume means that she is still breastfeeding.  What? Pregnant and breastfeeding? Can you do that? Which is probably what some of you maybe thinking. While others may say, "What's the big deal? I'm tandem nursing right now!"

Well, it's definently not a big deal to me. As far as I see it, I'm following Avery's lead when it comes to nursing and if she's still interested then I'm still game. But if she does decide she's done, I'll support her in that too.

One book that's helped me along the way so far is Adventures in Tandem Nursing: Breastfeeding During Pregnancy and Beyond by Hilary Flower. It lays out how "normal" and "natural" it can be for a pregnant woman to continue breastfeeding throughout her pregnancy and even into the birth of her baby. So if any other mamas are interested in the topic, I highly recommend it. It gives a real life picture of both the pros and cons that come with tandem breastfeeding.

One thing that makes me rest easy is that I am not Avery's main food source. She eats A LOT all day long. At this point she only nurses when she wakes up, when I get home from work, and before bed (and before any naps on the weekend when I'm home). Our nursing sessions last no more than 5 minutes. That's pretty much it. I'm sure her nursing is more of a bonding thing with me than it is an actual food time, but still she seems to enjoy it.

With this in mind, you can see that it's not completely draining my system or as most people would think, "hogging all the food" from the baby growing in my belly. On top of that I put my health as my number one priority to ensure that Avery, the baby, and I are all taken care of by eating the healthiest diet I can and drinking lots of water.

Blah blah blah, I'm going on forever with this, but the main point of mentioning this was to share that I've finally dropped my lunchtime "pumping session". Main reason: milk production is down. See what I mean:

A typical 25 minute pumping session at 12 weeks pregnant.

A typical pumping session, non-pregnant, when Avery
was 17 months old. Read more in my post about breastfeeding
a toddler.

A typical pumping session back when Avery was 4 months
old (obviously a bit different since I was her main food source).
Here's that original post.

Given the decrease in milk and the fact that Avery is pretty content to get some Rice Milk as her pre-nap milk of choice, I was game to go ahead and drop this pumping session. It just seemed like more work to get all ready, prepare the pumping parts, store the milk, wash the pumping parts, and more all for just 2 Tbs. of pumped milk.  Now although I see a drop in milk quantity with my pumping, I don't really see much when I nurse her at home. Or at least she hasn't been complaining. I've read that a drop in milk is common with pregnancy, so I'll keep you posted on how it goes at the rest of the pregnancy progresses. 

4. Best moment of the week: Going to sleep each night on my Earthing mat. I love this thing. If you haven't read my post on Earthing before, you've got to...it will change you life, your health...and most importantly your sleep!

I think I'm past the exhausted-feeling days of the first trimester as my energy seems to be coming back a bit more, but even then I still love the feeling of going to sleep on this Earthing mat. Usually, I use it periodically throughout the day, but it can't quite compare to being able to truly relax on it and fall asleep. 

A picture from the Earthing post of me using my Earthing
mat in my favorite way...when I sleep. (Here I am minus
the bump!)

While I can't find a whole lot of research out there about the benefits of Earthing during pregnancy, other than a few personal stories mentioned in the Earthing book, I look forward to seeing how it will help me during this pregnancy. So far it has been a great way to relax and ease the normal aches and pains that come from growing a baby! I'll keep you posted on how it's worked for me. 

Until then, I'll see you guys in two weeks!

Recently this post was linked up to "Tuesday Baby Link Up" over at the blog Growing Slower, as well as a number of other blogs that are listed in the link above. So hop on over and check out some other fun baby posts!

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