Sunday, May 5, 2013

30 Weeks Pregnant

Yay for finally hitting 30 weeks! Here's a quick Disney baby bump tracker for 30 weeks:
30 weeks. 10 more weeks and 70 more days to go!
So this week has been full of new things from physical changes to seeing Liam for the first time.

     Let's start with the bad stuff to get all that out of the way. The pregnancy has finally been catching up to me. I dealt with the morning sickness in the first trimester. The second trimester was so much fun and I was really enjoying it. Now we are at the beginning stages of the third trimester and the aches and pains have arrived. It first started earlier in the week when I got out of bed in the middle of the night to use the bathroom for the millionth time. When I stood up off the bed and stepped down with my right foot, I had this sharp pain in my lower abdomen, right on my pelvic bone. It would only hurt when I added weight to my right side when I walked. That happened on and off for the next day or two. I noticed it was if I was sleeping too long on my right side and got up to use the restroom too fast or if i was sitting or laying down in a weird position on the couch for too long. I figure its because Liam is probably laying on my right side. It's funny because I'm in a lot of pain, but I'm not mad. I just talk to Liam and tell him to please move over a little or tell him he's getting heavy and move on. As long as he is doing fine and he's healthy, I would endure all the pain in the world if that means his comfort.

     On Tuesday, my brother asked me if I would like to a mini pregnancy shoot for his class and I could take some extra shots to have for myself since we could utilize the studio he had at school. Of course I was all for this as I had wanted some nice professional shots of my bump to help remember this amazing experience and I've helped him a couple of other times and he's super talented. His class was from 12-3 so I knew I would miss lunch time and prepared myself. I ate breakfast in the morning, brought some snacks with me to try and hold me over, and a full bottle of water. Everything was going well. My brother had me sit while he set up with his classmate. He was even sweet enough to make sure I had a stool near me when taking the picture so that I could sit while he tried to get the lighting just right. Soon I started to feel really light headed and I kept yawning. I wasn't sleepy, but I just kept thinking that doesn't yawning mean I'm not getting in enough oxygen to my brain. So I kept sitting down whenever my brother was adjusting the camera or the lights. At one point I had to tell him to hold on because I couldn't stand up anymore. So I sat and grabbed my water bottle to make sure I was hydrated. I was feeling a little better and we got the first shot down. Then it was time for the second shot that he needed. Luckily my brother worked with me and I was able to sit for this shot. I don't know what it was, but I think the flashes were getting to me. Fortunately he got the shot he wanted at the last second where I couldn't hold out anymore. Right when he was done, all I saw was blurry spots everywhere and my head started to feel top heavy. All I kept thinking in my head was "oh my God, I'm going to pass out. I forgot my wallet at home and dont have my medical card or ID on me. My poor brother is going to see me pass out and will freak out. Just stay calm!". So I slowly got up off the stool, out of the lights, and sat myself onto a folding chair. I drank the remaining water I had left, ate the last of my snacks, and sat back with my eyes closes and just concentrated on my breathing. What made me feel a million times better was that I could still feel Liam. He was doing fine. He was kicking and rolling around which made me feel at ease more. I texted Calvin just in case I did pass out and had to be rushed to the ER. I hope I didn't freak out my brother, sorry brother bear! He was so sweet and asked if I wanted to do anymore shots to have for myself, he only needed two for his class. I really, really wanted to so that I could have nice pictures of me and my little bump Liam, but there was just no way I could get in front of those lights anymore without putting myself in danger. I was able to get at least two good shots and that's fine with me. 
29 weeks and 2 days!
Baby Love Liam in my tummy!
     I had my doctor's appointment on Thursday, so of course I brought up all of this to her. She is not worried about the pain I'm having and thinks its just a a ligament stretching too fast. Of course she said to keep an eye on it, but it doesn't seem too concerning. She also said that the almost fainting episode didn't seem too worrisome either. She thought it was probably because my blood sugar was low which is what I was thinking too. Again, she said to keep an eye on it and if it keeps happening, to go to my primary care physician so she can check my heart. Fortunately, there hasn't been anymore cases like that so far! I also found out I DO NOT have gestational diabetes!! Woohoo!! Overall, the appointment went great, the only thing of concern was my weight gain. Booooo! I have gained a total of 21 lbs at 30 weeks. My doctor initially gave me a range of 25-35 lbs, but pushed for me to stay at the 25 lbs. I have 10 weeks left and technically only allowed 4 more lbs. Yeah, not happening :(.

      My doctor said as long as everything continues to go the way it is, we will be all good! Now I get to see her every two weeks which makes me more excited and more nervous since it means we're getting closer to meeting Liam!

       Continuing on with our busy week, we has our first out of four childbirth preparation class. I was quite nervous in the beginning and didn't know what to expect. There were about 11 other couples in our class and we were in this auditorium at the hospital we are going to deliver at. The first class was easy and simple. Our instructor just went through some basic breathing techniques with us and how to identify preterm labor. I'm excited for next week because the first thing we'll be doing is going on a hospital tour of the family birthing center.

     On Saturday, Calvin's parents came over to drop off a present for Liam!
Our Stroller!!

The Orbit Baby G2 Stroller
     When Calvin and I started researching all the different baby products, we fell in love with the Orbit Baby G2 stroller. It is very modern looking, highly functional, and convenient. It's basically just completely awesome. We can't wait to push baby Liam in it! Thank you so much Grandma and Grandpa Tan! We love you! Liam will be riding in style :)

     Lastly, the most exciting part, we ended our week with our 3D/4D ultrasound! It was such an amazing experience. We were able to see our adorable baby boy and I just couldn't believe that I was looking at my son. I later told Calvin that it didn't feel real at first. I just couldn't believe this beautiful little human being was inside my tummy. I kept thinking to myself that the tech was just rolling this machine around my belly and I was just seeing an image of something else. I couldn't believe how lucky I was. At the request of my hubby, I am not going to post any pictures from the ultrasound. At this point Calvin would like to keep this special and private, but of course family and close friends who read this, we don't mind sharing with you. Just send me an email or text and I can send you over a picture if you're curious as to what little Liam looks like!

     We had quite a big group come that accompanied us to our appointment. It was Calvin, me, my mom, Calvin's parents, my cousin, my sister, my nephew, and my bestest friend. We wanted to share this amazing experience with important people in our lives and who will be important people in Liam's life. We are grateful that they wanted to share in this experience with us too. The session lasted about 20-25 mins. We noticed that Liam has daddy's nose and mommy's cheeks and lips. I just want to squeeze his chubby cheeks! The entire session, he had his foot all up in his face! At one point he had his big toe in his eye and then we caught him putting it into his mouth. It was just too cute! It's so awesome how far technology has come. Here we are, at just about 30 weeks, and we are able to see Liam! We could see and count his five little toes and see him smile. We loved every minute of it.

    We went to a place called Prenatal Peek in San Jose, Ca. If you live in the area, I suggest going to visit them for your 3D/4D Ultrasound. The tech who helped us was very sweet and tried her best to get the best angles for me. She even had me get up and do some marching exercises and stretching to try and get Liam to move around so we could see him better. It's pretty pricey, but super worth it. It's an elective ultrasound so it is not covered by health insurance and they do not do anything medical or answer any medical questions. There are different packages that ranged from 90-200+ dollars. The package we chose included a 20-25 minute session, 10-15 black and white photos, 6-8 color photos, a CD with all the images, a DVD of the session, and a coupon to come back and get Liam's foot imprinted to make a ceramic keepsake ornament. We also paid an extra $32 to get a plush bear with a recording of Liam's heartbeat inside. The best 32 dollars I've ever spent!
We appropriately named him Liam Bear since he has Liam's heartbeat!
     Phew! That concludes our busy week! I'm just exhausted rereading this post, but it was totally worth everything. The closer the big day approaches, the more we are anxiously preparing for his arrival. We seriously can't wait to meet little Liam!


  1. Oh friend, I just love hearing all about you, Cal and Liam. I teased up reading this because you are experiencing something so beautiful. Sending hugs and lo from us to you.

  2. I'm so glad that the test results came back without any issues, but I'm ssorry that you're in the aches and pains stage. :( The near-faint spell was scary. I'm glad that you were fine. Your bro's pics turned out greay! You make pregnancy look so glamorous.:) I can't decide if I want to see the 3D image or wait for the real pic in July. It's really awesome how you can tell who he looks like already. That stroller is a great gift. We saw a Mickey themed one at Disney Baby and thought of you. Maybe for the next baby? ;)