Pregnancy Journal: Weeks 21-28

by Lara on May 31, 2012

March 28, 2012 (21 weeks):

Last week was our first week of birthing class.  We’re going with the Bradley Method because, well, my sister told me to.  In all matters relating to pregnancy and birth, if it was good enough for her, it’s good enough for me.

Back to Bradley.  This is a 12-week course, taught out of the instructor’s personal home.  Even as a person who likes to be well-prepared, I secretly feel that 12 weeks is a very long time, but I decide to do something I never do: shut up and do whatever I am told.

We are pleasantly surprised by the other three couples in our class, who all seem like people we’d like to be friends with.  This is good, because we need friends in this city.

Each class is two and a half hours long.  We have weekly homework assignments and exercises.  We have quizzes.  Attendance is mandatory or a make-up class must be scheduled and a fee will be charged.  By the end of class, I am unsure whether this is best or the worst pregnancy decision we have made so far.

April 4, 2012 (22 weeks):

My sister wants to throw me a baby shower.  It immediately becomes apparent that I need to create a gift registry.  Scratch that.  It immediately becomes appropriate for me to really research items for our registry, and act like I didn’t start one weeks ago to keep track of the things I wanted.

April 11, 2012 (23 weeks):

The baby’s kicks are finally in full swing.  Because of his position, I was told at our last ultrasound that I’d be a late bloomer (or should I say he’d be a late bloomer?).  This is pretty amazing.  Pretty weird, if I’m honest, but pretty amazing.

May 2, 2012 (26 weeks):

My body is a freak show, but maternity clothes are so comfortable that I don’t even care.  Today I turned to Matthew and told him that I may never wear pants without an elastic waist or bras with underwire ever again.

“…so it’ll be just the one kid, then?” he responds.

May 9, 2012 (27 weeks):

Today is my glucose tolerance test to screen for gestational diabetes.  For some reason my hospital skips the more common one-hour test and goes straight to a two-hour test, which requires me to fast for 12-17 hours prior, get my blood drawn, drink a sickeningly sweet orange syrup, and then get my blood drawn twice more.

As someone who is not a fan of fasting or blood draws, I can only utter the words I’ve been saying over and over again since the moment I first threw up: “This kid thing better be really, really good.”

May 16, 2012 (28 weeks):

I feel the urge to get things done.  The nursery is pretty under control, and I want to wait until after the baby shower before I buy any more clothes or stuff.      If I could, I would order the birth announcements now, just so I could prepare all the envelopes.  Hmmm, maybe I could just order the envelopes?  This seems overly prepared, even for me.

If I watch one more birth video or read one more birth story, my brain might explode.  There’s only so much watching from the sidelines a person can take before they’re just like, “LET ME AT IT!”

I guess I could move on to reading about breastfeed and child-rearing?  Child rearing.  Oh yeah.  After all this prep work to grow him and get him out, we’re actually going to have to raise a child.

As long as I can do it in stretchy pants, I’ll be fine.


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{ 35 comments… read them below or add one }

Tanya @ Vegan Faith May 31, 2012 at 8:55 am

You look beautiful!


Lara May 31, 2012 at 9:23 am

Thank you Tanya!


Sarah May 31, 2012 at 9:16 am

Ha! I love your husband’s response to the stretchy pants. I also said the same thing – Why on earth wear jeans without a stretchy panel?

We also took a 12 week Bradley Method class, and one thing I’m really happy about are the friends we made. We still hang out regularly and it’s great to see the little bebs growing up.

One thing I did not research enough was breastfeeding. I just sort of thought it’d be the easiest thing. Ahh! 🙂


Lara May 31, 2012 at 9:23 am

A few moms have told me that about breastfeeding! Gah, I guess I really should start reading now…


Sarah May 31, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Yeah. Everyone’s experience is different. I think what I wish I had known was that it is challenging, painful, and you have to REALLY want it. But it does get better, and thankfully, there’s formula as a backup if you need it. Like anything else brand new, there’s a learning curve!


elise May 31, 2012 at 9:44 am

i love you and i love reading these. you are going to be SUCH A GREAT MOM!!!!

oh to live in stretchy pants….


Lara May 31, 2012 at 10:10 am

I love you too and your comment made me smile 🙂


Katy Widrick May 31, 2012 at 10:07 am

Underwire may be the death of me. I can’t tell you how many times a day I consider just ripping my bra off.

I’m also two bra sizes bigger than pre-pregnancy, so that doesn’t help.


Lara May 31, 2012 at 10:09 am

I’m telling you Katy, they’re not sexy, but you can get some awesome bras without underwire. I’ve gone up two cup sizes as well, and I’ve had no problems finding supportive options. You should check them out!


Rene May 31, 2012 at 11:13 am

Even though I am not expecting and haven’t had a kid, I love these posts! You are a wonderful writer and will be an even better mom! You’re almost there! You’re in the home stretch! 🙂


Lara May 31, 2012 at 3:25 pm

That’s so sweet, thanks Rene! Gosh, I sure hope I’m a better mother than I am a writer 😉


Sarah May 31, 2012 at 11:52 am

Not to be creepy, but what brand of bras have you found? I’m 13 weeks with #2, and, in the past WEEK, I grew one size bigger?! I’m looking for some options; I don’t like the bras from my last pregnancy!


Lara May 31, 2012 at 3:26 pm

There are two main ones that I like…let me check the tags and get back to you!


Sarah June 1, 2012 at 6:21 am

thank you!


Lara June 1, 2012 at 12:12 pm

Sarah: Here’s one of them:

This isn’t the exact one I have, but it’s by Playtex and similar:

Hope that helps!


Andrea@WellnessNotes May 31, 2012 at 12:05 pm

Yes, stretchy pants have definitely made the last 21 years A LOT better… 😉 And since I will always think of the kid as a “baby,” I sometimes still sort of think, “I just had a baby.” Oh, yes, that would be 4.5 years ago…

Love these posts! 🙂


Lara May 31, 2012 at 3:26 pm

Hehe…I still kind of do that with college. “Well I only just graduated.” Uh, no.


Heather Eats Almond Butter May 31, 2012 at 12:09 pm

Love maternity clothes too. 🙂

I can’t believe how far along we both are…seems like just yesterday we were texting each other about puking.

So happy for you guys, and I can’t wait to read about your shower. Baby showers are so fun. Love all the little adorable clothes!


Lara May 31, 2012 at 3:27 pm

It’s gone by pretty quick lately, hasn’t it?! I’m so excited for you, too! Please keep everyone posted when the little ones make their grand entrance!


Melissa @TryingtoHeal May 31, 2012 at 1:41 pm

Procrastination is key to everything right? Even when it comes to baby registries and…learning to raise a kid? It’s all about experience from my angle.. 🙂 hehe! You’re looking great Lara!


Lara May 31, 2012 at 3:28 pm

Thanks Melissa 🙂


glidingcalm May 31, 2012 at 6:02 pm

love that pic of you! AND SO EXCITED FOR YOU!!! (i say that on every post of yours!) i feel like I will totally come to you to chit chat when I decided I am ready to make babies……….it will be years from now, but, yeah… already thinking bout it. Esp. because I want a nautical nursery TOO. ha!


Lara May 31, 2012 at 8:06 pm

You’re so sweet 🙂 Yay for nautical nurseries 😉


Erin May 31, 2012 at 7:38 pm

Everything was cool until you said stretchy pants, Lara


Lara May 31, 2012 at 8:04 pm

…says the girl wearing Crocs? OH!

Just kidding. Way to keep me in check, girlfriend.


Erin June 1, 2012 at 1:04 pm

Ugh…valid point. Cornered!
Counterpoint: I paired them with $200 denim.
Actually that makes it even worse!


Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) June 13, 2012 at 9:30 pm

That’s illegal in some counties of Los Angeles.


Jocelyn @ Peace Love Nutrition June 1, 2012 at 3:04 pm

You look beautiful pregnant!


Lara June 2, 2012 at 6:12 pm

That is so kind, thank you!


Sarah June 2, 2012 at 6:57 am

It does! I’ll definitely be making a trip to Nordstrom. It’s nice to have maternity options that aren’t “maternity!”


Kellie June 2, 2012 at 7:09 am

best post ever. yep. true.
love the “but I decide to do something I never do: shut up and do whatever I am told” comment. ha ha ha 🙂
[and yes. do research the breastfeeding…we are led to believe it is totally easy and natural…natural, yes…easy, not so much…well, in the beginning anyway. i think you need to be dedicated and willing to ask for help. if your hospital offers a lactation consultant, take advantage]


Lara June 2, 2012 at 6:12 pm

Great advice, thank you, Kellie!


Jessie @ Graze With Me June 3, 2012 at 7:34 pm

Love the week by week updates! I never took a long class like that (we did the weekend childbirth class) and it sounds intense!!

Best piece of advice I can give? Do waaaay more research on babies & bf-ing. Labor & delivery is only a day or two and there’s only so much you can control. But the rest is much much more complicated & baffling…

You look beautiful!!


Biz June 4, 2012 at 9:36 am

I am pretty sure I wore my maternity clothes for a good two months after I had Hannah – even though they were big, they were so comfy!


Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) June 13, 2012 at 9:32 pm

I love how you can boil down a whole week into a few sentences- that, my friend is a gift.

As always, Matthew has the best comments.

You look radiant and gorgeous in that photo. And yay for making local friends (who will have kids the same age!)


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