Week 29 Pregnancy Update 

Baby W is the size of an acorn Squash! She comes in at around 15.2 inches and 2.54 pounds. She growing like a weed!

Just like the previous weeks I’ve had Braxton Hicks. However they have increased in amount and intensity. Not to mention I still have trouble sleeping, backaches, and a sore stomach. I did find that when I wear my belly support leggings I’m in less pain and I sleep better. So I started wearing more belly support. This week I’ve also started having increased pelvic pain. She literally cradles herself in my pelvic are and it’s not comfortable what so ever. It also makes it hard to walk. This week I’ve also noticed an increase in itching. I don’t just mean on my belly. It’s literally my ENTIRE body and I haven’t found anything that has helped relieve the itching. But I have a few more things to try before giving up and seeing my doctor. 

This week I’ve enjoyed a lot of red meat, salad, and pasta. Red meat has mainly been ground beef but I went grocery shopping this week and picked up spare ribs and steak! I can’t wait to eat them! 

Exciting news we signed up for a birthing class, I signed up for a breastfeeding class, and my husband signed up for a 1 day 4 hour new dads class! We’re mostly excited to do the birthing class together and we hope to get a lot out of it. My husband isn’t big on taking classes but he’s excited (for the most part) about the dads class as they are helping dads prepare to take the big step into fatherhood. Most the things they are talking about are things he’s never had to do. I’m just proud of him for signing up for a class. Makes my heart melt! I’m also excited for the breastfeeding class just to understand the basics but I’m not feeling as worried because for the first 4-6 weeks (roughly) my daughter is alive my mom will be here and she will help me a lot with understanding and finding techniques (if I struggle) to help. But mostly she’ll be there to help my husband encourage me and help as much as it’s needed. 

Well how was your 29th week? Anything exciting happen?

Talk soon,

Marena

24 Week Pregnancy Update 

This week we announced to all our family and friends we were having a little girl! We also had our baby shower that our sisters put on for us (with help from our moms. Thanks moms)! If you saw my earlier post you’d have also seen this week (that day specifically) I had a rough emotional week. 


Baby Girl is the size of a cantaloupe. Coming in at a respectable 11.8 inches and 1.30 pounds. (Wow baby girl you sure are growing).


Goodness this baby sure likes to move around a ton. I’m good with the kicks and the jabs but man when she flips it hurts. When she wants herself know she isn’t afraid to show it. It’s funny because as much as I can’t get comfortable I think she has it worse. And she still has extra room for now. I swear she’s indecisive because she can go to being on her stomach, to her back, to sitting straight up on my left side, then sitting up on my right, and back again to any kind of crazy position. I will say it is cool to feel my belly and tell exactly what body part is where. It causes me to have such a large smile. 

When this girl moves like I said it hurts. Basically if her whole body moves positions that whole area of my belly hardens. Sometimes it hardens to the point it’s hard to move positions and I usually have to have someone (most likely my husband) rub my belly. You know how I said she likes to move from one side of my belly to the other? Well feeling the hardness travel as she moves is the strangest feeling. But like I said a few weeks ago I’d take any pain if it means I’m helping her grow. She’s to special to me not to be willing to put up with the pain. And let’s face it if I can’t handle the pain I probably shouldn’t have tried getting pregnant to begin with right? 

Now the coolest thing I’ve found is being able to physically see her kick. It’s crazy to see my belly bounce up and down. I notice it a lot when I take a bath but I notice it laying in bed or whenever I’m relaxing as well. However because I notice it best in the bath I haven’t gotten a good video of it. Another cool/cute thing is she kicks you back if you tap on my belly. My husband was tapping his thumb on my belly and she kept tapping back. It was like they were little kids on opposite sides of a door knocking and playing around. Then later this week I was holding my niece and she fell asleep on my belly. (Surprisingly it wasn’t all that uncomfortable). Every time she’d hiccup or get a hitch in her breathing so she’d shake she’d push on my belly. And again this little girl would push back. Although this time I think she was a little jealous. I’m not sure if that’s possible but it hurt more when she pushed back at my niece than it did with my husband. 

Alright enough about baby girls movements I’m sure you’re tired of reading about it. 

This week I had such an emotional week. The other day I went from being angry to crying sad in a 5 minute time span. (Read back to my previous post “Pregnancy Emotions are Tough”). Then I cried about the situation about 3 more times. I proceeded to have a few more emotional moments about unimportant things as the week progressed. I cried with worry my little dog wasn’t going to the bathroom properly. (Dang dog doesn’t like getting wet and that means he plays in the snow for a minute but then is ready to dry off. Not to mention my hometown right now is anywhere from -17 to +30 at any given time). Then I cried because I wanted pizza two days in a row but it gives me awful heartburn. Not to mention I cried no one would come to the baby shower because of the snow storm. So as you can see I haven’t really mentioned I’ve been overly emotional the past 23 weeks but Week 24 it all hit. And it hit HARD. I just hope the next 14 or so weeks left are not as rough. 

Good cravings are still anything salty and smarties. I’ve also enjoyed lots of pizza and Italian salad. I’ve also been excited to head to my father in-laws place during week 25 because I like his yummy potatoes. The basic cravings are still the same though. 

I guess that’s about all that happened this week. 

To end it with a happy note my husband and I took a few cute photos!


How was your week 24?

Did you have one week where your emotions just all of a sudden came without warning?

Talk soon,

Marena

Week 22 Pregnancy Update 

This week was long. Very long!


Baby biscuit is the size of a coconut. 10.9inches and 15.1 oz. 
It’s so great how much my husband feels the baby. It makes my heart feel so warm. 

This week has been all of the normal stuff sore back, sore stomach, and headaches. The other thing I have noticed is my belly has started to feel heavy. Especially after I eat. It can be very uncomfortable but it’s just nice knowing I’m helping baby grow. Cool thing I’ve noticed is when I lay on either side I feel the baby drop to that side. It’s weird being able to feel a very full side and an empty side. I’m interested in how it’ll feel when baby stops having so much room. 

This week besides wanting salty foods I’ve also enjoyed a lot of smarties. The biggest craving was for lasagna. I have a sweet husband, while I napped he went to the store and picked me up two personal sized lasagnas. I proceeded to eat both within 2 hours of each other. 

This week baby and I took an easy flight home to family for the holidays. Daddy and Marco the dog will follow later. By the time my 4 hour flight and 3 hour drive were done I was very sore and tired. I think I’ve hit a point when traveling for long periods of time are hard. Good thing this is our last long trip of the pregnancy. All we have left is the travel back to San Diego. 

This week I also met with my high risk OB and I’m officially transferred over to her. We saw the baby and all looks great. I have a heart condition so we checked baby and all looks good for baby’s heart. 

My husband and I are extra excited because next week (on my 22nd birthday) we are officially finding out the sex of the baby! I’m getting impatient. 

Talk soon,

Marena Wenzlick 

Week 21 Pregnancy Update 

This week was so amazing!!!!

Baby W is the size of an endive. (It look like a lettuce or maybe corn stalk thing). 10.5 inches and 12.7 oz


I still have a sore back, sleepless nights, headaches, and allergies. My stomach still feels stretched and sore but not bad. The best part is my husband felt the baby!!!! (So it wasn’t in my head). 

I had a doctors appointment and everything is still looking good. I did have to schedule an ultrasound and fetal echo but I already knew that was coming. I have a congenital heart defect and I’m high risk so these are put in for extra precaution. But they did also find an echogenic focus in the ultrasound last week so they want to check in on that. During my first trimester I lost 7 pounds so my doc had me gain it all back. I finally have and I am now on to gain the 20-25 pounds for true pregnancy weight. 

This week I’ve loved to eat Chinese. It isn’t always nice on my stomach but it does give me a lot of the salty factor I want. Sandwiches are also high up on my list of foods. Tea has been a relatively new thing for me this week. Lipton green tea and Arizona raspberry tea have been a very big favorite. 

Oh yeah HAPPY THANKSGIVING!! This week I really thought about how thankful I am for not only my family, friends, and things in my life, I’m also very thankful for this baby! 

Talk soon,

Marena

Week 20 Pregnancy Update 

We found out the gender of our baby this week!!!! Okay well technically the technician found out wrote it down and sealed it into an envelope. Then I dropped it in the mail and sent it to my mom. 

Well let’s get on to this week!

Baby W is the size of a banana coming in at 6.59 inches and 10.1 oz. oh my goodness getting so big!!


Baby was measuring perfect for 20 weeks! My favorite part is I got to see this little biscuit wave and suck his/her thumb. I never realized how something so simple could melt my heart so much. I started feeling biscuit on the outside of my belly. All I could think was maybe it was just my head telling my hand it feels it because I can definitely feel it on the inside. I couldn’t wait for Thomas to get home and tell me if he could feel it too. 


I eat so much! It’s crazy how hungry I am. I swear I say this every week. And water is my new best friend. Not only am I constantly eating but I find I’m constantly drinking water. Being able to drink more water makes. E happy because I know I hadn’t been drinking enough. I also find I sneeze a lot. I joke I’m allergic to this baby. I do find I have small nose bleeds as well. This week I still have a sore back and headache most of the time. It’d be nice to get some relief but I’ll put up with it if that means I have a baby out of it. I’m also finding I notice my stomach stretching. No stretch marks but it definitely feels like it’s pulling and itchy. I lotion often and that helps. 

This week I’ve still been eating tons of salty foods including chips and salsa. I still wish I could find the perfect salty food. I also ate a ton of sandwiches. I actually enjoyed putting a little chunky sea salt. But I also found there is to much sea salt sometimes. I also found I’m enjoying cherry tomatoes as long as it cooks in a pasta dish. Fruit like watermelon have also been awesome. 

This week a friend threw me a small baby shower for all my Cali friends. Even though it was small (a few people had to last minute cancel making it much smaller) it was still amazing. We tried baby food (I’m awful at guessing the fruit kinds). 


All in al this week has been amazing! I really don’t know if I have any complaints. 

Oh wait I have a sort of annoying but also funny story. My doctors office is also at the hospital. While getting my anatomy scan I thought I’d stop into the office to ask what I should take as I had a small cold for a few days and as it went on my neck was stiff. Not to mention I had a killer headache that just was t going away. As soon as the check in lady saw I was 20 weeks she refused to give me any info. Then sent me to labor and delivery. I was so annoyed because I knew it was just a cold. They like to be safe though and I guess it’s better to be safe than sorry. I sat around in labor on delivery for 3 hours being monitored. Although this doctor, midwife, and I found ourselves joking about how the check in lady could have just given me a safe medication list. I also mentioned I knew what I could take it just hadn’t been working. So in the end I listened to little biscuits heartbeat for a few hours and went home with a tad stronger medication and a diagnosis that I was already aware of. I also found out I could take tons more Tylenol than I realized. (4000 milligrams so like 2 regular strength 8 or so times).By the time I got home I was ready for bed and it was nice to finally have relief. 

Half way there!!!

How was your 20 weeks?

Did you decide to know the gender?

Talk soon,

Marena 

Week 19 Pregnancy Update 

Hey all week 19 was good! I spent a lot of time laying around in bed and lazy. I did spend a lot out of bed but I think maybe I layed around to much. So I’m starting off right now stating my goal for week 20 is to get out and about more!

Baby W is the size of a mango this week! 5.98 inches and 8.50 oz. 


This week I noticed my belly feels a tad more sore and stretched. I haven’t seen any stretch marks or been itchy by any means. But I do try to lotion it often to help prevent it. The stretched feeling is exactly that feeling but with a touch of hardness. My belly feels stretched and more solid. 

With that being said it makes me feel less like I’m chunky and more like I’m pregnant. That helps my state of mind when I transition into I literally officially have NO pants to wear. I even tried looking at maternity pants but I’m still just not fitting those either. And honestly I don’t much enjoy pants or even tight shirts. I swear it’s like my belly is claustrophobic and doesn’t like when stuff touches it. If I want to wear pants I wear leggings and roll it under my belly. But since I’m in So Cal I can get away with dresses. Not sure what I’ll do in December when I’m home in Michigan but at least my mom as offered to take me my first day home and try on as many pants as it takes to find something that works. 

Round ligament pain, restlessness, weird Dreams all the same as last week. This week I’ve also been pretty thirsty so it helped with my goal last week to try and get more water in me! 

I mentioned how I thought maybe I felt the baby last week. Well I still don’t know of what I felt was the baby or not because this week I didn’t feel anything like what I thought I felt last week. So it’s still a mystery to me. I was told it could take all the way to week 20 or even 22 because this is my first pregnancy. I’m not worried by any mean. I just want to feel the baby. But when I really know I’m feeling baby I’ll be very excited!!

This week has still been a chips and salsa week. I have almost ate an entire bag of family size chips. I also wanted chocolate cupcakes so I made a batch. Good thing I had small group at church and was able to share. I don’t know if I could or even if I should eat 24 cupcakes. 

In your first pregnancy (I say first because the rest usually everything happens sooner because you know what to feel and because your body is relaxed from the last) did you feel baby?

How did your week 19 go? By now did you already know baby gender?

Talk soon,

Marena 

Week 18 Pregnancy Update 

Hey all so technically I’m week 20 but at thins point I think it’s obvious I’ll almost always be behind on my updates. 😂 So here it is week 18!

Happy Halloween! And it sure was happy because I indulged in candy. (I’m not a big sweets person and this baby hasn’t been either).


Baby is the size of an artichoke! Weighing in at 5.59 inches and 6.70 oz!

This week I ate TONS of Olive Garden soup. I actually bought a gallon of my favorite soup and I had it gone in just under a week. And any kind of salty treat. I can’t seem to find anything that matches the salty flavor I really want but chips and salsa hit the spot. 

Just like the past weeks I’ve had a hard time sleeping. Finding comfortable positions is hard and when I do get to sleep I ultimately wake up to go to the bathroom or from a very strange dream. I haven’t really dreamt of a gender like some people do. I more just go back and forth between boy or girl. What I’m really thankful for are my dreams are strange but not bad so I don’t find I wake up freaked out. Round ligament pain and a sore back have also been an annoying factor. I constantly toss and turn and find new positions to sleep in or just altogether sit relax in. (Oh the things a mom endures. But I wouldn’t change it for anything)!

There really isn’t much to talk about this week. The only major thing was my husband and his ship left for his underway. 

I also know as well as I’ve done at getting fluid in me I need to try harder at drinking water. I’m keeping myself hydrated but water goes a long way. Plus from what I hear it helps a lot with milk supply as time goes on. So it’s my goal to try harder. 

Talk soon,

Marena 

P.s. I think I might have felt the baby flutter around. Twice at the beginning of the week and had a strange feeling. My mom said it was probably the baby. But I hadn’t felt it again the rest of the week. So who knows?