Saturday, July 25, 2015

33 Weeks

How far along: 33 weeks - EDD 09/10/15
How big is baby: The size of a durian - She is keeping her eyes open while awake, and her bones are hardening. She's also starting to coordinate breathing with sucking and swallowing.
What are we having: A sweet baby girl
Symptoms this week: Back pain, contractions, shortness of breath... I knew I had it too easy all throughout this pregnancy so far!
Weight gain/loss: Another 2 pound gain for a grand total of 20. I've noticed my weight is starting to fluctuate a lot. The maximum I see on the scale is a 20 pound total gain, so I'm sticking with that... could be less though.
Food aversions/cravings: Sweets are still my go to snack, and my milk craving seems to be hanging around. This is also another explanation for my weight gain. Haha
The baby belly: Baby is high and curled around on my right side, but head down. I look like I'm smuggling a large beach ball under my shirt, since the rest of me is pretty much the same as pre-pregnancy.
Movement: She moves more now than at any other point in my pregnancy. Knees, feet, arms, her butt... She's all over the place, and I often wonder when this whole "running out of room" thing is going to happen.
What is freaking me out: It's almost August. Each week seems to go by faster than the last. We're ready at home for baby girl to make her appearance, but at work it's a different story. Everyone has been out on vacation, so while I was ahead on things for a while, I'm now behind.
What I'm totally loving: Almost being at the point where if labor starts, it's not going to be an emergency or need to be stopped.
What I'm looking forward to: Meeting our baby girl. I find myself thinking about it a lot more frequently... What is she going to look like? How will labor go? Is nursing going to come easily? It's a lot to take in, but I'm really hoping my anxiety will go away as soon as I see her.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

32 Weeks

How far along: 32 weeks - EDD 09/10/15
How big is baby: The size of a squash - She is ready for her descent, and should be in a head-down position by now.
What are we having: A sweet baby girl
Symptoms this week: Oh hi, sciatic pain. I'm assuming this is going to be sticking around for the rest of my pregnancy.
Weight gain/loss: How did I gain 2 lbs this week?! I hope this isn't a new trend. I'm now up to a total of 18 lbs gained. I think a lot of the gain this week was due to the heat. It's been extra hot and humid, which is normal and not expected to end anytime soon, and I think it's finally affecting my weight.
Food aversions/cravings: Milk... And I'm not a milk drinker. At night though, I just can't help it. Cold milk is the best thing ever right now.
The baby belly: Baby is still high, so my belly is very... umm... dramatic looking. I'm definitely 100% belly.
Movement: So much movement! I can see limbs move across my belly, and can even feel (and sometimes see) the difference between her butt, torso, and head.
What is freaking me out: This baby is going to be here in less than 2 months. Holy crap! We have all of the baby stuff we need, but I still feel totally unprepared. I also had 20 minutes of real contractions at work this week, which just really made the realization set in that she is going to be here before we know it.
What I'm totally loving: The baby is going to be here in less than 2 months... I know, it's freaking me out, but I love it too. I can't wait to meet her and see what she looks like.
What I'm looking forward to: Honestly? Maternity leave. I'm getting increasingly uncomfortable sitting at work each week, which totally kills my concentration. I feel like I've slowed down physically and mentally, and work is starting to become exhausting. It's stressing me out, which it normally doesn't do, and I find myself really looking forward to not having to do it for a couple of months.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

31 Weeks

How far along: 31 weeks - EDD 09/10/15
How big is baby: The size of a pineapple - She is going through major nerve and brain development. Her eyes are developing too, and her irises react to light.
What are we having: A sweet baby girl
Symptoms this week: I'm exhausted and I hate it. I'm hoping this is a passing phase because I hate feeling like a zombie at work.
Weight gain/loss: Up another pound for a total of 16 gained.
Food aversions/cravings: Mint chip ice cream. It is my favorite flavor normally, but it just tastes better right now. Plus it's nice and cool.
The baby belly: Well, it looks like baby heard me last week and has now moved up and centered off.
Movement: Movement is very dramatic now, thanks to her new position. I feel her on both sides, and all movements are extremely visible.
What is freaking me out: Nothing this week.
What I'm totally loving: My heartburn and reflux are gone!! My OB recommended Nexium, and it has been a godsend. We also finished the nursery! I'll have to write a whole separate post on that.
What I'm looking forward to: Seeing how much bigger this belly is going to get. People are acting like I'm huge already, so I can't even imagine what I'm going to look like in another month. Hopefully it's just my belly that's big, and I'm not going to birth a giant baby.

Saturday, July 4, 2015

30 Weeks

How far along: 30 weeks - EDD 09/10/15
How big is baby: The size of a cucumber - Her skin is getting smoother, but her brain is getting wrinklier. She is even strong enough to grasp a finger now.
What are we having: A sweet baby girl
Symptoms this week: So much heartburn and reflux. It's making me absolutely miserable. No matter what I eat, or don't eat, it's there. I need to mention it to my OB because I can't handle this for another two weeks.
Weight gain/loss: Up 2 pounds this week... I think my growth spurt theory from last week was spot on. I'm now up a total of 15 pounds gained.
Food aversions/cravings: Is aversion to everything, a thing? I mean, that's not entirely true, but my reflux is making me hate eating.
The baby belly: Large and in charge! I'm still the most round in the lower part of my belly, which I find odd because she has plenty of room to stretch out and move up.
Movement: Baby girl is still hanging out on my right side, but she is definitely head down. She's been in that position since at least 20 weeks when we had our last ultrasound, so hopefully she doesn't flip around.
What is freaking me out: This reflux is taking its toll on me. I've also hit a wall in terms of energy. I'm slow, get tired easily, and my back hurts more frequently. It's tolerable now, but I'm afraid that it's just going to get worse.
What I'm totally loving: It's a love-hate thing, but my belly prompts so many conversations with people. I'm social, I'll talk to anyone, so it's kind of nice. However, everyone keeps asking if I'm having twins, or assumes I'm "ready to pop." I could live without that.
What I'm looking forward to: Talking to my OB and hopefully getting some relief from this reflux. That's really all I can focus on at this point.