Now that I’m so close to the end, I’m trying to do bumpdates every two weeks – think it’ll make her come out early? Probably not.
How far along? 34 Weeks
Size of baby: About 17.7 Inches and 4.7 pounds – a muskmelon (I don’t even know what that is…)
General Thoughts/Feelings/Mood: I know I still have 6 weeks to go… but I’m so done. I’m getting tired so much faster nowadays, my hips hurt at the end of the workday, and I am finding more and more that I just can’t do all the things I want to do. I did a lot this past Sunday and paid for it in body aches for DAYS. I can’t stand not being able to do things myself, but what can I do? I am also needing coffee in the mornings more and more. I tried to give it up for most of my pregnancy, but I have a feeling I’m going to need my one cup per day as I get closer to the end here.
Food Aversions: Nothing, but as usual, most things don’t taste good anyway.
Food Cravings: Starbucks lemon loaf. I will not be surprised if this baby has an affinity for all things lemon when she’s older.
Health/Fitness: I’m doing okay. I would love to be able to be a little more active, but it’s just not in the cards right now. I eat mostly healthy and I’m hovering at about a 29 pound weight gain. Not terrible, but of course, I wish it was less. I’m ALL belly this time too.
Doc Appointments: My doctors are happy with where I’m at – my blood pressure has been perfect and they’re happy with my weight gain – it’s trending on target. I’m on the baby aspirin for another two weeks (to help prevent me getting preeclampsia), and then we’ll see how things go from there.
Symptoms: I’m exhausted all the time, no matter how much sleep I get. I’m not swelling too terribly (our weather getting slightly cooler has helped with that). It’s mostly the fatigue. My hips hurt like heck at the end of the workday from holding this belly up, and I’m getting Braxton-Hicks more regularly now. All those lovely third trimester things are in full effect.
Sleep: I fall asleep pretty easily most nights, but I get up to pee about 3-4 times a night. It’s hard because I’m SO thirsty, but I know the more water I drink, the more I’ll be getting up at night. It’s a never-ending battle.
Movement? Yep, all the time. Except when my mom’s around – then she likes to be quiet to annoy her Grandma…. (sorry Mom)
Maternity Clothes: All the time. I’m done buying clothes and am just going to get through the rest of my pregnancy with what I have, and I’m SO looking forward to wearing normal clothes again.
Miss Anything? Being able to bend over, not getting winded so fast, sleeping through the night, walking normally (I’m seriously waddling now).
Baby Items Purchased: Paint, curtains, and artwork for her room! My dad and sister helped Chris with the first coat of paint this past weekend, and we’re hoping to get the second coat done this coming weekend. After that we can get the furniture back in place, decorate, and FINALLY start going through all of Abbie’s old clothes and things to get them ready for this little one!
Best Moments So Far: Taking our family/maternity photos on Sunday morning! Abbie did really well – she wore what I picked out for her without complaint and even let me put a clip in her hair… and you guys, she looked SO grown up. I’m so glad she behaved and we got some photos of the three of us together before we become four.
Most Unexpected Moment So Far: How quickly the third trimester exhaustion set in. I really forgot how tired you get!
Looking Forward To: Finishing baby’s room and getting the rest of things set for her arrival.
Abbie: She’s just such a big girl now. It’s so crazy to look back at her newborn photos and look at the little girl she’s grown into. She is always telling us she’s a big girl and doing things herself, and I just can’t wait to see her as a big sister. She loved seeing the progress of baby sister’s room, and knows it’s baby’s room and not hers (something I wanted to make sure I was sensitive to since we just moved her out of that room last month). I’m really hoping that when baby gets here she flows right into big-sisterhood with no problems. We’ll see!