There has been some major slacking happening on my part. I really have a hard time making it to my computer some days to write these posts! And getting the weekly picture? Impossible. I just never remember! But I know I’ll be so glad to have my entire pregnancy documented once baby girl gets here, so I’m determined to not get too behind. I’m a day away from 30 weeks, so today we’ll be recapping my 29th week of pregnancy. I can’t believe I’m about to be 30 weeks pregnant.. 30 WEEKS! Even before I was pregnant, I always thought anything beyond 30 weeks just sounded super pregnant. And I still feel that way! We’re in the home stretch people!
How I’m Feeling
I mentioned before that putting on socks or any shoes where I have to bend down towards my feet was getting nearly impossible. Well.. the belly continues to grow! My husband may or may not have asked me to try to put on my socks, just so he could get a good laugh at watching me struggle. True love, guys It’s funny because to me, my stomach still doesn’t seem that big, which seems silly to say, given the above pictures. It’s probably because I’m getting used to it, but it still surprises me when I can’t do/reach things that I normally could. This baby girl is getting BIG and it shows. Sometimes I even feel a little bad for her, because I can’t help but think how squished she must be in there! When she’s moving sometimes it seems like I can feel her puuussshing out against the walls of my uterus trying to make more room for herself. I can’t say I blame her! I know she doesn’t know any different though so I’m sure she’s nice and cozy in her home for the next 10 weeks
Another funny thing is that I went from no strangers really making any comments to me, to suddenly everyone I meet instantly asks, “When are you due?” “How much longer?” “Boy or girl?”. I’ve even had 3 or 4 people take guesses at the gender (note – the women are always right). Most of the time people are super friendly, and I love that I’m walking around with an instant conversation starter. Luckily no strangers have tried to touch my belly (knock on wood) so I feel very lucky to have escaped that so far. I also feel like for the most part I’ve managed not to be asked many “rude” pregnancy questions – apart from a couple instances. I did have one guy holler out of his car window in the grocery store parking lot (OUT OF HIS CAR WINDOW) – “Ey! When yo twins be due?!!”. Ah yes, the famous ‘twins’ comment. I had been warned. Um… excuse you? I think I just murmured something about not having twins, shook my head and kept walking. Rude. I also don’t enjoy it when people try to give the ‘ole “Oh honey – you need to get the epidural. Trust me.” upon telling them I’d like to attempt a natural birth, sometimes even from men! Pretty sure that is my decision, thank you. Maybe I will, maybe I won’t.. but I definitely don’t feel like that’s an area where advice is needed if not asked for. Right? I know the pregnant ladies can relate! Moving on
A fun update I’ve been noticing this week is more hiccups! I realized I notice them more easily now, and seemingly more frequently. The best part is whenever she gets the hiccups, it really clues me in to wherever her head is, which helps me notice whether she’s head up, head down, etc. Well, baby girl likes to change things up because it has almost always been in a different spot! My Dr. said this is totally normal and she will likely continue to flip all around until she starts running out of room (which sure feels like right about now!) but I’m hoping I’ll be able to feel her head down most of the time here soon. This morning she seemed to have her head down, but on my right side.. sort of sideways Hey, close enough for me!
What Baby is Doing
- At 29 weeks, baby weighs about 3 lbs.(THREE pounds.. crazy talk!) and at 16 to 17 inches long, is almost her full birth length.
- Right now she’s working on all that baby fat (I just love this) and is gaining white fat deposits under the skin that will ultimately become those perfect little baby rolls!
- Those fat deposits are also causing baby’s energy to surge – which means more kicks for mom!
Other Baby News
I think the most exciting baby related event this week was getting this surprise in the mail! You may have seen this if you follow me on instagram!
I was shocked to open up my door and find the UPS man with this giant box. Low and behold my college roommates/girlfriends had gotten together and bought us the pack ‘n play we registered for! (cue angels singing) This is also what we’re planning to use as a bassinet in our room when baby girl first arrives, so this was a big win for us to get. We went ahead and set it up and it up and I think just seeing it put together once again made it that much more real that we will have a third family member with us here in a little over 2 months. Such a crazy, wonderful thought! Thanks again, friends!
The nesting urge is seriously starting to set in and I want to do things like wash all the sheets, organize baby belongings and dust every surface in the house (side note: I feel like I CANNOT for the life of me keep all the dust out of this house – I don’t remember having this issue in our apartment! We change the filter regularly so I can’t understand why the dust seems so bad!? I’m thinking about buying an air purifier, especially before baby gets here. Does anyone else use one of these?). We don’t have everything we need yet so it’s sort of hard to really “nest” like I’d like to, but I think in the next month or so we should be wrapping up all the loose ends! Definitely one of the fun-ner parts of pregnancy
How far along? 29 weeks
Baby’s size? A butternut squash (or celery stalk!)
Total weight gain: Not sure. I’m guessing I’m closing in on 30 though.
Maternity clothes? Not sure how I couldn’t be in maternity clothes at this point.
Stretch marks? None! I feel lucky to not have any yet and I’m praying it stays that way
Sleep: Pretty good this week!
Best moment this week: Getting our surprise pack ‘n play delivery!
Exercise Pretty proud of myself this week! I’ve moved on to the 3rd trimester workout on my Summer Sanders DVD (I swear for some reason the 3rd trimester workout is harder) which I managed to do twice, and I also got in two long walks, one on my own and one with a friend. The walk by myself though got a bit difficult once I hit about 2.0-2.5 miles. I’m used to walking about 3 miles and usually feel good and “exercised” but never like I overdid it at all. On this walk however once I hit roughly that 2 mile mark, my lower back started killing me and not long after my lower abdomen started to cramp on one side. I had already turned around at the half point so I slowed down my pace and stopped to stretch every few minutes, which helped a little. But after awhile I could only make it a few steps before having to stop because I was so uncomfortable. I was almost back to the car, but I decided I really didn’t want to push it and ended up calling Dustin who graciously came and picked me up. I’m not sure if it was a lack of stretching or if my body just wasn’t up for it that day, because my walk a couple days later was perfectly fine! But I definitely learned to make sure I listen to my body when it tells me enough is enough. Baby comes first!
Miss Anything? Hmm. Not really this week!
Movement: Oh yeah. Lots of pokes and jabs now versus flips and rolls. Sometimes they are sharp too!
Food cravings: Still anything cold and sweet. Currently loving orange juice, fruit, smoothies and ice cream!
Anything making you queasy or sick? Nope
Baby Items: Just the new pack ‘n play (this is the model if you’re interested) or the baby – but I did get to check a few things off my list for the hospital bag for me! I picked up a really soft nightgown and a nursing bra from Target (because mine are starting to get uncomfortable.. I swear my ribs have expanded). I’ll probably go ahead and wear the bra but the nightgown will be washed and put straight into the hospital bag – yep, slowly but surely starting to pack one! I also got some products for postpartum purposes, but I’ll spare you the details on that (unless you’re truly curious, then feel free to ask!).
This nightgown, and similar nursing bra (couldn’t find the exact one).
Symptoms: Back pain, hip pain at night, peeing every 10 minutes, extreme thirst, overall difficulty moving around
Belly Button in or out? Oh so out, but getting flatter!
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or Moody most of the time? Happy!
Looking forward to: Getting the nursery in order. I can’t wait!
Other news this week: I took some time this week to go ahead and write out my birth plan. I’m really aiming to go into labor with the knowledge that I can only do so much “planning” and that only the Lord knows how this baby is going to enter the world! So I titled my birth plan “birth preferences” to let the nurses and staff hopefully know that while I do have preferred wishes during my labor, I am open to change when it’s necessary and don’t expect everything to “as planned”. To make it as easy as possible to read, I wrote everything in bullet points and separated it into chronological categories (upon arrival, during labor, during the birth, after birth/postpartum, etc.). I may tweak it a bit before May gets here, but it feels good to have those big decisions out of the way and onto paper (well, once I print it anyway).
Oh and lastly – after my walk/back pain mishap I decided to go ahead and make an appointment with the chiropractor. I had been wanting to do this for awhile but this finally lit a fire under me and convinced me to make the call. The office I scheduled with came highly recommended to me by a holistic Dr. I used to see (who I LOVED – sadly he opened a new practice the next town over so it’s a bit of drive now.. plus these days all I really need to see is my OB) so I have high expectations. I also know that at least one of their Dr.’s is certified in Webster’s technique (chiropractic services specifically for pregnancy) which is what I was looking for. Anyone used a chiropractor during pregnancy? Tell me your experience! I have a consultation next week so I’ll let you know how it goes!
That’s all for this week friends. 30 weeks, here we come!