How far along are you? Technically, I’m at 30 weeks, 4 days.
How big is baby?: According to The Bump app, Baby P is the size of a cucumber, measuring 15.2-16.7 inches long and weighing in anywhere from 2.5 to 3.8 pounds! His skin is getting smoother and he is strong enough to grasp a finger!
Symptoms: Bump is definitely a-growing and random strangers will ask me when my due date is- I love it! In terms of symptoms, definitely getting pretty tired now that the energy from the 2nd trimester has passed. Braxton Hicks contractions have started (it feels like my stomach is clenching itself like a fist, then letting go…very odd!) Also having some lower back pain due to extra weight from baby. And not gonna lie- it’s tough to put on pants and shoes…bending over is starting to get a little uncomfortable!
Sleeping: Sleep is hard to come by these days. Over the weekend, I got a head cold (mainly congestion, which I heard is common at this point) and as a result, slept very little. But overall, I’ve been waking up a bit more throughout the night and can’t seem to turn off my mind when it comes time to go to sleep, and I’ll wake up either from a weird dream or just with tons of thoughts in my head. I’ve read that it’s normal for Mommas-to-be to do this, but I need to try and find ways to calm my mind a bit better! I’m trying lavender pillow spray and some yoga/stretching poses, which seem to help.
Cravings/Aversions? Still have quite an appetite and love berries, carbs and dairy. And Poptarts as of lately (they were on sale and I stocked up…now I’m addicted. Whoops.) Also, I would like to start making meals to store in the freezer. Any recommendations?
Fears: Just scared about the labor/delivery process and hope it goes smoothly…we have our childbirth class in a couple weeks, so maybe that will help put my mind at ease–or freak me out more?! And hope we don’t have a colicky baby…it’s enough of a challenge to care for another tiny human, let alone one that will cry constantly and you feel like you have no way to soothe him!
Miss Anything? I’m such a busy body, so I miss having all the energy to do everything I used to do in a typical day. But, Baby P is already telling me to slow down and enjoy being in the moment, which I’m starting to focus on more and more these days.
Generally Feeling: Just so blessed. I can’t believe that we will have a little guy…a SON to hold and the title of “parent.” Just feeling emotional and so overwhelmed with happiness at it all. Just in awe.
-Pregnancy is in the air! My close friend from college is (and bridesmaid) is due in July…my boss and coworker are also pregnant (3 out of the 5 of us on our team- wow!), plus several colleagues at work. Crazy!
-Doctors appointments are now every two weeks (as opposed to four).
-We also have a couple 1st birthday parties for friends’ babies coming up (I am eagerly awaiting the smash cake portion…my favorite!)
Looking Forward To: Baby P sure is loved already…we have three showers coming up in the month of March and I’m really excited to be able to celebrate with close family and friends! T’s parents also treated us to a mini getaway at Lake Geneva, and we are taking a long weekend this weekend to relax! AND I get to be pampered with a mani/pedi and my first prenatal massage at the spa!
What I’ve Been Loving: Being able to workout really makes me feel so good- sweating, activating my muscles and just moving around works wonders, I tell ya! I’ve been doing 3 mile walks 2-3 times a week (mostly at our company gym when my calendar is open), along with one day a week doing run/walk intervals while I still can, and then either yoga and/or my Tracey Anderson prenatal DVDs for strength/flexibility.
Maternity Clothes? You betcha! Now that I’ve got 10 weeks (or less) to go, I’m putting a halt on purchasing more maternity clothes. But I did treat myself to a few workout pieces from Old Navy as a treat since I am keeping up with my workout routine (and I typically wear workout clothes to lounge around the house on weekends/after work.) They will be in my February budget. Also, last month, I needed your help deciding on a dress for the shower(s), and I did end up finding one! More to come later…
Boy or Girl: It’s a boy! So excited to meet our little man! During our drive to Florida for the babymoon, T and I got were able to brainstorm names a bit. We have a few picked out, and unless another one comes to us, I think we are going to stick with those and wait until we meet our little man in person before picking one of them. Gotta pick the name that suits him best, right?!
Movement: Lots of kicks and punches…I love feeling those :-)
What I did/got for baby: Still waiting on the glider/ottoman (A tad frustrated with Buy Buy Baby at the moment but I digress!) I look forward to sitting there, reading books and just envisioning what it will be like when the little guy arrives! On the nursery front, we are going with light gray, white, navy and red in the nursery.
A friend of mine also hooked me up with a ton of her baby clothes (she has two boys). So thoughtful of her!
Best moment of the week: Realizing that I’m literally in the final stretch, and that I will have a little guy to hold in my arms before too long! And take a peek at the difference from 8 weeks to 30…lots of growing in there!
And my progress over the past few weeks:
And I had a little fun last night stringing together all of the bump photos I’ve taken thus far…neat to see the progress!