Here we are our last week of double digits in the countdown to the arrival of our little Peanut. Time has sure flown. I’m sure the next 7-12 weeks (she could come any time between then) are going to FLY by. I better get moving on all of the stuff at work and at home I need to do.
I’ve definitely grown in the past few weeks! I measured my belly last night and it is now 35.5 inches around. That’s about 8.5 inches bigger than it normally is. Wow!
Weight Gain to Date: Still 18 lbs total. I was surprised when I got weighed at my appointment that I hadn’t gained any weight in the past two weeks. I think this really is because I gained extra last time while traveling, which I probably lost when I got home and returned to my normal eating and exercising habits. Then I probably gained a few back. The midwife wasn’t worried, but said at the next appointment I should have gained no less than 1 lb. I think I’m getting pregnancy face though…gotta watch that.
Belly Button in or out: Part of it, where my belly button ring used to run through it, sticks out, especially when Peanut is right under it. I still consider it an innie overall though.
Baby Size: Peanut is about 17 inches from head to toe and weigh about 3 pounds give or take a few ounces. Her head and body are now proportioned like a newborn’s.
New Developments: She plumping up and starting to control her own body temperature. As her skin smoothes out with that added fat, the brain just keeps getting more wrinkled. All those grooves and indentations increase surface area, meaning more room for that oh-so-essential brain tissue. Her eyebrows and eyelashes are fully developed, and hair on her head (if she has any) is getting thicker.
Cravings: Pineapple and cheese, but not together of course. Other than that I’m pretty much my normal eating self these days. My chip cravings haven’t even come back now that I can eat them again.
Food aversions: I’m finding fewer and fewer things that gross me out. Occasionally I will think something sounds good but then I’ll see it or smell it and decide that it will not be entering my mouth. That being said, I think that tofu is forever ruined.
Feeling: Overall very good. Last week I had a lot of Braxton-Hicks and cramping. After speaking with my midwife we determined everything was fine, but that I need to drink four liters of water a day and I took last week off from any sort of strenuous exercise.
Sleep: I am having the hardest time falling asleep at night. For 4-5 days in a row I could not fall asleep before 1 am. That was annoying. Once I’m asleep I’m having crazy dreams and then being woken up to go to the bathroom and some kicking. I feel my energy level waivering but I think it’s due to my strange sleep patterns.
Movement: Coworkers have been seeing my stomach move. It’s pretty funny. Peanut is definitely a mover and a shaker. Luckily her movements have not included flipping from her head down position. My midwife thinks she’ll stay there since I’m at 30 weeks now. Hopefully she’ll make sure her back is to my belly too.
Maternity Clothes: I need more. Seriously. I wear the same handful of outfits every week. At this point unless I find screaming deals, it’s not really worth the money to buy more. Some of my clothes are going to be hard to give up once Peanut is here because they are so comfy.
What I miss: Sleeping and vacation. This year is the first year in almost 4 years that we have had no vacation planned. This makes me sad. I’m such a traveler. Luckily there is hope on the horizon for next year. I think we’re going to try to make it over to Germany to visit my Uncle Rick and meet all of my cousins I’ve never met, plus see the country. Gotta get in a good trip before we have to pay for Peanut’s ticket.
What I love about pregnancy: Always having my baby right here safely in my belly. I’m not worrying about how anyone else is caring for her or if she’s getting enough food, etc. That’s a nice feeling that I’m sure I’m going to miss.