Two months, well less than that if we go by actual calendar date rather than pregnancy weeks. I had a realization as I was driving home from work the other night that after my appointment with the midwife this week, I only have five left. I only have one more until they start checking me for signs of dilation and effacement. Where has time gone?
Weight Gain to Date: So I made up for the lack of weight gain at my 30 week appointment by putting on 4 lbs this time. Total weight gain is now up to 22 lbs. I think I’ll top out around the 30 lb mark…right in the middle of the healthy range.
Belly Button in or out: It’s pretty much flush with my stomach, maybe slightly indented. That part where my ring used to go through definitely sticks out. Stupid belly button ring!
Baby Size: Peanut is about 17 inches from head to toe and weighs about 3.75 pounds give or take a few ounces. What’s scary is that she still has about a third to a half of her birth weight to gain between now and whenever she decides she’s ready to enter the world. I was a 7lb 3 oz baby and Josh was in the 7lb range so I’m hoping she’ll follow suit and not be a large 8-9 lb baby. The midwives will start trying to check for an indication of her size at my 36 week appointment.
New Developments: She now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair (if she’s lucky and not like me). Her skin is becoming soft and smooth.
Cravings: Nothing sounds very good lately. I’m eating just fine but more small meals or snacks rather than large meals and nothing is tasting super delicious. That Spring Fling cake treated me right though. You can’t go wrong with zucchini cake layered with fruit and cream cheese frosting…mmm.
Food aversions: Nothing new here.
Feeling: Oh my aching back. It doesn’t hurt all the time but by the end of the day it’s usually pretty sore. I’m not surprised this has finally kicked in. My back isn’t used to supporting such a big belly and these new boobs. I’m still exercising but the intensity is way down! That’s ok. I figure as long as I’m keeping my body in motion, that’s better than doing nothing at all. Josh is on top of reminding me to do squats and hip rotations as directed by his husband labor support book.
Sleep: Is the heat on or is it just me? Yeah, it’s me. I’m a human furnace. I’ve been having wicked hot flashes at all times of the day, but nighttime really seems to be the worst. Poor Josh is going to have to start bundling up because I cannot get our room cold enough to be comfortable. I am sleeping a little bit better than I was a few weeks ago. I think it’s just because I’m so tired by the time I crawl into bed. Sleep continues to be interrupted by frequent trips to the bathroom and movement, but I can get at least 3 hours at a time.
Movement: We’ve got a roller. I swear she’s been rolling over from back to belly constantly lately. I can’t blame her, real estate is tight in there. The other day I’m pretty sure I felt a toe on the side of my stomach. That’s the first time I’ve felt like I could really distinguish what body part was what. I am relieved that the midwife said that she is still in vertex position…yeay!
Maternity Clothes: I am loving the spring days we’ve been having lately. Lucky for me I have pre-pregnancy dresses that I can wear to work now! That’s really exciting. I’m all about the nice loose, comfortable dresses and skirts.
What I miss: Eh, it changes by the minute. I have to say throughout my pregnancy, though there have been some things I’ve missed, like running, wine and my favorite pair of jeans, I’ve never felt like I was missing out. This is just my transition time for what it’s going to be like post baby.
What I love about pregnancy: Hearing her heartbeat. I look forward to every appointment purely because I get to hear it swooshing in my belly. I’m jealous when Josh can put his ear to my belly and hear it beating away. No amount of acrobatic attempts would allow me to accomplish such a feat. It would be amusing to watch me try though.