34 weeks

T-minus 6 weeks and counting.  I cannot believe it is June already! Where did the winter and spring go? I’m not going to lie, I’m starting to get to the point that I’m actually counting down the days until my due date. Today we’re sitting at 42 days. It’s not that I’m so super uncomfortable, I’m just becoming impatient and anxious to meet our daughter. 

Weight Gain to Date: As I look at the pictures from this week, I have some of those negative thoughts rolling around in my head. I am keeping them to myself though and sticking to what I decided after our discussion in yoga a few weeks back. Total weight gain is now at 26lbs.  That was another big jump in two week. I’m feeling a bit alarmed by it but my midwife thinks it’s just fine.  I think that I’m beginning to retain water which is pretty common during the last several weeks of pregnancy and I read that my blood volume is increasing by another 2-4lbs in the next few weeks. Wow!  Regardless I think I’m going to take a hard look at how I’ve been eating to prevent any of those unnecessary lbs from creeping in.

Belly Button in or out: It’s a flat one, except for that pesky top portion where my belly button ring used to be.

Baby Size:  She weighs about 4.75 lbs and stretchs out to about 18 inches.  At this point She’s probably about the size my brother and sister, Ted and Audrey, were when they were born almost 13 years ago.  I remember how tiny they were, but it’s so hard to imagine that someone that big is in my belly.

New Developments:  She can recognize and react to simple songs…unfortunately I’m not a very good singer!  She’ll be able to recognize these same frequently sung tunes after birth and probably find them soothing. In the less cute developments: She now urinates about one pint per day. It’s no wonder I also have to go all the time!

Cravings:  Nothing really sounds good so I’m just eating whatever is in front of me. Probably not the best plan. I’m trying to be better about getting the veggies in but with all of the summer produce starting to come into season, I’d rather have fruit than veggies any day.

Food aversions: Chicken breast. Now I can eat chicken when it’s part of a dish like, stir fry or shredded in tacos, but a chicken breast by itself…no way. I actually had to spit out a piece mid chew because if I didn’t get it out of my mouth I felt like I was going to start gagging.

Feeling: Pretty good though I am really tired and finding it more and more difficult to motivate myself to go to the gym. Walking at an steep incline on the treadmill seems to be my primary form of exercise these days because even the elliptical has been giving my side stitches lately. I figure any exercise is good exercise.  I also experienced some pretty good swelling this weekend. It was the first time I really noticed it. I think it was primarily because of the heat. My fingers swelled just enough that my rings didn’t want to come off and my toes swelled a bit too. It was pretty minor but more swelling than I’ve previously experienced. Luckily I still have intact ankles and no further swelling to report.

Sleep: I’ve been trying to stay up a little bit later than usual because if I’m completely exhausted I actually fall asleep when I lay down. This is helping with my issue with falling asleep when I go to bed. In fact on Saturday night I slept through the whole night without even getting up to go to the bathroom. Granted I went to bed about 1 am and got up at 7:30 but that’s a good stretch for me!

Movement: Our little one has a new trick. She moves up towards my ribs and when she does that she also hits a nerve down near my left hip bone which sends a sharp pain through me. Ouch. Luckily it lasts only a second and happen maybe four times/day.  I’ve been able to feel her tiny little limbs a lot more lately. Of course I have no idea if what I’m feeling is an arm or leg, but they are definitely limbs.  

Maternity Clothes: This week for the first time I wore one of Josh’s button down shirts. I was just not into any of my clothes and really wanted to get away with wearing my yoga capris to the office, so it was one of Josh’s shirts that was the key. Even with my belly it was just long enough to cover my butt making it hard for anyone to tell that I was wearing workout pants. I was so comfortable!

What I miss: I’m not really missing anything at the moment. Sure there are silly things like wine, certain food and of course running, but nothing major. Right now I’m just filled with too much excitement about being in the homestretch.

What I love about pregnancy: Knowing that there is an end date. Haha. But seriously, I think this will be the most rewarding 9 10 months of my life. What better reward at the end of this than a healthy (fingers crossed) little girl. It’s like marathon training. I work hard to get to race day. I know that at the end of that 26.2 I have a shiny new medal to show for my hard work.  But in this case, at the end of this training gestation period and the race labor, I get our beautiful baby girl.

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