I can’t believe we’re in the 30’s! Â When I used to hear women say they were in the 30’s, it seemed like they were so far along and their journey was almost over. Â While I do feel like it’s coming to an end, I still feel like we’ve got some time. Â I can’t imagine getting bigger than I am now. Â My skin feels like it’s stretched to the max!
Size of Baby: Head of Lettuce (18 in., 3.2 lbs.)
Weight Gain: +2 lbs. in 2 weeks for a total of 25 lbs. Â I lost 1.5 lbs. according to my scale from yesterday to today, so I know there’s a lot of water weight fluctuation in there…
How Iâ€™m Feeling: Not too much different from last week. Â I still have heartburn, round ligament pain and feel lots of movement. Â I am having a hard time distinguishing the babyâ€™s movement from Braxton Hickâ€™s contractions. Â I think Iâ€™m definitely feeling the contractions a lot because I feel my stomach tighten and then release. Â There is no pain associated, but lots of sensation. Â Itâ€™s definitely interesting.
Emotions are still heightened but I expect thatâ€™s not going away anytime soon. Â I am ultra sensitive and get irritated over things that should not bother me. Â Itâ€™s much better than it was a few weeks ago when I was crying over the drop of a hat. Â I donâ€™t even think I cried this week… just felt a little down a few times. Â It helped that we were with my family and I was entertained for the weekend. Â I also found a place to start my acupuncture practice which has kept me busy and boosted my spirits. Â Iâ€™m so happy to have something to focus my attention on the next two months because I was fearful that it was going to get long, lonely, uncomfortable and boring just waiting for Mr. Aiden to come!
I was walking on the treadmill one day this week and I started feeling really hungry! Â I had eaten breakfast just before going, so I thought that was sufficient. Â I walked another 15 or so minutes and by the end, I actually felt really weak and exhausted. Â Lesson learned that I need to listen to my body. Â On that same page, I have been so hungry this week! Â He must (hopefully) be going through a growth spurt because I have to eat all the time or nausea ensues.
Sleep is another bit of an issue. Â I have been feeling pretty fatigued this week. Â Iâ€™m having a hard time getting comfortable in the middle of the night. Â I have tossed and turned my whole life and Iâ€™m used to that. Â I barely wake up, but switch positions frequently. Â Now with this belly, switching positions is an athletic event and definitely wakes me up. Â I guess Iâ€™m getting ready for the baby…
Iâ€™m having some discomfort in my back near my ribs when I sit in chairs too long. Â Maybe my ribs are expanding? Â My lungs and stomach are also compressed, so I like standing or leaning back when sitting. Â I also feel like I ran a marathon when I go up a flight of stairs.
Pregnancy is humbling.
Doctorâ€™s Appointment: Â I didnâ€™t have an appointment this week… next week though.
What Iâ€™m Eating: Â Like I said, Iâ€™m starving all the time. Â I still havenâ€™t been eating as healthy as I should be. Â I ate salads and stir frys a couple times this week, but I also ate a little too much sugar and fat again! Â This is the week that I get better. Â Iâ€™ll be home and the holidays are over. Â With that said, my stomach and lungs are so compressed, that I canâ€™t eat that much in a sitting, so I think my portions are fine.
Exercise: Walking still… Â I had a couple of days when I walked 4.5-5 miles split up between the treadmill and walking Otis. Â I love walking so much! Â I really try to at least get 3 miles in nearly every day. Â No weights though…
Baby Purchases: Â We got a baby carrier from my sister and her husband and a bassinet-type thing for next to the bed when the baby is a newborn. Â We also put the stroller and high chair together. Â We also got some swaddles, toys and blankets. Â I think this next week weâ€™ll get a lot more done with the nursery and itâ€™ll be almost baby ready. Â Iâ€™m still struggling with the cloth diapers. Â I really want to use cloth diapers, but everytime I try to research brands and such, I get overwhelmed and decide that I have enough time to push it to the back-burner. Â I think Iâ€™m going to take a cloth diaper class for $20. Â I need help!
Other than that, Iâ€™m excited to go to the midwife next week and Iâ€™m happy that I donâ€™t have lower back pain (knock on wood) and that I can still walk a ton.