Size of Baby: 19-22 in., 6 lbs.
Weight Gain: I weighed myself at the doctor and I think it was another lb. I am up to about 29-30 lbs. total. I did, however, eat and eat and eat this week due to some celebrations, so I think that I gained more than enough this week. OOPS.
How I’m Feeling: Towards the end of the week, I really got some energy back. I was ready to go everyday and I slept little at night and I felt fine. I think I have some hormonal things going on because I am all about my to-do list and getting stuff done everyday. It’s very strange. It feels as if I am hyped up on caffeine most of the time. I lay in bed at night and don’t want to go to bed and I wake up all night waiting for a respectable time to come so I can get up. WEIRD!
I still have the random heartburn. I don’t even take anything for it ever because I’m so used to it by now.
The biggest thing this week that has been going on for a couple weeks is rib pain. It got more intense this week. I absolutely cannot sit down for longer than about 30 minutes without burning rib pain. In the front and back of my ribs (mostly on the right side) it feels as if they are really tired, condensed and need some major stretching! I take it as a sign that he is running out of room in there.
I also still feel that feeling that he is invading my heart, but it is getting better, especially toward the end of the week. Maybe lightening is coming soon?
I have definitely been feeling the Braxton Hicks contractions too. My stomach will get insanely hard all of a sudden and then go back to the way it was a few seconds later. They don’t last too long and they aren’t painful.
I might be able to forsee a little bit of irritability coming back in the future, but I hope not!
I think everything is going well at this point!
Doctor’s Appointment: I had a doctor’s appointment this week and all is well. They think he’s head down (thank God) and I’m measuring just right. His heart rate is good as is my blood pressure. The appointment was a little uneventful, but that’s okay. In two weeks, I have the strep B test. I also went to talk to Dr. Wilk about the coumadin I’m supposed to take after delivery. It seemed simple enough, but I still wish I didn’t have to do it because I have to wait for 120 days after the 6 weeks on coumadin to start taking my placenta pills. I think I might go to a hematologist for a second opinion just to see what they have to say. I’ve researched a lot and some sources say that this might not be necessary, so we’ll see.
What I’m Eating: OH MY GOD! My taste buds think they’ve died and gone to heaven and my body wonders why I’m trying to kill it. My fat cells are happy to be back as well. I had family in town for my baby shower and an early birthday celebration and I ate wayyyy too much processed, sugary food. I have to get back to my healthy eating this week. My body feels bloated and uncomfortable, but man was it good eating. I am now craving salads, oatmeal, and smoothies like no one’s business.
Exercise: I’ve been walking as usual. I didn’t walk as much as normal because the weather was snowy and really cold at the beginning of the week and then family came and you know what happens… I walked 3 miles all at once one day and felt great. I think with this renewed energy, I might try to do that a couple times a week at the dog park and the rest of the days break it up. I’m definitely going to continue walking though. It really feels good on my body. My sister and I did some lunges, squats, pushups and such one day while she was here too.
Baby Purchases: We didn’t purchase anything, but we received so many gifts for Aiden this week! We have a little bookshelf full of books now and just about everything we need for his arrival. I don’t plan on buying anything else until the little man comes and we decided we’ve forgotten something. Well actually I think I need to buy wipes, but that’s it!
Looking Forward To: I can’t believe this weekend has come and gone. It has seemed like it was so far away for so long. I’m a little sad that it’s over. The next time mostly all of these people will see me will be after we have Aiden and he might be kinda old by then at that. Now, I’m just looking forward to the contractions starting and seeing what this whole labor experience holds for me. We graduated from our unmedicated birth class last Thursday, so I guess it’s just a waiting game now! I guess I’m excited to get the hospital bags packed, the nursery 100% complete, one more load of baby laundry done, and the baby bag packed .