I hate the weeks after major holidays. You spend days bonding with your family, eating too much food and forgetting about the real world and all of your responsibilities and then, in the blink of an eye, it’s all over and you’re back to your regular routine. The only good thing about the week after Thanksgiving is that this is the time when most people (and businesses) begin to decorate for Christmas. This is the week when we dust off our ornaments, press play on our holiday music playlists and remind ourselves that there are only a few short weeks left until Christmas. I also have another distraction from the post-Thanksgiving blues: I am now only 10 weeks away from my estimated due date. TEN! I have a feeling it will be the longest ten weeks of life, but I’m still excited to be in the final stretch of this pregnancy. A lot has changed in the last few weeks, so let’s get into the bumpdate…
How far along are you? 30 weeks and 3 days.
How big is baby? The length of a cucumber (according to The Bump) and the size of a small cabbage (according to What To Expect). From what I’ve read, she’s weighing in around 3 pounds.
Total weight gain? Still 6.8 pounds as of my last prenatal appointment.
How are you feeling? I’m going to skip over the vomit/heartburn stuff because none of that has changed. I have added a bunch of new symptoms to my list though: shortness of breath (especially after walking up/down the stairs), almost daily headaches, constant aching (in my hips and pelvis), skin (belly) itchiness and lots of pain on the right side of my ribs where my little girl loves to hang out (it took me weeks to figure out what that was). I can definitely tell that these last ten weeks are going to be really tough on my body, so I’m trying to listen to it and give it rest whenever it asks. And if anyone has any advice about the rib situation, please let me know!
What are you wearing a lot of lately? While I can still fit into nearly all of my maternity jeans and leggings, I am quickly outgrowing a lot of my tops. I’m pretty sure my bump grew in size over the weekend. Now I understand why most pregnant women resort to wearing their husbands clothes during the final weeks of their pregnancy instead of buying expensive maternity clothes that can only be worn for a little while longer.
How’s your sleep? My hips and pelvis hurt so badly at night that I hate to have to turn over. When I get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, I usually wake my husband with all of my moaning and groaning, but I just can’t help it. I hear this pain is going to get worse as the baby drops lower and lower in anticipation for delivery. *insert panicked face*
Best moment this week? Of course, spending Thanksgiving with my wonderful family was the best part of my week. Our baby will be the fifth great-grandchild, as well as the fifth girl, on my mother’s side (which is large and extremely close-knit). They are all so excited for our baby that it makes me even more excited – and I didn’t even think that was possible!
What are you looking forward to? My baby shower on Sunday! Although I still have to find something to wear…
Any milestones this week? This isn’t exactly a milestone, but my belly is feeling huge! And my belly button has officially popped out. I’ve also noticed that when I run my hand across my belly, I can feel whole body parts instead of just quick kicks or jabs. I will sit there forever trying to figure out if it’s her leg or foot or butt that I’m feeling, but in reality I have absolutely no clue. I can’t even tell if she’s head down or not!