I cannot believe there are only 8 weeks left in this pregnancy (give or take a week or two). In fact, I’ve been trying to write this bumpdate for the last two weeks and kept either falling asleep in the middle of typing or getting sidetracked. Time is flying away from me! I’m not complaining though, because I am very ready to get to the end of this journey. Of course, I want the baby to be full term, but my body is ready to be done. I’ve been distracting myself by nesting and getting everything ready for her arrival. I have what I call “Post Preemie Stress Disorder” which means I’m a crazy person when it comes to being prepared for birth this time. In fact, all of Harper’s old newborn and 3 month clothes are washed, my hospital bag is packed and I’ve been checking things off of my “before baby” to-do list left and right. Between that and living life with Harper, I’m keeping myself pretty distracted. So let’s talk about what’s happening with my pregnancy this week…
How far along are you? 32 weeks and 1 day.
How big is baby? I had an ultrasound at 30 weeks and baby was measuring 3lbs 12oz which puts her in the 69th percentile for size. That makes me very happy after giving birth to a 4lb 14.9oz baby last time. Her head is in the 99th percentile which is slightly terrifying (for labor and delivery purposes and also because it could indicate fluid in her brain or something like that), but the Maternal Fetal Specialist assured me that that just means that her head is very round. She definitely got that from her daddy! They say that the baby gains half a pound per week from here on out so I know that she’ll be much bigger than her big sister and I’m very happy about that. A little nervous about pushing her out, but happy nonetheless.
Total weight gain? 11 pounds based on my actual starting weight. 14 pounds based on my weight at 8 weeks at my first prenatal appointment. That means I’ve officially surpassed my weight gain with Harper (10 pounds total).
How are you feeling? Sleepy and sore. We finally managed to get Harper back on a good sleep schedule, but I’m still not sleeping well. I have to get up to use the bathroom at least twice a night. And when I get up, I find myself hobbling like an old lady because my hips and back are so sore. I also made the mistake of taking Harper to the zoo last Friday when my sister-in-law and nieces were in town. We had a great time, but I forgot how hilly the National Zoo is! My shins and ankles are still killing me! Aside from that, I’m still dealing with heartburn and indigestion, as always. My newest symptom is a mild cold that I caught from Harper. Annoying, but not too bad so far.
What are you wearing a lot of lately? I’m in maternity clothes limbo right now. I’ve outgrown most of my Summer maternity wardrobe, but it’s still too hot for my Fall maternity wardrobe. I don’t want to spend any more money on maternity clothing so I’m praying the weather cools down soon.
Food cravings and/or aversions? I can’t stop eating Japanese food, cereal and fruit rollups. So weird! I’m also addicted to the vanilla shake at Chik Fil A. It actually cures my heartburn and indigestion completely so I’m using that as an excuse to have a small one whenever I get a craving. At least I know I’m giving the baby plenty of calcium! I’m still avoiding fish, but I can eat shrimp from time to time.
What are you looking forward to? We’re heading to Orlando this weekend for one last vacation with my side of the family before baby girl’s arrival. I’m super excited to relax and get my mind off of baby prep for a few days. It’ll also be fantastic to have lots of help with Harper. She loves spending time with her cousins so she’ll be in heaven the entire time. I can’t wait!