As of Monday, I was officially 31weeks pregnant. This means that I officially have 9 weeks to go, 8 before my scheduled c-section.
Single digits now, huh? Part of me is doing the pregnant-belly-jiig, because man am I getting big and uncomfortable and hello! squishy baby! The other part is starting to panic a bit, nerves of the transition, newborn phase, c-section jitters etc.
98% of the time, I am totally excited and feeling prepared, excited, organized and able. That other 2%, I am questioning my memory, making OCD to-do lists and panicking a bit.
The nursery is well on it’s way to being completed. Clothes are being sorted and organized. Cloth diapers and supplies are being gathered, washed and stored. The infant car seat has been pulled out and cleaned down. Yes, I have a few things that still have to be purchased, or done, but we have all the major things covered. My to-do lists are seeming less daunting, much to Jason’s relief.
Like I had planned, and like my body seems to scream at me some days, I am settling down and really starting to take it easy. Physically, my body is quick to tell me when I need a break. Braxton Hicks are abundant and sometimes more intense than I would like. After a long day, my feet and ankles are swollen and my back/hips kill. I’ve started to experience some crazy pelvic and pubic pain, which is totally new to me. This little boy is riding LOW, which Marley never did.
All in all, I feel pretty good now that I am really forcing myself to slow down and take it easy. I’m trying to listen as well as I can to my bod, and give it what it wants and needs.
Lately? It’s been water, chocolate and Granny Smith apples. Not necessarily together, but in that order.
We are in the home stretch, this boy is getting more cramped as he grows bigger and runs out of wiggle room in my little body. But he seems happy and everything is looking healthy so far, and for that I am grateful.
How far along? 31.5 weeks
Baby is the size of a: head of lettuce
Total weight gain: I think I’m close to 20lbs now.
Maternity clothes? Yep. A few things are starting not to fit, mostly with tops being too short.
Stretch marks? Nope! *knock on wood*
Sleep: what is that? Between the heartburn, constant need to pee and the non-stop running of my brain, I hardly sleep.
Best moment this week: Marley is always asking to ‘Snuggle with my brother.’ As she nestles into my belly.
Miss Anything? Not feeling claustrophobic in my clothes.
Movement: Tons of movement, this is a active boy. Lots of limbs moving across my belly, which I hated at first, but have come to love.
Food cravings: water, green apples, chocolate and gummi bears.
Food aversions: Nothing I can think of.
Gender: Mr Man
Labor Signs: lots of Braxton Hicks and cramping, but chugging water and relaxing in a warm bath usually makes it stop.
Symptoms: uh everything? I look like I swallowed a basketball.
Belly Button in or out? it’s flattened and stretched right out. Kind of painful, actually.
Wedding rings on or off? On!
Looking forward to: finishing up the nursery and getting organized.