I am 75% done with this pregnancy! Whoa!
One one hand, I cannot believe that in two short months we will have a baby in our apartment. On the other, it feels like centuries since that day in December when I first saw the faint second line on a pregnancy test. This pregnancy has been quite the journey. From my intense need for McChicken sandwiches in the first trimester, to my glorious surge of energy in the second, to my birth plans having to change in the third. It has been a wild ride!
There are three major things I have learned along the way:
- Be grateful for every day that Baby is healthy, and cooking away in my tummy.
- During pregnancy, expect the unexpected.
- Hold your plans loosely.
I tend to like to feel in control, so learning to relax my grip on all my plans has been good for me.
My belly is really out there, these days, and people are definitely noticing: “You finally look pregnant!” they tell me. I want to say: “See? I wasn’t making it all up!” ha ha!
How far along: 30 weeks
Due date: August 29. Although my scheduled C-section date is to be determined.
Gender: It’s a surprise!
How big is baby? Baby is as big as a cantaloupe! Baby is probably weighing in around 3 lbs, and is 16 inches long. From now on, baby will be gaining 1/2 a lb a week for the rest of my pregnancy. Wowza! Bring on the bacon-covered cheese fries with ranch dressing. Ha ha!
This week, baby: is packing on the fat, and as a result his/her skin is becoming less wrinkly. The opposite is happening for baby’s brain–it is becoming more complex, and more wrinkled as it develops.
Exercise: No exercise for me. I am on restrictions. It is funny how not being allowed to exercise has me craving it. Ha! I am dreaming of the day when I can go on a little run, or even a really long walk or pump some weights! Once baby is here, and I’m healed from birth, I am going to be hitting that pavement!
What I’m googling: nothing. Ever since scaring myself silly from reading some posts about a woman with placenta previa, who had to have a hysterectomy during her c-section, because they couldn’t stop the bleeding (and scaring my husband in the process) I have stopped googling anything about my pregnancy. That really terrified me! Thankfully, I called my doula (AKA bestie, AKA my future sis-in-law) who happens to be a labor and delivery nurse, and she calmed me down. I have, also, stopped listening to birth podcasts since they seem to focus on natural births (which make me sad, since I probably won’t have one this time around), the terrors of c-sections, etc… I just need to limit my information right now in order to feel good about things.
Purchases I’ve made: I picked up a bag of baby clothes (including a few swaddles!) at a garage sale this weekend for 25 cents a piece. I, also, bought a Diaper genie for $3 at a garage sale, to store all those stinky diapers in once baby gets here. Other than that, I really have slowed down on my acquiring of things since I have gotten a lot of the big items out of the way, and my shower is coming up in a few weeks.
How are you feeling? Some tiredness, weird rib pain and low back pain–but overall pretty good.
Maternity clothes: I’m still wearing my little collection of maternity clothes. I love the new shirts I got at a garage sale last week!
Sleep: Still sleeping really well!
Best moment this week: Making it to thirty weeks. I have been so anxious about this pregnancy ever since finding out about the placenta previa, and every week feels like an accomplishment, and helps me breathe better! I, also, was blessed with a little work-at-home job this week, that I can continue after baby is here! I am so thankful to God for this new opportunity.
Worst moment this week: All the worry that I’ve been trying to keep contained.
Movement: Baby is moving all the time! He/she is head down, and I can feel the kicks up near my rib cage, and his/her hand movement down in my hip area. I find it incredibly distracting to be talking to someone, and feel my belly morphing into various shapes. This baby definitely likes being the center of attention. Sometimes it feels like he/she is just pushing against my stomach. Like one little leg is pushing as hard as it can on one side of the stomach, then the other leg does the same thing. It feels like baby is using my stomach like an elliptical. Our little athlete, starting so young. Ha!
Cravings/Eating: My husband made me some ‘otai (which is a Tongan watermelon/coconut drink), and now I am asking him to make it for me every single evening. It tastes soooo gooood, and it helps me stay hydrated. Win-win!
It should be noted, that I ate almost an entire medium thin-crusted pepperoni pizza for lunch this week. Saia ate two pieces, and I ate the rest…it just tasted sooooo good. I have been really moderate about my eating lately (baby doesn’t leave much room for a full stomach), but something about that pizza…needless to say, we won’t be ordering pizza again any time soon. I have no control when it comes to pizza, I guess.
Symptoms: low back pain, achy hips, fatigue, feeling pretty weak since I’ve been restricted from exercise. Sigh.
How’s Daddy doing? He’s such a rock. He has taken all my restrictions in stride, and has been such an encouragement to me every day!
Looking forward to: finally meeting this baby in two months!