Tuesday, July 23, 2013

32 weeks

I seriously feel like I write these posts like every other day. Man, the weeks fly by. Here we are though, at 32 weeks!

This week, you're about the size of a squash, weighing about 4 pounds. From here on out, I should be gaining about a pound a week and roughly half of that goes right to the You. In fact, you’ll gain a third to half of your birth weight during the next 7 weeks as you fattens up for survival outside the womb. Also, you now have toenails, fingernails, and real hair (or at least respectable peach fuzz), and your skin is becoming soft and smooth as you plump up in preparation for birth.

You've definitely been getting bigger. This past week, I definitely feel larger and even more uncomfortable. I've just pretty much gotten used to being uncomfortable and feeling like I have to pee all the time. It is what it is. Plus, it's totally worth it. In fact, the other day at work, this lady who just sort of has a knack for saying awkward things was all, "When are you due? Really, you have that long? Are you sure you're not measuring ahead? You'll probably have the baby early." So, basically, she made me feel like a whale and totally not good. I sort of took it with a grain of salt, but it is still not fun to hear. Then, this morning I was walking Jax, and a lady we stopped to talk to was asking about when I was due and she was saying how great I looked and she would've guesses my due date was much later. That made me feel so much better after what that stupid work lady said. :)

Symptoms: Still trucking along pretty well. My main issues have just been frequent urination and just a general feeling of being uncomfortable.

Workouts: I think I'm officially done running. I'm not ruling it out completely, but it has just gotten a lot more difficult, it's been causing more cramping (possible BH contractions?), and I pretty much feel like I have to pee the whole time. It's just not fun. Plus, I just feel so tired afterwards, and they say if you feel like you've done to much, you probably have. I have, though, been taking Jax for hour-long walks every morning and I'm going to keep that up as long as possible. It's really hard not to be able to run and workout like I would like to, but I'm just going to try to enjoy this time off from running, and hopefully appreciate it even more when I get back.

Movement: You've still on the move quite a but, but now the movements are changing a bit. Rather than jabs and kicks, there’s been a lot of rolling and subtle movements. It's really weird. It almost feels like someone is turning my insides around. It doesn't hurt, but is just a really bizarre sensation. I have also noticed you responding to food a lot more than you have before. Now, after I eat a meal, you are always moving around like crazy.

Suspicions on gender: So, this week, Prince William and Princess Kate (from England) had their royal baby and it was suuuuuuch a big deal for the media. Like, it was ridiculous. But, they had a boy. No word on the name yet. For whatever reason, I was thinking for a while that we were going to have whatever they had, but I still don't even know. I really don't lean one way or another at this poing. Two of your dad's friends (Lenny and Jackie) are having a baby a few months after us and they just found out they are having a boy, so it could be fun for you have a little BFF if you're a boy.

Food aversions/cravings: For whatever reason, fresh herbs have been a little too much for me, things like cilantro, parsley, or green onions. If I'm eating a dish with these things in it, I've kind of been pulling them out because the flavor has just been too strong. It's kinda weird.

Sleep: This week was just a so-so. Some nights are pretty great, but then other nights I wake up so much to pee, move, or because I'm uncomfortable. I definitely would not call my sleep terrible yet, though. I always seem to get a really good night's sleep after a few bad ones.

New baby items: Didn't really buy anything this week, but your Dad and I did put a bunch of things together, which was really exciting. Your highchair, pack n play, swing, and play mat are officially all put together, washed, and ready for a little baby!

Next doctor's appointment: We have one on Thursday! Nothing really too exciting. Just the usual stuff I believe.

We did, however, have our first (of 6)birthing class last week and it was pretty awesome. Your dad was so into it and, after the class, you could just feel his excitement with the way he was talking. He was also so talkative in the class. I loved it! As you'll soon realize, your dad is quite often the quiet one in these group situations. It just goes to show how excited he is and what a great dad he is going to be. During the class, they were asking each couple their favorite/least favorite part of pregnancy and your dad said his most challenging part was just trying to make sure he is doing everything he can to make me happy and get me everything I need. Is that not the sweetest thing ever?!?! I love him so much. The teacher of the class also handed out crossword puzzles and all the answers are related to birth and are pretty gross things, like mucus plug, episiodomy, meconium.  And, I came home the other day and your dad was totally trying to solve it. It was so amazingly great. Have I mentioned that I love him?

I was also reminded with how lucky I've been to have such a smooth pregnancy. Other mom's in the class were talking about having such bad back aches, and being sick until they were 20 weeks. And, I'm all ... well, I guess I've been really tired. I'm just thanking my lucky stars. They say every pregnancy is different though, so I could be super sick next time. Let's knock on wood that doesn't happen.

We were also only 2 out of the 6 pregnant couples who didn't find out the sex of the baby. I'm sure the couples who know think we're crazy, but I'm ok with that. It also doesn't look like we'll be making any BFF's in the class. Everyone else in the class seemed pretty boring and unlively. We were definitely the couple that went to sit in the front row because no one else was there, volunteered to go first, and asked the most questions.

Looking forward to: This weekend! We're going up to Minneapolis to see Andy and Anna and to finally meet Leinie! I'm sure we'll get together with Dana and Rob, too. I'm just so excited because we haven't seen them in so long. Your Grandma McChain is coming along, too. It should be a great time.

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