How far along? 33.1 weeks
Maternity Clothes: Well... now my maternity clothes are getting tight. Pierce is growing like crazy! I was hoping not to gain much more weight, but it just keeps coming and as long as he is healthy then it is fine by me. I might have an excuse to go shopping! ;) I am hoping my clothes will stretch a few more weeks and make it to the end of my pregnancy.
Stretch Marks? Still just on my hips. I'm very thankful!
Sleep: Wow the fatigue is unreal lately! I am glad I haven't had insomnia, but frequent trips to the bathroom and being uncomfortable has left me feeling tired all the time. I usually end up falling asleep around 8-9 and still not feeling well-rested. I fell asleep eating my lunch today. My history of anemia doesn't help things I'm sure. I have so much that needs to get done, but I remind myself that making a baby takes a lot of work. I can't believe I am so far along!
Miss anything? I have really enjoyed being pregnant more this last trimester, but there are times when I would like a break for a night to have my old body back. I'm feeling very large this week and my hormones are all over the place. I miss a lot of things, but am trying to soak everything in because I know it will be gone soon. Everyone still tells me I will miss being pregnant, and although it is hard to believe, I'm sure they are right.
Movement: At 32 weeks I had started feeling less turning/ kicking movement and more little movements of him just getting comfortable. I love those little movements, however, in the past few days I feel like I have the Karate Kid in my stomach. The jabs and pushing make me feel like he is coming through my abdomen. I can see him pushing a limb or his little booty out of my stomach and it is painful. I wonder if he is frustrated that he is running out of space or maybe he is claustrophobic like his mama. Either way, I'm hoping he settles down soon and I can go back to enjoying the sweet baby movements rather than the forceful blunts that he has been hitting me with. I have one strong boy!
Food cravings: Food cravings have gotten much better. One day at work I was feeling very foggy and fatigued. I gave in at three and went to get a coke and then saw a certain sweet snack that I had to have. Something I haven't had since I was a little girl, a honey bun. It was so delicious and all I can think about now is getting my hands on another honey bun. So unhealthy! Hopefully, I will get it off my mind soon.
Symptoms: Fatigue is the worst this week. I also have heartburn and am experiencing abdominal discomfort from taking my iron pills.
What makes you queasy? Prenatal vital and iron pill. Shew, shew, shew!
Is there a baby bump? Oh yes! I was told this week that I look very pregnant. Most people tell me I look small to be as far along as I am, but I sure do feel big!
Labor signs: No Braxton Hicks, but I have had some cramps. Stomach pain of any kind scares me. I've only had one time since the last time I blogged where I had consistent stomach pain which gave me a scare. Of course, I was home alone and called Russ. As soon as he got home and put his hand on my stomach I felt relief and fell asleep. Russ is definitely my rock. I couldn't have made it through this pregnancy without him.
Belly button: Still in, but I've noticed the top part of it sticks out some when I sit.
Wedding rings on or off? On
Happy or Moody: Moody. Being so far along has brought on some anxiety for this NICU nurse mama. I know too much! The unknown is scary and knowing that God has entrusted Russ and I to be responsible for another human being is really setting in. It's scary, but exciting! My mood goes from happy to sad to scared to irritable... So many emotions because it is getting so real now. I can't wait for him to be here and know that he is safe in our arms. We are so in love with our baby boy. Soon we will be a party of three!
Looking forward to: Finishing his nursery in the next few weeks, washing all of his clothes and blankets, and more baby showers.
Memorable Moments for the week: Seeing Pierce on the ultrasound screen in 3D for the second time. Even though he was stubborn and we couldn't see him well, it was still nice to see his chunky cheeks. I can't wait to kiss all over his squishy self!
Pierce is doing well! My fluid was great, I am measuring right on track, his heart rate was perfect, and my blood pressure was 110/70. They say my weight gain is good, although, I would love not to gain anymore. I did get pretty sick at my appointment. The ultrasound machine broke right when we were going to start recording him on the DVD that they give. He was opening his mouth and we could see him pretty good. I had to lie flat on my back, which is uncomfortable. When I got off the table I noticed I got dizzy. Then I had to lie down in another ultrasound room. He was not cooperative with the working ultrasound machine (of course) and we barely could see anything due to my placenta and his hands being right in front of his face. The US Tech had me turn from side to side over and over to try to get a better picture, with no improvement. When I got up for the second time I felt very light-headed and the dizziness was worse. Russ left to go back to work while I waited to see the doctor. I ended up having to lie down and drink sprite because they noticed I was holding onto the wall while getting weighed from being so dizzy. Poor Russ had to drive back and pick me up cause they didn't want me to drive. I felt so guilty. Plus, I admitted to not taking my iron pills like I should because they hurt my stomach so bad and I basically was told that I have to take them or I could be at risk for a blood transfusion at delivery. There was also some protein in my urine, but besides that it looked good. I researched that and they said it was normal. For lunch that day I had soup and a grilled cheese, plus a fruit smoothie for breakfast. I thought I had done good, but they said I need to be eating protein and that might have contributed to feeling so dizzy. That made me feel even more guilty and I got pretty emotional after my appointment. I want to be the best wife and mother possible, so even the littlest things bother me with these crazy pregnancy hormones. I have started taking my iron pills again and am meal planning making sure I get protein at all of my meals. I'm feeling much more positive and am trying to make myself as healthy as possible before the big day.
Look at those chunky cheeks!! I think he looks like his daddy, but we will see. This was the best picture we got and it was taken before the machine broke and we had to switch rooms. I hope he likes to be cuddled because I don't think we will ever put him down. We are so thankful for our precious baby boy!
LOTS OF LOVE,