Weeks 29 and 30 Pregnancy Update

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Happy New Year!  I hope you’re enjoying the newness of 2016.  I’ve managed to make it back to work without crying, cursing, or even devising an escape route home, so I would call that a successful transition from vacation to work mode.  In other New Year’s news, I decided to change up the way in which I made resolutions, focusing more on what I wanted to do more or less of as opposed to making grand statements that would most likely diminish before February.

In book news, I made a Goodreads 2016 Reading Challenge goal of 30 books, and I’ve completed two books I started in 2015 (so I guess they count?) and 2 I started in 2016: Fates and Furies by Lauren Groff and Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie.  The latest book that I started, literally this morning, is Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project: OR Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun.  I started listening to Gretchen’s podcast, “Happier with Gretchen Rubin,” about three weeks ago and really enjoyed it.  I think she and I are very similar, especially after reading the “Getting Started” section of her book.  I am excited to dig further into this book and share my thoughts with you!

 


How far along? Currently 30 weeks!  The baby is the size of a butternut squash and weighs approximately 3lbs!  The video that updates the baby’s progress on a weekly basis said to anticipate the baby having a half-pound weight increase each week moving forward.

Total weight gain:  Enough to cook a proper baby boy.

Bump Alert: FULL alert!

30 Weeks

Maternity clothes? With the exception of a few t-shirts and workout tops (thanks for the loan, Dan), I am wearing 100% maternity clothing.  This week has been much easier on the wardrobe front because Florida has finally gotten itself together and is having a proper winter.  TGFLS – Thank God for Long Sleeves!

Stretch marks? Still moisturizing and still luckily stretch mark-free!

Sleep: Over the break, I slept A LOT! as in 10+ hours a day through my nightly slumber and naps.  I really enjoyed being given the luxurious freedom to nap.  I have so much respect for women who are pregnant and cannot do this.

Workouts: I walk every day and still have a 15,000 step-a-day goal with my Fitbit, and I do two or three strength training sessions per week.  I have dropped all weights when I do low-body exercises (squats, static lunges, sumo squats, curtsey lunges, mat work) and do everything with just body weight.  It’s still a great workout.

Best moment the week: I really liked my naps.

Food cravings: Nothing out of the usual.  I’m still all about the salty foods.

Labour signs: No!

Symptoms: Slightly swollen feet and dry skin around my tummy.

Belly button in or out? Still an innie despite the belly growth.

Wedding rings on or off: On.

Baby Stuff: My aunt gave me a gift certificate for Buy Buy Baby, so I ordered our changing mat and one cover, the mobile for over the crib, and the lamp from our registry.

Happy or moody most of the time: Happy and tired

Looking forward To: As much as I’m enjoying my students, I am looking forward to the weekend and sleep in!

Week 26-27 Pregnancy Update

How far along? 27 Weeks today! – The baby is the size of a cucumber and weighs approximately 2.2lbs!

Total weight gain:  Enough to cook a proper baby boy.

Bump Alert: FULL alert!

27 Weeks

Maternity clothes? I’m wearing half regular and half maternity tops, but still 100% maternity bottoms.

Stretch marks? Still moisturizing and still luckily stretch mark-free!

Sleep: I have no problem falling asleep, but the little bundle of joy has started kicking and pushing on mommy’s bladder around 3:00am these days.  I find it difficult to fall back asleep, so I’ve been getting more reading done in those wee hours of the morning.

Workouts: Four or Five days of walking and two days of strength training.  I’m still feeling really good with my routine.

Best moment the week: Monday was my birthday and my 4-week appointment.  My doctor said the baby’s heartbeat sounds great I’m all set for my next and last 4-week appointment before moving to 2-week appointments.  Time is flying!

Food cravings: Nothing out of the usual.  I’m still all about the salty foods.

Labour signs: No!

Symptoms: Slightly swollen feet at the end of the work day and an ever-growing bump.

Belly button in or out? Still an innie despite the belly growth.

Wedding rings on or off: On.

Baby Stuff: One of my birthday gifts was another addition to the Baby Ferrari Library

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Happy or moody most of the time: Happy and tired

Looking forward to: Two weeks of Holiday break that starts on Friday!!

Week 22 Pregnancy Update

How far along? 22 Weeks – The baby is the size of an orange and weighs approximately 1 full pound!

Total weight gain: More than 10lbs.  I’ll have an accurate update after tomorrow.

Bump Alert: Oh yea!  I’m finally able to do the classic “bump clasp” pose now that there’s enough bump to speak of.

22 Weeks

A trip down memory lane…

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I couldn’t pick out why Week 22’s picture seemed different to me until I realized that I had switched around my arm placement.  Sorry that I’m covering up so much of the bitty bump.

Maternity clothes? I’m wearing half regular and half maternity tops, but still 100% maternity bottoms.

Stretch marks? Still moisturizing and still luckily stretch mark-free!

Sleep: Tons and I’m always wanting more!  8-9 hours per weeknight and the occasional weekend nap.  This past weekend called for one on both Saturday and Sunday.  The good news is that I’m feeling more refreshed when I finally do wake up.

Workouts: Four or Five days of walking and two days of strength training.  I’m still feeling really good with my routine.

Best moment this week: Last week, I noticeably felt Baby Boy moving around, but now I can almost time his movements: 20-30 minutes after I eat.  I’ve read that this week, babies really begin to work on their grasping motions, usually around the umbilical cord.  I’m not sure if that’s what I’m feeling, but it cracks me up to think that he is doing his version of “ringing the dinner” bell when he’s ready for food.

Miss anything? It’s not that I miss it, but I attempted to lay down on my stomach to take a close-up photo of the new Scentsy scent bar tags (as seen below), and I quickly realized that I can no longer be in that position.  Sorry, Baby!  I hope I didn’t squish you too much!

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Food cravings: I don’t crave it, but I have started eating cottage cheese again, as I’ve mentioned before.  Right now, I have a light dinner of cottage cheese, cucumber and apple slices on the side, and some sort of protein.

Labour signs: No!

Symptoms: Reduced tiredness and growing bump.

Belly button in or out? Still an innie despite the belly growth.

Wedding rings on or off: On.

Baby Stuff: Nothing new this week, with the exception of the arrival of the Scentsy warmer that we are going to be placing in the baby’s nursery:

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Happy or moody most of the time: Happy and tired

Looking forward to: My next OB-GYN appointment tomorrow to see our little man once more.