This picture pretty accurately depicts how I’ve been feeling lately… not my best.
What Fruit are you? Honeydew Melon- over 18 inches long and about 5 1/4 lb. The great news is that physical development is now pretty much complete and it’s just time for baby girl to put on a little weight.
Due date: May 9, 2014 and still measuring right on track. She also was head down at the last appointment, but I still feel like she is moving a lot, so we’ll see!
How far along: 35 weeks
Gender: Baby girl! (and I THINK we have decided on a name?!)
Total weight gain/loss: Up 28 pounds
Exercise: I took a week off with the contractions I was having and am now finding that intentional exercise works best for me every other day. I’ve done the elliptical, kettle bell swings and weights and walks at a max of about 2.5 miles. I really feel like I’m slowing down, but trying to keep at least a little something going.
Stretch marks: Nada.
Swelling: We reached 80 here in NC a couple days this past week and once or twice I could tell my rings were tighter. I’m trying to focus on drinking more water, especially now that the temperature is rising.
Belly button: It’s out.
Sleep: Still awesome (now that David isn’t traveling anymore). A solid 8-9 hours a night is incredible and I’m wondering what I did to deserve this great gift of sleep. Knowing what is coming up next month, I’m being extra appreciative.
Food cravings: I’m craving more carbs, but can’t think of anything in particular. I’m actually noticing I’m becoming more apathetic about food and my appetite is getting a little odd again (hungry but nothing sounds good). I remember hitting this phase last time when I just didn’t care much about eating. It’s very unlike me.
Symptoms: Plenty of Braxton Hicks contractions. I’m hoping more water will keep these light.
Increased back pain. Nothing too bad, but the big ‘ol belly is stressing my back a bit and I feel it.
Increased fatigue. Hailey’s nap time usually is my go-go-go time. Now, I am whipped and usually lay down for about 30 minutes to regain some energy.
Blood pressure at my last appointment was still good- 102/64. Hoping it stays!
Honestly, my biggest symptom is that I’ve been pretty moody. I feel like my hormones are going crazy. The combination of feeling really big and it being difficult to just get up and go is wearing on me. I feel like I’m stuck in limbo, ready to move forward with the next phase (having baby girl in my arms), but I’m stuck sitting here uncomfortably for another month. I know, I sound like one major whine fest, something I hate, but just trying to keep it honest. Being around friends and David helps lighten my mood. I think this is nature’s way of having me be excited about labor and delivery rather than freaked out
What I miss: My energy, the ability to work out hard, Hailey sitting in my lap, wine…
What I’m loving: I sit with Hailey in her bed to read books before nap. Lately she has been telling me “I want to nuggle baby seester.” She’ll lift up my shirt to get to my belly, give it a kiss and cuddle up with her head resting on it while I read. It melts me into a giant puddle. She will also take her favorite blanket and wrap it around my belly to “keep warm baby seester.” I hope this love fest continues once she arrives!
What I’m looking forward to: Nice spring weather. Oh, and potty training. Have I mentioned that’s our weekend activity? AHHH. Here goes nothing.
If you have any pregnancy or baby related questions, ask away!
I’m planning on doing a post answering some questions people have emailed me. The more the merrier!
Have a great weekend!