Whereas last week I was dying to be further along that I was, this week I am having conflicting feelings about being so close to full-term. Andrew and I still have TONS of work to get done before our grand opening in August, and I was really hoping to have more done before Baby gets here than we have done right now. That being said, my body is ready to not have a baby growing inside me anymore! I don’t know how the skin across my belly can possibly get stretched any tighter, or how my belly itself can possibly get any bigger. I feel so physically uncomfortable… like my stomach could just tear apart at any moment! Sorry if that grosses you out. It’s the best way I know to describe what I’m feeling lately. I will be so interested to see what Baby weighs when she is born, because she feels absolutely enormous right now! I remember feeling the same way about Bonnie though, and she turned out not to be born a giant. She was (and still is) long though, so I’m wondering if her little sister will be the same way.
How far along? 34 WEEKS!!! This is a big milestone because babies born at 34 weeks usually fair pretty well. Aside from a slightly longer hospital stay, they do not usually experience any long-term health issues associated with premature birth. So 34 weeks is a big deal for any mom worried about preterm labor. Of course, I would like to make it past the 36 week mark so that she can be born at home.
This is the week in my pregnancy with Bonnie when I packed her hospital bag. So maybe, just for old time’s sake, I will start packing her “labor and delivery bag” sometime this week.
Total weight gain? 18 pounds.
Maternity clothes? Yes, almost exclusively.
Stretch marks? No. This is completely shocking to me since my skin is being pulled so tightly. Our bodies were so amazingly created!!!
Sleep: Insomnia is kicking my tail. I’d given up naps during the day in order to get some things done for Andrew’s practice opening, but I had to revisit naps a few days over the past week, after being up so much of the night!
Best moment this week: So many great moments this week… Mom and I took Bonnie to a little swim area at the lake, and she just ate it up. It’s hard to beat watching her amazement at things that we grown ups often forget to notice. Andrew gave a presentation to a group of 50+ people at a nearby Chamber of Commerce, so that was pretty neat. Finally, on Saturday we got together with some girls from college and their families. I had not seen some of them in over six years, so the quality catch-up time was just priceless.
(Why, yes, I am wearing the same shirt in both this post’s pictures. Different days, same shirt. I’ve outgrown most of my wardrobe, so outfit options are extremely limited at this point.)
Miss anything? SLEEP!!! And especially sleeping on my back and stomach.
Movement: Oh. My. Goodness. Her movements are insane. As excited as I am to meet her, and to not be pregnant anymore, I think I will miss her strong, constant movements.
Food cravings: Ice, of course. And tomato sandwiches.
Anything making you feel queasy or sick: No. Apart from some general discomfort I feel great.
Labor signs: Nope. Daily Braxon Hicks, but nothing more.
Symptoms: More tired than usual, and hungrier than usual! And crazy insomnia. The itchy skin I mentioned a couple weeks ago is much better, and very manageable as long as I keep it very, very moisturized.
Belly button in or out? It’s out now.
Wedding ring on or off? On. I have not experienced any swelling in my fingers, which is crazy because my hands were so swollen when I was pregnant with Bonnie.
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy overall, but a little moody (possibly from lack of sleep,) and becoming anxious about all there is to do before Baby gets here.
Looking forward to: My next appointment with the midwife. This will be the last appointment at her office. Beginning at 37 weeks she will come to my house weekly until Baby arrives.
What’s Going on with Baby:
- She weighs about as much as a cantaloupe (probably over 5 pounds), and could be as tall as 20 inches. As a frame of reference, Bonnie was 21 inches long at birth.
- Her tiny fingernails have probably reached the edge of her fingertips… she’s getting ready for her first nail trim!
- She is still working on plumping up a little, and her lungs are still developing as well.
- She is practicing her breathing and sucking!
34 Week Midwife Appointment Update:
My midwife thinks Baby weighs between 4.5 and 5 pounds. At the appointment she was on my right side, butt up, head down (but not yet engaged, which is good at this point) and anterior. Baby’s heart rate was 152, where it has hovered for my last several appointments. My blood pressure was nice and low, which is my normal. At my next appointment we will do my GBS swab, which will determine whether I need antibiotics during labor/delivery.
The midwife said she doesn’t see my staying pregnant through the end of the first week of June. I have no idea exactly what she is basing that one, but I like the sound of it.
- I finally remembered to order my birth kit, and have also purchased the extras my midwife encouraged me to have on hand. Our front door and shutters are painted, but only half the shutters have been re-hung.
- We still haven’t installed the infant carseat.
- We have made newborn photo arrangements.
- My sister offered to make some freezer meals for us, since I’ve had a hard time getting those done. I did make veggie meatballs, egg and cheese muffins, breakfast sandwiches, pancakes, and banana bread. And my mom made us a batch of veggie chili and spaghetti sauce with meat. Avery (my sister) also made us some hamburgers.
- I still haven’t deep-cleaned my car, but figure I still have plenty of time for that and should probably wait until the last minute (this is a good idea in theory, but in reality, you don’t know when the last minute is during pregnancy…)
- The nursery is almost done. There is just one little thing that needs to be done, and then I will feel comfortable with calling it quits in there.
- Linens have been washed and I’ve bought a couple boxes of diapers.
- My mom suggested buying a few heads of cabbage once I am full-term so that I can have some leaves washed, dried and ready to go. This is incase I have an oversupply of milk like I did with Bonnie. The cabbage leaves helped tremendously!
- I need to put batteries in our baby swing.
Super Exciting News:
The muscles along the right side of my spine have been killing me. I sometimes like to brag about my high pain tolerance, but these things are driving me crazy. Getting adjusted helps, but only temporarily, since the muscles are so tight that they don’t allow for holding my adjustment for very long.
I scheduled a 1-hour prenatal massage. It is tomorrow, and I’m so excited I can barely contain myself. I know that once I get the massage I will hold the adjustments longer (at least temporarily) and hopefully have relief until Baby arrives.
This is a big splurge for us financially right now, which is why I’ve been putting it off (when it comes to my personal health or physical comfort I’ve been known to put things off until they get out of hand, and then finally decide to address them.) But it is going to be worth every penny.