Thank you all SO much for the incredible feedback, answers, and recommendations from my Questions for Mamas post. I have lots of reading material for the next few days and although I won't be able to respond to each comment or email, please know how grateful I am for all your input! I am thinking of compiling the answers for an answer post to help other first time mamas to be.
Thoughts: we returned from Mexico and I'm still pregnant... yay! We had an absolute blast (more pics to come) but I am pretty darn wiped out. Traveling at 8 months pregnant was definitely do-able but my body was slow moving and tired. We got home last night and I swear the nesting started immediately! I will be camped out in Austin at home until the baby comes so it's starting to feel more and more real.
Baby: getting big! We know he is already over 4lbs (was 4lbs 7oz at 28 weeks) and about 17 inches. He will pack on weight from now until he is born and grow an inch or two. His immune system is getting stronger everyday... I am getting so anxious and excited to meet our boy!
Symptoms: no Zofran this week yay! Flying wasn't an issue (we took a 2.5 hour direct flight, no swelling, didn't have to use the restroom and slept most of the flight). The worst symptom this week is heart palpitations and flutters...and they are bad. It's the weirdest feeling because even laying down, breathing deep, and hydrating don't help. I know it will get worse as I get bigger. Rolling out of bed and moving from the laying or sitting position to standing is really hard. Random aches and pains, totally normal.
Movement: tons!!! This week I told Jon I can feel him clicking his feet together inside of me, it is hard to explain but such a weird sensation. I know he is still head down because his feet have moved into my rib cage (I can maneuver them down by pushing pretty hard and he doesn't like that). Significant increase in sharp movements which can be attributed to my amniotic fluid being maxed out. My stomach is so entertaining to watch, this boy is a mover and shaker!
Cravings/aversions/eating: I ate lots of yummy fruit this week on vacation (favorites were pineapple, honeydew and watermelon). I also ate tons of great steak and seafood (lobster, crab) so we definitely got protein! I used my sweets on special occasion pass and ate treats each night... boy was it amazing!
Workouts: nothing this week... heck walking back and forth from the pool to our room to the beach and to the restaurants was enough of a workout for me during our trip! I may try to go to the gym today or tomorrow.
Sleep: pretty good... I only wake up once for potty but going back to bed sucks. I've started using an eye cover after I get up and it helps a bit. Rolling from one side to the other is tough too. We slept GOOD and lots on vacation!
Clothes: maternity pants and tops, some non maternity dresses, and thankfully I was able to wear regular swimsuits on our trip. I am loving my Old Navy maternity yoga pants and cotton tanks.
Random: we see the doctor next week and then start weekly visits after that! I've started a list of things we need to do in the coming weeks and it is very surreal... wash clothes, install carseat, buy diapers. We know lots of women who are giving birth early so it definitely lights a fire under me to be prepared! I can't stop thinking about what our little guy looks like.
A few sneak peek of our trip...
Riveria Maya Oct 2012 vs. Riveria Maya June 2013... what a difference 8 months makes!