Tuesday, June 25, 2013

34 weeks

Thoughts: I saw the pictures above and thought...I look so happy. And I am!! We were driving home after midnight on Saturday night and I was wiping away tears as we talked about meeting our son. We are savoring these last few weeks, just the two of us, but can't wait for the beautiful day our son is born. As hard as the last month is on your body, I am still in awe of how my body has changed to help my son grow. And as much as we want to meet him SOON, we know God has the perfect plan for his birth.

Baby: he is almost 5lbs according to What To Expect and at least 18 inches long. He is chunking up and his body fat will grow from 15% to 30-50% in the next few weeks... how cute is that! His lungs are starting to mature and fingernails have grown to the end of his finger (good thing we have mittens for those sharp puppies).

Symptoms: I've had a few tummy aches this week thanks to Montezuma's Revenge after returning from Mexico which sucks but I get it everytime I go. I've taken Zofran twice to try to counteract the symptoms but no pregnancy nausea yay. I need help getting up from the sitting position and my tailbone has bothered me a handful of times in the past week.

Movement: wow! This week has been nuts. At any given moment, my stomach looks like baby Hart is using it as a punching bag. Since he's so big, it's not necessarily kicks I feel and see but him trying to get comfortable. His feet are in my ribs and I feel his head WAY down in my lower pelvis. It is almost scary to watch my tummy move, I feel like it is going to explode! I've had a few painful movements really low and a mix of Braxton Hicks.

Cravings/aversions/eating: we got back from vacation and I wasn't too interested in food since we'd gorged ourselves on the trip. The thing I've been wanting most has been pb&j's and cereal which we didn't eat on vacation. We bought a fresh pineapple and I've been loving that lately. In old news... I am craving chocolate so bad and can't wait til baby is born so I can have it again haha.

Workouts: I went to the gym last Friday and then yesterday. It felt so good! I walked for 20 minutes and did a light weights workout...hoping to go 2 more times this week too. I wish the weather would be more accommodating for outdoor walks but it is too hot for me to be out there walking.  

Sleep: every day is different. One night I will sleep 9 hours without getting up to pee, and the next night wake up 3 times. I've been using an eye mask which really helps me fall asleep quickly after getting up. My shoulders get sore when I sleep on my side so I feel like I am constantly going from one side to the other.

Clothes: maternity shirts are getting short and tight! Luckily I invested in lots of long length maternity tanks and been living in those. I've retired my maternity jeans since it's so hot and switching between a few pairs of shorts, capris and skirts. Since my wardrobe is so limited, I wear the same things all the time and miss my old clothes! 

Random: our house is baby gear central! We put together the pack & play and swing/bouncer combo...omg could those things be any more difficult? Baby Hart better LOVE his swing because man it was hard to put together.

Ernie approves
Graco Pack & Play Playyard in Monroe

I love being married to an engineer

We also have the matching Graco duo-diner highchair in Monroe but we won't put that together for a couple of months until he actually will use it. 

Classes, etc: We had a home visit from a maternity concierge from Mommy Haven last night and it was fantastic! She gave us lots of insight on how the labor process works and what we can expect my body to go through. She gave us tips on natural induction and lots of great points/questions I want to bring up to my doctor before birth. The more I talk about birth the more comfortable I feel with what is going it happen and I am so glad she was able to help subside my anxiousness. She is going to come back after the baby is born to help us with sleeping techniques, figuring out what is best for our baby, etc. Check out Mommy Haven's Facebook page here


And tonight we have our breast feeding class! Jon is coming with me because I hear it can be a 2-3 man job in the beginning and I am excited to learn as much as I can so we can EBF.

Doctor appointments: we go to the doctor for a quick nurse visit on Friday (another quick blood sugar test, vitals, weight, heart beat, etc) and then start our weekly visits with the doctor on July 7th where we start cervical exams, growth ultrasounds and getting prepped for baby!

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17 comments:

Carly said...

You're so close to the big day! I'm can't wait to see him! And you look AWESOME!

Carly
www.lipglossandcrayons.com

Heather Leigh said...

Oh how excited I am for you! The breastfeeding class is so interesting and fascinating. I found out things about my girls that I have never known before lol.

You are just getting cuter and cuter every week! ANd arn't those PB&J sandwiches amazing when your pregnant!?? Much love! <3

Candice Williams said...

I always love seeing your updates. You are going to be such a wonderful mom. I can already tell. I hope you can be as comfortable as possible these last few weeks!

Carolyn said...

You do look SO HAPPY in those pictures! :) I can't believe you're so close to the end... especially because that means I'm getting close too! Little (or not so little! HAHA!) man will be here in no time!

Allison said...

So close, you look great!!!

Branden & Aubri said...

I love reading your pregnancy updates! I'm almost 16 weeks pregnant and it's been so nice being able to read along with your journey :)Can't wait to see your darling little boy!

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Danielle Carroll said...

Wow! Your pregnancy is flying by! You still look as cute as a button! So happy for your little family :)

Erin LFF said...

You just look so darn beautiful and happy! Pregnancy works on you ma'am!!! :)

Wifessionals said...

Um, you do realize he may pop out at any moment, don't you?!? I just read a bloggers recap of how her daughter came 12 weeks early (uncommon, but still) and I was thinking: "Holy cow, that is only 2 weeks away!!!"

I am definitely looking into Mommy Haven or something of the sorts...The Army just cut all classes and preparation courses so now I am trying to find alternatives!

Emilie said...

You look so great!! I can't believe it how quickly time has passed since I first read your announcement on your blog. (Little did I know I was also expectin!!) Your postings have been a great resource for all things maternity and I can't wait to meet your little man.

PS we got the same pack n play in the mail yesterday! I will give husband a heads up about the complexity of assembly :)

Bridget said...

I already miss being pregnant and feeling him inside of me. I love having him here though...but I already look forward to the day I hope to be blessed to do this again. You look great and I can't wait for your to experience his arrival. Good luck with the breast feeding class...it def is a team effort in the beginning, Tate helped me out so much in the hospital trying to get Turner to latch on.

Sarah at Midwest Pillowtalk said...

i can not wait for you to meet your son either!!!!! SQUEEEE!!!

Brianne Bracco said...

Love the Ernie approved gear! Yeah, I've been told that becoming parents will make you an assembly expert haha :)

Angie said...

You are absolutely glowing!

Stesha said...

you are just too stinkin cute! I love your little belly.... almost there!!

xxS

Jenny said...

You look amazing and it sounds like everything baby is coming together!

I so wish I would have taken a breast feeding class, would have made it easier for me!

melanie said...

Ruthie, you are beautiful and blessed :)

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