Somehow, four weeks have flown by since my last pregnancy update. Life gets busy. It seems that as I get further along in my pregnancy, the weeks are flying by faster and faster. I'm freaking out just a little...less than two months until my to-be-schedule c-section!! Eek!
So let's get on with the update!
My baby girl is about the size of a coconut, weighs about 3.3 lbs, and is 16 inches long. She is moving a ton. Beyond the usual post-dinner dancing in my belly, I'll sometimes wake up in the middle of the night to her movements. She still responds positively to sugar (increased movement).
With less than two months to prepare, we are finally getting around to prepping the baby's room. Surprisingly the husband has been getting into furniture shopping and paint choices for the room much earlier than I have. It was his idea a few weeks back to go look at furniture (dresser, changing table) for baby girl's room. I happily went along and was more than pleased that I didn't have to make decisions...I'm at that place where I only care about a few things: I want a "moses" basket so that we can have the baby near our bed the first 6-8 weeks; I want a very comfortable recliner because I know I'll be doing alot of night nursing (if baby #2 is anything like baby #1), and I am reading / re-reading books on breastfeeding and sleeping.
Prenatal appointment: my last prenatal appointment was at 28 weeks. I got my flu shot and my Tdap (Tetanus, diptheria, and pertussis) vaccine. I am not a fan of the needle and was relieved when both shots were fairly painless (I asked the nurse if she could use a smaller gauge needle, and I think it helped). As far as other pregnancy issues go (pre-eclampsia, swollen ankles, early contractions), I've been free and clear (knock on wood).
Weight gain: 18 pounds
Cravings / aversions: nothing specific these days. I'm continuing my "mostly" Paleo diet, trying to focus on eating as many fresh veggies and fruits. I am also eating yogurt, occasionally, which I wasn't consuming pre-pregnancy.
Sleep / rest: thanks to my Fitbit, I know that I have been getting somewhere between 7-8 hours of sleep a day.
What I'm looking forward to: I enjoyed nursing and I am only hopeful that nursing this second time around goes as smoothly as it did with my son. I had some trouble the first few days (my milk didn't come in until day three or four) which created some anxiety for me, but once my milk came in, I had a pretty good run until I started baby-led weaning when my son was thirteen months old. I can only hope that I'll nurse for that long with this baby.
What I'll miss: I have to say, that although I'm feeling fairly uncomfortable now (because I'm so big on my petite frame), I will miss the feeling of a living being within me. I'm enjoying this pregnancy more than I did my first, mostly because I know that is my last pregnancy. I feel more connected to this baby (prior to birth) than I did with my first -- again because now I now what's coming in two months.
In good company: I have two friends who are expecting close to when I am due. I have a good friend in New York who is due right around Thanksgiving and another friend in Texas who is due the week before me. Both friends are also pregnant with baby #2, so we've been comparing notes and keeping each other in good spirits.
Interested in hearing about anything else in these pregnancy updates? Know anyone else who is expecting during the holidays?