Friday, August 20, 2010

Week 31/32

I thought it was about time to update you all on how my pregnancy is going. I find it a lot more difficult taking (or making) the time to get belly pics. Maybe it just says something about how fast things seem to be going with this pregnancy! With two young children and 3 daycare kids and all the fun things of summer I find my time slipping by. There is always so much to do, little motivation (on my part) and little energy - so it means a lot of prioritizing. In my case I find it a lot more of a priority to have a nap in the afternoon than to clean my house, so if you were to stop by my house unannounced, be prepared :)

So this is me and my baby belly :) Not my most flattering maternity pic, I had just come inside from working in the garden (hence the 'outside' clothes and hair) and my son wanted to take some pictures, so I figured I'd put his desire to some good use :) I've been feeling really good the last while - it's the best part of pregnancy between weeks 20-30-somthing. At my last Dr's appointment (last week) my Dr. estimated that baby's weight was about 4lbs and 5oz!!! Crazy, baby gained 2 lbs in the last month - although then it doesn't make me feel so bad because the 2 out of 5 lbs I gained last month were strictly baby. I have definately been feeling that baby is becoming bigger and there is less space for him/her to move around. I've been feeling all knees, feet, elbows and hands whenever the baby moves!! Thankfully my Dr. said that baby is head down at this point, although the head is not engaged (so baby can still float around and change positions). With K, she was breech until 36 weeks (if she would have still been breech at week 36 my Dr. wanted to schedule a C-section as a back-up). I am now to the point where I see my Dr. every 2 weeks (can you believe it!!) - that seems like a big milestone to me. I got to thinking the other day that maybe I should start getting a few things in order as baby's arrival, so I made one arrangement (one of the most important). I called up a friend and asked if she would by my watch my kids, especially if I have to go in unexpectedly. I am hoping to go in unexpectly (I was induced with my other two children). A few things I still need to do:
  • pack a hospital bag
  • sort through my baby clothes and bring all the unisex 0-3 month stuff upstairs, and know where the boy & girl stuff is (separated and ready to bring upstairs once baby is born)
  • get baby's bed and blankets ready

I think that is everything related to baby that I have to do. I have a lot of projects left to do before baby comes but if they don't get done on time, that will have to be ok :)

Discomforts I am experiencing - probably the biggest one is ligament pain. I have had it with all my pregnancies, but this one is the worst so far. For those that are not sure what this is, basically it's sore muscles by the pelvic/hip area, it is what makes it so difficult to turn over in bed, get up from sitting on the floor, going up stairs, getting off the couch, standing for long periods of time, etc. Sometimes it feels as if I can't move my legs and have to physically move them with my hands to get going. I am not complaining, I would do anything for my child but as a lot of you know pregnancy definately has it's discomforts as well as joys :) The heat we are having has also been a long of fun while being this big. Thanks to my husband that last summer (or two summers ago) he HAD to buy a portable AC unit, I didn't think we needed it, but at this point I have made a lot of use of it :) Either way we are starting to get excited about meeting this newest addition to our family!!


Stam House said...

Awww you look gorgeous Mama!!!! Just a few more weeks to go :-)

Carrie said...

You look great, Ellen! I can't wait to meet the little guy/girl.

Andrea said...

You're looking great! I'd never have guessed that you just came in from the garden. :) Hope these last few weeks go by quickly and smoothly!

Ellen said...

Thanks ladies, I am getting pretty excited too - I don't know why, but I have a feeling that things are going to happen sooner this time, although maybe I shouldn't be getting my hopes up that I'll go in naturally vs. being overdue and being induced.

Goofball said...

wow, the countdown can start ! :)
You look great

ModernMom said...

Awe I think it's a gorgeous pic! I love that you don';t know what you are having:) Enjoy these next few weeks, you are right. Time just flys!