Back again with another pregnancy update! I go back and forth on whether to post these every other week; I like to keep the focus of the blog on food, but the bump is a large (literally and figuratively) part of my life right now. And it’s also fun for me to look back on these recaps! So if pregnancy and babies aren’t your thing, I totally understand! Check back next week for more food.
Chickpea has reached the size of a cantaloupe, which is not hard for me to believe. I certainly feel like there’s a cantaloupe in there!
The official stats are 17.7 inches and 4.7 pounds. I know that the size and weight of babies varies at birth, so it’s hard to say how big this baby actually is since I haven’t had any official checks or ultrasounds since December. According to my bi-weekly checkups, my stomach is measuring at 34 weeks, so I assume that baby is where he or she is supposed to be.
There aren’t many different ways for me to say “I’m feeling large”, but yet again, that’s how I feel. I guess that’s not surprising if there’s something the size of a cantaloupe hanging out in my belly, plus all of the extra stuff that goes along with baby!
Fatigue has popped up again. The baby doesn’t seem to be fatigued, as it spends a lot of the day dancing around in my stomach. But I’m pooped just about all the time whether I sleep well or not. Everyone says to get sleep now, which I laugh at because I’m making several trips to the bathroom every night and getting increasingly uncomfortable. The snoogle helps sometimes, and sometimes it doesn’t. Rolling over isn’t fun (imagine rolling around with a cantaloupe plus extra stuff strapped to your front), so it’s either a workout to roll myself into a new position or stay put and get more uncomfortable. Lots of fun.
And speaking of baby movements, Chickpea seems to enjoy pushing on my bellybutton at random times. Most of the time it just feels hard there, but sometimes I really get a kick or poke that doesn’t exactly hurt, but is definitely a little shock! I feel like he or she is trying to exit the belly via my bellybutton, and I’m not sure if this sounds like a better option or not?
As usual, not much to report. No cravings and no aversions. Although in food-related symptoms, I am experiencing stomach discomfort and heartburn randomly throughout the day so that’s fun. I’m trying to eat smaller, more frequent meals to combat this.
Wahhhhhhhhh I don’t event want to talk about it. Last week, thanks to a mid-March snowstorm, running was out of the picture. Our driveway didn’t totally clear off until the weekend and I didn’t get a chance to go for a run until Tuesday, so it had been over a week since my last run. I don’t know if it was the time off running, or if I’ve just officially reached the point where it’s out of the question, but it was SUPER uncomfortable. Rather than push it, I walked instead. I’m going to give it another shot this weekend, but it looks like I might be limited to walking for the rest of this pregnancy. I should really get back into yoga, too!
All of Jim’s t-shirts.
But really, anything that fits is a good thing, and that’s not much! I’m still holding out on anymore maternity purchases (I’ve only made a handful so far) but it’s getting difficult. I’m limited to about 10% of my closet. I’m really hoping the weather takes a turn for the warmer for this last month, because maxi dresses, skirts and sandals would be a lifesaver!
Another recent favorite is my exercise ball, which I keep at my desk. I tend to switch over to using it as my chair in the afternoon when my back/hips get uncomfortable in my regular chair. I think it helps to stretch things out and just seems to be more comfortable sometimes. Baby seems to like bouncing, too!
The nursery is almost done! I’ve been sneaking in to sit in the rocker just to relax. Actually, I’m sitting here now writing this post!
We found a dresser that will be used as a changing table at Ikea and Jim put that together this past weekend. PSA for anyone looking for nursery furniture… We got the Kendall crib from Pottery Barn, but weren’t thrilled about shelling out $$$ for the matching changing table. After a bit of internet digging, I found out that we weren’t the only parents-to-be feeling that way. And even better, lots of other people had already done the work for us and found that the Hemnes dresser from Ikea was a perfect match for the Pottery Barn set, for $850 less!
We also picked up a side table at Ikea, but still need a bookshelf and frames to hang the Australian animal prints that I ordered on Etsy. I think they’re my favorite part of the nursery!
The countdown is on, so I’m hoping to get things tied up in the next week or so!