31 Weeks: A lot to update.
How many times can I say time is flying before it gets annoying?
Time is flying.
The sacrifices for this baby have already been many, but this latest was a really hard one. One of my best friends, Loco, got married in CT this weekend, and we had to back out last minute. Because of the heat + my contractions, it was best for me to stay close to home with lots of air conditioning and time to rest. We wanted to try and squeeze one more visit to RI before the baby comes, but since I want him to stay in his current home for at least 6 more weeks we are canceling that too. Looks like Philly is the place to be this summer!
Over the past week we have gotten a ton done in the house. Nesting is in full effect. For a complete rundown including some nursery pics check out my latest Babycenter post. We are maniacs and I’m really excited about it all. Please go and look!!
PB wanted to help me out by doing this week’s update as well (I love that man). Here it is!
“We have a body part!!!!!!!”
This was the g-chat message I received from Sabrina this week while I was at work. Apparently, Prince Bambino has decided to start showing off his newly developed appendages! I can’t wait until I can actually see it for myself!
This week, Bambino went out for his first happy hour with Uncle Darren and Aunt Mary. But as we quickly learned, no matter how good the happy hour special is, Sabrina and Bambino aren’t quite up to hanging in crowded restaurants.
Frequently, Sabrina will say to me “you try having a 20 lb. bowling ball strapped to your belly and see how you feel.” Not that it helps that it’s been record breaking high temperatures in Philadelphia the last few weeks. The air conditioners have been getting an extra workout – and we’ve been making sure Sabrina gets NO workout. Just resting, blogging, working (from her computer), hydrating, and of course – sending me out for ice cream.
Since Bambino’s getting bigger, he’s got less room to kick. So he’s gone from being a boxer to being a gymnast – and has taken quite a liking to somersaults. He rolls every which way and as Sabrina mentioned in one of her blog posts this week, gave me a few high fives!
I’m not going to lie – it’s hard to helplessly watch as Sabrina’s physical discomfort increases. I do as much as I can – taking charge of anything that would require any physical exertion on her part. But the fact is, she’s naturally an active person and I know deep down she wants to be moving around and doing things. But….as we always remind each other – we are incredibly blessed and lucky.
At the shore last week, my Aunt Maria said something that really stuck with me. As we get closer to Bambino’s big leap to the outside world, I increasingly realize that there is a little person in there with a personality, emotions and an entire life ahead of him. I know it may sound a little corny, but among all of the pregnancy classes, diaper debates, books, magazine articles, Ipad apps (does it really surprise you?) – it’s nice to take a step back and just see it for what it is – simply amazing. Although the stroller, crib and furniture are all ready – it’s much more important that Sabrina and I are emotionally ready to accept this baby and give him the happy loving home he deserves.
I would continue but I actually have to cut this short. Sabrina’s yelling for ice cream…
I’m back! Isn’t he the sweetest? It’s true about the physical stuff. I run around the house cleaning and scrubbing and then suddenly I get hit with tons of contractions, feel dizzy, and need to rest and drink more water. It is really frustrating, but I’m happy I’m at least able to do something. I almost cried at the Whole Foods deli counter on Sunday because I was so exhausted and having Braxton Hicks every 5 minutes. I had been in the market for 45 minutes and it was about 20 minutes too long for me. Luckily when I got back to our building PB unloaded the groceries and parked the car for me.
31 week belly pic:
I got my hair cut for the first time since 5-6 weeks pregnant! Insane. I don’t think I’ve ever gone that long between cuts.
An exposed belly pic! (Click to enlarge!)
Compare to 15 weeks:
And to 22 weeks:
Can you tell I’m running out of clothes?!
Here’s what Babycenter says about 31 weeks:
This week, your baby measures over 16 inches long. He weighs about 3.3 pounds (try carrying four navel oranges) and is heading into a growth spurt. He can turn his head from side to side, and his arms, legs, and body are beginning to plump out as needed fat accumulates underneath his skin. He’s probably moving a lot, too, so you may have trouble sleeping because your baby’s kicks and somersaults keep you up. Take comfort: All this moving is a sign that your baby is active and healthy.
Bambino is the size of a big squash now. Crazy!
The other night I had a dream about my mom. In the dream I felt that she was really there. I believe that those who have passed can visit us in dreams sometimes, but it has only happened with me a couple of times before. It all felt so real, but at the same time I was confused because I knew in the dream that she had passed. Anyway, she told me that even though she couldn’t physically be there with me she would guide me through motherhood. I can’t explain how powerful the dream was for me. I woke up relaxed, happy, and incredibly sad as well. I just wish she could be here with me. This is the time in my life I selfishly most need her. Bambino will be born just a month before the 10 year anniversary of her passing. I can’t believe how much has happened in the last 10 years without her here.
New topic because now I’m getting sad again….
This weekend I ate a TON. I mean- a LOT. I only gained 1/2 lb this week but I don’t understand how because I feel like I was constantly eating. Maybe my portions have shrunk? I also had two very serious cravings. One was for a nutella banana crepe (which I immediately made) and the other was for a grilled cheese with kettle chips and a pickle on the side (which I also immediately made). Both were incredibly delicious and exactly what I wanted in that moment. One interesting note on food… I never used to buy milk unless a recipe called for it, but since becoming pregnant I manage to go through half a gallon of organic 1% milk a week. I put it in my iced coffee and in my cereal, but I’ve also had it straight up as my drink to go along with dessert. I haven’t done that since I was a kid. On the craving front I also notice that ice cream makes my belly feel good, and when in doubt I make a snack or meal with peanut butter and banana. Bananas give me heartburn but they also make my belly feel good so I don’t mind.
Random facts of the week:
Weight gained this week: ~1/2 lb
Weight gained overall: ~29 lbs
Predicted overall full term weight gain: 37 lbs? I do this calculation every week and have since about week 12. It is psychotic and the number doesn’t really matter, but I still try to figure it out. One thing I haven’t mentioned is that I started this pregnancy about 10 lbs up from my normal weight (because of the first pregnancy + grief eating after). I will have a lot of work to do after the baby comes, but I really can’t wait for it.
Current cravings: bananas and peanut butter, grilled cheese sandwiches, pickles (we are out. Please send us some!), sweet drinks instead of plain water (I like to have a big glass of water and a mini 6 oz juice glass with something fun like blood orange soda), corn on the cob (just like MamaPea’s girls!).. I am still craving Scoop DeVille (all the time) but it is $5 for the kind I like and I feel guilty spending that when I can buy a big carton of it from Whole Foods for the same price.
Current symptoms: My back hurts when I stand for more than 5 minutes. My IT band (or is it from my sciatic nerve?) hurts so bad in the middle of the night I need to use The Stick to roll it out. I wake up about 4 times a night to use the restroom. I am hungry all the time but fill up fast. Heartburn is present after every meal (even a bowl of blackberries gave me heartburn this weekend). Bambino is rolling around a lot instead of kicking as much. Rolls feel a bit different than kicks. It is cooler to watch but more uncomfortable to feel. At the same time, it is not painful like kicks are. I think he is running out of room in there. I’m waddling more often than not. It’s worse when I’m tired. I could sleep 12 hours a night if I allowed myself. My belly button is an innie, and it looks like it is staying that way. The linea nigra is getting darker. I have stretch marks. I just hope they stay to the very lowest areas of my belly. Right now I have a few right along my appendectomy scar and the beginning of a couple on the other side. I wake up every morning really excited to meet this baby and imagining what his personality will be like. And like I said, nesting is in full effect. Even though the list of undesirable symptoms is long, I feel good and I feel happy.