32 Weeks: Baby shower fun!
I don’t know where to begin.
On Sunday my mother in law had a really fun baby shower for me! I knew the date but she kept everything else a surprise. I wanted to make sure I felt pretty for the day, and since my latest uniform is a cotton skirt and the same eggplant purple tank (you know the one), I needed to prepare. I had a bit of a wardrobe meltdown before the shower, but I held it together. I have passed whale status.
The shower was really fun and it was so nice to see my friends and family. Special hello to Leslie & Heather who came! I loved spending time with all my ladies.
Bambino is already loved by so many, and he is also really spoiled. We have so many little outfits, toys, and important things (like sheets!) now and I can’t wait to get everything washed and put away.
In true RhodeyGirl Virgo fashion I already wrote my thank you notes, arranged all of bambino’s outfits by size, separated all of the linens into different categories, and made another to do list.
Saturday PB and I ran errands from 9:30 AM- 5:30 PM. I couldn’t believe I lasted that long running around, but we did drive from store to store which helped. After searching for 18+ months for a new living room rug (and being inspired by Gina’s gorgeous new one), we finally found one! We ordered it from Home Depot and it will be delivered to us next week. I can’t wait to get rid of our old, stinky rug. It was literally the last item on an ongoing 2 year old list of home improvements we have wanted to tackle. Yippee!
When we got back I also started packing my hospital bag (which is my classic rolly carry on). There are only a few items in there right now, so I left the whole checklist on top of the bag. I need to buy a few items (snacks, yoga pants that will fit me post birth, etc) before it will be complete.
You might think I am crazy for doing so much now, but I know myself. We have guests coming in the next few weekends (Healthy Living Summit, my girl cousins, my dad perhaps). I still really feel that the baby will come early, and I also know how much lazier I get as I get bigger. Each small task takes at least 50% more time than it did before. A reformed late person, I am now late again often because I forget that I can’t walk or tie my sneakers as quickly. It’s pretty ridiculous.
32 week pic:
Heather told me I look a lot bigger in photos than in person. I love her for saying that.
What Babycenter says about this week:
By now, your baby weighs 3.75 pounds (pick up a large jicama) and is about 16.7 inches long, taking up a lot of space in your uterus. You’re gaining about a pound a week and roughly half of that goes right to your baby. In fact, he’ll gain a third to half of her birth weight during the next 7 weeks as he fattens up for survival outside the womb. He now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair (or at least respectable peach fuzz). His skin is becoming soft and smooth as he plumps up in preparation for birth.
Fatten up baby!
To make car rides manageable for the last few weeks of pregnancy my friends at Tempur-Pedic sent me one of their travel pillows.
I kid you not when I say this thing does not leave my side from morning until night. I use it as back support at my desk, head support when I’m sleeping, and behind my head when I’m relaxing on the couch. In the car it serves many purposes too, and it has made whale life a bit more comfortable. I can’t recommend it enough, and I may even decide to invest in the full size pillow this fall. It is that amazing. I previously was using a neck pillow I bought from the airport years ago, but it didn’t have enough support and didn’t have a removable cover I could wash (ew). Anyway, just another product by Tempur-Pedic that I love! If you are going to BlogHer be sure to stop by their booth and say hello!
Speaking of Tempur-Pedic, one night last week I woke up PB at least 5 times with my nighttime waking. I do NOT know how to wake quietly or gingerly and always knock into something as I zombie-walk to the bathroom. I finally grabbed my pillow and went to the guest room to sleep. That was the first time I had ever done that, and I hope that it doesn’t happen again. I like waking up next to my husband!
Another item I love? My new (large) exercise ball. We bought it from Target for labor and PB blew it up for me Saturday. It really helps loosen my lower back and all around feels nice to sit on. If you’re pregnant and considering getting one, do it. I had one before but it was a lot smaller- this is nice and big and it makes my back feel better a lot faster than stretching does. I simply sit on it and roll around a little. I also like that it makes me feel buoyant.
I gained 3 lbs this week. It seems that when I gain little one week (0.5 lbs last week) I gain an absurd amount the next. I didn’t even cry when I weighed myself, but I did cry when I saw my shower pics. I have a double chin when I laugh now. Wanna see?
Last major thought. My nonna lectured me for 20 minutes yesterday on why we should not use cloth diapers. For those of you who don’t know, Trig and I plan to cloth diaper while at home and near home, and use disposables only when traveling (and possibly overnight if needed). I learned a lot about how to cloth diaper, and while I can’t guarantee it will work for us, we are going to give it our best effort. My nonna said that cloth diapering is antique and not for modern women, and kept asking why we would go backwards? She said we would need to hire someone to come do our laundry alone, and that pretty much cloth diapers are a pain in the butt. When I mentioned my concern over our baby having plastic on his bum 24/7, she said that it was harmless. This is the same person who lectured me on keeping my work computer in bambino’s room, saying he would get radiation from it and get sick (even though the computer will be off during non working hours). I told her that our pediatrician said that cloth diapers are simply better for babies’ bums, and she said oh well he must be old then. Listen to me and do not cloth diaper! It was a very frustrating conversation. I am a practical mom in today’s world. I buy packaged goods and I shop at normal stores. At the same time I try to live my life as naturally as possible. When I can I buy products made in the USA, locally sourced produce, and use kitchen towels instead of paper towels most of the time. Why wouldn’t I cloth diaper? It is the most natural step to me.
The whole conversation with my nonna made me realize that for the rest of my life I will have to defend my parenting style to someone, somewhere, all the time. People care about this stuff!
Random thoughts of the week:
Number of work days before maternity leave: 24 (I stop work Sept 2- less than 5 weeks away)
Current cravings: I’m kind of feeling blah about food. I’m hungry all the time, but aside from my breakfast I don’t really care what I eat. I haven’t had ice cream in a week (collective GASP!) and I don’t get excited about too many meals.
Weight gained this week: 3 lbs
Overall weight gained: 32 lbs
Concerns from our doctor on any topic: 0! Everything looks great and bambino is still hanging out head down.
Crying jags: a lot. The worst one this week was over the double chins.
Current list of things to worry about: waters breaking before going into labor, being GBS positive and thereby requiring constant fluids by IV (antibiotics, etc), needing to be induced, going late.
Exciting baby-related plans this week: buying our crib mattress, washing bambino’s clothes, receiving my cloth diaper order in the mail!
A serious PS- I had tons of searches in the last week for miscarriage. For those of you who want to know my story, I discuss it briefly in my post on pregnancy after a loss. I find the full story to be too private for a venue such as this, but feel free to email me for any guidance or questions.