33 weeks: Making his slow descent!
Well… I’ve started to “drop” a bit!
A few days ago I noticed that breathing became easier and walking became a lot harder. Bambino is kicking me (or head butting me) in some weird internal places that also doesn’t feel so nice. From the front I also look like I have this big beer gut. All along I’ve carried pretty much like there was a ball under my shirt, but now I notice that ball looks like it’s melting downward. It is so weird! I can fit 3 fingers flat below my chest before my belly gets in the way. Previously I could fit only 1. My friend told me I’ll be able to get my hand completely flat eventually and then I’ll know the baby has completely dropped. You can’t tell too much from the photo, but maybe a little bit?
33 week photo:
OK, so this picture doesn’t really show what I am talking about, but believe me it’s happening! Everyone who sees me says it, and I feel it.
The infamous blocks have finally failed us. There is no second #3!
I started a page with all of the belly pics and weekly updates for easy comparison. I still go to some of my favorite sites (most notably This Place Is Now A Home) to compare my belly this week to others. I did it more at the beginning, but I still do it now and again as it is fascinating. Some women at 25 weeks looked as big as I do now, and some at 33 weeks look like I did at 25. It is so cool how we all carry and progress differently.
One thing I haven’t shared with you yet is The Case of the Lumpy Belly. I didn’t know that pregnant bellies weren’t always round and smooth. My belly sometimes is completely lopsided, with bambino hanging out on the right side. Other times I look like I swallowed a huge bullet, with bambino’s cute bum popping out above my belly button right in the middle. My belly is sometimes nice and round, but when this baby is awake and kicking it takes on all sorts of shapes. That is something the books don’t tell you.
I have this daily anxiety now that I’m supposed to be doing something that I’m not. The hospital bag is as packed as it’s going to be right now, as everything else will need to be packed last minute (Kindle, chapstick, camera, etc). I have a pretty good to do list of other things that need to get done, but many of them can’t happen until the baby is here. Examples include new lounge clothes for myself and washing the bigger baby sized clothes (since I don’t know when he will fit into certain seasonal clothes). So I’m left kind of just randomly walking around the house looking for a project. I keep reorganizing drawers and things and I think I need to stop! Actually, I definitely need to stop because…
The crampiness and contractions have increased a bit. I don’t want this baby to come too early so I know I need to keep taking it easy. I still feel like he’s coming early.
This week’s actual to do list only has a few items: wash the cloth diapers, install the car seat base in PB’s car (since we will take his to the hospital with us), return a couple of things to the baby stores, find a cute nightgown for hospital photos (thanks for that tip Ame)… and that’s it. It’s too soon for freezer meal prep, and I have nothing else I can think of that I can do now. Please help me think of something so I don’t go crazy!
PB and I finally finished our living room after 2 years of searching for a new rug. I hated his rug because it was too light and left carpet dustballs everywhere even though I vacuum almost every day (I’m kind of crazy). After seeing Gina‘s gorgeous rug I knew we had to just bite the bullet and buy one. We went to Home Depot (of all places) to buy some supplies and decided to just browse the rug section. We found one we loved! It was delivered on Friday and made our weekend extra special. PB had superhero strength and managed to remove the old rug and replace the new one without any help and without room to really move out the furniture. Amazing. Isn’t it pretty?
We will eventually get new pillows just to change things up as I’ve had these for four years now. Since my taste is very expensive I am going to take my sweet time.
My husband has been especially incredible lately, rubbing my legs when they hurt (my IT band/sciatic nerve has been bothering me a lot lately), doing dishes, and overall being cheerful and very caring. When I cry he doesn’t call me dramatic and laugh, but instead gives me a big hug and tells me I’m beautiful. I’m lucky to have such a wonderful man in my life.
Here’s what Babycenter says about 33 weeks:
How your baby’s growing:
This week your baby weighs a little over 4 pounds (heft a pineapple) and has passed the 17-inch mark. He’s rapidly losing that wrinkled, alien look and his skeleton is hardening. The bones in his skull aren’t fused together, which allows them to move and slightly overlap, thus making it easier for him to fit through the birth canal. (The pressure on the head during birth is so intense that many babies are born with a conehead-like appearance.) These bones don’t entirely fuse until early adulthood, so they can grow as his brain and other tissue expands during infancy and childhood.
When does the doctor estimate how big the baby is? Does everyone get that information or only people with complications? I feel like bambino is really long, but I have no thoughts on his weight. I know that a doctor’s estimates aren’t very accurate anyway, but I wonder if we will get one. He will definitely either be long and alien-like as I was, or normal and pudgy as PB was. In a few weeks he will be here and we will know!!!!
Just for fun, a completely gratuitous photo of bambino’s crib. Isn’t it lovely?
And his first set of clean laundry! I have a great baby laundry tip for the other first time moms out there.
Random thoughts of the week:
Weight gained in the last week: less than a lb, despite eating my weight in ice cream last night (THANK GOD. For both the ice cream and the normal weight gain.)
Overall weight gained: 33 lbs overall
Number of work days before maternity leave: 17. This information is notable because sitting in one position is no longer comfortable or bearable for me. Also, I try to squeeze in so much prep after work that I end up having tons of Braxton Hicks contractions and need to relax. I really don’t know how women work up until they go into labor. I know I won’t make it that long.
Current cravings: I really want a Rhode Island lobster dipped in butter. Also, New England clam chowder from one of my favorite spots in RI. Sadly I will have to wait for bambino to be born to enjoy either. No more visits to RI until then. I’m also craving ice cream again, as well as yogurt bombs. I couldn’t eat yogurt bombs for the whole second trimester, but now I really crave them again. Current favorite combination is either vanilla Stonyfield Farms yogurt or plain Fage 0% with strawberries, a few mini chocolate chips (like, a few), and some granola. It’s a delicious afternoon snack.