34 weeks: How much longer?
…so maybe I haven’t really dropped.
When I wake up in the morning my belly feels really low and I can fit almost my whole hand in the empty space, but then as the day goes on and bambino kicks and squirms it gets higher and higher. So. I haven’t dropped. I just wish I have. I am feeling a lot of pressure lower though which makes me think that things are starting to move in the right direction.
At 34 weeks I’m not sure how my belly has any more room to grow.
*Older belly pics
I bump into things all day long because I keep forgetting it’s there! I’m getting cranky about it all.
Now that the due date is actually within reach I have thought about all of things I can’t wait for post-pregnancy.
What I miss:
Top of the list is riding my bike and exercising hard. I also miss sleeping through the night, being able to tie my own shoes, eating super runny eggs, running, being an early morning person, not complaining about physical ailments, sleeping in a corpse position (on my back with my arms folded), having a Blue Moon with an orange (even though I rarely drink) and feeling attractive. Oh, and fitting in all of my pretty clothes. I can be vain sometimes.
I’m still feeling really tired a lot, and I’m kind of sick of it. I’m bored hanging around all the time, and I can’t wait to have energy to do things! I have to pick one big thing a day because that’s all I can really handle. During the week it’s work and on the weekends we’ve been picking one big task a day to accomplish.
Now that the diapers have been pre-washed and the nursery is super organized, I’m feeling ready. Actually, I go between feeling super ready and feeling a lot of anxiety over taking care of a newborn. I have no idea how to do anything. My only education in babyworld has been a couple of diaper changes as a teenager, holding my friends’ babies, and what I’ve learned from stalking Babycenter or reading books. Everyone claims motherhood is instinctual, and I am really counting on that- especially since holding newborns scares me.
We need help with the nursery. We need wall art but I haven’t seen anything I love yet. For the rest of the house the art has come over time as we’ve traveled the world. I’d like bambino to have something meaningful, but I don’t want to have to wait for our first big trip with him to find that. I know we will frame a couple of newborn photos, but I’d also like something funky. Any thoughts? This wall is the one that makes me most sad right now:
I’m still having lots and lots of Braxton Hicks contractions and cramping. Apparently it doesn’t mean much, but it still makes me excited. The end is so close and I can’t wait to meet this baby. Trig and I already feel like he has a little personality, and we can’t wait to see what he’s like outside of his current home. I still think he will be born early. My prediction remains September 12th. Call it mother’s intuition or an Italian’s madness, but I feel strongly about that. Oh! And we’ve graduated to weekly visits with the doctor. Yippee!
This week was a big one for bambino! Auntie Adrina came over and saw all of his fun clothes and toys, and she brought him the most adorable onesie. He’s going to be a superhero!
And he’ll be very preppy. I bought such cute things from baby GAP.
We also had a lovely afternoon this weekend at Auntie T & Uncle G’s house with Auntie K & Uncle Jon, where they spoiled him (and his mom) with onesie cookies, a delicious dinner, and lots of laughs.
Here’s what Babycenter says about 34 weeks:
Your baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds (like your average cantaloupe) and is almost 18 inches long. Her fat layers — which will help regulate her body temperature once she’s born — are filling her out, making her rounder. Her skin is also smoother than ever. Her central nervous system is maturing and her lungs are continuing to mature as well. If you’ve been nervous about preterm labor, you’ll be happy to know that babies born between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do fine. They may need a short stay in the neonatal nursery and may have a few short-term health issues, but in the long run, they usually do as well as full-term babies.
See what your baby looks like this week.
Almost 5 lbs! He’s getting ready for the world that awaits him.
Oh and by the way, have you entered the Britax stroller & car seat giveaway? You still have one more day to enter. Good luck!
Random facts of the week:
Weight gained in the last week: about 1 lb
Overall weight gained: 34 lbs. I laugh now when I think about how I assumed I would only gain 25 lbs in pregnancy. You just can’t control your body like that!
Number of days before maternity leave: too few. I feel like I have so much to do, and with the frequent breaks I need I am not getting as much done as I need. 13 days left.
Current cravings: nothing really. This is bizarre coming from the girl who has had cravings for something her whole life.
Hours without my special pillow in the last week: maybe 4…. maybe. It almost never leaves my side.
Times PB has helped me up from a sitting position: about 10. He also had to tie my shoes one day because I just couldn’t reach them. Awkward.
People who have asked me when I’m due (with a sympathetic smile as I waddle by): the lady at the deli counter, the stranger in the olive oil aisle, the old man with the dog on the elevator, the two sales ladies in the Macy’s pj department… the list goes on. I am guessing I look big and uncomfortable to even strangers now.
Current embarrassing facts: I now weigh more than my husband. I can eat more than him now too (but in smaller meals since I fill up so fast). I can’t reach the lower part of my legs to shave or lotion them up without having to get into yoga poses. I have about 3 outfits that still fit me comfortably. I sometimes shower and put my PJs right back on. I daydream about someone giving me a ride to the front door from my parking spot (which is never more than 1/2 mile away). I daydream about a chair magically appearing when I’m waiting in line anywhere. I roll off my bed and yell “opla!” as I try to stand up.
**Belly pics here