Week 29: My Pregnancy Journey.

I know I say it every week, but they really do seem to be flying by!  I definitely feel like I’m in my third trimester now, both physically and emotionally.  I can sense that the end (and beginning!) is in sight…

How Big is the Baby?

This week, Baby C has grown to be around 17 inches in length.  That’s about as long as a large bunch of celery!

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He still only weighs around 3 pounds right now, but he’s almost up to what his full length will be at birth.  I can feel it too – I think he went through a major growth spurt this week!

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How I’m Feeling

The most notable change this week is what’s happening inside my big belly.  Or more specifically, my ribcage.  This baby has GROWN, and he’s no longer fitting in the big round spot in front of me – he seems to be taking over my entire torso!

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I read that right around this time is when babies should start preparing themselves for birth by getting into the correct position (head down).  My book said that when this happens, you’ll start to feel less movement from side to side, and more kicks in the stomach.  Just in the past few days, I suddenly feel lots of moving and pressure right under my ribs – pushing on my lungs and upper abdomen.  I hope this means he’s turned and his feet are kicking me in the chest!

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I also read that week 30 is usually another big period of growth, and I’m actually looking forward to it.  I’m hoping that if my belly gets bigger, he’ll have more room and will be able to relieve some of this pressure.  He’s making it very hard to sleep or eat because my organs have no room in there!

How I’m Feeling

The most notable thing I’m feeling this week?  Emotional.  I spent my first trimester feeling weepy and hormonal, but it only lasted for a few weeks.  Then both the puking and the crying stopped, and I felt like myself again.  Here I am now in week 29 and the hormones are most definitely back again!

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They are different this time though.  My early pregnancy tears were about feeling overwhelmed, grateful, scared, anxious, and all the other things that come along with the first trimester.  This time, I feel weepy in a “what did I do to deserve all of this?” type of way.  I keep finding myself looking at Casey and saying things like “can you believe we are really going to have a baaaaabaaay?” and then bursting into tears.  It’s embarrassing.  (At least I know I’m not alone – check out these other hilarious pregnancy meltdowns.)

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Getting Ready for Baby

Nesting is in full swing at our house.  I’m feeling really motivated to get the house as pulled together as possible.  I keep having these strong urges to do things like clean the windows in the car or wash all the sheets in the house.  I worked a little bit more on the nursery this weekend, and am hoping to finish a few more projects this week! 

As far as getting ready for actual delivery goes, I’ve continued to read my birthing books and watched another birth documentary this weekend.  I still don’t feel ready, but I feel educated and prepared.  I also went to my first prenatal yoga class, which I will write more about later this week!

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Odds and Ends

  • Total weight gained:  15 pounds
  • Days until baby shower:  11
  • Level of excitement to see friends and family:  Off the charts
  • 1st trimester travels:  Cincinnati, Indianapolis, Seattle (twice)
  • 2nd trimester travels:  New Haven, Cincinnati, Indy, Seattle, Las Vegas
  • 3rd trimester travels:  Charleston, Cincinnati, 1 more TBD
  • Days until Cincy BFF arrives:  3 (!)
  • Days until next appointment:  15
  • Onesies purchased this week:  2
  • Weeks left:  10.5 (what?)

To read previous weekly updates or other pregnancy-related posts, check out my pregnancy page!