Week 30: My Pregnancy Journey.

We are officially in the THREE’S!  Does anyone else think that is just really really crazy?  Whenever I hear someone is in one of the 30+ weeks, I think that sounds like the very end. 

How Big is the Baby?

Baby C is over 3 pounds now, and is as big as a butternut squash!  Holy cow.

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Some days I would like a time machine to fast forward through the next ten weeks, since pregnancy has felt like an eternity.  Other days, I would like to hit pause and buy myself a little more time. 

The kicks are constant and BIG these days, and I’d guess that I spend at least two hours of each day staring at my belly watching him move.  I can feel big body parts and I think he may be getting himself into the correct head down position.  Fingers crossed!

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Busted out the iPad to see if the squash was really true to life size.  Looks pretty close to me!  He doesn’t even come close to fitting on the screen anymore, and he looks like a real live baby.  Insane.  How is that possibly inside of me?

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How I’m Feeling

According to my weekly update, I might be experiencing a bit of the following…

You may be feeling a little tired these days, especially if you’re having trouble sleeping. You might also feel clumsier than normal, which is perfectly understandable. Not only are you heavier, but the concentration of weight in your pregnant belly causes a shift in your center of gravity.

Remember those mood swings you had earlier in pregnancy? The combination of uncomfortable symptoms and hormonal changes can result in a return of those emotional ups and downs. It’s normal to worry about what your labor will be like or whether you’ll be a good parent.  (from Babycenter)

Check, check, and check!  I don’t know what’s going on this week, but there have been a few days when I have suddenly feel like I’m back in my first trimester.  I am exhausted to the point where I can barely function, and I’m experiencing strange food cravings and aversions again.

I have also recently realized that my balance and spatial awareness is way off.  I keep banging into things, and I actually took a hard fall (my big fear!) going up the stairs.  I also fell getting off the toilet the other day.  Pregnancy is very humbling. 

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It’s nice to hear that my mood swings and out-of-control emotions are normal for this stage of pregnancy, and I’m not just totally losing it.  Some days I wake up on cloud nine, feeling excited and ready and overjoyed about being pregnant.  Other days I am teary, weepy, and totally overwhelmed.  Glad to know that is to be expected!

I can’t believe that I’m not at the point where my weeks start with three.  Where did the time go?  Check out my Babble post about Hitting my Thirties – reflections on the 30’s for both age and pregnancy.  For comparisons sake, here’s a look back at how much I’ve changed…

10 weeks (and violently ill)

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2o weeks(and in desperate need of a haircut!)

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And now THIRTY weeks, and feeling great.  :)

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What I’m Eating

Speaking of those food cravings and aversions, I am embarrassed to admit this but earlier this week I had an overwhelming urge to eat Spaghetti O’s.  Remember those gross noodles in a can with the congealed meatballs?  I resisted buying the Trader Joe’s O’s when I saw them and my heart did a little flutter.

As far as food aversions go, I’m back off hummus – just like I was in the first trimester.  I don’t want to smell it or even see it.  Also, garlic.  Don’t bring it near me.  Gag.  I read recently that what you eat during pregnancy can actually affect your babies taste preferences later in life, so I’m doing my best to eat a good variety of foods and flavors.

In general, food isn’t really sounding very good these days.  I’m never very excited about eating, and it takes me forever to figure out what I want to eat for each meal.  If I felt it was nutritionally acceptable, I’d be happy to live off of cereal and blueberries for the next 10 weeks, but I’m doing my best to mix it up and continue to get in a good variety of healthy food.

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Getting Ready for Baby

One of the other things I read in my update this week was about common labor fears.  It was reassuring to me to know that this are normal things to be worrying about!

Surprising Facts: Common labor fears

Are you nervous about giving birth? You’re not alone! Here are some common fears and how to cope with them.

  • I won’t be able to handle the pain.
  • I’ll need an episiotomy or I’ll tear.
  • I’ll have a bowel movement during labor.
  • I’ll be steamrolled into unnecessary medical interventions.
  • I’ll have to have a c-section.
  • I won’t make it to the hospital on time.

(from Babycenter)

Call me vain, but the episiotomy and pooping fears are HIGH on my list.  Getting to the hospital on time, however, should not be an issue.  I have a feeling I’m going to to be one of those women that shows up dilated 0.5 cm and still days away from childbirth. 

Speaking of labor, I’m starting to think a lot about things like what I need to pack for the hospital and what type of nursing supplies I will need.  These questions used to feel so far away, and now they suddenly feel immediate!

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The big excitement for this week is that my BABY SHOWER is this weekend!  I’ll be traveling back to Cincinnati at the end of the week with Lindsey, and on Saturday I’m lucky enough to get to gather with all my closest friends and family to celebrate Baby C!  I feel so totally blessed to have guests coming in from Connecticut, Atlanta, Chicago, Florida, Indiana, and elsewhere.  I will also finally get to meet my adorable nephew, and I can hardly wait.

Facts This Week

  • Gained This Week:  1 pound
  • Total Weight Gain:  15-16 pounds
  • Friends Currently in Labor:  One – go Lisa, go!
  • Cross Country Flights Left in Pregnancy:  2
  • Days I will Spend Back Home:  3 (never enough!)
  • Days until Baby Shower:  3!
  • Days until Birthing Center Tour:  7 – cannot wait!

For more pregnancy-related posts and previous weekly updates, check out the pregnancy page

Congrats to Amanda who commented, “I would love to win this! With a little one on the way (and a very picky veggie eater for a husband), I know I would get a ton of use out of it!”  You won the Peas and Thank You cookbook!  Please email me so I can get you your copy!