Week 31: My Pregnancy Journey.
The thirties continue! In every respect – emotionally and physically – I’m becoming more and more aware that the end is near.
How Big is the Baby?
This week, Baby C is weighing in at around 3.5 to 4 pounds, and almost 19 inches! He is currently around the size of a large head of romaine lettuce!
Hard to believe he’s almost at his full birth height already. Now he just needs to fatten up!
I can feel him moving almost all the time now, and the movement ranges from way down deep in my pelvis, to high up under my ribs. He is definitely taking up a lot of space! Now that he is bigger, I don’t feel kicks as much as I do large pushes and protruding hard spots.
I am hoping that he is making his way down into the correct position, but have no way of really knowing until I see my midwives. He is definitely hanging out on my right side, and most of the time I am totally lop-sided. I think I can feel his little butt at the top of my right side, which makes me think his head is down. Fingers crossed!
Check out the iPad baby – he is so BIG!
How I’m Feeling
The third trimester continues to feel a bit reminiscent of the first trimester, although nothing nearly that bad. I’ve had a few bad bouts of nausea and food doesn’t really ever sound very appealing anymore. No extreme cravings or specific aversions, but it takes me a long time to choose something to eat these days.
Up until now, even in the earliest days of pregnancy, I haven’t really felt the extreme fatigue that you hear about so much. That has definitely changed in the past few weeks. By the end of the day I am so exhausted I can barely hold my eyes open, and I find getting through the day without a nap to be quite the struggle.
Casey and I have been doing a nightly 2-mile walk with the dogs around our VERY hilly neighborhood, and by the end I am absolutely dragging. The extreme hills are hard on my legs, and by the end I usually have some round ligament pain on my right side. It’s good for me to stay active, but I’m definitely having to learn to slow down quite a bit.
As of today’s midwife appointment (more on that to come), I have gained exactly 20 pounds – right on track for this stage of pregnancy. Up until now I’ve been using the numbers from the scale I have at home, but the scale at my doctor’s office seems to consistently put me 2-3 pounds higher. From here on out, I’m going to go with their scale, and I’ll be weighing in every 2 weeks!
Buying For Baby
Now that the shower is over (sniff), I am ready to head to Babies R Us and Target this weekend and get the rest of the big items we still need. I am into the hard-core nesting phase of pregnancy where I want everything to feel ready and settled, and I’m itching to finish the nursery as soon as we can. I’m hoping to have a nursery update post for you guys after I finish a few more projects. It is really coming together now! Here is a sneak peek…
There are still a few key things that I need to research and decide on before I will feel truly ready for C’s arrival. That list includes…
- nursing bras, boob creams, and other breastfeeding supplies
- cloth diapering
- finding a pediatrician
- packing a hospital bag
- possible infant CPR/safety class
Ready or not, he is coming sooner than later! Just 59 days left until my due date…
For more pregnancy posts and previous weekly updates, make sure to check out my pregnancy page!