31 Weeks

Funny thing about that dress:  it’s not a maternity dress.  It’s one of my many little black dresses that I rotate on special occasions.  I put it on and it’s a bit form-fitting, but I decided it was too much trouble to take off and change so I put on some black heels and rocked it to work.  And I must confess, I felt pretty cute in it for a very pregnant woman.  And it is SO comfortable.  So yay, another dress that I might get a few more wears out of during this pregnancy!

We are now in the single digit weeks left phase.  I should be panicking about everything that I have left to do around the house, but honestly?  It’s really not that much.  As soon as we get a full size mattress, bed stuff, and a curtain for Cole’s big boy room, we will have a room and a bed for every child and that’s all that matters.  We got the new dresser moved into the new room and I went ahead and put away the clean clothes in there instead of the dresser in the nursery.  As soon as the Mister is done refinishing the cedar toy chest that he salvaged from somewhere, it will go into the new room and filled with a few toys to keep the boy busy if he wakes up early.  I need to get the baby clothes and stuff out of the attic and start washing and putting away.  I pulled out the infant carrier the other day to make sure it didn’t need anything done to it, so it will be installed probably sometime in September.  I fussed and fretted so much the first time around, and this time I’m all “eh, whatever.”  Things will work out.  They kind of have to.

I’m so excited to be having this baby, but I think I’m in denial that it is really happening.  I know there is a baby moving around in there.  I feel him.  And I love him so, so much.  But I just can’t wrap my head around the fact that I will have two children in a matter of 9 weeks.  It’s such a crazy thought.  TWO kids.  I wonder what he’ll be like.  I wonder if he’ll look like his big brother.  I wonder if he’ll have a similar easygoing temperament or be more high-maintenance.  I wonder if he’ll be a good sleeper, or need a lovie, or want a pacifier.  Lunchbox was (and is) an average sleeper, and never developed any sort of attachment to a security item.  It took a pacifier maybe 10 times in his life, and after about 4 months he decided he didn’t like them at all.  Will Baby Brother crawl early or take his time?  Will his speech be as good as Cole’s?  Will he be as healthy as Cole, or prone to sickness?  I wonder all these things and more about this little guy, and I can’t wait to start discovering the answers.

Still feeling okay physically.  I am much more tired the past week or so than I have been previously.  And I finally bit the bullet and got some Zantac to help with this heartburn.  It had gone from just coming on after I ate certain foods to showing up after I ate ANY food.  And that simply would not do.  So I’ve been taking it for about a week and feeling much better.  I’m sure this will bring on some weight gain, unfortunately, now that I am not afraid to eat anymore.  Hips are painful again, but not unbearable.  If we can just ride out the next 9 weeks like this, I will be a happy camper.

From BabyCenter:

“This week, your baby measures over 16 inches long. He weighs about 3.3 pounds (try carrying four navel oranges) and is heading into a growth spurt. He can turn his head from side to side, and his arms, legs, and body are beginning to plump out as needed fat accumulates underneath his skin. He’s probably moving a lot, too, so you may have trouble sleeping because your baby’s kicks and somersaults keep you up. Take comfort: All this moving is a sign that your baby is active and healthy.

Have you noticed the muscles in your uterus tightening now and then? Many women feel these random contractions — called Braxton Hicks contractions — in the second half of pregnancy. Often lasting about 30 seconds, they’re irregular, and at this point, they should be infrequent and painless. Frequent contractions, on the other hand — even those that don’t hurt — may be a sign of preterm labor. Call your practitioner immediately if you have more than four contractions in an hour or any other signs of preterm labor: an increase in vaginal discharge or a change in the type of discharge (if it becomes watery, mucus-like, or bloody — even if it’s pink or just tinged with blood); abdominal pain or menstrual-like cramping; an increase in pressure in the pelvic area; or low back pain, especially if you didn’t have it before.

You may have noticed some leaking of colostrum, or “premilk,” from your breasts lately. If so, try tucking some nursing pads into your bra to protect your clothes. (And if not, it’s certainly nothing to worry about; your breasts are making colostrum all the same, even if you don’t see any.) If your current bra is too snug, you might also want to pick up a nursing bra. Choose a nursing bra at least one cup size bigger than you need now. When your milk comes in you’ll be grateful for that extra room!

If you’re having a boy, you and your partner will want to take some time to think about whether or not to have your baby circumcised. Find out the pros and cons from your doctor, and what the procedure involves.”

I have definitely noticed an uptick in movement and rolling.  I may have had some Braxton Hicks contractions here and there, but I can’t say for sure so evidently they were nothing to write home about.  I’ve never had a real contraction without the aid of pitocin, so I wouldn’t know what it felt like if I did have one.  I mean, I’m sure I would KNOW, but right now I don’t know.  Not really leaking anything, but I know it’s there.  And yes, we will be circumcising this baby as well.  Not that it is anyone’s business, but since it was mentioned I’ll go ahead and just put the speculation to bed.

How Far Along? 31 weeks.  9 to go.

Total Weight Gained/Loss? Up at least 15 pounds.  I’ll know for sure on Monday.

Maternity Clothes?  Except for the above pictured dress, yes.

Sleep? *YAWN*  What sleep?

Best Moment of the Week?  Cole laying his head on my stomach and patting it and saying, “Hello Baby Brudder, I love you Baby Brudder” as he was going to sleep one night.  MELT.

Movement? Oh yes.

Food Craving?  A cheese pizza from the Texaco on the edge of my college alma mater’s campus.  Sigh.  Those were the best.

Food aversions? Whatever has previously made me vomit.

Morning sickness? Nope.

Symptoms?  Fatigue fatigue fatigue.

Gender?  Still a boy.

Labor Signs? None, and hopefully none until September.  Stay away!

Belly Button?  Flat and starting to poke out a little bit on the top.

What I miss?  Being able to accomplish simple household tasks like carrying a laundry basket up the stairs without feeling like I’m going to fall out.

What I’m looking forward to?  Our 32-week appointment and first growth ultrasound on Monday.  I’ll know more about my chances for a VBAC after that.

Milestones?   Into the single digits for weeks left.  Getting to be pregnant another week.

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