Week 32

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Weeks: 32.  EIGHT MONTHS BABY!!

Baby size: Pan d’epi, a bread made for sharing (pssh, or not).

Aversions: Mexican and seafood.

Cravings: The usual.  And then some.

Symptoms: Have had a few cramps this week, along with backache, and of course, gas.  Insomnia has become a daily part of my schedule so nothing new there.  I did call my doctor about the back cramps and she advised me to stay very hydrated and to not worry unless the cramps become very close together or my water breaks or something.  So, I’m going to drink like I live in the Gobi.

Weight gain: Weight lost: 0.8 pounds.  Again, I don’t know what I ate the previous week to gain almost 3 pounds, but I lost almost 1/3 of that this week.  Water weight??  Or maybe salt weight?

Maternity clothes: I refuse to go shopping now.  Just a little longer to hold out.  I think I can make it!  But seriously, my staples are legit staples.  I wear them all the time.

Looking forward to: Counting down until Baby B arrives!!  And another mini baby shower thrown by my mom for next week with my friends!  Can we make this a Halloween baby, please?!

Week 31

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Weeks: 31

Baby size: Croquembouche.  Otherwise known as a giant pile of pastry balls in a cone shape and held together with caramel.  Seriously, the French know how to do desserts.  Baby B is most likely around 3 pounds right now.

Aversions: Mexican food and seafood.

Cravings: Still anything sweet.  I won’t say no to any dessert.  Nor will I stop eating if something is being put in front of me.

Symptoms: Crazy insomnia.  I am now a walking zombie.  And I bite when I’m angry.  So watch out. No Braxton Hicks.  Heavy breathing, especially when walking up stairs.  My legs kill when I have to walk up stairs.  Ugh..

Weight gain: 2.8 pounds!!  Whoa!  What did I eat this week?!  Obviously a hippo.

Maternity clothes: Nothing new so I’m now in the process of careful recycling of my wardrobe.  So far, no one has judged me out loud.

Looking forward to: Family baby shower next week!!  A whole bunch of my family is coming from all over to celebrate Baby B with me!  I am so excited!!!

Week 30

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Weeks: 30…10 weeks to go!!!

Baby size: Brie en Brioche.  I don’t think that’s fair that my pregnancy app tells me my baby is the size of Brie, considering I can’t eat it.  But she is supposedly around 17 inches long and around 3.5 pounds.  Sometimes I doubt that considering I was around that length (or maybe shorter) when I was born, but she’s delivering hammer kicks to my bladder, so who knows.

Aversions: Mexican and seafood.

Cravings: Pop-Tarts.  Cherry Pop-Tarts.

Symptoms: A little insomnia and some headaches this past week, but other than that, it’s been a good week!  Embarrassingly, some gas too.  Now that I teach in a closed room with a door, it has become a lot harder for me.  There is an art to quiet crop dusting, and I plan to master it.

Weight gain: 0.0 pounds from last week.  That’s not exactly honest.  Saturday to Saturday, I somehow gained no weight, but if you went from Saturday to Sunday morning, I gained a pound.  It’s the Pop-Tarts.

Maternity clothes: My jeans purchased from H&M fit!!  Thank all that is good in the world right now.  And they couldn’t have come sooner since crisp weather is right around the corner…not to mention the fact that I can wear jeans with a school shirt on Friday’s.  I will be taking full advantage of this.

Looking forward to: Over Labor Day weekend, Tay and I purchased a new mattress (finally!!).  Ours was ancient and it was so firm.  I’m usually a stomach sleeper, but that ended months ago, and I’ve been forced to sleep on my side.  Back sleeping is a no go–get a crazy sharp pain that runs down my lower back and legs, and since I have broad shoulders, side sleeping isn’t comfortable either.  The new mattress comes with a plush topper and should be arriving Monday or Tuesday!!  Sweet dreams, here I come.

Week 29

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Several low points this week, one of which I’ll discuss below.  The other…I went in for my standard 28 week glucose test.  Which meant I had to have my blood drawn.  Which is a horrible thing for me.  I am terrified of those big needles that draw blood from my body.  It’s not the blood.  It is the act of a metal foreign object piercing my skin in a vein.  And it hurts too.  I’m a weenie–pretty sure I had a traumatic incident when I was about 3 with needles and that has scarred me for life.

So I had my glucose test.  And I failed it.  Which means that I have to go in to the office in the early morning (after several days of carbo loading followed by fasting) and stay for over three hours and have my blood drawn once an hour…three times.  When the nurse called, I wanted to cry.  I could feel the blood rushing into my face, I was so upset.  If there weren’t a baby involved, I would somehow skip that appointment forever and pretend nothing ever happened.  But I guess gestational diabetes is a legit thing, so I need to make sure I don’t have it :(

Weeks: 29

Baby size: A fougasse, similar to focaccia bread, and about the size of a small pizza or pineapple; weighing in close to 3 pounds and stretching 16 inches long!

Aversions: Mexican and seafood.

Cravings: Surprisingly, not much.  Haven’t had intense sugar cravings…or really any cravings recently.  Well, I lied.  I crave sleep, but I mean, who doesn’t?? :)

Symptoms: Constipation finally hit.  I’ve had light constipation before, but nothing like this.  I was on the toilet in agonizing pain for over an hour…and nothing.  Nothing was going down, so something had to give.  I ended up throwing up all over myself while sitting on the toilet.  So there I am, tear-streaked, trying to poop, and covered in vomit (I really tried to make it into the toilet, but projective vomit is hard to control).  Poor Taylor has cleaned up more vomit in the last 7 months than he probably ever has in his life, but he made sure I went to wash off in the shower while he sat there and cleaned it all up.  And he brought prune juice and stool softener from his mom over too.  What a guy.  I did finally end up pooping, hours later, but no more vomiting.  It’s been a rough week.

Weight gain: 0.4 pounds

Maternity clothes: Sent the jeans back to Gap Maternity, and are patiently awaiting some H&M jeans to try on…here’s hoping!  (I really hope these work, because I can wear jeans on Friday at school!)

Looking forward to: The long weekend :)

Week 28

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Officially in my 3rd trimester as of today and I couldn’t be more excited!  (Sh)It’s getting real now.  And I realized something too.  So for weeks, I thought she was kicking about, but it would be little, weird kicks.  Turns out, she is hiccuping.  And it’s several times a day.  I can’t say that I love the feeling–actually, I don’t like the feeling much at all.  Makes me a wee bit queezy.  BUT, it just means she’s definitely mine.  I get the hiccups quite a bit too, and my mom said I had them a lot while she was pregnant with me.  Someday I’ll look back on my pregnancy with forgetful relish and think about her hiccuping in my belly.  But for now, I’ll go lie down on the couch.

Also, pretty importantly, Taylor graduated from OCS at Fort Bragg in Fayetteville, NC this weekend.  After TWO YEARS of grueling training and leaving, he is done!  His official title (I think) is 2nd Lieutenant Taylor Baldwin and he will be working in engineering and stationed, for the time being, in Asheville.  Thank GOD.  Until next spring when he has to travel to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri for FIVE MONTHS for engineering school.  Ugh.  On a positive note, he will be treated like a person officer now and I can contact and visit him. Still, ugh.

Weeks: 28 THIRD TRIMESTER BABY!

Baby size: A couronne bread…or a coconut.

Aversions: Mexican and seafood.

Cravings: I hit a low point.  Yesterday, I was craving an McDonalds Oreo Mcicecreamwhatever so badly I thought I was going to break down and cry until I physically had one in my hand/mouth.  That seems to be the desert of choice right now.  I don’t want Oreos.  I want Oreo ice cream.  Big difference.

Symptoms: Bending over to pick something up, or reaching over to grab something are quickly becoming activities of the past.  If I must get something off of the floor, it will be in squat form, and then I’ll do an extra few squats for good measure.  Insomnia hasn’t been too bad recently, but now I’m waking up to pee about twice a night.  And I can definitely feel when I’ve been kicked in the bladder.  Goodness, that is awful.  Oh!  And my feet have begun to swell if I’ve been sitting too long, standing too long, thinking too long…well, they’ve begun to swell for no reason really.  But it’s just more reason to have Taylor rub them for me :)

Weight gain: 1.2 pounds

Maternity clothes: Pants fit reasonably well.  Will have to send jeans back though–had to wear a belt with them and that’s no fun.

Looking forward to: Still fall.  Pregnant and hot and sweaty do not go together.

Week 27

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So I turned 29 yesterday.  And Tay took me out to my favorite restaurant in downtown Asheville last night, Cúrate.  It only took 6 weeks prior to get a reservation for 5:30 on a Friday night.  But it was WORTH IT!  And my day was filled with love and well wishes.  Couldn’t have asked for more.

So my last year of my 20’s officially starts.  I don’t feel any different (well, obviously besides the cantaloupe-sized parasite protruding from my body), but mentally I feel a little wiser.  Wiser, not smarter.  Forgetfulness is quickly becoming a habit that I’ll be happy to rid myself of in a few months (hopefully).  I can appreciate my growing crows feet around my eyes as signs of memories filled with laughter, and even though each butt cheek is growing exponentially, it’s  more comfortable to sit down.  30 won’t be so bad, but wow, did my 20’s go by fast.  Let every moment sink it!!

Weeks: 27 (the last week of my 2nd trimester!!!)

Baby size: A Charlotte Royale cake, or in regular people vocabulary not familiar with Parisian bakery items, a bunch of bananas.  The cake sounds better.

Aversions: Same old, same old.  Maybe I’ll never like seafood again.  Sigh.

Cravings: My continued cravings for sugar and milk products is becoming difficult.  Let me just say that trying to avoid the ice cream isle and candy isle is now a mental and physical battle which I usually lose.

Symptoms: Whew, buddy!  It is getting difficult to bend over!  If I drop something on the ground, forget it.  It will stay there until someone else comes by.  This actually comes in really handy when Felix happens to pee or poo on the floor in the middle of the night.  Continued insomnia, cruel beast.  So when school starts and 2pm rolls around…please say a prayer for me.

Weight gain: 0.6 pounds.  It’s creeping on more slowly now–nothing like a few months ago when I was easily putting on a pound or two in a week.

Maternity clothes: Currently waiting for my purchase from last week to be delivered.  Fall needs to get here NOW.  I’m tired of athletic shorts and having to bend over to shave.  Preggo pants, here I come.

Looking forward to: Fall.  Fall.  Fall.  Fall.  Fall.

Week 26

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She’s a little stinker.  I swear she will go absolutely crazy in her little uterine cave and the second someone else comes to feel, she knows.  And doesn’t move.  I must be crazy.

Weeks: 26

Baby size: A boule de pain, which is literally a ball of bread.  Pain sounds about right too.

Aversions: Same things.  Salmon and Mexican food.  Or maybe just the smell of them.  Who knows.  But I’m not willing to try them to find out!

Cravings: I’ve been wanting more “real” food recently.  Travelled down to SC with my dad and ate a full course of green beans, rice and gravy, and collard greens.  Followed by some cherry pie and sweet tea, of course.  Also, craving milk.  Milk in the morning, milk in the evening, milk at suppertime!  I LOVE mixing it with liquid chai latte mix.  Sooooo good.  It’s replaced coffee.

SymptomsCrazy preggo insomnia.  This will be the death of me, I’m sure.  I try not to drink a lot before bed, but my smooshed bladder can only take so much…and sure enough, around 1 or 2 in the morning, I wake up in a panic and sprint full speed to the bathroom.  Then I lie awake for hours and contemplate my life, how I can’t get comfortable, and glare at Taylor as he snores blissfully away.

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4:30 this morning.  Surfing Pinterest and taking crappy pictures.

Weight gain:0.4 pounds

Maternity clothes: Went shopping again.  I’m painfully aware (and my wallet is too) of the fact that I am purchasing clothes for a very short period in my life.  I’m desperately waiting for fall to come around so I can wear the couple pairs of preggo pants I have purchased, along with some long sleeve shirts.  Still no shorts right now, so I’m really limited to yoga pants (which are becoming ever so tight around my ever-widening hips), and t-shirts.  Both of which I cannot wear to work.  PLEASE fall, come soon!!!

Looking forward to: The baby shower!  My amazing (super understatement) aunt, mother, and grandmother are hosting the baby showers–one for family in September (I have a huge family), and one for friends in October.  I am so excited.  And fall, of course!  I’m not big into pumpkin flavored anything, but I LOVE fall.  The flowers, the smells, the temperature.  And baby B is expected to make her arrival then too!!