Friday, June 29, 2012

32 Weeks

According to babycenter.com, By now, your baby weighs 3.75 pounds (pick up a large jicama) and is about 16.7 inches long, taking up a lot of space in your uterus. You’re gaining about a pound a week and roughly half of that goes right to your baby. In fact, she’ll gain a third to half of her birth weight during the next 7 weeks as she fattens up for survival outside the womb. She now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair (or at least respectable peach fuzz). Her skin is becoming soft and smooth as she plumps up in preparation for birth.

According to babiesonline.com,
Your baby sleeps approximately 90 to 95 percent of the day now. Her skin has become thicker and he continues to become more of a pinkish color. Your baby’s movements will peak this week. From now on they will change in quantity and quality. Most of the wrinkles are disappearing from your baby’s face, and there may be a lot of hair on his head. The weight gain has been fairly incredible recently. Your baby is now almost 4 pounds and is 17 inches long.

How far along? 32 Weeks
Total weight gain: 32 Pounds ~ Crazy how many people dare to ask how much weight you’ve gained.  I think I’ve had at least 5 people ask me and it always catches me off guard.
Maternity clothes? Yes. Starting to feel like ten pounds of shit in a five pound bag.
Stretch marks? Nope! I had a Dr. Appointment this week and my Dr. said ‘no marks, nice job’ that was awesome to hear! I had some stretch marks on my hips before I got pregnant so those don't count. ;)
Sleep:
Sleep is still good, but still having intense dreams/nightmares.
Best moment this week: Feeling baby girl hiccup last night for the first time.  Of course Derek wasn’t home to see it.  

Miss Anything?
Breathing normally and being able to curl up in a ball on the couch. oh the things we take for granted!
Movement: Lots and lots of movement, basically all day/night.  Last night every time I poked my belly she kicked back.  I know I will miss this feeling so much!
Food cravings: This week it was fish and meatballs (not together lol)…which I happily fulfilled
Anything making you queasy or sick: Not much, I can’t cook chicken and eat it…so weird. I still cook it for Derek.  
Gender: Girl

Labor Signs: No but I am getting some braxton hicks
Symptoms:
MAJOR Heartburn, swelling in my calves and I got the worst rib pain yesterday.  Thankfully the rib pain went away.
Belly Button in or out? Still in…wonder if it will pop out?
Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time:
HAPPY!
Looking forward to: My baby shower tomorrow!! My best friend is graciously hosting my shower and I can’t wait! I will post pictures next week.
 

Thursday, June 21, 2012

31 Weeks

According to BabyCenter.com,
This week, your baby measures over 16 inches long. She weighs about 3.3 pounds (try carrying four navel oranges) and is heading into a growth spurt. She can turn his head from side to side, and her arms, legs, and body are beginning to plump out as needed fat accumulates underneath her skin. She’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.

According to BabiesOnline.com,
Your baby will gain weight faster than she’ll increase in length. By now the baby’s lungs and digestive tract are nearly mature. Your baby’s irises can now dilate and contract in response to light. Due to the deposits of white fat underneath the skin your baby’s skin is no longer red, but is now the wonderful newborn pink color. Her fingernails may reach the end of the hands, too. Your baby is now a little over 3 pounds and is 16 inches long.(Picture supplied by 3D Sono Image)

You may worry if you are breathless from walking or sometimes even just sitting that your baby is in danger. This is not true. Your baby is getting plenty of oxygen from your placenta.

How far along? 31 Weeks
Total weight gain: 30-31 pounds yikes
Maternity clothes? All maternity right now, I wouldn’t dare try to squeeze into my normal clothes.
Stretch marks? Nothing new here
Sleep:
Sleep is still good although I’ve been having some pretty intense nightmares. I usually wake up about two times to use the potty.  
Best moment this week: Getting maternity pictures taken with my hubby. I’m so glad I will have these pictures to cherish the rest of my life.

Miss Anything?
Everything - I am officially at the "uncomfortable" stage, out of breath often & I am really missing being able to put on socks/shoes without huffing & puffing. I haven’t felt like a huge whale until this week. I think part of it is that I’ve missed my workouts for the past week.  I plan to try and go back to the gym next week. I’ve still kept up with walks almost every night.
Movement:
More like shifting and kicking.  It’s fun to feel around my belly and actually feel her limbs from the outside.  I poked my belly last night and she poked me right back.  

Food cravings: Still craving sweets... holy sugar cookie binge eating this week!
Anything making you queasy or sick: not much although my appetite has disappeared this week
Gender: Girl

Labor Signs: No but I am getting some braxton hicks
Symptoms:
MAJOR Heartburn, out of breath every now & then,  swelling in my calves after doing lots of walking & still some back pain here and there
Belly Button in or out? Still in…wonder if it will pop out?
Wedding rings on or off? On

Happy or Moody most of the time:
HAPPY!
Looking forward to: finishing the nursery & organizing all of the adorable clothes... I love looking at all of them!! Need to get a dresser this weekend. Can't believe she will be here so very soon! :)

Thursday, June 14, 2012

30 Weeks

I love that I’m in the 30s! Wahoo! Less than 9 weeks to go before our little peanut arrives! I’m all for having her early too, as long as she isn’t here before week 38! That would mean less than 7 weeks until she could potentially be here.
According the thebump.com,
As baby’s skin smoothes out, her brain just keeps getting more wrinkled. All those grooves and indentations increase surface area, meaning more room for that oh-so-essential brain tissue. She’s also adding some brawn — her grip is now strong enough to grasp a finger.

According to babycenter.com,
Your baby’s about 15.7 inches long now, and she weighs almost 3 pounds (like a head of cabbage). A pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds her, but that volume will decrease as she gets bigger and takes up more room in your uterus. Her eyesight continues to develop, though it’s not very keen; even after she’s born, she’ll keep her eyes closed for a good part of the day. When she does open them, she’ll respond to changes in light but will have 20/400 vision — which means she can only make out objects a few inches from her face. (Normal adult vision is 20/20.)

According to babiesonline.com,
Your baby’s permanent teeth have developed and are waiting in his gums. Your baby is very aware of his surroundings and his eyelids will open and close. He will even look around and turn toward light. We tend to think of the uterus as a dark place but the uterus actually can be light and dark depending on your environment. Your baby weighs almost three pounds now and is approximately 15.5 inches long.
You may be able to distinguish sleeping and waking cycles in your baby. Although it usually seems as if the baby wants to sleep while you are awake, and vice versa, this is not indicative of a sleepless newborn. Your baby can not only hear your voice, but can recognize it. Also, he has a grip so strong it is capable of gripping your finger. At this point, your baby may be practicing nursing as he sucks his thumb. He has lungs that are capable of breathing air, although medical help may be needed. About 9 out of 10 babies born now will survive.

How far along? 30 Weeks
Total weight gain: 30 lbs gained
Maternity clothes? All maternity besides workout and comfy clothes
Stretch marks? Doing well in this department
Sleep:
Still sleeping great
Best moment this week:
The nursery is now fully painted and ready for furniture, not to mention it looks amazing!!
Miss Anything? Working out hardcore, I hate to say it but I think I’m close to being done with the gym.  I thought I was going to die last night in spin class.  I’m going to continue to walk.

Movement: I am positive she was dancing away to the radio the other day. I love how Derek can feel her move every night when we are laying on the couch.
Food cravings: Cereal, honey grams to be specific. Also, I’ve been tempted to buy chocolate covered donuts at the store every time I see them but so far I’ve resisted.
Anything making you queasy or sick:
meat in general ...bleh!
Labor Signs: No
Symptoms:
This week has been great, no big complaints besides feeling a little nauseous last night and this morning.
Belly Button in or out? Still flat
Wedding rings on or off? On this week, my swelling is doing better

Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!
Looking forward to: Our maternity pictures this weekend!! I’m still not certain on what to wear but I have a few outfits in mind.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

29 Weeks

Here’s what Baby Amundson is up to this week: “Your baby now weighs about 2 1/2 pounds (like a butternut squash) and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel. His muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and his head is growing bigger to make room for his developing brain.” (Source) Basically, Baby is working on getting big. And I can tell.
 Baby’s energy is surging, thanks to the formation of white fat deposits beneath the skin. (Have those kicks and jabs to the ribs tipped you off yet?) Baby is also settling into sleep and waking cycles, though — as you’ve also probably noticed — they don’t necessarily coincide with your own. Also this month, all five senses are finally functional, and the brain and nervous system are going through major developments.

How far along? 29 Weeks
Total weight gain: 29 lbs gained
Maternity clothes? Basically all maternity now, although I’m still squeezing in my normal workout gear.
Stretch marks? Doing well in this department
Sleep:
Still sleeping great
Best moment this week: Feeling like the nursery is close to being complete, the construction part that is.  We live in an old house and the room we are using for the nursery had a lot of damage from the previous owners.  Luckily, we have a good friend who fixed the room up better than new!

Miss Anything?
Being able to lay on my back and walking upstairs without getting winded.
Movement: Lots of movement still, although I'd imagine she's going to start getting pretty cramped in there

Food cravings:
Fried rice (which I made last night and it did the trick), along with sweets of any kind.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing new, still not eating much meat if any.  I’m getting protein from Greek yogurt and other things.
Gender: Girl
Labor Signs: No
Symptoms:
Heartburn, a little swelling in my calves and hands and non-stop pressure in my ribs. I have to say that I’m lucky my back/pelvic pain has gone away…knock on wood.
Belly Button in or out? Still flat
Wedding rings on or off? Off most the time, which makes me sad.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!
Looking forward to: Putting the crib together, washing all of her clothes and just getting everything prepared.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Talking to a Pregnant Woman

Do:
·         Tell her she is glowing.
·         Ask her about something other than pregnancy and baby.
·         Reassure her that she will be a great mom.
·         Tell her that even though she’ll be tired, every moment with that sweet baby is worth it.
·         Tell her your positive labor and delivery stories.
·         Give advice when asked.
·         Ask before touching her belly.

Don’t:
·         Tell her that her face, arm, legs, etc. look puffy.
·         Scoff or tell her she’s crazy when she says her goal is a natural, unmedicated birth then launch into horrid birth stories and the joys of an epidural.
·         Say, “Oh you’re tired now, just wait.” We know babies wake in the middle of the night. Since we’re up 5 times a night anyway, it’s not going to be a super huge leap to make.
·         Say “Wow, you have X weeks left! I would have thought you were due next week.”
·         Comment on how she should be home resting instead of getting some exercise.
·         Give unsolicited advice or opinions. What’s right for you doesn’t mean its right for everyone.
·         Touch her belly without permission.
·         Say “You’re body will never be the same.”
·         Say “When I was pregnant I only gained 10lbs.” Ok well good for you. My body needs to gain more than that.

Do you have anything else to add to either list?