7 More Weeks To Go!

I was going to entitle this “33 weeks” but smaller numbers at this point are more exciting! I had another OB appointment this week, which are now scheduled every other week, and everything is looking good–blood pressure, belly measurement, baby’s heartrate. I feel the baby moving quite a bit more nowadays, which alternates between being extremely cute and very reassuring to pretty uncomfortable and kind of annoying. Rubbing my belly seems to get him moving and he still likes to hang out on the right side for the most part, but he’s definitely growing and stretching out because I’m also feeling small fluttering movements from my pelvis to my ribs and all the way across. On the downside, I can tell my energy levels are beginning to wane and no position is comfortable for very long, sitting or lying down. Luckily I’m still sleeping relatively well, even though I do wake up to switch positions every 1.5 to 2 hours.

This coming week is going to be pretty exciting. Mike just completed the ChesapeakeMan Ultra Triathlon in Cambridge, MD today where he posted a personal record of 10 hours, 5 minutes! He’ll be coming home on Monday where I can finally get him all to myself again… at least for a few months! Then later this week we’ve got family coming in for my baby shower on Saturday! Babcie and Aunt Jessica are coming in on Wednesday and Lola and Tita Stephanie are coming on Thursday. I can’t wait to see them all!

Mixing daddyhood and football

Mixing daddyhood and football

Lopsided belly

Lopsided belly

Is it October Yet?

We have entered Week 32, which means I’ve started my 8th month of pregnancy and have approximately 8 weeks more to go!. For you math sticklers that haven’t bought into the gestational 40 weeks of pregnancy that obstetricians follow, I have an entire month to COMPLETE the 8th month and then we can really get down to business in the 9th month. At this point, the baby is gaining about an ounce per day, so roughly a half-pound a week. I’ve been feeling much more intense movement lately but apparently this will start to decrease a bit as the baby runs out of room to wind back for a really good kick or a punch. I can pretty much count on him announcing his presence when I first wake up and start stretching around and again at mealtimes–pretty cute. I notice him moving around during my prenatal yoga classes too, which is a little distracting when I’m supposed to be doing some ridiculous tree or triangle pose. Lucky for me, the little one must have received my earlier letter as he has ventured out to the left side every now and then in the past few days.

In other exciting developments, our good friends Paul and Sarah just gave birth to baby girl Madeleine on Tuesday! They’ve been our barometer of what to expect all throughout our pregnancy so it was a big reality check visiting them at the hospital knowing that will be us in just a short time. It was enough for me to stop putting off buying nursery furniture until October and getting it all now while I’m still motivated and mobile. The original idea was to not bring more furniture in the house while the upstairs was getting renovated but since our start date looks like it will be pushed out even later, there’s an excellent chance we’ll still be living downstairs after we bring the baby home as renovations finish up (*potential no-vacancy alert for any family who is interested in visiting during the first few weeks*). We now have a changing table and the matching crib but still need to get the mattress, which was not in stock at several stores we tried (grr). I’m okay with not having an official nursery at this point and everything we have at the moment is on wheels so we can just set up shop wherever we need to.

The next few weeks will be a little crazy but once October comes around, I am planning to go into full nesting mode, unabashed and unashamed!

(PS: I promise to post a few new pics this week! I added a few new non-pregnancy pics on Facebook earlier this week, for you inquiring minds…)

An Important Message

Dear Baby,

I know you have had pretty limited exposure to the world and your place in it, but I encourage you to check out the left side of your mother’s belly. It is yet uncharted territory and it would seem that you have reached the limits of the right side already, especially near the ribcage which is already housing lungs and stomach in cramped quarters. Stretch out to the left, explore–there is a little bit more unclaimed space to fill over there! If possible, please leave things in the same condition as you found them.

Your loving, lopsided mother

PS) See what you can do about reining in the belly button. Many thanks in advance.

The Numbers Game

30 – how far along we are in weeks
10 – the official number of weeks left
140 – baby’s heart rate
20 – how many pounds I’ve gained so far
3 – about how much the baby should weigh right now
2 – how many times a month I will be going to the doctor (for now)
5 – the number of pregnancy books collecting dust on the shelf
156 – the number of diapers we currently have in stock
7 – number of shirts I own long enough to cover the belly in public
6 – my old shoe size. New one: TBD