Pregnancy Update: 34 Weeks

How Far Along: 34 weeks

What is Baby G Up To?: Baby G is the size of a butternut squash, so basically huge. Baby G is still moving a great deal, but I can tell it’s getting tight in there because the movements tend to be poking out of my stomach in weird ways. People always talk about the baby kicking, but the repositioning and wiggling around are even crazier! Baby G is a big hiccup-er as well.

How I’m Feeling: Still feeling exhausted, but I’m trying to enjoy the last few weeks of “freedom”. As much as I’m looking forward to meeting Baby G and to not be pregnant, I realize that the days of just David, Juneau and I are quickly coming to a close. It’s been the three of us for the past five years, and we’ve gone on some crazy adventures together. It’s going to be quite the adjustment to have Baby G become part of our little team. So yes, I’m feeling nostalgic.

What I’m Wearing: Emily sent me a bunch of her maternity clothes, and I gotta say, they came right at the perfect time. I was getting so bored with the same old things circulating through my closet. I think the hardest part is having to find maternity work clothes. All I want to do is wear maxi dresses and oversized t-shirts.

What’s On My Mind Lately: Pregnancy has been a long journey and my mindset has changed with the trimesters. In the first trimester, I was just trying to feel human. In the early second trimester, I was feeling overwhelmed with the thought of being pregnant. A growing belly? No wine? Those thoughts turned to absolute fear in regards to labor in the early third trimester. Our birthing classes didn’t help. I was having nightmares about labor pains and absolutely grilled my sister about every feeling. But lately, I have been thinking about being a mom.

There was a couple in my birthing class that was so prepared for everything. They knew all the best brands, the best gadgets, the best sleeping aids. The mom had been taking water aerobics and yoga throughout her pregnancy. Every question they asked, she knew the answer to. They even drove a mini-van! Already! The baby wasn’t even here yet! They were clearly parents before ever having a baby. I started crying because I will never be that person. I just don’t work that way. And then I realized I’m going to be parenting my baby alongside of Super Moms like her. More tears.

Then David said something that made me feel better: yes, we are going to become parents, but that’s not the only thing we are going to be. I still want my career, and my creativity, and to travel and David still wants a truck, and to go fishing on the weekends. Yes, our lives are going to be different, but I know by looking at the women in my family that it’s possible to be a mom and to be Erica as well.

What I’m Craving: Still on my unsweet iced tea kick! The caffeine is saving me!

What I’m Looking Forward To: This weekend my mom is flying down and we are heading to DC on Saturday to visit my cousins. On Sunday we will be back in Charlottesville because David’s mom is throwing me a baby shower.

Best Moment of the Week: I have a few: first, David and I were able to tour the hospital we are going to deliver in. I had never spent much time in the hospital, and I was floored at how gorgeous it is. Everything was so accessible and everyone was so friendly. While we were there, we were able to visit David’s newest cousin who was born that same day!

Later in the week, my co-workers through me a baby shower. It was so sweet of everyone to come to celebrate Baby G!

On Sunday evening, my neighbors knocked on the door. There are four generations of people living together and they are the sweetest people in the world! The great-grandmother had handmade Baby G a blanket and they were so excited to give it to us. In the card they wrote “we have 124 years of collective parenting experience, so don’t hesitate to ask for help!” It was exactly the spark I needed to get through these last few weeks! I am so grateful.

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Pregnancy Update: 32 Weeks

How Far Along: 32 weeks

What is Baby G Up To?: Baby G is now the size of an acorn squash. Baby is getting bigger and running out of room. I constantly feel pressure from limbs kicking me underneath my rib cage and I’ve developed a lean in my chair at work because sitting straight up and down is nearly impossible. Apparently, Baby G will not grow in length anymore, but just add pounds of fat until making the big arrival.

How I’m Feeling: Huge. Is that an emotion? Well, it should be for pregnant women. That’s my go-to answer whenever I’m asked how I’m feeling. I feel huge, and that is effecting everything else in my life: how much I eat, what I wear, how I sit/lay, how fast I walk, etc. I’ve read and heard from multiple sources that the 32 week point is right around the time women are “over” their pregnancy. The only thing keeping me going is knowing that each day I’m closer to meeting Baby G!

What I’m Wearing: Anything loose fitting and flowy. My heartburn/indigestion has made me uncomfortable the past few weeks and the doctor said wearing tight clothes doesn’t help. I’m also looking forward to a package of Emily’s hand-me-down maternity clothes that should be coming this week! I feel like I’ve worn the same thing every day for the past 8 months! I can’t wait to change it up a little.

What’s On My Mind Lately: I’m trying really hard to stay positive, but 8 weeks still seems so far away.

What I’m Craving: I’m back on my unsweetened iced tea kick. I downed four glasses before my meal even arrived the other night at dinner!

What I’m Looking Forward To: The next few weeks to fly by 🙂

Best Moment of the Week: I thoroughly enjoy complete strangers asking about my baby bump. People can be so sweet! I ran into several women who smiled at me, asked me what I was having, and told me I looked so cute. It’s the little things that mean the most!

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Pregnancy Update: 30 Weeks

How Far Along: 30 weeks

What is Baby G Up To?: This baby loves to move. Everything I read keeps saying that my baby will have a typical schedule by now. But Baby G’s schedule just involves moving. Whether I’m sitting, laying, standing, walking or whatever, I constantly feel movement in my belly. And now we can see the movement, too. It’s bizarre to watch little feet and elbows poke out at me when Baby G is readjusting. If Baby G’s movement inside the womb is hinting on how Baby will be outside, we are all in trouble. This child will not be slowing down. Besides the movement, Baby G is as long as a cucumber this week. (What a weird food to compare a child to.)

How I’m Feeling: Tired. I’ve hit the uncomfortable period in this pregnancy where every sleeping position is useless and I end up moving around more than sleeping. I really can’t complain, though. I’ve had a very healthy and normal pregnancy so far.

What I’m Wearing: Anything that fits and doesn’t make me feel like a million pounds. Emily is sending me her maternity clothes since she will no longer need them. To think I still have 10 more weeks of this is a little unfair since she’s already met her little bundle of joy!

What’s On My Mind Lately: With Emily’s baby coming early, it’s hard for me to not think about Baby G arriving earlier than expected as well. As much as my body would love to have the baby a bit early, my professional life would not. I work in a very project-oriented role and I’ve been busting my butt to get everything done by May 1st, which gives myself about three weeks of leeway just in case. Right now, I’m on schedule to reach that goal, so hopefully Baby G will stay put until I’m in a good place at work :). (Yes, I realize every mom out there is giggling a little to themselves right now at how naive I sound!!)

What I’m Craving: Am I the first pregnant woman to not crave anything specific? I haven’t really had cravings since mid-second trimester. Maybe it has something to do with my shrinking stomach. I no longer can eat the amount of food I was eating just a few weeks ago. This baby has taken over my insides and has squished my tiny stomach into nothing. It would be okay, but an hour after eating and feeling stuffed I find myself hungry again. Not only is Baby G squeezing my stomach into nothing, Baby is also eating all of my food!

What I’m Looking Forward To: This week we are meeting with our potential pediatrician. Although we have been going to countless doctors appointments and birthing classes, I still have questions that I think only a pediatrician should answer. Meeting with her is also a reminder that we are close… very, very close… to the end!

Best Moment of the Week: Juneau was acting a bit strange the other night. He was on the hunt for something and he kept coming back to my belly. I’m convinced he heard Baby G crying! I’ve read countless articles about how dogs can hear babies inside the womb, and I’m pretty sure that’s what Juneau was exploring. It was adorable.

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Pregnancy Update: 29 Weeks

How Far Along: 29 weeks!

What is Baby G Up To?: Baby G is the size of an acorn squash. Still wiggly as ever and starting to move in ways that makes me jump and squirm.

How I’m Feeling: Overwhelmed? Stressed? Anxious? Excited? Bored? All of the above? I feel like I’ve been pregnant forever and I’m starting to wonder what it feels like to have a flat belly again. I’ve started to think about maternity leave and the thought of missing work is scary yet enjoyable. The weeks leading up to my leave have been/will be full steam ahead as I try to finish up new projects and get as much prepared as I can. As much as I feel unprepared for maternity leave and taking so much time off work, I am absolutely ready to meet Baby G and start our lives as parents. It goes beyond the obvious – yes, I’m uncomfortable and I wake up to go to the bathroom three to four times a night, but I am also a person who learns as they go, so all of this anxiety leading up to being parents is actually far worse than it will be beingparents. David and I always look at each other when things get stressful and remind each other that we always make it work. It’s hard to say that to each other when there is so much unknown.

What I’m Wearing: I bought what I hope to be my last round of maternity clothes last week. I’m trying to make everything last for the next few months so I can save my money for post-pregnancy clothes instead. The end is near and I can’t wait to live in shorts and tank tops all summer.

What’s On My Mind Lately: To be honest, I’m a little bored with pregnancy at this point. It’s like we’ve gotten over the initial shock of knowing we are having a baby and are too far away from the excitement of Baby G’s arrival. I’m just trying to get through the days!

What I’m Craving: I’ll still eat just about anything!

What I’m Looking Forward To: It’s supposed to be in the mid to upper 70s in Virginia this week and I cannot wait. I’m looking forward to long walks with Juneau in the evenings after work. Last spring and summer, he and I spent a lot of time running outdoors and I don’t want to change our little routine.

Best Moment of the Week: Did I mention… I’m an aunt?? Yes, Emily and Shane had their little girl yesterday! I’ve only seen pictures and spent a few minutes Facetime-ing with them, but I am so excited for them! Sadly, we have to wait until July to meet her.

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Pregnancy Update: 28 Weeks

I’ve been pretty bad about updating the blog on my pregnancy. I can blame it on a lot of things, but honestly, I’ve just been exhausted.Between a crap-load of work, chilly weather, a whirlwind trip to Rochester, and the inevitability of the third trimester, my brain is a foggy mess by the time I get home at night. But, alas, here is the 28 week update – even this one is a few days late!

How Far Along: 28 weeks!

What is Baby G Up To?: Baby G is the size of an eggplant, and growing by the minute. Baby is super active and sitting very low, meaning I’m stopping by the restroom several times within in an hour. Apparently, if Baby G were born today, the lungs are already fully developed and Baby would be able to survive.

How I’m Feeling: I won’t bore you with anymore of this exhaustedtalk, but I’m beat. I’m waking up a lot at night both out of discomfort and having to go to the bathroom. I feel like I’ve grown so much in the last week. My belly is starting to get in the way. Sometimes my job requires a lot of walking and standing so my back has been acting up. Fortunately we invested in a heating pad early on so I carry that bad boy everywhere I can. David and I have been working out three days a week to ensure that I keep moving. I am obsessed with having a natural birth, so I’m doing everything I can to make that happen! Other than the physical aches and annoyances, I’m starting to feel anxious about how quickly our due date is approaching. January and February flew by, and before I know it, March will fly by too. I’m six weeks behind my sister, Emily, who is due in early April. It’s so surreal to talk to her now knowing she is literally in the final stretch of her pregnancy. For a while it seemed like we would both be pregnant forever, but now that I see the end in sight for her, it’s getting more real for me too!

What I’m Wearing: Anything that fits! Come on spring! I want dress season!

What’s On My Mind Lately: Strangely, I’m much calmer than I originally thought I’d be about actually having the baby at home. I’m looking forward to those days, even if it means a different level of exhaustion. What I’m absolutely terrified of is the unknown of labor and delivery. There’s so much to think about and so much to do ahead of time, I know I’m going to forget something! I’ve also started to think about really real things like being at home with Baby, and having to take Juneau out for a walk. Or packing a diaper bag. Or knowing what the number sizes on diapers mean. Or going into labor at work.

What I’m Craving: I saw a picture of pregnant woman’s internal anatomy as she heads into her third trimester. The stomach has been squeezed to a fraction of it’s original size. At this point, I eat what I can, feel full minutes later, and then wake up starving at night. I’m not craving anything specific, although the BBQ we had for dinner last night was ah-maze-ing.

What I’m Looking Forward To: Diving into our birthing classes. We took our first one last night and I’ve already learned more than I thought I could. I’m not the mom-to-be who has her shit together and reads up on everything I need to know. I know I need to know more, and so does David, so we spent two hours learning about how labor starts, when to head to the hospital and took a tour of the labor and delivery rooms. We will continue to go to classes for the next four weeks!

Best Moment of the Week: David and I traveled to New York two weeks ago to attend our baby shower. It was so good to see all the special women in my life and open gifts for Baby G. It made me feel more prepared for Baby’s arrival! We also got to spend time with my sister who moved out to Colorado last week. Plus, we were able to Skype Emily in and watch her open some gifts for Baby F. We are lucky girls!

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