How Far Along: 33 1/2 Weeks
Size of baby: Approximately 4 pounds (heft a pineapple) and 17+ inches.
Maternity Clothes: Stretchy pants are my friends! When I'm not wearing maternity yoga pants, I like the ones with the big nylon tops--I find the ones meant to go below your belly are uncomfortable AND they fall down!
Gender: Who's to say?!
Movement: Yes, we have a very active little person in there. I love that the midwives can feel and explain exactly what position Baby is in. One always says, "Hello Baby!" when she's checking the position. I like that.
What I miss: Oh, the list is getting longer! Being more comfortable, especially at night; having more choices of what shoes to wear, zipping up my coat!
Sleep: Yeah, not so fun! I use an extra pillow for my knees, but between my hips hurting and my frequent bathroom trips, some nights I feel like I'm awake more than asleep!
Symptoms: I get tired easily so I try to get off my feet periodically. My midwife team wants me to spend an hour a day laying down with my feet above my head! I've also been dealing with some swelling, so they gave me a list of fruit and veggies to eat that have a high water content (think melons, cucumbers, celery...). I've been paying more attention to eating more protein (nuts and beans). In addition, I'm drinking at least 2 quarts of water a day, plus 1 quart of red raspberry leaf tea. This tea is not only good for hydration; it also helps to strengthen and tone the uterus. THEY say that women who drink red raspberry leaf tea have faster, easier deliveries. Sign me up!
I also signed up to use the birthing pool. I've heard it's great to labor in because it's deep and cushioned. Anything that might help sounds good to me!
Best Moment This Week: J1 (almost 4) always prays for our 'brand new baby'. It's so cute! Lately he's been hugging my belly too. Love it! J2 (almost 2) still doesn't really get it, but we've been emphasizing what a big boy he is to help him get ready for his role as a big brother.
What I am looking forward to: Only 6 weeks to go!!! Or 7 or 8...