Sunday, February 26, 2012

30 Weeks Pregnant! Ahhhhh!

Last Monday, I turned 30 weeks pregnant.  I am still in shock!  I really can't believe I'm entering the last part of this pregnancy!  It is so crazy!  I will say that weeks 1-10 took forever, weeks 10-20 were the fastest 10 weeks of my life, weeks 20-25 were average, and the weeks have come to a CRAWL since then. Time is starting to slow down even though I'm staying insanely busy.  I am SO ready to meet our little baby boy; time just really can't go fast enough for me right now.  I want him to be here soooo bad! 

This week I have started having what I think are contractions!  Braxton Hicks of course, no labor yet.  It has happened twice during the night.  I wake up with what I think is a stomach ache (I never get stomach aches for some reason), and then as I really wake up, I realize it's more of a cramping feeling, and then I remember I'm pregnant, and I shouldn't be cramping.  Haha.  But it comes in waves.  It will get a little intense and then it will ease up, and then get a little more intense again, and then ease up, and eventually I go back to sleep.  Nothing steady or insanely painful, just something going on for sure.  But when I'm having them, the baby is going crazy.  He moves around a lot and my stomach shakes the whole bed.  I guess things are getting ready!  It's exciting!

My belly button is officially non-existent.  I have always had a deep innie, which is kind of gross to me, so I never thought it would even get close to popping out.  Well now it's completely flat, and one edge is slightly raised.  I think it may pop out before this baby comes!  We will see.  Adam thinks it's funny looking, and he likes to mess with it.  My brother thinks it's gross, and he won't even look at it, haha.

I get out of breath all the time.  Walking around my classroom gets me out of breath. Walking down the hallway gets me out of breath and is always something I dread, but something I have to do at least every hour for a bathroom break.  Standing in church to sing gets me light headed.  I guess a combination of extra weight and sharing my oxygen supply might have something to do with it. :)

I feel him moving constantly now.  It's really fun.  Adam feels him all the time now too, which is really neat.  Adam can't believe how strong he is.  Last night Adam was trying to get to sleep, and I was already snoozing away.  Adam's arm was somehow resting on my stomach a little bit, and the baby started kicking his arm to where it would actually make Adam's arm move.  It didn't even wake me up, haha.  I guess I'm getting used to him moving all the time. 

We are going to take our first (and only) hospital tour next Saturday.  We have an appointment set up, which feels so official!  The other hospital we are considering doesn't do physical tours.  They just have some info on their website.  The one we are touring is actually where we were both born, which is cool. We will see which one is the best fit for us.  I'm just looking for somewhere where I feel comfortable.  I guess I'll know what that means when I see it. 

My main issue the past several weeks has been forgetfulness.  I have so much on my plate right now at school, and I am constantly forgetting things.  So I have to leave myself a million reminders.  This is what my desk looks like right now. 

The 2 bigger sheets of colored paper are lists of things I need to do, and the little sticky notes are all little individual things I need to get done.  Ahhh.  So much to do.  I have been really stressed out, and I'm trying really hard to take everything 1 step at a time.  It's really overwhelming though.  It's hard to keep up with 3 different grade levels, 2 different jobs, and lots and lots of meetings.  It's a lot to take on right now. 

Well, hopefully I haven't complained your ear off.  Looking back, I may have complained too much in this post.  I'm sorry about that!  I really am extremely happy to be carrying our baby; I am just really ready for him to be here already!  I have enjoyed pregnancy, but now I'm ready to move on.  I'm ready to have our baby here, my body back, and I'm ready to be able to get off the couch and out of the bed without my husband's help.  Haha.  But I'm trying to soak up these last few weeks, because I know I'll look back on them and think of them as bittersweet memories. 

Here is what 30 weeks looks like on me!  Yes, I know stripes make you look bigger.  When you are 30 weeks pregnant, you already look big.  Do stripes really make a difference at this point?  No. :)

Here is what my body was up to at 30 weeks.

You may be feeling a little tired these days, especially if you're having trouble sleeping. You might also feel clumsier than normal, which is perfectly understandable. Not only are you heavier, but the concentration of weight in your pregnant belly causes a shift in your center of gravity. Plus, thanks to hormonal changes, your ligaments are more lax, so your joints are looser, which may also contribute to your balance being a bit off.
Also, this relaxation of your ligaments can actually cause your feet to spread permanently, so you may have to invest in some new shoes in a bigger size. Remember those
mood swings you had earlier in pregnancy? The combination of uncomfortable symptoms and hormonal changes can result in a return of those emotional ups and downs. It's normal to worry about what your labor will be like or whether you'll be a good parent. But if you can't shake the blues or feel increasingly irritable or agitated, talk to your doctor or midwife. You may be among the 1 in 10 expectant women who battle depression during pregnancy. Also let your caregiver know if you're frequently nervous or anxious.

Here is what the baby is up to!
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.)

I will be 31 weeks tomorrow!  Woo hoo!  I have my sights on week 36.  I feel like things could happen anytime at that point!  But we will take it one week at a time until then.  Congratulations to my friends who announced their pregnancies this week!  I'm so happy for you, Rachel, and my other friend who shall remain nameless til it's officially on facebook!  :)  I'm excited for y'all!  You both better be blogging about it!  Have a good week everyone. :)

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for the shout out! :) I am definitely feeling that these first weeks are dragging.


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