I have been a horrible blogger. I know, I’ve been saying that for the last, oh, 8 months. But I really am going to try to make a conscious effort to get back into it, especially since the next two months will be extremely exciting around here… with Christmas, the New Year, and the upcoming birth of our little girl.
I haven’t been picking up my DSLR camera as much as I’d like to, but when you have the new iPhone 4S with the amazing 8 megapixel camera and Instagram, it’s just much easier to chronicle daily life that way. I have, however, asked for a few new things to go with my camera for Christmas (like a shutter remote and scoop flash!) so that I’m armed when our little one comes. And I’m hoping to get some good use out of it before she does to get in practice again. While I like our Christmas card pictures, having to set up the countdown timer and then hope to get in place by the time it goes off can get hard… especially when you’re moving at my speed 🙂
It’s really hard to believe that our guess date (it’s a new term that I’ve been working on picking up from our birthing classes – more on that after the classes end) is only two months away from today. Time has really flown by.
So what do I look like right now? Back in August, I posted this picture from me at 15 weeks. I definitely wasn’t nearly as pregnant looking as I thought I was. I can’t believe how much I’ve changed since then. This week I hit 31 weeks, and here was the picture I took to document it:
I’ve been really happy how well I’ve handled pregnancy. Sure, I have my moments (and when I do, watch out, haha!). But overall, I can’t complain at all. The discomfort has been slight, and I’m generally sleeping through the night still (with a couple of breaks to use the bathroom… but I generally do that in a zombie state).
A few pregnancy highlights:
How far along: 31 weeks
How big is baby: The size of a squash (although, I’ve never seen a squash that looks like the type they’re saying – I’d say more like a small pumpkin). While it says she should weigh about 3.5 pounds, I know she weighs more than that by now… she was 3 lbs 4 oz when I was 28 weeks.
Maternity clothes: Yes. And they’re amazing.
Gender: Sweet baby girl!
Movement: All the time. She does these roll things that at times can be quite nauseating, but it’s comforting at the same time. I don’t think I ever had the full blown kicks, but more little jabs from elbows and knees.
Sleep: Like I said, pretty well!
What I miss: Enjoying my hubby’s homebrew (so I’ve had a sip here and there when he orders a beer or has one at home), as well as real sushi. I’d love a spicy tuna roll (you KNOW what S is getting me after we have her ;))
Cravings: This is one of the things that I never really had. I went through a phase where I’d choose tomato soup over anything if I could, but that’s been done for a couple of months now.
Symptoms: Nothing too bad. I’ve had this numb feeling right where my ribs end on the right side, which my OB said can happen. My restless leg has also been acting up pretty bad. But that’s about it.
Words of wisdom: Just to drink a lot of water, especially during the winter. And have a humidifier! Dehydration will lead to discomfort, and no one wants that 🙂
Best moment this week: For the last two nights, we’ve been doing various classes to get ready. Monday was the first in our 6 week birthing class series (which takes us up to Jan 9… crazy!), and last night was the breastfeeding class. S has been great, especially since I chose a nontraditional method to childbirth (more to come…). And last night he made a comment about how all of this has us spending more time together. And it makes me happy that he’s being open to my ideas (I had imagined us being kicked out of class because S would be laughing over one thing or another… we can be immature sometimes :)).
We’ve worked through the nursery and have bought most things that we need for her arrival. I’ve been also working toward making her nursery exactly how I envisioned it, even after my original vision didn’t quite work out. I’m happy to say that just a few hours of looking through nursery pictures online and really taking the time to think has worked out in my favor. I’ve got some art done, am working on shelves to put up (we bought plain ones from Ikea and I’m staining them to match the crib), and am still trying to figure out what to put above the changing table since S didn’t like how the mirror I re-purposed turned out. But as a tease, here’s the art that’s now above the crib that I made, as well as the mobile I finished back in October.
The art was easy in concept, but when it came down to actually doing it, my Cricut didn’t like to cut the fabric (even after I stiffened it up quite a bit). But, all in all, it wasn’t too bad… I just pulled out my Exacto knife after cutting out the pattern on paper and got to work. Once I get everything finished, I’ll pull out my DSLR and take good pictures of the room in all of its glory!