My age: 27
How far along: 32 weeks (only 8 weeks to go!)
How big is baby: the size of a jicama (some sort of vegetable I had never heard of before). She is approximately 17.25 inches long and weighs 4 pounds.
What have you been up to: This past week we had my family visiting us in Florida. It was so much fun! My dad, mom, and two youngest siblings were here for an entire week. For the first part of the week I was still fighting off a cold, but we still managed to get lots of fun and sun at the beach and the pool.
Also, we have finished our prenatal classes. We took a 2-hour breastfeeding class and we took an all-day 8-hour birthing class on Saturday. It was fun to see other expectant couples (mostly due in September or October) and to be educated with some helpful information. The childbirth class was very thorough and we feel like it was a great asset to be more prepared.
Aside from all of that, I have been reading a lot since I have a lot of built-in beach time! I finished a couple of books. I really loved On Becoming Baby Wise. I definitely recommend that one. We will try to follow the guidelines this book teaches on putting your baby on a 3-hour routine.
Exercise/Activity Level: I completed 6 days of exercise this week. Of the 6 days I did 3 runs (2 were outdoor runs and 1 was inside on the treadmill) and 3 gym cardio/weights workouts. I have still been reaching my goal of doing 40 minutes of cardio (40 minutes for 40 weeks) during my gym workouts.
My runs sure are getting interesting….some days I feel “great” (whatever that really means at this point!), and other days I feel like I can barely run for 3-5 minutes at a time before breaking into walking. My calf muscles have really been acting up for me. They get extremely tight and it forces me to take more walking breaks. If it weren’t for my darned calves, I’d probably be running the entire distance straight-through! Well, maybe:) Eric ran with me on Sunday, and I apologized to him that I had to stop to take walking breaks and his response was: “Well, I’m pretty sure it’d be a lot harder to run in this heat/humidity with a watermelon strapped to my belly!” I appreciated his kind words. It’s the truth, though! Anyway, we are living in gated community, so when I run outside, I just run around the perimeter of the grounds. I see lots of palm trees and peacocks. Speaking of the peacocks, some of the female peacocks have brand new BABY PEACOCKS!!! They are so adorable! Wow, I am getting on a tangent:)
A photo I snapped at the gym of this 32 week belly.
Maternity clothes: Still wearing mostly swimsuits. Since all I do is go to the beach & pool, workout and sleep, I rarely wear normal clothes. Sundays for church give me a reason to wear something nice.
Stretch marks: None.
Belly Button: It fluctuates between flat and out.
Sleep: My sleep is flawless. Until last night where I woke up 3-4 times to go to the bathroom. I think I drank too much water too soon before bed. Aside from that, I really am basking in the blissful world of great sleep. I know one day this will end. For eternity 🙂
Newest baby milestones this week: Baby is hiccupping like crazy! Since I first felt/saw her hiccups last week, she continues to get the hiccups on a regular basis. The frequency seems to be about every-other day. Eric really enjoys feeling her hiccups, but he said he feels bad for her. I explained that babies aren’t annoyed by hiccups the way we are. Speaking of Eric, he has been talking to the baby a lot lately. It really melts my heart when he rests his head on my belly and has a conversation with our baby. He keeps expressing his excitement to finally meet her!
Best Moment of the Week: My best part of the week was getting to spend an entire week with my family!! It was such a blast! We went to the beach, went to the pool, watched a launch, went to Titusville to see my late grandparents’ house, church and grave, played games and ate mom’s home cooked meals.
Me with Mark and Christine.
We spent a lot of time hanging out at the pool.
Eric fishing and Mark (attempting) skinboarding. You can see one of the cruise ships in the background that just departed.
Mom and Christine relaxing on the beach.
Me with my youngest siblings, Christine and Mark.
Mark and I. I can’t believe he starts college in a few days!
Christine and I.
Where are Mom and Dad?!? Oh, there they are, making friends with strangers as usual 🙂
We got to see Grandpa and Grandma’s graves.
Dad, Mom, Mark, me and Christine visiting our grandparents’ graves.
Eric, Mark and Koda hanging out on the patio.
Waiting to see the launch!
Me with my family right before we saw the rocket launch.
Worst Moment of the Week: Yelling at my mom. I regret even having to write this because it is bringing me to tears just thinking about it. My mom is the sweetest and most loving woman anyone could ever meet….and I yelled at her over something so silly and stupid. Under normal circumstances I would not have said hurtful things, but in my hormonally pregnant state, I irrationally criticized her. Thankfully it is in the past and she forgave me, but I still regret letting my hormones get the best of me.
Food cravings: Last week I wrote a post about my 10 pregnancy health goals because I totally revamped and cleaned up my diet. I have been eating healthy for an entire week and feel SUPER great because of it. The first few days I was having strong sugar cravings, but now those are under control. My go to foods are: fruit (peaches, grapes, apples, watermelon, cherries and blueberries), greek yogurt, string cheese and granola bars. These snack foods are essential when I’m on the beach.
Food aversions: None. Although I’m avoiding all sugar and desserts (as well as processed foods).
Symptoms: I got my first Braxon Hicks contractions this week. I can barely touch my toes (hard when I keep needed to repaint my toenails), mild heartburn and growing belly.
Movement: This baby is definitely growing like a weed. Her movements are constant but the type of movements I am feeling has changed drastically. Where I used to feel a lot of kicks or jabs, I am now feeling more wiggling, rolling and stretching. I think she is running out of room in there!
What I’m looking forward to: I’m looking forward to our doctor appointment this Friday. When I was there 2 weeks ago, the doctor mentioned that we might look at scheduling an ultrasound to see baby before we make the big trip back home (which is still a few weeks away). I’m excited to see how baby is doing and also excited about possibly getting that ultrasound scheduled for within the next couple of weeks! We thought we were done with ultrasounds, so this will be so fun if we do get to see her again.
What I’m nervous about/praying for: Nothing really. I’m so content.
What I miss: My family now that they are gone. 😦
Next appointment: Friday, August 16 at 9:45 am.