BUMP REPORT – 32 Weeks

ImagePREGNANCY WEEK 32

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:)

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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.

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Me with Mark and Christine.

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We spent a lot of time hanging out at the pool.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe spent even more time hanging out on the beach!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAChristine built a sandcastle.  She is about to start college next week with an engineering major…hmmm, we have so many family members who enjoy building things!

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Eric fishing and Mark (attempting) skinboarding.  You can see one of the cruise ships in the background that just departed.

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Mom and Christine relaxing on the beach.

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Me with my youngest siblings, Christine and Mark.

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Mark and I.  I can’t believe he starts college in a few days!

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Christine and I.

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Where are Mom and Dad?!?  Oh, there they are, making friends with strangers as usual 🙂

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We got to see Grandpa and Grandma’s graves.

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Dad, Mom, Mark, me and Christine visiting our grandparents’ graves.

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Eric, Mark and Koda hanging out on the patio.

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Waiting to see the launch!

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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!

Gender: Girl

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.

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15 thoughts on “BUMP REPORT – 32 Weeks

  1. You seriously have the cutest maternity clothes! Love the dress.

    I remember how excited we were when we finished the prenatal classes. The classes were enjoyable and informative, but so tiring because they were at the end of a long work day. Also, after the classes were over we definitely felt more mentally prepared for delivery – which is probably the main reason for taking the class anyways!

    Sorry that your hormones got the best of you with your mom… but don’t be too hard on yourself. I’m sure she understands and knows how much you love her and that you didn’t really mean what you said. Just think, someday down the road, I’m sure your daughter will do something similar when she is pregnant with her 1st baby! You’ll probably think back to this and laugh 🙂

    • That’s a great way to look at it….someday this little girl will do the exact same thing to me! It’s weird to think that this baby (who I can’t even see yet) will someday grow up to be a woman and have her own baby. Thanks for the encouragement:)

  2. 32 weeks already! It is crazy how fast it is going. I am so happy that you are getting some relaxing time before baby comes! Doesn’t it feel good to eat healthily? I am going on 3 weeks of not eating dessert and it’s amazing. I mean, I still have cravings for it, but eat fruit or nuts instead. Keep up the good work!

    • I know, I’m not sure how it’s already 32 weeks…time is flying! And you are already 35 weeks, your little girl will be here soon:)

      Yes, eating healthfully feels SO GOOD. I had a bump in the road for about 2 weeks and that shook me into a reality check. Eating ice cream everyday was not acceptable for me!! That will put you on the fast track for 40-50 lb pregnancy weight gain. I’m trying to keep more to 30 lbs give or take. The past week and a half of healthy eating has totally transformed the way I feel!! The first few days I had strong cravings and caused me to be grumpy, but now I feel on top of the world! I feel lighter and more energy. That is awesome that you are 3 weeks dessert-free!

  3. I’m so glad you are enjoying your vacation. I hope you are getting lots of naps too!

    Traveling and vacationing with family is so fun and I am glad you are experiencing this with yours. As we get older, it is harder for these experiences to happen.

    Also..Is your dress maternity? It is too cute! 🙂

    • Yes plus living halfway across the country from my family makes getting that family-quality-time harder to get too. So it was extra special getting to spend 7 days with them playing on the beach! I can’t even remember the last time I took a family vacation with my family, so it was really a great time.

      Yes, I’m getting a lot of relaxing done: sleeping in, reading on the beach or at the pool….I don’t take too many naps since I sleep in though. I feel very spoiled right now. And grateful.

      This dress is actually not maternity. It’s a dress I bought prepregnancy…it’s just stretchy!

  4. You have the cutest dresses! Love this one too.

    I was thinking of you today and all of your running. Sooo….my question is, how do you run without your bladder exploding? I feel like mine is going to burst when I was for too long. I can’t imagine the thudding movements of running. So impressed.

    • That is an excellent question! I make sure to empty my bladder (aka pee) right before I run. The entire time I run I do feel like I “need to pee” but I just deal with it. What helps majorly is my maternity support belt. I wear a Gabrialla Support Belt while running. It supports my belly down low and transfers the pressure to my low back. It makes a world of difference. I wouldn’t be running without it!

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