31 Weeks

How far along? 31 weeks and 2 days! 
Baby is the size of: Clearly, a pineapple this week 😮
Sleep:  There is a definite improvement with our new bed. I look forward to laying down every night under the new comforter with my Snoogle, pillows and blankets to support me in all the right places. Iv’e been getting up 2-4 times a night but have managed to fall back asleep quickly. The King is so much nicer for us (and the kitties) and now I don’t wake Rob up every time I move. 
Best moment this week:  Going home to NJ to celebrate Peanut with the Ungemach family and close friends! Also realizing, as I was talking to Peanut in the shower, that my little Peanut is now a pineapple.
Miss Anything? I am still really missing my wedding ring. I tried to wear it on Saturday but had to take it off before lunch was over.
Movement: Yeppers, and I will NEVER get tired of it. My favorite are movements in the morning when I wake up and when Rob puts his hand on my belly. Peanut loves moving back and forth in my ribs or laying really low.
Food cravings: Hummm, nothing that I can recall this week. Since it is getting warm out Popsicles and Slurpees are becoming a regular snack 🙂
Anything making you queasy or sick: Still nothing, I am pretty darn lucky! 
Symptoms: Heartburn/acid reflux, RLP and the unwelcome symptom of swelling hands and feet. 
Looking forward to: Rob and I are getting massages on Friday and having a date night! Having the weekend to organize the nursery, figure out what we still need to get and finish up the basement. I have a very long to-do list and am hopeful my body will cooperate! I am also going to attempt my first organic household cleaning item, dish detergent pods. Stay tuned for that blog post, it should be interesting. 

As far as growth goes, your baby’s still on a roll, measuring an impressive 18 inches and weighing in at more than three pounds. At 31 weeks pregnant, you can still expect your baby to gain at least three to five pounds, possibly more, before you two meet.

Your baby’s brain is working overtime these days, developing faster than ever.   Connections between individual nerve cells are growing at a frenetic clip, and your baby can now perceive information from all five senses. Sure, your baby can’t smell anything right now, but that’s only because he or she is still submerged in amniotic fluid and needs to be breathing air to get a whiff of anything. Lucky for you — and your baby — yours will be one of the very first scents your baby breathes in, a scent that will quickly become his or her very favorite.

So what’s your little dove doing all day while you’re busy feathering your nest for his or her arrival? Making faces, hiccuping, swallowing, breathing, pedaling with little hands and feet along your uterine wall, and even sucking his or her thumb. In fact, some babies suck their thumbs so vigorously while in the womb that they’re born with a callus on their thumb (what a little sucker!).

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