35 weeks down, 35 days to go!!!


How far along? 35 weeks and 2 days
Baby is the size of: Coconut
Best moment this week: This past week was a lot of fun! Rob and I finished up everything in the house (minus a few nursery things and some shelving). It felt so good to get everything done and the basement looks GREAT! Rob put together the stroller which was quite easy. Sarah and Chris came to visit on Friday so we went to get pedicures and the boys went to the range. That night we went to Melting Pot for dinner which was yummy!


 

Miss Anything? Being able to do things without feeling overtired. I can’t even stand on my feet long enough to take a shower without my feet swelling.   
Movement: Much lower this week and huge reactions after I eat something!   
Food cravings:  This week has been chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate.
Symptoms: My swollen feet and the arthritis in my fingers and wrists has been the worst.   
Looking forward to: 36 week appointment on Friday, my parents coming to visit next weekend and starting to make the nursery decorations.
Other updates: No labor signs yet. My belly button is making its way out but I don’t think it will pop before Peanut arrives.

34 Weeks!

How far along? 34 weeks and 3 days! 
Baby is the size of: Butternut Squash
Sleep:  Nothing new since last week. Staying home has helped because I can nap on and off through the week.   
Best moment this week: Teasing Alice with the video monitor in the babies room. You can take the handset and talk to the baby. Alice likes being in the babies room and the crib. So we decided to start talking to her and it was so cute watching her trying to find us.
Miss Anything? Wedding ring, my ankles and sleeping through the night. 
Movement: Yeppers, rolling back and forth. Lovin my rib cage!  
Food cravings:  Chocolate!!!!
Anything making you queasy or sick: Still nothing, I am pretty darn lucky! 
Symptoms: Heartburn/acid reflux, RLP, swelling hands and feet, Braxton Hicks, overall discomfort 
Looking forward to: Sissy and Chris are coming Thursday and Friday for a visit. Jen, Jeff and Charlie are coming for the weekend and we are hosting our “Last Bash Before The Baby” party on Sunday! With all of the upcoming guests, we have managed to finish the house which is SUCH a relief. Now it’s just decorations in the nursery, hospital bags and a few other little things 🙂

33 Weeks!

So this week Peanut is the size of a Durain Fruit. I had never ever heard one of these and just have to share a picture after seeing what one looked like.

The durian is the fruit of several tree species belonging to the genus Durio and the Malvaceae family[1][3] (although some taxonomists place Durio in a distinct family, Durionaceae[1]). Widely known and revered in southeast Asia as the “king of fruits”, the durian is distinctive for its large size, unique odour, and formidable thorn-covered husk. The fruit can grow as large as 30 centimetres (12 in) long and 15 centimetres (6 in) in diameter, and it typically weighs one to three kilograms (2 to 7 lb). Its shape ranges from oblong to round, the colour of its husk green to brown, and its flesh pale yellow to red, depending on the species.
The edible flesh emits a distinctive odour, strong and penetrating even when the husk is intact. Some people regard the durian as fragrant; others find the aroma overpowering and offensive. The smell evokes reactions from deep appreciation to intense disgust, and has been described variously as almonds, rotten onions, turpentine and gym socks. The odour has led to the fruit’s banishment from certain hotels and public transportation in southeast Asia.
The durian, native to Brunei, Indonesia and Malaysia, has been known to the Western world for about 600 years. The 19th-century British naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace famously described its flesh as “a rich custard highly flavoured with almonds”. The flesh can be consumed at various stages of ripeness, and it is used to flavour a wide variety of savoury and sweet edibles in Southeast Asian cuisines. The seeds can also be eaten when cooked.
There are 30 recognised Durio species, at least nine of which produce edible fruit. Durio zibethinus is the only species available in the international market: other species are sold in their local regions. There are hundreds of durian cultivars; many consumers express preferences for specific cultivars, which fetch higher prices in the market.


Rob was so sweet and went out to look for one for my picture this week. Unfortunatly, it would have cost $40!

How far along? 33 weeks and 2 days! 
Baby is the size of: Durian Fruit
Sleep:  Peanut, if you ever read this, just know that I LOVE YOU! However, sleep has become almost non-existent. Although the Zantac for heartburn/acid reflux has been an improvement, I am still finding myself waking up coughing at least once a night. My body hurts so much that it is a big production to roll over and it always results in me waking up and usually winds up having a trip to the bathroom thrown in there as well. For awhile Rob would wake up and try to help, now he mumbles a little and is snoring about 5 seconds later.  
Best worst moment this week: Rob and I spent Friday night – Saturday morning in the ER/L&D. Rob woke up to me shivering so bad that my teeth were actually chattering. I had really bad cramping and when we called the OB on duty, they said to just go to the ER. This was my first ER experience and I wasn’t really impressed. They prescribed a Z Pack because it seemed like my body was trying to fight something off in a hurry. We then went to L&D because they wanted to monitor Peanut and I for awhile. I was showing no signs of preterm labor and was instructed to start taking it easy, drink as much as I can and get off my feet!
Best moment this week: I took it easy on Sunday but managed to get the sheets on Peanut’s crib and the pad on the changing table. I can’t believe how the nursery is finally coming together! Pictures to come soon 🙂
Miss Anything? Wedding ring, my ankles and sleeping through the night. 
Movement: Peanut has run out of room.
Food cravings:  Sweeeeeeets, corn dogs and Diet Coke
Anything making you queasy or sick: Still nothing, I am pretty darn lucky! 
Symptoms: Heartburn/acid reflux, RLP, swelling hands and feet, Braxton Hicks, overall discomfort 
Looking forward to: We are going Friday for another ultrasound so see exactly how big Peanut is since I have been measing about 2-2 1/2 weeks ahead at my last few appointments. I am nervous that they are going to spill the beans about Peanut’s gender but I figured if I told everyone I see and the tech a few times, maybe they will get the picture. As much as I hate to admit it, I am also looking forward to tomorrow being my last day of work. With everything that happened this weekend and how I have been feeling this week, I think it was the best decision for Peanut and I.

32 Weeks!

Rob and I had fun playing with LightRoom this week :o)

How far along? 32 weeks and 2 days! 
Baby is the size of: Squash
Sleep:  :/   
Best moment this week:  Meeting our Doula in person and signing all the paperwork. We are both very excited for her to be a part of the birth and to help us with our goals and wishes. It is a huge weight off our shoulders to have her experience and knowledge. I will be doing a whole post dedicated to what a Doula is and who ours is specifically.  
Miss Anything? Wedding rings, my ankles and sleeping through the night. 
Movement: Still seems to be a lot of room in there for Peanut to move around freely 🙂 
Food cravings: Since I have had to cut back on salt (in addition to my @work hours being cut down to 20/week) because of some pretty bad swelling, it is all I have wanted! 
Anything making you queasy or sick: Still nothing, I am pretty darn lucky! 
Symptoms: Heartburn/acid reflux, RLP and swelling hands and feet. 
Looking forward to: Rob and I are going into MD Friday night to go to the drive-in and are spending the night in a hotel. Then we have Saturday and Sunday to get some more things done around the house. I am getting so excited because we are getting SO close! Just a few more minor things in the basement and around the house. The big thing left to do is make all the decorations for the nursery that will be done in June when I stop work. I have also been inspired by iheartorganizing and have created several organizing projects that I hope to get done in June as well. That will also be coming in a post soon! 

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At 32 weeks, baby’s birth still seems kind of far away, but you and baby are physically ready in a lot of ways, just in case there’s an early arrival. Baby may have turned so she’s in the head-down position by now, poised for her trip down the birth canal. And you may have noticed your nipples looking darker. That’s so a preemie can see them for breastfeeding — isn’t your body so amazing? Intensity might be building in the symptoms department, as heartburn and contractions intensify around week 32. But we’re guessing you’re so excited about baby’s impending arrival, they’re not slowing you down much.

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!).