How my baby’s growing
By now, your baby weighs 4 1/2 pounds (about the size of a large jicama) and is about 16.7 inches long, taking up a lot of space in your uterus. You’re gaining about a pound a week and roughly half of that goes right to your baby. She’ll gain a third to half of her birth weight during the next 7 weeks as she fattens up for survival outside the womb. She now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair (or at least respectable peach fuzz). Her skin is becoming soft and smooth as she plumps up in preparation for birth.
She is sleeping approximately 90 to 95 percent of the day.
Most of her wrinkles are disappearing, especially on her face, as more fat is deposited under her skin. Her hair is becoming thicker with each passing week, and you may even be able to see it on an ultrasound! She will also begin to settle in the head-down position, as her birth is fast approaching.
How mommy’s life is changing
To accommodate you and your baby’s growing needs, your blood volume has increased 40 to 50 percent since you got pregnant. With your uterus pushing up near your diaphragm and crowding your stomach, the consequences may be shortness of breath and heartburn. To help relieve your discomfort, try sleeping propped up with pillows and eating smaller meals more often.
You may have lower-back pain as your pregnancy advances. If you do, let your doctor or midwife know right away, particularly if you haven’t had back pain before, since it can be a sign of preterm labor.
Assuming it’s not preterm labor that’s ailing you, you can probably blame your growing uterus and hormonal changes for your aching back. Your expanding uterus shifts your center of gravity and stretches and weakens your abdominal muscles, changing your posture and putting a strain on your back. Hormonal changes in pregnancy loosen your joints and the ligaments that attach your pelvic bones to your spine. This can make you feel less stable and cause pain when you walk, stand, sit for long periods, roll over in bed, get out of a low chair or the tub, bend, or lift things.
How Far Along?
32 Weeks !! Woot Woot !!!
How Big Is The Little One?
The baby is the size of a jicama
Total Weight Gain / Loss?
I have gained 1 lb 3 oz this week for a total gain of 8.5 pounds. I lost 27 lbs the first trimester.
I am still rocking maternity jean, capris, body con dresses, and oversized tees and running leggings.
I am sleeping most of the night with the exception of getting up to pee. Occasionally I fall asleep earlier than normal and I wake up for a few hours and watch tv before going back to sleep.
Best Moment of the Week?
Although the baby shower day started off bad for me, as we got stuck in traffic and arrived 40 minutes prior to the start of the shower and we were 20 mins late starting because we had to set up and I was already upset that 12 people (some rsvp’d for 2 ppl) cancelled the week of the shower, some the day or two before, and 8 people were no shows, causing me to lose $2500 , after the room was put together, I calmed down and decided to just enjoy this day I had worked so hard on for the past several months. Those who were supposed to be there were and those who wanted to be there and could not were there in spirit and the all the rest… EFF THEM ! 🙂 The room decor, the floral arrangements, the food, etc … was perfect. The event was very elegant and beautiful, just the way I envisioned it. My family and friends had an amazing time and loved the decor.
After the baby shower, we packed up and cleaned up the party room. Before I could get the car out of the garage, I noticed I had 26 invites on Instagram and a ton of replies to some posts on Facebook. I click on it to see that two of my friends posted pictures from the event without asking me. That started a shitstorm of comments, emails, inboxes, calls and texts ! My personal life is private and I keep it very separate from my public life. Everyone who I wanted to know about my pregnancy and life, knew. Now all of the 5000 FB fans, old classmates, other family whom I do not even deal with nor speak too, associates etc, were seeing the pics posted and started asking if I was pregnant or congratulating me… all of which I ignored ! I DO NOT comment on my personal life PERIOD. I ended up at the mall after my mom’s physical therapy appointment on Monday, so I changed my cell phone number, which I had planned to do some time ago when the whole stalking situation was in full swing. The FBI and NYPD I was dealing with suggested I not change it at that time so that the stalker would keep contacting and they could document it and build a case. It was time to do a purge anyway. Too many people over time have been given my number for various reasons and I do not stay in contact with these people. It amazes me that they felt it appropriate to text me and ask if I were pregnant. I went to the posts on FB and changed the audience viewing on the pics so that only those tagged in it and those I wanted to see the pics could actually see it and now the drama has died down. I was livid that my friends posted those pics. You do NOT do that. Just because you were invited to an event does not translate to you posting pics for the world to see unless you clear it with the event host. I hired a professional photographer and a professional videographer to document the event and to put together a video and photo cd for the guests. Now I see why people make you put cell phones in a basket at the entrance to venues ! There is a previous post I made about my baby shower. Take a peek to see the pics…
Today, I went to LabCorp for a ton of blood work. I was supposed to have an OB appointment, but I did not feel up to the 3hr train ride to NYC from DC and back. My legs were very swollen after the baby shower all the way up to my hips ! My legs and ankles looked like they belonged to someone else… I had the blood work ordered stat and sent to CNY as well as my OB. I have my next appointment in 2 weeks anyway and also an MFM appointment for a scan and other testing, so unless I start feeling symptoms or feeling bad, I am good with that !
My skin has been feeling like it is crawling and is super sensitive. My sister told me to take Benedryl for the itching and crawling feeling and it worked ! I took a few doses of liquid children’s Benedryl and I have been fine since. My baby feels a lot heavier and she does not move as much as she was before. It is like she is asleep most of the time.
My boobs FINALLY stopped hurting ! I was in so much pain and the pain evolved to a shooting and stabbing type pain. On Saturday, it finally just went away !
I have kankles ! 😦
I have had no real cravings lately. Today, I wanted bbq chicken and fresh cooked veggies, so I made that, ate a plate and got over full after eating only half the plate.
My aversions are pretty much gone, thank goodness !
It’s a GIRL !!!!
What I Miss
Sangria and a nice glass of wine
What I Am Looking Forward To?
Being able to see this baby and bond with her. Getting back to the beach for the Winter and hanging out on the beach with the baby and my mom.
Still a soccer ball ! I have not gotten much bigger.
Baby / Mommy Purchases?.
The only things I have bought were Aden & Anais swaddling blankets I found at SAMS Club for $6.41 and $4.91 for a FOUR pack !! Such a steal so I bought 24 of them lol.
I will finish up my registry at the end of the month after I wait to see what other items are purchased by those who claim they are going to send a gift who didn’t bother to show up for my shower. I was waiting for Amazon and Target to post the 15% off completion coupon. They finally posted them this week so I will wait until the first week of September and then order the few things that we will need, which is basically her Mamaroo swing/bouncer, 4Moms play yard/bassinet, high chair, crib sheets, and burpy bibs. Everything else, I have already purchased along the way or was gifted for the shower.