Wednesday, August 10, 2011

30 weeks!

Finally out of the 20's and into the home stretch!  I've heard the last 10 weeks go by the slowest but I'm going to cherish every minute!  I can't imagine not feeling her move inside me once she is born but I also can't wait to meet her and see her beautiful face!  Last night I looked at the picture when she was only 8 cells,  it's hard to believe that is where this all started.

Size of Baby: Baby is about 15.7 inches long now, and she weighs almost 3 pounds (like a head of cabbage). A pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds her, but that volume will decrease as she gets bigger and takes up more room in your uterus. Her eyesight continues to develop, though it's not very keen; even after she's born, she'll keep her eyes closed for a good part of the day. When she does open them, she'll respond to changes in light but will have 20/400 vision — which means she can only make out objects a few inches from her face.

Sleep: I had a couple of "okay" nights of sleep over the weekend.  I've been waking up at 2:30am every day and can't get back to sleep...I predict this going to be a feeding time. It takes a lot of time and effort to roll over in bed-  this is the one time I'm glad Steve is such a heavy sleeper or he would be up all night with my groaning and flopping, trying to roll over from one side to the other.


Movement: I love watching my stomach contort- it's my new favorite thing to do.  There are times she really gets jumping in there! And yes Michele, it does feel a bit like having an octopus in my belly, there's nothing quite like it!

Symptoms: Thankfully it has cooled off a bit here in the Midwest so the swelling has been tolerable.  Other than that, just the normal heart burn, sore hips, and trouble moving around.  This morning Steve said- "I bet you can't wait to have your abs back."  this is true.  I didn't realize how often I use them in a day.

Best moment of the week: We had our 30 week appointment. After a lot of discussion, we have decided to use the midwives at the practice and my appointment was with one of them today.  It's amazing how much more time they spend with you just talking and getting to know you, it made me feel like our baby was really cared for. It's also comforting to know that if there are any concerns or issues that come up there are doctors who can be consulted and who will be at the hospital if anything comes up during delivery.  The baby is doing great and her heart rate was in the 140's.  I go back every two weeks now (exciting!!) and starting at week 36 they will be doing a weekly NST to make sure everything is progressing like it should.

What I am looking forward to: Getting her dresser finished!  I was so excited to post before and after pictures and then I realized we forgot to take a before picture....(pregnancy brain) so as soon as it's done I'll post a picture and you will have to imagine what it looked like pre-paint.

Weekly wisdom: 
I enjoyed Ina May's Guide to Childbirth.  Some chapters are a little (or very) strange, such as the chapter titled- The Basics of Sphincter Law (um weird), but she gives a lot of good information about natural childbirth.  This book isn't for everyone but I found it helpful just to know what options are out there regarding labor.

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16 comments:

  1. 30 weeks...OMGosh!!! So crazy how time flies!!

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  2. I also love watching my stomach
    contort and seeing his little head poke out but am equally excited to meet him!

    It will be a little sad when all the poking and somersaults are over.

    Glad to see you're doing so well! It won't be too much longer!

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  3. yippppeeee!!! so amazed that you are on the last let and happy that you found a midwife that you really love. she will be here before you know it!

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  4. You look great! Did you get your hair cut? It looks so cute in this picture!

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  5. It must be so neat to see your stomach move like that! Love you hair :)

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  6. You look great! I can't believe it's already been 30 weeks--what a change from those 8 celled pictures.

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  7. Almost time for an official countdown, huh?! You look great. Glad you were able to get some real sleep :)

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  8. You look so great!! Glad you're liking the care from the midwives, I feel the same way.

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  9. Looking GOOD mama! :) And as a little suggestion I re-read all the birth stories from Ina May's book in the days before delivering for positive vibes - I highly recommend it.

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  10. Not going to lie, I'm jealous you have abs! You look great....Maybe 10 more weeks and you can start your baby updates!

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  11. I feel like it was just yesterday you found out you were pregnant!!! You still look fab :)

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  12. Yay for 30 weeks! You look great, and I love your shirt!
    I wish my practice had midwives!

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  13. Happy 30 weeks!You look wonderful :) I love reading your updates and can't wait to experience the same things you are as I go along.

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  14. You are looking fabulous mama!! Lovin' the baby belly in that cute shirt too :o) Isn't it crazy that we are at 30 weeks!? The contortions in the tummy are sooo cool to watch. Duff likes to be sneaky though and every time Jeff starts watching he stops... little stinker. But I'm with you.. it's my new favorite past time! Do you have a hospital bag packed yet? What "list" did you go by?

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  15. Can you believe we are 30 weeks?!?!?! That is just craziness. You are looking super cute! Glad the swelling is getting a little better...

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  16. It's nice to know that everything is going well. You look beautiful and very happy.

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