how far along? 32 weeks, due January 28th.
size of baby: size of a squash, about 16 inches (head to toe) and 3-4 pounds
heartbeat: 138 bpm (last week).
total weight gain: + 24 lbs
sleep: I have been going to bed a little later because the baby has been moving a lot, and he gets hiccups right at midnight when I’m trying to fall asleep.
movement: He moves frequently, and now he is big enough that some of his movements hurt or pinch my organs inside.
food cravings: We have every flavor of Frosted Mini Wheats in our pantry now—raspberry, mixed berry, strawberry, chocolate, and regular :) They’re my go-to extra meal when I am hungry. I really enjoyed French silk & blackberry pie for Thanksgiving.
symptoms I have: Painful veins in my right shin and calf—I am trying not to be on my feet if I can help it. I get a little cramp in my lower left back now.
doctor’s appointment: Last week my appointment went well. A different midwife than last time measured me at almost 31 cm—so I wasn’t measuring as small as the last two times. She made a comment about how I had a weight gain spike, which was silly because I’m right on track, and they weighed me with my boots on. (Probably shouldn’t talk to a pregnant woman about weight, haha.)
what I’m looking forward to: My list of projects is getting really long—I must be nesting! I look forward to finishing a lot of crafty things, while I still have free time with only one child. I’m really enjoying this Advent season with Nolan—he gets so excited about our Christmas tree and Advent calendar. I am a little disappointed to not be traveling at all this month to see my family—but I have so much to be happy about here at home. I find myself daydreaming about what this baby looks like, and what life will be like with him here. Nolan and Ivy are quite a handful during the day, so I get nervous about how I’m going to stay sane when there’s a newborn in the mix. Encouragement from moms-of-more-than-one is welcome :)
Steve was born at 32 weeks, so when I was pregnant with Nolan, I remember asking my doctor if that was going to be a possibility for his son. The doctor said that the issue that Steve had can now be corrected without pulling the baby out, so I had nothing to worry about. I am always amazed that Steve has never had any physical problems from being born two months early :)