Monday, July 16, 2012

30 Weeks

I can explain this week in one word: Exhausted (-ing)

I literally woke up on Saturday, which was the first day of week 30, exhausted! I'd had plenty hours of sleep, but felt like I could have easily slept the rest of the day away. And it's been this way since.

With only 10 weeks left I can understand why I'm so tired. Plus being slightly anemic doesn't help anything. I'm figuring I'll be exhausted like this the rest of the pregnancy. As long as I get Seth's clothes all washed and put away, my hospital bag packed, his diaper bag packed, etc. then I'll be fine with being exhausted.

My mom has half of the nursery painted and should be finishing the rest of it this week, if all goes as planned. Then I can get everything set up! Yay!!
 Hopefully I will have everything I need for the nursery by the time the Baby Shower is over with! So it can all be set up before he's born.. not that he'll be using any of it at first, it would just be one less thing to worry about later. If I don't have everything I won't freak out I'll have months before he'll need most of it.

Kicking is up, heartburn is down, swelling is about the same. His kicks are of course harder and therefore more painful, he still loves my ribs, but even with that love of my ribs I've been feeling much more movement toward the middle of my belly than I was before.

As I've said before my doctor appointments are every 2 weeks for now. Last doctor's appointment I found out that I am slightly anemic, but not enough that she needs to treat it. I'm done with blood work! YAY! At 36 weeks she'll do a couple of tests (A swab and cervix check. Fun, fun) And I believe that's around the time when I'll start going every week for my appointments.

I'm super excited and super ready to have this baby, but even though I would love to get L&D over with already I want him to "bake" until at least 37 1/2 weeks! I want a full term baby! No tubes and such.. I don't think I could handle that.

Whelp, around 10 weeks left to go! Hopefully it'll go by quickly!

What Baby Center has to say:

How your baby's growing:

Your baby's 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. (Normal adult vision is 20/20.)

How your life's changing:

You may be feeling a little tired these days, especially if you're having trouble sleeping. You might also feel clumsier than normal, which is perfectly understandable. Not only are you heavier, but the concentration of weight in your pregnant belly causes a shift in your center of gravity. Plus, thanks to hormonal changes, your ligaments are more lax, so your joints are looser, which may also contribute to your balance being a bit off. Also, this relaxation of your ligaments can actually cause your feet to spread permanently, so you may have to invest in some new shoes in a bigger size. Remember those mood swings you had earlier in pregnancy? The combination of uncomfortable symptoms and hormonal changes can result in a return of those emotional ups and downs. It's normal to worry about what your labor will be like or whether you'll be a good parent. But if you can't shake the blues or feel increasingly irritable or agitated, talk to your doctor or midwife. You may be among the 1 in 10 expectant women who battle depression during pregnancy. Also let your caregiver know if you're frequently nervous or anxious.

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