Size of Baby: Baby #3 weighs 3.75 pounds (pick up 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 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.
Total Weight Gain: +26...no gain this past week. I know people are being nice and I do appreciate the compliments..."You are already 32 weeks...you are so small." So sweet. But boy can I tell you every place these 26 lbs are going. It is so weird but I gain weight in my back....sounds so gross....and in my hips. I feel like my stomach is small....but I do feel wider. At least your back doesn't get stretch marks!
Maternity Clothes: I am on the hunt for a nice dress to wear for a wedding and baptism....I really like the one I posted about a couple weeks ago...now if I can just get to Motherhood Maternity to try it on....we would be in business!
Gender: I go back and forth most days....dreaming one day it is a girl and dreaming another its a boy. I am still feeling like it is a boy though.
Movement: Baby #3's feet, legs and knees are on the top of my tummy, very close to my belly button. You can actually feel feet at times and others just really hard, small surfaces (I think the knees). Head is definitely still down (lots of pressure) and he/she likes to moves its head back and forth....at times I can feel this movement. Very cool! Most movement is on my right side, but I have had a couple little, faint jabs on my left. I still love feeling the Baby move...but I really love watching my stomach completely change form in a second and then slowly go back to "normal".
Sleep: Sleep was MUCH better this week, even though my work is taking a harder toll on me, especially when I work 3 nights in a row. If I work t/w/th....Friday is ROUGH! It is really hard to even function really early when Zoe wakes up. Lucky for me...Zoe is a piece of cake in the morning and I can usually rest while she watches Minnie and she always takes a good morning naps between 10-11...so I of course can sleep again then too if I want. I feel like the heat has been less of an issue at night this past week which has helped a lot to sleep better. Only one bathroom break a night!
Symptoms: I steered clear of my problem foods and had a very good week. I had no reflux, heartburn or trips to the bathroom from being sick. All positives! I still go numb in my left leg at work or when I am walking for a long time...totally manageable. Not really swelling...but I can't get my rings off without a fight....I guess I say no swelling because I don't see it in my feet.
Huge craving for Orange Juice!!! I seriously drank a half gallon by myself in one sitting. I could not get enough and it was SO good! My craving came at night...so we had breakfast for dinner...the thought of eating chicken or a hamburger with Orange Juice did not sound good! Still loving all things sour! Working at a grocery store does not help these not so positive cravings.
Being pregnant has also helped with the growth of my hair and nails...to the point that they are just TOO long. Luckily, nails I can do...hair...not so much. I am feeling very "Little House on the Prarie" lately and it is time to get a good cut...nothing drastic...just get back with the times! One thing that has slowed down is the hair growth on my legs...YAY! Less having to shave them...and cut myself ten times like I am 1o again because I can't get a good angle with a belly the size of a basketball in the way!
Best Moment of the Week: Nesting has begun! I love this God given urge that is so necessary!!!! I am really trying to finish our bedroom in time for Baby because I love Newborn shots in the parent's room...LOVE! So I am working hard and having fun decorating....we finished the bed last week and this week I found nightstands, lamps, and some sheers for the windows. We have to paint the nightstands because the only two matching ones I found were black and red....black and red are not my favorite colors (especially when used together) and they do not match our decor. So another project is under way and when I get done, I will post.
I also bought a two drawer filing cabinet and reorganized all of our bills, important documents, keepsakes and it has made such a difference. Totally cleaned out one closet, too...very successful week!
Another great thing this week was our TV broke. Good and Bad. Yes, we will be getting it fixed...but it has been so nice to relax with Zach without it on...we play Words with Friends in bed and talk and enjoy each others company. Even if this only lasts a week...I am loving it.
We have a doctor's appointment tomorrow and maternity pictures on wednesday....wish us luck!!!