Tuesday, April 12, 2011

32 Weeks

Wow, really putting up some big numbers now! 32 weeks . 8, maybe 10 (max) to go!

I had a checkup yesterday and Baby continues to grow! Not that this picture will convince you of anything to the contrary. 

For as far along as I am, I'm still feeling great. Certainly there are reminders that this is definitely the third trimester, but I haven't reached a point of discomfort. I'm still able to get around just fine and have been able to keep going with my nice little weekly routine of swimming/biking/running/walking. 

But I'm noticing that my stomach is starting to graze various surfaces in narrow walkways that I would otherwise pass through easily. If anything, amusing. 

The baby is very active, but again, not crazy get-me-out-of-here active. She's still vertex and isn't kicking me in the ribs or anything. My midwife assured me I have "a good five inches" of room in my torso keeping that--and heartburn--from becoming issues. Awesome. 

So this week, here is a little alphabet medley of sorts the depicts my current world: 

A- Apples, and lots of them

I am doing my best to eat tons of healthy food right now. I've eaten more apples and oranges than I can count. The thought of a baby crafted out of nothing but fat and high fructose corn syrup is...frightening. Oh I still have my treats. Oh, do I. But I try to make it only after the healthy food.

B- Braxton Hicks?

During week 31 I do think I experienced a few minor BH contractions. It basically felt like I'd eaten a huge meal or swallowed a beach ball...for about an hour. Not really a coming and going of a tight stomach, which is what they pay more attention to. But now several days later, no more of this.

C- Cosby Show

What was I missing in the 80s?! Thanks to Netflix streaming, I've really gotten to know this show. In 2011 it's a curious mix of "that joke used to be funny" and then truly awesome Bill Cosby sarcastic gold.  All we know is that if we ever get another pug, we're naming him Lamont after Ruby's goldfish.

D- Diaper bag

I have found the best non-diaper bag of all time: the black patent LeSportSac drawstring cinch backpack. The inside is huge and lined with all kinds of kooky pockets, and then there are MORE pockets on the outside for bottles! They do design an actual diaper bag, but I've been assured by many friends with babies that backpack is the way to go.

E- Every day, all the time kicks

I used to be keyed in to certain times of day where Baby would most certainly kick; now it's more like all-the-time-random. I love it. It actually takes quite a bit of stress off when you don't feel the need to perform actual kick counts. My favorite of her maneuvers: The Searchlight. This would be a knee about the size of a ping pong ball, moving around in circles.

F- Foot cramps

Not so fun, but I've gotten the occasional foot/toe cramp at night that wakes me up and requires immediate attention. Especially not so fun when it's in your metatarsal and there's no good way to stretch it and make it go away. It's a little strange since I'm not dehydrated, but apparently it's pretty common. I'm supposed to up my magnesium intake to help ease this, or have some Gatorade with my calcium supplements to balance things out a bit more.

G- Getting warmer

So for the first time in...ever, I now understand the feeling of being uncomfortably warm in public spaces. I guess the fact that I just don't run warm in general paired with the third trimester and non-snow weather is all adding up. Even the pool feels hot now! I shall be buying more short-sleeved shirts.

H- Hiccups!

Not me, the baby! Every day! Pretty cute if you ask me. But it's also supposed to indicate neurological well-being and the baby's start of practicing breathing but taking in small amounts of amniotic fluid.

I- Iron and getting enough

Along with calcium, iron is one of my main nutritional priorities for the third trimester. As the baby starts packing on the pounds, needing more nutrients, and getting first dibs on everything I consume, I've read it's super important to consume enough iron so some of it actually passes onto you. Lack thereof seems to be one of the many reasons for third trimester fatigue in the mother.

(Similarly, as the baby's bones harden and require tons of calcium, this diverts it away from the mother and can cause among other things, stress fractures, particularly in runners. So I'm taking two tropical Tums a day.)

J- Jogging in style

Have you seen my Tarantula Web From Heck? (The maternity support belt.) White and bright and ALL OVER. Luckily it's usually hidden under a running jacket. It does get the job done, so I can't complain, and I certainly couldn't have run the 5K without it. It ended up being $40 well spent!

K- Knowing I have no clue yet

As we get closer to 40 weeks, I'm increasingly reminded of the fact that I really have no clue what I'm getting into. But acknowledging it alone a big step, right? It'll be crazy to go from the mass amounts of sleep I'm currently getting to being up all hours of the night, and everything in between. But I'm excited for it, too.

L- Liz Lange maternity tank top

Target, $9.99. I now own four in black. One Small, Two Mediums, One Large. The Small was plenty big when I started out, now the Mediums don't even cover my whole stomach. We'll see how long the Large lasts! But seriously, these are the best tank tops and totally got me through the winter.

M- Moomin mobile

I have found the baby mobile of my dreams. What's a Moomin? Essentially a Finnish Smurf that looks like a hippo. And a crew of other highly amusing characters with names like Too-Ticky and The Groke conceived by author Tove Jansson several decades ago. It's cute overload. If Ikea brings Moomins into popular conscience, I admit I'll be kind of sad.

N- Not sure what to think about Group B Strep test

Around 37 weeks I'm supposed to have a Group B Strep test. If you test positive, you need to take antibiotics during labor to avoid passing it on to the baby. I guess up to 30% of people test positive, but one can test positive in one pregnancy and negative in the second. It's asymptomatic and apparently runs through communities in waves. I was concerned that if I tested positive, I wouldn't be able to do a waterbirth because the antibiotics need to be administered through an IV (yay!). But I was assured today that you can in fact have a waterbirth even with an IV. So we'll just have to see what happens.

O- Online shopping!

Love it. The third trimester seems to have brought back some of the "tire easily" phenomenon I enjoyed in the first trimester. So instead of shopping for things like the diaper bag in Macy's while having a slow "I'm hungry" internal meltdown (while experiencing Macy's perhaps worst bout of customer service on record), I go online and can find the exact same diaper bag for the same price on Amazon AND be eating something at the same time! Wonderful!

P- Pug on lap

I won't say "he knows!" but Gus is definitely all about the lap and staying by my side right now for whatever reason. If there's a human heater within striking range, he's ON it. So we've been spending a lot of time together.

Q- Quiet Time

It's definitely an art you have to refine, but at this point in the pregnancy I've been pretty good about bringing it down a notch and getting a lot of rest. I still feel like I'm doing a lot every day, but incorporating more rest has been pretty important and doing this has helped me keep going consistently day to day.

R- Repainted dresser

Micah has ever so handily repainted the vintage dresser I picked up in St. Paul for $50 and it looks awesome. Kind of a major component of the baby's room and now it's in place! We'll use the top as a changing table. Unfortunately most changing pads are twice the size of the top. Ikea to the rescue again with the only non-huge changing pad available--for like six bucks! Slowly but surely the room is coming together.

S- Salmon aversion

For whatever reason, salmon and most fish in general are not on my list of appealing foods night now! I usually love these things and now I can hardly bear to consider them. Ponder that.

T- Tempting toys

Projected dog/baby habituation challenge #1: getting Gus to differentiate between his toys and Baby's toys. So far he's been staring wide-eyed at a plush cow from Aunt Kathryn gazing back at him from under a clear-topped storage box. He keeps trying to stick his nose in the box and weasel it out. So far, anything "stuffed" has been his--how is he going to figure out "mine/hers"?

U- Um, just because I'm pregnant doesn't mean you have to smile at me earnestly in the hallway at work like I'm some fertile vessel from The Red Tent. Everyone is doing this and it's a little weird!

V- Voila - diapers at your doorstep

We've been going back and forth on what to do about diapers. Cloth, disposable, where to buy them? Then a friend told me about diapers.com and free shipping on industrial-size quantities of the things and not having to haul those from a store to car to house. Sounds good to me! I think we may have a new partnership.

W- White noise machine

A wonderful gift we received from a family member last week! It plays all kinds of different white noise and you can even hook up your MP3 to it! And is about the size of a grapefruit. Word on the street is that babies really like all these soothing sounds. Apparently her current environment is a pretty noisy place and all the noise can make the transition to land a bit easier.

X- X number of weeks left

It's so strange not knowing how much time is left. Part of me just really wants to meet her already, but the other part of me knows that every day closer to her due date is another day for her to get bigger and stronger, so I'm totally fine if she doesn't come any early. My midwife doesn't think I'll be overdue because of my level of physical activity, but really, anything can happen. So we'll just have to see!

Y- Yes, it's harder to get socks on. It's like leaning over a beach ball!

Z- Zeroes, or rather, no zeroes

A while back I said I was attempting to have "no zeroes" in terms of pregnant days without exercise. Well so far, so good! Even on the days I've been tired, I've found that doing something active has helped me feel better. Keeping active has made a huge difference so far in the pregnancy. Not just physically, but in maintaining feelings of mental balance and confidence in a constantly changing physique.

In many ways I've just been lucky to have avoided pregnancy complications that would keep me from moving around so much, but it's also been definitely a daily choice and a commitment to keep it up. But I do think it's worth it in terms of growing a healthy baby and postpartum recovery. I can't wait till we can take her out in a jogging stroller!

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