Note: All previous pregnancy/baby-related blog posts may be found on my new Pregnancy/Baby page! I cannot, for the life of me, get this page to show up on the navigation bar at the top of this site right now, but that’s in the works for the future!
Baby weighs about 2 1/2 pounds and is approximately 15 inches long… about the size of a butternut squash!
I didn’t weigh myself this week, but if I had to guess, I’d assume I’m up about 20 pounds… maybe more?
Working out continued to feel great this week and my workouts included a variety of spinning, Pure Barre and BodyPump! One thing that is kind of odd that I’ve started to notice is that outside of the gym, I feel like I’m slowing down a bit. I feel fine during my workouts, but I am feeling more fatigued during everyday activities like walking Sadie (on the hilly loops) and walking up stairs. While I can still walk long distances, I am happy to take more breaks when Sadie wants to stop and sniff and feel like my pace is definitely decreasing a bit.
I am still rather easily overheated. In the past, I have always been someone who is perpetually cold, so feeling hot and sweaty all the time is rather new for me and man, it stinks! I am becoming best friends with a little space fan we have in our house and definitely prefer exercising in a temperature-controlled environment as opposed to battling heat/humidity. (Bless the 65-degree spinning studio at my gym!)
Also, I briefly mentioned this last week, but I am still kind of addicted to rubbing my belly. I really couldn’t tell you why, but I find it oddly soothing to rub my stomach every so often.
And this is kind of comical, but I’ve also found myself rolling up my shirts and exposing my belly in the privacy of our home. I don’t know what possesses me to do this, but if I’m wearing a tighter tank top that I can easily roll up, I’ll fold it up to let the belly “breathe” when I’m home alone. Apparently the belly likes to be out and free! (Maybe this is because I’m also always so hot!? Haha!) I also think this can be attributed to the fact that every time I can see our baby move from the outside, it just blows my mind, so I like being able to look down and see movement from time to time rather than just feel it from the inside.
Foot cramps and some calf cramps continue, but I can usually stretch them out before they take off and are too painful.
On some days, I’ll also notice a feeling of “fullness” in my belly, unrelated to how much I’ve had to eat. My belly will just feel bigger, fuller and maybe more crowded at some points. I am assuming this relates to how our little guy is positioned on some days, but it can be a bit uncomfortable at times.
I am also beginning to develop linea nigra, though it is still extremely faint. I am not sure anyone would really notice it other than me right now unless they looked very closely, but I do see it slightly coming through from my pubic bone up to my belly button.
Similar to the past few weeks, nothing is sounding too horrific to me right now. While there are still foods I choose not to eat, nothing is gag-inducing anymore.
- Fresh fruit (watermelon, nectarines, grapes)
- Chicken sausage in a fresh roll with ketchup, mustard and relish (I had this 4x this week!)
Sleep is feeling relatively normal, though I never really feel like I sleep deeply anymore. It’s almost like I’m half-awake at all times which is kind of annoying, but it makes waking up at early times to teach a bit easier, I suppose.
Looking Forward To…
My 30 week prenatal appointment and my first baby shower! My Aunt Laurie is hosting a family baby shower for me at her home in Raleigh on Saturday and I cannot wait to see everyone and celebrate our little boy!
Any Baby/Pregnancy-Related Purchases?
- Pink Blush Maternity Off the Shoulder Top (on sale via Zulily)
Belly Button In Or Out?
I am struggling a bit this week with feeling motivated to be productive. When it comes to working, keeping up with stuff around the house and checking off items on my “to do” list, I am feeling rather unmotivated. Hopefully this changes soon! Right now lounging outside and reading a good book 24/7 sounds pretty fabulous…
I am also finding myself continually blown away by the thought that Ryan and I will have a son so soon. Now that the weather is warming up, I feel like our summer baby is almost here and I am experiencing more and more disbelief that there’s actually a human growing in my belly right now. It really is a miracle and I am so, so excited to meet him!
Amidst the disbelief and excitement, I also feel worry and concern creep in from time to time, though it isn’t quite as bad as some of the anxiety I had in earlier weeks. Sometimes I feel like so much relating to our baby’s health and safety is out of my control and that can be overwhelming and set me off on the worry wart train… Lots of praying for a healthy baby and a smooth delivery continues to occur over here!
Yes! Our little one is moving more and more these days which I absolutely love!