The last time I gave a pregnancy update on the blog was when I was a mere 16 weeks. Still puking daily. Still wearing all of my pre-pregnancy clothes. Sigh. It feels like so long ago. While this pregnancy has definitely flown by, when I think back through all of the events that have taken place during this pregnancy (I was actually pregnant when we moved to Idaho although I didn’t know it, yet)–it seems I have been baking this bun for an eternity.
The last 6 weeks have been hard. I have been dealing with some pre-term labor and have been monitored closely by my doctors. My hypothyroidism is getting out of whack again. Acid Reflux. Restless leg syndrome. SPD. My hair is losing pigment and turning red (this actually happened when I was pregnant with Greta, too). Nose bleeds. Oh pregnancy, I have such a love-hate relationship with you.
But she is really moving a lot which makes it more fun and finally, finally Greta is semi-acknowledging she is going to have a baby sister–not without throwing in the “fact” that she has a bunch of animals in her belly also kicking like crazy and keeping her up all night. That girl.
And now, to answer a few FAQs:
How far along: 34 weeks.
Total weight gain: 30 pounds. Nutrition has been my focus this pregnancy, so I’m really happy to see that number (in a weird way). My doctor really wanted me to gain a pound a week (40 pounds total), since I am at high risk of getting bell’s palsy again. We’re hoping, praying and crossing our fingers the extra storage keeps my nerves and immune system in check this time around.
Sleep: Nighttime is when the restless leg syndrome, insomnia, and acid reflux really kick in, but a few weeks ago the nice people at bump nest sent me one of their pregnancy pillows and I have been sleeping so much better with it. I actually can’t wait to get in bed (while I used to dread it). And sometimes I don’t wait–afternoon veg session in bed? Yes! This pillow is a miracle worker. Greta and Chris have also been caught cozying up to it.
Food cravings: I haven’t been very hungry lately, but I feel like I can’t get enough cold water. Even writing cold water makes my throat start to tighten. I need some. A lot! One consistent craving throughout this pregnancy has been frozen mango chunks–I have eaten a ridiculous amount of those.
Queasy/Sick: I haven’t thrown up in several weeks (yay!) but I still battle nausea frequently.When heartburn starts kicking in or I haven’t eaten in a couple hours.
Gender + Name: It’s a girl and we have picked a name we’re pretty set on, but haven’t shared it and don’t even call her by the name yet. I just can’t seem to say it out loud until I see her and know for sure she’s a _____.
Happy/Moody: I am a roller-coaster of emotions lately, poor Chris. I don’t remember being like this with my last pregnancy and it is throwing me for a loop. I am moooooody! It has actually inspired this week’s painting–coming at you tomorrow.
6 more weeks, people. Or more. Or less. But we’re really shooting for more (despite the discomfort) because, goodness, we are not even close to ready for little baby to make her debut.
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