32 Weeks and More

Thursday, October 29, 2015
Good afternoon friends. How is this Thursday treating you? It's unusually warm here in Connecticut and it's confusing us. Two days ago we were in boots and scarves...and today it's 70 degrees.

We had to take an impromptu trip to the grocery store mid week, this week.

Like a total noob, I forgot my grocery list when I went shopping on Sunday and in 4 days we already ran out of produce and eggs. Meal planning at it's best.
No wonder the grocery bill was so cheap.

What can I say...we're hungry hungry.

Exhibit A.

Spoiler alert...I've already eaten almost all of those olives.

Well, here we are...32 Weeks. 

Baby size: 16.7in, the size of a large jicama. I've never seen a whole jicama up close and personal, so I'll take the internets word for it. 

Weight gained: 24 pounds. Strangely enough I seem to be slowing down.

Overall: Overall I'm feeling big. Aside from that, I'm still feeling good physically!

Symtoms: Heartburn like a beast. I ate an avocado yesterday and it gave me heartburn. Varicose veins are getting more intense looking, and achy feeling in certain areas. I've just accepted them. It helps that it's now cold outside and I can wear pants all day without sweating my face off. My braxton hicks contractions are continuing to increase.
And somehow...I'm completely unsure of how this is even possible...but my boobs have gotten even bigger! They're starting to scare me.

Cravings: I'm not really craving anything specific. Everything sounds pretty good right about now.

Aversions: There's nothing new on the aversion front, but just today (for the first time in 6 weeks) I was feeling like eating some chicken with my eggs. Unfortunately it made me very nauseous immediately after, and the thought of it now makes me feel queasy. This is one interesting baby. I wonder what her motives are.

Exercise: I'm still exercising regularly, just a little slower than normal. I do short runs when I can get them in. Yoga, Pilates and Strength training all at home. Spinning on Saturdays at the gym. I am continuing to focus on core strengthening (gotta keep that pelvis in place), and squats. I'll need that pelvic floor and leg strength when it comes time for labor, and squats are the key.

Stretch Marks: Somehow, by the grace of the universe, I don't have any stretch marks. I didn't get them with Aria, but with Aria my belly grew a lot slower. I was sure something would pop up here soon.

Maternity Clothes: Some of my maternity clothes are getting to be too small. Ugh! That's when you know you're in trouble. I really don't want to buy anything new. It feels like such a waste of money with 2 months to go. But at the same time, I can't have my belly hanging out of my shirts all the time. What to do...

Baby's Position: Head down y'all. I kind of already knew this because I can feel her little rump up at the top all the time. Aria was also head down nice and early.

Sleep: I'm having a hell of a time sleeping lately. My body is so exhausted by the end of the day, but I can't seem to fall asleep until midnight every night. And Aria wakes up around 5:30am. I'm in a huge sleep deficit.

Conversations with my doula: Our doula came for a visit last weekend to catch up and talk about things that were on our mind. One of the big things we discussed was how she is going to support PJ and I to work together during labor. There is a common misconception that doulas take the place of partners during labor. Even though PJ knows what doulas do, from me, it's a different experience when it's your birth.

He expressed that he didn't really know what his role would be during labor, having our doula there too.
Our doula talked about how her role is to support both of us to work together. PJ knows me in an intimate way that she doesn't. And she knows things about birth that he doesn't. She said she will watch us and see how we are working together, then she will offer him ideas on additional ways he could support me with, respect to what I'm experiencing at the moment (which can change in the blink of an eye).
For example, she if the time calls for it, she can show him how to and where to do the counter pressure and massage techniques to help me manage contractions.

All the while, she will be offering support in another ways. Perhaps she will be keeping me focused on the present (instead of panicking like I did last time), while helping me through breathing. Ensuring I stay hydrated and well nourished with calories to keep my energy up. Watching for indications baby may be posterior or that it may be time for a position change. Ensuring me that my body is doing exactly what it is supposed to.
Perhaps the roles will be reversed and Pj will be helping me focus and breathe, while she is doing counter pressure and massage.

Because of her experience with birth, she will also be able to help guide Pj through what I may be experiencing in the moment, to help him understand better.
(That was one of his other concerns. Last time he said he felt lost and very much in the dark about what I was going through, and it was scary for him, even though he had read all the books and watched the documentaries.)

There are 100 different ways she could support us together thorough labor. We can make all the plans in the world, but until we see how my labor is unfolding and the support that is necessary, all we can do is talk about these ideas.

It felt good and comforting to talk about the different ideas. The important thing we both took away from the conversation is that she is there to support us both and  help us work together through this big experience.

Well friends, Pizza Wednesday at the in-laws, was moved to Thursday this week. Which means I have a run ahead of me this afternoon! It better go figure out which running attire I can squeeze myself into.

Have a great day!


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