We’re down to single-digit weeks left. NINE WEEKS. (God willing! Please cook fully, baby girl!)
31 Weeks (8/12/2013)
How far along? 31 weeks
Baby’s Size: Pineapple
Maternity clothes? Yep! Except for a few select items, like my hot Urkel sleeping shorts.
Best moment this week: Getting a prenatal massage! And of course, hearing baby’s heartbeat at my doctor’s appointment (the sweetest sound!), and spending time with B on Saturday. These random Saturdays off for him will be ending come mid September, so I try to enjoy them.
Miss anything? Feeling carefree! I’ve had so much on my mind and my plate this week, I feel like the world is on my shoulders. Ready to take a breath at some point.
Movement: Yep, baby girl is a mover and a shaker! I love every single kick!
Food cravings: I made the most amazing coffee cake this week. Just love me some sweets.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Not that I can think of!
Gender: Baby GIRL!
Labor signs: Nope.
Symptoms: Same hip/back pain and heartburn. BUT- I think I may have hit the end of my nausea!!! I took my last nausea pill on Monday, and expected to be sick as a dog Wednesday mid-morning (I was taking them every other day.) Insurance took until SATURDAY to deliver the pills, and I was actually… fine? Not 100% but definitely able to survive. I felt a little off at points but nothing eating the right foods couldn’t fix. So let it be known that my morning sickness only lasted 3/4 of my pregnancy. Lucky me. (And now that I went and typed these words, I guarantee it will come back. Oh well! If it does, I have the pills now!)
Belly button in or out? Innie, and looking shallower/weirder every day.
Happy or moody most of the time: I haven’t been moody per se this week, but I have felt unable to hide my emotions. Unable or unwilling… who knows. At a certain point I just don’t care. But besides feeling a little “heavy” about stuff, it was a great week.
Looking forward to: Continuing to clean/organize, ordering our stroller and carseat this week, and as always, the ultrasound! (Which got moved to Saturday- womp! Hate waiting two extra days, I feel like it’s been so long since we’ve seen her.)
I feel like this has been a very busy and eventful week for us! Baby girl has been sitting so high lately (at least that’s how it feels.) She is all up in my grill aka ribcage area. When I try to bend over while sitting it’s nearly impossible, at least without making an ”ooooph” noise. I don’t know if she “moved” up or if she is just growing more into the space above her, instead of down or out? No idea how that works but it’s crazy. I feel so easily short of breath!
My doctor’s appointment Friday wasn’t stellar. As I’ve explained before, the kind of OB practice I go to, there are multiple doctors and whichever is on duty at the hospital when you deliver will be your doctor that day. I had only met with three OB’s (loved them all) so I tried to schedule future appointments with other OB’s, just for my comfort come delivery day. This doctor was, um, not my favorite. I had some things to bring up that I just plain forgot due to his rushed nature. I didn’t get that warm fuzzy feeling like I had with the other doctors. Oh, and he started out scolding me on my weight. He said I was up 20 pounds. Granted, I had just gone for Mexican the night before with some moms from a mom website I frequent, and clearly I hadn’t pooped because that would be normal and nice and no part of that coincides with pregnancy. I bet I’m just under 20 lbs gained, which I’m not too worried about. At 20 weeks they were commenting that my weight gain was below average, so this was the first negative comment I’ve gotten. (Granted, I haven’t changed a thing about my eating- this whole time I pretty much just try to listen to my body.) I don’t mind him bringing up weight gain, but he kept talking about it awkwardly. “I just bring it up, because, you know, it’s easier to lose 20 pounds than 40 pounds.” Um, no shit Sherlock! I can do math! I am still under the weight I was at when we moved to Orlando (just about 30 lbs more than my pre-pregnancy weight) and that’s my goal. If I gain 10 more pounds (or less), I’ll be happy. If I gain more, oh well. I’ve lost weight before and I plan to do it again. It’s so hard to stomach certain foods, or get the energy to prepare meals, that I am not going to stress myself about it as long as I’m getting the nutrition baby and I need. So that being said, let’s hope I don’t go into labor on a Monday, since this doctor just rubbed me the wrong way with his mannerisms.
Since I was bummed to see a doctor who I didn’t love for once, I threw food cautions to the wind and went ahead and made coffee cake. WHY NOT. I saw a pin for Pumpkin Crumb Cake and immediately needed it. (I grew up calling it coffee cake… but crumb cake works too.) I had never made coffee cake before and was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was. And how DELICIOUS it was. (And how much BUTTER is in it.)
B said it was the best thing I’ve ever made. Which is a huge deal. I totally agree, too. The pumpkin spice flavor was very slight and just made it a bit more interesting than a typical coffee cake. I’d suggest making it ASAP- or you can wait til September-ish when pumpkin items become acceptable again. (Thanks Vanilla Sugar Blog for posting this amazing recipe!)
Needless to say, that cheered me up! If you need a little pick me up, give the recipe a try, just save some for me. Hope you’re all having a great Monday!