Weight Gain: 38.5 lbs/1.5 lb gain in the past week.
Symptoms: Let's be positive and talk about what typical third trimester pregnancy symptoms I am not experiencing first - no constipation or swollen ankles & feet for me! But every other symptom you could get in the third trimester? Yeah, got most of those. Things were especially rough this week due to a little cold (allergies?), which left me gagging and almost puking a few times.
There is an interesting balance to maintain during pregnancy when you are trying to keep one symptom or another at bay. For example, I drank more water on a couple days to curb the cramping I was getting. While it did help the cramping, it sent my reflux through the roof and I woke up choking on my own reflux (just a polite word for vomit, really) in the middle of the night two nights in a row. So I'm trying to find that perfect balance to keep any one symptom from taking over, but I don't know if it exists.
What's different this time: Our baby stuff was far, FAR more organized by this time last time. Due to the bedroom remodeling project, everything is a mess for the next 2-3 weeks. And I mean it when I say it's a mess - like all of our bedroom furniture is piled into Bella's room (along with all her nursery furniture) and we are ALL sleeping in there. We're cutting it reaaaaaally close this time and taking the whole "babies don't need a lot" mentality a little too seriously. No, I'm not very happy about this, but what can you do?
Cravings: Nothing specific.
Aversions: I'm still extremely sensitive to certain smells, especially those that I encountered during my first trimester (the whole nausea PTSD thing). I picked up some Tide because Husband was less than thrilled with his now-grey (formerly white) T-shirts after two years of only using hippie detergent. But the smell of clothes washed in Tide? Gag McPukertons.
Sleep: Could be way better. Could also be way worse. It's going to be a little extra funky as we sleep on a futon in Bella's room/couch in the living room for the next couple weeks.
I am loving: That Bella is ever so slowly learning to play independently. Birthday toys are helping a lot with this.
I miss: I really, really miss finding a comfortable position to sleep in.
I am looking forward to: Having a house & bedroom in order and being able to FINALLY nest a little for Baby 2.0 (no nursery, but can at least organize clothes/diapers/etc in our room).
I'm spazzing about: How unsettled things are at home and how physically impaired I'm feeling. Wish I was one of those pregnant ladies who feel fabulous and gain a scant 20 pounds, but no. Tis not my way.
Best thing about this week: We have confirmation that Baby 2.0 is head down! I have been going to the chiropractor and also did an acupuncture treatment this past Saturday in addition to some of the other "turn your baby" techniques I've mentioned in previous posts. We were going to start something called moxibustion treatments (basically a scientifically-proven Chinese medicine thing that involves holding a lit charcoal-stick thing up to your pinky toe), but it's not recommended once your baby has turned. I had a suspicion that Baby 2.0 was head down, but couldn't say for certain. Husband and I discussed it and decided that we would just pay out of pocket for an ultrasound (my midwife practice would not do one unless they really had a question about it and that wouldn't be for another couple weeks at the earliest). I felt a little weird about the whole thing, but the piece of mind and ability to KNOW what's going on was useful for us. And if you recall, my sister had a surprise breech baby that was only discovered upon an ultrasound when she had gone "overdue". So it's been on my mind more than it might have been otherwise. We didn't do a full 3D/4D ultrasound, it was just a really quick 2D (like 5 minutes quick) ultrasound. Baby 2.0 was covering his face with this hands so we didn't get any peeks at his face, but we did see that he has hair! Now the next step is to encourage him into a posterior position and do squats and things to keep him head down.
Milestones: Hit the 35/35 mark - 35 weeks pregnant with 35 days left to go.
Movement: Yes, lots of stretching where I feel like Baby 2.0 is trying to burst through my skin. Ouch.
It's a...: Boy.
Exercise: Gah. So frustrated. It's not for lack of desire or motivation, more like lack of physical ability. I only went to the gym once, but did stay active doing family activities most days (went to the zoo, Children's Museum, walks, etc.) However, even those normal physical activities were rough on my body. There were days where I would have loved to take a walk on my own after Bella was sleeping, but my body just can't do it. I don't feel like myself when I'm not exercising and it messes with my self esteem.
Diet: My fatigue has been playing into me making some lazy diet choices, which probably makes me more tired in turn as I'm not eating as many fruits & veggies. I would like to put more focus into my eating and make better choices this week.
Exercise goal for the upcoming week: Same as last week: Keep moving while respecting my ever-changing limits.
Other goals: Get some to-do list items knocked off, which shouldn't be too much of a problem since I won't get to nap with the workers here this week. (WEEP!)
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