How I'm feeling: This week, I was SO tired. I'm guessing the baby is growing a lot right now, which is why I was so exhausted. Sleeping has become a little more challenging and getting up to pee or when I wake up is interesting because I can't really use my core much so I have to rely on heaving myself up with both arms.
The baby was also moving a ton, which is both entertaining and distracting. If I wake up early in the morning (3 or 4 a.m.), often times he or she is having a little party inside my belly.
Oh heartburn, how I despise you. Papaya extract is becoming my friend most evenings as it seems to fix the issue almost immediately.
Baby: is the size of a rutabaga (~13.6 to 14.8 inches, 1.5 to 2.5 pounds) and still the same size and weight range as the last two weeks. I have to say, of all vegetables or fruits so far, this is one that is most foreign to me. I've never to my knowledge eaten rutabaga! At this point, the baby is starting to practice inhaling and exhaling and is showing brain activity.
Weight gained: 16 lbs
I was a bad blogger this week and didn't really take any full profile photos of the bump. Next week, promise!
We had gorgeous weather, so I took advantage of the 60 degree temps as much as possible.
Bump in action on Pre's Trail
While shoe shopping for the manfriend, I came across the kids Vans. Boy or girl, I will definitely be getting a pair of Vans or Toms when the time comes. Why is everything mini so much cuter?
What I'm wearing: The idea of dressing up seems pretty comical these days, especially since I have almost no reason to. Every time I consider trying to put together a skirt and top outfit or attempting a dress, I just think "why bother?" It just seems too hard and awkward. Jeans, a tank and a cardigan with flats are about as dressy as it gets around here. Speaking of dressing up, I need to find something to wear to my baby shower.
Baby preparations: I signed us up for a birth class for April and switched over to the midwifery clinic in town. Starting to think A LOT more about the actual birth. Trying not to panic, but it's pretty scary being this close and feeling like you don't have a birth plan or real grasp on how it will go. I'd like to go unmedicated for as long as possible, but I'm not completely against an epidural if I feel like it's necessary.
Eating/Cravings: I have definitely noticed a need for increased calories as I've gotten bigger. This usually means a little bigger breakfast or an extra snack or two here and there. And occasionally, I need a small cup of cereal or something right before bed.
These days, I'm not sure it's cravings per say, but my sweet tooth is kicking in and I definitely want dessert or pastries regularly. This usually results in me making a healthier version of a dessert I like (i.e. cookies or muffins), but sometimes I snag a pastry with my coffee between classes.
Random thought of the week: What IS pregnancy glow? I don't know, but I'm pretty positive I don't have it. I just feel like a large pregnant person who can't hide her belly from the world. No glowing about it. ;)
What are you looking forward to this weekend?
Besides studying (finals are next week), I am looking forward to doing some things around the house and having dinner with friends.
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