Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Bump Update 30-31 Weeks

30 Weeks

Baby Size: 15.7 inches long and 2.89 lbs - as big as a large zucchini! I can't believe we are here at 30 weeks, sweet Samuel is getting bigger and bigger and the weeks are flying by!

Feeling: Honestly, a bit emotional this week. There was really only one other week my whole pregnancy that I felt like this (I want to say week 22 or something like that) so it took me a little bit off guard. I think it was a mix of post vacation blues, Sebastian's declining health and not getting very good sleep at night (plus pregnancy hormones of course). 

Food Cravings/ Aversions: Food is easy, nothing to speak of really. I've been slacking a bit lately on my green smoothies to try to get all of veggies in so I need to get back on that. I also recently had to start taking an iron pill per my midwive's request so I've been trying to do that and get more iron into my diet when possible.

Symptoms: Like I mentioned above, I've had a harder time sleeping this week and have found it a bit harder to get comfortable. My pregnancy pillow is sooo helpful but there is only so much you can do when you have a big basketball belly you are trying to navigate around. :) I've had a bit more lower back discomfort this week as well, but it really is only when I am sitting down in a chair. I'm not sure if I've mentioned before, but I got a yoga ball that I sit on for work (and for meals) which is the most comfortable thing in the world! I also notice that I feel much better on days that I get a lot of activity in so I'm trying to make sure to either get a work out or walk in most days.

Weight Gain: +17 lbs per gym scale at the beginning of the week

Projects: This week was BUSY! I did a lot of inside organizing in the playroom and nursery, pulled weeds out in the yard on the days that it was not raining and Preston and I were able to finish painting the shed! It is a project that has been on my list for months and I am so incredibly happy it is checked off. Preston also did a ton of cleanup of bricks and rocks around the yard (in sticky, humid heat) which I am so thankful for. 

We also took an AMAZING postpartum class this weekend at our birthing center - both Preston and I learned so much and feel much more prepared now. We start our child birth prep class next week as well which I'm sure will be full of many more things for us to learn. :) 

Dear Samuel: I truly cannot believe we are at the 10 week countdown until you are due to arrive. I continue to think about how big my responsibility is as your mother to raise you into a strong, respectful, loving, God-fearing man. There has been a horrific news story about a Stanford swimmer brutally attacking a women that is getting a lot of attention lately and my mind keeps going back to how important it is for me, as the mother of a boy who will grow into a man, to raise you to be a man of good character. Your father and I talk often about how we will discipline you, enforce boundaries and have tough conversations with you. While you are at home, it is more important for us to be your parents than your friends - but I hope you remember it is all because we absolutely love you more than anything in this world.

31 Weeks

(With everything going on the past couple of weeks I haven't been very good about getting belly photos, so while these don't show how much I've grown they will have to do for now!)

Baby Size: 16.1 inches and 3.31 pounds - as big as asparagus! 

Feeling: Really, really sad. We had to put Sebastian down at the beginning of this week and it feels like a huge part of our family is missing. For our entire engaged and married life, Sebastian has been with us. He has made every move to every state, come on every road trip, and has been there for all of our live's biggest moments. We are truly missing him so much, but are thankful that he is out of pain and able to run and eat easily again. For the past six years, we have dreamed of the day that we could put a snuggly newborn on his soft fur and it is heartbreaking to know we won't get the chance to do that with Samuel. I am so incredibly thankful that I've been able to work from home the past seven months and spend my days with the most loving, loyal side kick I will ever have.

Food Cravings/ Aversions: Nothing really to speak of as far as aversions, but I have found myself wanting sugar more than usual this week. I mentioned that to Preston and he couldn't have driven the car any faster to take us on an ice cream date. ;) I am going to have to be careful mentioning my sweet tooth to him again because he is all too willing to indulge me! 

Symptoms: Aside from being emotional about Sebastian, symptoms have all but disappeared this week. Pregnancy is funny where the few times that I think the ongoing discomfort that I hear so much may be setting in, I will wake up the next morning feeling great. I wake up several times in the night to go to the bathroom but that is just part of the territory and am able to fall back asleep really quickly. I also occasionally have shooting sciatic pain when we are on walks, but my the time I register it and make a quick 'Oohh' noise it is completely gone so I really cannot complain at all. Overall, this pregnancy continues to be such a joy and I have said many thankful prayers for that.

Weight Gain: Didn't weigh myself

Projects: SO many projects. For the last several weeks I have had horrible guilt whenever I've left the house because I want to spend as much time as possible with Sebastian. This week that was amplified, and the benefit to that is that we were able to accomplish so much. y family came over and helped pull weeds, trim trees, hedge our front bushes, cut wood for the shed and lay new mulch. I can't say how thankful I am to my mom, dad and sister for being so willing to drop everything and come help - we LOVE you guys so much! We also had our fence stained, which after weeks of delaying it due to rain felt amazing to get it finished!

Dear Samuel: Sweet boy, I hope that from the day you enter this world you know how absolutely loved you are. We are having your baby shower next week and with each detail that gets planned and package that arrives I am reminded again and again of how cherished you are - not just by us but by so many family and friends. Your dad and I are total parenting newbies, as you know, but thankfully we have the support, advice and encouragement from so many people who are going to be involved in your life. We can't wait to meet you in 9 weeks and show you the world and introduce you to all of the wonderful people in it (and tell you SO many stories about your amazing, furry older brother Sebastian). 

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