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30 Weeks | Baby Bump

This is what I looked like last time, with Coen, at 30 weeks.

How far along: 30 weeks. (From the Bump) At 30 weeks, your belly’s doing more than just making it tough to find a comfortable sleeping position. It’s made itself a conversation piece. Everywhere you go, someone seems to have a comment about your physical appearance, which isn’t always so fun. And no doubt, you’ve encountered quite a few people who don’t think before they speak and say something embarrassing or hurtful (what’s up with that?) Try not to take those comments seriously, but know which ones should be taken to heart. Like when they tell you you’re glowing, believe them! And take advantage of some of the perks (when someone offers you their seat on the train -- take it!) At week 30, your dreams might be getting even weirder -- if you’re actually sleeping, that is. That could be a result of anxiety, so consider doing some prep work to help you rest easier. One idea? Do a test drive to see exactly how long it really takes you to get to the hospital. Then maybe you’ll stop having nightmares about giving birth in your car.

At 30 weeks, they say that her skin is getting smoother but her brain is getting wrinklier -- to make way for all that essential brain tissue. She's now strong enough to grasp a finger!

How big is baby: The size of a cucumber.

Weight gain/loss: I was actually just having a conversation with my husband about this.  So far, I'm up 22 pounds from my start weight that I had charted at home.  According to the dr. I'm only up 19 pounds, but either way, I'm not doing too bad.  I thought this was a good thing but then I referenced some older posts and now I'm a little discouraged.  I was saying to my husband this weekend that I felt good about my weight because while I had gained 40 pounds with Coen, I had only gained 22 with this one so far and that would mean that in the next 2 months, I would have to gain 20 more to catch up.  I did follow up by saying that anything was possible, but that I really didn't think it was possible.  Then I read my 31 week post that said I was 22 pounds over at that point, to which I now feel completely discouraged.  It doesn't have to work out the same way, but it could.  I'm not too upset about the way the weight came off last time, but I just don't want to gain anymore than last time.  So... the weight thing, just continues to be a thorn in my side.

Maternity clothes: Yes.  But mainly just normal clothes when I can.  I'm wearing maternity pants today with a regular cotton stretchy top.  It feels great. Maternity clothes can be not that kind for your womanly figure, so I just try to keep those farther away from me, most of the time.

Stretch marks: I believe they are multiply, but I won't know for sure until this is all over.  Either way, they are there.

Sleep: Sleep is actually going pretty great lately.  Coen sleeps from about 8pm/8:30pm until about 5:15/5:30am every day.  There have been some hiccups, but all in all, it's been great. Getting around 7 to 8 hours of sleep has been dreamy.  Last week, I was still waking myself up at 2am and 4 am, as if he should've been up, but wasn't.  This last week I did that less and less.  Today, I woke up at 5:12am and then started to hear him stir about 5:20am.  It's great.  Really great.

Diet/Cravings/Aversions: Nothing really has been changing here except I just cannot eat as much as I would like or like I had been.  I just get full fast and then I start to feel ill when I'm overly full.

Exercise: At work, we had to unexpectedly lock our door and in order for guests or visitors to enter, I had to greet them at the door.  I don't sit by the door, I'm about a minute or so away.  So, we had to have a doorbell put in and I was tending to the door on Wednesday.  I walked to the door about 20 times that day and I'm willing to call that exercise.  It was more than normal.  I also walked around Ikea like mad on Friday and then I walked to a Greek festival on Friday afternoon.  I'm considering that all to be exercise.  We were going to go on a walk as a family last night, but then Coen decided he wanted to hit the hay, so we did that for him, instead.

Gender: A baby girl, confirmed.

Movement: Yes, she's very active.  It's really wild how strong her movements are.  They come and go, but when she's moving, she's really letting me know she's in there.

The belly: It's getting more firm and much more round.  I love it.

What I'm loving: Just being pregnant and not hating it.  I also am enjoying every single second I get to spend with Coen and our little family of three.  My husband has been doing daddy-daycare and it's been great seeing Coen bond with him.  Not that they weren't close before, but they are so much closer now and it's the sweetest thing.  I love watching them interact.

What I miss: Being able to be really mobile.  I'm getting less and less energy, my hip hurts and my back hurts from time to time. It's all manageable, but I really cannot wait to be done being pregnant.  I don't mind being pregnant, but I cannot wait to be done for a bit.  I try not to have my body hold me back on doing most things, but it's getting a little harder to do the fun things on the floor with Coen and that stinks.

Symptoms: My pelvic bone that is out of place is just the biggest complaint.  My stretches help me, but some days they just slip by the wayside.  It's tough to get out of bed some mornings,but I'm dealing.  Every time that she grows it moves more so, it's just a managing thing.

The nursery: This is starting to really make way.  In putting more things in their places and making it more nursery like, I've realized that the colors I thought I was going use in there, may not work and I might want to change them up a bit.  I'm still working on this.  I'll keep you posted on what I decide.

Did I tell you that we bought a carpet scrap for the basement and moved our "adult spaces" to the basement?  I have a sewing area and we have a desk to share and it already looks great!  We still have some things we need to re-organize, but it's already taking shape.

What's different/the same this time: Just the fact that I need to carry Coen while carrying my own new baby in a womb.  This is hard.  I'm enjoying it, it's just tough, sometimes.

What I'm looking forward to:

Best moment(s) of the week: Last week was pretty great because I only worked 3 days and had 2 days at home with my little boy.  Thursday I had a list of appointments to attend and Friday we headed out to Cincy for a Greek festival, visit with a good friend and her new baby and then a shor

Greek food from the Greek festival in Cincy.  It was delicious, but I couldn't eat it all.  I wish I could've split it with someone.  There would've been plenty.
Checking on Miss E in her pack n play.  He wasn't really into her, but he was starting to show a little interest.  Crazy that my life is going to look like this, VERY very soon.
A short stop at IKEA to pick up a few things that I was after.  I was proud of myself for going in for 6 things and coming out with only 3 extra things.  It gets crazy in there and sometimes you can't help but grab (multiple un-) necessary things.
This is a little romper I bought for Coen before he was born.  I love it, however, I had forgotten about it and now it's a little snug.  Still is cute and cool, but it won't be around long.
Pool time on my birthday.  That's my maternity bathing suit I got from a garage sale for $2.00.  Coen LOVES pool time.

 Saturday, Coen and I hung out until S. got home.  We then dropped Coen off at my parent's house and headed out for a little date.  We stopped at the place where we had our reception and had a drink and appetizer.  Then we went to a place where we had our rehearsal dinner and we were greeted by my whole family, S.'s parents and 2 of our couple friends.  It was quite the surprise and while I almost got chocked up, I held it together because it was so nice to see everyone and have them here with me to celebrate my 30th birthday!  There were some other details along the way that were fun and cute, but I'll spare you all those details.  I loved the location and because it was a large group, we were in this larger room for the occasion and it was really nice.  I miss my friends and I miss hanging out with them, but life changes and families happen.  It makes me excited for my 31st birthday because by then I hope to not be pregnant, but still nursing and I'll be able to have a bit more fun with some adult beverages included!

Sunday, on my actual birthday, we spent time with my sister who was in town (again) from Chicago, for my birthday and my mom & dad.  We had stayed at their house so that they could care for Coen while we went out after dinner. So we hung around for breakfast and then Coen's morning nap... and our morning naps too... then we headed home.  We had pool time in the front yard, put together the crib in the new nursery and a bookshelf and then we just chilled.  It was a great weekend and I'm happy to be 30!

Last appointment details: On Thursday, I had many appointments... Ultrasound, lab work (including glucose test), dentist appointment and my hair appointment.  Friday, I had my normal OB appointment and everything was great!  I learned that while I was measuring 3 weeks ahead at my 26 week appointment, I'm actually measuring spot on now.  Not sure if it was her position or what, but we're good now, thank goodness.  We heard her heart beat and talked about 2 kids under 2 and that was about it.  I love my OB.

Next appointment: My next appointment is 2 weeks, because I'm already on the 2 week rotation!  So, July 6th.  I will be scheduling my c-section on this day.  I had talked about researching a VBAC and while I have done a little of that, I have found nothing that has made me completely convinced that I need to do this.  So, I'm scheduling another c-section and going that route again.  It's going to be a little tough... healing and having Coen plus the new baby to carry or care for, but I'm going to have to just go full speed ahead and do it.  Crazy that I'll know that date in 2 weeks!  It makes me want to pack my bag for the hospital, already.  Just in case...


Nikki said…
You are not looking like have 30 weeks bump. your boy is so cute...

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