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31 Weeks | Baby Bump

How far along: 30 weeks. (From the Bump) Welcome to week 31. Can you believe all five of baby’s senses are fully developed? He also keeps getting smarter. That’s probably good to know, since you might actually feel a little dumb. You’re not! It’s just that many moms-to-be find themselves acting absentmindedly during the third trimester. Some say that “pregnancy brain” isn’t a proven physical ailment, but can you think of another time in your life when you’ve had more on your mind than now? We’re guessing no. That right there is enough of a reason to be so forgetful. From 31 weeks on, you’re bound to feel a lot of the same symptoms -- some may get worse, some may become bearable. And you might start to have more trouble getting around as you get heavier and feel more and more short of breath. Remember not to push yourself too much. It’s good for you and baby to get some exercise, but definitely take breaks to rest as much as you need.

How big is baby: The size of a pineapple.

Weight gain/loss:  Honestly, I feel like she's had a growth spurt, so I'm just going to sit this one out this week.(Stepped on the scale after lunch and I'm up 23 lbs total.)

Maternity clothes: Yes, but only if totally necessary.  It's really hot lately and so I'm trying to dress in as little as possible, have support and be comfy.  Sometimes that requires less of the maternity style look and more of the everyday/normal clothes look.  It just depends.  There is a lot of dress wearing, happening.

Stretch marks: I was telling someone recently that I believe that since mine appear to be "fading" that they are really just stretching more and well... that's just awesome.  I'm okay with this because they are already there anyway, but still... I don't want them to get worse.

Sleep: This my friends, is going great!  Coen is a champ sleeper now and when I hit the pillow, I'm out like a light.  Most of the times I'm asleep on the couch before I get in bed, but you get the idea.  No sleeping issues here.

Diet/Cravings/Aversions: Lately, I cannot drink enough water.  It might have something to do with the extreme temperatures (100 or high 90s) but seriously, I'm constantly feeling very cotton mouth like.

Exercise: Nothing really great to report here this, week.  It's far too hot to go on wagon rides or walks around the neighborhood.  I'm headed to the grocery today and that might be my only option to really get in some walking this week.  Pathetic, yes.

Gender: A baby girl!!!

Movement: Yes, there is tons of movement.  She's very active.  It's still so cute to me when I can feel her moving while I'm holding or feeding Coen a bottle.  It's like she knows that he's in her space... or something.  It will be interesting to see their interaction once she's here.

The belly: Oh, it's firm, visible, large and in charge.  It's great!

What I'm loving: Getting some major progress done in the nursery, flipping our loft from a furniture haven to a play room and turning our basement from a storage space into an adult space with a craft area and sewing table.  It's very fun.  A lot of work, but it's coming together really well!

What I miss: Drinking beer and enjoying a happy hour here and there.  I'm not saying that's the only thing I miss, I'm just saying that sometimes, I wish I could hit up a happy hour for a couple beers on these summer nights.  This is my second summer in a row being pregnant or nursing and family just takes priority over those sorts of events.  I look forward to this fall, sitting on our patio and enjoying a beer or two.  That will be a good time and well deserved, in my opinion.

Symptoms: As I've stated before, my face is breaking out far more than last time, my bone pelvic is shifted and very painful, my food cravings/needs are a little different and almost non-existent, I'm less swollen this time and I don't have heartburn nearly as often.  So, all in all, it's been pretty identical to my last pregnancy and I really don't buy into those wives tales about pregnancies being different for the genders.  That's not to say that I haven't had many dreams about this girl being a boy... but thankfully, I've had that confirmed, so I do know differently than my dreams.

The nursery: This my friends, is really coming together and I'm thrilled.  I'll have an update about this very soon.

What's different/thesame this time: The biggest difference? Just having a toddler to tote around while being pregnant.  It's not complaining, it's just a new dynamic and makes some days a little harder to get through than the others.  I'll be curious to see how it all works out after the baby is born.  I'm nervous about this transition, but know that it will just work out.  Still doesn't stop me from worrying, but still...

What I'm lookingforward to: I'm looking forward to not being pregnant for a while.  I like being pregnant and I don't mind it, but I'm just a little tired of how long I've been pregnant.  It will be done soon and it will take time to heal, but I'm looking forward to not being pregnant.  Oh and this feeling doesn't mean that I won't be pregnant again.  I'm planning on going down this road in another year or more.  Just a little worn out lately.

Best moment of theweek: Hearing Coen trying to say so many new words and spending time with just him.  I miss him like crazy and get sad when I don't get to spend as much time with him as my husband does, but it's the way it goes. This week, he tried to say "pumpkin" & "apple".  Very sweet.

Last appointmentdetails: I think I already wrote this in my last post (30 weeks), but basically, I'm measuring right on track and my last appointment was the last of my monthly appointments.  I'm graduated to 2 week appointments... which is wild because those sure start to make it feel like it's coming to an end, really quickly.  I know that I have 2 months, but still.  Crap, almost 2 months to the day (Sunday would be 2 months EXACTLY to my due date)!

Next appointment: My appointment is Thursday, July 5th.  I'm looking forward to this because this is supposed to be time that we actually get to schedule my c-section!  Yipppee!!


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