I remember wearing this dress and starting to hate life around this time. Oh the memories...
How far along: 34 weeks. (From the Bump) Watch what you say! Your curious baby is listening in to your conversations at 34 weeks -- and might enjoy a lullaby or two -- so go ahead and sing to him. Some say that baby will recognize songs mom sings while he’s in the womb, and may even be more easily soothed by them if he’s used to them once he’s on the “outside.” At week 34, you might breathe a little easier, since baby may descend lower into your pelvis and give your lungs some space. (Ahh!) Of course, some babies don’t do this until the day they’re born, so we’re not making any guarantees. The pitfall of this descent, of course, is even more pressure on your bladder, so be prepared to make even more trips to the ladies room over the coming weeks. At less than two months to go, he weighs in at about 4.2 pounds to 5.8 pounds and measures about 17.2 to 18.7 inches.
How big is baby: The size of a Butternut Squash.
Weight gain/loss: I'm 21 lbs up, but feeling great considering I'm almost 19 lbs behind where I was this time last time. With Coen, like I said last time... I had gained 40 lbs. This time, I'm not nearly that close, but I'm thankful and hopeful that in the next 5 weeks I will not gain much more. Over the last week, I have only fluctuated about a pound, so that's good!
Maternity clothes: Yes.
Stretch marks: Yes, unfortunately they are really spreading. I might share that beauty here in the next update. Thought about instagraming it, but haven't gotten around to it yet. I'm still moisturizing like it's my job, but that can only help so much.
Sleep: I sleep like a log. Lights are out and I'm out until the monitor goes off and then I'm up with a jolt! It's been really nice to have our baby sleeping through the night and sometimes longer than we expect. Really, really nice way to wrap up this pregnancy. I miss co-sleeping, but it's just too hard to pull that off anymore. We had to do it last weekend for a wedding and it was really cute and nice, but because he's bigger and older... he flips and moves all over the place. At one point, his foot was in my mouth. Weirdo.
Diet/Cravings/Aversions: I just can't eat as much as I used to and that's okay. I still REALLY enjoy food, but I have issues with getting a lot of it down. I'm just running out of room.
Exercise: Chasing around Coen is good enough right now.
Gender: Still a baby girl.
Movement: Yes, she's kicking and grooving around. She gets the hiccups a lot and now that I know what they feel like (because a nurser pointed it out when I was at labor & delivery a couple weeks ago) I'm noticing them more and more. It's cute. She's not as active as she was a few weeks ago, but I believe because we are running out of room.
The belly: It's there. No denying that I'm pregnant.
What I'm loving: I'm loving my lack of weight gain. I'm loving that I can still see my ankles and I love how active Coen is. He's really a lot of fun right now and it's very fun to watch him and see his little personality continue to develop!
What I miss: I miss not being pregnant. I just wish that I was faster and able to bend and do more with Coen right now and I can't. It will be NO TIME before I can, but still... just wish I was more mobile.
Symptoms: A few new things here. First, my acne has cleared up significantly since the beginning of this pregnancy. Second (which might be me over-sharing and potentially TMI, but I'm just going to go with it...), I've been experiencing some increase bacterial infections. Not cool and not fun. But I believe that it's a result of my sex drive that has been heightened this time around, especially in these last few weeks. It's a little strange because I'm pregnant and it's increased, but it's working for us. I didn't have this with my last pregnancy, but it's definitely here now. Sorry, I know. Over-sharing to it's max.
The nursery: Last weekend, I had some help with clearing out this room and making it look like a nursery. It felt great to get some work done in there and like I was sharing this weekend, you can actually see the floor in there which is something else, for sure!
The reveal of the dresser and it's fixings. Don't worry, Coen has tested all the drawers and they do work. I also have plans for art work to go above the dresser but it won't be done for a couple weeks now.
What's different/the same this time: I talked more about this in my symptoms section above and over the last few weeks, my updates here would've been something about my hip or the fact that I'm toting around Coen and pregnant. I'm not sure what happened over this last week, but I really feel good. I feel great almost all of the time. I get tired easily and I get dehydrated easily too, but all in all, I feel really good. My hip hurt a lot, last weekend, when we were out of town for the wedding. It was the bed we were sleeping on and just being uncomfortable in the car for too long, but those are all normal things. That hip pain was probably the worse I had had so far, but it's gone now. Being home and with my body pillow has really helped!
What I'm looking forward to: This week, I'm looking forward to purchasing my new lens! I'm trading in my kit lens (18-55mm) for a 35mm 1.8! I'm looking forward to this because it will be so much easier for me to take pictures of Coen in low lit areas and it will be fun to just have a new lens to work with.
Best moment of the week: We attended a wedding in the country and it was a blast. Coen did really well and actually had a lot of fun. I think his ears were ringing from being on the dance floor so much, but we all were enjoying ourselves that we just went with what worked. The best part for Coen was when the waitress offered him a whole cup of ice cream and he ate the whole thing! It was cute because once it was gone, he starred down into the cup like... "Ut oh, it's all gone. Where do I get more?" He was flexible with who held him and even let the bride dance with him a bit. She's not a stranger though, as she was the one person that watched him in his EARLY months of life before we got a sitter. He doesn't see her much, but is just a little unfamiliar. He was really happy though and willing to do whatever which was nice.
We (Coen and I) also spent the latter part of the week together so that his dada could go to a music festival in Dover, Delaware. It was great to get texts from S. telling me how much fun he was having. I'm glad for him because he's literally given up his whole summer to spend time with Coen and hasn't complained once. So, this festival thing (Firefly Music Festival) was a good thing for him! I'm so jealous of the bands that he got to see, but that's okay... Next year we plan to do something like this together, just to experience it together.
This is my monkey, thinking that he's hilarious. Climbing in and out of the bouncy chair was hilarious for him and he loved every second of it.
This is Coen with his night time crew that he sleeps with. Granted, he might play with them for a second, but doesn't usually cuddle up to any of them once he's asleep. Still really cute.
Last appointment details: Everything looked good. I had told her about going to L&D and how they just sent me home and told me I was dehydrated, but she said that was pretty normal. I'm trying to drink water all the time, but sometimes, it's just not that easy. I have these hospital jugs throughout the house, but that doesn't seem to help. I'll get there. I'm measuring spot on, my weight is good and the baby's heartbeat was great! All good things. I go for my 36 week appointment and then I'll be going weekly! Crazy!
Hospital jug, locked and loaded at work.
Next appointment: My next appointment is on August 3rd.