In two months or so, we’ll be parents!
Part of me can’t believe we’ll be meeting BH so soon, and part of me is super excited. After lots of learning and preparations this month, I think we can finally say we feel pretty ready!
BH already has such a personality, moving and kicking constantly (or so it seems). I have a funny feeling he or she is going to take after me and have A LOT of energy, character and attitude. We still have no idea if it’s a boy or a girl, and still don’t care, but we definitely catch ourselves wondering a little more often.
Because we kept the pregnancy a secret until the halfway point, so many people tell us they feel as though it’s gone by super fast. I’d have to say we agree – until it was out in the open, it definitely didn’t feel real. It’s funny to watch people’s faces when they see my belly, though, and they ask “how far along ARE you?!” because they assume we announced the pregnancy at the typical 12-week mark. SURPRISE!
The week-by-week breakdown:
Week 26 – Sometime starting around Christmas (week 24), Braxton Hicks contractions started! I didn’t know what they were at first – I just noticed my belly getting rock hard every now and then. They’re not painful at all, and only noticeable if I happen to touch my belly. It’s neat my body is already preparing for labour.
Week 27 – This week, I got the results of my gestational diabetes test back and everything was fine, so that was good news. I wasn’t worried – just curious. I had no idea developing diabetes while pregnant was so common! To say I’ve learned a lot this pregnancy is a huge understatement. We also had a doctor’s appointment and learned that the baby is head down, with its back on my right side and its limbs on my left. That explains all the crazy movement we’ve felt on my left!
Another interesting development this week – the trips to the bathroom have increased again, especially at night (sometimes four times)! It seemed to subside in my second trimester a bit, but is back with a vengeance now. I’m also trying to drink 2.5 litres of water a day, which isn’t helping.
Week 28 – We did our pre-natal class this week! It was super informative and helpful, and we left feeling way more prepared. There were lots of opportunities to ask questions, and we both took a ton of notes. I think the best part was getting a better idea of my birth preferences, and knowing more about what to expect during labour and post-natal.
At our class, most of the women (there were seven other couples) were further along than me (some up to 35 weeks), but I was by far the biggest. We got a chuckle out of that! It definitely seems as though I got big earlier than most women do. I also noticed I seemed to be the only one dealing with constant kicks during the class – BH didn’t stop moving the entire day!
Week 29 – I had my Halifax baby shower this week! It was terrific. My mom hosted, and my sister did a white and gold theme with the decor, and did an amazing job. My cousin handled the games, and a few people pitched in on the salad bar and sundae bar. The best part was having almost every woman I care about there! Only a couple people couldn’t make it. BH was completely spoiled. I’ll post more about the baby showers after the Ottawa one.
Also new this week – baby hiccups! They feel like a muscle twitching, which is so weird. But I’m very glad the baby is practicing breathing.
Week 30 – I think this is the point when I started to get really excited. We’re both feeling a little more at ease, like we’re prepared, and are super excited to meet BH. We talk a lot about how we have no idea how we’re going to adjust to calling the baby by an actual name, rather than just BH – it’s really stuck! We still have no idea what we’re going to name the baby, which I did not expect – I figured by this point we’d have nailed it down to a boy name and a girl name, but we’ve decided we’re pretty sure we’ll wait to meet the little guy/gal first. We’re still open to name suggestions, if you have them!
I also realized that 30 weeks means I’m 3/4 or 75% of the way through the pregnancy. Holy!
Week 31 – This week, I started struggling with simple things like walking (each step is so much effort!), climbing stairs, putting on my boots, getting in and out of the car, and bending over to pick things up. These little things have been tricky for a while, but this week I can officially say I felt really pregnant. It seems I get out of breath just sitting in my desk chair! I am also waddling, for sure. I can’t help it! It’s kind of hilarious.
We had another doctor’s appointment and ultrasound this week, and everything still looks great. At the ultrasound, they estimated BH was almost 5 lbs, which is 2 weeks or 1.5 lbs ahead of average! That was kind of cool to hear, even if it is only an estimate.
How far along: 31 weeks, 5 days
Baby is the size of a: Coconut!
Weight gain: 12.5 lbs so far. I’m bracing myself for lots more in these final two months, though! I was worried my weight gain was low, but the doctor says it’s perfect. Lord knows I’m eating enough!
Maternity clothes: Almost all maternity clothes. I am so grateful for two girlfriends who loaned me all theirs! They’ve been a huge blessing.
Symptoms: Waddling, minor heartburn, more trips to the bathroom at night… normal things! I guess getting out of breath so easily is a symptom too.
Movement: So much! The kicks are stronger than ever, and a couple have been pretty uncomfortable. I can tell it’s getting a bit cramped in there for the baby – he or she is growing fast!
Sleep: There was a rocky patch this past month where I didn’t sleep well for about a week, but I seem to be over that now. It was likely stress-related and not pregnancy-related, thankfully! I still don’t like the Snoogle. I might be the only pregnant woman on the planet who doesn’t adore it. Go figure!
What I miss: Moving around easily. Everything is a challenge now – going up stairs, putting things away, getting up off the couch… it’s just harder to do regular things I used to do without thinking. I’m not complaining, just observing – my body is growing a human, as My Other Half likes to remind me!
Cravings: Still no cravings or aversions! This is a super common question I get. My appetite has without a doubt increased though. I can eat so much!
Moment of the month: My Halifax shower, for sure! It was really special. I have such amazing women in my life, who already love BH so much.
Most excited about: Meeting the baby! I can’t wait to see this little person we created together, who is half of each of us. Don’t worry, though – I’m going to enjoy the next two months pre-baby!
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