Does anyone else agree that this pregnancy is flying by ridiculously fast? I mean, not that long ago we found out we were having a baby, and now we’re about 2 months out. According to one of my registries, we have less than 55 days to go, and it could be sooner if he decides to make a little early appearance… hopefully not too early though!
Pregnancy is so funny. For so long, I felt so unprepared and scared (but excited too!), and now I feel much more content. Literally, nothing has changed, but for whatever reason, I feel better and less stressed about becoming a mom. Everyone says “you’ll figure it out,” and I sure hope they are right.
We’ve taken a childbirth class, which seriously did not ease my fears of labor and delivery, but at least we learned a lot of helpful tips. Then we took a CPR class. It focused on infants and adults, which was really great because I’ve never taken a CPR class before. Jacob had taken one many, many years ago, but it was a nice refresher, and he said some things definitely changed since the last time he took the class. We also ventured off to the breastfeeding class, and of course, Jacob went with me (a little reluctantly of course).
Jacob has been really great throughout this entire pregnancy, and I’m incredibly thankful. I’m very independent (except when it comes to calling people to make appointments) and I like to do things myself, but sometimes I can’t, and he’s always there to help out even without me asking because I am admittedly a bit hardheaded at times. He’s been able to come to all of my appointments, which I don’t think is the norm because every time we leave the doctor’s office, there’s never any men with the pregnant ladies in the waiting room. Luckily, he has a great job that allows him to take off if he needs to as long as his work doesn’t get too crazy. I’m very thankful for that flexibility!
Here’s a little update on what’s been going on:
We had the 32 week ultrasound just this week, and everything still looks great! Baby B is very, very active, and he’s already head down, which I pretty much figured, since it feels like he kicks me very high these days. I read somewhere that this week he may be a little less active due to a growth spurt, but so far, he’s kicking away like crazy, which I love because I know he’s okay in there!
The biggest thing we were checking for during the ultrasound was the location of my placenta. When I had the 18 week ultrasound, the tech said my placenta was anterior, and the doctor said it was “low lying” but thankfully wasn’t placenta previa. I don’t think I shared any of that before in my blog posts, but the doctor said the placenta should stretch up later in the pregnancy as my belly grew. So at my ultrasound the other day, he was checking for that, and just like he said, it’s totally fine and out of the way! Phew! If it wouldn’t have moved like he suspected it would have, then I would for sure have a c-section, but for now, everything is good!
How far along? 32 weeks 6 days
Size of a? jicama (whatever that is) – He is 3lbs 14 ounces according to the ultrasound. Not sure about the length.
Due date? May 1, 2018
Gender? It’s a BOY!
Weight gain so far? 17 pounds. I’m always SO stressed about my weight right before the appointment, and I think I just need to stop worrying so much about it. This week, the doctor said I’m doing great weigh-wise and he isn’t worried at all about it. Phew! I knew I had eaten a large number of cupcakes after my baby shower (more on that soon), plus we had crawfish one day, so yeah, not the healthiest of calories to consume.
Exercise? Still walking when the weather is nice. The doctor said that was great, and it was strictly to help me breathe during labor. I’m so glad he said it like that because I probably would have felt like he was saying I was getting fat… haha!
Maternity clothes? I’ve finally started wearing maternity pants. I figured I made it to 31 weeks without them, so that was pretty good, right?! I wore regular jeans the other day to my appointment and yikes, no more of those. So yeah, it’s definitely a change, but I’m getting used to the maternity pants now. I feel like the belly band in them fits me better now than it did before, so it’s less bothersome.
Sleep? I’ve been sleeping really great for the most part. I battled some hip pain several weeks ago, but I bought a mattress topper and started using pillows up against my back, and it helped out SO much.
Food cravings? Still not really any cravings although I would really like some fried okra one day. HA!
Movement? He’s head down and kicks my ribs a lot. Thankfully, it hasn’t been too painful. Sometimes it’s a bit annoying though when it happens over and over and over again, but at least he’s having fun in there.
What I miss? Sleeping on my back. Duh.
What I’m loving? Just being able to continue life as normal as possible. I feel great and really cannot complain about anything! I’m so, so thankful for such an easy pregnancy so far, and I really hope it continues to be such a breeze.
What I’m looking forward to? Right now, we are having our floors changed in our house, so everything is very chaotic at home. The bedrooms and garage are full of SO MUCH STUFF, but it’s going to be 1000% worth it once the floors are finished. We decided to get rid of the tile we had and put down hardwood instead throughout our living room, kitchen, dining room, breakfast room and master bedroom. All of those rooms (except the master) are connected, so it had to be the same type of flooring throughout or it would have looked weird. Our three bathrooms and laundry room are getting new tile that looks more like marble, and we love how it’s turned out! The wood and tile both look amazing, and we can’t wait to move back in. It’s going to feel like a brand new house, which it almost will be considering how much we’ve changed since we bought it 3.5 years ago. I’m planning a big blog post once everything is finished and we’re settled back in, so be on the lookout for that soon.
We’re also having our kitchen cabinets painted white, but our painter is on another job right now, so hopefully that will happen soon. It’s going to make such a HUGE difference to have white cabinets instead of that yellowy mess that’s currently in our kitchen, and the white is going to look so good next to the wood floors. I can’t wait to see it all complete!
The nursery is also finished! BUT, now it’s full of everything from our master bedroom and closets, so it’s a wreck. I totally didn’t take any pictures of it after I finished it, so once that’s back in order, I’ll be sharing his cute room. It’s totally different than what nurseries normally look like, but that’s exactly what I wanted! Sometime unique, but comfortable… boyish, but masculine, too! I’m pretty sure I went way over my initial budget, but at least the room is fun, cozy and has a special theme just for us. More on that soon, I promise!!
Many, many thanks to my mom for letting us stay at her house while the floors are being installed. Due to the dust, I wasn’t able to stay home, so thankfully, my mom has been letting us have sleepovers for the past week and a half. She’s been so, so nice about it, and we’re really thankful!
Best moments of the past few weeks? Getting to see our baby even if it was just for a few minutes. He totally wouldn’t cooperate, so we didn’t really get to see his face much, and now I’m paranoid he has a ridiculously huge nose. HA! We got some images of his boy parts, but I’ll refrain from posting them on here. I’m sure he’ll appreciate that later! 😉
We also felt baby hiccups for the first time. It was SO crazy. I thought he was kicking me over and over, but it was a little too consistent, so we think it was hiccups. Too cute!
And… my baby shower a couple of weeks ago was so incredible. We were blessed with so many wonderful and much needed gifts, and I’m so thankful to everyone that came to celebrate our sweet little boy. I have a blog post coming soon all about it with a ton of pictures included. I just have to finish writing thank you cards first. 🙂
Words of wisdom? I really do not have much “wisdom” to share, but try not to Google everything! It usually doesn’t help and only makes you more worried or paranoid about things. I try very hard to stay away from Google as much as possible when it comes to pregnancy stuff, but sometimes I just “need” to look something up. Just don’t convince yourself that everything is falling apart because of what you read online. Go by what your doctor says. He/she knows best! 🙂
I can’t believe this pregnancy is getting so close to being over. I need to start reading books about what to do with him once he gets here. That’s going to be my goal this month!
Candi Heard McFatter says
Beautifully written, as always! It is flying by, I agree!!! SO looking forward to these last few weeks!! You’re always welcome to stay with me! Love you! 💙💙💙