Sooooo, how is it possible that today is October 1st already? I feel as though I was just sitting at my parent’s dining room table and announcing my New Year’s resolutions. And now, I’m only weeks away from seeing one of those resolutions (to become a mom) come true.
Thirty-one weeks sure goes by quickly…
The first trimester dragged by slower than black-strap molasses oozing out of a jar, so I convinced myself that I had all the time in the world to get things done. Then I blinked, and suddenly I was smack-dab in the middle of my 3rd trimester. Yet the funny thing is that the closer I inch towards my due-date (the day before Thanksgiving), the calmer I feel about getting things done.. And I find myself being okay with what doesn’t get completed in time. Either pregnancy has taught me to better take life in stride, or maybe I’m just a little too tired to stress out about organizing closets and wiping down all of the cabinets in my kitchen. 😉
I’d like to think that it’s a little bit of both.
I’ve yet to experience the much anticipated nesting stage, although I was stuck in the baking phase for weeks. Breads, cupcakes, cookies, and pies… You name it, I baked it. Fortunately, over the past few days, I’ve felt my sweet-tooth obsession slowly subside, and I wasn’t even tempted by these Pumpkin Oreo Cheesecakes that I made for my family the other night. My love of red meat, seafood, and pizza is still alive and strong, however. 🙂
Thirty-one weeks isn’t enough to break that obsession, apparently.
I’m still hoping for the day that I crave kale, but – so far – no luck with that.
My stomach has officially popped, and there is no denying the fact that I look pregnant. My doctor’s appointments are now bi-weekly, and – since entering the 3rd trimester – I’ve been putting on one pound a week. That brings me to a weight gain of 32 pounds so far, and I’ll probably land around a total of 40 pounds gained this pregnancy (as long as I can continue to keep the weight gain slow-and-consistent during this last trimester). It wasn’t my original goal, but I’m honestly happy with it!
Other than the anemia exhaustion (which seems to hit in staggered waves), I feel absolutely healthy and strong! No complaints here!
(Or very few complaints anyway…). 😉 I still only had swollen ankles that one time, so I’m pretty happy about that, not going to lie!
Baby Brady, on the other hand, is apparently now the size of a squash.
Since my due-date will be here before I know it, I’ve started to research pain-management techniques, including Lamaze breathing. Yes, I’m signed up for a childbirth class at my hospital, but they keep pushing my class out. It’s now scheduled for two weeks before my due date, so if Brady decides to come early… well… let’s just say that it will make for a humorous story someday. I’m really hoping that I make it to the class though, because the calm-breathing techniques tend to confuse me. I practiced one technique the other night – after watching a YouTube video- and then realized that I was feeling a bit light-headed from forcing myself to breathe so shallow and quick.
I’m no childbirth expert, but I’m pretty sure that means I was doing it wrong.
Since I wake up several times a night to pee, sleep isn’t deep and uninterrupted. I also usually wake up early every morning (around 5:30am) and can’t fall back asleep, which leads me to believe that my body is preparing me for having to wake up several times a night to feed Brady. 😉 Still, every once in awhile, I’m so tired that I wake up and it’s past 7am. I love those days! That being said, even if sleep isn’t quite as good as it used to be, I adore my comfy, body pillow! It makes sleeping on my side SO comfortable that I usually am content to just lie in bed and relax, even if I can’t exactly fall back to sleep.
Yeah, that body pillow was worth every single penny!
There were no embarrassing pregnancy moments this week… but the week isn’t over yet. 😉
One of my favorite moments was – after washing the clothes from my baby shower – I folded and put away the little onesies and footie pajamas. The outfits are really adorable and just looking at them makes me smile.
In less than two months, I’ll have a little baby to snuggle into those adorable pajamas! 🙂