It is absolutely crazy to me that I will be 30 weeks tomorrow, yet I cannot imagine having to wait another 10 weeks to meet our sweet Archer. It doesn’t help that the last few weeks have been freakishly cold, and, in true Florida-girl form, I’ve been hiding out inside. Cabin fever to the max.
How far along: 30 weeks tomorrow.
Total weight gain: It’s been almost 3 weeks since my last appointment, so I really have no idea. I’m strategically writing this post before my doctor’s appointment tomorrow afternoon.
Baby’s size: This week, baby is the size of a large cabbage! (Almost 3lbs and 15.7 inches long)
Maternity clothes: Almost exclusively. All of my pre-pregnancy tops are too short, so much so that I’ve found myself borrowing tshirts from Aaron every once and a while.
Stretch marks: None yet. Hoping they don’t sneak attack me at the end!
Sleep: I’m still taking a Benadryl every night before I go to bed. That usually helps me fall asleep quickly after my 3-4 bathroom trips in the middle of the night.
Best moment of this week: Florida State won the BSC Championship on Monday night! Totally unrelated to Archer, but it was definitely the best moment of the week (or month or year, if we weren’t having a kid). Other good moments: We’ve made some progress on the nursery, which is really exciting! When my mom was here, we got the room painted (no more drowning in beige). The glider, lamp, bookshelf, and sign for his wall are all in place. There’s still a lot to do, but every bit of progress is so exciting! I also got his coming home outfit in the mail yesterday, and it is just about the most adorable thing ever. Nothing fancy… Just a onesie, comfy pants, and a sweet little cardigan, but it made it so much more real! I’m having a baby. And they’re going to let me take him home with me. And he’s going to live with us forever! (Okay, hopefully not forever.)
Miss anything: My leg cramps have gotten a lot better, so I’m very thankful for that! I think I’m in the perpetually uncomfortable stage. Poor Aaron has to deal with me readjusting myself every 2 minutes whether we’re watching TV or trying to sleep. While I wouldn’t choose the discomfort, I know it could be much, much worse. I can sleep at night, I haven’t had much heartburn, nausea only comes once in a blue moon, so I guess I can deal with a little bit of discomfort for another 10 weeks.
Movement: Constant movement, and I love it! He’s definitely running out of room in there because my lungs feel squished more often than not. If you see me sitting on a couch (my favorite hobby these days) and completely out of breath, that’s why.
Food cravings: Clementines… I usually eat 5-6 a day. Also, Krispy Kreme donuts. The creme filled ones. Whoopsies.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Still dealing with motion sickness when I go places… I’ve started taking Bonine, which helps it a lot, and it makes me a lot less drowsy than Dramamine.
Gender: Surprise! It’s a boy. But seriously, I don’t know why I’m still answering this question.
Labor signs: I think I had a few contractions on Monday night after FSU won the game. There was a lot of jumping and anxiety. Strangely, they didn’t hurt, but my stomach did get really, really hard a couple of times.
Belly button in or out: Still half and half. And still weird.
Wedding rings on or off: On! I haven’t noticed any swelling yet (I think it helps that I’m not pregnant in the middle of the summer!), so I’m hoping it stays that way. I don’t know what I’ll do if I get to the point where I can’t fit into my boots. God only knows I don’t need another reason to stay inside for the next 10 weeks.
Happy or moody most of the time: Happy, a touch of snarky (sorry babe), and exhausted. I could sleep for 12 hours pretty much anytime of the day/night.
Looking forward to: Some sweet friends are throwing me a baby shower on the 18th! Opening presents in front of people gives me a little bit of anxiety, but it will be fun to have everyone together for brunch! It’s just another thing that makes all of this so real!
One last thing I have to share for this update is some of the maternity pictures that Aaron and I took using our handy-dandy tripod and remote. It was FREEZING and crazy windy, so we were only able to bear it for about 15 minutes. (Someone was being a big baby, but I won’t say any names.) I just wanted a few simple portraits to remember these last few days with just the two of us… Even though I feel quite like a whale. And no, I’m not fishing for compliments… I’ve had so much encouragement from sweet friends over the last few months, but that doesn’t change the fact that I have to muster every ounce of strength to roll in and out of bed each night & morning. Here are a couple of my favorites!