Pregnancy Journal #2: 32 Weeks

How far along: 32’ish week
Due date: Even though I’ve consistently been measuring a full week ahead, we are going with August 11th because I don’t want to feel pressure to induce earlier
Gender: BOY!! Still not sure on the name yet. We have it narrowed down and I definitely have a favorite, but I think we’ll wait and meet him first.
Size of baby: A head of lettuce, weighing in at almost 4 pounds
Weight gain: At my appointment last week it showed I had gained 31 pounds, which is how much I gained throughout my entire pregnancy with Asher Wade. Yikes! Still have 8 weeks to go too.
Maternity clothes: Oh yeah. And they have to be comfortable maternity clothes. I feel like I’m carrying around a little heater, so the less fabric on me, the better. I recently bought several summery dresses from Pink Blush Maternity that are made of super lightweight fabric, and they have been my favorite. I’ve had to retire most of my heels and wedges thanks to swollen feet.
Sleep: Not great, but not terrible. It’s starting to get a little harder to fall asleep, where before I was pretty much passing out as soon as I turned my Kindle off. Then a lot of nights I wake up once or twice to use the potty, or if I sleep all night I’ll end up waking up really early. I’m tired, but I know I’m about to be really tired in 8 weeks or so!
Movement: Yes, still lots of big movements, like he’s stretching in there or something. He often turns “sunnyside up” which is not a good feeling on my lower back, but I can usually get him to flip back around with some cat-cow yoga moves. Exercise puts him to sleep for awhile.
Cravings: Nothing out of the ordinary. I have noticed that my appetite has gone down, maybe because I don’t have as much room in my belly. Still loving sweets, like cakes and pastries. Lately I’ve been on this scone kick and our cafeteria at work happens to have some tasty ones, which is a good thing and a bad thing. Also craving protein. I love to have anything cold, like fruit (especially pineapple), frozen yogurt (I’ve even been sticking a Chobani Greek yogurt in the freezer for an afternoon snack most days) and popsicles. I’m eating a lot of cereal for dinner as well. Lunch tends to be my most well rounded and filling meal of the day. I’m not overly hungry in the evenings and like to just snack or have cereal.
Aversions: Not really anything in particular, but there are a lot of times where things that I normally love, just don’t sound good at all. I feel like I rotate 10 or so things, and I’m pretty content with that.
Symptoms: Well, I wouldn’t say I’m terribly uncomfortable, but I’m definitely not comfortable. He’s really bearing down and I have a lot of pressure in my lower belly and sometimes in my lower back. I’ve Google’d “premature labor” on multiple accounts. There’s been several times where I’ll be walking through the hallways at work and I have to stop and grab the wall because the pressure takes my breath away, and kind of scares me for a second. Still having a lot of Braxton Hicks, and often my belly gets so tight I have to lie down to get it to relax. The swelling in my feet has gotten a little worse, and I’m still having a lot of pain in my ankles, shins and calves, although it’s primarily on my left side. This is also the ankle where I have the most swelling and spider veins. I try to wear compression socks to bed at night, but they make me even hotter than I already am, so I usually end up stripping them off at some point during the night. They do help though. I sweat a lot more, probably a combo of carrying around a mini furnace and the fact that it’s getting hotter outside. I’m also so tired as of late, and I don’t think this is entirely due to my inconsistent sleep. Yesterday at work I literally had to shut my door and lay my head down on my desk for a little bit. I contemplated going to my car, turning the AC on and taking a nap. I literally struggle to keep my eyes open. Otherwise though, just peachy, lol! Believe it or not, I’m still going strong at Orangetheory Fitness 4-5x per week. I’ve completely retired the treadmill, but I use the strider or spin bike and am still using the rower and doing most of the weight training, with a few modifications. Staying active makes me feel so much better.
What I miss: Wine and sleeping on my belly. I’ve treated myself to my allotted 4 ounces a few times so far and it was fabulous. I also miss being able to jog outside, or even walk more than 10 minutes for that matter, without the stupid pain in my ankles and shins. And I miss being able to get dressed and put my shoes on with minimal effort!
What I’m looking forward to: We have three showers this month that I am looking forward to. I know…how blessed are we?!
Best moment of the week: The 4-D ultrasound we got last week was pretty awesome. They even gave us some short little videos, which were really neat. Also happy to see a healthy, growing baby.
Thoughts on pregnancy: Well, it’s no secret that this pregnancy has been a lot harder than it was with Asher Wade. I remember when I was pregnant with him, particularly towards the end, and as excited as I was to finally meet him, I was so sad at the thought of not being pregnant anymore. I just loved it so much and never really felt uncomfortable. This go around? I would be perfectly happy if this baby came early. Like, really early. I mean, obviously his development and health is of utmost importance, but I’m just over being pregnant. I’m trying to enjoy it since this is likely my last baby, but it’s getting harder. I’m just ready to hold him, but in my arms instead:-)
Here are some pics…

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