30 weeks! It’s a milestone!

What’s going on this week:

Your baby’s about 15.7 inches long now, and she weighs almost 3 pounds (like a head of cabbage). A pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds her, but that volume will decrease as she gets bigger and takes up more room in your uterus. Her eyesight continues to develop, though it’s not very keen; even after she’s born, she’ll keep her eyes closed for a good part of the day. When she does open them, she’ll respond to changes in light but will have 20/400 vision — which means she can only make out objects a few inches from her face. (Normal adult vision is 20/20.)

My Update:

Due Date: November 4, 2011 – 70 days to go!  (in other words, exactly 10 weeks…wonder if he’ll come sooner or later?)

Weight Gain: +16 lbs from pre-preg weight.

Symptoms:  I can pretty much pee on command.  Even if I just went.  I can go again.  And I think I had my first Braxton Hicks contraction!  Scott and I were out walking one evening and my whole belly got very tight and then after about 15-20 seconds it started to relax again.  That’s the only one I think I’ve had so far….at least that I’ve noticed.

Cravings/Aversions:  Still crushed ice.  And the other night, just as we were laying down to sleep I wanted orange juice really bad.  I didn’t get up and get it though, because drinking OJ right before laying down sounds like a recipe for heartburn if you ask me, and I’ve managed to avoid that uncomfortable symptom completely, so far – no need to tempt fate.

Sleep:  OK….I notice that on Thursday nights, after we’ve gone to our childbirth class, and talked and discussed a lot of baby-related things for a couple of hours, (both in the class and then Scott and I by ourselves at dinner afterwards) my mind is buzzing, and I fall asleep fine, but tend to wake up after a couple of hours and have trouble turning my brain off.  Thankfully we’ve only got one more childbirth class left, and so I expect that after that, my normal sleep habits will resume.

I am loving:  Working from home has been great so far.  Especially since we’ve been having record breaking heat day in and day out….not having to go out in it every single day has been so nice.  I’m feeling very lucky!

I miss:  Being able to take a full breath without really concentrating on it.  This baby is definitely getting bigger and sometimes he is positioned in such a way that I can barely catchy my breath if I am sitting or all all scrunched up.  It’s a really strange sensation.

Movement:  Still good!  Lots of kicks, and I *think* he’s still head down, considering where I feel the hardest and most frequent kicks (off to my far right side).

Nursery progress:  No change this week.

Exercise:  We branched out and went for a bike ride this week instead of walking.  As Scott said about 3/4 of the way through, “Try to enjoy this ride, because it’s your last one.”  I think he was feeling pretty nervous about my bike riding abilities while pregnant and was envisioning a bad crash and towards the end of the ride was fully convinced it was a bad idea to begin with.  I don’t have that great of a track record with bike riding, but it was a pretty easy ride and I did fine.  The worst part was kind of being hunched over on the bike…the belly doesn’t smush like it used to, so  that was kind of uncomfortable.  All in all, I’m not upset to not get back on the bike until after this kiddo is born.  We’ll stick with walking , or the stationary recumbent bike that’s in the air conditioning.

Looking forward to:  Still the Houston baby shower!  And on this Sunday I’m having a girls day out that should be a blast!

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