34 weeks

What’s new with the baby?
At less than two months to go, he weighs in at about 4.2 pounds to 5.8 pounds and measures about 17.2 to 18.7 inches.  Watch what you say! Your curious baby is listening in to your conversations at 34 weeks — and might enjoy a lullaby or two — so go ahead and sing to him. Some say that baby will recognize songs mom sings while he’s in the womb, and may even be more easily soothed by them if he’s used to them once he’s on the “outside.” At week 34, you might breathe a little easier, since baby may descend lower into your pelvis and give your lungs some space. (Ahh!) Of course, some babies don’t do this until the day they’re born, so we’re not making any guarantees. The pitfall of this descent, of course, is even more pressure on your bladder, so be prepared to make even more trips to the ladies room over the coming weeks.
Food comparison this week is…
 
How am I feeling?
OK-ish.  The baby is really low down, so that’s good, but it’s making me feel like my pelvic bones are already shifting….I am definitely waddling now when I walk because of all that low-down pressure.  It’s  a noticeable change..I am moving pretty darn slowly now and am having all sorts of weird aches and pains.  The baby is still moving a bunch, so that’s good, and is very fond of pushing his butt out, just to the right of my bellybutton, so I look quite lopsided from my overhead perspective.
Today is Urijah’s first day of preschool – he is there right now!!  He did really well at drop-off, for his first day, but Mom didn’t hold up as well as I had hoped.  SO emotional!  I wanted to really keep it together and had pumped myself up for it, but, all my pep-talking was no match for my hormones.  I said goodbye real quick and reminded him that I would be back to get him after he ate lunch, and he was heading off to check out some trucks, so I got out of there where Scott did the final goodbye and reassurance.  I’m planning to get there a few minutes early so I can watch him in his class on the video monitor for a couple of minutes before going in to get him.  Just to see how he’s doing.
Weight gain?

Up 23 lbs.  So, still hanging around the same mark…

What do I miss?  What am I looking forward to?
I never realized how many times a day I get on and off the floor.  I really miss being able to do that without propping myself up on something and rocking back to gain momentum and grunting.  It’s all very ladylike.  And I’m thrilled we got that super dense carpet upstairs…it’s way more comfortable sitting on the floor of U’s room now!
In all honesty, I am looking forward to being done being pregnant.  This time has not been as easy as my first time and I’m tired of being uncomfortable and being limited in what I can do.  I have always heard women talk about  feeling like their body is not really their own, during pregnancy and I don’t think I really got it before now.  My first pregnancy I was fine to let the pregnancy take over and sort of put life on hold.  But this time, I can’t really do that..so trying to still keep going with the days as usual is way more challenging and I’m ready to move on to the next stage of having the baby out of my body and feeling like myself again.
Preparedness?

The infant car seat, bouncy seat and floor play mat have all been pulled out.  I washed the covers on the car seat and bouncy seat and got them both reassembled.  They are now ready to go, just hanging out in the baby’s room.  Most of the baby clothes have been washed and are ready to go…and I saw the box of bottles and the drying rack and all that in the closet, but I left it in there for now.  We’re keeping all fingers tightly crossed for a more successful breastfeeding run this time…if we can avoid having to buy formula and wash bottles non stop, we’ll all be happier!  (But if not, we’ve got all that stuff on hand…just in case.)

As soon as we get the pictures hung up in U’s room, we can take pictures of everything and show them off!  He seems to have made the transition to his new room with no issues at all.  He’s been in it for about 4 or 5 nights now and is still sleeping just fine at nighttime and for naps.  So…that was easy?

Highlights of the week?

I wouldn’t really call it a highlight, but it’s a funny story, so I’ll share.  Yesterday it was in the 40’s here and SUPER windy.  We were finishing taking down all the Christmas decorations and so U and I went out front to pull the lights off the bushes real quick.  I was just wearing shorts and a tank top inside the house, so I pulled on this long brown cardigan sweater and some shoes and we went outside.  I got the lights off of one bush and when I started on the second, I heard U saying “Mama! Mama!” over and over.  I didn’t turn around, but asked him what he wanted, and he just kept saying it, so I finally turned around and saw him pointing across the street.  He has gotten out his big blue bouncy ball from the container on the porch and the wind has snagged it and blown it across the street.  By the time I looked it was already 2 houses down.  I don’t know what I was thinking, but I just said “Oh no!  Mama will get it.  Stay here!” and took off after it.  I started with just a fast walk, but the wind kept gusting and blowing it farther and farther, so I jogged a  bit.  It blew back to our side of the street, but was rolling faster and faster and I was getting farther and farther away from the house (where my 2 year old was just left in the front yard!), so I realized I needed to run.  So I sprinted.  I had to run all the way into the neighborhood behind ours…about a quarter of a mile in all!  FOR A $2 BALL  Once I got it, I had to walk back home (because I was out of breath and running was just a bad idea in general) and I was so embarrassed that I was out there in that ridiculous (and weather inappropriate) outfit, that cars kept going by.  I just kept my head down the whole way.  And as I got close to our house, I was scanning to see where U was (knowing that he can open the front door and that he might have gone inside since it was so cold, but also knowing that he wouldn’t leave the yard or go into the street – that’s just not his personality) and finally I saw him…sitting on the front porch step with his hands in his lap.  Just patiently waiting.  God, I love that kid.  He makes me laugh!  So, the ball was safely returned, but I felt awful for the rest of the day.  So I tried to take it easy, and relax..today I feel much better, so all’s well that ends well.  But next time, some other kid might be really happy when they find a free blue ball bouncing around in their yard.

Belly pic: 

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One Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Sherry
    Jan 07, 2014 @ 11:35:19

    Love you Julie! I’m really wanting to hold a new baby… Just a few more weeks…