8 weeks to go!
What’s happening with baby: Baby is gaining about half a pound a week. Baby will actually gain 1/3-1/2 of its birth weight over the next seven weeks. Baby is starting to lose the soft hair that has been covering its body and is growing real hair. Its hair and skin will be soft and smooth when it is born. Baby continues to be very active and holds nightly dance parties in my uterus. S/he is very active between 9 p.m. and 1 a.m. (not straight but in fits and spurts) but tends to be the most active as I’m trying to fall asleep, of course.
What’s happening with mama: Every time I add something to our little Target registry, my heart jumps in my chest a bit because there is a countdown to baby’s due date right at the top of the page. 54 days! Yikes! So soon! And we’re totally not prepared. But… on the bright side… I think we can get prepared pretty quickly once we’re ready to do that. (Our bedroom/mini nursery project is coming along rather slowly but I think we’re at a point where it’s going to start picking up speed, which is exciting.) That said, I’ve actually been getting a lot done. Call it nesting or what have you but the house is in pretty good shape otherwise and I am getting all of our rooms as organized as possible. It really makes keeping things clean and tidy much easier when everything has a place to go. I’ve discovered it’s kind of a must for me because I’m not the world best housekeeper. I’ve been making headway in that regard. This week, in addition to continuing to work on the bedroom, I’ve sorted and organized to donate or store a huge pile of E’s outgrown clothing. It feels great to have that taken care of! I unearthed all our our receiving blankets, sleep sacks, burp cloths and some preemie size prefold diapers while doing that. Now I just need to haul out the newborn tub and retrieve all our neutral newborn and 0-3 month clothing.
Physically I have been feeling really good but I’m definitely becoming more aware of the extra weight I am carrying around. Rolling over and getting up is not quite as easy as it used to be!Certain yoga poses are getting impossible simply because the belly is way too much in the way. I’ve also been having more difficulty sleeping. I’m having trouble falling asleep and then I get fidgety and can’t seem to get comfortable. I also tend to wake up a lot for no reason that I can tell, which is kind of funny because usually at this stage pregnant women are waking up to use the bathroom multiple times a night but not me.
What else? Still no stretch marks; I hate maternity pants; my belly button has gotten shallower, bras with underwire are the worst; no linea negra; and my skin is still nice and clear.
Baby Hunch: Papa Bear and I started a little baby guessing game/baby poll/baby pool over on babyhunch.com! Check out our page and you can guess what the baby will weigh, when it will arrive and much more!
Weight gained: 19 pounds.
Baby is the size of a: large jicama (which is apparently about 3 3/4 lb. and almost 17 inches long).