Size of baby: Baby is the size of a honeydew melon.
Gender: Baby girl!
Weight Gain: About 24 pounds so far.
Symptoms: I feel like a lot has changed in the last two weeks. I went from feeling great to not so great and then back to okay again. Two weeks ago, I had the worst heartburn I have ever felt. It was so bad it kept me up most of the night and I had to sleep elevated so that I was not in as much pain. It lasted for a few days before I felt normal again. The good news is that it is mostly better, but I still will have random spells of heartburn. My doctor also told me that the numbness and stiffness I have been feeling in my hands when I sleep is because I have Carpal Tunnel. The swelling in my hands is creating extra pressure on my nerves which triggers the Carpal Tunnel. Fun stuff. Speaking of swelling, my hands and feet are starting to swell some and I am no longer wearing my wedding ring. Also, my back has been hurting more because of the weight of this belly. Not trying to complain just trying to be real. Overall though, I can't complain too much since I really have not had any major symptoms.
Signs of Labor: The other day my braxton hicks contractions turned into more painful contractions. I had a few stronger contractions within an hour. But they went away when I fell asleep and I have not had any signs since.
Movement: All the time. I feel her most shortly after I wake up when I am sitting on the couch and usually before bed. When I went to the doctor on the 7th, he told me that she is still head down and she is really low. He also said that she feels small, but I am not sure how much he can tell just by feeling. Her feet are on the left side of my stomach and I can feel her pushing on my stomach all the time. Sometimes it hurts a little, so I push back to get her to stop pushing, ha. Her movements are so big lately though and it is so cool to feel.
Sleep: Oh sleep. I wish. I have been trying to go to bed somewhat early so that I can get the most sleep as possible. I usually have a little trouble falling asleep, but then I will sleep for a sold few hours. But usually in the early morning, like 3ish, I wake up to go to the bathroom and I toss and turn for a few hours before I fall back to sleep. Richard's alarm usually goes off around 6am and somedays I will end up being up for the rest of the day and somedays I will fall back asleep no problem and sleep until at least 8am. Since my sleep has been so off, I have been taking a lot more naps during the day. I barely make it through a day without a nap these days, but I figure I may as well rest while I can.
To Do List: I made this list of things that we need to get done before baby girl gets here. So I can note here what we have crossed off our list. I have been super productive these last two weeks which feels so great. I have washed most of the baby clothes, started to clean all the toys and other baby items, organized the nursery, put baby items in the kitchen cabinets, submitted taxes, and got a haircut. Together, Richard and I finished the nursery (more to come!!), hung and framed pictures for the stairway, set up the Mamaroo in the living room, started packing essentials for the hospital bag, and installed the carseat. Whew, that is a lot of thing to accomplish. But it feels good and we only have a few more major things to cross off our list. Yay!
Baby Purchases: After I washed a few baby items, I wanted to try out the Moby wrap that we bought secondhand a long time ago. When I got it all tied on me, I realized that it had been stretched out by the previous owner. So I was really disappointed to find that out. I plan to use the soft carrier a lot at the begining since we are not planning on using an infant carseat. So I decided to invest in a brand new baby wrap to carry baby girl around. Solly Baby released their new colors this week so I bought a new baby wrap and I am really excited about it! I can't wait to actually use it. We also finally bought some newborn diapers from The Honest Company. I signed up for a bundle, which is enough diapers and wipes for a month, and then I got a bundle for the following month for free.
Best Moment This Week: Finishing the nursery! We put the finishing touches on the nursery this past weekend and we are finally calling it done for now. I will share more information and pictures later this week.
Looking Forward To: This is not baby related, but Richard bought us tickets to go see Beauty and the Beast next weekend. It will be fun to have a special date night with Richard and I hope that we have a few more fun dates before baby girl gets here.