It’s a relief to be in the 30’s – not lost in the ambiguity of the 20’s. I know where I am now, and it’s close. The baby girl kicks and squirms and pokes regularly throughout the day. I find myself spending an inordinate amount of time just THINKING ABOUT THE BABY. Where she will sleep, what we need to do, when she will come, etc. They say this preoccupation is what leads to “pregnancy brain,” but fortunately I haven’t experienced any absent-mindedness. Yet. In fact, things continue to be textbook, easy, and moving right along. We had a hard time for many years, but once that IVF cycle started it’s been smooth sailing.
Due Date: April 25/26/28 (been told all 3)
Week: 31 weeks
Month: 7 months
Weight Gain: Last weigh in was 2/17/18, I’m up 9.8 lbs. I know this doesn’t sound like much so I always feel compelled to state that I also gained 7 during IVF. I asked Ryan the other day if my butt is getting bigger and he said, “maybe a little bit bigger,” so that 9.8 lbs isn’t all belly.
Sleep: I’ve had a cold for about a week which is keeping me up, but I’m hoping my great sleep will return. Usually I get up to pee 1X a night, if at all.
Diet: I average 1 pineapple a week and 1 orange a day. Still hitting the carbs and dairy hard and not really into meat. Milk chocolate has been really tempting lately, too. Overall, I feel like my metabolism has been more forgiving than usual. I’m eating generously (but healthy) and not seeing the weight gain I’d expect.
Exercise: I’ve just started to drop off at Pilates, due to unusual muscle strains and generally feeling uncomfortable. But I’ve kept up hiking, weight training and regular walks. I count every week that I can continue to exercise as I used to a major victory. It’s so good for my mental health and relationship with my ever-changing body.
Physical changes: I swear in the last week I’ve gotten a pregnant belly on me. It took a while to get here, but it arrived overnight. My center of gravity and flexibility are a daily learning curve, and getting in and out of bed a little more challenging. Not much else to report though, no stretch marks or swelling, no widened feet, no dark line down my belly, no crazy hair growth.
Maternity clothes: Definitely maternity pants are needed, but I can still get away with a variety of pre-maternity shirts.
Nursery prepared: Not even close. We have to install baseboard in our front bedroom before we move the contents of the back bedroom (which will be the baby room), and then we have to patch/ paint walls and install baseboards in the back bedroom. And THEN we can start to prep the nursery.
Alcohol/Caffeine/Forbidden Foods: I drink a 10 oz cup of coffee every morning. Any other caffeine intake may come from chocolate, but I’m not drinking any tea or soda. I haven’t touched alcohol for the duration of the pregnancy, either. Steering away from the “bad” food list hasn’t been hard, but I will say I can’t wait to eat a gigantic turkey sandwich.
Names: We have a few. It’s been a hard road coming to terms with the fact that I will not be naming my daughter a name I really like or want. But it will be a name Ryan and I agree on, and our baby will give it a world of character and meaning all it’s own.
I have a nagging suspicion she will be early. I don’t plan to go on maternity leave until about April 18th, which is probably why my paranoia is kicking in and telling me she’ll be born on April 15th. As an accountant, Tax Day is a big deal. Coincidentally, it’s also the day Ryan proposed. So I wouldn’t be surprised if it’s also the day this independent little mover and shaker decides it’s time to make an entrance. 9 weeks and counting, and let’s hope she sticks….