Welcome to Week 32 of My Pregnancy Journal!
It’s been a little while since I’ve posted a journal entry. The biggest news I have to report is that this baby is seriously kicking mama’s butt! I had no idea that 2 pregnancies could differ so much. When I was 32 weeks with my son, I was still going strong and had no complaints, but this time? Ugh…
Week 32: According to TheBump.com, baby is the size of a squash!
New developments: Lots of Braxton Hicks contractions (painful ones!), extreme fatigue, and back pain that just won’t quit. Baby has settled into a really low position, and she is SOOO active, constantly kicking me in places that really don’t feel so good.
Weight gain: 15 pounds total. Next weigh-in is Friday.
Names: Nothing yet. I have one I like, but the hubs won’t buy in on it. So basically, we are at square one. Not good.
Baby purchases: We bought a Fisher Price Rock n Play sleeper, a new Ergo (on clearance for $50!) a Maya Wrap ring sling and a few outfits. Car seats are the main thing I’m concerned about now. I’m thinking Graco or Britax.
The unexpected: So, last night we spent several hours getting checked out at Labor & Delivery at the hospital. I spent a good day and a half flat on the couch, unable to move much and feeling really sick. It was very flu-like with aches and pains, but without the fever or head symptoms. That can indicate HELLP Syndrome or pre-eclampsia, so I called our midwife and she wanted us to come in right away. I could barely stay awake while they poked and prodded, but after a few hours and lots of tests they told me baby looks good, and it must be me just brewing up some kind of flu or something. I’m not confident that it’s really just some kind of bug, because I feel fatigued and drained but not “sick,” but I’m happy baby checked out ok. I guess we’ll just wait and see.
All in all, things are going well. I’m glad the holidays are over, and I’m going to try really hard to appreciate these last weeks. It’s tough when I can’t walk across the room without having to sit down (and to think just a few weeks ago I was still jogging!) but I have to be thankful for what I have. I can’t wait to meet this little one!
To-do List: Baby’s room (haven’t started yet!), finish shopping, redo bathroom floor (I ripped out the carpet this week, much to Daddy’s surprise), replace toilet, organize closets, go through baby stuff and sort what we can reuse, get back to Knocked Up Fitness DVDs as soon as I’m feeling better, fill out Maternity Leave paperwork, and use January to stock up on freezer meals.
Oh, I almost forgot. The photo…Getting big, huh?