Today I am almost 32 weeks pregnant (31 weeks and 6 days, to be exact). I am firmly nestled in what is called the third trimester–the final stretch of my 40 week journey. Am I ready? Well, as ready as a book reading, baby-class-going mommy can be! I guess I’m fortunate to be a teacher and have lots of experience with children of all ages, but the one age group I don’t have much experience with are newborns.
Still, the excitement I have for the arrival of little Ava is unreal. I really feel like I’m getting to know her and am bonding with her even though she is still in utero. I’m sure that sounds crazy. But for the past couple of weeks, I’ve been feeling all of her kicks and hiccups. And I “play” with her–I’ll touch parts of my belly and she will hit at that exact place. Then I’ll touch another spot on my stomach and she’ll wiggle over to that spot and hit there. Sometimes, if she is having a kicking fit, I play some soothing music directly on my stomach and she stops squirming around. I like to imagine that she is trying to figure out “What’s that?” I feel a really strong emotional connection with her. When I get excited or angry, she starts hiccuping or moving around. I’m sure it’s all just hormonally driven, but I like to think that she is getting excited or angry along with me (“I got your back mommy”).
Cravings and more
Cravings: From the end of the second trimester to now, I have had a ridiculous craving for Eggo waffles, slathered with butter and syrup. I am single-handedly keeping them in business, so says my husband.
Weight: So far, I’ve gained 21 pounds, which supposedly is not that bad! With about 8 weeks to go, hopefully I’ll bottom out at 30 pounds or less.
Nutrition: I’ve managed to still maintain a fairly balanced diet, but I have to admit, I’ve been having a serious sweet tooth recently. In the beginning of my pregnancy I used to crave savory items. Now, it’s all about cookies, ice cream, and waffles. Mostly calcium rich foods,aligning perfectly with when Ava’s bones were supposed to start hardening–weird, huh? I really do believe that the body can crave what it needs or is deficient in. I try to balance my high fat/sugar foods with protein and vitamin rich meals, such as chicken, steak, sweet potatoes (with no toppings), mixed veggies, rice, quinoa, etc.
Clothing: I’m pretty much wearing exclusively maternity clothing, with the exception of roomy, stretchy or billowy pre-pregnancy tops and yoga pants.
Maternity pants are a must! But I’m still able to squeeze into my loose pre-pregnancy tops & cardigans.
Contractions: I’ve been having a lot of Braxton Hicks contractions, so many that my doctor has recommended that I slow down and begin my maternity leave soon. We don’t want to stress Ava out and have her arrive any earlier than necessary. More on that later….
Sonogram: I recently had a 3D sonogram done and I got to see a glimpse of Ava’s sweet face. I can’t wait to kiss her up!
Ava’s nursery still looks like a Babies R Us storage space. But I am now in nursery design overdrive. I’ve found my inspiration on Pinterest, picked out paint, and have purchased major pieces of furniture, including a dresser and crib.
I’ve purchased artwork and custom curtains from Etsy that fit perfectly with my pink and grey theme. I communicated with both vendors, who were flexible and shipped my orders quickly. The beautiful prints are sold by SweetPeaNurseryArt, and were printed on thick paper with vivid ink. The curtains were sold by onlylinens, and arrived beautifully wrapped. I’m so excited to hang them up!
I still have to get a rocking chair and the changing table is TBD depending on how much room I have left in the nursery. To save space, I might use the top of the dresser as a changing station, which is a growing trend.
There is so much to do! I’m so excited for the coming weeks and I can’t wait to share more of my journey on this blog & Instagram 🙂