July 21, 2009

32 weeks

I had been holding off on posting a "30-week" update until I could get a picture, but with the way our lives are going right now, I think it'll be a while. And I refuse to take anymore self portraits because I always have this look on my face like I'm concentrating more than anyone should have to concentrate about taking a picture. But seriously, the camera is heavy and hard to keep steady . . .

Anyway, I'm 32 weeks now. I have another appointment next week and I'm a little fearful of the scale. Did I mention my weight gain at my last appointment? In my first 24 weeks of pregnancy, I gained 9 pounds. In weeks 24 - 28, I also gained 9 pounds. Nice, huh? I'm hoping I haven't gained another 9 this time around. I might cry.

Baby #2 has officially surpassed Jack in amount of movement. Which actually surprises me, because it seemed like he had a slow start. Seriously*, I was laying in bed with Jack the other night and he kicked hard enough to shake us both. It startled me and made Jack giggle . . . thus starting the bedtime "settling down" process from the beginning again. Thanks so much, baby boy. I am glad to know he's healthy and growing, but I don't remember Jack's movement being as strong or as constant as it is with this one. Maybe I'm just not remembering correctly.

He has ONE spot on the left side of my belly that he LOVES to kick like he's riding a bicycle. I feel like I have internal bruising on that side of my belly. I remember being uncomfortable a lot when Jack would kick and poke, but I don't remember it hurting this much.

I haven't been able to wear my rings in about 3 or 4 weeks. Well, I can in the morning, but I'm fearful that I won't be able to take them off by the end of the day, so I don't even try. My ankles have been holding up well. Just a little swelling at the end of the day. I just checked my blog and my swollen ankles and the claw started at about 33 - 34 weeks. Fingers crossed that I'll just skip right over that this time.

I bought a book when we were in Chicago for this little guy. And we bought a blanket from PBK for Jack to give his baby brother when he's born. Until this last week, these were the ONLY things we've purchased for him so far. This week, I bought a few of the clearance things at Target . . . blankets, a couple of sleepers, etc. We don't really need them, I suppose, but I need something to make me feel like he's actually coming. I had six baby showers with Jack, so we had these little parties every two weeks or so for the last 12 weeks of pregnancy reminding us that a baby was coming. I have EVERYTHING that I need this time around, so showers would be pointless, but I miss the anticipation and excitement that they built.

We're still tossing around the idea of cloth diapering. It's amazing to me how many different opinions and differing experiences there are out there about the whole thing. I guess we need to decide sooner rather than later.

Like I've already mentioned, I've been going back and forth about whether or not we do something completely new in the nursery. On one hand, it seems like a waste since we have a perfectly decorated nursery already. On the other hand, I don't want this kid to be cheated out of his "own" things. Though just typing this makes me realize how ridiculous that thought is. What newborn is going to care that he has the same airplane nursery that his brother had?

8 weeks left . . .

*Jack has started saying "seriously" before things he says or looking at me and saying, "seriously?" when I tell him to do something . . . and I'm beginning to see where he gets it from.


Crystal said...

If it makes you feel any better...I gained 55 pounds with Aaron...it has all come off and then some but I know it stinks. :) I am sure you are beautiful!

Sarah said...

I think at that stage I gained 6 pounds in ONE WEEK one time. No kidding. I think I blogged about it....where the dr. said "well, you did have a higher amount of weight gain this month.....but there was Easter in there, and you'll just keep that in mind this month and get back to the exercise and eating healthier foods...." UGH. I was definitely gaining 2-2.5 pounds every single week for a VERY Long time between mid/end of 2nd tri & beginning or 3rd, and I was so freaked out, but honestly, without any change in eating patterns, it really has slowed down to little to no gain at all at the end somehow, so it's balanced back out again.

I felt like my right rib cage was bruised for weeks, just touching it with my own hand it felt tender. But....yesterday he moved south, so no more rib pain. Yay!

PS re: pictures, you can always crop out your head like I do so that no one sees!! :)

julie said...

so if you do decide to go with a new nursery theme, to match your blanket with the hedgehogs, I might be able to help you out with some matching artwork! Let me know.

ann said...

We do cloth diapers with Josiah. I highly recommend it. We do keep some paper diapers around for wash day and taking him out, etc...but it's not that much more work, and way better than going to the store or worrying about being out all the time.

If you're interested, I can tell you what we use and what our routine is with it. Just email me.

Arwen said...

I wish my weight gain was the same as yours...I'm at 30lbs right now and noone but me seems to think that's a problem.

Emily said...

Well, you know how I feel about cloth diapering ;) I have never bought a disposable diaper and I wouldn't even know how to choose one.

And, we decorated our nursery gender neutral (obviously) and that way it can be used for every child. So, our kids (if we have more) will all have the same nursery!