Thursday, October 4, 2012

My Pregnancy Journal: 32 Weeks

Happenings of the Harper Household

I've been linking up with the “My Pregnancy Journal” meme over at Happenings of the Harper Household. She has since had her little girl (Yay!), but I still wanted to continue to keep a pregnancy journal. I'm excited to keep  sharing and journaling some of my weekly symptoms and photographing my growing belly!

  32 Weeks!
CHEESE! Little man had to hop in on the picture!
This week, baby boy is about the size of a squash! (how appropriate for fall) He currently weighs about 2.5 to 3.8 pounds and is measuring about 15.2 to 16.7 inches! At my appointment with my midwife today, I was measuring at exactly 32 weeks - looks like we're right on schedule! Our little guy is still in the head down position. It really is amazing to think about how my body is getting ready to birth our little boy!  
 About me & baby boy this week….
Symptoms:  I have been continuing to have braxton hicks contractions. I have definitely noticed them more with this pregnancy than I did with little man. Baby boy is still as active as ever, especially at night! He rolls and kicks and I can see my belly move! It is pretty awesome and I love to feel him move...except at 1 am, when I am trying to sleep and he decides to punch at my bladder. One new thing- my belly button is kind of an innie/outie. Haha! The upper part is kind of popped out and the lower part is still an innie. It's kind of odd that it's not very even. With little man, my belly button went we shall see what happens this time by the end of my pregnancy! My lower back still gets achey and a pinched feeling sometimes. I am pretty sure it is when baby boy somehow manages to get my sciatic nerve in a pinch. Overall though, I can't complain. I feel like I am having a pretty healthy pregnancy. 
Yup, this is looking down my belly!

Weight Gain: I am up to 158.1lbs. My feet have definitely disappeared when I look down! 

Cravings: Nothing really, actually. I do have to make sure that I eat enough protein and snacks throughout the day. I feel like I can't fit as much foot in my belly, so I have to remember to eat protein and/or fuit & veggie snacks, because I can definitely feel when my protein levels aren't where they should be. It was kind of sad the other day - I was eating dinner and I still felt really hungry, but I just couldn't fit any more food in my belly! It was quite an odd predicament. Hungry, but no room for food! So, I waited about an hour and then had another snack. :) 

Food Aversions: No food aversions!
What made me cry this week:  So, I think I have amnesia when it comes to crying. I have totally forgotten about a couple things that made me cry. At least I like to dwell on the positive, right?! This week I picked up hubby from one airport, then we had to drive to another airport to get his truck. :p After we dropped him off at his truck, it was just little man and I in the car. I ended up going the wrong way down one street and my gps would not update which way I needed to go to get to the freeway. Little man was clamoring for snacks (loudly). I tried to reach back to him and give him some animal crackers. I missed and the last of them fell on the seat next to him! Argh! He wanted more snacks and wouldn't stop asking for food! I couldn't figure out where to go and darn it all, I lost it! I told little man, mommy is lost, I didn't have any snacks and I needed him to be quiet. I then proceeded to cry. I turned the car around, found the freeway, found little man's leftover pb&j sandwich that I was able to pass back to him and there was peace again. I felt so silly! I also was happy to find that with little man in the car, that I could hop over into the carpool lane...which did help me get home faster. Sigh, I feel like I've been rather emotional lately and that the littlest things make me tear up.

Medical Stuff: I had my 32 week midwife appointment today! From here on out, I will be going to see my midwife every two weeks! Yay! I am so glad to see them more often and it really feels like our little guys due date is almost here! He is measuring well, his heartbeat is strong and he is still in the head-down position! One thing that I thought was really interesting, was that my midwife recommended that I stop taking my DHA (which they have found can make pregnancies go past their due date) and start taking probiotics, vitamin C, Zinc and Ecchinacea. They have found that this combination can help to reduce the incidence of GBS. It would be wonderful to have a negative GBS culture! I also really like that my midwife would rather try some herbal and vitamin remedies, rather than just give me antibiotics regardless of test results!

Thoughts from little man:  He has started talking more about his baby brother! He has also been using my belly as a road for his cars.  ;)

Something I am excited about: Going to the midwife more often and at my next appointment we will get to talk about some of my wishes and hopes for this birth (pretty much going over my birth plan)!