Happy Hump Day Bump Day!
I’m am 29 weeks and 3 days along and definitely feeling it. I am chomping at the bit to see my weeks pregnant start with the number three. I’m not sure why, but being in that 30 week range will make it feel like I’m finally counting down the weeks instead of counting up.
In other news, work is kicking my butt! I think if I had worked straight through my entire pregnancy and slowly acclimated to working while growing it wouldn’t feel as difficult. Or maybe if I worked a job where I sat most of my day, like when I worked at the Council. But being on my feet and “on” for eight straight hours while trying to coerce teenagers into learning while being at whale sized status is really, really hard. Especially after being off and not working for ten weeks. I went from 0 to 100 overnight and my body is taking a hit, hard.
Baby size- At our appointment on Friday Little Girl was weighing in at a whopping 2lbs 15oz! She’s right at the 61st percentile and they’re figuring she’ll be a very average size when she’s born, which is great news. No growth restriction yet from my two vessel cord. If we’re still talking food comparisons, this week Ellie is a pineapple. Yum!
My size- I have magically not gained any weight since my 24 week appointment. It’s like the universe smiled upon me. And this is after not having a functioning kitchen for a few weeks and my workouts starting to become spotty and sub par. High five, body! It is so weird though to see myself growing bigger and bigger, almost daily, but not seeing the scale move. It is a really incredible phenomenon. Not that I’m complaining, but still weird.
My mood- In the morning, usually pretty good. By the time I leave work I’m generally pretty cranky and short on patience. By the time evening and bedtime roll around I’m usually kind of a mess. The exhaustion of the day comes toppling over me and it is so hard to find any sort of motivation to do more than just lay on my aching back and not fall asleep. I’m trying, I really am. The positive for me at this point is looking forward to November when I’m done working and can just relax and get the house and nursery ready for baby. And of course, impatiently awaiting December. I am so excited to meet our daughter. It usually helps to remind myself that there is a light at the end of this tunnel and I am very excited for that. I’m mostly just trying to take things one day at a time right now.
Rings- Still off. Still have a naked finger.
Symptoms- My biggest issue right now absolutely my back. It hurts something fierce. It might be time for me to find a chiropractor at this point. I’m in pain standing, sitting, laying, just all the time. I stretch it multiple times a day, I’ve been using my seat warmers in my car, I’ve been sleeping with the heat pack under it. And I can’t really swing the cost of another prenatal massage, but chiropractics is covered by my insurance, so that I can do. Hopefully some can squeeze me in, because I feel like a hobbled old lady right now.
Food cravings- Rob and I went to Uno’s the other day, but no one ever came over to our table so ultimately we got up and left. I was so excited for Rattlesnake Pasta, which is their alfredo pasta made with jalapenos. But then I never got it. So I went to BJ’s because they sell it frozen, but they didn’t have any! I’m so sad, I’m seriously dying for some.
Food aversions- None really, still just avoiding chicken breasts
Exercise- Elliptical and spin so far this week. My new Zoots did show up Monday, but they’re a different model than I usually get, so I figured the elliptical is a good place to break them in. I also am feeling some strain in the head of my right gastroc, so I’ve worn my compression sleeve a few times and I’m trying to be gentle on it so it doesn’t tear again. I know it’s from the ridiculous weight I’m suddenly carrying and the change my posture and gait. That muscle is already weaker, so it’s struggling to hold me up now apparently too. Good job, leg. I’m hoping to run again though if it’s feeling okay this week. It’s tough though because the more breaks I take at this point the less likely my body will start back up again now. My plan is to try running this weekend and feel it out, both my leg and physical capability.
What I’m missing- My energy. I am tired all the time. I feel like a zombie by the time I get home from work everyday. It’s been a struggle to drag myself to the gym, but I need a little sense of normalcy in my life still, so I’m going as much as I can muster up the gusto. But if given the chance, I’d just sleep day in and day out at this point. I actually slept through the whole night Saturday night without getting up once. It was amazing! I really thought Sunday I was going to have a great day. After only being awake for three hours I was already struggling to keep my eyes open and still crashed and napped for over hour. No amount of sleep is sufficing.
What I’m loving- The adorably awkward way my sixth graders, who weren’t around for my pregnancy announcement last year, sheepishly ask me if I’m “having a baby” because they know better than to ask, but I obviously look super pregnant. I just want to hug them because they are too cute for their own good sometimes.
Next appointment- Friday, October second for just an OB check. Ellie is growing on target, so they’re adjusting me to having growth scans every four weeks instead of every appointment.