With the start of week 35, I’m just about done with month 8 of pregnancy! Here’s how the last couple of weeks went:
Here’s the belly at the start of week 33 – I’m up about 20 pounds from pre-pregnancy at this point, and it’s definitely getting harder to get around. According to Ovia, Piglet’s the size of a cabbage and may be around 5 pounds. Keep growing, baby!
A lot of the same 3rd trimester symptoms from before – I’m urinating more frequently (I get up ~two times a night now), I feel hot all the time (especially at the office…), and my hands and feet feel swollen at times. I live in my allbirds, and ended up buying another pair in charcoal gray to wear to work. On the plus side, I think my immune system is better than before; I’ve barely gotten sick the last eight months, and any time I feel cold symptoms, they’re typically gone within 24 hours!
Piglet feels really big now and her movements are almost painful at times, but I don’t mind since it lets me know that she’s doing okay in there.
My workouts are starting to drop off – I think I only worked out three times this week. It’s getting harder to wake up in the mornings, so I’ve missed Body Pump for nearly two weeks now :( I’ve been doing some online prenatal weight/ barre classes, but I miss Pump so I’m going to try to go back this week. Peloton classes are still great – I do the low impact classes and put the handlebars up as high as they go so I don’t have to bend over. I think I’ll continue to work out for another couple of weeks, and then just focus on walking around the neighborhood/ stairs in the house for the last week or two.
Ah, eating. Because Piglet is pushing my stomach up more as she grows, eating anything feels pretty uncomfortable these days. It isn’t quite heartburn – just feels like my food is sitting too high in my stomach/ esophagus. I find myself reaching for acidic foods like fruit (mentally, I feel like they digest faster), opting for smaller meals, and craving liquids over solids. My sweet tooth is still pretty strong, but I’m trying to be smarter about what will feel good 10 minutes after I eat it.
Sleep has actually been improving – probably because my stress level went down a lot after we submitted a major project in December. I’m sleeping ~7-8 hours on average; most nights I get 8-9 solid hours of sleep, and other nights I wake up around 2 and don’t fall back asleep till 5 (or not at all). But the days I don’t sleep well, I usually end up napping that afternoon or on the weekend to make up for it, so overall I’m getting a decent amount of sleep, hooray!
Our nursery is finally finished, and the dresser is FULL of baby clothes. I bought a bunch of 0-9 month clothing off of Facebook Marketplace, and then coworkers/ friends/ family bought us a bunch – so much so that I had to return several newborn outfits since I knew she wouldn’t get the chance to wear them. We also stocked up on all essentials – baby wipes, shampoo, diaper pail liners, baby meds, baby thermometer, etc.
I ended up buying TWO more strollers – a jogging stroller (found a great deal on a used BOB on FB marketplace) and a travel stroller that I can already tell will probably be my favorite stroller since it’s lightweight and easy to use. We also found out that the carrier I bought earlier in pregnancy was way too complicated for us (it’s an older model of the Ergobaby with too many snaps/ steps) so we re-sold it and bought a Tula carrier instead. I think that’s pretty much the end of the baby purchases till she’s born!
Here’s a few pics of the nursery:
Week 32: This was the week of Christmas, which seems like so long ago already! Jamie and mom were here, and we did a bunch of activities that I apparently took zero pictures of, lol. I loved that they got to attend my doc visit on Monday, and my doctor conducted an ultrasound so they could see Piglet for the first time! It was really blurry, but I definitely saw her nose, which looks just like Mike’s to me.
Week 33: Our small group threw us a surprise mini-shower with great food from Taco Jalisco and cupcakes by Chae! Again, I took zero photos, so pic below borrowed from Cake and Compassion’s FB. So gorgeous and tasty.
Week 34: We finally did our tour of the hospital this week, which gave us a good idea of what to expect and where to go. I didn’t realize that you give birth in one room and complete the rest of your stay in another. Sadly, our hospital doesn’t believe in putting the baby in a nursery (she’ll be by my side every night/ all day) so I don’t think I’ll be getting much rest till I get home, lol.
Next up, we have birthing and breastfeeding classes to take, maternity photoshoot with a friend, and final last minute preparations like washing all the baby clothes/ bottles, etc.