Check it out - I actually managed to snag my 32-week belly pic at exactly 32 weeks. Go me!
People I run into these days are starting to ask when I'm due in that certain tone suggesting they believe it could be any day now. C'mon, I'm not THAT big yet - am I?! :)
Right on schedule, I'm gaining about 1 lb/week for a current weight of just under 140 lbs. Assuming this continues I'll be about 148 if I go full-term - right around where I ended up last time. Little Man's supposed to be somewhere in the 3.75 lb neighborhood right now, but I feel like he's a li'l heftier than that. My belly is SOLID and it's ALL BABY! My midwife said that a woman's own judgment on size (compared to previously pregnancies) tends to be more accurate than fundal height measurements and even possibly ultrasound - in which case, crap, I'm probably gonna end up with a 10+ pounder! :O (On the topic of fundal height, I measured 31 cm during yesterday's appt so right on track there.) Other stuff's good too - blood pressure nice & low (100/51), urine's OK (just a li'l protein again but nothing worrisome), baby's heart rate is measuring a solid 148 bpm and he's now in the "proper" head-first position. I'm still on iron supplements as my hemoglobin continues to be down (103; slightly up from the 102 last time) so this is really the only area of concern right now.
Thankfully, I continue to feel quite good physically, mentally and emotionally as well. I'm getting pooped out more quickly now than I did in my 2nd trimey and still have the lovely nose & bladder issues, but other unpleasant stuff I experienced when pregnant with S at this stage (raging heartburn, copious drooling on my pillow, etc.) haven't really kicked in (yet). Speaking of kicking, the little guy has really been showing off some moves recently, providing my husband and I with ample entertainment as we watch and feel my belly jerk around and take on different shapes!
The biggest challenge we're currently facing for the upcoming weeks is unrelated to my pregnancy itself - it's getting the logistics in place for Little Man's arrival. Ideally, we'll finish the basement (including our new office) first and then convert the current office into S' new room so LM can move right into the nursery, but we may need to tackle the office conversion first as the contractor we hired for the basement hasn't been able to commit to a completion date. In this case, we won't have a "proper" office for a period of time, which sucks since we both work from home. But we'll make do.
Let's see - what else? Well, I'm looking forward to a few upcoming date nights w/ Chris (including a from scratch "pasta perfection" cooking class - yum!!!) and other fun adult-centric events over the next few weeks as there won't be many of these for awhile once our newest family member arrives! I should also get around to some of the labour/birth prep exercises (physical and mental/emotional) I did last time with S and re-read Ina May's Guide to Childbirth as I'm shooting for another med-free birth. I'm hoping all the techniques I learned previously for coping with labour will automatically kick in again this time (like riding a bike? :) but probably a good idea to actively reinforce everything, right?
Oh, and if you didn't see my recent FB update on the topic, I recently got Pinterest-y and created a board dedicated to Pregnancy Must Haves (and Must Dos)! Whatcha think? Curious - do you have any "must haves" of your own which didn't make my list?
Alright, time to grab the daughts next door from daycare. Hope you all have a lovely weekend! <3