Monday, June 8, 2015

Bumpdate: 31 Weeks

Due Date: August 5, 2015

How far along?: 31 weeks, 5 days

Gender: It's a BOY!

Name: We've officially decided on our baby boy's name! It's going to be Huston Robert {first name pronounced like the city}. He'll be the namesake of his great grandfathers on both sides {my granddad goes by his middle name, which is Huston; and Ryan's late granddad's name was Robert}. We've had this name in mind for a looooong time {like way back to the question game}, but it took us a while to finalize it because we know we're subjecting him to a lifetime of having his name misspelled. We ultimately decided the family ties and special meaning behind this name were worth it.

Total weight gain:  No weight change between my last two doctor appointments {Hallelujah!}, but I'm still "above target" {not in a good way!} with a total of 25 pounds gained.

Stretch marks?: No change here...still just a couple of very faint, tiny lines on both of my sides. I'm still mixing the Bio-Oil and St. Ives lotion and lathering it on every night. 

Symptoms: Nothing to really complain about, but I have noticed that my lower back is starting to feel more pressure and be sore by the end of the day. Like I said, it's really nothing to complain about because I feel essentially instant relief once I sit down and prop up my feet...or soak in a cure-all bubble bath.

Maternity clothes?:  I did go shopping to try to find something cute to wear for my remaining showers...and I was semi-successful. I found a few dresses for work {on sale!} and a couple of options that I can {hopefully} make work for maternity photos and baby showers. Let me tell you, shopping for maternity clothes is not for the weak at heart.

Sleep:  I've decided my current ability to sleep is as good as it's gonna get. I'm getting some pretty decent sleep as long as I can get comfortable and stay cool. I've been starting out on the couch because there's a vent directly above the couch that blows cold air straight down on me. We've I've been turning the thermostat down to about 68 at night because I can't stand to be even a little bit hot when I sleep. {Feel free to send donations to help cover our summer electric bills!} Once the whole house cools down {around the same time I get up for my first or second run to the bathroom}, I usually move to our bed for the rest of the night.

Cravings:  We cannot keep watermelon in the house. Ryan informed me over the weekend that we've been going through two big watermelons each week...and I'm fairly certain he's not the one eating most of it. {Lily can be partially blamed because she does love some cold watermelon!} I was back on a cereal kick for a few days {a bit healthier this time around with Honey Bunches of Oats}, but I've decided the little man must not like milk...or at least not in the morning...because I got sick each day that I ate cereal for breakfast.

Best Moment of the Week: We got to see our little guy via sonogram last week, and I was totally surprised by how much he'd grown since our 20 week sonogram. I guess I was expecting to still be able to see his entire little body on the screen all at once, but he's grown to the point that he no longer fits on one screen. It was awesome to see him wiggling around...and the details we could see {eyelids, tongue} just totally baffled me. Technology is truly amazing! They're estimating he currently weighs about 3.5 pounds, and his little heart rate was 158 beats per minute. To see him and hear his heartbeat almost took my breath away...I still have trouble wrapping my head around the true miracle that is pregnancy/childbirth. We're getting so close to meeting our son...our son!...we're gonna have a baby!!! 

30-Week Sonogram
Top: profile of his face
Bottom: his foot & toes to the left and the back of his hand to the right

Prepared Childbirth Class: We attended an 8-hour prepared childbirth class at the hospital where he'll be born on Sunday. It was a pretty long day, but definitely worthwhile. Some of it was a little boring, but other parts relieved some of my anxiety/fears and just made me feel a little more knowledgeable/prepared for when the day arrives that I go into labor. If nothing else, at least now we know where to park and where to go when we arrive at the hospital!  :)

En route to our childbirth class

Workouts: Quick little walks around the neighborhood with Lily. It's like she knows that I need more exercise because she ALWAYS opts for the long routes.  We did learn some stretches at the Prepared Childbirth class that do help me to feel more relaxed and eliminate some of the pressure this heavy belly puts on my back and hips. If Ryan were typing this update, he'd be sure to note that he's been telling me to do of those stretches since day I'll go ahead and give credit where it's due: he was right!

Mood: I don't know if I've just got our mile-long to-do list on my mind or if I've already somewhat checked-out just knowing that I have three months maternity leave in the near future, but I'm having a HARD TIME finding motivation to work. I can't help but think of the nine million things that we need to get done before our tiny babe arrives...and then I get annoyed that I'm stuck in my office with very little drive to get any work done. Don't get me wrong, I've got PLENTY of work that needs to be done before I'll be out for 12 weeks...but that doesn't seem to influence my ability to actually focus on the work in front of me. 

Nursery: We've made ZERO progress on his room in the past week. It's still a disaster area filled with boxes and gift bags. We need to order some baskets and crates that will help with the organization/de-cluttering process. We really need to buckle down and get to work on this overwhelming task!

Movement: Ryan started reading to him at night this past week, and it's amazing how he responds to his daddy's voice. It's like he knows the conversation is directed at him, and he is definitely making an effort to communicate in return. It's pretty sweet...melts this momma's heart, that's for sure.

Wedding Rings:  On.

Belly Button: In.

Looking Forward To: Our baby shower in Ryan's hometown this weekend...and continued progress/organization of the nursery.

31 Week Bumpdate

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