Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Bumpdate 2.0: 34 Weeks

Due Date: December 1, 2017

How far along?: 34 weeks

Gender: It's a BOY!

Name: Sterling Alan

Total weight gain:  ~30 pounds

Stretch marks?: I haven't seen any stretch marks, but I'm starting to see a faint line down the center of my belly {linea nigra}.  

Symptoms: I'm starting to hands and feet are really all I notice, but at the end of the day, you can definitely tell my fingers and toes are all puffy with fluid. Ryan and Maria both noticed that the bump really grew overnight a couple of days ago...the considerate hubby tried to back-peddle and later tell me, "No, babe, I think it's just the shirt you were wearing that made the baby bump look so much bigger today." His thoughtfulness made me laugh...but there's no denying that there was a BIG growth spurt in my belly this past week.  

Maternity clothes?:  What else? This bump is getting B.I.G. and requires super-stretchy maternity clothes 24/7.

Sleep:  Ohhhh....sleep! I just can't seem to get enough of it! I think part of it is just being busy and chasing around a 2-year-old...but I also attribute part of the tiredness/exhaustion to growing/carrying around this little munchkin inside my body! Since we've transition Huston to his "big boy room," I've been laying down with him until he falls asleep...which usually involves Momma falling asleep/catching a little 10-15 minute nap late in the evening. I've been trying to be in bed by 10:00 - 10:30, and I'm pretty certain I am sound asleep within two or three minutes of my head hitting the pillow.  H still isn't real sure about sleeping upstairs in his big bed, so I typically have to go up there around midnight or 1:00 to soothe him back to sleep...and I usually just end up crashing in the guest bedroom upstairs {because I happen to love that bed the most of all the beds in our house!}

Cravings:  I've veered away from the sugary cereal that I just couldn't get enough of {Fruit Loops, Cinnamon Toast Crunch}, and I've moved on to Honey Bunches of Oats. Cereal is still my meal of choice {for all three meals} most days!

Best Moment of the Week: We went to Family Night at the Dallas Arboretum, and seeing Huston run around absolutely loving every little thing about the pumpkin village just totally melted my heart! This year's pumpkin village theme at the Arboretum is "The Wizard of Oz," so of course it was the best pumpkin village I've ever seen! {There's no place like home!}

Mood: I'm feeling total mixed emotions. One minute I'm ready for his arrival, and the next minute I'm nearly having an anxiety attack over all the things left to check off the "To Do" list. I just want everything to be done and perfect before he gets here...even though I know there are things we're going to forget.  I'm 150% excited to meet our sweet baby boy, but I'm also still terrified as to whether or not we'll even know what to do once he's here...not to mention the genuine fear I have of the whole labor/delivery process. If there's one thing I truly am sure of, it's that this little guy will not lack for love. 

Nursery: I'd say we've made in I've taken the bedding out of the box that it arrived in and placed it in the crib (still wrapped in packaging for the most part). Almost all of Huston's "stuff" has been moved out of the nursery and up to his big-boy room, so we can now make it "Sterling's room." Oh! And I {actually Grammy} ordered a fabulous sign with his name on it that will be the central decorating piece in the nursery...can't wait for it to arrive! 

Movement: At one point during this past week, I think the little guy was physically kicking me in the ribs. It was so painful I thought I was going to cry...and just when I thought he'd move, he'd give me another swift kick causing me to double over in pain. I think it even worried Ryan a little bit that I might be going into labor. At one point he said, " many weeks along are you again?" Thankfully Baby Boy adjusted his position later that day and hasn't returned to jabbing me in the ribs!

Wedding Rings:  On.

Belly Button: In...but it is really flattening out!

Looking Forward To: Getting a few maternity photos taken this weekend in conjunction with Huston's 2-year-old pictures and our fall family pics. I'm not a huge fan of being pregnant, but I know it's important to document this miraculous phase of life with some photos. 

34 Week Bumpdate

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