How Far Along? 31-weeks 1-day. 6-weeks to "full term" and 9-weeks to "full 40-week pregnancy". I keep singing "The Final Countdown" song in my head
Size of Baby? About 17.5 inches long (almost at her full length!). For comparison, baby is now about the size of 4 navel oranges and weighs about 3.5 pounds!
Maternity Clothes? Fully in them now but I am still able to alternate maternity clothes and pre-pregnancy clothes. So far, I can still fit into some pre-pregnancy items.
Stretch Marks? Can't see around the belly so I am not so sure if there are any new ones there. Also, I have noticed some skin discoloration in the last week. Not thrilled about them but I have read that they go away after baby arrives! One of the "joys" of being pregnant I guess .
Sleep? I do think our little girl LOVES Italy. She moved the ENTIRE time we were there. A couple of nights, she moved so much that I couldn't sleep! And now she has mastered the act of kicking! And they don't feel like baby kicks from the inside. Some actually cause my to flinch! But its all good. I guess its a constant reminder that she is there and doing OK.
Food Cravings? No real cravings. J and I shared a serving of gelato everyday while in Italy but that was about as much of my "sweet indulgence". Our little girl is determined to help her mom stay healthy so I really haven't found anything that I just had to have.
What I Miss: My regular size feet! They are swollen constantly and sometimes they hurt! I miss my shoes...they no longer fit. I miss being able to sleep for at least 3-4 hours before having to get up at night to use the restroom. But I keep reminding myself its all for a good .
What I'm Looking Forward To: We're looking forward to getting more items for the baby. Now the countdown's officially begun. We also will be doing our maternity photo shoots at some point in the next couple of weeks and I'll share some once we get them. Would be nice to see. Also, we get to go to the design center next week Monday for our new home to pick out items. Looking forward to that.
Symptoms? Sleepless nights, swollen features (face, hands, feet). ALL my 1st trimester symptoms are back with a vengeance! Now I know why they say the 2nd trimester is the best of the 3. I have more nausea, heartburn, aches, tiredness and sleeplessness in the 3rd trimester than I did in the 1st. Oh and a host of other symptoms that I am sure J won't miss once they are gone .
Movement? YES! LOTS AND LOTS of movements.
Belly Button In or Out? Still in but it has taken on a different shape. I don't think it'll pop but I think it'll stretch a little more. For now, I am fine with that.
Labor Signs? Braxton Hicks!!! I feel them more now and while they aren't entirely painful, they can sometimes be uncomfortable. Drinking water and changing positions is supposed to help. So far, its helped a bit but not completely.
Best Moment of the Week? Climbing 414 steps up the bell tower (also known as the Giotto Campanile) of the Duomo! I did it!!! I did it!!! Even took a picture up there as proof that I did it. Granted, it was not the 463 steps of the main dome but still! Baby and I did great and John was very supportive. We had already walked 41-miles in about 4-days so I knew I could do it. J encouraged me to drink water every few steps and I had an apple once I got up there. Totally do-able . Oh and celebrating my birthday of course! I turned 30 (w/ 5-years of experience) on Tuesday.
Weekly Wisdom: Avoid negative people. All they do is bring you down.
Pictures? Yup. Here's one of the weekly progress from week 15 through week 30.
If you have kids, how did you handle the last few weeks before your baby arrived? Did you feel like you were ready as a first time parent?
If you don't have any kids, have you thought about what things you'd like to do while pregnant to help you stay in shape or in touch with your pre-pregnancy self?