It’s been an relatively unexciting 3 weeks since I last updated on BW3. I’m going to shock everyone and state the obvious here: the baby is getting bigger and so am I. The good news is that the baby seems to have moved off of my hip. I don’t necessarily know where the baby is now (I just feel knobs trying to escape from my belly), but there is definitely significantly less pressure than there was last week. Whatever I did seemed to help! (Of course, I wrote this last night and this morning I woke up to the baby hiccuping on my hip – so who knows — I’m choosing NOT to stress about it right now. Easier said than done.)
As for everything else… well…. I haven’t done much. I attempted to buy paint this weekend, only to realize that Sherwin Williams closed at 2 on Sundays. It wouldn’t have been a problem if it weren’t already 3! (Note that I am using the word “attempt” loosely here – basically I just thought about going) We’ll try again this weekend with the hopes that it will get painted within the week. Or that we just have paint sitting in a room in a week.
I had a Dr. appointment yesterday with a new-to-me Dr. who laughed about the differences between a first-time mom and a third-time mom. Seriously, she was not joking. By 31 weeks with B the nursery was completely painted and set up, everything was registered for, I was signed up for classes, and I think I had even registered at the hospital. This time around I have some gear and some diapers and that’s about it.
Starting to even out size-wise. I might start a poll in a few weeks to see if everyone is thinking boy or girl.
While it IS funny to think about the stuff I need to do and haven’t gotten done, it’s also starting to stress me out slightly. So, I’ve resorted to list making with the hopes that if I write it down, it will get done! Here’s what I have left to do:
- Pick out/buy paint
- Paint room
- Set up furniture
- Clean baby’s room
- Sort through boy and girl newborn clothes
- Wash clothes
- Wash assorted baby items
- Borrow/buy bouncer
- Buy new swaddling blankets, burp clothes, and Boppy cover
- Find/wash Moby Wrap and Becco baby carrier
- Register for the hospital
- Stock up on liquor to bring to the hospital (kidding – just seeing if anyone is actually reading this list)
- Set up appointment with hospital concierge (don’t know if I can do this at the same time I register? This is a whole new service they’ve added since I had L. )
- Install car seat (and figure out who is sitting where in minivan – it’s like a puzzle)
- Stock up on/find postpartum essentials (tucks pads, pads, nursing bras, etc)
- Pack hospital bag (I probably won’t do this for another month or more)
- Decide on a girl name (we have a boy name picked out)
- Have said baby.
I can do this all in 2 months, right?
Here are the rest of the details…
Exercise: Still going strong 4-5 times a week! It hurts a lot more to sit on a spin bike these days and it’s a lot harder to transition between exercise moves, but I always feel a million times better (physically and mentally) when I’m working out.
Weight Gain: As of yesterday, I’m up 20 pounds. This is the most I’ve gained in all three of my pregnancies. Part of me thinks “OMG!” but then the other part remembers that I lose the weight quickly after birth. PLUS, with all of this resistance training I have been keeping up with, there is no doubt that the “extra” weight is muscle!Sure, I’ve gained, especially my legs and butt, but I still don’t fit into most of my pregnancy pants from previous pregnancies because my hips and legs are smaller. (And realistically it’s 20lbs – a HEALTHY amount of weight to gain! My inner voice needs to shut it.)
Cravings: The juice phase has passed! Instead, I’ve had a serious craving for a cinnamon-sugar pretzel, but I haven’t had the chance to splurge yet (is there anywhere I can get them besides the mall or airport?). I did buy some cinnamon-sugar pita chips on Sunday, but eh. They aren’t the same! I also really need an intervention when it comes to both Jimmy John’s subs and Greek Yogurt Pancakes. This baby is going to come wanting a sub and a pancake.
Sleep: Once I can get to sleep – I sleep fine, but there is a lot of waking to pee going on – and I know it’s only going to get worse! It also definitely hurts to roll over and sit up. I’ve been trying to stick to sleeping my left side, but typically wake up on my back and right side. Go figure.
Movement: This kid has really picked up in movement the past week or so. He/she is still the calmest out of the three – but the elbows, knees, and feet I feel right above my belly button are strong! Also, while I have been feeling hiccups on and off for the past 12 weeks, they are becoming more regular. While annoying, it’s good to know the baby is practicing breathing!
Baby prep: See above. Commence freakout!
I am having the house cleaned next week AND I have a prenatal message booked — so at least I’m using my Living Social and Groupon Deals before they expire. That somehow is related to prepping for the baby – I just haven’t figured out how, yet. Hopefully this denial stage will end soon. Until then, I’ll be sitting on the couch. Thinking about everything I have left to do.