I’ve officially hit the “growth spurt” part of pregnancy — where every week I think “I don’t think I could get any bigger.” and then every week I do.
It’s definitely blowing my mind that it’s been 3 weeks since I did my last “baby update.” It helps that I’ve been really busy at work and haven’t had much down time on the weekend. I hope this keeps up!
See a difference? I do — but maybe I’m crazy?
My biggest complaints right now are Braxton Hicks, hiccups (the baby’s not mine), and sleep. Braxton Hicks contractions have really kicked in (I’ve had them since before 20 weeks, but they are now more frequent and becoming more uncomfortable), so that’s fun. The hiccups are just annoying. Especially because I KNOW they continue after the baby is born. Anything more annoying than the baby waking itself with hiccups? And sleep…well, it just hasn’t been great lately. I’ve had a hard time going to sleep and then a hard time staying asleep. It hurts to roll over and then it doesn’t help that a certain 4-year old keeps trying to sneak into our bed in the middle of the night.
Big, bigger, biggest!
My appetite has really decreased – which doesn’t surprise me. My stomach is all squished up between my liver and the baby! Similarly, my bladder is probably the size of a pea now because I swear I have pee every 15 minutes. I play this game during the day called “Drink or not drink?” If I drink too much then I pretty much just need to move my cube into the bathroom. If I don’t drink enough, I get Braxton Hicks contractions. There’s a very fine line.
It sounds like I am whining, but I am still feeling great. I’m waddling, but I can do a seriously fast waddle. I’m still working out and if anything those workout make me feel even better. My carpal tunnel is still there, but it’s feeling a lot better. I’ve only been wearing my brace to work out. I don’t have any noticeable swelling or any hip or back pain, the baby isn’t up under my ribs – so no rib pain, and while I’ll get hit with heartburn every now and then, it’s very mild. I do feel mildly nauseous pretty much all day long, but I’ll take that over back/rib/pelvic pain any day of the week.
My biggest concerns don’t really feel like concerns anymore. Maybe I’m just diving more and more into denial? I don’t know if it’s the calm before the storm, but I feel better this week and I haven’t done much of anything. I’m in the process of setting up maternity/family pictures (thanks to Jackie and Victoria for the recommendation!) and I’m hoping to get as much done as possible with the baby’s room this weekend. This means hanging up clothes, organize the closet, putting the crib together, and rearranging the furniture. I’m on the hunt for some cute wall canvas art — like this:
I might just wait though until we actually know if the baby is a boy or a girl.
No, now my focus and (medium) stress has now shifted to a few things that are undecided: names.
It is just me or do names get harder and harder to pick? With B – we knew by probably 22 weeks that we wanted to call him Braeden. The spelling was up in the air (and truthfully, I wish we had gone with the simpler spelling), but the name was very much set.
With L, we narrowed it down to two names: Madeline (pronounced Mad-eh-line — NOT Mad-eh-lynn) and Olivia. We decided to “wait and see” what she looked like when she was born to name her and when she was born we were stumped. I was leaning more towards Madeline, but then the nurse said something that steered me the other way — “Oh, Mad-eh-lynn — what a sweet name.” We already dealt with everyone and their brother calling B anything BUT his name (Brandon, Braylon, Brendan were heard the most frequently) and I didn’t want the same for 2nd kid. Lesson learned. So Olivia it was (I call her Livie – hence the L).
This time, we are pretty much set on a boy name…
Actually, it the same boy name we picked out for L: Evan (and we have a backup name in case it feels wrong), but the girl name is challenging us again (maybe it’s just girl names?). We do have a list but nothing is screaming at us. How important is this name thing anyway? MY top choices? (Doesn’t mean that they are Dan approved) Violet, Lila, and Isla. His top choice? Penelope (he also keeps spouting off Hunger Games names when I ask, so he’s helpful). *Sigh*
So, that’s where I’m at. Only 6-7 weeks and counting. Crazy to think that in just 3 weeks I’ll be full term. Where has this pregnancy gone??
What’s YOUR favorite baby name (boy or girl)? HELP ME!!