Pregnancy Update: Weeks 28 & 29

So, time needs to slow down. Only ten more weeks left until we get to meet our new little bundle of joy. With it being holiday season, I feel like we’ve been super busy and kinda behind on the whole baby planning thing. The nursery has come to a halt and I just haven’t put any thought into the when-baby’s-here details like maternity leave, pediatricians, day care, etc. When do I need to have my hospital bag ready again?

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Baby Size

Belly growth has been constant, but I can’t really tell on a day to day basis until one day I try on a shirt that doesn’t quite fit me anymore. On my appointment on Monday, the belly measured 30cm, good growth form my last appointment according to my doctor. The baby went from being the size of an eggplant on week 28 to the size of a butternut squash on week 29. I am up about 19 pounds since before being pregnant. Sometimes I feel like I’ve gained the weight all over, but I think it’s mostly because my exercise routine is obviously not the same, so I have definitely lost some muscle definition in my arms and legs. But, I did get told this weekend that it doesn’t look like I’ve gained that much and that it’s all in the belly. So who knows?!?!

wk 28wk 29

Daily Activity

With the shorter days and increase in projects, due to family visits and holidays, my workouts have been pretty non-existent. I still try to do yoga once a week, but sometimes it’s pretty hard to motivate myself. Also, try to use up the sunshine in the weekends when I’m home and take Boone on a walk. I am still moving around a lot when I’m home and I’m able to keep my energy levels up without dying at the end of the day, so at least my stamina is still good. Haven’t gotten winded or tired yet!

Boone walk

Symptoms

Baby movements have gone from just kicks to all over movements. It’s still hard to see them outside of the belly, but I can definitely feel them. Baby seems to be more active after eating and right in the middle of the night. Just this week I woke up at 4am on Monday/Tuesday night and couldn’t go back to sleep because the movements were that strong. So, I just wrapped my arms around my belly and enjoyed the moment.

It also seems to favor the right side. Every so often, the baby decides to move all the way to the right, making that side of my belly super duper hard.

It’s been so dry here that I’ve been chugging water non-stop. My lips and face have been super dry, so moisturizers are my favorite things in the world right now. I’ve even gotten up in the middle of the night because I’ve been so thirsty. We need some humidity around here!

Aquaphor

I’ve had a couple of cases of horrible heartburn where I had to sleep almost sitting down propped up by three pillows. Not the most comfortable thing in the world, but you gotta do what you gotta do.

Randoms

Had my doctor’s appointment this Monday and everything went great. My blood pressure is good and the baby’s heart rate was at 150 and according to the doctor “couldn’t sound any more perfect”. So proud! It was my first appointment going solo, but it wasn’t a big one, so it was all good. We talked about contractions and how I haven’t had, which is a good thing. She did let me know that if my belly tightens, as long as it’s not something that takes my breath away, then it’s just my uterus practicing. We’ve got 10 more weeks and it’s practicing?!?! Hold on buddy!

After Thanksgiving this past weekend, Ryan’s family threw me a small baby shower. The baby got a lot of cute items and it’s just gets me more and more excited for the big day.

bear clothes

Look at this bear! It’ll be perfect for the cold in February.

bear suit

Highlight

Having both sets of grandparents feel the baby move! After Thanksgiving dinner this weekend, I sat Laurie (MIL) next to me so she could feel the baby kicks. It usually gets shy right when I have someone put their hand on my belly, but once it moved she got really surprised and excited.

Most of my family came over this Wednesday to spend Thanksgiving at our house. Yesterday, after we were hanging out for a while, the baby really started moving, so my sister’s and my dad got to experience some intense baby kicks. Just look at his face!

It’s fun to be able to share these little moments with the soon-to-be grandparents.

Tomorrow, I’ll be hosting my first Thanksgiving ever with the help of my mom, which I deeply thank. It should be exciting!

Hope you had a great Thanksgiving yesterday and an even better weekend ahead!

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