31 Weeks

She said:

How far along? 31 Weeks
Total weight gain: Gained another pound or 2 this week – surprised it’s not more if you saw the number of cookies I’d eaten. Grand total – 11 pounds. Baby now weighs 3 1/2 pounds according to the most recent ultrasound!
Maternity clothes? Yep.
Sleep: So-so. Than is still jealous of how much room the Snugle takes up in the bed.
Best moment this week: So many good ones – I can’t pick just one. We got the nursery set up, Christmas bonfire at the beach, and my parents got to go to my doctor appointment and see the baby via ultrasound.  The doctor even did a 3d one for a couple minutes where we got to see a great close up of her chubby cheeks and squished little nose!
Miss Anything? Nah, not really.
Movement: Uh huh – a lot of movement these days. And I was right last week – all that movement was her turning.  She’s now head down instead of breech – yay!
Food cravings: Sugar cookies with frosting and brussel sprouts (my family kindly let me eat ALL the leftover brussel sprouts from Christmas dinner!)
Anything making you queasy or sick: Kind of like the 1st trimester, I get a little queasy if I go too long with out food. I don’t always feel hungry though so it hits me suddenly.
Have you started to show yet: Yep – I think my belly really popped when she turned last week.
Gender: Girl.
Labor Signs:  None for now.
Belly Button in or out? In.
Wedding rings on or off?  On. Hoping I don’t have to take them off!
Happy or Moody most of the time: Overall happy – except when the house gets too messy!
Looking forward to: Meeting baby girl! She will be here before we know it!

He said:

How far along? 32 weeks
Total weight gain: It’s been a big week: we got a crib, plus a ton of baby clothes from Grandpa and Grandma Northcutt!
Maternity clothes? Yep.
Sleep: Been ok, probably because she is sleeping in the middle of the bed and pushing me off.
Best moment this week: Grandma Northcutt reading to the baby before bed and Grandpa Northcutt feeling the baby move.
Miss Anything? Nothing comes to mind…
Movement: Lots of it!
Food cravings: We’ve had a ton of treats so I’m sure she’s been craving a salad.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Well, hopefully I won’t make her sick with my cold and/or cough.
Have you started to show yet: Yep!
Labor Signs: No.
Belly Button in or out? In.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy; having Grandpa and Grandma here helps I’m sure. 🙂
Looking forward to: Fully completing the Baby’s room. Almost there!
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30 Weeks! 10 to go…

This baby is coming SOON! Childbirth class is over. Now it’s time to decide if we want to take the Infant Care class. I’m thinking yes… I mean, what do we really know about bringing a baby home?!  I’m officially on vacation until January 2 and I am very excited to spend time with Than and my parents, get things ready for baby, celebrate Christmas, rest, etc! Here’s what things look like at 30 weeks…

 She said:

How far along? 30 Weeks
Total weight gain: 9 lbs. (I have a feeling I’m going to want to remove this question pretty soon… Baby now gains 1/2 a pound per week!)
Maternity clothes?  Yep! Loving the maternity yoga pants. SO comfy.
Sleep: Much better than last week!
Best moment this week: More fun packages in the mail for baby girl and mom
Miss Anything? I miss being able to roll over and move easily while I’m sleeping. It’s not too bad yet but if I roll too quickly I definitely feel it.
Movement: Her movements continue to get stronger – sometimes they startle me and make me jump!
Food cravings: Peanut Butter and Banana Sandwiches, Ritz Crackers (sometimes with cheese), and I’m excited for Christmas treats like sugar cookies and caramel corn this week!
Anything making you queasy or sick: A little queasiness on and off but not bad.
Have you started to show yet: Yes, still showing. Popping out noticeably more as opposed to just growing this week.
Gender: Girl.
Labor Signs: None yet.
Belly Button in or out? Holding steady – in.
Wedding rings on or off?  On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy – and even happier now that I’m on vacation!
Looking forward to: I guess I already covered this at the beginning but there’s plenty I’m looking forward to at the moment so I’ll add more. I am very excited to get everything ready for baby’s arrival and I can’t wait to see what she looks like and what her personality is like. I think she’s shy because when she’s moving and we touch my belly she usually stops. She’s either shy or a little stubborn – haha.

He said:

How far along? 30 weeks.
Total weight gain: We held steady this week again.
Maternity clothes? Yep, and still enjoying them. I’ve never seen her enjoy certain clothes so much before.
Sleep: Well, apparently a Snoogle helps; and I’ve been on the losing end of hugs in the night as a result. Not sure how I feel about that… As long as she sleeps well, I guess.
Best moment this week: Hearing that a Chick-fil-A finally opened in Pasadena… Oh wait, this is supposed to be about the baby… Well, she’ll definitely benefit from it opening.
Miss Anything? No. With my pre-bed relaxation massages, what is there to miss?
Movement: Yep, lots of it! I love all the fist bumps!
Food cravings: Well we bought a ton of bananas this week and it wasn’t at the top of MY list.
Anything making you queasy or sick: No.
Have you started to show yet: Yes. It seems she’s really “popped” this week.
Gender: Still a girl. And since Ru added a question last week, I’m going to remove this one starting next week…
Labor Signs: No, but thanks to birthing class this week I know how to help her through them.
Belly Button in or out? Still in.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy. Again, pre-bed relaxation massages….
Looking forward to: Grandpa and Grandma Northcutt seeing and feeling the baby move. I just hope I don’t let the name slip; I’ve come really close twice already…
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29 Weeks

She said:

How far along? 29 Weeks
Total weight gain: Somewhere between 5-7 pounds. It fluctuates from day to day enough that it’s hard to say. And my scale reads higher than the doctor’s office so who knows!
Maternity clothes? Yep – so so comfy!
Sleep:  Sleep has gone downhill drastically this week. I pretty much wake up every hour through the night (oddly enough, it’s at the same times every night – 12:40, 1:40, 2:40, etc.). I don’t feel uncomfortable or anything, I’m just awake. Pregnancy insomnia I suppose. I might need to get out some of Than’s books to start reading in the night to put me back to sleep! We also got a “Snoogle” yesterday – a body pillow for pregnant women. We’ll see if it helps!
Best moment this week: I have two. Surprise baby shower last Sunday from some of the volunteers at the Community Meal and Childbirth Class – Pt 1 was surprisingly helpful and not too scary!
Miss Anything? I miss sleeping through the night and being able to lick cookie dough off the spoon/beaters when making cookies.
Movement: This week I am hoping all the crazy movements in there is the baby turning, as she’s still breech (or at least that was the status at my last appointment). It’s also very fun to watch her move – she looks like she’s doing the worm in there sometimes!
Food cravings: Hot chocolate with marshmallows
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nothing specific, but I was feeling queasy a few times this week.
Have you started to show yet: Uh huh!
Gender: Girl.
Labor Signs: I now have an app on my phone to track my contractions for when I do go into labor! And now I know WAY more about labor than I ever did before, thanks to the childbirth class! Also, I had my first Braxton Hicks contraction this week (I think).
Belly Button in or out? In.
Wedding rings on or off? On – just a little snug after working out.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Overall happy.
Looking forward to: Grandma and Grandpa’s Arrival for Christmas in 1 week, spending some of my time off at Christmas getting ready for baby’s arrival, a break from work, Christmas festivities…Are you sensing a theme?!
I’ve added my own category here for a little extra update.
Confession: The glucose test wasn’t bad at all. In fact, the drink was maybe kinda sorta good… This pregnancy has definitely given me a sweet tooth! Fortunately I passed the test with no problems at all!

He said:

How far along? 29 weeks.
Total weight gain: Thanks to the generosity of some friends at a surprise baby shower, we’ve collect a few more clothing and other essential items.
Maternity clothes? Yep, and she’s enjoying it too!
Sleep: Not so great this week. It sounds like it’s time to break out my secret weapon: the pre-bedtime relaxation massage!
Best moment this week: Perhaps not the most exciting, but birthing class definitely made things real.
Miss Anything? Probably a good night’s sleep. Sorry, Ru!
Movement: Yep, lots of it! We’re hoping the baby has been turning into the right position (she’s been in breach for a while).
Food cravings: She mentioned bananas the other day, but chocolate has been a good “antidote”.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Well, let’s just say some of the video footage of a birth at the birthing class didn’t sit well with her. I was fine, by the way.
Have you started to show yet: Yes.
Gender: Still a girl. Is it really likely to change?
Labor Signs: No, but I now know what these signs are thanks to the birthing class!
Belly Button in or out? Still in.
Wedding rings on or off? On.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy.
Looking forward to: The next birthing class, as it includes a tour of the hospital. I’m just super curious about a lot of things!
WEEKS

Hello 3rd Trimester – 28 Weeks!

I can’t believe I’m in my 3rd trimester.  12 weeks to my due date – wow. I hear the 3rd trimester gets pretty uncomfortable but I’ll enjoy every comfortable week I can in the meantime!

She said:

How far along? 28 Weeks
Total weight gain: 7-8 pounds. Pretty sure I’ve gained a couple of pounds each week for the last 2 weeks. I knew that very slow gain wouldn’t last forever…I think I am making up for lost time.
Maternity clothes? Yep. Thankfully I can still fit into a couple of regular pairs of jeans when all my maternity ones are in the laundry/still drying (like today).
Sleep:  Pretty good this week with the exception of last night’s dream about getting attacked by a rabid raccoon.
Best moment this week: Our trip to San Francisco was definitely a highlight – such a great time. Also now finally having a legit baby bump is fun!
Miss Anything?  Not that I can think of, but I try not to think about it for too long. I mean, who wants to dwell on things they miss anyway?!
Movement: Baby long legs is still moving around like crazy in there. I think I’m getting used to the movement so I’m not quite as aware of every move. I’m more likely to notice if she hasn’t been moving! She certainly makes her presence known when she sits on my bladder.
Food cravings: Still loving chocolate – specifically Kit Kats, Chocolate Milk and Nutella.
Anything making you queasy or sick: Nope!
Have you started to show yet: Yes, quite the bump now! It’s grown significantly in the past week.
Gender: Girl. I’m with Than – this question is getting a bit repetitive.
Labor Signs: No, but I’m guessing we’ll learn all about labor signs this week at our first childbirth class.
Belly Button in or out? In – there’s something about the innie that makes Than think the baby can hear him better if he talks to her through it! (It’s very cute.)
Wedding rings on or off?  On – though my toes are getting a little swollen sometimes so hopefully that doesn’t move to my fingers.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy!
Looking forward to: Getting my glucose test over with next week, watching Christmas movies, 2 weeks left of work until 2015, growing excitement about meeting our little girl!

He said:

How far along? 28 weeks
Total weight gain: A couple pair of pants that Ruthina loved; I loved that they were on clearance!
Maternity clothes? Yep, the transition is almost complete.
Sleep: Better now than it will be when the baby is born. Gotta enjoy it while it lasts!
Best moment this week: Sharing the fun of San Fran with the baby. She likes to travel, just like us, I know it!
Miss Anything? Other than the standard “regular sleep” and “less bathroom breaks”, not much. Which reminds me, I totally need to patent my idea for an app that helps people find bathrooms; kind of like a Google maps for public/accessible bathrooms. We so could have used this in San Fran!
Movement: Yep. The Dr. said she has long legs so I totally get what she’s doing now; I would want to stretch my legs in such a cramped space too! And this also confirms, again, that she’s got the Dutch genes.
Food cravings: I hear Ru sharing stories with friends about cravings that I didn’t know about which completely explains why certain foods, like chocolate and peanut butter, suddenly disappear. I really wish she would share these cravings with me because I have chocolate and peanut butter cravings all the time! 😉
Anything making you queasy or sick: Not this week.
Have you started to show yet: Yes, although not as much as some people do at this stage. But the Dr. said the baby is average weight and growth so I’m not concerned.
Gender: Girl.
Labor Signs: No.
Belly Button in or out? Still in. It now serves as a “telephone” for my conversations with the baby.
Wedding rings on or off? Still on.
Happy or Moody most of the time: Happy.
Looking forward to: Well, I’m looking forward to seeing how Ru handles the glucose test on Monday…. Let’s just say I’ve heard stories!
Week 28