We were at 33 weeks this past Saturday and I’m so happy his arrival date is getting close! Here’s how it’s been looking and feeling.
Space is getting cramped for Alex so hes often shoving his feet under my ribs which is annoying but good because he’s head down! He’s actually been head down since around 27 weeks, and he’s just stayed put which is awesome. He has a preference for my right side, so 90% of the time, you can feel his little knees and elbows poking out of my right side. It’s weird and cool and sometimes painful and easily the best part of pregnancy. He’s extremely active and responsive to our pokes which is also fun and apparently a wonderful sign that his little brain is developing very well.
Sometimes my back hurts depending on his position (he likes to get on my sciatic nerve) or if I’ve been on my feet too long. Sometimes it’s just a dull ache, sometimes I can’t walk without limping. Other times my back is completely fine. I get heartburn for maybe 20 mins once a week. Sleep usually sucks but that’s just a given. At this point I tire out/get sore if I’m on my feet too long but that’s to be expected. My belly feels huge and I’m awkward when I walk… and I have to have a wide squat to bend down at this point but for the most part I’m pretty good which feels great. I haven’t been weighed in 6 weeks which feels very freeing. At this point my midwife is going by my fundal height measurements and she’s been happy, so I’m happy. I’m currently on some antibiotics which are making me feel incredibly sick so it’s been difficult to eat. Doing my best. When not on antibiotics, I feel pretty good!
For almost all of my pregnancy, I found it really hard to continue with the site… so for the most part I just didn’t. I had no desire to cook or bake and only did what was necessary for our consumption. This wasn’t from depression but just from having a wonky appetite a majority of the time. I can happily say now that my desire to work on the blog has been returning and I’ve been back to being in the kitchen happily most days. I’m really excited for Alex to be here, and I’m really excited that I’ve been feeling more like myself the last couple of weeks. Lately we’ve been cramming in a lot of time with friends and on date nights with each other so that we can make the most of these last few weeks of pregnancy. It’s been lovely.
He’s really taking up most of the space in my stomach area at this point, so I often struggle to eat a normal portion of food… mostly by dinner time after I’ve been eating all day. So while I DO have an enjoyment of food again, I can’t eat the volume I once could. Current favorite foods include truffle fries and fish tacos. (the exception being while I’m on antibiotics, which is only for a few more days thank God)
I’ve started meal prepping for when he gets here so that I don’t have to do it all at once. stay tuned for a post on what I’m prepping for when Alex is here! (it’s a lot. I’m overly ambitious and have a need to be excessively prepared. My husband thinks I’m insane.)
I get braxton hicks contractions preeeettyyyy much all day most days. They’re getting stronger and I often have hours in the day where they come every 5 minutes. At this point I can feel them starting, reaching a peak and then subsiding which is interesting. Sometimes they feel period crampy, sometimes there’s no pain at all. All good things pointing towards my uterus gearing up for d day.
I dreamt he came out a fox. Another time twins. Another time he refused to breastfeed and there were some other weird things in that one I can’t remember. Aka I’m having weird baby related dreams and they’re usually nightmares… lol
I’m calling it a success that I haven’t cried in several weeks. <— I wrote that, and then like 2 days later I cried for like 2 hours. There was good reason for it.. well, reasons, but anyway. So it goes.
We had a baby shower on Saturday which was lovely. We are so, so blessed by the family and friends we have in our lives supporting and loving on us and Alex so well. I can’t even deal with the overwhelming gratitude I have for everyone. My mom and sister threw a wonderful shower and made us feel so loved. The amount they’ve done for us and continue to do is beyond words.