33 Weeks

Size of baby: 17-20 inches and 4-5 pounds, about the size of a pineapple
Symptoms: Backaches and fatigue. I’m starting to feel that tired feeling that I felt throughout the first trimester again. I’m still jogging and/or workout out everyday but it’s getting more and more difficult for me.
Fetal Movement: Tons! and it’s starting to hurt at times. She doesn’t really kick as hard as she did when when had more room but boy does she push. I think she’s a little too cramped in there. She’s always stretching my stomach in opposite directions. My tummy was measuring on the small side at my last doctor’s appointment but apparently that’s normal for people with  well conditioned abdominal muscles. Poor little girl.
Sleep: Let’s just say I’ve officially forgotten what it feels like to sleep through the night.
Cravings: None, really.
Aversions: None either.
What I Look Forward To: I’m looking forward to finishing up Eva’s nursery and continuing to prepare for her arrival in about 7 weeks!

Baby Shower

I know this post comes really late (my shower was over a month ago) but I wanted to gather as many pictures as I could before I posted. I still haven’t got the pictures from my mother-in-law and sister-in-law’s cameras so I’ll just post what I have so far and maybe update it later.
My baby shower was a blast! There were almost 100 people there and Eva got TONS of stuff. I would love to take a picture of everything but I’ll save the surprise for when she actually gets to use them/wear them. With the money we received we were able to purchase Eva’s crib, car seat/stroller, and high chair too.
I’m beyond grateful for the generosity of my friends and family. I don’t think they’ll ever know how much easier preparing for Eva’s arrival has been because of them. We’re truly blessed.





32 Weeks

Size of baby: 17-19 inches and about 4.5 lbs. About the size of a jicama.
Symptoms: Well the rib pain hasn’t been bad this week. I wonder if that means my baby dropped a bit? The back pain is still in full force. 🙁 I haven’t had much heartburn or anything like that, so that’s good. What’s weird is that after about 5p.m. or so I completely lose my appetite. It’s really difficult for me to eat dinner. My weight gain is right on track, though, so I think I’m eating enough food in the morning and lunchtime to make up for it.
Fetal Movement: Lots of stretching and pushing. I feel her moving for a lot longer periods of time. Before I’d feel her for a few minutes or so and then she’d chill out for a while but now it seems like she can go a half-hour or so just constantly moving.
Sleep: Do we even need to go there? I don’t think I’ll be getting a full night’s sleep for years now.
Best Moment this Week: This is a tough one! There were a lot of great baby moments this week. On Monday I had my OB checkup and I got to hear Eva’s heartbeat again. The doctor didn’t check the position or anything this time, which  I was kind of bummed about. On Wednesday I had my Labor & Delivery tour which I posted about here. And finally, we’ve been working on the nursery all week! The new crib is set up and the walls are painted. It’s not even close to being finished but I’ll post a sneak peak soon. 🙂
What I Look Forward To: Childbirth classes start next week!!! I’m SO excited. I’m also excited about continuing to work on the nursery. My last semester of law school starts next week too, so it will probably be a slow process from here on out. I only have 2 days left to myself with no school and no baby, ever.
Hey look, I do brush my hair! (sometimes…)


What’s in a name?


We’ve been calling our baby girl “Eva” for weeks now, but I wanted to post an “official” name announcement and explain the reasons and meanings behind her name.
Baby Eva’s full first name is Evangelina.
Evangelina means “messenger of the good news” or “angel.”
Eva is also the Spanish way to say “Eve” (as in Adam and Eve).
Famous people with this name:
It seems that everyone with the name Eva is gorgeous, but I’m certain baby Eva will be even more beautiful. 🙂
For Eva’s middle name I searched on my side of the family tree.
Pilar was my father’s great-great-great-grandmother.
Pilar means “pillar” in Spanish, which may not seem all that exciting, but it’s significance comes from La Virgen del Pilar (aka Our Lady of the Pillar), the patroness of Spain and the Hispanic peoples. You can read more about her here.
I’ve always loved artwork and stories about the Virgin Mary so it’s perfect.
Famous people with this name: Pilar Montenegro
Pilar is also a character in a book by Ernest Hemingway: For Whom the Bell Tolls. I haven’t read it but maybe I should!