Why Being Pregnant Rocks

During my birthing classes, the nurse asked us to name one thing that we loved about being pregnant. Admittedly, a million things I hate came to mind first- I “run” a 31-minute 5K, I can’t surf, I feel like a whale & totally unattractive, I can’t sleep, I can’t drink Monsters or eat sushi… The only thing I could think of that I actually like about being pregnant is feeling my baby girl move. It’s like a secret conversation between me and her- one that nobody else will ever understand. It’s a phenomenal feeling, but it can’t be the only thing that I like about pregnancy. So I thought I’d start a list to remind myself of all the amazing things about pregnancy. It may start off short but I’ll slowly add to it if/when I come to more realizations.

1) I love seeing all the smiles and excited faces from complete strangers. Before I was pregnant, it seemed that all I got was “ojo” from girls and unsolicited stares from typical guys. Now I see people’s faces light up when they see my big ol’ belly. Sometimes I feel like I put a little joy in a stranger’s day, and I really love that.

2) I love when people rub my belly. I read so many articles and books about pregnancy that warn you about belly rubs, and teach you how to politely decline them. Well I happen to love them, probably for the same reasons as #1. I especially love them when they come from elderly women who seem the most excited about the baby growing in my belly. They seem to reminisce about their own pregnancies with pure joy in their eyes.

3) Not worrying about maintaining a flat belly for tight shirts. Usually, when I know I have to wear a tight-fitting dress or shirt I limit my salt and carb intake the day before/of so I don’t feel or look bloated in it. Now I’m bloated all the time no matter what I eat or drink so it doesn’t make a difference!

4) Having an excuse to wear yoga pants like all the time. Let’s face it, yoga pants and wife beaters are more comfortable than cute outfits. Being pregnant is an excuse to overwear them in public.

Hmm… That’s all I got for now… Feel free to comment with why being pregnant rock(s)(ed) for you!

34 Weeks

Size of baby: 18-20 inches long and 5-5.5 lbs… about the size of a cantaloupe. (Uh… that’s one huge cantaloupe!)
Symptoms: The rib pain came back a little this week. I have a little heartburn and a lot of fatigue too. I fell asleep in the middle of my criminal procedure reading the other day (which isn’t typical for me). 
Fetal Movement: She’s really been hurting me a lot lately! She scooches  her little bum or something against my belly and pushes so hard. She’s had the hiccups a lot lately too. 
Sleep: I think I’m approaching the “terrible” stage. I just can’t get comfortable and I wake up with so much back pain. 
Cravings: Hmm… nothing really. I thought I was supposed to be craving all sorts of crazy stuff while pregnant but I seem to be missing this stage. 
Aversions: The smell of pot roast totally grosses me out still. 
Belly button: It has completely flattened out. I think we’ll have an outie any day now. 
Best moment this week: Getting a few more things together for the nursery. 🙂
What I Look Forward To: My doctor’s appointment next week. I really want to know what position Eva is in! I wish they’d let me see her. 
Other interesting facts about this week: Although I’m still 3 weeks away from being “full term,” if I were to go into labor at 34 weeks the doctors would not try to stop it. If Eva were to be born in the next three weeks she’d still be considered a premie, but she’d be pretty healthy and probably wouldn’t have to spend too much time in the hospital (unless there are other problems with her).

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.