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Bump Progress – 31 Weeks

baby bump 31 weeks

February 12th-February 18th

How big is baby? He is the size of a pineapple – approximately 15.2 to 16.7 inches long and about 2.5 to 3.8 pounds. I’m carrying what looks like a basketball under my shirts so I believe he is getting that long. I’m 99% sure he is head down (the tech at our 3D/4D ultrasound said he was) and he definitely uses his length to his advantage by poking my ribs with his tiny toes.

How I’m feeling? Really great! I don’t have any significant surge in energy – no nesting instinct, yet – but I am actually feeling really great. Sleeping is still difficult. Actually, it’s not the sleeping that’s hard, it’s the trying to fall asleep that’s hard. I usually wake up every 2-3 hours to go to the bathroom or re-adjust myself. I’ve found myself laying on my back a couple times when I wake up, so I’m glad I wake up every so often so I can be sure I’m staying off my back.

Any cravings, weird dreams or other symptoms? I had been having hip pain but that has stopped for now. Our childbirth class instructor said to sit cross-legged 25-30 minutes per day to relieve the hip pain and I’ve been doing that and I think it really has helped.

I’ve also started to feel what is termed “lightning crotch” (#8 on this list)… and that is not fun. But it doesn’t last very long and comes sporadically.

Braxton-Hicks contractions have been coming and going as well – usually when I’m asleep or trying to fall asleep. I just re-adjust myself and drink some water and they go away. They aren’t painful, just a little uncomfortable.

As for weird dreams… yes, they are back with a vengeance. One involved Ellen DeGeneres and a swimming pool in my living room. Yeah.

No cravings, though. Actually, I take that back. Yesterday, I had an insatiable craving for lemonade but when I went to buy some, I just didn’t want it anymore and it sounded disgusting.

My belly button is still out of control and sticking out everywhere. I hope everyone who comes into contact with me enjoys seeing it because I have no control over its wily ways.

Any other details? I am super pumped because my first shower is exactly one week from today! And my second shower is less than a month away! I really need to cut back on the registry stalking because I want to be surprised but I honestly can’t help myself. It’s just so fun to see what people pick out for the baby, and I can’t wait to fill his little room with his things. He is one lucky little guy and he isn’t even here yet.

We had our fourth childbirth class this past week – only one more left! – and it was all about breastfeeding. It was really informative, but I wish the instructors would have spent more time walking us through the various positions for holding your baby while he is feeding. Each couple only practiced one position – we did the football hold which is probably the easiest one ever (I say that now, sans baby). I think the most interesting thing we learned was how a baby actually breastfeeds – like the mechanics of the action. It was fascinating. Babies are pretty smart.

This weekend I’m really hoping to purchase the paint for the nursery. On Wednesday, my mom and I bought the fabric I’ll need to re-cover the cushion on the rocking/bouncing chair. We will need a couple pillows for it so it can be a comfortable breastfeeding chair, too.

This upcoming week I’m hoping we can make a trip to IKEA for an under-the-bed storage box. The one I want is, of course $80. Oh well. That’s a little more than I wanted to spend but at least it will corral clutter and keep the room from feeling overwhelmed with stuff. According to my spreadsheet *nerd snort*, we have already spent several hundred dollars on Baby already… what’s another $80???? 😉

I’m starting my 32nd week tomorrow. I know I’ve been saying this with each update lately, but I can’t believe I’ve made it this far. There will be 56 days left before my due date. That’s it. He is going to be here before we know it! I go through the emotional rollercoaster almost every day about this – between feeling really excited (“I can’t wait to hold him!!!!!”), to really upset (“why did we get pregnant???!!!), to reassuring myself (“You have 2 college degrees, you can handle a baby!”) and back to being excited. Pregnancy hormones are a trip.

Last note – I hope you have noticed my awesome t-shirt I’m wearing. It’s a shirt my husband had when he was a child and it’s probably my favorite t-shirt ever. It has these superheroes on it that are Health Heroes. Awesome, right? I’m so glad it still fits!

  • February 20, 2012

    Do you have a body pillow, or even just a leg pillow? Even 14 months out from my last delivery (and, we’re hoping our final baby), I use my leg pillow every night. I think my husband found it at Bed Bath & Beyond. It’s been a back and hip saver!

  • February 23, 2012

    I loved learning the mechanics of lactation. The first time I pumped, I was astounded to see the milk comes out in lots of different little streams. I totally thought it would come out one “spout” or something.

    I hear you about the leg and hip pain while sleeping. I’ve been seeing a chiropractor this pregnancy. I don’t know if it actually “works,” but I believe that it works, so thus I feel better!

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