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Friday, June 24, 2011

So Long, Sleep!

I have officially given up on sleeping through the night. Between an angry little wombie who doesn't appreciate being laid upon (therefore constantly kicking the side of the bed/ my ribs I'm laying on) and an overactive bladder with a big imagination (it just THINKS I have to pee), I am constantly being woken up! I do believe this baby has mistaken my bladder for a trampoline. I tried telling him/her differently, but apparently he/she didn't get the memo.  Not quite sure why this surprises me, since I have been through this before. I know it's just my body preparing me to be woken up even more once the pipsqueak is born, but still. You'd think my body would want to rest up for that big moment. And since I've been gifted with this lack of sleep, I've been a tad more irritable lately. But only a little! HA. Ha. ha.

My Growing Belly
30 WEEKS!!!!!!! And if my math is correct (which is very questionable these days, as my blood flow no longer tries to reach my brain, just focuses on my uterus) there are only 10-ish weeks left to endure. I mean enjoy : - D As I mentioned before, baby loves jumping off the walls. My latest craving has been corn dogs, which I hope doesn't last too long! Why can't I just crave vegetables??  And something I found ironic- I am at the 30 week mark, and have gained 30 pounds! I now weigh a pound more than my husband. But I guess I'm glad that he's not gaining weight along with me! I mean, one of us has to stay sexy, lol. I have now begun having check- ups with my midwife every two weeks, and everything still looks fine. I know it's a little early, but I pulled out all of the gender neutral newborn clothes out of storage and washed them and organized them. The bassinet is already set up in our room, and I'm slowly collecting newborn cloth diapers. I'm so excited!!

How your baby's growing:

Your baby's about 15.7 inches long now, and she weighs almost 3 pounds (like a head of cabbage). A pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds her, but that volume will decrease as she gets bigger and takes up more room in your uterus. Her eyesight continues to develop, though it's not very keen; even after she's born, she'll keep her eyes closed for a good part of the day. When she does open them, she'll respond to changes in light but will have 20/400 vision — which means she can only make out objects a few inches from her face. (Normal adult vision is 20/20.)

How your life's changing:

Remember those mood swings you had earlier in pregnancy? The combination of uncomfortable symptoms and hormonal changes can result in a return of those emotional ups and downs. It's normal to worry about what your labor will be like or whether you'll be a good parent. But if you can't shake the blues or feel increasingly irritable or agitated, talk to your doctor or midwife. You may be among the 1 in 10 expectant women who battle depression during pregnancy. Also let your caregiver know if you're frequently nervous or anxious.You may be feeling a little tired these days, especially if you're having trouble sleeping. You might also feelclumsier than normal, which is perfectly understandable. Not only are you heavier, but the concentration of weight in your pregnant belly causes a shift in your center of gravity. Plus, thanks to hormonal changes, your ligaments are more lax, so your joints are looser, which may also contribute to your balance being a bit off. Also, this relaxation of your ligaments can actually cause your feet to spread permanently, so you may have to invest in some new shoes in a bigger size.

My Daughter
Have I already mentioned that CR is part monkey? And also part parrot. She is always climbing and mimic- ing. She ran into the kitchen one day, and a couple minutes later I went to get her and found her in her high chair. You know, the tall pedestal kind that a kid shouldn't be able to climb into themselves? I didn't think it would be possible, especially with the tray sticking out the way it does. She also tries to repeat everything that I or the hubby says. There is this one drawer in our desk that she is not supposed to open, yet insist on getting things out of it. Of course, we constantly tell her no when she does open it. Now she tells herself no as she pulls open the drawer! It would be funny if she wasn't so stubborn and ALWAYS getting into that drawer! 

1 comment:

  1. Hope you are able to get some better sleep. :)
    Lately, to help me sleep more soundly, I make myself a cup of tea just before bed. I get the boxes of Bigelow Assorted Herb Teas. They seem to help me fall asleep more quickly and stay asleep a little better. The Orange Spice is really tasty!