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February 12, 2014

31 Weeks: He's a Big Head of Lettuice

This week and last week have blended together.
(I went to bed right after taking this. Talk about looking tired!)

I spent most of my week relaxing due to very minor swelling.

I have a lot of things I need to be doing, but I’m really trying to not wear myself out.
I started my bi-weekly appointments this week.
It’s crazy to think that I’m far enough along to need them.
I’ve reached 30lbs gained since my pregnancy started.
My Dr. was really pleased with it and doesn’t think I’ll go past 35lbs.
I’m not having any contractions, other than the occasional Braxton Hicks.
Easy-peasy, for the time being.

Acid reflux has been pretty minimum.
I’m not surprised.
If they have recently confirmed the link between acid-reflux and amount of hair that a baby has, I know Little Man will be bald.
If I was nearly bald until I was almost 2, I wouldn’t be surprised if this child will be too.
Well, maybe it’s a testament to how low he is sitting.
I just know that if he comes out with a whole head of hair, I’ll cry tears of joy.
But if he’s bald, he’s mine, hands down.

I’ve recently been getting this weird numb sensation at my shoulder blade. Mainly the left one.
I’ve read that it’s normal, just dome nerve pinching.
Big Sis got it during her pregnancy with Paisley and it still happens every once in a while.
I’m not concerned.

I’m measuring on the big side of normal, which was a relief.
Jake and I were afraid that Little Man would be a beast of a newborn.
I feel a lot better knowing that he’s still within the normal range.

I finally started my real labor literature.
It’s going to be really interest because I made sure to get a full range of different books.
With the way that I read I’m sure that I’ll get through a majority of them.
I just hope that Jake is able to find a little time to take a look at the birth partner book that I borrowed from the library for him.
It’s a shot in the dark for my husband, who never reads except for school, but you never know.
You would think that birth stuff would be more interesting than bio chem and physics…
But then again, I’m a girl… And pregnant.
So maybe not.

I’m sleeping pretty good. Only waking up 1-2 times to go to the restroom.
I’ve started sleeping with a pillow between my knees. It seems to help me stay on my side and is way more comfortable.
The boppie SIL loaned me has a new residence at the foot of the bed to prop my feet on when they feel swollen.
It’s pretty funny, because now I can’t tell what is pillow and what is puppy when I get into bed.
Swelling has really been the only consistent thing that has been going on.
I’m very glad that I took off my wedding rings so early.
My swelling is mainly in my hands because I have a tendency to sleep with my hands above my head.
It’s awesome waking up with numb fingers.
It has been really hard to break that habit.
I’ve also noticed that when I’m on my side I like to put my hands near my face under my pillow.
This arm position also equals numb fingers.
So, now when I notice that my hands are a little swollen already I will try to put them down in front of me to fall asleep.
It makes me feel a little like a fish, but at least I have feeling in my fingers when I wake up.

The other thing that is pretty funny is that I have both the upper and lower liner nigra lines.
They actually don’t line up.
I look like a crooked mess.
I also have the hint of a horizontal line.
Yep, my belly has the hint of a ‘T’ on it.
More like a broken ‘T’.
It’s weird, and I’m not thrilled.
Dr. said it was more common than I thought and we laughed about it.

My Dr. was also very confident that things would progress naturally when it comes to labor.
She predicted that I would labor beautifully on my own, that I would deliver vaginally, and that it would be pretty standard.
I took that to mean that Little Man’s birth would probably be easy and free of any surprises, from the Dr. perspective.
And I like the idea of that.
We talked a lot about going into everything with an open mind so that my flexibility would keep my labor more stress free.
The more relaxed I am, the ‘better’ contractions and labor will be.

Every week that passes feels so surreal.
I’m trying to soak in all of the quietness of a childless life.
I know that once Little Man gets here our lives will be turned upside down and inside out.
All because of a little boy.
We are both head over heels in love with him already.
It’s going to be so amazing!

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