Weeks 29 & 30

Total weight gain: Scale said 200.5 yesterday, so I’ve gained 33.5 lbs.

Baby’s Weight: Just under 3 lbs

Percentage through pregnancy: 75.4% — If baby were born now, he’d have a 90% chance of survival. Of surviving infants, the rate of serious medical complications is 25%.

Weeks until due date:
10 zomg

Food of the week (a.k.a. size of baby): Head of a cabbage

Pregnancy symptoms:

— These two weeks have been much more UGH than usual. I had to break out BFF Ashleigh’s full-body pregnancy pillow because the pains in my hips and back at night were getting worse and worse. I don’t understand why BOTH of my hips hurt when I’m laying on one side. Wouldn’t the one closest to the bed get the brunt of all the weight? In other news, that pillow ROCKS!

— Hip/back pain inevitably lead to insomnia, which I’m much more prone to in the third trimester anyway. Three nights in the past week I’ve only had two hours of sleep. I’ve surprised myself by being able to pick up the next morning and go to work. Usually, insomnia knocks me on my mental and physical ass. Maybe my body is preparing for MommyHood?

— Had two crazy pregnancy dreams. In the first, I was in the hospital in labor, but only the right side of my body was in pain. In the second, my baby hadn’t been latching on properly for breastfeeding, so got so skinny that her (it was a girl in the dream) face started falling off. When she finally latched, she puffed up like a balloon.

— Participated last Sunday in the UT Race for Literacy, which I lovingly referred to as the Waddle for Literacy. It poured on us the entire time, and we were soaked to the bone at the finish line. The course wasn’t too long — 5 miles — butthere were no bathrooms along the way. Let me repeat that: NO  BATHROOMS. By Mile 2, I was slightly uncomfortable. At Mile 4.5, I desperately snuck into the bathroom of a nearby Marriott. Thank God for that Marriott.

— I’m getting rounder, so things like yawning have begun to feel really strange. Picking things off the floor is getting pretty tough. Charles is now in charge of tying my shoes.

Worry of the Week:

At the beginning of Week 29, there was a day that I had consistent cramping. Not bad cramping, just a dull sensation that reminded me of menstrual cramps. There was no bleeding, and it wasn’t getting worse, but I told Charles that I would call the doctor if I still felt them after I saw a movie. In the theater, I put my feet up and drank a huge bottle of water. Luckily, they went away, and I’ve felt fine since.

Weekly sins: Screw calorie counting.

Preggo books: I’ve finished several pregnancy books, and I’m plowing through a few others. My thoughts:

1. Deliver This by Marisa Cohen. Grade: A. Wonderful look at all the options that women have when giving birth and the pros and cons of each. Overarching message: Women should choose the best method for them and stop criticizing each other’s birth decisions.

2. The Girlfriend’s Guide to Pregnancy by Vicki Iovine. Grade: B-. I get the point of the book, but I just felt it got snarky at times.

3. Easy Labor by William Camann. Grade: A. Loved all the information in this book, from the history of pain management techniques to all the options women for pain relief in labor (medical and holistic). Will definitely bring this baby to the hospital with me.

4. Belly Laughs by thatcrazyantivaccinechick. Grade: D. Found this book crass and without substance. It also took me about two seconds to read it, so if you want to read this book, go to the library.

Currently reading:

1. What To Expect When You’re Expecting by Heidi Murkoff. Grade: A-. The classic preggo book. Good info, and I love reading my baby’s progress each week.

2. The Happiest Baby on the Block by Harvey Karp. Grade: B+. Learning so many tips about how to take care of baby during the “fourth trimester.” We also have the DVD, so will be watching that when I’ve finished the book.

Pregnancy moments of the week:

— This week I hit the gestinational age of BFF Ashleigh’s Baby Savannah when she was born. I thought a lot about her and their family this week, about what they went through when Savy was born so early. Hitting Week 30 has always been a milestone in my head for this reason. On top of those thoughts, a friend gave birth a month early yesterday! I feel renewed pressure to get everything done at work and at home much earlier than anticipated. Baby will come when baby wants to come!

— Had a wonderful moment with Charles this week. We attended a concert to support a friend who was playing piano in an orchestra competition. At one point, Charles wrapped his arms around me and rested them on my belly. I rested my hands on top of his, and we sat there hugging our baby and each other and listening to wonderful classical music.

— Pregtastic was taped this week! Watch me in action here. You can tell what a huge nerd I am; I’m the only one who waved at the camera.

— Went to a Baby Shower for friends Jason & Sarah — at a bar. It was awesome. The only game: Challenge Jason at table tennis and if you lose, contribute to the baby’s college fund (there was a cute piggy bank).

What I’m Looking Forward To: The floor of the nursery finally being done. We ended up being one box short, so the closet is still not finished. That means all of the crap I had to take out the closet is in the middle of our living room. As someone who’s nesting, this is frustrating.

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

Quote of the Week:

— “Hi, chubbo!” (Former boss greeting me at the start of a meeting)

Pregnancy-related Tweets:
— I find that men tell me more often and more emphatically how great I look being pregnant.
— Thank goodness for Charles, who massaged my hips at 4:30 am. Was able to get two hours sleep.
— Uncle Don: Just remember: There’s enough water out here. We don’t need you to break yours. (at the Race for Literacy)
— Tried to take advantage of Expectant Mother parking at the mall because of the rain, but other bitches got there first.
— Booked: Childbirth prep, Breastfeeding, and Baby Care Basics classes. To book: Infant CPR and Maternity Tour. OMG we’re having a baby.
— This is going to sound really corny, but if our son is anything like his father, I will have succeeded at motherhood.

Photo Break: Pic of me and Charlie at Robyn and Mike’s wedding. Love this pix!

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