Saturday, September 29, 2012

34 Week Bumpdate

How Far Along: 34 weeks
Total Weight Gain:  15 lbs (or 30 from my lowest low)

Baby Size:
Butternut Squash (Average size: 17.2-18.7 inches, 4.2-5.8 lb)

Maternity Clothes: Things are going good clothing wise.  I'm getting a chance to be a little creative here as I get bigger and bigger and the last few weeks of summer are still hanging on.
Gender: We are having a Girl! 
Movement: One night when a lot of kicking was happening, Neil tried to sneak over to feel her move.  He put just his fingertips lightly on my belly, since she seems to know when he comes and usually stops kicking.  Sure enough, she knew he was near and got real still.  We laid there a while hoping she would start back up again, but she didn't.  The Neil said, "Hadley, do you want me to play you some 'Sweet Baby James'?"  She immediately kicked a big kick - Yes!  Neil hopped right up and turned on James Taylor.  She kicked and kicked the whole time the song was on.  I guess we have a James Taylor girl :)
Sleep: Sleep has been going good.  I did wake up with a major side cramp the other day.  I was sure I was going into labor!  As I rolled out of bed in the morning, I must have tweaked a nerve or something.  Intense pain shot through my side and back!  I hopped up and started frantically pacing the room.  Nothing I did seemed to help!  I was starting to feel faint - the pain was so intense!  I thought about calling for Neil, but he was soaking wet in the shower.  I could just picture me calling for him and him freaking out and rushing to save me - water flying everywhere.
I wisely decided that their wasn't much Neil could do to help me, and it would only result in him freaking out (and possibly slipping and dying on his way out of the shower), and then dripping all over me as I moaned in pain! lol 
I remembered from our Labor and Delivery class that getting on your hands and knees can help relieve back pain during labor.  So I jumped to the floor to try that method, and in my haste I hit my head on the bed frame - ouch! 
Finally I decided the best I had felt was when I was in bed, so I crawled back in there and got my body twisted around so I stretched those side muscles and miraculously the pain stopped! 

Cravings: Just the old standbys - Ovaltine, Ice Cream and Cereal.
Other crazy symptoms: Other than muscle spasms ;) not much is new!  Surprisingly I'm sleeping well, and not having much swelling (if any).  I have noticed more Braxton Hicks Contractions this week - my whole stomach just gets so tight!
Best Moments this week: We took our last two pregnancy classes, Labor and Delivery and a Breastfeeding class.  They were both so helpful and very informative.  We can't wait for our girl to get here!
Neil's friends Marcus and Christine came to visit us for the weekend.  We had such a good time - the nature reserve, Andy's, games and more! 
Our church threw us a wonderful baby shower!  There were soo many people there - Neil and I were overwhelmed!  Hadley is one blessed little girl.  Now that all our showers are over, we can start going through our registry to see what else we will need before the baby comes.  We only have two weeks till our self imposed deadline of having everything ready :)


Anonymous said...

Oh my goodness I laughed and laughed I'm sure it wasn't funny at the time but it made me laugh to think about.

Wishing you success with geting the nursery ready. (Unlike me, Dad went to get the crib while I was at the hospital) surprise surprise. At least we had shopped and picked out the one we liked.

Karen said...

That is so cute, Neil playing her Sweet Baby James. He's going to have fun being a Daddy to a little girl :)

Ouchie, your poor hurty side :( and then bumping your head on top of all that gracious! Neil might have slipped on the way out of the shower and you'd both be unconscious in the floor!