31 weeks pregnant

12 Sep

(Coffee break time…!  I’m back at work today with just a tiny bit of a sore throat.  Thanks for your good wishes!)

I’ve been getting a lot of comments in the last few weeks from people expressing their disbelief that I’m not about to pop in the next week or two.  Listen, people, I’m short-waisted.  Besides making it hard to buy dresses, my short body means there’s nowhere for this baby to go but out, so there it is.

One of my colleagues also told me today that she thought the baby had dropped.  I was surprised when she said this because I hadn’t noticed — the top view of my belly hasn’t changed much.  But after thinking about it, I think she’s right.  Since about Thursday or Friday last week, the pressure points have changed, I just didn’t really think about them.  I’m not really feeling feet up in my ribs so much now, bending forward is a lot more difficult, and the whole baby-sitting-on-the-bladder thing is more pronounced.  Duh!

On Monday I had an appointment with my midwife, Heather.  I also got to meet Leah, a doula who works closely with Heather, who will also likely be attending Nugget’s birth.  I was in a bit of a rush during the appointment (meaning I had to leave in about an hour) because I had to take Jade to the doctor’s office, but it was still a great visit.  There was the “clinic” stuff, where I got to hear Nugget’s heartbeat (160 bpm) as well as actually listen to my placenta functioning (lots of gurgling, whooshing, underwater, bubbly sounds — how cool is that?!) and Heather determined that Nugget’s bum is up and head is down.  But there was the human part of the appointment, too, the part where she asked how I was doing, which wasn’t great that morning, since Jade was so sick, and the house is still in shambles, and hormones and well, you know, life.  So of course I bawled on her couch.  She gave me a thick wad of toilet paper and said she didn’t think she’s ever had a client pregnant with a second child NOT bawl her eyes out in her third trimester because her house is such a wreck.  And then she and Leah offered to come over and CLEAN MY HOUSE because it’s something a friend would do.  I think I cried even harder then.

Here’s what BabyCenter.com has to say this week:

This week, your baby measures over 16 inches long. He weighs about 3.3 pounds (try carrying four navel oranges) and is heading into a growth spurt. He can turn his head from side to side, and his arms, legs, and body are beginning to plump out as needed fat accumulates underneath his skin. He’s probably moving a lot, too, so you may have trouble sleeping because your baby’s kicks and somersaults keep you up. Take comfort: All this moving is a sign that your baby is active and healthy.

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7 Responses to “31 weeks pregnant”

  1. Mr Lady September 12, 2008 at 3:31 pm #

    SHUT UP!

    You look like I did at 10 weeks, I am not kidding.

  2. Kara September 12, 2008 at 6:22 pm #

    Oooohhhh a house cleaning! Can you send them my way please? I have been slacking lately.

  3. Captain Momma September 13, 2008 at 9:21 pm #

    People can be sooo cruel. Its OK to hit people when you are pregnant!!!!

    A house cleaning?? I’d cry too! How sweet! Isn’t it great that you get to talk about how you are doing to a midwife? I loved that part. I miss that now.

    Happy 31 weeks! Not so long!

    Kelli

  4. Cindy September 14, 2008 at 11:31 pm #

    They’ll clean your house? Now that’s a serious perk of involving a midwife!

  5. maleesha September 15, 2008 at 11:02 am #

    I hope they come clean the house for the first six months, too 🙂

  6. MommyTime September 15, 2008 at 7:45 pm #

    What an amazing pair of care-givers! You have made wonderful choices. I hope you are feeling better. (((hugs))) And congratulations on seizure-free Jade day!!

  7. Lara September 23, 2008 at 3:11 am #

    Looking into doulas… just when do I find them time! I use my lunches for socializing, exercise or errands and the rest of the day is so busy…

    I am 30 weeks today! Yahoo!

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