May 21, 2017

32 Weeks

32 Weeks!

I feel like we are in the final countdown now. Full term is considered to be anything past 37 weeks, which could mean that this tyke could be here in five weeks! That is mind blowing. As much as I'd like to put the third trimester aches and pains behind me, I'm hoping she continues to stay nestled in her cocoon at least until 39 or 40. I was born about three days late and Brandon was right on time. If you know him, this makes an awful lot of sense.

How far along: 32 weeks

Baby is the size of a(n): jicama, pomelo, or butternut squash. She's between 16-18 inches long and weighs anywhere from 2.8 - 4.0 pounds. If I had to guess, she's definitely closer to the 4 pound range...or just a really strong kicker.

Due Date: 7.16.17

Gender: girl

Weight gain: 19 pounds and quickly rising, which probably has something to do with my new raging appetite.

Speaking of weight gain, I am totally happy with where I'm at as are my doctors. It's the comments from others that are starting to get to me. I'm short you guys. Real short with an even shorter torso. So as she grows, my stomach just protrudes more and more. It's inevitable. But last week, I got the most inappropriate comments on my body:

You have a bump in the front AND in the back!
You are so much bigger than [coworker who is also pregnant, but 6 weeks behind me]!

I wish I could say that I was able to brush those comments aside, but they really irritated me. Maybe it's the hormones, but I was just so angry that people think it's okay to comment on your body when you are pregnant. I'd never go up and rub someone else's stomach, let alone say that they've gained weight (even if it's meant and should be taken as a compliment). Why is it that all bets are off when there's pregnancy involved? Ugh, pet peeve of mine.

Exercise: Working on getting my steps in as much as I can, but honestly, it hasn't been the easiest. I went for my regular two mile walk the other night and I was cramping the entire time. One long continuous cramp. It didn't feel good at all. Yesterday we had a ton of errands to do and we stopped by a local outdoor art festival, so I got in 10k steps and called it a really good day! How's that for changing perspective on exercise?

Stretch Marks: Nope! But, I haven't ruled them out yet, we still have two months go!

Sleep: The exhaustion of the first trimester is coming back with a vengeance.  I find myself dozing off on the sofa at 9pm and going to bed around 10pm, sleeping very soundly with one bathroom wakeup. I am waking up for the day around 6 or 7. My bed is the only place left that I can get comfortable in. Our sofa is plush and cushy, but it hurts my back. Sitting at my desk at work is torturous these days, and walking gives me cramps, so thank you Essentia mattress for giving me relief!

Food cravings/aversions: I still LOVE crushed pebble ice from Chick Fil A. I order the giant cup filled to the brim with ice and a little water on top. It's seriously the best thing in the world. I really been enjoying pre-cut jicama sticks from Trader Joe's, raw carrots and cucumbers and most recently, cherries! I love cherry season each year! I also found myself munching on raw cabbage, which is weird, but it was delicious. As for the not so healthy stuff, anything Italian (pizza, breadsticks, pasta) has been amazing, as well chips and cookies n cream ice cream. I polished off a whole carton in about a week. Oops. As always, a giant Coke/Diet Coke over crushed ice in a glass sounds incredible. One of these days I'll treat myself. Starbucks makes a caffeine-free passionfruit ice tea that I splurge on once or twice a week these days. So refreshing. My boss also will just show up at the office with one for me, which is incredibly sweet. She's the best.

Symptoms: Oh boy. This is a doozy. Another disclaimer that I'm not complaining here and am so so thankful for a healthy pregnancy and baby, just writing these out for my own record.
  • Hot. All the time. It doesn't get really hot here in northern California, but we have had a few days of 80 and 90 degree weather. Also, my office keeps the inside around 76, which just about smothers me day in and day out. Brandon and I rarely use the A/C in our house (we just bear the heat because we are cheap), but I've been turning it on lately. I cannot help myself. It's like the scene from Father of the Bride Part II where George is wearing a coat and scarf and Nina and Annie are miserable in the heat. Brandon is George, though he's a great sport and doesn't whine about it. Because of the heat, I've retired my maternity jeans. Ain't no way, people. No way. I absolutely adore my cheap Target maternity dresses (clearance rack for $6!) and live in those these days. 
  • Carpal Tunnel. Blegh. I'm wearing a brace, but the swelling and pain continues to get worse with the heat. I showed my hands to my mom on Skype last weekend and she gasped. Yup. 
  • Swelling. Hands and feet mostly. I really want to go swimming and relieve some of the pressure, but not sure where I can go. Most gyms around here have indoor pools, but are super pricey. I have considered getting a baby pool for our backyard. They had some at Costco for only $30!
  • Lower back pain. Thanks to my office chair and our sofa. Luckily, it goes away when I lay on our heavenly bed. 
  • Braxton Hicks/Cramps. As I mentioned, I get super crampy when I go for walks. I don't know if these are Braxton Hicks or what, but something's brewing. 
  • Oily Skin / Hair. Call me vain, but I think this has been my least favorite symptom yet. I absolutely hate feeling like my hair or face are dirty. How they look is secondary to how they feel. I'll wash my hair, blow dry and find that it still has a greasy film on it. I've tried all the shampoos and nothing helps. My face is just as bad. I'll wash it and not more than an hour later, it's shiny again. This is totally opposite of what my hair and skin are usually like (dry), so I know it's a pregnancy thing that will hopefully go away. Until then, I'm just trying to deal. I have found that using cold water and this amazing face cloth/makeup remover cloth my mom got me for Christmas has been helping a lot. I might even start taking it to work with me to wipe off my forehead and nose a few times a day. 
Movement: Much to Brandon's delight, Astrid loves dancing to the White Stripes and Led Zeppelin's instrumental lullabies. You can find anything on You Tube these days. She's not quite as fond of the country music I play for her, but that's usually in the car, so I think she's asleep then. Kicks, rolls, and punches are still prominent most days. Some days she's quieter than others which scares me, so I do count kicks then. 

What I miss: Sleeping on my stomach. Ability to take long walks. Ability to power through a heat wave. 

What I'm loving: Movement, always.  Buying baby clothes. Washing baby clothes. Folding baby clothes. Target trips to stare at the same baby stuff they had last week. Taking cat naps in our new nursery glider. Air conditioning. 

Next Appointment: Tomorrow! We also have a breastfeeding class this week with my coworker and her husband, so that should be fun...or slightly awkward.

Baby Purchases: I cannot keep up, but I do have a running list of things we have left to buy. I still have one more shower at work and then we'll go on a massive Target run to pick up last minute things. Luckily, we've been saving gift cards for months now and they should take care of almost everything left. I did swing by Target today and got some great Cartwheel deals. We now have diapers and wipes! Honest diapers were 25% off and $10 gift card if you buy two and Water Wipes were 15% off. That's 12 cents a diaper! A diaper with rainbows even.

Baby Clothes

Baby clothes are my true weakness though. I absolutely love H&M baby clothes. The colors and prints are cute, but subtle. Also, their organic stuff is really soft. Those popsicle PJS are quite possibly one of my favorite things I've bought for her. They were on sale from Tea Collection.


(The tall lamp as since been removed.)

Nursery progression is going well. We have the crib mattress and glider now. We ordered some super cute white curtains on clearance from Restoration Hardware Baby and just need to get a curtain rod to hang those. Brandon and I were both searching Etsy for crib mobiles and out of all of the mobiles on Etsy, we both picked the very same one (in the same colors). If only it were that easy with names.

Wolf Print

Brandon also ordered her an adorable wolf print from Society 6 (see above - we plan to hang over the crib, bolted to the wall, because earthquakes) and we just got some picture shelves from Ikea to display some of of her books, more art and succulents. So basically we need a changing pad, small side table for the glider, a clock, and to hang all of the art. More plants wouldn't hurt either. It's a lot of work putting a room together, but it'll be fun to finally see a completed room in our house. We could care less about the others :)

The most exciting thing is that we got our carseat yesterday and will probably install soon. Stroller is expected to come mid June. I am going with the Henry Vista which is this pretty grayish blue color, but a part of me is wondering if we should just get black to avoid stains even though it's not as pretty. Overthinking it? Probably.

In fact, I overthink every single we buy. Tell me this is normal. We purchased the Halo bassinet, but then I realized I needed a Pack n Play for some upcoming trips we are planning this fall, so I returned the Halo and started researching playards. Holy cow. So many options. After tons of research, I think we are going to get the Chicco Lullaby 3 Stage. I saw it at Target today and it looks really nice and I love how much bigger (and easier to remove) the changer is than the Graco models. She'll be using this as a bassinet in our room for at least six months and we'll need a changer in there too, so it'll serve so many purposes for us! For the record, our nursery is really far away from our master. She's not sleeping in there until she's at least 5. I still haven't bought a swing or bouncy seat, but may wait and see if we think she needs them down the road. 

Maternity Leave plans: My last day of work is June 30th and my boss mentioned I could start working from home before then if I want. So thankful for a flexible job with fantastic maternity leave benefits. I get four months of leave at 100% pay, but my manager told me I should probably just take until January since November begins the holiday season anyways. Umm, I love you?

Post Maternity Leave plans: We toured a highly recommended daycare this week and I cried all the way back to my office. Brandon made me feel better, saying he felt the same way (though without tears). We may look at in home daycares or some other daycares to see if we get a better vibe. Or we'll go the nanny route.

As for staying at home with her, that's another post for another time. I have no idea how maternity leave will go for me. Will I love it and never want her to leave my sight? Will we frolic with in the park all day and make story time at the library? Will I feel lonely and crave adult interaction? Will I feel fulfilled? I have no clue. Totally not something I can plan on right now, so having a few daycares and potential nannies lined up puts me at ease, even though they make me cry. Ha. I am truly blessed though that I have all of these options. 

Names: Oh my gosh, if we don't decide soon, I'm going to have an aneurysm.

Babymoon: I didn't know this was a thing until I read about it on blogs, but hey, any excuse for a vacation is good by me. We are taking Memorial Day Weekend next week to head just north of San Francisco and stay at a resort in Marin County. I have a prenatal massage planned and nothing else besides room service breakfast. Perfect.

That's all for today. I am about to attempt yet another new bottle of clarifying shampoo and then most likely pass out watching The Great British Baking Show. Pretty much my idea of a good time these days. 


  1. Wow! I am amazed by your work's maternity leave policy AND fully paid. That's amazing! And how awesome you don't have to go back until January. I'm excited for you!

    1. Yes! It's become "trendy" here in Silicon Valley for companies to compete with each other over who gives the best benefits. I can't say I mind at all! I think Netflix is the gold standard, with unlimited maternity leave, while other places are 6 months up to a year. The US needs to start keeping up with Canada and Europe!

  2. I was nodding along in agreement to so many of the things you said! We have breastfeeding class tomorrow night, I can relate to the swollen feet, we are still working on narrowing down our baby names, our nursery has about the same progress as yours (and the same color scheme!) I'm almost never hot and I don't have as many aches and pains as you do, but I almost never get a good night of sleep! Even when I'm not in pain, I just have a heck of a time falling asleep and staying asleep. Both of our babies will be here very soon - it's crazy how quickly the time is flying by!

    1. I've enjoyed reading about your pregnancy and it's so fun that we are at the exact same stages! I'm actually quite flattered you stopped by my little blog :)

      It's so crazy how symptoms differ from person to person. I ask my doctor about mine and she says everything is normal. Basically, I feel like if I went in there and told her my right toe throbbed when it rained, she'd also say it was normal ;) Glad you are staying cool but hoping the sleep gets better.

      Cannot wait to see your finished nursery and how you've organized everything. We still have finishing touches to go and clothes to wash and then I feel like I can finally get my drawers put together. So exciting.

  3. That's an awesome maternity leave benefit! I'm sorry you're having some tough symptoms! You look great though!!

    1. Yes, it's so so generous! I hope other companies follow suit.

      Thank you! Every time I feel an ache or pain, she'll kick and I'm reminded that it's all worth it.


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