Baby, Baby ~ 34 Weeks… a few days late

I meant to post this a few days ago.  Didn’t happen.  I’m back-dating it for Friday so it will at least be in order on the blog.

I’m currently 34 weeks and 4 days at the time of this writing, but who’s counting?  Me!

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Don’t I look so thrilled in that photo?  You can definitely tell that there are some photo-days where I feel more upbeat than others.  This was not one of the upbeat days 🙂

Here’s what’s been happening since the 32 week update

Pregnancy Weight Gain & Fitness

I’ve lost a pound over these past 2 weeks.  I was worried about gaining too much weight this pregnancy, but I haven’t been dieting or depriving myself and I’ve stayed toward the low end of the recommended weight gain range for my BMI.  I’m kind of to the point now where I really don’t care what the scale says.  Some weeks it’s up, some weeks it’s down.

Fitness.  I think that my exercise levels and weight have helped a lot with how comfortable I am this pregnancy.  After having Joe, I lost my pregnancy weight and then went on to lose another 15 pounds.  I’ve kept up my exercise as best as I can.  I can’t go to the evening pregnancy fitness class anymore, but I still go to the gym twice weekly and walk a lot.  I wasn’t sure how much walking I’d done around Auckland so I decided to map it.  Some days, I was walking 7kms but most days (aside from days when I went to the gym) it was around 4 – 5kms with Joe in the stroller.  That’s in addition to just walking with Joe to the park or to swim lessons or running errands.  I think that it will be hard for me to adjust to being back in the States, where things are a little less pedestrian-friendly.

Appetites, Aversions, and Cravings

Very little appetite and what appetite I do have is usually for carbs.  Bread.  Muffins.  Cookies.  Cake.  I made a big batch of mini muffins for Joe’s snacks and put them in the freezer, but still managed to eat half a dozen of them while I was waiting for the last batch to cool.  Mini muffins are dangerous.

Sleep

I’ve gotten to where I get up to use the bathroom so frequently during the night that I’m practically sleepwalking.  Chris has had his sinus surgery and slept on the pullout sofa for awhile as the swelling went down.  I hate to say it, but that helped me sleep a bit more soundly.

Pregnancy Brain and Weird Dreams

No weird dreams, but I’m certainly more forgetful.  I left the spatula on the still-hot frying pan after making eggs for breakfast, only to come back 15 minutes later and find it partially melted into a puddle of black goo.  Frying pan and spatula were both ruined.

Other Odds and Ends

I’m not sure if it’s the pregnancy, the lack of sleep, being somewhat cooped up indoors because of weather lately, or what, but my mood has been up and down these past 2 weeks.  I may have a chat with my midwife about it because, while it wasn’t a problem last time around, I’m a bit worried about the baby blues and postnatal depression.  I just haven’t been feeling like myself lately and with all of the upcoming changes – new baby, moving back to our passport country, new house, buying a car, family reunion – I wouldn’t be surprised if it all gets a bit overwhelming.  Thankfully, Chris has a fairly flexible schedule these days and is happy to help out when he can.  Some friends have already offered to help out with a meal roster, which I’m sure will also be very much appreciated.

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