the baby mills: week 29

October 22, 2014

week 29

As I’m sure you’ve noticed, I haven’t been so great at keeping up with the updates here. I was on a roll for a while, but then life just got a bit crazy and I put blog posts on the back burner. I’m hoping to round out the final few months of this pregnancy with more consistent updates, both for you that are interested in reading along and for our family to look back on once our baby boy is here!

eating: I’m hungry on a pretty consistent basis these days (as in, I eat a meal and then 30 minutes later, am usually grabbing for something else to snack on). Toast with peanut butter and jelly is a current breakfast favorite, and I’m always down for a bowl of cereal or something apple-related – fresh apples, applesauce, apple cider. (The apple obsession is very real right now). I’ve also been working a lot of eggs into my diet, since they’re chock full of great things for pregnant women and their growing babies. I’ve developed quite the sweet tooth over the past few weeks, and ice cream has been a MAJOR weakness…one that I’m more than happy to give in to :)

drinking: Still on a coffee kick – I crave it every morning, and it has to be with half-and-half (the creamier, the better). Also still chugging sparkling water like a madwoman. And apple cider, can’t forget about the apple cider.

avoiding: Food-wise, not much of anything! I’m pretty content to eat everything these days.

wearing: Oh boy, dressing is becoming quite the challenge. I’ve got two pairs of maternity jeans, but they’re not the most comfortable things ever – most days, I end up wearing leggings with a tank top and a cardigan (but when I work from home and don’t have to leave the house, this sort of makes the most sense for me anyway…I’ve never been a fan of moving around the house in jeans). I usually only get “dressed up” if I’m meeting a client, going to an event, or going out for date night.

feeling: In all honesty, pretty darn tired and sore most days. Granted, October was a crazy work month for me and I had a TON going on that was hard on my body, but even despite that, I can definitely feel the effects of a good-sized baby living inside of me and using up gobs of my energy to grow. I’m pretty achey all over, especially my pelvis (if I sit for more than a few minutes, I get really stiff and my legs have a hard time working properly so I sort of hobble a lot). It takes a lot longer to get around these days, and I’m sleepy most of the time. I wasn’t used to feeling so tired so I asked my midwife at my last appointment if I might possibly have pregnancy-induced anemia, but I had just had blood work done and my iron counts were fine – her response was, “You’re just pregnant.” :) Well, shucks.

reading: I just started reading Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, which is really empowering so far. We’re currently attending a weekly Bradley Method class (a must-do if you’re interested in having a natural childbirth), and this book is a good supplement to what we’re learning there. I hadn’t really thought much about the actual birth process up until recently, and now it’s finally starting to hit me that this baby is going to have to come out of me somehow. So, I’ve become much more serious about preparing my mind and body to go through this process the way that I’d ultimately like to (naturally, no interventions, holistic approaches to pain management, and laboring at home as long as possible). Also doing some research on doulas in the area, since we’re 99.9% sure we’re going to have one on board with us for extra support and coaching once I start going into labor!

buying: I’ve been hitting up the thrift store for open-front sweaters and cardigans, because these are things that I can wear while pregnant (with a stretchy tank) and not (with…well, anything). I’m trying not to spend much money on maternity clothes, since I know I won’t get much more use out of them. I did just buy a pair of maternity tights (that come up over the belly), which I’m pretty excited about – yay for forgiving (read: comfortable) dresses and skirts this fall!

sleeping: Ehh…depends on the night. I definitely can’t sleep without my Snoogle (that thing is a godsend – if you’re pregnant, buy one of these ASAP. Seriously. Oh, and did I tell you guys that my husband loves it so much that he requested that I order one for him, too? So now we have two on our bed. No joke.); it gives me a lot of support along my back and helps hold up my belly since I’m sleeping on my side, which makes that much more comfortable. I get out of bed 2-3 times a night to go to the bathroom, which is quite a chore, let me tell you. Lots of crawling/sliding/hobbling/climbing going on.

loving: Baby hiccups. They are hilarious. This boy has the hiccups at least once a day, and they’re so amusing to me every single time they happen. He’s been in the head down position since our 28 week appointment (at least), so I always feel the hiccups down near my pelvis. He’s also been VERY active the past several weeks, and now that he’s getting bigger, it’s fun to feel his whole body move inside of me. It’s very obvious to see when he’s moving, since my whole stomach moves as he does (in waves/ripples or jabs, depending on what he’s doing in there). I’m pretty sure his butt is up against the front of my belly most of the time – right to the left of my belly button – so it’s fun to feel that.

getting used to: The new aches and pains and fatigue that are on a whole different level than anything I’ve felt before. It’s taking a lot of effort to remind myself that it’s okay to relax once in a while if I’m feeling exhausted, because usually I just push through and rest whenever I have a free minute (not when my body is telling me I need to rest). I think it’s so easy to think that we, as pregnant women, can just keep functioning as we always have pre-baby and push our bodies as far as we’re used to without it being an issue. But, I’m constantly telling myself that it’s okay to take breaks more often these days – and necessary!

Don’t forget to follow along on Instagram for baby-related photos – I’ll be tagging them with the hashtag #thebabymills.

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