Friday, April 15, 2016

34 Weeks

Something about reaching 34 weeks always makes me feel like I'm a ticking time bomb, ready to have a baby at any moment. I don't know why but I remember feeling that way with Campbell too. I told Scott that I have 43 days until my due date and only 22 days until I'm considered full term. He just looked at me for a minute then said "that's not enough days. What else do we need to do to get ready for Bennett because we need to take care of it all this weekend." Ha! I'm kinda with him! I feel like the countdown is on. I've started washing Bennett's clothes and I'm wanting everything all set and ready to go before the first of May gets here. Time is seriously flying by so quickly. Here's my 34 week update!!
Size of Baby: Around 4.5 pounds and 18 inches long, the size of a butternut squash.

How I'm Feeling: I've started to not have quite as much energy lately. I've also been getting these horrible leg cramps that wake me up in the middle of the night and I always have to hop out of bed to get them to go away. Super annoying. Other than those minor things, I actually feel pretty great!!

Cravings/Appetite: Cappuccino for breakfast, big lunch, cheese/crackers/grapes for dinner. That's pretty much my daily menu. With some snacking on sweets thrown into the mix.
Clothes: It was cold for basically my entire pregnancy with Campbell so I never got to enjoy dresses and sandals when I was pregnant with him. I am definitely enjoying my maternity style way more this time around. It's so much more comfortable, there's so many more options of things to wear and I just feel better about my wardrobe overall. It makes getting dressed every morning really fun for me.

Movement: I've got a little foot living directly under my ribs which isn't the most comfortable thing ever. When I was at this stage in my pregnancy with Campbell, I used to just watch my stomach move around like ocean waves all night long. Bennett never does that--of course. He'll usually just pop up in one spot then go back down. It's always on my right side under my ribs. I had Scott feel him the other night and it was pretty amazing because we could basically trace his foot and leg with our hands. Some days it feels like he's down so low and I almost can't handle the pressure and think to myself "this is it, he's coming." Total dead weight. Then other days he's light as a feather and I hardly notice him. I am getting so anxious to meet this sweet boy but I am also just treasuring these last few weeks of him being in my belly. I will never get over how amazing it is that a baby is growing inside of me. I always miss being pregnant once it's over because I just think it's such a neat time.

Changes in Me: I can tell that now is the time for Bennett to start packing on the weight because I get woken up nightly from round ligament pains/my stomach stretching. My belly button is still in and since it never popped out with Campbell, I don't think it's going to this time either.
Baby Purchases: I finally found a baby book for Bennett. I've been searching for a while now. I've done a pretty good job of keeping up with Campbell's baby book and I hope to do the same with Bennett. I know it will be something they'll both appreciate having one day. Or their wives will at least.

Favorite Moment This Week: I had my final women's bible study on Wednesday for the spring semester. My small group all met up for lunch after the study was over and they all surprised me with the sweetest cards and gift cards. It was so nice of all of them to recognize me and Bennett and to shower us with some love. It truly meant so much to me. I've been so blessed to know these ladies and I will always remember that they did that for me.

Looking Forward To: My parents getting back from their oversees vacation, safe and sound. It would be a small disaster if something happened and I went into labor while my Mom was so far away. That will most likely not happen, of course, but I can't help but think what if!

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