Guys. I’m 30 weeks pregnant. How did this happen? The past 30 (well technically 25) weeks have flown by. When I found out I was pregnant, February 2018 seemed so far away. Then after weeks (and weeks) of being sick, it seemed like the end was never going to come near. Like Thanksgiving and Christmas weren’t ever going to be right around the corner (and now Thanksgiving is over!) But ya, it’s gone incredibly fast. And I only have 10 (or less) weeks left. So it’s time for a bump update with lots of pregnancy memes.
How Far Along: 30 weeks, 1 day. Finally in the third trimester!
Size of baby: Still, I honestly have no idea. All three of my apps tell me different things (all fruits and veggies) that are all different sizes. But, I’m still measuring on track so whatever that means… I think she’s supposed to weigh about 3ish pounds at this point, but honestly, I have no idea.
Weight Gain: In my last bump update I think I said I’d gained about 8 pounds. TBH, I think I might have gained more than that when I wrote that post, I just hadn’t weighed myself in awhile. But I honestly don’t know (mainly cause I have no idea how much I weighed when I got pregnant) but I think I’ve gained about 15-17 pounds total. But like I said, I don’t know for sure. Either way, I feel like I have a beach ball inside my body.
Maternity Clothes: Still living in leggings and sleeping in Griffin’s old shirts.
Sleep: What is this word you speak of? Sleep?! Hahahahahahaha. Yeah right. So many people tell me “just get as much sleep as you can before the baby comes” and I’m like… how? I have to pee every few hours (at least 2 times a night these days) plus having a puppy makes getting a lot of sleep a whole lot harder. Thankfully, most nights Persephone sleeps like a dream and I only wake up to use the bathroom. But, I’m also hungry when I wake up in the middle of the night so a bowl of cheerios is becoming more and more coming at 1 a.m. I’m still trying to get as much sleep as I can, mostly I just feel like this is prep for when the baby gets here.
Tiny side note… pregnancy pillows ARE THE BEST THING EVER.
I’m also sooooo tired all the time, especially in the afternoons. This state of exhaustion causes me to behave like a tired toddler, all the tears, and emotions. If I get too emotional Griffin asks “do you need food or do you need to sleep?” Usually, the answer is both, and once I’ve had both I’m a much nicer human being.
Symptoms: Mostly I have to pee a lot more. I also am feeling pretty huge (thanks to all those people who tell me I look tiny… I did have a tiny body to start with so yes, I feel huge.) I’m definitely a full-time waddler now, and it makes me laugh when I see my shadow since most of the time I forget that I’m waddling in the first place. Baby V loves to move and kick. She’s getting stronger and stronger, so if we hang out and I randomly say “Ow!” you know that I just got kicked in the side or rib by my baby. Griffin thinks it’s funny and weird and cool when she moves because he can definitely feel her kicking now.
Last week we were snuggling in bed and baby V was going crazy and he was like “Wait, is that the baby?” I said yes because obviously, my body doesn’t just do that. And then Griffin says “No wonder you can’t sleep at night.” I just laughed, but totally agreed since she does like to move all night long. It’s a fun time.
And actually, feeling her move is pretty fun. In my last bump update, I mentioned how I really don’t like being pregnant all that much (still don’t if I’m being completely honest) but there are parts that I do like. I like feeling the baby move, even when it hurts, because I know that means she’s still growing and getting ready to be born. The little flutters and bigger kicks often bring me peace of mind that I desperately need. I’ve never done this before. I don’t know what’s supposed to feel normal, but when she moves and kicks and then I hear her heartbeat at our appointments, I know things are going to be just fine.
Food Cravings: Griffin commented the other day that I haven’t really craved anything ‘weird’. And it’s true. I’ve craved baked potatoes and nachos, but that’s about it! I still feel like I’m stuffing my face because I’m always feeling hungry but I’ve got a growing baby to feed!
The Bump: Like I said earlier, so many people comment on how tiny I look, and maybe I do look tiny for a woman who’s 30 weeks pregnant. But after a day at work, I definitely feel it. She’s growing and moving and I’m hitting things with this bump that seems to get bigger every second. And I still have 10 weeks left! Ah! But it’s also been fun to watch my stomach grow, and weird. Really weird. Pregnancy is weird.
Thoughts: I don’t think I’ve entered the ‘nesting’ phase of pregnancy yet, but we are slowly starting to get things ready. I got a bunch of clothes and baby things from my aunt who had a baby girl last year and we are soooo grateful! I have a few baby shower’s coming up, plus my birthday and Christmas. Then… Baby. We’re getting ready as much as we can, but I still don’t think we have any idea what to expect.
At this point, even though I’m feeling uncomfortable 90% of the time, I’m feeling grateful. In the past few weeks, a new calm has filled me. I don’t know if I’m ready. I don’t know if I’ll ever feel completely ready to be a mom, but I am getting more excited. Seeing the baby clothes and baby things fill up our apartment is making it even more real. I still have a feeling that I’m going to be that crazy lady during delivery who yells “I changed my mind, I don’t want to do this anymore.” But as the days and weeks pass I’ve realized something, I do want this.
I’m ready to hold her and kiss her and smother her with love. I’m ready to watch her grow and see how Griffin and I grow and change as we become parents. I’ll probably do another bump update in December, but right now my only thoughts are really that I’m content, peaceful, and ready to embrace this HUGE change that’s going to be coming into our lives in the next few months.
Any tips for this new time mom? Or any must-have items for once the baby get’s here? I’d love to hear about all the things that will help make the first few months easier!