Now that we're back, I can't believe February is almost over! I am looking forward to the last few weeks of pregnancy (7 weeks to go!!) and my dreams are filled with tulips, lilacs, and warm weather. I just need to be outside more! I was able to get outside and walk a couple times this week, but it was still a little chilly. I've been picturing how fun it will be to take walks with my little one and not have to wear a coat, scarf & boots. Ahh...springtime! Come soon!
Because of our displacement, I've thankfully completed most of the major necessities on my "to do" list before baby arrives. One of final big "not fun" things on my to do list is to figure out about getting a voucher for a breast pump. I've read that if you contact your insurance company, you can get a free or partially covered breast pump in some cases if you purchase one from a specific medical supply company designated by your insurance. I think it's fairly recent that this has become a more widespread option, due to the Affordable Care Act. So definitely look into that if you plan on breastfeeding & pumping!
Week: 33 weeks - 7 weeks to go!!
Total Weight Gain: Right around 20lbs! But my weight fluctuates throughout the week so sometimes its closer to 22lbs total. Ya never know what Monday will bring!
Exercise: More yoga - whats new? I am obsessed! Also trying to get outside and walk more when its nice out. Unfortunately this coming week is going to be cold. :(
Nutrition: This week I felt like I could not eat enough. I mostly snacked on bananas, apples with peanut butter, and low-sugar granola. But I was constantly hungry and rarely felt satisfied! Either baby is going through a growth spurt or I need more cheese back into my diet! ;)
Food cravings/aversions: Still craving that spicy Thai food from my favorite local place!! I was able to eat it a few times while in Vermont, but now that we're back, I already miss it! Why?!
Signs of Stretch Marks: Nothing new since last week - somehow! Still using Burt's Bees Belly Butter!
Maternity Clothes: As I mentioned last week, I did finally get a few new maternity shirts! I'm wearing one in today's photo. I probably should have a belly band by now, but it seems like it would be so uncomfortable! Next thing on the wish list is 1-2 cute yoga pants that I can wear once my little man arrives, too!
Sleep: On and off. My heartburn has definitely been worse at night, making it difficult to sleep well some nights. Also, I'm still having vivid dreams, so sometimes I wake up feeling emotional from those dreams, whether they're good or bad. That's not strange, right?
Feeling: A mix of everything! I felt great this week but I'm a little sad to leave Vermont. My body feels strong from yoga, which is always a good feeling. But I am sooo ready for springtime so I can get back into my evening walk! I need that mental boost!
I haven't experienced any more Braxton Hicks in the past couple weeks. It makes me wonder if I was actually feeling them in the first place, because they were pretty mild. In your experience, were these contractions very random at this stage?
Baby Movement: Yes! His movements get so much stronger every week, but I don't mind. ;) Over the past few weeks, I've also noticed that he's settling into a definite wake-sleep pattern.
Belly Button In or Out? In - I don't understand how!
Wedding Rings On or Off? On - I'm hoping it'll stay this way till the end!
What I miss most this week: Over the past week, I've missed having a kitchen again. Since we have returned, I miss Vermont!
Best moment this week: When my sister-in-law & little niece came to visit! Toddlers are fun :)
Looking forward to: Getting through the next two weeks of displacement. I'm very much looking forward to being settled again!
Thanks for reading! If you're interested, remember to check out my parenting book reviews on Thursdays! Until next week...
xo kristen genevieve