My last pregnancy update was 4 weeks ago. I feel like I just wrote it but alas, here I am to overshare again. Let’s start, shall we?
Baby and Momma Update
Baby is the size of a pineapple and Mom has gained almost 30 lbs. This is how much I gained in total with Tommy 41+2 (I think) however I’ve really only gained about 2 lbs in the last 4 weeks. This makes me think I’ll gain another 2-3 but I’m not concerned. I get zero negative emotions when I see the number.
This is probably the biggest change since 31 weeks. My workouts or lack there of are becoming increasingly less important and frequent.
Lately, I’m aiming for 3 days a week. Last week it was 2, one of which was 20 minutes on the Peloton and the other 30 minutes on the Peloton.
I did try taking Barry’s Bootcamp at 33 weeks pregnant on a full body day. They just opened the Back Bay location and I was dying to check it out. I went to Derek’s class as I know his style and thought it would be a good fit and I was right! I loved class, I only had to do a couple of modifications and left on a huge endorphin high! I took a 50 minute class instead of a 60 and did double floor. I haven’t run in forever and do not see myself starting again until at least September but I get my cardio using the bike. I wanted strength and that’s what I got!
I actually just signed up to take it again this week.
Other than that, my workouts have been spinning at the gym and doing my strength workouts for my prenatal program. Today I have a new booty pyramid to share that is safe for pregnant ladies but an awesome workout for anyone. Stay tuned for a full blog post, but you can check it out here!
Last time I had a shower, this time I’m in charge of buying the things that I want. Of course we plan to reuse most of our stuff but I did not have a few things that I really wanted to have this time around.
The first is a DockATot. I’m pretty excited about this and it’s arriving today. I can’t wait!
I also got a support band for my belly and am going to get a Belly Bandit for postpartum. I was kind of against it the first time around but Nicole Culver, fellow blogger, as well as Sara Haley, prenatal and postnatal specialist are fans. Nicole told me her belly was back to normal faster after #3 wearing one so I wanted to give it a try. Nicole is someone whose opinion I value so while some bloggers promote the Belly Bandit that I’m luke warm towards, these ladies I trust. I’m also trying it because when you see a physical therapist for a diastasis recti, they literally take their hands to your midsection and massage it almost like it’s being sewn back together in a way that mimics the support of the band.
I also was on the hunt for a new diaper bag. I had the pottery barn one everyone has and hated it. Nick likes it but I wanted a backpack this time. Ethan & Emma sent me this beautiful diaper bag/backpack and I’m super excited to use it. My favorite feature I think is that it can hang from the stroller as well as be worn as a backpack, not taking up space under my stroller. Sign up to their mailing list to get 35% off when they launch their upcoming kickstarter campaign!
I also just bought Tommy’s big boy bed! Pottery Barn was having a sale and I’ve been eying this bed for years. On sale for $629 from $800, I finally pulled the trigger on it. I don’t want an ikea nightmare to put together. I also see my two sons jumping on this frequently so I wanted something that would hold up.
Well, it’s finally sinking in that in a month the new baby could be here. I’m very unprepared as I’ve mentioned. I have diapers and onesies and that’s all I need but I’m unprepared for like labor. We are just now figuring out where/who will take care of Tommy when I do go into labor. I’d like to spend July 4th on Cape Cod but nervous it’s so close to my due date if that is a silly idea.
I’m still feeling good but sleep is uncomfortable. I wake up twice a night to pee. My back is starting to hurt. Heart burn is manageable. Bending over is now challenging.
I’m starting to feel emotional about my alone time with Tommy coming to an end. The past two days in a row, he has woken up early from his nap and fallen back asleep on me. This is the best minus the part where I can’t breathe because I have a 30 lb child on my chest. Yesterday, I even fell asleep with him for a full hour!
I’m planning to spend a couple weeks with him down the cape before the baby arrives as it is a place he and I both love. I didn’t take much of a maternity leave with T so I’m planning to take a week before baby is due off to spend with him as I know I won’t be away from my business long but I’ll never be able to get back alone time with my first born.
Food and Cravings
I don’t have many cravings except for fruit. I’m sharing a What I Eat In A Day video soon and it’s pretty boring! I eat a lot of toast, whole wheat sourdough from Iggy’s. I also have pizza once a week. Lately, I’ve been craving burgers and rose, not together!
My Labor/Birth Plan
Call me crazy but I don’t think this baby is coming early. Tommy was very late, 9 days late but you knew that already! I’m planning to go to Cape Cod at the end of June and come home a few days before my due date. Obviously, should something feel off, we will drive up and leave Tommy with my mom. We have my brother and my sister a 20-40 minute drive away so should I go into labor in Boston, we will call them.
When it comes to birth, I hear it is very, very fast your second time around so I’m nervous about that and getting to the hospital in time. I wanted to go natural with Tommy but abandoned that idea once I knew I was going to be induced. The only reason I may try to do it is to avoid getting an IV throughout labor but I think I have no choice on that. I also don’t want to tear and I read that people who go natural are less likely to tear because they push more in tune with the appropriate timing verses aggressively and excessively pushing for no reason. Who knows. My money is on the epidural but I’m also half anticipating on going into labor in traffic on route 6 because I’m stubborn and won’t have a choice.