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Friday, July 29, 2011

Pregnancy Update - 33 Weeks

I am at the point where I can no longer say "its a few months away" when referring to the birth of my first child.  Things are starting to get real.  Like really real.  Since its been quite a while since I've done a post about the general status of my pregnancy I figured I would summarize how approaching the latter half of my third trimester is going...


1.  I can't wear ANY of my shoes except flip flops and a pair of wide sneakers one size bigger than my pre-pregnancy size that I had to buy for work.

2.  I've had no food cravings lately, whatsoever. That kind of disappoints me.

3.  When I eat I can't eat more than half of my normal portion size at a single sitting.  I just fill up so easily thanks to my squished stomach.

4.  God forbid I have to get down onto the floor to look for something or pick something up.  If I do then it is a nearly impossible feat to get back up. 

5.  This has to be the hottest summer ever since I have been in Vermont...what gives? 

6.  My belly is still stretch mark free!  ...but I do actually have stretch marks elsewhere.  Sigh.

7.  The baby has turned into a nonstop gymnast and it doesn't always feel the greatest when she 'performs'.  There is definitely no need for me to do a kick count.

8.  I've had to go up two sizes in scrub shirts for work just to cover my belly and I honestly fear that even the large size I am in now isn't going to be big enough in a few weeks.  

9. Whenever I am talking with Shawn all I can talk about is the baby!  I can't help it. Literally every sentence is about being pregnant, the baby, or something baby related.  There is a possibility I'm driving him nuts. 

10.  I've had quite a few Braxton Hicks contractions in the last couple of weeks.  About one every day and they aren't exactly comfortable.

11.  My feet by the end of any given day resemble a hobbit's.  

12.  I've heard enough labor horror stories from friends and strangers a like to make me never ever want this baby to come out.  Seriously... if you've had a rough labor DO NOT share your story with a first time mom in her third trimester.


Doesn't pregnancy sound wonderful by all of this?  Actually, I am quite loving it.  It must be the hormones, but I am seriously enjoying this butter-ball stage of pregnancy.  Oddly, as I approach the end part of it I am beginning to feel sad that its almost over.  The belly, the movements, the conversation and joy that people share with you... its going to be over soon.  While the end result of a beautiful baby girl sounds just as amazing I know there won't ever be moments like these again.  I may have more children, but its always the first born and the first pregnancy that seems to get everyone more excited than the moon landing.  


So, I am content to continue to glow for a few more weeks.  Funny story about the shirt in this photo... my mom insisted I buy it, demanded it actually, when I  was about 4 months pregnant and barely showing compared to now.  It was huge, bulky, and anything but form fitting and feminine.  I hated it, but bought it anyway not seeing how I'd every fill out such a shirt.  "You'll see...this will probably be your favorite shirt in a few months."  Well... don't tell her I told you, but it kind of is. 

22 comments:

Shari@Rain into Rainbows said...

You look absolutely adorable! And I don't understand why people feel the need to share *any* kind of horror stories with first time moms, or any pregnant woman for that matter. You're already hormonal without anyone adding their two cents' worth. Sheesh!

kittyhere said...

2011 the hottest summer in Vermont since whenever you moved here? Probably not. But the hottest you have ever felt during a summer in Vermont? I am sure it is. Whenever i manage to have my weight down by 10 or 15 pounds the heat bothers me less. So with pregnancy & an on your feet all day job I grant you the indulgence of saying it is the hottest summer here ever.

Natalie@Queen of Whirled said...

Like NOTHING would cover my belly by the end. It was unbelievable. I wore nothing but dresses.
And my labor was a breeze. Went in to triage 2pm, after my doc swept my mambranes at 10am, back to L&D by 4 and baby at 7:55. Thanks to the epidural I didn't feel a thing...
until it wore off. I had a hard time sitting for the following two weeks.
Every experience is unique. Just go with the flow and try to enjoy it. You'll do fine!

R. Roushey said...

You look great and you'll do great! Don't worry about the horror stories....you will have a special story of your own and knowing you, you will share some of it with us and be able to look back at it all and smile! Plus with the little one in your arms you won't care about 30 seconds after she's born.

Stace said...

You will do just fine :) When I had my first I was scared to death of labor...what got me through it was 1. the knowledge that women have been doing this successfully for thousands of years...especially once we started delivering in hospitals and not in caves and 2. No matter how much it hurt, no matter what kind of compromising positions I might find myself in...it would eventually all be just a memory that I could look back on laugh about (and I do).
After having my kids I always felt empty for about a week...it was sad and weird...but whenever I started feeling weepy I'd just go lay on my stomach and I'd feel better :P lol

Trace said...

I have been reading for a little while but never commented. :) You look great!!

I loved the third trimester - but the horror stories were non stop! I completely forgot them though when the time came and can barely remember them now. :)

Funnily enough when I was at my hugest just before our son was born I was the most comfortable I have ever been with my body. Even though nothing fit, I had stretch marks, swollen feet and all! I loved being pregnant! :)

Melissa said...

When I was pregnant with my 3.5 year old son, I was maybe like 37-38 weeks in December in NH and my feet were so swollen (I had pre-eclampsia) that I could only wear crocs around town and it was like the snowiest winter ever. I literally walked around town and in court with hot green crocs. With my daughter, I was preggers during the summer - in my second and third trimester - and was really uncomy too because it was hot and I had a broken ankle. I can't get it right!

MarieElizabeth said...

You look great - only a little while longer and then a whole new adventure to talk about!

Kristin said...

I had shirts that looked like tents in the beginning that my mother-in-law bought me. Boy, was she right about them, though! I'm in one now, and it's almost too small!

I had a horror story birth LOL. I won't share it, but I will tell you that it was worth every second. Obviously, seeing as I'm about to pop out my second child at any moment.

Nolie said...

Since you don't want to hear another horror story regarding having a baby how about I tell you about my first. Most people hate me when I tell them but I want you to hear a good story. I will keep it super short.

I did not know I was in labour. I had minor back pains all night but thought nothing of it. My water broke at 5:30 in the morning and still I felt nothing that made me think baby was coming soon. I even told my husband "sure you have time to have a shower".

We got to the hospital at 7:30 and by 7:45 I felt the pain you will never forget. Crying the whole "I can't do this". 8:30 I had my epidural and took a one hour nap. At 9:30 the nurse announced his head was "right there" and I had to push and could not wait for my mom. 7 pushes and 15 minutes later my son was born.

Not all firsts are long drawn up. here is to hoping you have a quick easy delivery.

Anonymous said...

You look great! And as far as horror stories go, I'm sure every last one of those mothers would say it was all worth it. I have had "complications" with all four. Some more serious than others. But they we are all here and healthy and you would never know things happened the way they did, and I would do it all again in a heart beat. There is nothing like when you see that sweet little baby for the first time, and hear her cry. It is the greatest feeling in the world. And no matter how dramatic, strung out, or quick she gets here, She will get here, and she will be beautiful and you will feel more love than you ever thought possible!
~Mel

Holly Diane said...

I don't have kids but love reading blogs and watching tv shows about pregnant women..you look adorable..

Jen at Cabin Fever said...

Thank you guys for your nice stories and comments!! I' rather remain ignorant of the bad, for now :)

And thank you Holly!

A New England Life said...

Yes you definitely lose your appetite towards the end. Even breathing can be a little labored at times. My mom told me I'd grow out of everything I owned by the end of my pregnancy but I didn't believe her. Darn if she wasn't right on the money!

The horror stories of having a baby are like the horror stories of getting married. Ugh. People need to keep it to themselves. The one thing I would say was that I was not prepared mentally for a C-section, thinking it could never happen to me, but it did. And then my second was a scheduled C-section. Either way, when you hold that baby in your arms nothing else will matter in the world. You're about to meet the love of your life!

melanie said...

You look beautiful!! And while sharing the joy of pregnancy is coming to an end, you'll get a ton of people who will smile at you just because you're carrying a newborn around. :) Congratulations and best of luck!!

Rosanne said...

You look beautiful! Pregnancy does agree with you! I have no horror stories to share because it's all long forgotten. :) I do remember having swollen feet and wearing flip flops to work in October. Everyone just laughed about it. Looking forward to hearing about your precious baby girl...can't wait to meet her.

Chateaudepaixinn said...

Hey Jen, I was thinking about you this past week. I have visited your blog a number of times but hadn't in a while. I couldn't remember the blogs name so I couldn't find you. I was wondering about your pregnancy and all. So I just found a comment you left on another blog and was happy to see you are well.

Beth said...

I loved being pregnant, as well. I loved the feeling of the little life inside and my baby boy was so easy to take car of when he was still in my womb. No waking me up at all hours of the night needing to be fed and changed. Plus I was just terrified of labor. So scary for the first one! It all turns out fine though. Labor is hard, and wonderful, and scary, and beautiful. You will do great!

Kerri said...

Just want to let you know I had two very amazing and very different deliveries - they did not follow any book, but I would do it all again in a heartbeat! You look wonderful, I too loved my baby buddhaness ;-) and miss the kicks. Just so you know I delivered at 35 weeks each time - spontaneously... anything can happen! Cheers, she will be a bundle of awesomeness!

Dianne said...

You are, indeed, glowing in that photo! There is nothing like your firstborn...well, okay, unless it's the second, third, etc. Children (and grandchildren!) are amazing! Did I miss it or did you mention the name yet? Or is that a secret until later?

Lyana said...

Jen, you look so beautiful. Cherish every moment--even when it's uncomfortable.

Cindy said...

You look absolutely radiant! Don't worry about everyone else's horror stories. Your labor will be unique to you and your baby, and you'll do just fine!

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