32 Weeks

Baby Size

Caleb is the size of jicama at about 16.75 inches long and about 3.75 pounds.

Highs

It has been quite an exciting week! We started our weekend with an all-day Kopa Birth class. It was fun to be there with 10 other couples as well as to learn about various coping techniques during labor. Josh took plenty of notes, and we’ll eventually get around to writing down our birth plan as well. Overall I would say the class was definitely worth it, but I do wish it was an hour or two shorter! 9am – 4pm is just a long day, especially on a Saturday.

Then we headed to a party Saturday night! Our Sunday Bible study class has a number of pregnant couples, so there was a triple shower for us and a couple due in September and another in October with us. It was a lot of fun to eat delicious food and also sit and chat with the other moms-to-be about our various aches and excitements. And now we have quite the stash of diapers and wipes!

Sunday I headed home to Cleveland for a baby shower! And Becka is home! I grew up in a great neighborhood with lots of kids my age, so it is always fun to come home and visit with the families I grew up with. There were plenty of funny stories and advice to go around as well!

I’ve spent some time trying to organize the nursery now that we have our dresser/changing table as well as diapers, clothes, and various baby items from the shower. It’s all starting to come together. 🙂

Yesterday we went on a meet and greet tour of a nearby pediatrics office. We really like the doctors there and got some helpful information from them. Another item off the to do list!

Finally, Josh bought Crib Sheet by Emily Oster, and I’ve really enjoyed reading it so far. She’s an economist and focuses on the data behind various claims and debates when it comes to babies and raising children. It definitely speaks my language, and I recommend it for sure.

Lows

I had quite the saga on the phone with insurance and lab billing last week. We decided to do the blood test to find out the sex back in April only because we were quoted $136 for the test. I was very displeased to get a bill for $645 four months later! It took about 45 minutes, and I had to call three times (billing, my insurance, billing again) and definitely cried some tears of frustration, but I managed to finally get the bill down to almost to our original quote. I’m still angry at the injustice of them charging 5x the original quote because I’m sure they would happily take my money if I didn’t bother calling them. Always call!

I have mostly been feeling good and had quite a nice stretch of exercising last week, but today has been rough. I didn’t get much sleep due to storms and then having an hour+ segment of being anxiously awake, and now I’m having another bout of heartburn, but hopefully I can get some better rest this evening.

31 Weeks

Baby Size

Caleb is the size of a bunch of asparagus at 16.2 inches long and about 3.3 pounds. Josh read today that he’s the size of a jug of Sunny D and remarked how huge he is. You’re telling me.

Highs

Now that I’m on my every-other doctor appointments, I get to check on Caleb more often! I also got to meet another doctor in the practice since there is a possibility that my doctor won’t be on call when I deliver. She was really friendly, and I’ve started asking questions about interventions and birth strategies now that it’s getting closer.

I have had some improvement in my back which is nice! I made the mistake of running (for 2 measly minutes) this morning, and then was reduced to limping for the next 15 minutes of my walk due to that. But I’ve found some renewed motivation to work out, so I started being more consistent about lifting. Even though it’s tough to get up in the morning, I feel a lot better (and happier) if I do something athletically productive in the morning.

I am extremely excited about this upcoming weekend! We are going to a childbirth class on Saturday, a triple shower for us and two other couples in our Sunday Bible study class (built-in buddies for Caleb!) that night, and then I’m headed to my parents’ house on Sunday for another shower. And my sister will be in town from Seattle! This weekend starts a very busy month of August, but I’m looking forward to it helping the time pass more quickly.

Lows

I had a rough weekend! After celebrating my best friend’s birthday with Mellow Mushroom (and then ice cream on the way home), I found myself with a severe case of heartburn. I was awake from roughly 2:30 – 5:00 am due to that lovely development. After taking some Tums, I propped myself up on the couch, eventually falling asleep, since staying upright seemed to be an essential part of feeling better.

This made my Saturday less than ideal due to the fatigue and lingering effects of the heartburn for the rest of the day. Thankfully I was better by Sunday!

30 Weeks

Baby Size

Caleb is the size of a zucchini at 15.7-16 inches long and about 3 pounds. Apparently I can expect him to gain half a pound a week from here until the end!

Highs

30 Weeks is a fun milestone! It’s like the final lap of a mile race, time to kick it in. I’m also excited for August since we have lots of exciting things on the calendar like baby showers and hospital tour and a childbirth class.

Big shout out this week to my best friend Jenn for a couple of reasons. First, she gave us a bag of hand-me-downs from her nephews/son, so Caleb has some clothes in his closet now! It was fun to go through the items and squeal over how tiny some of the items. And little overalls!

Second, because she’s a PT and let me come over and lay on her floor for a couple of hours on Sunday while she worked on my back. While there’s nothing that cures the fact that my back is literally pulling itself apart to make room for the tiny human, I can definitely get some relief!

Only other baby prep was a trip to Costco where I bought some diapers and wipes for the first time as well as a lot of protein options to start stocking the freezer.

Lows

Have I mentioned that my back hurts? I feel like a broken record, but it’s been a week since I’ve been able to run-walk since the pain on my left side is just too much. I’ve forced myself into a couple of walks, but they are more waddle-limps than anything.

I also struggle with the disparity between my mental energy and ambition and my physical energy. It just takes me a long time to get through my to-do list on weekends because I have to take breaks or stretch my back or even take a nap. I’m not the most patient person, and I’ve got things to do! I’m also not very good at relaxing in general as Josh can confirm.

Some of my fatigue is certainly coming from the difficulty I have falling asleep. I start getting wired around 10pm every night and just lay in bed trying to turn my brain off, so I can fall asleep. I would guess that I’m getting about 6 hours of sleep every night right now which does not bode well with all of the “store up on sleep now!” advice that people like to give (even though that’s now how sleep works anyway).