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Thursday, January 26, 2012

My Pregnancy Journal: Week 31

Happenings of the Harper Household

I don't usually write too much personal stuff about my life on this site, but I haven't shared much about my current pregnancy with my little girl and I saw this fun Linky post over at Happenings of the Harper Household and I just couldn't resist! :)

Plus, I just got some good photos of my big pregnancy belly while on vacation so I thought I would share (hope you appreciate it because I don't necessarily LOVE showing off belly pics! LOL :)

Your pregnancy: 31 weeks

How your baby's growing:

This week, your baby measures over 16 inches long. He weighs about 3.3 pounds (try carrying four navel oranges) and is heading into a growth spurt. He can turn his head from side to side, and his arms, legs, and body are beginning to plump out as needed fat accumulates underneath his skin. He's probably moving a lot, too, so you may have trouble sleeping because your baby's kicks and somersaults keep you up. Take comfort: All this moving is a sign that your baby is active and healthy.

About me & Baby Girl this week….I will be 31 weeks on Sunday!

  • Tired, tired, is starting to feel like the first trimester all over again! Ughh.. 
  • I am also feeling HUGE but that could be from the extra weight I gained from eating all you can eat ALL DAY on our all-inclusive vacation last week! :) 
  • Food is not sitting so well in my stomach anymore...
  • Getting sore if I sit too long but thankfully no swelling yet!
Weight Gain: Gained too much last week is all I am going to say. Still in a healthy range though - have gained about 21 lbs so far. 

Cravings: I am always craving good the Mac & Cheese from Noodles & Co. and Olive Garden!! And as always sugar is my biggest weakness..cookies, Dairy Queen, and the delicious chocolate covered almonds my sweet hubby bought this week!! 

Food Aversions: It is pretty random...anything I ate in the first trimester I don't really want ever and I just never want to cook because I don't like all the smells!

What made me cry this week: My son is such a big boy and hit huge milestones this week! I couldn't handle all of them and broke down early this week! 

We made the transition to his big boy bed in his new room, moved all his stuff out of the nursery, and he did such a great job sleeping in his big bed! (He looks so tiny in his big twin size bed!!) It was way easier (for him!) than I thought it would be and it just reminded me how blessed we are too have such a good boy! Then today he wore underwear to bed and stayed dry! Our empty nursery makes me sad but excited that we can start decorating for our little girl!

Medical Stuff: My midwife is really annoying me lately. We have started clashing when it comes to certain medical interventions and she even dared to make the comment this week at my appt., "Do you have a death wish?" Who says that??!!!! 

I am still sticking to my guns and sticking with my philosophy that I want to have this pregnancy with as little medical intervention as possible, as naturally and as close as God intended pregnancy and birth to be as possible, and not let her get me worried, depressed or stressed! I am definitely picking a new midwife next time or hopefully having a home birth (please hubby!!!)

Thoughts from my son: He is super excited especially now that he is in his big boy room and the nursery is empty. He keeps telling me we need to get some stars to hang in his little sister's room and today he helped me sort his old clothes to see if there is anything we can use again. Plus, he will randomly make comments while he is playing like, "I gotta pick this up so baby sister doesn't choke on it!" and he loves to kiss my belly and tell his sister he loves her!

Something I am excited about: I am excited to finally have no plans for the next couple months. These last couple months have been so busy with Thanksgiving, Christmas, and our vacation! I am ready to hide away, get huge, and get this baby's room ready! :)

We are down to SINGLE DIGIT weeks! 

Thanks for letting me share! :)

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Five Foot Mama said...

This was really fun for me to read! I'm also 31 weeks pregnant with a little girl and have one son already, so we are in very similar boats! My little man will be 2 at the end of February, only a month before his sister is due, so he doesn't really understand what is going to be happening yet. Congratulations on your little girl and good luck! I hope I can have a fairly natural delivery, as well, after my last one when I had to be put under general anesthesia for a c-section!

Michelle said...

Yay! So excited for you. How nice to be able to settle a little bit. And aren't you and your little belly cute?!? Thanks for linking up with me. I'll +1 this post! You can link up to 3 more posts if you'd like!

April said...

Congratulations! Can you change midwifes or is it too late? She does NOT sound like a good one!

Nicole said...

Awe! You're glowing! I love this post. It takes me back to when I was pregnant with my son. I wrote similar posts, capturing the pregnancy. It's one of things I love about blogging. You can document your memories. Those memories can turn into a legacy that one day your great grandchildren can look back on. :)

On to the single digits now! Your due date will be here before you know it! Yay!

~ Nicole

Jayda said...

Congrats! Yay for being on the home strech I know with my #2 I was sooo impatient for her and she was even later then my first ;-) Shes still stubborn!

PS I always have to diet before all inclusives as I too gain too much weight.

-Thanks for linking up with SASS

mamawee said...

you look teriffic! I love seeing pregnant bellies!


Little Miss Kate said...

I am sorry your midwife experience is not what you were hoping for. I had a great experience with midwives, they were very open to the mother being the decision maker in the process.
My son however had different plans - born at 32 weeks my care had to be transferred to an OB for the birth, but the after care from the Midwives was awesome

Thanks for participating in SASS, hope to see you again next week

Multi-Testing Mommy said...

What an awesome summary of your pregnancy! Despite all of the negative stuff, I really did love to be pregnant - I miss it some days! Good luck with the rest of your pregnancy!

Thanks for participating in SASS!

Katrina Brady said...

I love seeing the pleasure and excitement in your face! Having a child is so beautiful! Congrats :) SASS

Kevin L said...

Well I am not sure what kind of comment a Guy can leave on this post lol but I sure wish you well with your pregnancy and good health. P.S. My tummy looks like that all the time :( lol and no baby inside.

stopping by from the SASS hop
Take care

Katie said...

awwww your so close! I remember that was the hardest part for me because your so close to seeing your sweet baby for the first time.... I was a week late, I hope your not late! SASS

Canadian Dad said...

I have to tell you, I come across a lot of blogs and I admire how open you are about your writing. It's refreshing.

My little guy went through the exact same stuff you are describing and it brings back some very nice memories.

For what it's worth, he loves his little sister very much and I'm sure you are going to have a similar situation. It really is the most amazing thing that's ever happened to me.

Good Luck with your little girl!!


Deanna T. said...

Stick to your guns, and be sure that both your midwife and your husband are well aware of your wishes before it hits crunch time, as it can be hard to express yourself in the middle of contractions. Good luck! -SASS