Here’s what’s going on with Baby Boy developmentally this week (from BabyCenter):
Your baby’s about 15.7 inches long now, and he weighs almost 3 pounds (like a head of cabbage). A pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds him, but that volume will decrease as he gets bigger and takes up more room in your uterus. His eyesight continues to develop, though it’s not very keen; even after he’s born, he’ll keep his eyes closed for a good part of the day. When he does open them, he’ll respond to changes in light but will have 20/400 vision — which means he can only make out objects a few inches from his face. (Normal adult vision is 20/20.)
How far along: 30 weeks.
Total weight gain: Approximately 31 pounds! [I miscounted my weight gain last week; I gained 29 pounds in 29 weeks of pregnancy!]
Maternity clothing: Jord and I went to Sioux Falls last weekend, and we picked up a pair of maternity jean shorts and a pair of maternity capris (thanks, Mom!). With the weather hitting the 90-degree mark last weekend, it was high time that I invested in some summer maternity clothes, much to my chagrin. I also picked up two more bras, because my breasts won’t stop growing – so annoying!
Best moment of the week: Hearing the baby’s heartbeat on Monday at my regular prenatal check-up; finalizing the introduction and first chapter drafts of my M.A. thesis, which is due for committee feedback next week – only one more chapter to revise/finalize!
Food cravings: Lemonade, lemonade, lemonade!
Symptoms: Having a few uncomfortable twinges in my belly, but they don’t last long and are quite random. Also have been noticing that baby boy loves to bunch himself up in a ball of sorts on one side of my belly, which is super uncomfortable; baby’s just loving to pull and push around my insides! My breasts also leaked colostrom last weekend – it was hilarious!
Movement: Baby moves all the time, and he moves my entire belly sometimes! I love to feel him move, even when I’m trying to sleep!
Belly button: It looks so weird! It’s hard to describe, but it looks like the tied end of a balloon that you blow up for a birthday party. Hasn’t popped out (yet).
Baby “stuff” report: Last weekend, when Jord and I were in Sioux Falls, we stopped by my parents’ house in Brandon to bring home two totes full of baby clothes and baby blankets! We’ve been storing all of the little man’s clothes at my parents’ house, since we don’t have much room in our apartment, but it’s made me so sad not to have any of our baby’s things around – I want to nest so badly, but we’re still waiting to hear when we can move in to our new 2-bedroom apartment. So, I brought home the totes to wash baby clothes and have baby things around to ease my urge to nest. I love looking at all of his little clothes and imagining him wearing them…I can’t wait to meet this little boy!
What I’m looking forward to: Turning in a draft of my thesis project to my committee on Tuesday! I’ve been working tirelessly on drafting it for the past few weeks, and I’ve been researching since last summer. Needless to say, I’m ready for a (little) break before I defend the thesis in May! I’m already anxious for the thesis project to come to an end, even though it’s been a great experience.
What I miss: Having semi-normal dreams; while I’ve always had vivid dreams, I have had many a disturbing dream during my pregnancy. For instance, I dreamt on Wednesday night that I was stuck in a large shopping mall after hours (with Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes, nonetheless!), and I had to complete all of these challenges and tasks in order to get to my husband, who was trying to rescue me! So strange.
Last appointment details: I had my 29-week check-up appointment on Monday, April 2. All is well with baby and me – I gained two pounds in two weeks, bringing my total weight gain to around 31 pounds, which my doctor says is average. Baby’s heartbeat was at 150 bpm – what a strong little guy!
Next appointment: Thursday, April 19. I have my 32-week ultrasound in the morning, followed by a regular prenatal check-up. I can’t wait to see our little man one more time inside my belly before we meet him in the real world!