…about baby no. 1’s bump watch {29 weeks}.

Here’s what’s going on with Baby Boy developmentally this week (from BabyCenter):

Your baby now weighs about 2 1/2 pounds (like a butternut squash) and is a tad over 15 inches long from head to heel. His muscles and lungs are continuing to mature, and his head is growing bigger to make room for his developing brain. To meet his increasing nutritional demands, you’ll need plenty of protein, vitamin C, folic acid, and iron. And because his bones are soaking up lots of calcium, be sure to drink your milk (or find another good source of calcium, such as cheese, yogurt, or enriched orange juice). This trimester, about 250 milligrams of calcium are deposited in your baby’s hardening skeleton each day.

How far along: 29 weeks.

Total weight gain: Approximately 29 pounds!

Pictures:

29-Weeks

29-Weeks

{What I’m Wearing: Dress – Francesca’s Collections; black leggings – Motherhood Maternity; blue ring – Francesca’s Collections}

Sleep habits: At about 26 weeks pregnant, I felt like I could never get comfortable enough to sleep for longer than an hour or two, but now that I’m at 29 weeks, I’ve finally been able to sleep comfortably for a few hours, and sometimes for the entire night (if my bladder allows, which it usually doesn’t – for example, I was up three times last night to use the bathroom!). My saving grace: a body pillow that I literally bear hug during the night. I also have been dealing with not-so-pleasant night sweats – yuck – so I’ve been sleeping in big t-shirts (thanks, brother Brian!), and that seems to have helped. I still LOVE sleep, and I aim to get around 10-12 hours of sleep per night. (Yes, I know, that’s a ton of sleep, and yes, I know, this sleep pattern will change once the baby arrives!)

Maternity clothing: I’m rocking out two pairs of maternity jeans (one bootcut from Motherhood Maternity, one skinny from Old Navy) and one maternity jean skirt from Motherhood Maternity. I have two maternity dresses (one from Ann Taylor LOFT, one from Old Navy), one of which I’ll be wearing to my baby shower next weekend! I have probably 10-12 maternity shirts that I rotate, and I’m lucky – a lot of my pre-pregnancy shirts still fit, since I have always been a fan of wearing looser-fitting shirts!

However, I’m noticing that as the temperatures rise, I’m having to trade in some well-fitting sweaters for something more lightweight and breathable. I don’t have many summer-like maternity shirts yet, apart from a couple of maternity t-shirts and tank tops for layering, but what I have is working for now! When I’m at home writing my thesis or bumming around, I wear comfy elastic sweatpants or gym shorts (non-maternity) around the house with big t-shirts. I have a Belly Band that still works sometimes, but I swear, I have about one more week (if that) in some of my jeans before even the Belly Band can’t make them work!

Best moment of the week: Watching my whole belly move when the baby kicked on Sunday night – it looked like an alien had taken over my belly; feeling the baby kick my ribs for the first time on Tuesday morning while I was eating cereal; watching Wyatt try to bark at our neighbors while holding his ball in his mouth.

Food cravings: This week (and the past two weeks), it’s been all about the strawberries. Let’s just say this: I purchased a container of strawberries on Monday morning, and the entire container was gone by Tuesday night. ‘Nuff said. Am also craving lemonade (must be the gorgeous spring weather!), and kettle chips are tasting so yummy right now.

Symptoms: Some lower back pain, of course, since I’m carrying around 20 extra pounds, mostly in my belly. Sore, still growing breasts. Numb legs when I sleep, but as soon as I stretch out my calf muscles, I feel fine. Difficulty getting out of bed and off the couch, either from a sitting position or while lying down. The baby loves to hang out low in my belly, which is totally not comfortable and usually inspires me to (gently) get after our sweet baby boy to move it.

Movement: Our little man moves all the time – I feel so, so blessed. I love feeling kicks and hiccups, and every little twinge that he makes immediately puts a smile on my face.

Recent Baby Purchases: I purchased a nursing cover from Udder Covers (only paid shipping, thanks to a coupon!); a mobile for the baby’s crib from Etsy; and a lullaby CD from iTunes (Essie Jain’s Until the Light of Morning: Original Lullabies for Babies and Grown-Ups). We also plan to purchase a car seat for the baby next week!

What I’m Looking Forward To: Doctor’s appointments every two weeks – I hate waiting a month to hear the little man’s heartbeat! Also – my baby shower!

What I Miss: All of my cute spring and summer dresses that don’t fit anymore :/

Last Appointment Details: Baby boy’s heartbeat was strong at 130 bpm; I gained eight pounds between weeks 22 and 27.

Next Appointment: Monday, April 2.

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