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32 weeks.

Posted Feb 04 2013 10:46am
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32 week belly

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How far along: 32 weeks. Whoa. I'm sure I'll get the same adrenaline rush every week from here on out. I feel like I've been pregnant for nine years straight and like I just found out five minutes ago all at the same time. If I don't make it to my due date, we're looking at less than 7 weeks left. Crazy
How big is baby/milestones: Baby weighs around 3.75 lbs and is around 16.7 inches long, about the size of a large jicama (no idea what that even looks like, lol). 
Total weight gain/loss: 22 lbs total, putting me at 140 lbs. 
Maternity clothes: All of 'em besides the pre-weight loss/pre-pregnancy clothes I held onto. 
Sleep: It's been better, thank goodness, although I'm still up at least once or twice per night to pee. 
Best moment of the week: Feeling Harrison's little head in my pelvis. So exciting! 
Food cravings/aversions: The smell of Bounce Outdoor Fresh dryer sheets, the smell of Dial Gold bar soap and the smell of Glade's Clean Linen product line (carpet powder, candles, room spray, car fresheners, etc - I'm OBSESSED). Food wise, I haven't had any particularly strong cravings for anything. I'm already making lists for what I plan to pig out on after I deliver, including cereal and cold cut sandwiches. Other than that, nothing.

Symptoms: Plugged ears (that I'm told won't go away until after I deliver), Braxton Hicks, achy hips, sugar rushes if I'm not careful with the carb intake, extreme nesting spurts where I want to do everything followed by days where I want to do absolutely nothing.     
Movement: Lots and lots! He's either head-butting me in the cervix or wiggling his little limbs into my ribcage.
  Gender: Sweet baby boy :)
What I’m looking forward to: Our upcoming growth scan. I am curious to know if he's still growing at the rate he has been up to this point. Also, finishing up my birth plan and deciding on a plant or flower we'll be planting with my placenta. And this may sound odd, but I'm secretly hoping I'll be able to see Baby B in the placenta after I deliver. My body has completely reabsorbed the amniotic fluid and tissue in the second sac but any bone or hard parts would basically have fossilized into the placental wall, which I'm hoping I'll be able to see. For some strange reason, I'm kind of glad I didn't have to pass Baby B like in a normal miscarriage. It has comforted me knowing I've been carrying them with me this whole time and that after delivery they will be given a proper farewell and not just become medical waste. I'm sure that sounds morbid, but it's how I've processed it up to this point.
What I miss: Sleeping on my belly, bending without being uncomfortable, being a size 4, lol. I did a boudoir photo shoot and had a book made for Ryan late last spring. I got the book recently and holy moly am I ever excited to look like that again. Obviously, my body isn't anywhere close to what it looked like before I had babies, what with old c-section scar and stretch marks, but I'll take my body from last summer over my pre-baby body any day because I've never been more physically fit or stronger before in my entire life. I never thought I'd have that kind of confidence or pride, but lots and lots of hard work paid off. If I can get back to what I looked like in that book, I'll be happy and proud again. Where there's a will, there's a way, right? :)
  How I feel: Really good, overall. I have the beginnings of what feels like a sinus infection, but I'm really, really hoping it passes.  
Belly button in or out: It's pretty much flat at this point.
Labor signs: Nope!
Stretch marks: Just the old ones I got with Franky.
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32 weeks with Franky (left), Marija (middle) and Harrison (right)

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