Time simply refuses to stand still. I'm racing rapidly through my pregnancy at a speed I can barely keep up with. At 33 weeks pregnant, there is not a whole lot of time left on the clock, and I couldn't be happier. I tend to be a bit of a procrastinator, however this advanced stage in my pregnancy necessitated that I get on the ball with a few important tasks, such as:
Attending Birthing Class Creating a birthing plan Creating a hospital bag list Decorating the nursery
Creating lists, plans, and decorating ideas has been a really fun experience that seems to connect me even more with my baby and the impending due date. Yet, the more I plan for my son's arrival, the more anxious I become. His birth is still 6 weeks away, but 6 weeks can be over in a snap. So, I'm experiencing this weird juxtaposition of emotions where I'm excited that the birth is so close, but I'm also nervous because I'll be taking care of a crying, pooping, ball of preciousness in less than 2 months, yet, I somehow also feel like it can't get here soon enough. Oye! It's enough to make a girl's head explode. Maybe it's just my hormones causing all this anxiety. LOL.
Physically, I'm still thrilled to report that I'm feeling good. As usual, I'm thanking my routine of light exercise, smoothies, and lots of water for staving off common pregnancy woes such as heightened mood swings, constipation, and swelling ankles and wrists. Of course, these symptoms could always rear their ugly little heads as time progresses, so I'm just grateful for everyday that I get to live without them.
On a not so cheery note, my nights are becoming more and more sleepless. Between the constant peeing, backaches, and kicking baby, I'm lucky to get 4-5 hours of sleep. But it's not all bad news. Although I am experiencing more persistent back pain, my lovely husband has happily delegated himself to the almost nightly duty of long back rubs. Without those rubs, my nights would be filled with even less sleep! As far as my kicking little man, since his kicks are so frequent and strong, it can sometimes be difficult to get into a comfortable position and fall asleep, but my consolation is the happy realization that I have a healthy, lively baby.
Here's what's going on with my mini soccer player this week:
- Kicking, kicking, kicking! This little guy moves all day everyday, even at night!
- Less amniotic fluid in the uterus means less cushion, so my baby's kicks feel a lot stronger
- He weighs about 4 to 4.5 lbs
- This month, he will gain 1/3 to 1/2 lb per week
- He measures about 17 inches
- He is receiving antibodies from me that help his immune system develop