Oct 30, 2018

Bump to Baby: 31 Weeks

You are now about 3 pounds give or take and measuring about 16 inches long. You are just about to your birth length which is a crazy thought because it means we really are getting close. You still have quite a bit of weight to put on though, about 3-5 more pounds. You are getting more regular patterns of sleep now which gives you a pretty consistent routine now of wakefulness and sleep. Your brain is developing a lot more, processing more information, tracking light, and perceiving signals from all of your senses. You are also doing a lot of breathing practice and those lungs just continue to develop. You are busy spending all day hiccuping, swallowing, sucking your thumb, moving your hands and feet, breathing practice, and even making faces.


This pregnancy just isn't getting any easier. For the first time in weeks I actually got sick. I have been feeling pretty queasy on and off for weeks when it all surrounds food, but on the first day of this week I got sick and that day was pretty awful. In truth I didn't feel great at all this week. Just couldn't quite get my stomach is settle and I am able to eat less and less in a sitting at a time. And of course I have the same old problem I've had all along which is that I have no idea what I actually want to eat when I get hungry. It's really frustrating, but we are in the final countdown and maybe my feelings about food will normalize again and maybe I will finally stop feeling queasy. And of course I am feeling tired. Sleeping is pretty tough right now. I'm having trouble getting comfortable and I have been experiencing some pregnancy insomnia on and off. You keep bouncing off my lungs which makes it hard to catch my breath too. You are just running out of room in there and it seems both of us are pretty uncomfortable.

I always hate when you are pregnant and people tell you to sleep now. Of course with two kids already, nobody actually tells you that but I remember hearing that when I was pregnant with my first. First of all you can't exactly stock up sleep. And second of all, sleeping and pregnancy is pretty much a joke. I think this is easily the worst I have slept in all my pregnancies. I am always somewhere between pregnancy insomnia and exhausted. There's nothing more frustrated than being really tired and not being able to sleep. But it's not always the insomnia that gets me. Sometimes it's just being uncomfortable. If I don't have a pillow behind me than I end up on my back and I wake up not being able to catch my breath. If I don't have a pillow under my belly then it's painful. I also have my back and rib pain problem that if not supported the right way cause me a lot of pain and leads to my sleep troubles. And that doesn't even go into being kicked all night and the multiple bathroom trips, which are the normal pregnancy sleep problems. So let's just say that I'm not sleeping so great these days and I'm pretty dang tired. Rob has been joking that I will probably sleep better once I have a newborn and I am so ready.

(Sunday, October 21 - Saturday, October 27)

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