Tuesday, July 10, 2012

How Far Along: 33 Weeks

Size of Baby: This week the "average" baby is measuring approximately 17.20 inches crown to heel and is weighing in around 4.23 pounds. Growth scan scheduled for a week from tomorrow..

Picture of Baby: This is a picture that was taken last Friday at 32+3.

Maternity Clothes: Maternity clothes suck! I have been wearing full panel pants since about 20 weeks. I am now at the point where I don't want anything touching my stomach. I figured that my demi panel pants would be better but boy was I wrong! Think I can just be naked until I deliver? The other thing that I am dealing with is trying to figure out what to where home from the hospital. I am thinking that I will just where a maxi dress home but I am not sure if this is going to be the most comfortable option given the diaper-sized pad I will be wearing.

Weight Gain: Well, I have hit the 30 pound mark as of last Friday. At this point I am so thankful that I focused on not gaining too much weight early on as I would be a complete cow by now if I hadn't considering that you put on most weight during the 3rd trimester. I went back and looked at the week prior to the 3rd trimester (Week 26) and I was only up 17 pounds and up 16 pounds at 25 weeks. I have gained on average 1.75 pounds a week since starting the 3rd trimester and 1-2 is average. I am not worried at this point at all. At most I will have gained between 35-40 pounds. It is a tad higher than I should be but it could be worse. At least I have breastfeeding to look forward to...that will help be get this weight off!

Belly: This was taken last Thursday at 32+3.
Stretch Marks: Yup, still there. On a positive note, I don't have anymore but they seem to be getting a tad longer. I always figured that since I didn't have any by 30 weeks that I wasn't going to get them. I am now learning that most people don't get stretch marks until they are well into the 3rd trimester. I guess that was just wishful thinking on my part...or maybe denial.

Sleep: Still dealing with the pain from the SPD. I wake up more times screaming in pain from this than I do because of having to pee. According to my doctor 93% of cases of SPD resolve after pregnancy. If I am in that 7% where it doesn't I just may kill myself. 

Best Moment of the Week:  Meeting our pediatrician. After talking to some current moms, I learned what is important when picking an office. Suggestions I received were 1). find somewhere near home 2). go with a group practice where the docs are on call, you have one primary doctor but can be seen by other docs in an emergency 3). a place that is open 6-7 days a week with extended hours for walk-ins is a necessity and 4). find an office that works with your hospital of choice. That last one was difficult as my hospital of choice is an hour away but I was able to find a practice with all of these things and it is only 10-15 minutes from our house. I even got to sit down with the doctor for an hour (the one I chose) and ask as many questions as I wanted. It was a great experience. 

Movement: Normally movement starts to slow down around this point but it hasn't yet. I am starting to get sore on the inside from all of his karate chops. 

Symptoms: The fatigue is awful but the pain is worse. 

Food Cravings: I have finally reached that point in pregnancy where I feel full all time which is making it hard to meet all of my nutritional needs. I am making everything that I put into my mouth count as I need to be sure that I am getting enough of what I need for the baby. 

Gender: Still a boy. Confirmed that he testes have descended nicely.

What I Miss: Feeling normal. Not that I mind being pregnant, and I would never complain, but I am starting to look forward to feeling like my old self again. 

What I'm Looking Forward to: Not sure. I am very excited about his pending arrival but I am terrified of the whole process. I think my biggest fear is my water breaking in public. Having my doctor tell me that this is most likely the way labor will start for me, since I have no cervix left,  hasn't helped that fear either. 

Nursery: Almost completely finished. The rocker is being delivered on Friday. I am so excited!! Pictures this coming weekend...I promise!

Weekly Wisdom: None this week.  

Milestones: Just hitting 33 weeks is a big deal for me. 


  1. I'm so excited for you! :-)

  2. Thrilled you are doing so well. I lived in maxi dresses and the biggest yoga pants I could find...and loved it. In fact, I'm having a hard time giving up my moo-moo's. Embrace the comfy clothing moment...you will miss it later on.

    Can't wait for nursery pictures...or a personal tour. I plan to shame my husband into getting the nursery done (before Ian is one) by showing him your pics. So, thanks for being an unknowing part of my evil plot.

    Best of luck!

  3. Nice bump and nice stove! haha

  4. Not sure how bad post partum bleeding is after a c section, but I always was able to go home wearing an overnight pad. Otherwise, he is beautiful, your bump is beautiful, your house is beautiful and I hope your delivery is beautiful, too! Praise God you'be defied the odds! You are an amazing woman!