project baby {week 34}

Project Baby_Week 34_Bump

Project Baby_Week 34_Casaba Melon_Final

{dress: madewell (old) // belt: h&m (old)}

{sidenote: there are lots of different fruits & veggies that are attributed to a baby’s size week to week & every website has a unique list. i was originally going off of the lists from babycenter and what to expect, but have found some of the selections to be incongruent with baby’s actual size or length. so, now each week we find ourselves in the produce department searching for the perfect piece of produce, despite what any list says!}

{week 34} on sunday my friends beth & jen threw me & baby lower an amazing shower & i will be sharing pictures later in the week {tomorrow i hope!}.

now that i am into my eighth month of pregnancy – eep, eight months! – i thought it would be nice to do another FAQ {like i did here in week 18}.

{question one} how are you feeling?

all-in-all i feel really great. seriously. there are occasional pains & moments of uncomfortableness, but overall i am feeling great! while i am a bit slower than i used to be (walking or climbing stairs) i have still been able to get in my one or two pure barre classes each week (with modifications). i am able to keep up with nearly the same intensity as i did pre-pregnancy & really only have to back off on ab work. keeping up with a regular workout routine (along with healthy eating) as been a huge contribution to the healthy & uneventful pregnancy i have had so far.

i am getting the occasional heartburn still, but only right before bedtime & nothing a tums can’t help. my biggest complaints are some low back pain when i sit for long periods of time {a good reminder to get up & move around!} & the recent achy-ness i feel in my hands when i wake up in the morning. while i don’t necessarily think this achy-ness is carpal tunnel {it feels like i have spent the entire day painting a room with a paintbrush!}, my midwife has no concerns & thinks it will subside post-delivery.

{question two} how much weight have you gained?

so this is a fun one that i feel like lost of people address with me either directly or indirectly. in all honestly {& i have mentioned this before} i have no idea. i don’t weigh myself at home & avoid looking at the scale when i am in for my check ups. my midwife has never been concerned with how much weight i have gained & i know she would tell me if that was ever a concern. aaron has some idea of what the amount has been, but he is a huge supporter of me & keeps this number to himself!

{start rant: feel free to skip!} i am super, super sensitive to the issue of my weight which was true even pre-pregnancy. there are expectations of women to maintain a certain weight & to keep a certain figure, & this feels exacerbated once you are pregnant. there is a conflicting expectation of pregnant women in this country which goes like this {at least from my experience}: you are eating for two & it is normal & expected for you to be “huge,” and in no way should your physical body change with pregnancy other than the tiniest of baby bumps.

early on in my pregnancy i had a lot of people {both strangers & not} make comments that insinuated i was too small. so much so that every time i saw my midwife i asked for re-assurance that i was in fact having a healthy pregnancy. i think much of this stemmed from the fact that i really didn’t look pregnant until i was about half-way thru {& this is really common for first time mamas!}.

now that i have an obvious bump, i get a mix of comments. a lot of times i find that strangers smile when i walk by or tell me “congratulations.” more frequently though i have found that people feel the need to make comments about my ever-growing bump. while i am certain not a single one of these comments has come from a bad place, the words hurt just as much. so to answer all of these prodding questions & comments en masse: yes i am getting bigger each week {& so is the baby}, no there is not more than one child in there, i don’t actually know how much weight i have gained, thanks for pointing out that my face may be rounder than it was before, sorry to disappoint you that i am not as “small” as you thought i would be, and I will do my best not to get “too big.” {end rant!}

{question three} are you having any cravings?

in terms of cravings, i really haven’t had many (if any) this pregnancy. these days i want: ice cold water, strawberries, cereal, & eggs. i have also enjoyed eating dairy – yogurt, cheese, ice cream – as my lactose intolerance seems to have been “cured” during this pregnancy {fingers crossed this lasts!}.

{question four} are you feeling the baby?

the baby, so i am told, is on its own schedule which includes periods of napping & awakeness. i find that eating or drinking something very cold will get the baby moving {which has been true since i first started feeling movements}. the baby gets the hiccups at least once a day. and i feel the strongest kicks & movements early in the morning {usually around 4 or 5}. since the baby has turned head down {yay!} i am feeling kicks near the top of my belly & arm jabs on the side of my belly.

{question five} will you find out the gender?

we are holding strong with keeping the gender a surprise. many people don’t believe us, but i can honestly say that no one knows what baby lower’s gender is. thru two ultrasounds, there was no reason to do any viewing south of the belly & no future ultrasounds are scheduled.

{question six} how many more kids are you planning on having?

for now we are sticking to getting a healthy baby delivered.

{question seven} have you picked out any names?

we have a short list of names that we plan on mixing & matching based on baby lower’s gender & what he or she looks like. some are family names, some are names we just like, & most of them are not on the popular baby name lists. also, if it makes you feel better, we haven’t shared a lot of the name choices with anyone, so we are being equally secretive with all! though it likely won’t happen, aaron & i are both okay with the idea of baby lower not having a name as soon as he or she is born & even within the first few hours.

{question eight} have you started designing the nursery?

i am sticking pretty close by the nursery moodboard that i shared here. i have bought & collected most of the basic pieces – crib, glider, dresser/changing table, rug – but since the nursery space is still under construction, it is all sitting in boxes. as much as i don’t like it, the nursery will not be “ready to go” before the baby is born {unless he or she is quite late!} based on the current construction timeline & the final details will really have to wait until late august or september – like curtains & window coverings, art, etc.

alright, brain dump over. anything else you are dying to know?

M

2 thoughts on “project baby {week 34}

  1. Well I think you look absolutely fabulous! I will never understand how common sense/courtesy goes right out the window when people see a pregnant woman. I cannot believe you only have six weeks left! So excited! xoxo

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