How far along? Thirty-four weeks
Vital stats? +23.2 lbs, down nearly 2 lb from last week. This puts me at no gain over four full weeks, which is both surprising and perhaps a touch concerning now. I eat. I eat a LOT. I have been having smaller dinners because my stomach is smaller and more prone to heartburn in the evenings, so I will embrace Zantac and a third snack and see if that helps.
Sleep? Still messy, still almost entirely Spud’s fault. We were away at a cottage over the weekend, and Spud was in our room. Which meant Spud was in our bed both nights, but, hilariously, because Pea and I swapped sides of the bed, the second night Spud was determined to sleep on Pea’s neck instead of mine, and I got a great night’s rest. I didn’t know he’d just sleep-migrate to and clamber on the person on the right, but it’s useful information! Previously all co-sleeping has been a disaster for me and me alone, so it’s nice to know we can swap*.
People keep asking me if I’m having trouble sleeping, and I AM, but it’s not Sprout’s fault at all!
How am I feeling physically? Fine, sometimes quite crampy through the lower belly, and I can no longer comfortably cross my legs. I think it squishes Sprout. Certainly it feels awful. I’m still slower than normal, and getting even more ponderous, but my energy has been stable and I’m still walking and carrying things and not dealing with any injuries or issues.
How am I feeling emotionally? Pretty good. The first two mamas in my bookface mom group had their babies this weekend (both induced ~2 weeks early for medical reasons), which makes it much more real that I really could have a baby quite soon. Pea is away this week, so I’m a bit stressed about managing the house and daycare and such. My mother is coming two evenings to help, and it’s not that long a trip – he’s back on Thursday evening – so it should be fine. We have a bunch of small errandy things that have built up which are now firmly on my plate during a tricky week, but I’ll just see what I can get done.
Best moment? We had a nice weekend at a cottage with friends, though the weather was steady rain for our one full day there. We got out for short walks and treks down to the lake, donated pints of blood at a time to mosquitos, played boardgames, ate lots of tasty food, and had a chance to actually talk to each other as adults in the brief moments between all the kids finally falling asleep and the adults also turning in. I had fun, and managed to find it relaxing despite broken sleep and the generalized chaos of six kids trapped in a cabin in the rain.
We took Spud out for his first canoe ride, which he pronounced “fun” and “wibbly wobbly”.
What I miss? Beer! The cottage was a perfect spot for a cold beer overlooking the lake. I should have brought a few of my non-alcoholic ones along, but we were already bringing 47 tons of stuff with us. #TravellingWithToddlers
What I’m looking forward to? Dinner with a friend at her new house this Thursday. My last yoga session (classes are not running into the summer, too bad!). Some quieter quality time with Spud while Pea is away, as it’s been a busy few weeks and we haven’t had as much time for books and art and crafts and cuddles.
What have I done this week for the pregnancy? Nothing much! Sigh. I still intend to spend this week while Pea is away doing some prep and laundry and organizing in the evenings.
Milestones? I have, as of last night, an outie belly button. It is small, and can be compressed with mat pants’ elastic waistbands, but it is clear physical proof that we are past where I ever was with Spud’s gestation. Also proof that, despite absence of weight gained, Sprout continues to sprout.
* co-sleeping only happens when Spud is sick or scared or refusing to settle, maybe once every two months. We’ve had four such nights in two weeks, with travel, a cold, and the upheaval of daycare mixed together. We think he was scared of the dark at the cottage, as our nightlight attempts kept automatically turning off after we fell asleep.