I am now 32 weeks. This marks the start of theoretical healthy baby delivery window as a 32 week baby can be born in my planned hospital with only level 2 NICU (short term oxygen and monitoring). At this point, every day that little man stays in there are 2 days that he doesn’t have to spend in the hospital! He’s just about a few ounces shy of 4 pounds and 16 inches long. He’s starting to get pretty crowded in there and I now feel every roll, hiccup, and thumb sucking that Mini Me is doing. And in more exciting news, my pregnancy book says that I should be gaining about a pound week now, “at least half of which goes directly to the baby.” So who’s in for an all-you-can-eat buffet for lunch? Bring it on! Here’s another funny tidbit from pregnancy books: “He now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair (or at least respectable peach fuzz).” The writer of this is clearly not living in my night stand drawer where I hide my Tums for easy access in the middle of the night, nor is s/he reading my blog where I complain about how I’m convinced that I have a hairy baby. Peach fuzz….. psh!
My belly is starting to get so big that I’m having to retire some maternity clothes that aren’t long enough. I haven’t gone through them all yet, but I can just about guarantee that the shirts that no longer fit are the cutest ones. And speaking of large belly, THANK YOU, GOD for my pregnancy pillow! What once started as a trick to not sleep on my back, has now turned into the most amazing invention ever supporting my back and belly so I can fake comfort and get at least a few hours of sleep between bathroom breaks. I feel like that’s all I do now- pee. I’ve lost track of how many times a night I wake up to use the bathroom, but at one point I know there were 4. Feels like more than that now. ‘Tis a pregnancy miracle!
My awesome sister-in-law and mom threw me an adorable baby shower on Saturday! It was so adorable without being too much and I was completely overwhelmed with the generosity and support that I felt from everyone around me. It’s so comforting and emotional to know that I have so many friends and family who already love our little man as much as Angel and I do, and he’s not even born yet! Here’s my sister’s blog where she writes about all of the amazingness that was my shower. Swing by to check it out!
Speaking of emotional train wrecks- oh, were we not? Well lets. On Sunday I drug my mom to Buy Buy Baby to purchase the last few items off of our registry that we think we need when the munchkin comes home. Side note: I totally got it all within budget!!! So anyway, then I took my mom to the airport and made it about half way home before I started sobbing. Why? Yeah, no idea. Maybe it’s because I miss my parents, or because I’m so tired because I wake up every hour to pee, or maybe it’s just the anxiety of knowing that we’re rounding the bases home, or maybe it’s just my hormones getting in that last little jab while they still can. Your guess is as good as mine. And then I started thinking about Angel being able to hold Mini Me and I started crying harder (as if it was possible). When I got home Angel was still out at the football game, so I went up to the nursery with Molly and started putting away baby things and organizing. When I was done I took a seat in the famous La-Z-Boy and picked up one of the new baby books that I have and started reading it. WARNING: Do not real Love You Forever until emotionally stable! After the first page, I had to put it down because I was sobbing and Molly was looking at me like she was a little concerned I was going to forget to feed her in my emotional state.And before I forget, I have to brag about the diaper cake that my mom made! It’s adorable and I’m so touched that she thought to make me one because I always make them for everyone. She even had to google how, which makes the cake even more adorable and I may just cry thinking about it. So that’s about it for now. I’m in the home stretch of work (4 more weeks!) and then I’m home free until Baby Rivas comes!