Weeks: 34 weeks! We have a dairy product in our fridge that expire after our due date… seriously. (Soy milk!)
Cravings: None! I’m beginning to think that they aren't going to happen in this pregnancy – which is fine by me! This week I've had a surprising amount of nausea (first trimester symptoms can come back toward the end of pregnancy) and as a result I've had more carbs than usual - but have tried to balance them with veggie/fruit smoothies, kale salads, and lots of water.
How I'm Feeling: At the risk of sounding like a broken record, I feel wonderful! Strong, healthy, joyful. I'm a bit more uncomfortable when sitting in certain positions (at my desk at work, in the car, etc) but I counteract that by walking around every 30 minutes or so, and shifting how vertical I am in the car. It's just uncomfortable - not painful, and I certainly wouldn't trade it for the world.
Movement: Yes! I can tell Baby is getting bigger - his or her movements are more pronounced... especially as I'm trying to go to sleep at night. I think Baby Special is a night owl like his/her daddy :)
My thoughts: We had a wonderful – and slightly slower – week. We took two three-hour baby classes (Labor, Birth & Post Partum Part 2/3, and Infant Care Part 1/2). As part of the class we took a tour of the hospital which was a joy. It was reassuring to see the rooms that I'll be laboring in, to learn the protocol for after the baby is born, etc. I'm a planner by nature - it's one way that I counteract chaos, nerves and anxiety - all things that are so frequently associated with childbirth. Seeing the facilities, and having so many of my questions answered really helped me get in to an even more positive frame of mind - I feel so pleased with the hospital we've chosen! I would be lying if I said that I didn't have any nerves about our baby's birth.... but truly, the excitement and eagerness I feel to meet my child outweighs any nerves tenfold. I am so grateful for an easy and uneventful pregnancy (so far- knock on wood) and I have no reason to think that it won't continue.
This week we also made a decision on the purchase of a new car (!), finalized the baby's nursery, and Scott sweetly found me some labor pain management accessories that were suggested in our Low Intervention class last week (Eucalyptus smelling salts, relaxation visualizations). I also had a successful 34 week doctors appointment. I go back in 10 days from now, and then it's weekly appointments from then on. The end (beginning!) is near, and we can't wait.