33 weeks!

Only 6 weeks or less to go!!! I’m really really hoping to go until 38 weeks at least. I know the Dr will induce us on June 30th so we shall see. As far as symptoms go I’m still eating my ice and other then that I’m actually not eating a ton because I honestly don’t have a ton of room for food. 😂 I just try to eat little stuff through the day. I am having some Braxton Hicks from time to time so that’s fun. Last week our appointments went well. I had a regular ob appointment with a 3D ultrasound and then the growth scan! Good news everything still looks perfect even with the two vessel cord. He’s growing just fine. They estimated he was 4 pounds and 1oz at 32 weeks! So he could be a big boy. ❤️ I’m so excited to meet this little man. His mom and dad are getting super excited too! Hopefully they are ready for this little night owl. He really does love playing at night time. I love this time we get to spend together. I feel so lucky to be trusted with such important cargo. Next week I’ll have another regular appointment then one more growth scan before the big delivery day!!!

How’s Baby LB?

Baby LB is growing up so fast! Your baby is 17-19 inches tall, the size of a cauliflower blossom, weighs between 4 and 6 lbs. At this point in pregnancy though, there is a large variation in size from one baby to the next, and it’s harder to give an estimate for how big Baby LB is getting. Baby LB is going to keep putting on about a half pound (230 g) a week, and as long as your healthcare provider says they’re on track, it’s safe to assume that your little one’s growth is just perfect for them.

Your baby is also beginning to keep their eyes open while they’re awake, and before too long you’ll get to see those eyes look right into your own! Baby LB’s bones are still forming, and though relatively soft, they keep hardening. And your little one’s brain is developing more and more every day. 

Is Baby LB still causing a ruckus in there? While their kicks should have become more regular now, counting kicks is as important as ever as it can go a long way in helping you monitor your baby’s health. So it’s a good idea to pick a moment each day to count the kicks. 

What’s new with you?

Your growing body may increasingly be making some of your normal activities harder and more uncomfortable. So take care as you move through your days — take your time getting in and out of bed, cars, or up from seats; be careful moving in crowded spaces as you might accidentally bump your belly into furniture, and just be patient and forgiving as do your usual activities with an amazing body that’s still changing every day. 

Many folks also experience insomnia during their third trimester, which you can blame on a restless mind, restless hormones, and trouble finding a comfortable position to sleep in. Getting enough rest is very important though, so try to get as comfy and cozy as possible so that you can sleep as much as you can. And if you haven’t started using a sleep pillow yet, this may help you get more comfortable and feel more supported so that you can get in those zzzs.

Awe I love it!!!

32 weeks.

Happy 32 weeks to us. Baby LB is still moving like crazy and enjoying the cozy life on the inside while he plumps up for mom and dad! I’m so happy to house this little fella for his last few weeks. 😍 Its definitely going by super fast. I’m excited for all the fun the next few weeks will bring! Braxton Hicks, being checked, looking for all the little signs and symptoms that baby could be making his way into the world.

I’ve definitely been asked a lot this time how I’m feeling and what it’s like at the end. Being 100% honest I will say it’s all so worth it! Don’t get me wrong emotionally it’s weird. Not at all because I want this baby or that I want to take a baby home 😆. It’s just that when you invest SO SO much of yourself into such a big thing it’s hard when it’s over. For the last year of my life I have been consumed with blood work, contracts, medicine, shots, drs appointments etc etc

All to help another family so it’s weird when all the sudden my part is all over and everything is just supposed to go back to normal. It’s like life around me hasn’t changed but for me so much has changed and I’m stuck pretending like nothing crazy just happened days, weeks, or months ago. I always cry the first few days/week after. My hormones are a mess and honestly I just miss my belly buddy. Usually you have a baby and then obviously take them home but I go from growing them and loving them to going home to my family. It’s just different. Like I said I wouldn’t change a single thing about it and all the joy that this brings to everyone else. Not only the mom and dad but grandparents, aunts, uncles, siblings etc. It’s totally worth it all! I just thought it would be nice to explain for everyone who’s curious.

I’m going to the doctor tomorrow and for a growth scan! I’m hoping baby is still staying head down. Let’s all cross our fingers and toes. 😆

Now let’s share what’s up with baby LB and some fun pictures!

How’s Baby LB?

As Baby LB keeps getting closer and closer to being born, they now measure in at 17-18 inches, are the size of a pomelo, and weigh about 4.3 pounds. Your little one’s head also has a coating of fuzz, and their skin is continuing to fill out. Baby LB is still a little ways away from their first mani-pedi, but they already do have a full set of fingernails and toenails! In fact, one of your baby’s favorite activities right now is sucking their fingers, which is not only cute, but actually improves their coordination and familiarizes them with their body.

And Baby LB is really practicing for the big stage, breathing and “swimming” like crazy. Your baby is also probably already in the head down position with their head moving closer to your pelvis as they prepare for delivery.

What’s new with you?

This late in your pregnancy, you know your own unique symptoms pretty well. Symptoms are different for every pregnant person, but one of the most common symptoms of the third trimester is the increased need to pee. Hemorrhoids, flatulence, and constipation might continue as well. And you’ve probably reached a peak in the increased blood flow that’s, by now, been contributing to any number of symptoms. That extra 50% of blood does have a purpose though — currently it’s helping to keep Baby LB snug and safe, and it’s also going to help make up for the blood you lose in delivery.

It’s also time to start thinking more about your hopes and plans for labor and delivery, including thinking about if you may want to use any pain management. Talk to your provider about your options and what makes most sense for you. Epidural anesthesia is among the most common pain management options, though many opt for other medications, or elect to have medication-free births. It is also possible to labor without analgesics (pain meds) but need other medications like pitocin and/or antibiotics. Ask your provider about the pain management options available to you and any other questions you have about labor and delivery. It does help to go into labor with an understanding of your options, but keep in mind that you can always ask more questions even when in labor if you change your mind then. Everyone’s desires and needs are different, and your provider and care team will help you do what’s best for you

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