I went to the doctor last week and her heart was beating at 142 beats per minute and I was measuring on track at 34 cm...I grew 3 centimeters in two weeks! She is definitely growing!
This is the last week of school and I have been super busy. My feet have officially started swelling and they have started hurting a little. I can get them to go down if I put them up, but then they usually swell back up once I get going again.
I have noticed that she is responsive to loud noises. Ben was hooking a trailer up this week and I was standing next to him and every time he banged on it she would jump. It may have been coincidence, but it happened several times. Poor thing probably got woken up from her nap!
I have been absolutely spoiled rotten this week with gifts from my wonderful friends and family. I had a shower at work as well as another shower in town and I got some really great things. More on that in another post!
She moves pretty constantly now. If I haven't noticed her moving, I can usually sit down for a few minutes and feel her move right away. Ben says she moves all night long, but fortunately I don't feel her! I have said it before and I will say it again, I sure hope this little girl sleeps like her Mama! My entire family sleeps like rocks - my parents, sisters, brothers, and Blair too! Ben unfortunately does not - he wakes at the slightest noise.
I think she had the hiccups last night. She was "bumping" me every two or three seconds pretty consistently for about 10 minutes. I told Ben and he looked at me like I was crazy. When he felt her he said "Aww, poor thing! She does have the hiccups! Go eat some peanut butter!" He also tried scaring them out of her by yelling through my stomach. Needless to say, it didn't work. :)
It was hot up here this past week! I was a little puffy and I am assuming it had something to do with the heat. I thought I was going to have to break down and take off my wedding rings, but it has cooled off and helped tremendously with the swelling. My thermometer outside was reading 94 degrees and I had a little bit of a freak out and thought there is no way I am going to be able to make it through this heat until July. I am keeping my fingers crossed that the weather stays mild until delivery time!
I am still sleeping through the night with no bathroom breaks. I got my wedge back from Mom and Dad's house and it is heaven. I have started having some Braxston Hicks pretty much daily. I don't have anything too regular (and I know to watch out for if they are regular), just every now and then and especially if I haven't had enough water.
Either a head or foot is under my right rib area and that is her favorite place to push. This makes traveling and sitting for long periods of time pretty uncomfortable. If I push back I can get comfortable, but then I make her mad and she starts to push harder. On the way home from Georgia this weekend I had the car seat laid all the way back pretty much the whole way home. I may or may not have taken a nice long nap like that too :)
I have been diligently working on baby bedding this past week. I am trying to get it done before my mom and sister come up next weekend. I have quite a bit to do and I am trying really hard not to mess up so it is taking me a little while to get it completed. I have only had to break out the seam rippers once so far - that is a record for me!
This week marks the beginning of the countdown. I have ten weeks left and I could not be more excited to meet our little one! I have been busy getting things together for her room and I am trying not to think about all I have to do and my fast approaching deadline.
I started sewing her bedding this week while we were out of school due to tornadoes. I didn't have power for four days, but as soon as it came back on I got busy. I now know how to sew a fitted crib sheet and I have also finished the panels to the bed skirt with some major calculating help from my mother-in-law. Remember your algebra if you want to sew! Next up, bumper pads!
Total weight gain: 18 pounds
She weighs about three pounds now and is the size of a head of cabbage.
She is moving a lot lower now than she has been. She is still moving on the right side, but she has started pushing down as well. I was a little worried that she felt so low, but I went to the doctor yesterday for a check up and she said that I am measuring on track and she probably only just feels low.
Speaking of doctor appointments, I had my last four week appointment yesterday. I now will go every two weeks for three more visits, then I will go once a week until she comes! Everything looked good yesterday and her heart was beating away at 140 bpm.
Another movement note (for my memory), she is either laughing or practicing her boxing moves or she has some serious hiccups because sometimes my whole stomach will start shaking. It is the weirdest feeling in the world. It only lasts a few seconds and isn't uncomfortable, I just wish I could see what she is doing in there!
Ben and I have a fun weekend coming up. My sister Ashlee is graduating from nursing school and we are making the trip down to Georgia for her pinning ceremony. I couldn't be more proud of her for graduating with honors while taking care of a husband and an extremely busy two year old. Go Ash!!