Saturday, 28 July 2012

31 weeks

I can't recall all that I was thinking this last week. I really should start writing things down as I go through them or something.

I redid my registry and found most of the items on Canadian websites. Stupid Canada is SOOO expensive. For example: Medela Harmony Manual pump is $29.99 on and $64.99 or something at TJ's Kids. That's really stupid.

My mom came home from her course that she left for the day before we got back from vacation. She went "woah, you grew" lol :) Now my parents are headed off for a maximum of 3 weeks... It will be interesting to see how baby grows between now and then. I have to work on a small list of things to have shipped to my grandma's house for my parents to bring back. I'm thinking the Medela Harmony and our Baby Jogger HyChair since I haven't found the HyChair anywhere that ships to Canada yet. Also have to order the rest of the prefolds that I want for baby and perhaps an infant insert for the mamaroo. I imagine that it would work in the seat of the stroller when we get it as well.

We started painting shelves for the baby's room. I'm super excited to get them up. I bought some RLR for stripping all my used diapers and I'll get those stripped and ready for baby to use.

How your baby's growing:

This week, your baby measures over 16 inches long. He weighs about 3.3 pounds (try carrying four navel oranges) and is heading into a growth spurt. He can turn his head from side to side, and his arms, legs, and body are beginning to plump out as needed fat accumulates underneath his skin. He's probably moving a lot too, (dancing all night long lol) so you may have trouble sleeping because your baby's kicks and somersaults keep you up. Take comfort: All this moving is a sign that your baby is active and healthy. Definitely not worried because of the movement :)

How your life's changing:

Have you noticed the muscles in your uterus tightening now and then? Nope, haven't felt any yet. The only tightening is when baby shoves on the front and that's only in those spots. Many women feel these random contractions — called Braxton Hicks contractions — in the second half of pregnancy. Often lasting about 30 seconds, they're irregular, and at this point, they should be infrequent and painless. Frequent contractions, on the other hand — even those that don't hurt — may be a sign of preterm labor. Call your practitioner immediately if you have more than four contractions in an hour or any other signs of preterm labor: an increase in vaginal discharge or a change in the type of discharge (if it becomes watery, mucus-like, or bloody — even if it's pink or just tinged with blood); abdominal pain or menstrual-like cramping; only cramps around here are gas cramps, and those suckers still hurt so much... an increase in pressure in the pelvic area; or low back pain, especially if you didn't have it before. Lower back pain when getting up from lying down but that's normal and not contraction like.

You may have noticed some leaking of colostrum, or "premilk," from your breasts lately. No leaking that requires pads at all. Tiny bits throughout the pregnancy and quickly dries, unnoticed. If so, try tucking some nursing pads into your bra to protect your clothes. (And if not, it's certainly nothing to worry about; your breasts are making colostrum all the same, even if you don't see any.) If your current bra is too snug, you might also want to pick up a nursing bra. Choose a nursing bra at least one cup size bigger than you need now. When your milk comes in you'll be grateful for that extra room!

If you're having a boy, you and your partner will want to take some time to think about whether or not to have your baby circumcised. Find out the pros and cons from your doctor, and what the procedure involves. We discussed this and decided way back at like 10 weeks.

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