34 and 35 Week Bumps and Updates


Well, in case you can’t tell, the baby dropped between 34 and 35 weeks (34 on left, 35 on right). I’m pretty excited about this because hopefully it means I will go into labor on my own before my likely induction at 39 weeks and also bc maybe I can avoid stretch marks since my belly is now not just getting bigger and bigger every week.


It’s been an eventful two weeks. Last weds at 33w5d I had my growth scan to check on Sam’s size since he was 96th percentile at 19 weeks. This time he was still measuring in the 90th percentile (I think 91st overall) and estimated to be 6 lbs. The tech also noticed that I had extra amniotic fluid, which didn’t surprise me since my fundal height was measuring 37 cm, so she did a biophysical profile as well as the growth scan and consulted with the dr. The Dr. ordered another BPP for this week to check on my fluid, so I went in again at 34w5d and my fluid was 2cm higher than the week before (21cm). So, I have mild polyhydramnios and have to go in weekly for BPPs. Im not sure what that means for me when I deliver, but I know it can complicate things. Anyway, thanks to all that extra fluid (most ppl at this stage have ~12cm, so it really is a lot extra!) the tech got beautiful, clear pictures of my sweet baby’s face and I will admit right now that I fell totally head over heels in love with someone I’ve never met even though I always thought I wouldn’t be the type to turn to total mush over my spawn. I was so wrong, but he is the cutest thing I’ve ever seen andI can’t wait to meet this little ham!!!

Oh, I think I forgot about weight gain last update, so here ya go: 27 lbs total (it didn’t change between 34 and 35).


31-33 Weeks and Obviously Over It

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I think the most important update regarding weeks 31, 32 and 33 is that I didn’t bother to post about them. That says more than whatever I will now briefly say. That and the fact that I’m too pregnant to even go see a movie. I had to cancel a movie date with B today because my rib cage ached so badly from sitting for 20 minutes while drinking my coffee that I couldn’t imagine sitting for two straight hours to watch a movie. Yesterday we drove an hour each way to a food festival and sat for almost 2 hours straight watching the keynote and seafood throw down (modeled after iron chef) and even with tylenol I was physically miserable.

Also, apparently pregnancy induced carpal tunnel is a thing and it came on in week 31 and now my right hand falls asleep whenever I use it, including to brush my teeth, eat, type, put my hair up, write baby shower thank you notes, or hold anything at all.

I am getting swollen, too. My toes crease where they meet my puffy foot.

I am planning a post on Maine Fare, the food festival I went to yesterday. We shall see if that actually happens.

29 and 30 Week Bumps and Updates

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Oh my god, I am finally 75% of the way through and in the 30’s. Of course Lindsay told me the 30’s felt the slowest, but I hope they don’t for me. I’m going to have a fairly busy June, as I had a pretty busy May (baby shower, cousin’s wedding, mother’s day stuff, etc). My brother will be visiting at the end of next week, I’m going in on a cabin on the coast with him and some friends for a couple of days, Lindsay will be coming to Maine towards the end of the month, C. is scheduled to be home on the 30th because we are having our 34 week growth scan on July 1st !! I’ll technically be 33w5d but close enough (and according to my dating scan EDD, july 1 is actually the day I hit 34 weeks anyway, but they don’t care about that).

29 weeks was pretty uneventful I think… ended up passing my 3 hour glucose test with flying colors and celebrated with FIVE pints of ben and jerry’s over the next two weeks.

Let’s talk weight gain… it was 20lbs at 29 weeks and 21lbs at 30 weeks.

I had another Dr.’s appointment on Thursday (29w6d), my Fundal Height was 32 this time which was a relief since it was 31-32 at 27w6d and Baby Sam totally changed position and is now head down with his butt jammed into my ribcage on my right side and his little feet pushing out on the left side of my belly. He had a nice strong heartbeat in the 130’s and is still very active. I can definitely tell when he has the hiccups now and today when he had them, I rubbed here I know his little back is and talked to him softly like I do my kitties when they have the hiccups because I’m just that kind of crazy. I think it was Jolie who used to get the hiccups often but its been a long time now since she’s had them.

Now, onto how I’m feeling lately… shit is getting real, to be honest. When I stand too much  my heels ache, when I sit down even just for half an hour to eat a meal, my right ribs burn/ache because sam gets squished right into them and when I lay down my lower back often aches or my tailbone does, depending on my angle of recline. Seriously, I can’t believe I’m already having this much trouble getting comfortable at 30 weeks, but I guess it’s his position and he is at least a couple weeks ahead in terms of overall size, so it shouldn’t be that shocking. I’m just happy that I am having a very healthy pregnancy and a very healthy baby and neither of us have any issues of concern aside from his being possibly a bit too robust for his mommy. We’ve got another appointment June 18 where apparently it is time to talk labor preferences… I’d prefer it if he’d just magically appear, but I think they mean more epidural or no, circumcision or no, etc.

I’ll be back with another update next week, or more likely it seems, the week after!

28 Week Bump and Glucose Tolerance Test


I guess it speaks to how looooong pregnancy feels that I’m already beginning to lose interest in making these updates. Last week was actually more eventful than others, too! On Thursday I had my appointment where My fundal height was measuring 3-4 cm ahead. It was 4 the first few times the NP did it but she finally said, “well, I guess I could call that 31” since it’s less extreme. Fundal height is supposed to be within 2cm (+\-) the week you’re in so at 27w6d i should have been somewhere between 26 and 30. Other than asking if I was a big baby and being shocked enough to do it several times, she didn’t say anything about it although a lot of ppl get an ultrasound when it’s more than 2cm off. Im already getting an U/s at 34 weeks because he was so big at his anatomy scan, so maybe that’s why.

After that I grabbed a latte and breakfast sandwich before heading to the lab for my 1 hour glucose test. I wasn’t told to fast or anything, but ending up failing by 2 points. They like to see the number under 140 and mine was 141. So now I’m sitting here at the hospital lab, waiting for my last of 4 blood draws. I got here at 730 after going to the other lab first since no one told me about the venue change and will finally be leaving at 11:13. My fasting level was 91, which is passing, but not by too much and the rest of the results will go to my doctor’s office about 2 hours after my last draw. I’m glad I don’t have to wait too long.

Total weight gain: 19 lbs

This week stuff hurts some, like the round ligaments holding up my 4 cm too big for this stage uterus. Baby is moving a ton still, my whole belly jolts and vibrates and jumps. I took a short video to capture this crazy phenomenon.

26 and 27 Week Bumps and Updates,

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Guys, I put off week 26 (white shirt) for so long that I figured I might as well combine the two. Last weekend was busy with B and then Mother’s Day and then I hit one of those lazy, no motivation patches which mean that baby is growing furiously and my bump is about to pop for the 15,000th time.

Total weight gain:

At 26 weeks- 20 lbs, at 27 weeks- 17

Yes, you read that right. I had another weight explosion last week where I packed on four pounds in a day and ballooned up to 20 pounds gained, officially putting me just over the recommendation for the week! The first two times this happened (19 and 23 weeks I think) I let it go because I was behind in my weight gain anyway and I figured my body was just catching up all at once. This time, I was like oh helllllll no because I have a ways to go and cannot afford to be gaining 4 lbs a week on the regular. So, I upped my daily mileage to 2 miles per day instead of my former 1 mile goal and started using Myfitnesspal again to track my calories and nutrients. I even made a log in my planner where I note calories, sugar, fat and sodium along with weight and miles walked in case my weight gain didn’t slow and I needed to show my OB or a nutritionist what I was doing so they could tell me what I was doing wrong. Well, I lost 3 lbs this week, which really surprised me and just goes to show how much being aware of my diet and a little “exercise” can do.


Baby Sam jabbed me in a painful way for the first time during my 27th week… I was in Amato’s trying to order a veggie sub on Saturday and kept getting this sharp little pain in my side ribs. It kind of makes me nervous about what’s to come, im just hoping he doesn’t break any ribs when he’s all big and strong in there. He feels lower this past week, but maybe it’s not that he’s lower because he’s also higher up in my abdomen. It’s just that when I stand up or, especially when I walk, I feel a weight and pressure in the bottom of my belly… probably just because it’s getting heavier and heavier.


Both B and Daddy got me flowers for Mother’s Day, which was especially sweet because it’s kind of a gray area when you’re really pregnant but haven’t had a baby yet. Ok, I told your Daddy he should get me flowers, but he didpick out a beautiful bouquet which the kitties have enjoyed tearing apart and shredding all over the house. I went to Fairfield to church with my gramma, aunt angie, cousin and a couple uncles for Mother’s Day, a tradition as it’s all Gramma wants every year. B and I went to see a movie, Hot Fuzz, mostly as an excuse to eat buttery movie popcorn and junior mints (cheat day!). I read Maria Semple’s “This One is Mine” which didn’t take long because she knows how to keep her readers engaged. I’m still really enjoying my espresso machine and have taken to making an iced double half-caff nonfat latte in the morning so that I still have a little caffeine allowance left over for an afternoon pick-me-up if needed.


Allergy season has arrived, and added to the annoyance that is rhinitis of pregnancy. My feet and ankles get a little swollen sometimes but no one believes me because they’re normally pretty bony, so they look totally normal, but not normal for me!! But my rings still fit- I’ve made it 2/3 of the way wearing my rings, woo-hoo! I still feel good, but I make more noise getting up or down, I definitely cannot see certain parts of myself and I touch my belly an obnoxious amount because I can feel hard spots where his head and butt are, not to mention all those kicks and jabs! I was more tired but I think it was the drizzly cold weather and a growth spurt because now I’m back to my usual 7 hours of sleep and energy levels.

25 Weeks and a Nursery Update


It’s my first public bare belly bump shot!! I made it black an white because that somehow makes an expanse of bare skin less… Well, it looks less like I’m showing you lots of skin. I don’t know, whatever. It’s a thing, I think. So here’s my real 25 week baby bump and my stretched out belly button…. I bet I’ll be one of the women whose belly buttons pop out towards the end.

Total weight gain:

this one is getting tough since my weight has begun to vary by 2-3 lbs day to day. I will go by my average weight this week, which puts me at a gain of 16.3 lbs…


Seriously, I don’t really know much new about baby except from what the apps say. He is still a mover and a shaker, is apparently the size of a Napa cabbage and putting on baby fat!

My week:

It just started to warm up yesterday… Which means 50s and 60s and monday should be low 70s. Finally!! I got together with a friend from H.S. This week to do the crossword puzzle at Dunkin Donuts like old people. It took us 2.5 hours (with a lot of chatting) and we had to look up 2 answers at the end. Had dinner with B. At Pepinos (a chimichanga, so unhealthy but soooo good!!) And more progress was made on the nursery thanks to my dad biking up for a morning to set up the glider and hang the curtain.


24 Weeks!

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Pardon my wet hair in these, but I am so excited to have reached 24 weeks… Also known as the first viability milestone. Now Baby Samuel could potentially survive outside the womb, it would not be easy or free of complications, but still, it’s comforting to know he could survive in the world. He also weighs around 2 lbs and he definitely feels like it, his kicks are getting stronger and stronger. I can’t wait for C. to come home so he can feel his son jabbing away, but I still do have to wait a while.

Total Weight Gain:

15-16 lbs. seriously, im traumatized. I gained 4 lbs this week, 3 overnight and I exercised more and ate well and gained another one the next day… So yeah, 4 lbs even though my diet or exercise levels haven’t changed ughhhh. I called my OB and talked to a nurse about it because I know it can be a sign of pre-eclampsia but she was unconcerned and said that my weight gain is “excellent” and im rigt in track and that its just water weight as well as baby, increased amniotic fluid and blood volume. So, yeah, I mean I can’t even tell where it went, but thats the second time I’ve just suddenly had a huge jump in my weight, I guess that’s just how my body does pregnancy and works around my trying not to gain too much. I just hope it doesn’t keep happening because I am trying so hard to stay on the lower end of the recommended range and now I’m already in the middle and I didn’t really have any control over it.

Speaking of weight gain, ha, I’ve got a lunch date with B so I’d better cut this short. Vietnamese is the plan today.

23 Week Bump and Update

Seems like you can count on me to post these updates late, whoops.


I chose that bump shot because my cat is being adorable in it. But, I do also look very pregnant which you can see above the real star of the photo.

This week all I even care about telling you guys is that I felt Samuel move from the outside!! And he’s been incredibly and regularly active. He moves a ton when I get hungry, probably because my stomach growling right on top of him wakes him up. My friend Danielle joked that he probably thinks a monster is trying to get him and he’s trying to get away. That seriously almost makes me feel guilty until I realize that the baby has no concept of monsters and is probably naturally not afraid if normal bodily noises. I also did find out that Samuel is 96th percentile overall, so taking into account abdominal circumference, head circumference, femur length, and another head measurement on top of weight (12 oz. at 19 weeks, now about 1 lb 12 oz if he’s still on the same track).

But yeah, he moves all the time and when he moves in the top part of my belly it’s really easy to feel it when I place my hand where Ive been getting jabbed. It’s kind of crazy to me that this movement which is already definitely NOT subtle is only going to get stronger and stronger until I deliver him. It’s hard to describe but it feels like a lot of popping and jolting in my belly. Maybe like if you ate something *really* bad, but without the pain.

I had an OB appointment. I am a tiny bit worried bc my blood pressure was 128/60 and previously it was 110/70 (December) and 114/72 (March). I saw the midwife this time and she didn’t say anything about it, but Im just surprised that there’s such a difference and hope I don’t become one of those women with no risk factors who end up with high blood pressure/eventual preeclampsia. The 128 is considered pre-hypertensive, and I wondered if standards were different for pregnant women, but usually blood pressure is lower in the second trimester than normal, not higher, so probably not. The diastolic number is definitely low, but that doesn’t mean it’s not bad if the systolic gets too high. I guess it’s just weird to me because my systolic pressure has never gone higher than the teens, I really hope it doesn’t mean anything. I’ve started getting mild headaches again the last few days too. My next appointment isn’t for five weeks, so I will go to a drug store and use the blood pressure machine somewhere in that time just to make sure it doesn’t get any higher.

22 Week Bump and Update


Total weight gain: 11 lbs! It’s coming on much faster now!


Took myself to the movies on Tuesday at the cheap seats. I was the only one in the theatre for “Get Hard” which made me feel like I should almost have been able to pause it when it came time for my inevitable pee break. Tuesdays are $3 all day at the cheap cinema, but I spent $8 bc obvious,y needed a “small” buttered popcorn and a bottle of water. And last night was date night with B… We went to Blaze in downtown Bangor for dinner (and dessert…) and then to see 3 Blonde Moms, a comedy show. I think I’m finally feeling the second trimester sweet spot these last couple weeks, plenty of energy and overall feeling pretty good!! I did have a couple bouts of round ligament pains in my belly again this week… I can’t possibly be growing again can I?? Of course I can and am.


He was super active all weekend, but seems really mellow this week… And then he just moved while I typed that. But he’s definitely not been as active this week as he was on the weekend, probably bc I was so active then, too! 6 days until our next appointment and finally hearing from the Dr. about Samuel’s anatomy scan. That’ll be a big part of the 23 week update im sure, even though the news will be 4 weeks old at that point.

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