I feel significantly puffier than last week. I honestly took about 50 photos for today's post and hated ALL OF THEM. This point in pregnancy (27-30ish weeks) is honestly one of the hardest times for me. I just feel huge and blah, but unlike the later stages, also still don't feel like the baby is coming just right around the corner, you know? I can't quite see the light at the end of the tunnel yet!
Compared to 27 weeks with Lizzy.
How far along: 27 weeks.
Size of baby: A rutabega (The Bump) or a head of cauliflower (Baby Center). In other words, about 14-15 inches inches and 2 pounds. The Bump referred to this stage as "late-pregnancy", which is both terrifying and crazy. It feels like there is SO MUCH LONGER left to go...but really, it's just about 3 months, which isn't that long at all.
Weight Gain: +6 pounds total, from pre-pregnancy weight. My doctor's scale tends to read about 5 pounds heavier than our scale at home, so I'm already mentally prepping myself for my appointment next week when I'll probably see a higher number than I'm used to seeing at home. I know it sounds silly, but sometimes that throws me for a loop if I don't prepare myself for it.
Symptoms: So, I'm noticing that when I'm around babies who start crying? Definitely get the boob-tingle. I don't think I'm actually leaking milk, but I can sure feel something going on there...a few moms I know have told me the same thing happened to them, so I'm hoping that's normal!? Also, heartburn, Braxton-hicks, and starting to feel sore in my hips/lower back if we've been up and at 'em all day.
Exercise: I haven't been on the elliptical all that much lately, but I *have* been spending some time seriously cleaning and organizing. And at the end of the day...man I sure FEEL like I worked out!
Cravings/Aversions: I'm having a hard time drinking enough water lately.
Worries: Nothing major.
Milestones: Baby is now showing brain activity, which will continue to ramp up in the coming weeks. She's also practicing breathing quite a bit, and also sleeping and waking at fairly regular intervals (which I'm noticing movement-wise as well).
What's Different This Time: Um, we've done nothing. I'm getting anxious to get her room cleaned out and some furniture painted...and also to have a place to put the baby clothes and things we're starting to accumulate and get back out again. Hopefully we'll be able to get on that a little this weekend.
Also, I didn't track weight gain all that much during my pregnancy with Lizzy...but I did find a note that at 32 weeks with her, I'd gained 28 pounds. This time, I've gained 6 pounds as of 27 weeks...so I think I'm on track to gain less overall this time around (even though I already feel HUGE), which I'm really hoping for...or at least that it comes off easier this time around compared to last time. Last time, everyone said, "Oh, don't worry! If you're breastfeeding, the baby weight will come right off!" It didn't. I had to work out harder than ever before, and still didn't really feel like I was back to "normal" even when I got pregnant this time just over two years later. So....yeah. I'm struggling with the idea of the whole post-partum body thing a little, and hoping that this time around is a bit easier than last time. Really hoping.
Best moment of the week: Justin and I ate dinner together last night (Lizzy had eaten something else earlier and was already asleep) for the first time in two weeks. It was nice...and YUMMY, even with a very well-done steak instead of my normal medium-rare ;)