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Monday, January 12, 2009

Baby Update -- Week 30, 10 Weeks to Go!

Here we are. Week 30. That means, 3/4 of the way there with just 1/4 left to complete. If they measured pregnancy in quarters, I'd be starting my 4th. But they measure in trimesters instead, and I'm 3 weeks into that one. :)

Some of my not-so-fun symptoms are just intensifying this week. I wish I could slow down a bit and focus on myself, but I've got a book deadline this Friday and have to get finished. I've been feeling extra fatigued, I've joined the "sleeping shouldn’t be this tough when I'm this tired" club, and I'm experiencing a lot of back pain and general discomfort. Doctor tells me this is the time to cut down on the physical activities and focus more on getting proper sleep. I've had a few good nights, but I've found it depends on hubby and how he sleeps, since he likes to flop around like a fish out of water on the deck of a boat. I tried to duct tape thing, but it didn't work.

Oh and all that moodiness they say mommies-to-be get? Yeah, I haven't had any of those symptoms or syndromes. Hubby just says he loves that I'm so easygoing with this pregnancy. He's heard the horror stories. I'm sure there is increased adrenaline thanks indirectly to hormonal swings—but so far, nothing has made me any nore dramatic that I normally am and nothing has merited an adult temper tantrums. Shucks! *winks*

And now baby Stockton is asking for the floor...

The light is visible at the end of the tunnel! Me, the amazing growing baby has finally reached the single digits (in terms of weeks till birth)! Well, ok, so the count up there says 10 weeks, but I don't know if I'm going to stay in here that long. All that fine lanugo hair that has been growing all over my little monkey-like body is going to start falling off this week in preparation for my big day.

And I've heard daddy call me his little porker when mommy said I've grown a lot in the past month. Well this little porker is getting even cuter (as if that's even possible) with pudgier arms and legs this week thanks to the ever-growing layers of fat I'm accumuulating. That's right, all that baby fat that women love to pinch and coo about. Doesn't make any sense to me, but if it makes them smile, I guess it's all right.

My eyesight continues to develop, though it's not very keen; even after I'm born, I'll keep my eyes closed for a good part of the day. When I do open them, I'll respond to changes in light but will have 20/400 vision — which means I can only make out objects a few inches from her face. So, you'll have to get REAL close to me if you want me to see you.

In terms of numbers, I weigh around 3 pounds 12 ounces and I'm nearly 16 inches long. I haven't decided yet how much I'll weigh or how long I'll be when I finally decide to make an appearance, but I'm having fun in here kicking around, trying to stretch and getting the hiccups. Ok, those aren't fun, but mommy seems to like it when I get them. Yeah, let her have them for more than a few minutes and see how she feels.

Oh yeah, and the leakage, pain and fake contractions? That's just me getting mommy ready for the real deal! I'm 30 weeks old. Only 70 days to go!

Ha! Preparing me for the real deal. Actually, I haven't had any fake contractions, although I've heard from other mommies-to-be who have. Not too much discomfort either other than my hips and some minor sciatica when sleeping or lying on my side.

One thing I have noticed is I've been feeling clumsier than normal. Not only am I heavier (although I've only gained 7 pounds so far), but the concentration of weight in my pregnant belly is causing a shift in my center of gravity. Plus, thanks to hormonal changes, my ligaments are more lax, so my joints are looser, which I'm told is contributing to my balance being a bit off. And this relaxation can cause my feet to spread permanently, but so far, I haven't had any swelling or expansion. And since I already wear a 9-1/2 shoe, I don't need to shop for anything larger!

Other than that, I've got the normal worries about what my labor will be like or whether I'll be a good parent. But, I've also got a lot of support and plenty of encouragement. I haven't met a parent yet who has claimed to be "ready" or "skilled" at the time of baby's birth. Guess we'll just roll with the punches as they come.

That's about all for now.

Tune in next week for the latest. :) And if you want to receive an email each time I post an update, subscribe using the form over there at the top right. Thanks for coming along this journey with me.

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Mocha with Linda said...

Oh what fun! I remember how excited I was when I got into the single digit countdown!!

ENJOY these last few weeks, even with the discomfort. There's nothing like the miracle of a baby growing inside you, and years from now you'll hardly be able to remember it!

And yeah, I started with a size 9 and went up a half size after each child. Fortunately, I just have 2 kids. :-)

Carole said...

I love your updates, Tiff! My two are 31 and 27 now, but my memories of carrying them are still vivid and precious. May you and your little one continue to have a safe journey.

Unknown said...

Yea, you only have 10 weeks left to go! LOL on not being able to sleep though you're tired. I've had a few nights of that as well! Drives me nuts. But try to rest when you can! It's great as always to see an update from you! :)

Tiffany Amber Stockton said...

Ugh, really don't need bigger feet. I'd prefer to stay in the single least with shoes. LOL!

And I have a feeling I'll always treasure these memories for years to come. The pictures definitely help.

As for sleep, I don't do too badly now. After the baby is born, though? Well, let's just say I'm praying this one starts sleeping through the night early. :)