Can you believe I'm already 34 weeks?! My last update was at 28 weeks...this sweet time in our lives is rushing by without an extra moment to share more. BUT, at 32 weeks we were blessed with an opportunity to have a family/maternity photoshoot done so I really want to share some of those shots, complete with the latest pregnancy details after.
On the day of our photoshoot it was freezing, and the sun had yet to appear even by 1 o'clock on that overcast day despite the clear forecast. However, it made way for a really unique tone and landscape to our photos and I LOVE THEM. Our AMAZING friend and photographer truly captured our family - something we haven't really done in years! Here are a few of my favorites (some fully edited, some a bit raw)...
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How Far Along: 34 Weeks
Due Date: March 23, 2015
Weight gain: +24 pounds
Boy or girl: GIRL!!!! :)
Symptoms: Wow, have I hit the third trimester or what!?! I feel like a bit of a mess, and my body feels very pregnant at this point. The past two weeks of sleep have been quite miserable, waking every hour to pee and even sooner to flip over because my hips hurt. I've decided to not return to the Chiropractor despite this because it's technically manageable now, just uncomfortable and the intensity comes and goes. There's just something scary about being adjusted while pregnant anyway! Hormones are flaring with high emotions and also hot/cold spells at night. This past week I've been waking up so hungry in the wee hours of the morning that I have to eat something before I can even try to get some more shut eye in. So that means two breakfasts! Baby's clearly needing the extra calories which makes perfect sense since this is when she should be mostly just gaining fat now. I also noticed at about 31 weeks that despite my belly not growing much (from my view anyway), baby grew a lot! She's definitely starting to run out of room!
Cravings: Cottage cheese, pickles, chocolate milk, anything else chocolate and candy. I'm having a difficult time taming my major impulsiveness at the grocery store lately!
What made me cry recently: Ha! Everything makes me cry. I'm pretty sensitive right now and the anxiety of baby preparations and not feeling ready yet are totally getting to me. Every few days it seems to become too much and I'm just an anxious wreck, so I end up over doing it to compensate so I can "reset" and feel better until it happens again. I can't wait to have every little detail done!
Medical stuff/appointments: I'm nearly to weekly appointments! This Friday is my next regular appointment and I'm looking forward to confirming that baby girl is still head down. She flips and turns a lot, which makes me nervous considering Buddy was a transverse, very stuck baby. She seems to have a favorite spot though with her feet on my left side, always poking out quite a bit. I love it.
Something I am excited about: Over the weekend we took a 5-hour labor class that was amazing and left us feeling prepared for what's to come. With the support of my Hubby and our doula, I'm confident that a VBAC is totally achievable, and that I can handle the pain of labor and birth without medication. I'm so excited to meet our little girl!
Favorite part of the past few weeks: A lot has happened since my last update! Of course I love feeling my little girl move soooo much, but realizing this part's nearly over is bittersweet. I can't wait to actually have her in my arms though! Also, taking family/maternity photos a couple weeks ago was awesome! Seriously, I felt so anxious that I was thinking with my luck I'd go into preterm labor the night before our photoshoot or something crazy. We haven't had professional photos done for just our family in many years, so this was a real treat. The joyful memories I have associated with this time in my life were truly captured, and I'm so looking forward to printing and framing so many of them to build our gallery wall. Also since my last update we hired our doula, visited my mom to pick out nursery colors, and officially transferred care to the best VBAC-friendly OB/Midwife practice and hospital in the Sacramento region. We're wrapping up the many little details from here on!