How far along: 31 weeks, 3 days.
Baby size: Over 16 inches and about 3 1/3 pounds.
Must have items: Cocoa butter lotion, chapstick, tons of water, and back/foot massages from Derek because this mama has been SO SORE.
New symptoms: My stomach feels crazy tight now, like it couldn’t stretch any more which sucks because I still have 9 weeks to go. Also, the baby has been kicking so much in one spot that it feels like she’s bruised it from the inside and every time she kicks/hits there now it’s super painful. My hip and back pain is horrible every day and sometimes I catch myself doing the “pregnant waddle”.. so that’s fun. Using the restroom all the time and feeling like I can't breath sucks. Oh and all of my “boat symptoms” came back when I got Rowan’s cold over winter break and they still haven’t gone away yet. Basically I’ve gotten crazy uncomfortable but I’m trying to stay positive and enjoy the pregnancy while it lasts. I say this all the time but it’s going by so fast.
Sleep: The baby kicks wake me up multiple times a night but I can always fall right back to sleep so it’s been good. I’ve still had RLS but not every night.
Cravings: No cravings right now, I’m just trying to eat as healthy as I can. Except for on the weekends. Weekends are fair game.
Baby movements: Some are painful at this point but her little movements are still my favorite experience. I will say, this baby feels way stronger than Rowan did for whatever reason. I’ve even googled “girl names that mean strength” because she’s so strong and active in my belly. Didn’t like any of the girl names that popped up by the way.
Favorite moment: Rowan talking to the baby and “kissing her” goodbye when I drop her off at school.
Least favorite moment: See “new symptoms” above.