34 weeks

What is baby up to at 34 weeks (baby center):

Your baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds (about the size of a cantaloupe) and is almost 18 inches long. Her fat layers — which will help regulate her body temperature once she’s born — are filling her out, making her rounder. Her skin is also smoother than ever. Her central nervous system is maturing and her lungs are continuing to mature as well. If you’ve been nervous about preterm labor, you’ll be happy to know that babies born between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do fine. They may need a short stay in the neonatal nursery and may have a few short-term health issues, but in the long run, they usually do as well as full-term babies.

New: Since the last post (32 weeks), I’ve had a baby shower @ church. It was lovely! I’ve actually felt sad that my showers are over. Time if flying. And we went to Ottawa and picked out our stroller (finally!). That’s a huge relief. We went with Baby Jogger City Mini GT and did the Britax car seat which works really well with the stroller. We weren’t supposed to tell, but a sweet older lady working at the store threw in the car seat adapter for the stroller for free!

Weight gain: 21 pounds! That’s about 3 pounds gained in the last 2 weeks. I’m feeling bigger these days… my coat which I’ve only been able to use the buttons on (not zipper) for a while now is about to be retired. And I’ve started to waddle more on a regular basis. I’ve had some pretty uncomfortable days this past week. I’ve noticed a decrease in my endurance for walking/standing and have had some days of pinching lower back nerves.

Sleep: Fairly good. I wake up often to pee through out the night but am able to fall back asleep fairly quickly. Poor Derek was sick with a nasty/severe cold this past week. So he moved out to the spare bedroom but I have a feeling that he won’t be moving back in til the baby is born! I need extra room to sleep with my carpal tunnel hands (keeping them outstretched while lying on my side), so we don’t really have room for two in the bed anymore.

Movement: No more flips, some kicks, periods of movement and periods of no movement (baby sleeping). And I think I feel hiccups at times. At my appointment this week, midwife thinks that baby’s head is down (but not very low) and baby is positioned mostly on my right side. The right side thing hasn’t changed in the last month. Baby’s bum and legs are at the top part of my uterus, so up near the ribs.

Symptoms: occasional pinching back ache, occasional pelvic pressure, low endurance for just walking/standing, frequent bathroom trips, sooo thirsty in the mornings (need to buy a humidifier!), and while last week I thought that my carpal tunnel was getting better, it’s unfortunately getting much worse the last couple of days. My right hand is so numb/tingly and unfortunately, my left hand is starting to develop symptoms now as well 😦 Gosh, I’m hoping I’ll be able to work til April! In better news, while my iron level was low a month ago, it came back normal this week! Supplementing and eating more red meat may be helping.

Looking forward to: buying a new crib. Long story short: we bought one back in December but when it arrived there was damage to it. After thinking the company was going to send us a replacement, we finally were instructed to just return it to the store. So now it’s time to buy another one. I’m not too worried as we have a bassinet for our bedroom for the early weeks. I’m also looking forward to checking more “to-do” items off our list. I can’t believe that when I write my next update (2 weeks from now), I’ll be 36 weeks – so close to full term! Wowzers. This is getting real.

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