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How Far Along? 30 weeks
Week 30 Began: Friday, January 6
Size of Baby: size of a head of cabbage (15.7″, should be at 3+ pounds)
Gender: A girl, Margaret
Weight Gain: Up about 10-13 pounds, that seems to be the range this week.
Maternity Clothes: My uniform pretty much consists of: comfy wool running socks, the most flattering but comfortable non-Granny underwear ever (Natori Bliss style), a shelf bra camisole, maternity yoga pants, Chucks, a v-neck t-shirt, a sweater, and then if I’m leaving the house a fleece or a vest.
Nursery: M’s brother is a saint. In exchange for a delish steak dinner prepared by M and I, on Sunday he assisted M in moving the guest BR queen bed into the home office, set up the crib, moved the twin day bed into the nursery, rearranged the nursery furniture, and also watched some painfully bad football.
Movement: Kicking is occasionally uncomfortable but I kinda like knowing she’s in there doing OK.
Symptoms: pelvic girdle pain, continued tailbone pain, insomnia, heartburn
Side Effects: Insomnia is throwing a wrench into my reliable sleep, and I think it is aggravated by my terrible heartburn that I just can’t quit until after 3am pretty much every night…
Sleep: Still lucky enough to get more than 8 hours a night even though I am not working in an office setting anymore… which is probably a good thing due to increasing doctors appointments and terrible insomnia
Cravings: chocolate peanut butter gelato from Gelati Celesti
What I Miss: piles of sushi, a good white wine, GFs going out with me for girls night
Best Moment This Week: Talking with the hostesses of my two baby showers over fun details and having events like that even happen! Seeing the crib assembled and ready to go in the nursery. Going to our first childbirth class which is done by a Midwife at a local birthing center in Cville.
What I Learned This Week: That Margaret only weighs 2 pounds 13 ounces (only because while that’s only slightly below the goal weight her waist circumference is measuring at 27 weeks which is NOT GOOD)… That she and I are now on the practice’s IUGR (intrauterine growth restriction) protocol, which includes twice weekly non-stress tests, more ultrasounds, biophysical profiles, and regular checks on me to confirm everything is functioning as it should. We hope she will catch up on her weight soon. Otherwise I will be induced and/or have a c-section within the next month.
Looking Forward To: our 30+ scheduled doctor’s appointments over the next two months that will make sure our baby girl is growing the way she is supposed to. We are very optimistic she will catch up and not have to go to a NICU at birth.