Well hello! Somehow I completely missed 30 weeks and here we are, at 32. Time sure does fly (when you’re pregnant the second time!). These past 4 weeks sure have been eventful, though not too much in the pregnancy realm. Here’s what’s been up, the last 4 weeks of my second pregnancy:
At my 28-week appointment, I saw a new doc in the practice as my midwife was away, and he was a little concerned at my lack of growth (I had only gained 1/2 lb and baby was measuring a bit small). Now, let me remind you I am only 5 feet tall and my husband is only 5’7– we’re not big people, and neither of us was over 6 pounds at birth. So we went in for an ultrasound, and sure enough- all was well, baby girl was just measuring on the smaller side (31st percentile– 50 is average) but nothing of concern. When I saw my midwife two weeks later, I was still measuring a couple weeks behind but she said she wasn’t concerned. Lo and behold- another 2 weeks later and baby girl had a growth spurt! She jumped 3 weeks in 2 and is measuring right on track now. Just like they do on the outside, babies grow in spurts on the inside sometimes, too.
Everything else seems to be on track- my blood pressure is staying steady (it was a big concern around this time, last go around) and I’m feeling pretty good overall. Since I stopped jumping and running, I’ve had no pelvic pain to speak of, and I’ve been able to keep up with walking 30-60 minutes 3x a week as well as strength and yoga 3x a week.
Moving on Up
At 30 weeks, we moved from our little apartment to a bigger space, with much more room for 2 kiddos (not to mention more room for 2 adults!), an extra bathroom and we could not be happier, despite the stress and exhaustion of moving! Just this past week we got the crib up and Sage’s big girl bed installed– talk about it getting real! Speaking of feeling real…
Things really started getting real when we got a tour of our incredible hospital at 31 weeks; we discussed our plans for a low-intervention birth and were pleasantly surprised to hear many of our requests (like delayed cord clamping and immediate skin to skin) are standard at our baby-friendly hospital. They even practice gentle cesareans, in the case that were to be necessary.
Speaking of… have I mentioned baby girl is breech? Yeah, I’m trying not to think too much about it. She still has a month to flip, and I’m doing daily exercises to encourage movement, with plans to see a chiropractor in the next couple of weeks, as well. Baby will flip if she (hopefully!) wants to flip!
For baby, getting back on track with growth, for sure– and hitting the big 32 week mark, which is another big viability milestone. Of all premature babies being born during this week, 98% survive– and, we’ve hit the single-digit weeks! 8 weeks, give or take… we’ll have our baby bird in our arms, in no time.
❊ How Far Along – 32 weeks
❊ Baby Size Comparison – Jicama (16-17″, 3-3.5 lbs)
❊ Baby Gender- GIRL ❤️
❊ Baby Nicknames- Baby Bird, Baby Sis, Sissy (Sage)
❊ Baby Name- Wren Abigail
❊ Symptoms – Oh mylanta the HEARTBURN. All morning long. Not sleeping awesome, some back pain. The usual!
❊ Physical Changes – A big ol’ belly! Still feeling good and energized, overall.
❊ Mood – Tired, but good!
❊ Food Cravings – Not many to speak of. Food doesn’t seem as appealing with less room, in here!
❊ Food Aversions – Everything?? haha. Not a huge appetite, these days.
❊ Fitness- 5-6 days of walking, strength and yoga.
❊ Looking Forward To – Holding this sweet baby! I can’t believe we’re counting down the last couple months!
p.s. These gorgeous maternity shots were taken by my talented sister, Alison! If you’re in the area- check her out! https://www.alisonruggphotography.com/