31 Weeks: Single Digit Countdown Begins

6:45 AM: Spin – COMPLETED

6:45 AM: 4-Mile Run w/ Walks- COMPLETED

I got to spin class just in time just to find out that there was no instructor. Humph. So I hopped on the treadmill (which I could have just done at home) and knocked out 4-miles. I ended up watching Saved By the Bell episodes.

Do you know what today is? Yes, it’s Tuesday, but it also means that I’m getting closer to being a mama.

Yes, that’s right, I’m 31-weeks today! Wow, just 9-weeks away till Baby Sanchez makes an appearance. I can still remember the day that I saw two lines appear on the pregnancy test — I was excited and wanted to scream for joy. But before I could do that, I brought the test over to show Jacquie as I needed confirmation that there were TWO lines. I can remember Pedro’s reaction when I called him to tell him the news. He was so giddy and in shock. It was like, he couldn’t believe it. One try, and BAM. And now, here we are — two months away, with still so much to do.

According to Baby Center, here’s what’s going with the lil’ Bun in the Oven.

How your baby’s growing:

This week, your baby measures over 16 inches long. He weighs about 3.3 pounds (try carrying four navel oranges) and is heading into a growth spurt. He can turn his head from side to side, and his arms, legs, and body are beginning to plump out as needed fat accumulates underneath his skin. He’s probably moving a lot, too, so you may have trouble sleeping because your baby’s kicks and somersaults keep you up. Take comfort: All this moving is a sign that your baby is active and healthy.

How your life’s changing:

Have you noticed the muscles in your uterus tightening now and then? Many women feel these random contractions — called Braxton Hicks contractions — in the second half of pregnancy. Often lasting about 30 seconds, they’re irregular, and at this point, they should be infrequent and painless. Frequent contractions, on the other hand — even those that don’t hurt — may be a sign of preterm labor. Call your practitioner immediately if you have more than four contractions in an hour or any other signs of preterm labor: an increase in vaginal discharge or a change in the type of discharge (if it becomes watery, mucus-like, or bloody — even if it’s pink or just tinged with blood); abdominal pain or menstrual-like cramping; an increase in pressure in the pelvic area; or low back pain, especially if you didn’t have it before.

You may have noticed some leaking of colostrum, or “premilk,” from your breasts lately. If so, try tucking some nursing pads into your bra to protect your clothes. (And if not, it’s certainly nothing to worry about; your breasts are making colostrum all the same, even if you don’t see any.) If your current bra is too snug, you might also want to pick up a nursing bra. Choose a nursing bra at least one cup size bigger than you need now. When your milk comes in you’ll be grateful for that extra room!

If you’re having a boy, you and your partner will want to take some time to think about whether or not to have your baby circumcised. Find out the pros and cons from your doctor, and what the procedure involves.

The last week I’ve felt the hardest kicks and jabs. I’ve felt somersaults and rib kicks. Sometimes they’re painful, but I’ll take them any which way.

Better angle for the bump shot.

In other news, the nursery is so much closer to being done. Okay, I lie. It’s closer to being done with the painting — not with the furniture and the whole set up. I still have to upload pics of the progress — which will be posted later on today. So keep your eye on it. I promise, it’s looking great. Jen is at the house right now getting started.

Time to get my eats on.

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2 thoughts on “31 Weeks: Single Digit Countdown Begins

  1. Wow–31 weeks! I can’t believe it! You are almost there! You still look amazing–no extra baby weight anywhere! You are all belly and look so fit. Wonderful job!

    I am so happy you are feeling the baby so much. That is the most fun ever! Since Cayden was breech, I never had to deal with hard rib kicks but I hear they can hurt. Instead, I felt a lot more on my pelvic bone. LOL

    Sorry you didn’t get to do spin today but at least you got something in. I always hate it when my plans get derailed, though.

    Oh, can’t wait to see the nursery progress. So exciting!

  2. I KNOW, ALLIE!!! I can’t believe it. Just NINE freaking weeks to go. You know, that’s the question I was going to ask you. How did they know Cayden was breeched? I mean, the assistant told me that at my 20-week u/s they knew baby wasn’t breeched – but that was 11-weeks ago. The baby moves a lot from that time to now. So she said she could tell from the heartbeat. The heartbeat is always done below. This might be TMI, but she says that I won’t have a vaginal u/s until 36-weeks and probably won’t have another u/s (to see baby) unless there’s a need for one. Oh well. I wanted to see the baby one more time before I gave birth. I guess we’ll leave it for the actual birthday. ;o)

    Pain on the pelvic bone though prob wouldn’t be GOOD for running (or just in general). I’ve read up on the Pelvic Floor Dance in the book you sent me, Running & Pregnancy. I have a friend that’s pregnant and runs and she had to stop at 24-weeks because there was pain in her pelvic bone. Poor thing.

    Okay, I’ll definitely be posting some nursery photos later on today. I like what I see so far.

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