31 Weeks

March 14, 2011

How far along?  31 weeks (just 9 left...that's only 9 Emily and Jonathan weekends before a baby!)

Baby size:  Around 16 inches and 3 lbs (3 naval oranges)

Total weight gain/loss:  Not sure, my guess is +10 all together...but with the way I've been eating WHO KNOWS!

Maternity clothes?  Yes, but not all the time.  Mostly shirts so they are long enough.  I have a long torso.  And, if I wear pants but it is generally skirt/dress weather here now.

Sleep:  I still sleep well once she stops moving enough for me to drift off.  I usually wake up 1-2 times to use the restroom.  I usually go to bed around 10 and I get up around 8...10 hours of sleep isn't bad!  hahaha!

Best moment this week:  Someone left a comment on my blog telling me how cute my baby was.  Made my day once I realized they were looking at the sonogram picture.  At first I was like, "um, I don't have a baby yet..."

Movement:  All the time.  I'm pretty sure she has fetal ADHD...ha!

Food cravings:  I still love ice water but now I'm hungry ALL THE TIME!  As in, I wake up in the middle of the night starving.  I feel like such a pig!

What I miss:  Being 100% comfortable.  I don't like sitting, standing, or laying for any extended period of time.  But, I hate to complain because I'm really trying to enjoy each and every day of being pregnant since it is such a blessing.

What I am looking forward to:  Next week I have a dr appointment, birthing class, and baby shower...so, all of that should be fun!

Milestones:  She's growing fast now and packing on the fat!  Maybe that's why I'm so hungry all the time!

Pregnancy Symptoms:  Constant hunger and thirst!  A little general discomfort.

Stretch Marks:  Not one!

Belly button:  Still hanging on.  The shape generally depends on if I am full or not.  It kind of reminds me of the end of a balloon once it's tied.

Other preggers news:
I decided the other day I wanted to measure how big I was around and compare it to how big Jonathan is around.  I picked belly button height since I can't exactly tell where my true waist is these days.  Jonathan measured in at 32 inches and I measured in at 36.5 inches.  I died laughing!

We went to a breastfeeding class and it was A LOT better than we expected.  The instructor was pretty funny although a little idealistic in my opinion.  The class was taught at the hospital where we will deliver and while we were there a baby was born.  We know this because every time a baby is born at our hospital the dad gets to ring a lullaby chime that plays over the entire hospital and then it announces either, "it's a boy" or "it's a girl".  So, the other night we heard the lullaby chime go off followed by "it's a boy".  Pretty funny!  Also, I had never been in the hospital before but it's pretty cool.  It's designed to look like an outdoor park complete with huge trees in the center.

My brain is going crazy these days with useless thoughts.  I've written on here before how I am working part time next year, just as I am this year.  Next year is meant to be a "trial" process although it will most likely be my last year working. 

Here are my current thoughts on working and being a mom:
a)  For me, working full time isn't an option although I think those moms that do are super women!  I honestly don't know HOW they do it!  Does that make them more successful?
b)  Part time should be great right?  Best of both worlds?  Or, the thought that crept into my mind earlier this week, will working part time make me a terrible mom AND a terrible teacher.  Will it make me totally suck at both and be successful at neither?
c)  When I decide to stay at home full time does that make me totally worthless/useless?  I know raising a child is huge...I get that, but as I said, these are just my useless thoughts.  Would I become just a boring stay at home mom with nothing more to talk about than my precious little baby and monetarily be contributing NOTHING!?

None of this makes sense...I know (sigh) 


Lyndsey said...

Option C is what I have been battling for a while. It's what Will and I both want, but I'm afraid I'm going to become a boring blob. But I love reading other SAHM blogs - they aren't boring so hopefully I won't be either! I guess only time will tell...

P.S. Cute belly! And earrings!

Ashley said...

Being home with Evy makes me feel more successful and fulfilled than anything I've ever done. Not missing these moments with her is worth more than any salary of ANY amount to me! Also, Kurt has said to me, "Knowing that you're the one taking care of her all day gives me such peace....that's worth so much more than a monetary contribution to the family."

Obviously, I am NOT knocking working moms and I think there are circumstances where working is necessary. But these days at home have made me a richer, fuller person. Just my encouragement/thoughts. I heard a mom say once, that you'll never, ever regret spending too much time with your children!

CMae said...

staying at home you won't be worthless!!!!! you'll be exhausted and wish you were at work lol bec on top of 24 hr baby duty you'll have a ton of things that will always need to get done around the house......if anything there went your Emily time and hello everything else time that will trump your 5 min of alone time lol

I think it's great that you'll be home...being a teacher you see first had what parents often do and don't work with their kids to prepare them for school and such you have an upper hand (in a few years of course) to really make a difference in Georgina's education! :)

Rachel and John said...

Love the belly! I say eat in the middle of the night! That baby is gaining SO much weight from here on out. She needs fuel!

Jamie said...

You look great! She'll be here SO soon!

Sara Corl said...

Hey! Nice to meet ya ;) We actually live in the Austin area, but hubby is from Houston and LOVES the Astros. I am 29 weeks so yeah we're not that far apart. Where'd you get your cute skirt?!?! I definitely need some good skirts that fit...I'm a teacher too and recess is just too hot for pants now. :) You look awesome!

Sarah said...

You made me laugh because I always used to have to get up and eat in the middle of the night when I was pregnant!

Rachel said...

YAy 31 weeks! So happy for y'all!
Your thoughts about working/part-time/not working are such real fears that I find myself thinking about even now. *sigh* I guess just be open to change and to adapting to your new life! Don't expect to be a pro even tho it may come more natural to you than you think and maybe the moment you look into Georgia's eyes, you will know what to do!

Tatiana said...

You look beautiful!
I am staying home with Giada until she is six months old and then I'm planing on going back to work. Staying at home with my daughter is absolutely wonderful! Actually the one thing I'm worried most about once I go back to work is that I'm not going to be the one watching my baby. But all three of your options have their pros and cons, and it totally depend on your personality, the type of person your are, and (in our case) the income!

cait said...

So for what they're worth...here are my thoughts. My conviction is to stay at home....definitely part time, but if possible (which is silly for me to say, because if God wants it, He'll allow it to happen), to stay at home full-time. I already feel like crazy person working all the time because I feel like as a teacher I hardly get to interact with adults at all...and when I do it's hurried and under so much stress since we're all spread so thin as teachers. So all I feel like I have to talk about is teaching world and my 22 students...people get sick of that. I know my family and hubby would much rather here all about what our little one did...what milestones they hit...see moments I was able to capture in pictures/video, because I was at home.

Just a thought. :) To each {her} own, though, for sure!


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