If you missed my post where you get to see Klara’s 3D ultrasound pictures, click here to see it if you are interested.
I cannot believe that we can finally say that Klara’s due date is NEXT MONTH! If anyone is wondering her due date, it is May 29th (Jacob & Krista’s birthday)….NEXT MONTH! Everything is really creeping up on us. I have been doing lots of purging in our house recently. Some people might say that I am nesting, and although that is true, I do this several times a year as it is. It is amazing how much stuff can build up in only 3 years. However, I find it easy to part with most stuff–I am not really a hoarder or even close to it.
My Weight Gain: Up about 19 pounds overall. I am right on track for trying to gain between 25 and 35 pounds, as it is recommended that I gain 18-25 pounds by week 32.
Her Size: I have read so much information about baby’s size. Some sources say she is already 19″ while others say closer to 16″. The truth is that unless we measure her, we really don’t know exactly! She could be anywhere from 16 inches to around 19 inches at this point and she is creeping up towards being 4 lbs.
Sleep: Aside from one horrible night where I only got 3 hours of sleep, sleep has been great (as it has been for the whole pregnancy). Usually up once to satisfy the bladder, but I go right back to sleep.
Cravings: Same as last time..sweets like chocolate chip cookies are never a bad idea.
Morning Sickness: Still gone.
Movement: I notice her moving during the day and in the evening, sometimes even in the morning–regardless of whether or not I am tuning in to feel if she is moving. She is 5″ above my belly button and running out of room to go upwards, that is for sure!
Difficulties: Back pain usually due to overdoing it either at work or at home, and a bit of cramping. I am currently trying to work things out with my doctor and work because my midwife said I should not be pushing around 200+ pound people and setting up/moving furniture (push, pull, hoist, lean, bend). My goal is to go down to part time work by May and just try and stick it out until then with the full time work. However, we will see! I have talked to my midwife about all of this. Also, leg cramping started a long time ago, but I can stop it just by pushing my heels out.
My glucose test went well, I am diabetes-free! Also, we had our 3D ultrasound of Klara on the 11th and if anyone wants to see pictures from it, click here!
Some people have been wondering about whether or not we will be doing cloth diapering and the answer to that question is yes. I know that you may be laughing at the idea of that but it is something that is important to us because of the the money it will save us, the absurd number of diapers that go into landfills every year (that we do not want to add to), and cloth diapers have really come a long way from where they used to be. Some even claim that cloth diapers are better for baby but I am sure that that is debatable. People that use disposable diapers have my full respect–I really think that people just want to do whatever is best for their babies and families. Plain and simple! A lot of lifestyles really wouldn’t allow for it and who wants to spend the little time they have free dealing with poop? Apparently, I do, haha. We have done a lot of research about cloth diapers (at the difficulties and what you can do to make it easier) and Jacob and I both decided that it’s the way we want to go for now.
I saw a video recently that was about what happens to some people once they become moms, especially stay-at-home moms (I will either be staying home or working part time, I believe). It detailed the fact that it is easy to lose your identity and see yourself as only a mother and only a servant to your baby and family. Inside those 4 walls. Constantly taking care of things. To some this is good, for others, it is not. If baby has a rough day, you blame yourself all of the time (even if it is no fault of your own) because you are so attached to your little world. I believe that it is important for mothers (and fathers) to take time out and make sure they do things that they really enjoy–things that are a part of you. Schedule it in and have something to look forward to. I have been looking up Postpartum Depression (PPD) so that I can try to take action for myself if I find myself faced with it. I have no problem writing about it because too many women suffer from this in silence and feel guilty for even having it. Personally, I choose to take a proactive approach and attempt a game plan in case of it striking. I can also use these approaches if Baby Blues hits me (which is much less serious than PPD). I won’t go too much into that for now but if you do want me to, leave a comment.
I guess that’s all for now. Thank you for checking in!