8 Month Bumpdate

Bailey: I’m pregnant, you blind moron.
Chief: You’re what?
Bailey: My heart rate is 110, I’m burning three thousand calories a day, my legs are swollen, I got indigestion and gas. Did you know carrying a boy in your uterus means you burn ten percent more calories than if you had a girl? Guess what I’m carrying. I tried for seven damn years and a month before my fellowship notifications the stick turns blue. Men… from the very beginning they just suck the life right out of you. I’m not leaving. I’m pregnant. -Grey’s Anatomy

32weeks

I’m 8 months pregnant!! Match told me the other day that some people might say the 2nd trimester is the “honeymoon” trimester, but for me, he thinks it’s the 3rd. He says, and I agree, that it’s because Piglet reached viability, a weight was lifted off our shoulders. He said I started glowing, and I’ve been less cranky.

Not to say the 8th month is all sunshine and rainbows. I’ve developed pregnancy carpal tunnel, where my hands randomly go numb, especially at night. When I walk for very long, my feet swell. When I stand up, I have to pee. Even if I’m standing up from the toilet after having just gone. I’m also still experiencing dizzy spells, and I try to limit my driving just to be on the safe side. I huff and puff just walking around the block with Monkey. But those minor discomforts are nothing to the joy I feel when I watch my stomach ripple from Piglet’s kicks and punches. Or when Match cradles the bump and blows raspberries on my stomach, causing Piglet to flip and dance. Match and I both agree that while we’re so excited to meet our little guy, we will miss these moments. So we’re enjoying the wonders of pregnancy in these final weeks.

Stocking Up the Freezer

Rex: “Oh come on, I’m staying at a motel, I haven’t had a decent meal in weeks.”
Bree: “Honey, the marriage counseling may not work out, you need to get used to bad cooking.” -Desperate Housewives

With our little Piglet due to arrive in less than 7 weeks (eek!) I’ve been busy trying to prepare our home for sleepless nights. One big piece of advice I was given was to stock up the freezer and pantry with quick and easy meals. I’ve been looking for crock pot recipes that I can cook up and then freeze for after the baby is born. I’ve also been looking for pasta recipes that are simple to make, and stocking up the pantry with non-perishables so I’m not making delirious trips to the grocery store on only two hours of sleep.

I was able to find this article on the Parenting Squad with some easy recipes that I hope to start cooking up. Now if only I could get a little bit of energy to get the cooking and stocking up done. Otherwise we might just be stuck ordering takeout for the first 6 weeks, and that is not going to be good for my waistline!

For all the been there done that moms, did you make ahead any meals before you went into labor? If so please share recipes and what worked for you. Also, please feel free to share any other preparation advice you have, or things you wish you’d done before the big day. And don’t say sleep, because I’m not a sleep camel. I cannot save up sleep! Though I am enjoying the rest while I’m able to. 😉

7 Months-Bumpdate

Rachel: Monica, we need more candy.
Monica: What? There’s only been like 4 kids!
Rachel: Yeah I know, but one of them just said that she loved me so I just gave her everything.
Phoebe: No wonder you’re pregnant. -Friends

with Impulsive Addict and Seriously Shawn

7 months, 28 weeks

-Hello 3rd trimester!! It is so good to see you! I feel like time has actually gone by pretty fast. I’m loving my big round belly, and all the smiles I get when I waddle around town.

-I’m still feeling really good, and I have a surprising amount of energy. I expect that will change soon, so I’ve been trying to do as many crafts and projects as I can before the fatigue sets in.

-I haven’t had any wild cravings lately. I just love food, and I am doing my best to mix up healthy foods with the occasional junk. Whoever said when you carry a boy you don’t crave sweets is full of it. I love sweets, especially sour patch kids. I also still crave fried crab and cream cheese wontons from our local Chinese food restaurant, just like I did with Roo. I suppose that’s my one “pregnancy craving”.

-My belly button is getting closer and closer to popping out. It’s so weird looking to me. I’ve always had a deep innie, and this thing is so bizarre looking. Match says it looks like some sort of creepy sea creature. Thanks babe!

-The ladies at my church have asked to throw me a baby shower for Piglet. So next month I will have two showers for our lil guy. I feel so incredibly blessed!

-Just 8 more shots of progesterone, including this week. I read that it’s really common for babies to be born 7-10 days after the last progesterone shot. Wow. I wouldn’t mind if Piglet got here in May, so long as he was fully cooked. Even if he’s  overdue, he will be here in less than 3 months!