Hi there! Happy 4th of July! I apologize for not posting earlier. It’s been a really hard and stressful week this week. On Sunday, Mike’s grandmother passed away while we were at her house. She was very sick and was put on hospice but did not expect her to pass while all of us were at the house. It was one of the most intense and hard moments I think I have ever witnessed in my life. His grandmother was partially my grandmother too because I have known her for as long as Mike and I have been together (almost 9 years). I don’t have any living grandparents so part of me felt like she was a makeshift grandmother to me. It was very hard and I know she was extremely excited to become a great-grandmother. I am just so thankful that she had the chance to feel the baby kick. Mike’s grandfather told me that was the highlight of her last few weeks was feeling her great-granddaughter kick.
For the past few days/nights, we have been going to his grandfather’s house to pay our respects and be with his family. It’s hard but I feel comfortable knowing that she is not suffering in pain anymore. In an effort to pick up this somber mood on my blog, I’m going to talk about this week of my pregnancy.
32 Weeks Pregnant
Fun Facts About the Baby At 32 Weeks
- By now, the baby weighs 3 3/4 pounds and is about 16.7 inches long, taking up a lot of space in your uterus.
- You’re gaining about a pound a week and roughly half of that goes right to the baby. In fact, she’ll gain a third to half of her birth weight during the next 7 weeks as she fattens up for survival outside the womb.
- She now has toenails, fingernails, and real hair (or at least respectable peach fuzz). Her skin is becoming soft and smooth as she plumps up in preparation for birth.
How far along? 32 Weeks & 6 Days
Baby’s size? A large jicama
Stretch marks? No, knock on wood.
Sleep: I’ve found that I can sleep for a few hours when I first fall asleep and then everything goes downhill. I keep a bottle of tums and a bottle of water on my nightstand every night since I’ve been getting severe heartburn. I toss and turn a lot and stomach has grown drastically over the past week so it’s making it harder and harder to get comfortable.
Best moment this week: Scheduling the delivery of our nursery furniture.
Miss Anything? An ice-cold alcoholic drink might taste good in this heat wave we are having.
Movement: I feel a ton of movement and it’s very strong. Sometimes the movement can be painful depending on how hard she kicks or punches me or how she is moving. She tends to lay completely on my right side so that side of my belly tends to be quit hard.
Food cravings: Cheese, Decaf Iced Coffee, Fruit Ice Pops, Fresh Cherries, Peaches
Anything making you queasy or sick: I actually got quite sick and threw up Saturday night. It was from REALLY bad heartburn. I’ve never felt heartburn so bad in my life. It literally made me nauseous and throw up. I’ve been trying to take tums to prevent this.
Labor Signs: No, thank goodness!
Symptoms: tired, breakouts on my face/body, charlie horses in my legs/feet, indigestion, swollen feet, back pain, pains in my leg, breast leakage (using nursing pads), itchy skin, greasy hair, heavy stomach, pains in groin area (feels like I’ve gone horseback riding for hours upon hours), stretching in my belly, Braxton Hicks Contractions, severe heartburn, nausea, extremely hot
Belly Button in or out? In.
Wedding rings on or off? On. I’m now at the point where my rings are completely stuck on my finger because of the heat. I don’t think I can manage to take them off at all at this point.
Happy or Moody most of the time: I’m getting really stressed now as we are getting closer and closer. I think once her nursery is set up, I might feel a little less stress. I’m nervous and very excited about becoming a mother. I just hope that I can be the best mommy to her.
Looking forward to: The nursery furniture arriving tomorrow, my baby shower next week, and finally deciding on the baby’s first name and middle name.
So there you have my 32nd week. My belly is growing constantly now and I find myself looking down and watching it grow bigger and bigger. To me that means it’s getting closer and closer to the baby getting here. I can’t wait but I’m nervous. I know that Mike and I are going to strive to be the best parents that we can be and make sure this baby gets everything that she needs and deserves.
I think the one moment that I am looking forward to the most is staring into her eyes for the first time and telling her how much I love her and how I’ve waited my whole life to meet her and become her mommy. I get teary eyed just thinking about it. That is what makes every single moment worth it. I am going to leave you with that.
I hope you have a wonderful 4th of July holiday weekend! Keep cool!