How many weeks? 34 weeks.
Baby's size and weight? 17.72 inches / 4.73 lbs (45cm / 2146 grams).
Pink or blue? It's a BOY!
Weight gain? 14.3 kg / 31 lbs. After being sick, I've regained some weight and I'm back where I was at 30 weeks. And you know what - I'm actually feeling good about my weight gain right now. I've only got a little over 5 weeks to go, I haven't yet passed the 17 kg weight gain I had with Oliver and I'm feeling a lot more healthy since I've been walking every day.
Symptoms? SPD: the good old pelvic pain has been playing up again. I ran at the beach recently (not for fun, I was getting Ollie out of the path of a wave) and that really aggravated the pain, it was pretty nasty for a few days there but now is back to being sporadic. I miss being able to get dressed standing up though or roll over in bed without being in agony *sigh*. I'm really starting to remember how much more uncomfortable pregnancy gets in these later stages.
The braxton hicks have also been full on. I get a lot when I go walking and at night. Like my pregnancy with Ollie, they started up around 22 weeks or so but it's only in the last week or two that they've been reallyyyy uncomfortable/quite crampy. I just keep reminding myself that it's a good thing; my body is really starting to get ready.
Movement? He always seems to be on my right side - it's where I can see/feel all the movement. I'm curious to see whether he is still head down at my next appointment - fingers crossed, as my ob said we have until 36 weeks to get him that way...
The best thing? We had our first official prenatal meeting with our doula on the weekend. I feel really comfortable with her and talking about the birth has actually made me excited about the process - not the pain (obviously) but just the process of bringing another little guy into the world. Bubba's birth day is a special day, indeed.
The most difficult thing? Decisions, decisions. It's not 'difficult' as such, but we have a bit of research to do on all the newborn procedures during the hospital stay. There are a handful of things they do in hospital here that I'm not comfortable with (ie BATHING the baby only 2hrs after birth otherwise he'll be treated as a biohazard!?!?) or that I need to do some more research on before we decide yes/no. The differences between here & the Netherlands continue to surprise me. I have a checklist birth plan from Kaiser that I've completed which goes over some of the newborn care but I really need to sit down and write out a brief but more specific one for the hospital staff, as it doesn't cover everything.
Appointments? My next appointment is on Friday for the 35 week check/ultrasound. I can't wait to see the little guy again and I'm very curious to see if they'll take a guess at his weight... I'm really, really hoping I test negative for the group B strep. This is something that they don't test for in the Netherlands so it's a first for me. I had to be on IV antibiotics for a different reason during my labor with Ollie and it was a pain being attached to something; I really want to have a bit more freedom this time around and to be able to labor at home for as long as possible.
Looking forward to? This weekend is my sprinkle! Given that I had to throw my own baby shower for Oliver (due to living in the Netherlands where people don't do baby showers! The term was taken literally when the invite was sent out), I am so excited about having a little party for this bubba boy where all I have to do is turn up :-)
Bump comparison? 34 weeks with Mr Oliver on the left vs 34 weeks with this little guy on the right (I am DYING to say his name or even the initial but I also want it to be a surprise...)