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Almost There: A 34 Week Update

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I went to the grocery store the other day to pick up a few things and took a look at the milk expiration date on the carton. The date said February 7, 2014. My due date. It doesn’t seem like much, but that moment just made it real. This baby is coming and he’s coming soon.

I am 34 weeks on Friday and it’s finally starting to hit me–I am nearing the end of my pregnancy. With two other little ones around the house, it’s hard to stop and think about the pregnancy. Now that I have only a matter of weeks left, it’s starting to sink in that we are going to have a new member in our family very soon.

As much as I can’t wait to meet him, I know that this is most likely my last pregnancy, so I am also a little bit sad. I know there are going to be so many things that I miss about being pregnant, even when there are moments of just wanting to get it over with.

I haven’t done an update on the pregnancy in a while and wanted to share with you how I’m feeling at 34 weeks.

Here are 8 thoughts as I near the end of the pregnancy:

The baby: Last week, we went for our final big ultrasound. I am so happy to report that everything looked great! We have a big boy on our hands. He’s estimated to weigh 4 pounds, 13 ounces already. Both girls were six pounds when they were born, so he’s already nearing that and I still have some time to go.

How I’m feeling, emotionally: The roller coaster of emotion has subsided and now I find myself nesting all the time. Living in a small apartment has made it harder because there isn’t much space for all of our stuff. The clutter is driving me insane. I probably get angry too easily when I find something out of place, but I am really having a hard time dealing with it.

How I’m feeling, physically: Nausea is still here, which is no surprise. I am still taking Zofran regularly so that I can maintain a normal diet. That really helps a lot. I am swelling a lot now and retaining a lot of water. I officially have “cankles” that won’t go away and I am always keeping my feet elevated to help alleviate it. My right leg is getting worse with varicose and spider veins. The baby feels very low which makes it hard to bend down and get around very easily.

Weight gain: I’ve gained nearly 30 pounds this pregnancy, which is the most that I’ve ever gained. I am still going to the gym and cycling, but it is getting harder to ride the bike with my belly getting bigger and the baby sitting so low.

What I’m craving: Not anything at the moment. I am really thirsty a lot and I like my drinks really really cold with a lot of ice.

What I’m wearing: Maternity clothes all the way. I am really trying to make it a point to get dressed every single day so that I feel better about myself.

What I miss: Not feeling huge. I am really uncomfortable a lot lately. It’s making it hard to really enjoy the pregnancy.

What I’m looking forward to: Meeting this little guy! I have been getting really anxious lately as we get closer to my due date.

 

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