Wednesday, August 20, 2008

32 Weeks: Jicama

By now, your baby weighs 3.75 pounds (pick up a large jicama) 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 your 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.

My life is a roller coaster ride these days. From one day to the next, you never know which version of Naomi you're gonna get. Heck, I don't even know. I have been incredibly emotional this week and have spent about 1/3 of each day crying about something. It is to the point where I am annoying myself. I feel sad and overwhelmed much of the time and have a hard time handling the riggers our busy life. Jared has been incredible through all this. Sometimes I can hardly fathom the undying patience and support his gives me so freely. He always pulls me close when I need to cry, and just holds me until I'm done. Then invites me to come back anytime I need to cry some more. I know that soon we will be holding a precious new gift on our arms once again! In only a matter of weeks! As the end draws closer, I find my excitement growing with each passing day. Unfortunately, my stress levels are growing as well, as I attempt to figure out how we are going to fit another baby and everything that goes with it in this basement. I haven't pieced together that puzzle just yet. Baby might be sleeping in the living room. Or bathroom. Or kitchen.

I have had a horrible appetite this week. I am simply not interested in eating, and have, thus, lost a few pounds.Once again, Jared to the rescue. He has been keeping a close watch on me and making me eat more when he knows I haven't had as much as I should. (Such a good husband!)

I had my 32 week check up today. Everything is normal and well.
Heartrate: 144 bpm
BP: 104/62
Weight gain: 2 lbs.

Now I start going in every 2 weeks for a check up.


Kara Jo said...

"Pick up a large jicama..." I would if I had any idea what that was. Seriously.

Oh I can so relate to the emotional roller coaster ride you mentioned. I'm on one myself--and I'm only 13 weeks. Those hormones can really do a number on a person, can't they? I know it's maddening to not feel like yourself--to feel sort of out of control. Give yourself lots of grace, Naomi. It's so normal to feel this hormonal at the end. You've done a great job handling this pregnancy, and you are a super mom. Can't wait to meet your little bundle #2!

Kara Jo said...

P.S. Thank you so much for the gin-gins. I think they really do help. :)

erin said...

You are doing a great job, Naomi. Can I come help you set up? I have a bassinet for you that can also be a co-sleeper, so hopefully it won't take up much room in your bedroom.
Just take it one day at a time--your number one job is to be a wife and then a mommy. The other stuff doesn't matter too much. Poppy won't care where HE sleeps, especially when HE discovers what a wonderful mother you are.
Let me know how I can help, ok?

Kara Jo said...

I think she's having another girl.

jim said...

I'm with Erin,

I think it'll be a He. I'm not such a good judge though,ask Naomi about "Timothy James"

I still think it'll be a He, but probably not "Timothy James"


Cara said...

What can I do? Seriously. I WANT to help. Call if you need to cry. You've listened to me a time or twelve!

Hang in there. The end IS in sight! Oh, and if you are worried about loving #2--don't. Somehow, someway, another batch of love is baked when HE arrives!

Love you!