Beginning of the 8th Month
How big is Ellie:
The size of a squash
Sheri (my SIL) loaned me some of her nursing pajamas and bras to use for once Elliana is here. I was so excited at how cute the pajamas were. At least I'll look pretty in the hospital! Some of my maternity jeans aren't fitting as well as they used to, but it's warming up here in the South and I hope to start wearing shorts soon!
Weight Gain Alert!
Gained this week: 1 lb (finally after a while of no weight gain!)
Total weight gain: 33 lbs
I can feel her moving around and stretching often. She gets the hiccups about once a day too! Elliana loves to hear her Daddy's voice, and she moves around a LOT once he starts talking to her.
If a food is mentioned that sounds good I MUST have it! I'm still on the hunt for some good fried pickles (I've been craving them for about a week now).
Brandon's no-carb diet during the week has him cooking meat all of the time. I love the smell of ground beef cooking, but I feel deathly sick when he cooks eggs in the morning.
There's nothing really that I despise right now.
My Current Eating Pattern:
My appetite never fully returned. I'm making sure to eat enough to take care of baby girl, but there's just not a lot of room to eat as much as I used to.
FATIGUE, cravings, emotional, anxious, weepiness, no control of my emotions, back pain, super big belly, breast tenderness, leaking colostrum, hip pain, swollen feet and fingers, forgetfulness, clumsiness, acid reflux, loss of appetite, excitement about becoming a mother soon, crazy and intense pregnancy and delivery dreams about forgetting to feed Elliana!
Stretch Mark Alert!
My tummy and boobs look great, but I now have stretch marks on my butt!
I'm very tired when it's bedtime, but I wake up numerous times throughout the night. I'm making at least two trips to the potty over the course of the night, but I'm able to fall back asleep as long as it's after 4 am. Sometimes I can't tell if I really have to pee or if it's baby girl laying on my bladder. Most of the time I don't chance it and just get up and go. My back is also causing me some trouble getting comfortable, but it's nothing that is too terrible.
What do I miss:
Not getting worn out from the little things. I feel like it takes me twice the time to accomplish anything because I have to take so many rest breaks.
Best moment of the week:
Painting Elliana's letters (for her monogram) and dresser to put the final touches on her room.
Worst moment of the week:
I started feeling light headed and nauseated Wednesday night at church after dinner. Maybe I had too much pasta? That and the back pain I've started having during the day have been no fun at all.
What am I looking forward to:
Our baby showers are quickly approaching! I did hold off and make sure that they were scheduled later on in the pregnancy. I myself have not attended a baby shower in a LONG time. I'm positive that the last one I attended was for my friend, Liz, and that was before we began TTC. I know that my emotions will be everywhere that day.
It still seems surreal to be this close to the end of our pregnancy. It's truly flown by, and I'm glad that I've written about so much. In the event that we're not successful in another pregnancy attempt, I want to remember everything for my precious daughter.
If I sit down in the floor I can NOT get up. Bending over has also become very diffucult
We've reached the 8th MONTH! It's amazing to think that our little girl will be arriving shortly. My Dad still swears up and down that Elliana will be born before her due date, and Brandon agrees!
"Elliana should weigh almost four pounds by now! She's swallowing, breathing, kicking, and sucking all to prepare for life outside of the womb. She could even be sucking her little thumb right now! Thankfully I have lots of cute little mittens to break her of that habit once she's here (and to keep people from touching her hands!). More fat is also accumulating under her skin and she's becoming less transparent and more opaque."
from What to Expect When You're Expecting