pregnancy: weeks 30 & 31

Week 30: The cold I mentioned in my last pregnancy post turned into a pretty vicious sinus infection that kept me mostly housebound for about 5 days. So, if I look miserable and gross in the picture above, it’s because I was. I guess it’s better to be sick now rather than in a few months when I have a newborn around, right? Otherwise, things are progressing normally. Baby C seems to be hanging out mostly in my lower left abdomen and loves to make his presence known whenever I’m eating a meal, ha! I might have experienced some Braxton-Hicks contractions in that I had some tightening of my uterus a few days ago, but it’s hard to tell. With Caleb, my Braxton-Hicks contractions were actually kind of painful, and these are not at all.

You’ll notice some new artwork behind me in this week’s photo. Seth painted it!  We’re making progress on the nursery decor, but I haven’t prepared everything just yet because some friends are kindly hosting a “sprinkle” for me in a few weeks. Once we’ve had that, I’ll start gathering everything we need, and maybe put together a hospital bag. Yikes!

Week 31: The weeks seem to be going by quickly now…wasn’t it just Labor Day? The only change I’ve noticed lately is more intense cravings for citrus. I mentioned that I was all about the oranges in my second trimester, but now I’ve moved on to grapefruit. I have a half for breakfast most days, so those grapefruit spoons we received as a wedding gift all those years ago are coming in handy. (side note: they’re also perfect for scraping out seeds from winter squash. you’re welcome.)

I had a few doctor’s visits this week. I had my thyroid levels checked again at the endocrinologist’s office, and everything is normal, so I won’t have another check-up until after I deliver–yay! I also went to the OB yesterday and got my vaccinations (flu shot and Tdap). I’m still measuring a little small (~30 weeks at almost 32 weeks), but again, it’s not a cause for concern. I mentioned that Baby C’s kicks seemed to be located in lower left, and the doctor said he could be breech…but he still has plenty of time to turn. So now, of course I’ll be hyper-aware of where he’s kicking and over-analyzing whether he’s head down yet.

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