34 Weeks

We’re heading into the home stretch, so I thought I’d make a some small attempt at documenting this pregnancy in the final weeks.

But first, a selfie:


And here’s me when one of my coworkers walked into the kitchen while I was taking said selfie:


“Uh, hey, Christina! Just, you know, taking a baby selfie…”

How far along? 34 Weeks

How big is baby? About 4.75 pounds, 18 inches

Total weight gain/loss: About 20 pounds. Doctor said I will not have a nine pound baby this time “unless she’s hiding somewhere.”

Sleep: I am a pretty good sleeper, thankfully. I have had a few episodes of insomnia around 4 or 5 in the morning.

Best moment this week: When the French smoker lady from the second floor at work said how beautiful our kids are. She’s sweet.

Movement: She used to move a lot more. Pretty quiet at the moment, but she gets active sometimes.

Food cravings: I could go for a lime popsicle or a creamsicle or something like that. But that’s more about heat than pregnancy. Olives have been my main food craving this time.

Food Aversions: Thinking…thinking…food aversions…none I can think of…

Labor Signs: The occasional uncomfortable contraction, but really nothing.

What I miss: Being able to move easily. It’s hard to walk fast, and forget about running. It hurts to sit for a long time, or walk, or stand, or lay down. Have to change it up to stay comfortable.

What I am looking forward to: Going to Sacramento to spend a few days with Kyle’s parents and their pool. I finally got a maternity swimsuit!

Upcoming appointments/events:  I saw Dr. Speedy yesterday for a 2-minute appointment, and everything was good. I’ll see him again in two weeks.

Things to buy: I’m still deciding between cloth and disposable diapers. I have newborn cloth diapers from Augie, so I’ll probably start with cloth. But we’re in a drought, and I don’t need more laundry, so I might go with disposable after she grows out of the newborn diapers. But the thought of throwing away diapers every day is painful. So much waste.

We don’t have much to buy this time. I’ll need to pick up a Playtex drop-in bottle at some point. And I would like to get these swaddle blankets, which are just silly expensive muslin, but everyone seems to love them. This one on Etsy is cute, too (but somehow more expensive??).

On my to-do list: I’d like to paint the trim in the house before baby arrives.

Anything else? Overall, this has been a pretty easy pregnancy. I don’t have the blurry vision or rib stretching pain I had with Adelaide. I don’t have the painful hips I had with Augie. And I don’t think I’ve been as emotional as I was with either of them (although I have had a couple of weepy moments, as Kyle can attest).

(EDIT: Since writing this paragraph, I have experienced both rib-stretching pain and hip pain. But maybe not as bad as with Adelaide and Augie. Definitely my hips are not as painful, because I couldn’t even roll over in bed with Augie.)

Mostly, I’ve just been tired. I don’t have as much of a nesting urge as I had with Adelaide or Augie. Some compulsive cleaning, but I don’t have the itch to do sewing projects yet. In fact, I have a baby gift for my sister-in-law that has been sitting unfinished for weeks and weeks. No knitting projects, either. I kind of wish I had started something…I suppose it’s not too late…


Weird, wild weather we’re having.

It’s so incredibly humid, 90 degrees, and sprinkling. It’s been pretty humid for about a month, actually. I have a few cities bookmarked on my weather app that I check every so often, and it’s been more humid in Southern California than Minnesota, Michigan, or New York on many a day in July.

But looking back through my almost-daily emails to Kyle, in which I often comment on the weather, it was humid last July, too. So maybe this is a thing now.

Saturday is usually my cleaning day, but I haven’t done much cleaning today. I changed the bed sheets last night, so that’s crossed off my list. I folded some laundry. The dishes are soaking in the sink. But I need to get to the kitchen floors and the bathroom. It’s just…too…hot…to clean, at least for this 8-months-pregnant lady.

Kyle is making a play house for the kids. He found a free solid wood bunk bed on Craigslist and went from there. Just needs a roof and a door, and maybe some paint.





Adelaide and August drew some pictures today. Adelaide made a drawing for God:


And August drew some of his signature people (which Adelaide insists are “dead eggs floating in the water”):


And with that, I’m off to wash dishes.

How did you know?

Adelaide walks out of the bathroom and into the living room and grabs a new outfit from the pile of laundry I’m folding.

Adelaide: I’m going to wear something else.

Mommy: What happened to your old outfit?

Adelaide: It got a little wet.

Mommy: Did you put it in the laundry basket?

Adelaide: Yeah.

Mommy: So it’s not on the floor of the bathroom?

Adelaide: It’s not on the floor of the bathroom.


Adelaide: Oh, I’m not telling the truth. (Heads to the bathroom.) How did you know?