30 weeks - 31 weeks

4:20 PM

How baby is doing:

The baby's about 15.7 inches long now, and she weighs almost 3 pounds as they say, imagine a head of cabbage . The forums and week by week peeps, always compare the baby to some kind of fruit and sometimes it doesnt even make sense cause one week the baby is the size of a lime only after being a size of a pomegranate? About a pint and a half of amniotic fluid surrounds baby, but that volume will decrease as baby gets bigger and takes up more room in the condo, the uterus. Baby's eyesight continues to develop, though it's not very keen; even after he's born, he'll keep his eyes closed for a good part of the day-which tends to fool new parents to the thought that - hey, see, the baby sleeps, no problem. This parenting thing is no problem. yeah, um just wait.. When he does open them, he'll respond to changes in light but will have 20/400 vision — which means he can only make out objects a few inches from his face. which happens to be the perfect distance from mother's face to baby's face at the boob, you know when he's dining out feeding.

How my life is (still) changing:

Feeling a little tired these days, especially since i hardly get any sleep from the normal discomfort of oh say the weight of a large watermelon on you 24/7. They say you are also more prone to being a klutz, which is perfectly understandable. again imagine a watermelon tied around your belly and you try walking around with that thing, let alone even putting on socks - yeah, just socks. its an effort, i tell ya. so with that watermelon out in front of you, the weight and center of gravity plus hormonal changes making my joints looser and ligaments more lax are the culprits of the klutz in me now (although i have always been accident prone, but lately i guess because i know im carry a wee little one in me, im a bit more cautious these days with only a few minor um, set backs). And for awhile people kept asking me if i had to get bigger shoes or if my feet are swollen these days, and if you had asked me before this 4th of July weekend, i would have greeted you with a wide grin and said nope not at all, at least not yet..well, it has begun. due to the 7 hour car ride down to LA, my feet and dare i say it, cankles were a ridiculous and uncomfortable problem.

And mood swings. now i would want to say that i havent succumb to it but last night i completely did when cw didnt come home at a time I had anticipated. he came home around 11:30 pm and since i am not only a light sleeper, but having issues with finding a comfortable position to sleep, i was, to say the least, a bit pissed off when he came home (and no amount of tip toeing would really help that fact) and only was able to sleep cause i cried a little. i know its difficult in a different way for cw because i know he wants to help me in my discomfort but there isnt usually anything he can do. but i guess i also never voiced that just the fact of him being there, being present even if we aren't really doing much, helps me. its the support i really need right now and definitely when the big day comes. cw has some commitments he needs to attend to occasionally outside of our home and is also one to show support of his friends oh say when they have to speak at a place (but if this said friend has a few decades under his belt AND he being the social extrovert that he is, i think one less friend will be okay with him, just this one time) but sometimes i think he needs to remind himself and or his friends that wait, i have a very uncomfortable pregnant wife at home that could really use my support right now and that our house is in shambles. maybe i should just make it up to said friend - cause god knows there probably isnt any making it up to a very uncomfortable pregnant woman having to tidy up, do laundry and make dinner, right after she spent 9 hours at work dealing with horrendous people..anyways..again, i probably should tell him that 1) remember you have commitments at home to think about too 2) that just being there, even if we dont do anything, or even if its only an hour of conversation or interaction before going to bed, that it helps me - that its the support i need. its the answer to his - "is there anything i can do for you?"

anyhoo - the mini vacay was great. i got to practice my tagalog more and speak it constantly - sorry cw. we had great company and wonderful gifts. and i also got to indulge a bit on filipino food, but by the time we were heading back all i wanted was rabbit food - salads and fresh veggies. the heat was great cause i knew by the time we got back to oakland it would be a different climate. oh and swimming. swimming was the BEST. i didnt even feel pregnant. I loved it.

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  1. Sounds like you needed to vent! I totally understand the difficulty with your partner going out. But, try to let him have a little fun. Soon, you guys might both be homebodies.. Also, I'm sure everyone is telling you what to enjoy before the baby and its hard to do before you know what you are missing. But, just to add another one to the list, enjoy long showers while you can!


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