29 weeks That statement stopped me dead in my tracks when I was reading about 29th week development. I've often wondered if babies cry in utero. I hate to think of my little on crying inside, all alone... Why would s/he cry? At the same time, what do they think about now that they have the cognitive ability to think? Is it like in Look Who's Talking -- is the little one blissing out on their own hand movements?
I'm pushing the crying statement from my mind. I believe I have a happy baby. S/he is certainly very active these days. Yesterday my belly was in constant motion, with lots of high kicks and jabs. I half wondered if the baby hand turned over. And maybe it had, but today the kicks are low again.
I just read that most of the weight gain in pregnancy occurs between weeks 20 and 30. So far for me, that is right on. Since my last prenatal right before Valentine's Day, only 2 weeks ago (!) I've gained 4 lbs. Overall, I've gained 20 lbs so far. I'm not too concerned about it. I mean, I want to gain enough for the baby, but not so much that it affects me emotionally after the birth. It is hard to get too caught up in it, though, right now. Mostly I just feel so in love with the swelling of my belly. I love all these changes since they mean the baby is growing, too.
That said, I do feel heavier these days. On Sunday I went swimming with my friend Erin. That was fantastic. I did a few laps while she did the same (though her laps were much more professional looking and impressive compared to my slow breast stroke!), and then we ended up kind of running up and down the lane with the aid of kick boards while we chatted and caught up. It felt so good to be weightless and yet able to really stretch out my calf muscles. Running! I've always wanted to be a runner, but I'm just not, and certainly not while I'm pregnant! The night before I was awakened by 3 different leg cramps (ouch!) so I really needed that swimming stretch. So now my pregnancy exercise includes swimming, yoga, walking, treadmill, elliptical, stationary biking and regular biking, and strength training.
Other happenings... let's see. Last night I went to my first ever La Leche League meeting to see what that was all about. I went with my friends Christina and Vivienne (age 3 weeks). There was one other mama there with her adorable 17-month-old, Rosa. The topic of the meeting was getting started breastfeeding, so it was very interesting for me to hear. The leaders shared stories from their own experiences and then invited us to share or ask questions. I found the whole thing very nice and think it was great to go while I'm still pregnant because I haven't been around too many nursing mothers. The meeting made me feel that much more prepared. I also borrowed a book from the group called Nursing Mother, Working Mother. I know working and breastfeeding will be a challenge, but I also know that breastfeeding will help to keep the little one and I close even when I have to be gone during the day. Anyone have any stories to share of how they've managed to combine breastfeeding & working?
The other night, Joe was making me laugh so hard. I was lying in bed, and he had his hand on my belly. And I was seriously laughing -- like when no sound comes out and you think you might actually suffocate from laughing. Well, as I laughed and contracted my abdominals, Joe could feel the little one's head poking out through my belly wall. I felt it too. It was the most wonderful sensation to feel this round object in my palm and to know that it was a head. I fell that much more in love with this little person at that!
Later that night, Joe said he loved the baby. It isn't surprising, but still it made me wonder. I feel totally connected and bonded with this life within me, but Joe doesn't have that feeling of something growing inside. And yet, he feels bonded too. I think hearing the heart and feeling the kicks helps. And when Joe reads to the baby, the baby gets very still and listens. It is amazing.
Can't wait to meet you, little bug!
(Our next prenatal is in one week, so more pictures then. On that day, we'll have just 10 weeks to go! And we begin our childbirth education class on the 5th. We are both really looking forward to that. It will be taught by one of our midwives, Roxanne.)