30 Week Bump Update & Babymoon
Passed Glucose test! yay.
Did find out I was anemic though. Shocker. The midwives recommend this iron supplement: Slow Fe Slow Release Iron Tablets. They also said to take it at a different time than my prenatal vitamin, and with something loaded with Vitamin C. I started taking a liquid iron supplement around 20 weeks I think (liquid because it’s more bio available), but it started staining my teeth so I quit after about a month. At the time, I was only taking it as a precaution because I was having food aversions to red meat and I know most pregnant women become anemic at some point. I think the pill form will be easier. Time to up the fiber intake as well I suppose.
Onto the fun stuff!
Why do I look stoned?
How far along: 30 weeks!
Size of baby: English Cucumber (15”-17”, 3-4 lb)
Weight gain: 1.5 lb gain this week ( 19 lb so far)
What I love: My sense of peace and joy about where my life is and where it’s going
Worries: This is possibly the first time in my life I have not been genuinely worried about something. I feel like anything that comes my way, I can handle it. Where did this sense of peace and calmness come from? The perspective that there are more important things in life than silly worries I have little to no control over? I feel so capable and ‘ready’ to become a mother. It’s not even freaking me out anymore that I have no idea when my husband will be home (assuming and hoping it will be a week or two before due date – but not worrying about it!) or that he will be leaving shortly after Baby Girl is born (assuming she is not too late – about a month). What a great feeling. Why did I wait so long to adopt this attitude?!
Sleep: Sleep eludes me so much now. Lying on my left side all night is difficult. I toss and turn constantly and feel like I’m going to start getting bed sores. I roll over to my right side but it’s just not comfortable for my neck/shoulders/and arms so I can only stay over there for a very short time. I’m expecting my hips to start getting achy soon and I’m sure I’ll look back at this time and think to myself, “what an idiot for thinking it was hard to sleep at week 30.” On the bright side – I still have decent energy during the day despite these sleep issues.
The belly: If I stand in the sunlight, I can see blue veins on the sides of my protruding belly. I also think I see the beginnings of stretch marks…..I thought stretch marks are white and long, but these are small and red. Not sure. Time will tell. One thing I know: It’s getting BIG. I cannot imagine what it will be like in another few weeks, and then another few weeks after that.
Best moment of the week: Impromptu baby moon getaway
Food cravings: Sugar. I hate you. But love you. Jelly doughnuts from the CleElum Bakery, you were the death of me this week.
Food aversions: Salmon still. I caved and had a small piece for dinner last night (my husband eats salmon a few times a week). I ate it, but I didn’t enjoy it.
Baby’s Movement: So much! I tried to do some belly mapping to see where Baby Girl is at, but I think she still has so much room and moves around constantly. It’s very difficult at this point. When I go in for my next appointment I’ll try to get some help from the midwife in determining her position as it will become more important as the weeks progress. I know I still have a few weeks before I need to worry, but it sounds like having the baby in a transverse position is not ideal at 30 weeks (which I where I think she is).
Yoga – I skipped my regular yoga classes again this week because our baby moon conflicted. I did manage to squeeze in a basic flow class the morning we left (while very supportive and sweet hubby waited for me in the car) because I knew my body would regret not doing any yoga for two weeks. I had never done this particular class before and I was a little nervous about being able to handle it, but it was surprisingly easier than my regular vinyasa class.
Running –I had one great hour long run (including bathroom stops so probably more like 50 minutes) and then one not so great run that started out on a treadmill and ended outside with me doing more walking than running. I’m ordering up one of these support belts based on a recommendation by seasoned pregnant runner, Laurie.
Swimming – No swimming
Milestones: Week THRITY. Three. Zero.
Symptoms: shortness of breath, achy ribs (I think she jammed herself into my right ribs a few nights ago) and back
What I’m looking forward to: Everything!
What I miss: Wine.
Next appt: May 2
Due Date: July 4th
As I mentioned, Chris and took off for a last minute babymoon. It was only a couple of days, but I wanted to do one last little road trip, just the two of us. I know some people don’t understand the concept of a babymoon. Why would you want to purposely plan a vacation without being able to drink?! Believe me, there are wineries ALL OVER Washington. I.wanted.to.drink. But at this point, there is really no difference. I want a glass of wine (or several) almost EVERY night*. Going out of town does not matter. Plus, I spent all of my twenty’s single and living it up all over the world. I have done more than my fair share of ‘one last hurrah’. Not to mention TTC for so long, every time I drank I was actually HOPEFULL that would be my last time I would be able to drink as a ‘free’ woman. If you don’t plan a babymoon because you don’t want to torture yourself without being able to drink without a care in the world– you’ve got some big disappointments up ahead.
We drove to Suncadia Resort about 2 hours east over the Cascade mountains. It was a lovely time for us to appreciate each other and appreciate the silence of our last few days as a two person family.
The resort itself was nice, but I probably wouldn’t stay there again. They cater to skiers (it’s a mountain resort after all) and I don’t ski. It was nice to be there during the off season (there is also a ton of summer activities for family vacationers) so it was very quiet and un-touristy. However, since it was the off season the spa was closed Tuesday-Thursday (we arrived Monday afternoon and left Wednesday) so no prenatal massage . I didn’t realize that until after we were on our way and I called to book the appointment. I doubt it would have made us change our minds about going there, but it was still a bit of a disappointment as I was really looking forward to it.
The resort grounds were fairly extensive: two golf courses, many beautiful vacation houses, a few restaurants, a winery, and lots of trails, fitness building with outdoor and indoor pool, and a (two lane) lap pool. I wish this water slide would have been open. how fun would that have been?! They only open it on the weekends during the off season. Bummer.
I made Chris take a ton of pictures of me for my photo album. And because I love myself.
So since there was no drinking on my part, everything revolved around food of course. Which was awesome! They had a great restaurant at the resort, which I would gladly go back to time and time again if it were more accessible.
The first night I had Sea Bass served on Jasmine stir fried rice with cashews, mint, cilantro, coconut green curry. It was unbelievable. The second night I had Sweet Onion Ravioli. Equally unbelievable. I wish I had pictures for you guys, but I don’t.
Other notable food indulgences included freshly baked doughnuts everyday from the CleElum bakery. To.die.for. And of course room service desserts which included lava cake and strawberry shortcake.
Lunch Spot day #1
The bakery had a separate building where they served breakfast and lunch.
Lunch Spot day#2
Semi-famous café in Ellensburg, WA called the Yellow Church Café.
Could not drive home from the bakery empty handed
It was a fantastic little getaway. Now, bring on baby!
* Good grief, I sound like an alcoholic