Thursday, December 13, 2012

A Baby in Ma Belly: Week 32

So there's a baby.  In ma belly.  It mostly knocks around like a drunk, although there are definitely times when I'm pretty sure the kid is auditioning for Tremors.  Makes it a little hard to concentrate on finals, I'm telling ya.  

Some of the best of Kevin Bacon you'd never want to see.

Also, this 33-week bell-lay is making it difficult to hunch over my computer trying to get ready what needs to be gotten ready for my dissertation proposal.  Babies & Grad school: they're not in love with each other.

All of that aside, here's a little baby update for you, a la' the style of my gal pal Alyx.

How Far Along: 32 weeks, 3 days

Size of the Baby: Something about a Jimica... Not even sure what that is.  Basically, around 4 lbs, 16-18 inches long is the estimate I've been given.

Maternity Clothes: I hate them.  Well, the jeans anyhow.  All I want is some good 'ole fashioned denim.  Cotton.  No spandex.  Is that so much to dream about?

Stretch marks: Nope.  At least, not anywhere that I can see.

Weight gain/loss: Yeah.  Right.  Like I'm sharing that at this point.  Okay fine, 27 lbs as of this morning.  Handsome nearly under-weighs me, which is pretty much making his life lately.  He's really trying to drop a few more, but let's be honest: if he just waits a week or two, I'll pass him up all of my own accord!

Sleep: Oh, sleep.  Having a hard time falling to sleep lately.  The last two nights, once I did get to sawing logs, I kept at it a good long while, which was nice.

Best Moment of the Week: Moving all of the furniture into the nursery, and arranging everything just so! (pictures to follow)

Movement: See above movie reference.  This kid is super active lately, but I can tell he/she is running out of room in there...

Symptoms: A few moments of BH.  Really, just like, 3 in the past 2 weeks.  Sometimes my middle back is sore.  Oh, and large.  Is being large a symptom?

Food Cravings: Mexican.  Spicy Italian Subs from dirty sub shops.  Chocolate cake with chocolate icing.  Cold cereal.  ANYTHING.

Gender: We find out, along with the rest of the world, in under 2 months.

Belly Button in or out: ... Flat?

Anything making you queasy or sick: Only when I eat too much!  Heartburn is pretty much a daily thing, but it's never very bad.

Labor Signs: Nope.

Wedding ring on or off: Off.  Engagement ring is still on, because it's a half size bigger.

What I miss: My waist.  Being able to sit up unassisted.  JEANS without stretch in them.

What I am looking forward to: Having a bambino to put into all of those cute little clothes!

Nursery: The basics are done, save for the crib my Grandpa is going to be making... soon... sometime... Babies don't really need a crib right away, right?  There is very little decorating going on in that room, though, due to (1) grad school and (2) a decorating deficiency that I was born with.

Emotions: I cry.  Usually because I just like Dante so dang much and hate when he's gone.  Sometimes because the Rockettes are on the television.

Other Notable Issues: I'm freaked out that a friend who was pregnant when I saw her last weekend now has a baby.  It's not the having of the baby that concerns me so much as it is the fact that there's an actual baby in there!!  That's just weird to me.  I don't know why God would do it like that.  It's weird.  I try not to think about it.

That's pretty much it!  The doctors tell me things like "Whatever you're doing, keep doing" and sometimes I wonder what I pay them for.  This baby has been giving me a pretty low-key pregnancy, which is ideal as far as pregnancies go.  As I'm getting close to the end here, any tips for me?  I've been reading about Labor Coping Techniques, What to Pack, and Option Hospital Procedures.  And no, I don't want to watch any labor videos.  

Finally, for your viewing pleasure, as a reward for making it this far, here's a picture of my experiment from last week, where I fit myself into pre-pregnancy jeans and actually went out in public!  Standing wasn't a problem.  The walking and the sitting, that was more of a problem...

Please notice that I did not bother to wash my hair.
Because I noticed.

<3 M.


  1. Remind me again what your dissertation is on. I often think of great ideas for a dissertation...though I have no immediate or long-term plans to be in need of a dissertation topic. ;)

    1. Marginal Supply Chain Design Decisions for Reorganized networks. HA! :)

  2. Baby alone or Grad school alone would be a lot for any girl to handle. I happen to think you are adorable...unwashed hair and all (washed hair is totally overrated).

    1. Thank you, dear. Your acceptance of my lack of hygiene is so kind :)

  3. OHMYGOSH I hope I look that good in 12 weeks!! (thanks for the shout out, btw!).

    And are you just super excited to see what's cookin' in there? Do you have any feelings about what it is?

    And Uh... last time I washed my hair? Three days ago, so you're good.

    Merry Christmas!

    1. I've got not a single clue as to whether baby M is a he-baby or a she-baby. Dante is thinking he-babe, but it could just be wishful thinking. WAIT, did you guys find out already? Have I missed that? Tell me, tell me! Hope you had a Merry Christmas, and that you enjoy New Years!


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