Thursday, April 3, 2014

31 WEEKS: Earthquake Insurance, Storms, Come Home Outfit & Breastfeeding Class!

Will there be any lazy days in the coming future?

Half way through the day I ended up with a massive headache. Maybe because my poor brain was on overdrive with juggling so many things that are still pending in our journey.

First, I had wished away the stress of being in escrow. It's all back. We purchased earthquake insurance for the first time in our lives. I guess that at our age, it gives peace of mind. So it's worth it.

Then made a little time to celebrate our 31st week milestone today with the wife over a Happy Meal of course!

Wife was really happy because her "Baby Come Home" outfit arrived in the mail. Seriously, who has ever heard of such a crazy thing? Well, apparently, the baby needs clothing to go home to after the hospital delivery. Not just any clothing, this has to be drive-the-husband-crazy-looking-for-elusive-outfits-that-are-never-cute-enough clothing. Apparently what she chose fit the mark. (someone save me)

So after a good oooing and awweeingggg on how she saw it as perfect, on we moved to pondering on outstanding deliverables of reality. Like the fact that we have yet to compile stuff for our taxes.

In any case, today Dallas was in a sheer state of panic as floods, thunder, storms, and tornados were announced. Maybe even apocalyptic weather. Nothing crazy. But that is the Dallas culture, to freak out at all things weather. So while all that happened, wife managed to squeeze us in to a Breastfeeding class.



It was almost four hours of boobie talk. Never knew a class could ever have so much content to talk about the instinct of a baby drinking liquid gold from mom. But it was so worth it. Educational galore. But gotta admit. Some of the videos they played were hilarious. When I burst out in laughter on a mom talking about her love of her banana hating husband who took one for the team, I did get dirty looks. I responded with, "yeah, the hormones, got it, the hormones."

They teach you a lot of cool stuff and I appreciated the Daddy perspective too. What caught my attention is that they said the babies equate love to feeding with the mom. But what the baby learns from dad is that love is also given in other ways beyond the food association. So that bond with dad is very crucially important for the baby's development and feelings of being loved and wanted.

I will provide a full debrief on what I learned at breast feeding class in an upcoming blog entry. For now, this is where the baby is with his/her development:

Baby G at 31 weeks:



As you can see, by now, the baby is REALLY getting crunched inside:



Here are some of the highlights:

Baby measures over 16 inches long. He weighs about 3 1/3 pounds (about the size of a coconut) and is heading into a growth spurt. He can turn his head from side to side, and his arms, legs, and body are beginning to plump out as needed fat accumulates underneath his skin. He's probably moving a lot, too, so you may have trouble sleeping because your baby's kicks and somersaults keep you up. Take comfort: All this moving is a sign that your baby is active and healthy. (babycenter)


Weighing in at three-plus pounds and measuring 18 inches long, your baby is quickly approaching his birth length — though he's got to pack on another three to five pounds before D-day. Also developing at an impressive clip: your baby's brain connections (he's got to make trillions of them!). He's now processing information, tracking light, and perceiving signals from all five senses. He's also putting in longer stretches of sleep, which is why you're probably noticing more defined patterns of wakefulness (and movement) and rest (when he’s pretty still). (whattoexpect)

As for wife, her symptoms are at an all time craze. 

Her feet are now constantly swollen. Which we worry about even though it's described as normal for now. 

WhatToExpect also shares the following symptoms at this stage:

More frequent urination: Your uterus puts more pressure on your bladder in the third trimester, giving it less room to store urine. Cut down on the bathroom trips by double voiding: Pee, then when you’re done, pee again. That’ll make sure you’ve emptied your bladder completely.
Occasional headaches: If tension is twisting your head up in knots, try spending a few minutes in a dark, quiet room. If you’re at work, close your eyes and put your feet up for 15 minutes.
Varicose veins: Your growing uterus is also putting pressure on your blood vessels, which along with pregnancy hormones and increased blood volume creates the perfect set-up for varicose veins. Take a walk (or even better, several) during the day, or make sure to get in some other form of low-key, circulation-boosting exercise.
Possible nasal congestion: As if a swollen belly, feet, and fingers weren’t enough, now you may be contending with swollen nasal passages, making for one stuffy feeling. You’ll get relief when you deliver, but until then saline sprays or nasal strips can help clear up the stuffiness. (Antihistamines and nasal sprays are usually off-limits, but check in with your practitioner for other recommendations).
Lower abdominal achiness: Blame that growing belly of yours again for those growing pains around your middle. The best thing to do? Yep, you know the drill: Get off your feet for a while.
Backaches: That burgeoning belly can also do a number on your back as it curves to accommodate the load. If you haven’t already, now is the time to incorporate some prenatal yoga into your exercise routine — the stretches will relax your back (and your mind!).
Increasing clumsiness: Your shifting posture (not to mention your increasing girth) and lack of concentration (see below) may make you clumsier these days. Take it easy when you’re climbing into the shower or tub and roll up any area rugs that could trip you up at home.
Forgetfulness: Welcome to mommy (to-be) brain — a condition that’s a result of shrinking brain-cell volume in the third trimester (don’t worry — your brain cells go back to normal a few months after delivery). Don’t stress out about your foggy memory (stress just makes it worse). Write things down (or program them into your smart phone) and delegate responsibility (if possible).
Difficulty sleeping: This is another common third-trimester woe, caused by a constellation of other conditions, such as leg cramps, heartburn, frequent urination, and plain old anxiety (with a dash of pregnancy hormones). If tension keeps you tossing and turning all night, talk it out with friends (or other WTE members) or your partner during the day.

Oh boy (or Oh girl) is right. Lotsa stuff going on and even more so with the wife's body. It's no wonder moms end up with such a unique and special love for their kids. They experience the physical aspect of birthing a child with so many life changes. 

I'm hungry....


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