The past few weeks have been intense, to say the least.
Somehow, even with all the chaos of life, time keeps flying and the belly keeps getting bigger. I can barely believe that in less than a week I’ll be 8 months hapai!
“This week, your baby measures over 16 inches long. He weighs about 3.3 pounds 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.” (Source.)
The baby has moving around like crazy lately! Rather than punches and kicks, though, I’ve been feeling big swooshy, full-body summersault-like movements. He/she also gets hiccups more often than I ever imagined possible, too.
It’s funny because I always thought the baby would really just be an extension of me – sleeping when I sleep, eating when I eat, and feeling only what I feel – but I’ve begun to realize that this little being is independent of me. Sure, after I drink coconut water he/she goes nuts, but aside from that, this baby is up at all hours of the night doing his/her own thing.
[somewhere in there a 16 inch baby is doing flips!]
Sometimes the baby’s movements are painful [s/he often kicks me in the ribs or rubs against my organs the wrong way], but overall I absolutely adore feeling the baby move so much. This whole thing is finally starting to sink in and make me feel like this is real. Plus, the kicking rarely keeps me up at night, aside from a few nights where the baby has woken me out of a deep sleep with his/her thumping.
The thing that keeps me up all night are the trips to the bathroom! Seriously, it seems like I need to pee again as soon as I wash my hands. It hasn’t helped that I finally got sick this past weekend and have been up coughing and blowing my nose every half hour as well as heading to the bathroom.
Of all the weeks of my pregnancy, this past week has been the most stressful by far. I keep having to remind myself that to surround me and the baby with only positivity, love, light, and health, but I’m not gonna lie – stress has taken it’s toll on me physically, emotionally, and mentally. The good news: I turn in another final paper and do a presentation tonight, and then all I’ll have is one paper left for the semester! I could not be more grateful, and I’m sure the baby can’t wait either.
Whoa, I just had a crazy realization: in just ten weeks, instead of posting a photo with my 41 week shot, I’ll –hopefully– have the little one in my arms! Wow, talk about a reality check.
Alright, this cold is kicking my ass. I’m absolutely exhausted and need to try to get a nap in before an afternoon meeting and tonight’s class. Thanks for being so patient with me as I muddle through a pretty rough time. Hope to post more soon!
Have a beautiful day!
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