So the days have come where I am officially thinking in terms of "weeks left" rather than "weeks I've come." (11 weeks left, btw...) Being pregnant is a joy but I can't wait to meet our daughter and have her here! The anticipation is mounting as the days draw closer! We've spent many hours working on her nursery, getting it painted, and sewing a few things, like curtains and pillows. Here's a sneak peak of the color of her room:
Hopefully we will have time to finish if off soon. Most everything is ready, I just need to get decorations up on the walls and get our glider. More pictures to come soon...
How Baby Girl Roland is growing this week:
How big is your baby this week? She weighs nearly three pounds now and measures about 17 inches. Though she's getting pretty close to her birth length, she still has to chub out a bit. In fact, over the next 11 weeks, she'll more than double — or even come close to tripling — her weight. And as she grows and the room in your womb gets tighter, you'll be less likely to feel those big kicks and more likely to get poked by an elbow or jabbed by a knee.
Highlights of this new trimester:
I'm beginning to notice Braxton Hicks. Yay! While I have to watch these carefully so they do not turn into preterm labor, Braxton Hicks are actually exciting because it's showing me that my body is truly preparing for the birth of our baby. The count down is closing in as we near the end! A lot of women say that their Braxton Hicks feel like their tummy is tightening and releasing. Some have pain, some don't. Others, like myself, have Braxton Hicks lower and they feel like menstrual cramps. However, I also have the tightening of my abdomen as well but don't notice them as often.
Our birthing class is going really well and we're loving the friendships that we are making there. It's so exciting to be around other pregnant Mamas and Daddys and to be able to chat with them about pregnancy stuff!
We met with our Doula this past Saturday and it went great! When she left our home, we both felt very comfortable with her and were encouraged. I now have a sign up on my refrigerator of "If You Think You're In Labor" and "When to go to the Hospital." This will be something I can review as we draw close to the due date and I have to determine between these Braxton Hicks and the true early stages of labor. When we do go into labor, after the first couple of hours (or so, depending), we will call our Doula and she will come to our home, helping us through the labor until we reach about 7-8 centimeters. Then, once we're there (potentially 7-10 hours?), we'll all pile in the car to head to the hospital to work through transition and to deliver this baby. We are so thrilled to have our Doula be apart of our birthing experience and are grateful for the support that she will offer.