Monday, May 23, 2011

Time is now approaching warp speed people. The next three weekends are jam packed and I feel like I'm going to wake up 2 weeks away from baby, completely unprepared!

34w1d with my Baby Love vs 34w with Isaac. Dang it'd be nice to be that tan.

And clothed.
Non-mat ON shirt and cardi, approaching their limit and ON mat jeans.

And to see what's changed in the past 10 weeks, a comparison shot.

From my weekly email: Your baby now weighs about 4 3/4 pounds (like your average cantaloupe) and is almost 18 inches long. His fat layers – which he'll need to regulate his body temperature once he's born – are filling him out, making him rounder. His skin is also smoother than ever. His central nervous system is maturing and his lungs are continuing to mature as well. If you've been nervous about preterm labor, you'll be happy to know that babies born between 34 and 37 weeks who have no other health problems generally do fine. They may need a short stay in the neonatal nursery and may have a few short-term health issues, but in the long run, they usually do as well as full-term babies.

How far along?: 34w1d
How big is baby?: 18 inches with legs extended and 4 3/4lbs.
Weight gain/loss?: Maintaining at 23lbs. I'm really going to try to stick to 1lb a week to stay under 30 like I did with Isaac.
Stretch marks?: None, thankfully.
Maternity clothes?: I hate maternity clothes.
Sleep?: I no longer look forward to sleeping.
Food cravings?: Sushi. Thai. Sushi. Thai.
Gender?: We're having another son!
Movement?: Markedly less, but not to the point that I've done kick counts yet.
Belly button?: I think I may have a turkey baster by the end.
What are you looking forward to this week?: Seeing my midwife on Wednesday and then going camping with my family this weekend! Can't wait to take Isaac fishing for the first time [and sadly go fishing with Tony for the first time].

Notables: Our mat/fam session with Gina was actually rescheduled to tomorrow evening! Scratch that, just got a call from Gina and due to weather, she's stuck and can't fly in until tomorrow night, so we're looking at Thursday. Super frustrating for G, so pray her through! I really hope that Isaac works with us for some sweet images. On the subject of photos, I just have to mention that our reveal session was published on The Lens Loves! So fun to see these images reposted. I don't think I'll ever grow tired of reliving the day.

I've been asked with more frequency now how I'm doing and I'm so thankful to be able to truthfully answer "Great!" There have been a few days recently where my right foot has been swollen and Tony's given me two foot rubs in the past few weeks, but all in all, this pregnancy is still progressing remarkably well!

My wedding rings are still on, but I'm not sure for how much longer. Everyday, throughout the day, I do a check to make sure that I can still take them off. I'm pretty sure I ditched them around 36-37w with Isaac, but with the season difference I'm prepared to be a bit more swollen than I was in April.

I'm getting more and more uncomfortable in how I look and I'm really trying to thicken my skin to the comments I've been receiving. It's just not fun to be approaching the numbers on the scale that I am, knowing that I'm in a different fitness level that I was with Isaac, so it's not the same thing on repeat. My thighs really seem to have exploded over night and I just wish that my arms had a little more definition to bare them in dresses and tanks. It didn't help when Tony guessed the wrong foot as swollen and instead said the other one had the cankle, or said a very discouraging "Uh huh." when I tried on the dress for him that I'll be wearing to his friend's wedding in 2 weeks.

All those annoyances aside, I just can't wait to meet this little guy. I want his story to begin and to really start knowing who he is. Being blessed to carry him for 9 months is an amazing experience, but knowing that his Daddu loves him just as much as I and anticipating that Isaac will *hopefully* welcome him with loving arms, I can't help but be eager for his arrival. I just can't wait to expand our family. Don't get me wrong, I want him to stay an inside baby for as long as he needs! I'm just so excited to see him.


Bekah said...

I know you are feeling self conscious, but you really do look beautiful! I cant believe your little guy will be here in just a few weeks! Seems like it was just recently that you announced your pregnancy!

Megalamode said...

I read several blogs regularly, and I'll be honest, some are more exciting in subject matter, more extreme, more light-hearted or funny, but yours is always the one I look forward to the most. I don't mean that to sound discouraging at all - I love your blog - there's just something about you that's so honest and real and so much I can relate to. Lately I've been feeling my heart go out to you in feeling subconscious about the way you look or going through hard times emotionally and I just wish I could give you a big hug! :) I think you are absolutely gorgeous, truly. You look SO CUTE pregnant, and I think most of the ppl giving you a hard time are probably jealous!!! You look amazing!!! You have such a precious little family and I am just praying for you today that y'all would get a great big blessing and the Lord would let you know how special you are and how very much he treasures you. Have a great day, girl!

Newlywed Next Door said...

I know you prob. feel like you don't look great but I think you look AMAZING for 34 weeks! Seriously, one of the best moms-to-be Ive seen. You're so cute with just a round belly.

I love the 10 week comparision shot.

Julia Goolia said...

I'm having a hard time wrapping my head around the fact that you are freaking 34 weeks pregnant. For one, you look amazing and for two, wasn't Isaac just born?!?! :) So happy for you, mama. I can't wait.

Newlywed Next Door said...

ps- I just realzied that your due date is 3 days before my birthday! Would it be mean of me wish for your baby to have my birthday? It's a great day! :D

Mrs. Lukie said...

I hate that you're feeling self-conscious about how you look, Leah. (That's not to say that it's not justifiable, because I'm feeling that way and I'm still a good 3.5 months behind you!)

You are beautiful, you are carrying this sweet, precious little boy beautifully, and I hope among all hopes that I look even remotely as perfectly as you do at 34 weeks when I get to that point.

Smile...be happy...and know that all of us out here in bloggyland think you're simply AMAZING <3

Michelle said...

Leah, you are one of the cutest darn pregnant women I have ever seen. I seriously don't see the poundage (aside from in the belly area, where it's supposed to be!).

Seriously- I totally get that you feel how you feel, but I think you look fantastic and I'm so envious (not in a malicious way!) that you have the beautiful family that you do.

I hope to have one too, but in the meantime I live vicariously through you. Like another poster said, you are one of my favorites to read. I don't know how I stumbled upon you, and my life doesn't look much like yours at all (not married, no kids, different job, state, etc), so I don't really know why I would have been interested, but there is something so relatable about you and I look forward to checking in and have enjoyed hearing about Isaac over the years, and now baby #2. Your honesty is refreshing and I really love how you put it all out there. You probably don't even realize how much that helps other people, but it does.

As for the baby weight- if you don't believe us that you look fabulous, just remember it's temporary! I would happily pack on 30 lbs to get the opportunity to be a mother (ok, I lie, I wouldn't do that part "happily"!, I should keep it honest like you do! But you know what I mean!). Just remember what you are getting in the end!

I can't wait to see baby #2! I can just imagine how anxious you must be. Sending good vibes for an easy remainder of your pregnancy. :)

Erin said...

I'm a new reader to your blog, and there seems to be a constant theme to your posts...your body. I question how self conscious you feel when every week you post pictures of your naked belly.It seems to me like your fishing for ego boosts and compliments from your readers. You are carrying a child...you aren't going to look the same. People are going to comment on your belly because that is what people do with pregnant women...I hardly think that they are trying to be hurtful. In my opinion, you come off as whiny and selfish. I won't be returning to this blog.

leah @maritalbless said...

Erin: Thank you for your comment. I certainly struggled in how to reply, even though you said you would not return. Primarily I want to clarify that while yes, I continue to post my pictures it's not due to confidence, but more a desire for consistency. I missed weeks with Isaac and it bothers me so much.

Additionally, I know that the memories of how I feel at this time will pass. I know this is true, because I'm surprised every time I re-read an entry from my previous pregnancies. I understand your feelings that I sound "whiny," because some of my posts absolutely are. That said, this is my blog, and I have always tried to right as honestly as possible, for myself.

As for the comments I have been receiving, I completely disagree. It's not a matter of "suck it up, you're pregnant, people will talk" it's specifically that I'm being told that I look huge, am due any day or impending labor when I am weeks away. As for "fishing for compliments," I'm simply not. Again, this is my blog, in which I aim to be as transparent as possible. God bless my readers/friends who do comment complimentary, but that is not my intention.

I don't write this to try to sway you from leaving, but just as an attempt to explain how you may not have had an accurate view of who I am from recent blog posts. Thank you for sharing your opinion.


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