How far along: 29 weeks 2 days
Name Announcement: We've committed to a name....drum roll please....
Reese Monroe Friedland
Size of baby: About the size of an acorn or butternut squash and between 2.5 and 3 pounds
Weight gain: 17 pounds, still normal, but I hear the pounds pack on faster from here on out! And baby will gain 6 ish of those pounds!
Symptoms: I think I've really 'felt' Braxton Hicks contraction one other time since week 24 but not nearly as intense...it was Christmas Eve and I just felt waves of discomfort on and off for a little while. And the leg cramps have found a way of interrupting my sleep again. Not often but usually after a day of being on my feet more than usual. Like the day I went to a wedding and danced the night away. And the day I spent hours Christmas shopping. Not a big fan but things could certainly be worse.
Movement: Her movement is certainly increasing!!! I feel her quite frequently both day and night but I'm thankful her night movement doesn't keep me awake. Thank you honey. I'm also feeling little jabs to my ribs. It takes my breath away for a second but that's all. Seeing her move is becoming more and more fascinating...Dean and I can see her move from one side of my belly to another!
Preparations for baby: My showers are only weeks away! And maternity photos! Yippppeeeee! I'm super excited about all of it. And it's really time to hunker down and get her room started. It's still a storage room for a few unpacked boxes from our move (I need to get on that!). Dean asked for some baby books for the holidays so I got him two: Strong Fathers Strong Daughters and Babyproofing Your Marriage. We'll read the latter as a couple after he takes the BAR exam in February. We're looking forward to it!
Random: I'm feeling great and trying to really enjoy it. I know each person and each pregnancy are different but I commonly hear that things get rather uncomfortable as the weeks progress from here. No swelling, discomfort, nausea or exhaustion to speak of (yet?)! Reese is being a very good girl for mommy. I'm so blessed!
As 2012 comes to a close and 2013 is about to begin I feel as if I'm closing one chapter of life and beginning another. 2013 will bring the biggest miracle and change to our lives!
Here are some pics over the last few weeks...