Why in the world do people (usually unqualified people at that) feel the need to offer unsolicited advice to pregnant women and new mothers? It seriously drives me crazy! I know people just cant help themselves and offer unwanted advice all the time, not just to this select group, but since Ive become pregnant, it seems like the unsolicited advice has just been rolling in. Actually, Im being a bit overly dramatic here. Ive had a few episodes of this, enough to make me cringe, but I know it's only going to get worse when the baby is born. People have an opinion on everything and like to share, whether you want to hear or not. Breastfed vs. bottlefed; SAHM vs. working mom, disposable diapers vs. cloth diapers. There's no cookie cutter answer, but there is a way that's right for me and my baby, whether you agree or not.
Why do people look at me like Im nutso when I tell them we are planning to use cloth diapers? I get the surprised "Oh, you are?" usually followed by a Hmm... It's as if Ive told them we'll be settled in a nudist colony or something equally as unusual.
Ok, enough of that and onto Week THIRTY stats!!!
How Far Along: 30 weeks
Size of baby: We had an ultrasound 2 weeks ago and she weighed 2 lbs. 11 oz.! She is also tall for her gestational age, measuring one week ahead.
Total Weight Gained: 14 lbs. as of this week. I thought Id gained far more from our trip to the States. My parents kept us well fed and I definitely indulged in American specialties such as Sonic lemon berry slushes, Starbucks caffeine free fraps, mexican food and almost daily frozen yogurts. So far, no stretch marks and I seriously hope Im one of the lucky ones who avoids them.
Maternity Clothes: Yes, definitely. I bought some great pieces while back in the States. I still cant wear most of my maternity jeans yet, but Ive got a couple that work.
Gender: It's a GIRL! A very spoiled and blessed little girl.
Movement: Yep, for weeks now. She's gotten in some good punches and kicks. As of this week, her movements have become more like swipes, swishes and rolls rather than all out kicks, though we still have a few of those. She's beginning to run out of room!
Sleep: I wake up 2-3 times a night to pee and then usually wake up for good around 6-7am. Not great sleep, but could be worse. The weird dreams have returned.
What I miss: Being able to move around and do a lot around the house without my back hurting or getting tired so quickly. It's all worth it of course.
Cravings: Still with the cereal and fruit, but now Ive really started to crave sweets. I bought vanilla ice cream and apple pie this week!
Aversions: None, thankfully!
Symptoms: Hip pain, back pain, heartburn.
Best Moment this week: My maternity photo shoot and my 30 week Dr's appt. I finally had a doctor that I liked and who seemed competent!
The nursery is almost complete! Another week or so and we should be done. I wanted to get everything organized and ready now, while Im still mobile and feeling really good. Ill post photos once it's done.