Baby Sparks #2 Bumpdate || 32, 33 & 34 Weeks


How far along: 34 weeks, 2 days

Due Date: March 5, 2018 

Baby is the size of: Butternut Squash. I had an ultrasound at 32 weeks and our big boy was already measuring right at 5 lbs. Babies typically gain half a pound per week at this gestation, so he is probably weighing in around 6 lbs right now. He's measuring a full two weeks ahead and is probably going to be tall like his daddy. The ultrasound tech said he had a pair of long legs on him. :)

Gender: a precious little BOY!!

Symptoms: Exhausted and feeling allll the lower body aches and pains that happen after baby drops. So much pressure! 

Labor Signs: Hold tight, this is going to be a long update - The night before my 32 week appointment I started having contractions. They got down to 4-5 minutes apart for a while and finally started to spread back out before I went to sleep. It was also the night of the National Championship game (Roll Tide), so I just blamed the contractions on the intensity of the game. By the time I made it to my appointment the next morning I had started contracting again. My doctor decided it was best to send me down to Labor and Delivery and see what was going on. Thankfully I was not dilated, but contractions were coming every 5 minutes or so. They ordered an ultrasound to check on baby (he looked great!), gave me two doses of a Brethine shot to stop contractions (that shot is seriously the WORST) and sent me home on Procardia to keep contractions away. That seemed to help for a while.
Fast forward to Sunday night (33w6d). Contractions started up again and were coming pretty consistently. I had taken my medicine and it wasn't helping the situation at all. By around 11:00 I decided they were consistent enough that I probably needed to call the doctor. Unlike the contractions I had been having, these were starting to feel painful. They told me to head to Labor and Delivery, so off we went. I had to once again have contractions stopped with a shot of Brethine. I was also told that I was starting to dilate. I had a doctor's appointment already scheduled for the next morning, so they discharged me and told me to come back and see my doctor for my appointment. By then contractions were back but not as severe as the previous night. Bascially, I am in Prodromal labor. This is basically the super early stages of labor. The contractions I am having are real and they are helping my body make progress, just really, really slow progress. Prodromal labor can last days or weeks or even up to a month. As of Monday I was 1cm dilated. I'm contracting an average of every 10 minutes pretty much all day long, and it's completely exhausting! As frustrating as these contractions are, however, I'm hoping that baby boy decides to stay put for another couple of weeks. We need his lungs nice and developed before he makes his grand entrance. 

Weight Gain: up 12 lbs from pre-pregnancy weight

Movement: He's still super active, but his movements are starting to slow down. He's running out of room in there! He still gives me plenty of rolls and jabs throughout the day though. 

Cravings/Aversions: Nothing really. My appetite is definitely down these days. Nothing really sounds good. I usually settle for a bowl of cereal over anything else. 

Missing anything: Sleep. The pregnancy insomnia has kicked in! 

Sleep: See above. 

Mood: I've been more emotional lately, for sure. 

Maternity Clothes: I have like 3-4 things that fit over this massive belly. :) 

Nursery: It's almost done!! I am seriously obsessed with how cute this nursery turned out. I have a few more things to get and hang and then it will be ready. I can't wait to show off pictures!

Best moment this week: These past few weeks have been such a blur, but thanks to a few "snow days" we have gotten a lot of good family time in. I'm enjoying the extra one on one time with my girl before baby brother gets here. 

Looking forward to: Tucker's arrival!

Baby Sparks #2 Bumpdate || 31 Weeks


How far along: 31 weeks, 3 days

Due Date: March 5, 2018 

Baby is the size of: a head of lettuce. Baby boy is getting pretty close to birth length (and I can feel every bit of it. This baby is already tall like his daddy!). He's weighing in anywhere from 3.5 to 4ish lbs right now. All five of his senses are now fully developed. 

Gender: a precious little BOY!!

Symptoms: Exhaustion with a side of back pain. The nesting phase has kicked in and is full force right now. Over the weekend I put together a "honey do list" a mile long for my poor husband. Thankfully he's been here before and knows just what to expect for the next 8ish weeks - lots of projects! 

Labor Signs: Lots of Braxton Hicks still. They pretty much never stop. They will space out to 1 ever hour or so and then pick back up to 5 and 6 and hour for a few hours. The other night I was having between 8 and 10 an hour. They weren't at all consistent, so I put my feet up and guzzled down some water for a few hours until they slowed down. I was checked at my appointment last week due to all the contractions, and thankfully I'm not dilating yet. Basically these contractions are doing nothing other than wearing me out. 

Weight Gain: up 12 lbs from pre-pregnancy weight

Movement: He's still a very active boy. He's definitely starting to run out of room though. His movements are less sporadic and feel more like rolls as he wiggles around in there. 

Cravings/Aversions: I spent an hour cooking dinner the other night only to take two bites and decide I couldn't eat anymore of it. I settled for cereal instead. 

Missing anything: Having more to choose from than the 3-4 things that fit. And wine. Don't forget the wine. 

Sleep: I'm waking up a few times a night to either use the bathroom or switch positions, but other than that things are still pretty good in the sleep department.

Mood: My husband would probably say that I'm a bit moody these days. 

Maternity Clothes: That's the only thing that is fitting over this big belly these days. That and my coats that I can't button. ;) 

Nursery: The room is painted, the crib is assembled, and the dresser has been painted. All that's left is the fun part, decorating! 

Best moment this week: Potty training Charlie Beth! That's right. My big girl is (pretty much) potty trained! We started over the long New Year's holidays weekend and she caught on so fast. She was having no accidents by day 3 and has been so proud of herself. I'm one proud mama as well! Also, watching my team beat Clemson in the Sugar Bowl. Next stop, National Championship! 

Looking forward to: Having this baby in 8 weeks or less! 

Baby Sparks #2 Bumpdate || 29 & 30 Weeks


How far along: 30 weeks, 2 days

Due Date: March 5, 2018 

Baby is the size of: a Cantaloupe! He's well over three pounds, but since I haven't had an ultrasound since 18 weeks I don't know his exact measurements. He feels pretty big, or at least long, in there! I feel kicks in my ribs and jabs way down low. 

Gender: a precious little BOY!!

Symptoms: Exhaustion and constantly feeling out of breath. The nesting has also kicked in full gear. I took every last Christmas decoration down yesterday and started making room for all the baby gear that we will pull out in the coming weeks. 

Also worth noting, I passed my one hour glucose test a couple of weeks ago. YAY! I failed the one hour test with Charlie Beth and had to go back for the dreaded three hour test (which I passed). I was very thankful I didn't have to do that again this time around. 

Labor Signs: Lots and lots (and lots) of Braxton Hicks. 

Weight Gain: up 10 lbs

Movement: He's still a very active little boy in there. He is most active in the evenings starting around 7:30 or 8 and lasting for a few hours. 

Cravings/Aversions: Nothing specific. I have been eyeing sweets a lot more lately. Sweets were my go to craving during my entire pregnancy with Charlie Beth (which is probably why I failed that one hour glucose test with her...).

Missing anything: Wine. 

Sleep: No complaints. I have to turn from one side, to the middle (propped up on my back) and back to my other side multiple times throughout the night. I start aching pretty bad if I stay in one position for too long. 

Mood: Emotional

Maternity Clothes: Yep. Leggings and tanks with oversized cardigans are my go to right now. 

Nursery: Santa brought me all the furnishings and decorations that I need for Tucker's nursery. I have to finish painting the dresser/changing table and then I'll start on the fun part. I'm eager to get it finished! 

Best moment this week: Christmas with Charlie Beth. Christmas was so much more fun this year watching it through her eyes. She is obsessed with Santa (or "HoHo" as she calls him) and loved all her gifts he brought her. We had a long, fun Christmas day filled with lots of family time, food, and presents.

Looking forward to: Checking off all the to do items in anticipation for our baby boy's arrival! 

Baby Sparks #2 Bumpdate || 28 Weeks


How far along: 28 Weeks, 1 day

Due Date: March 5, 2018 

Baby is the size of: An eggplant or a coconut. He weighs around 2.5 lbs and is about 15 inches long. His skin is smoothing out as he gains more weight and gets more fat on those little bones.

Gender: a precious little BOY!!

Symptoms: This belly is big and it's heavy.

Labor Signs: I found myself back at the doctor last week after contracting from the time I woke up until about 2:00 that afternoon. They were coming every 30 minutes on the dot. I called the nurse and she told me I definitely needed to be seen to make sure it wasn't early labor. Thankfully, all is still good! I'm still on a few restrictions via doctors order and have been told to stay off my feet as much as possible. I'm still having Braxton Hicks daily, but thankfully they haven't been too frequent or consistent since last week's doctor visit.

Weight Gain: up 10 lbs

Movement: I can tell he's getting bigger by the day! I'm feeling less quick kicks and more rolls. This morning I watched as he rolled from one side of my belly all the way to the other side. It looked like my bump was doing the wave.

Cravings/Aversions: Still nothing specific. I've found myself with a bit more of a sweet tooth lately, but I'm trying to steer clear of anything too sweet before my glucose test on Thursday.

Missing anything: Sleeping on my stomach

Sleep: I'm tossing and turning from one side to the other most of the night, but I'm still sleeping pretty decent.

Mood: Is exhausted a mood? Because that's what I am 99% of the time.

Maternity Clothes: All day, every day.

Nursery: We haven't done anything else since painting the room. There are still a couple of spots on the walls that we need to touch up. Next up, putting the crib together and painting the dresser. Hoping to decorate soon after Christmas!

Best moment this week: Experiencing all kind of new holiday traditions with our girl. This is such a fun age! She loves "Ho Ho" as she so adorably calls him.

Looking forward to: Spending the weekend with family celebrating Christmas.