Wednesday, July 13, 2011

30 Weeks

This past Sunday marked 30 weeks. At this point pregnancy has lost most of its wonder and is just feeling like my natural state. Though when Rafael moves it still amazes me, and I am reminded that this won't go on forever....some day soon, he will be here, and everything will be different! 

I'm still taking long walks in the morning with the dogs (before it gets too hot at noon), and am determined to keep it up until the baby comes. Even though I am getting slower and slower, I put one foot in front of the other, and just don't give up. So to get to the same spot in the woods takes longer, but at least I make it there. And then I always feel good about myself, and feel that my midday nap is well deserved. 

When my midwife made a house visit last week she noted, while poking around at my belly, that my uterus had stretched ahead, leaving Rafael with plenty of growing space. So my belly may not expand much more at all during the remainder of this pregnancy. I'm hoping this means I have managed to avoid getting stretch marks!

Here's the latest pregnancy update:

How far along? 30 weeks and 3 days.

Total weight gain: 19 pounds.

How big is baby? Almost 4 pounds.

Sleep? Nights have been really hot. I'm so glad we have a ceiling fan! I've been sleeping with one pillow under my head, one pillow hugged under my arm, and one pillow sandwiched between my legs.

Best moment this week? Going swimming with my mother in law in her friend's pool. Surrounded by lavender and fruit trees, totally private....feeling weightless in the water.

Movement? His movement is now very noticeable from the outside. Some positions are actually uncomfortable. But if I massage him, he'll eventually change positions. 

Food cravings? Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, milk, peaches and raspberries, and caesar salad with homemade (egg and anchovy free) dressing.

Belly button in or out? Still in, but extremely flat.

What I miss: Being agile. I never thought I would be one of those clumsy pregnant ladies who waddle around and complain about their back and feet, but guess what, I am! I've always loved sitting on the floor to play with the dogs, but now it's uncomfortable and very difficult to get back up. And the arches of my feet are so tender! 

What I'm looking forward to: My nap. Honestly, I just want to sleep all day, and avoid the heat.

Milestone: Rafael now opens his eyes when he is awake. 

Ramon left on another business trip today, so it's me, Raffi, and the doggies until Monday.


  1. Beautiful photo!
    Enjoy the day!

  2. Thanks for sharing this journey with us, you look lovely as ever! Keep up those walks, it helps with labor! :)

  3. You look so gorgeous and serene! I think it's lovely that you're keeping a milestone diary of your baby. I did that with both of mine and all their little words too. They are 9 and 11 now and they love it when I talk about them as babies even when they were in my tummy. Enjoy!

  4. almost there!!! That is the time in pregnancy that I love - everyone knows that you are expecting by the obvious belly, and you feel good.....energized even........

    I really like the's just amazing isn't it??

  5. Beautiful photo! I have lurked here for awhile but always have found you to be so inspirational and refreshing!! And I LOVE the blouse you are wearing! Where did you get it?! I am 7 weeks along with our 3rd and love finding new maternity pieces:)

  6. oh, pregnancy looks so good on you:). it goes by so fast, but in the end, you get the best treat in the world. enjoy the rest of this; you sound like you're doing well and you look absolutely glow-y!!! :)

    xoxo, Blair

  7. Hi Kileah! Thanks so much. I'm not really wearing maternity clothing, just larger sizes of normal clothes. That shirt is from H&M. Do you have that store where you are? It's really affordable and with a lot of great styles.
    Congratulations on your pregnancy!!
    xo Dawn

  8. OMG!!! Thank you for this post..I think of you day and night and how great this all is, besides the challenges of being uncomfortable and having to change pace, it all is so blessed!
    Rafael opening his eyes? How do you know this?
    It sounds so

  9. Hey Mom!
    I get weekly updates on Rafael's growth and progress, that's how I know.

  10. We have 5 special blessings...and with each one I experienced such different things...I remember being so tired with my one son and my other son having such energy...also with one of our daughters I felt like I could go on being pregnant and Love it...But then again she ended up being a TINY baby...6lbs... : ) all the others were 9lbs... :}
    Still Shining with that pregnancy GLOW... : )

    Have a beautiful week..

  11. I've been thinking of you lately and just had to check in and see how you and Rafael are doing. Isn't it all a miracle? I loved reading through everything...and isn't your Mom cute?

    Sending love across the miles-now TAKE A NAP!




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