Bump-date: Week 31

I feel like the title of this post should be “Ready to Pop”.  Lol! At least that is what I felt like while taking this weeks photo.

That’s probably not a good way to feel when I know I still have 9 weeks or less to go.

31 weeks 2

Exercise this week:

My enthusiasm towards working out these days has dropped immensely. I always feel better afterwards, but getting my tired body out the door is becoming harder each and every day.

  • 1 hour water aerobics class
  • 1 hour prenatal yoga class
  • 1 hour yoga session

My goal for working out over the next two months is to just do what I can when I feel like it. No pressure!

Baby Development:

It looks like baby is slowing down just a wee bit. As of my last appointment this past Friday he is now only measuring 1.5 weeks big.  He is healthy and growing which makes me one happy mama!

Also I will start seeing the Dr. every two weeks now. And once we get close enough, it will turn into weekly visits.

What I’m looking forward to:

I start my baby preparation classes tomorrow and I couldn’t be more excited! I signed up for a four week class called Intuitive Birth.

A unique approach to prepare for childbirth blending components of the ancient practices of yoga and meditation with contemporary childbirth education models. This unique class series will help you cultivate a closer connection to your body and your growing baby. You will learn about the anatomy and physiology of normal birth, how to support the vision of your own childbirth experience, and techniques that will not only help you through labor, but will help reduce the effects of stress on the body to provide an optimal growing environment for your baby.
Learn to create your own positive powerful birth experience by cultivating awareness of your body’s amazing innate ability!

It sounds like it will be the perfect blend of birth education, yoga, and even some spiritual work. I’ll be sure to report how it goes.

How I’m feeling:

I’m starting to notice some swelling in my legs and feet a bit. I could really tell when I was trying on some of my favorite comfy shoes and they fit a bit too tight. Looks like I need to go shopping, because as I’ve heard, your feet can grow during pregnancy.

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My emotions have been a bit higher this week than usual. A few random cry fests, but those are typical after hearing the sound of J. Alabama’s voice after it’s been while from hearing from him.

Also I’ve started to have real trouble flipping over from side to side at night. I get stuck on my back and feel like a turtle stuck on it’s back. Which actually makes me laugh to think about that visual. Then I want to cry because it takes all my ab muscles to flip over which is pretty painful.

What I’m missing:

Though I’ve lost a lot of my exercise mojo, I still miss running and cross fitting so much. A friend told me about a great program in the Boise area called Stroller Strides which is a program that incorporates working out/running/walking etc with your baby in the stroller. Hearing about this program has calmed my exercise blues a bit, as it gives me something to look forward to post baby.

Also, I just miss J. Alabama. 😦  It’s not going to work out for him to be here for the birth, which breaks me heart, but I kind of knew that all along. Though he will be getting one awesome welcome home present when all is said and done…a son!

Overall:

Baby and I are sharing a room at my parent’s house while I’m in Idaho, and I’ve been busy busy get our stuff situated.

31 weeks collage

I’m keeping myself super busy, which results in one tired Linzi by the end of the day. I’ve noticed a lot more random aches, pains, leg cramps in the middle of the night and the waddling is as it good as it gets in the walking department.

Of all the trimesters, this one is definitely wearing me down a bit. My  spirits are still good and I remind myself that each day that passes is one more day closer to the day I get to meet the little guy. Which makes it all worth it in the end!

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11 thoughts on “Bump-date: Week 31

  1. I have the same troubles with rolling from side to side and more than a few times, I’ve fallen asleep mid-roll and woken up on my back. That’s a bummer your hubby won’t be able to be at the birth, but it’s good to stay positive. That’s nice you get to spend the last weeks with your family. Enjoy!

  2. Ahh you are getting so close to your due date! i’m sorry he can’t be there for the birth…. but just imagine his face at the homecoming meeting his son for the first time! You should try and get a good photographer to capture the moment

  3. almost there!!! you look good! i miss reading your blog on a daily basis, so busy at work,… but im happy to see that you are looking good and feeling good!

    hugs!

  4. The top you are wearing is gorgeous!

    That sucks about J. Alabama not being able to be there for the birth. I guess the positive (if there is one) is that you know for sure, so you can plan accordingly. (Sometimes not knowing or being in limbo is worse.) You are such a strong lady, that I know you can handle it, and you’ll have all your family by your side. Hugs! Hugs! Hugs!

  5. You look great and I’m envious of all your workouts! I got sick near the beginning of my third tri and stopped working out. I regret that 😦 You make me also want to go back to week 30ish—I have everything you mentioned now: swollen feet (flip flops are the only things I can barely wear), moving in bed (forgetaboutit), and the exhaustion.

    I’m sorry your husband won’t be there for you. Extremely sorry!

  6. I knew that your feet can swell up during pregnancy, but I didn’t know they could grow!

    It sucks that your hubby won’t be there for the birth! I like Michelle’s idea about having a photographer capturing the homecoming.

    You look great! Baby Alabama will be here before you know it! 🙂

  7. I’m so proud of you for handling this pregnancy and J’s deployment so well!! Every time I read your blog I think, wow, you are super woman! I can only imagine how awesome of a mom you will be!

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