Saturday, December 10, 2011

30 weeks and showered with love

I've been missing for a while, but for good reasons.  Believe it or not, life has been crazy busy!  Baby on the way, Thanksgiving, Christmas around the corner, baby classes, work and the list could go on.  But, I think it's about time for an update.  

We made the trek back to MO for the Thanksgiving holiday.  It was so great being able to visit with our families one last time before Baby C arrives.  We spent the first half of our week in Memphis, MO with Adam's parents and then headed down to Jeff City, MO on Thanksgiving day to spend the rest of the week with my family.  As usual, it never seems like we spend an entire week at home, but that's how all vacations are, right?  But, we were able to do lots of fun stuff: get some much needed R&R, visit with lots of family and friends, attend the (possibly last) MU vs. KU football game in K.C., MO, eat lots of wonderful food and have our first baby shower!  Everything was simply perfect, and we couldn't have asked for a better trip.

As always, my camera didn't take as many pictures as I would have hoped :)  It died in the middle of the shower, and I was the smart one that packed the GPS charger instead of the camera charger...oops- it fit, what was I supposed to think?!  But, my cousin, Gretchen, was nice enough to take some great shots at the shower.  

Baby C is beyond blessed to have so many people that already love him or her so much.  Thanks to all our generous friends and family, we now have a full nursery, not to mention a full bookshelf!  Guests were asked to bring a book for the baby, so we now have a wonderful collection for all ages- and we've already read quite a few to the little bean.

After getting back from MO, I had my 28 week doctors appointments (7 months, can you believe it?!).  This appointment included the much anticipated glucose test you hear so many terrible things about and a Rhogam shot.  Maybe it was the anticipation for something completely terrible, but I really didn't think the glucose drink was bad!  I gulped it right down.  I think I'm in the minority on that one- to me it just tasted like sugary, flat orange soda and it didn't have the weird, oily consistency that I thought it might.  And, results came back normal- so no 3 hour glucose test for this gal!  As for the shot, since I have a negative blood type, I'm required to get a shot now and after delivery.  Essentially this will deter the chances of my body fighting off any future pregnancies where the baby may have a positive blood type (most common).  Sort of weird, I know, but nothing scary- it's completely normal.

And now, we are at 30 weeks!  With the seventh month comes more doctor appointments- we're now on a bi-weekly schedule!

How far along: 30 weeks 
Size of baby: Size of a head of cabbage (15.7 inches long and almost 3 lbs) 

Total Weight Gain: 20 lbs!
Maternity Clothes: I've given up on normal, non-maternity clothes!  I literally tried on 3 outfits the other morning before I finally just gave up.  So many shirts are too short or tight.  After that little episode I got online and had yet another maternity shopping spree!
Sex:  60% of you think Baby C is a boy, but it seems like 90% of the people I talk to think it's a little girl.  My gut is still saying girl- but we'll see in 10 weeks if my maternal instinct is reliable. 
Movement: Lots of rolling!  Adam couldn't stop laughing at our birthing class this week because the little one was just jumping around in there!  My stomach was constantly poking in all directions.  So amazing!
Sleep: Starting to go downhill again.  Once I get up for my nightly bathroom run, falling back asleep is tough.
What I miss: Being able to hold off on bathroom breaks.  What makes it even worse is the bathrooms at our work are being renovated, so I have to take the elevator waddle (yes I'm starting to waddle now) down the stairs for my many bathroom trips.  I swear everytime I stand up, I need to go.
Cravings: Nothing really, just any food.
Symptoms: Outside of growing at a much quicker pace, I've really had no major symptoms.  Of course there's the difficulty getting out of bed and chairs, the shortness of breath, and oh the bathroom breaks.

What I’m looking forward to: Finishing our baby to-do list, which seems unending.  There is lots to do in the nursery, thanks to all the wonderful gifts we've received, so I'm very anxious to finish it up.  And I'm looking forward to maternity photos next weekend (did you notice the new, cleaner hair cut).

Thanks for checking in with us, I'll be sure to keep you updated on all the happenings around the Clapp house over the Holidays.  Have a great weekend!

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