and while four weeks can go by in the blink of an eye, i also have no idea if i have another four weeks left in me. i know i've been saying this for a while now, but now i really mean it...how can the belly possibly get any bigger??? i just want baby boy to cook in there as long as he needs to (and i need him to, to get all my ducks in a line), but please not a second longer.
sleep: ha, i think my smashed bladder is sleep-training me for when baby arrives. i have to drag myself out of bed about 1-2 times a night to go to the bathroom. and then there's still the whole issue of waking up every time half my body falls asleep and i need to roll over...because it takes a lot of momentum/effort to roll over. plus i've also gotten heavy enough that all the weight makes my ribs/hips hurt to be on one side for too long. and people keep telling me to enjoy my sleep while i still can, but i would really love for those people to also let me know exactly how to enjoy my sleep while this largely pregnant...haha, but seriously.
movement: still a crazy amount! and it's feeling even crazier because i can tell how much stronger he's getting! it has seriously blown my mind how malleable a pregnant belly is. for something so firm, you'd think it would just stay put, but it is constantly bouncing around and changing shape with baby's movement. i can also officially tell the difference between kicks and jabs and hiccups which is pretty cool. and oh man, does he get some violent hiccups! the other day we both had them at the same time and it was really trippy and really adorable.
symptoms: just a crazy amount of discomfort that comes from being this large. like i never realized how insanely heavy a pregnant belly is (it's kind of like carrying around a basketball that is made of pure lead) and how much that affects everything else on your body. for instance, i had some minor knee issues before, but now i can't walk downhill for longer than five minutes without getting crazy, shooting pains in my knee and up my leg, from all the extra pressure. plus, there's the aching in my back whenever i go for too long without laying down. and my feet (which are usually frozen to the point of numbness), get so hot so easily and are always red and swollen by the end of the day. and my belly skin is so ridiculously stretched, that there are so days where i am shocked it hasn't just completely torn apart. women's bodies are insane. and amazing.
another noteworthy symptom, has been the cramping/braxton hicks/pelvic pressure i've been getting every couple of days for about the last week and a half. which has me feeling like maybe baby will come a little sooner than expected! which probably means he'll be two weeks late. haha, having nothing to compare it to, i really have no idea. but i am starting to feel like a bit of a ticking time bomb, and get a little nervous every time i get stuck in traffic or am too far away from home or anything of that sort. oh, and i'm officially down to three t-shirts that properly cover the belly.
cravings: ha, it would take a lot less time to make a list of things i'm not craving. it takes about 2 hours after a meal to feel insatiably hungry again. and just about everything tastes better than it ever has before. but one particular thing i have been eating/drinking in large amounts have been crispy, cold green grapes and slurpees from the gas station. particularly the pina colada ones. pina colada slurpees are definitely the new popsicle. oh, and any sort of cold pressed or fresh juice with mint in it, i am a total sucker for.
looking forward to: my sweet, sweet parents and in-laws (seriously, bless their hearts) have been helping nicolaus clear out/paint what's going to be the nursery while i'm at work and it has been the best thing ever to come home to! it's already looking so good and i cannot wait to help finish up the whole room! aaand my mom's best friend is throwing me a baby shower this saturday which i'm so excited about! also, i have an official work-from-home date, which is such a relief and will be so nice to not have to make the trek up to park city everyday. there's so much to look forward to, but mostly, i am just so excited to meet this wriggly, sweet, little baby boy of ours in just a month!!!