Life has gotten in the way so I’m combining weeks again. Ok, so week 32 the baby was the size of a pomelo (that giant grapefruit-like thing) and this week the baby is the size of a bunch of celery/butternut squash and cauliflower.
Big development: we had the first NST (non stress test) to measure the baby’s heart rate during acceleration and the baby’s movement in general (this is another test that moms of Advanced Maternal Age receive) and baby boy passed with flying colors! In fact the tech said the baby is so healthy and happy in there, with all the heart rate jumps and continuous activity. So they strap these monitors to my belly and for about an hour they scan and listen and measure the baby’s heart rate, paying special attention to when the baby is moving because a heightened heart rate during movement means the baby’s brain is developing properly. That doesn’t make the most sense to me, but I’m just happy our little guy is doing so well! Check out my belly:
I went on what I hope to be my last solo trip: Philadelphia for a work conference. I was worried it was going to wipe me out, but it really didn’t. And I even got one workout in. I’m back home now, and poor AM hurt his back, and I told him he really has to get this back situ under control, cos once the baby comes, we we really can’t afford for him to have his back go out all the time. I’m convincing him to go see my chiropractor, who I really credit with giving me a better aligned body (no lower back pain whatsoever at this stage of pregnancy – I mean, that’s incredible) so we will see if he listens. He’s very stubborn about things like this.
We’ve got 7 weeks until baby’s due date. We also have one final trip to make (together) next week, when we head up to NJ for the family baby shower. I’m dreading it, to be honest. Our extended family can get on my nerves, but I’m learning, through my birthing course, to create a “Bubble of Peace” that allows everyone’s negative opinions to bounce off this forcefield I’ve created.
Onward to week 34!