Sweet Pea is not so little anymore! Now the size of a mango, clocking in at 6 inches and 8.5 ounces, he’s ready to get even bigger in the next few weeks. I can already tell a difference within the past few days. After waking up this morning, I’m pretty sure my stomach had a major growth spurt overnight!
He’s also busy creating vernix, a greasy white substance that coats the skin. After swimming in amniotic fluid for months, it’s the perfect way to keep Sweet Pea’s skin safe and protected at this time. (source)
We had our second Bradley class last night and I’m really enjoying it so far. With only eight couples in the class, I was surprised to find I knew two of them already! Caitlin, a blogger friend, is in the class, as well as Whitney, a woman who cut my hair last month! I usually see Mia at Varji & Varji, but went to see Whitney at Dulce Lusso instead since Mia was out on maternity leave. I moved to Charlotte knowing only a few people, and now this town seems so much smaller than before!
The Bradley Method advocates a husband-coached natural childbirth. It’s an intensive course, meeting once a week for 2 hours, for 12 weeks. My instructor, Jen, has the women sit on the floor to encourage better positioning for the baby at birth. After two hours, I’m definitely feeling it at the end of class!
I really like Bradley because it gets the husband really involved in the childbirth and pregnancy. Kevin isn’t the type of guy to sit and read a pregnancy book on his own, so this is the perfect way for him to learn in a small group setting with other guys he can relate to.
The classes offer so much more than just educating us on pain management and how to avoid an epidural. We have the opportunity to share any feelings and concerns with others going through the same experience. Plus, we discussed the pros and cons of various interventions and medications last night, as well as proper nutrition during pregnancy.
I have to keep track of my food intake for the next four weeks so Jen can ensure we’re getting the right nutrients. It’s definitely a pain to add how many grams of protein are in every single thing I eat, but it’s also so eye-opening too. Since I don’t eat much animal meat anymore, it’s good to know what foods give me the most protein and what kinds are lacking. I’ve actually been incorporating more fish and eggs in my diet now as well to make sure I hit Bradley’s recommended 80-100 grams a day.
Total Weight Gain: I’m up 1.5 pounds this week!
Baby Stuff Bought: No new purchases, but we are now clearing out old guest room furniture to make room for new baby delights.
Movement: I can feel Sweet Pea pretty frequently, even from outside the stomach. Kevin has only felt the baby kick once so far. He gets frustrated after leaving his hand on my stomach for too long and will eventually move away. Of course, the baby will give a good kick within a minute after he gives up.
Food Cravings: Smoothies, milk shakes, root beer floats … I saw a billboard for a McDonald’s mint shake on my way to Fern last Saturday and immediately ordered a smoothie after arriving.
Symptoms: I make this noise that is a mix of a hiccup and a burp. I was told it is a symptom of acid reflux, but I haven’t had any pain or heartburn yet. Hopefully, this is as bad as it gets! It’s really more of an annoyance now than anything.
What I’m Looking Forward To: We leave for Florida tomorrow night! Kevin and I are headed down to visit his parents in Delray Beach for the week. My parents are joining us too and I can’t wait to see everyone. I feel so lucky that our parents get along. Since we all live in different cities, it’s nice to see them all at the same time. Sweet Pea is the first grandchild for everyone and there is much to be excited about this year.